Reading Log - August 18, 2023 (#40)

Hey there, this week I read about the question of if a "Regular Joe" could get a hit in the major leagues, more .NET 8 news, NYT and ChatGPT, and more.

In Depth

Eno Sarris: Would Chris Hayes Get a Hit in a Full Season of Play?

Hayes wondered the same. “I was recently at a batting cage and spent about half an hour, got the speed up to 70 mph, and after enough of them I was more or less getting around, though mostly fouling pitches off, with occasional solid contact,” he wrote in an email. “BUT: no breaking balls and no pitches out of the zone. I just think any major leaguer would be able to just terrify me with a first pitch fastball and then get me to chase garbage out of the zone and that would happen for literally an entire season.”

I played baseball growing up. I don’t think I’d have much success getting a hit. I think I’d be able to eventually make contact, but not much of any substance. Pitchers today are just too good.

Link Blast

🖥 Software Development & Design

.NET 8 Interceptors - Khalid Abuhakmeh

CSS Selectors: A Visual Guide - Sébastien Noël

Announcing .NET 8 Preview 7 - Richard Lander

Things you forgot (or never knew) because of React - Josh Collinsworth

There’s Meaning in the Ordering of the Web’s Tech Stack - Jim Nielsen

📡 Technology & the Internet

Report: Potential NYT lawsuit could force OpenAI to wipe ChatGPT and start over - Ashley Belanger

AI bots are so good at mimicking the human brain and vision that CAPTCHAs are useless - Faustine Ngila

How the iMac saved Apple - Jason Snell

Internet Archive Responds to Recording Industry Lawsuit Targeting Obsolete Media - Chris Freeland

🔬 Science

New type of star gives clues to mysterious origin of magnetars -

Rogue planets may be more numerous than stars in our galaxy - Elizabeth Rayne

JWST Spots Giant Black Holes All Over the Early Universe - Charlie Wood

📈 Business & Finance

How Fanatics Is Building a Weird Monopoly Over Sports Trading Cards - Matt Stoller

The Era of Ultracheap Stuff Is Under Threat - Jon Emont

⚾️ Sports

How Kirk Cousins & Vikings QB Company Scored 23 in 'Immaculate Grid' - Lindsey Young

📺 Media & Entertainment

Star Trek is finally treating Spock like a human being - Susana Polo

🎒 Everything Else

What I’d put in my museum of the economy - Tim Harford

You’re a Cyclist Who Was Just Struck by a Car Driver. Here’s Why It Was Your Fault - Chas Gillespie

Amazon won’t stop sending tortured woman unwanted boxes of shoes - Ashley Belanger

Ruins of Emperor Nero’s Theater Discovered near Vatican - Tom Metcalfe

🎵 A Song to Leave You With

Dave Hause - Time Will Tell