News Quilt September 2023

News Quilt September 2023 – A quilted collection of the best articles, art work, book reviews, bookmarks, news stories, and research I’ve discovered during the past month. It’s a techno-Amish experiment in creating something useful and beautiful out of the various factual and fictional fragments that flow through my email inbox, RSS feed, and social feeds each month. As a bonus I’m adding some book reviews, colorful art and photography to keep things interesting.

News Quilt September 2023. The leaves have fallen in a beautiful quilted pattern, near an old Amish home in Pennsylvania. AI assisted art by Doug Vos, Sept. 2023
The leaves have fallen in a beautiful quilted pattern, near an old Amish home in Pennsylvania. AI assisted art by Doug Vos, Sept. 2023

News Quilt September 2023

I’m not sure this is a good idea. But if people like it — I might do it again in October.

Can I Make Something Beautiful and Tasty Out of All These Fragments and Scraps?

Key Facts About Quilting in American Communities

Native American quilting traditions date back centuries before European settlement. Quilting was practiced by tribes including Navajo, Lakota, Creek, and Seminole using materials like cotton, wool and buffalo fur.

Immigrant groups like the Amish, Mennonites, Mormons, and Shakers all had their own quilting styles and traditions as they settled in America. Regional styles emerged like Hawaiian and Baltimore album quilts.

Traditional Amish quilts use a patchwork style called “piecing” where small pieces of fabric are sewn together to create the quilt top. This allowed women to make use of every bit of available fabric.

Quilting played an important role for pioneer settlers as they headed West in the 1800s. Quilts were vital for warmth and representing memories of home.

The quilting revival of the 1970s helped recognize quilting as a unique American folk art. Contemporary quilting continues to evolve as an art form and means of creative expression.

Key Facts About the Origins and History of Sausage

The invention of sausage is similar to the invention of quilting. It probably began with a question like: “What do I do with these fragments?”

  • Sausage making dates back thousands of years as a way to preserve and make use of meat that would otherwise spoil quickly. Some of the earliest evidence of sausage production comes from ancient Egypt and Sumeria.
  • The word “sausage” comes from the Latin word “salsus” meaning salted or preserved. Sausage was a way to heavily salt, smoke or dry meat to make it last longer without refrigeration.
  • Sausage making became especially important in Europe during the Middle Ages as a way for peasants to make use of less desirable cuts of meat and preserve them. Many modern European sausage styles date back to the Middle Ages.

A Techno-Amish Quilt With Apples and Sausage Links

News Quilt September 2023.  A Modern Amish Quilt With Apples and Sausage Links.
An Amish quilt with apples and sausage links. AI assisted art by Doug Vos, 2023

Architecture News Quilt – September 2023

Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius
Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius – AI assisted cover art by Doug Vos, Sept-2023

Architectural News Stories and Links (No Sausage Links)

Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius – A Summary

The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius (De Architectura) contain many foundational design principles. The basic concepts are useful for architects — and anyone else who designs and builds things.  This is a summary and study guide I published on September 12.

Studio Libeskind's Rosenberg Residences open in Long Island, marking the firm's first built project in New York.
The Rosenberg Residences mark Studio Libeskind’s first built project in New York. Photo by Inessa Binenbaum ~ Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
Assorted color concrete row houses under white clouds during daytime.
Row houses. A public domain photo via Raw Pixel.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) News Quilt – September 2023

The Jolly Green Giant growing green peas on his farm.
The Jolly Green Giant growing green peas on his farm in southern Ohio. Digital (AI) Art by Doug Vos, generated via Stable Diffusion.

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Hugging Face LLM Tools {Hugging Face is an AI research lab and hub that has built a community of scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts. In a short span of time, Hugging Face has garnered a substantial presence in the AI space. This guide introduces transformers, LLMs (large language models) and explains how the Hugging Face library plays an important role in fostering an opensource AI community. The guide walks through the essential features of the Hugging Face library, including pipelines, datasets, models, and more, with hands-on Python examples. Hugging Face, started in 2016, aims to make NLP (Natural Language Processing) models accessible to everyone. }

AI News Quilt - Multi Agent Debate

Multi-AI Collaboration Helps Reasoning and Factual Accuracy in Large Language Models

Two heads are better than one. This proverb encourages collaborative thinking… this wisdom holds true even with artificial intelligence: Multiple language models, working in harmony, are better than one. 

DALL-E 3 Launch Video

DALL-E 3 Launch Video. DALL-E 3 is the next version of OpenAI’s text to image art generation tool. This video is a preview of version 3.

Christian Theology News Quilt

R. Scott Clark posted something about Christians living in Babylon that I found quite interesting. “… the fallen world, is Babylon. Rome was the capital city of the world and the outstanding representative of the corrupt world system, much like Washington D.C. is today. This is the nature of the Christian existence, in Babylon, between the ascension of our Lord and his return. This text makes complete sense to Christians in China, Iraq, and Nigeria, to name but three, but it is a hard and shocking reality for American Christians to accept and many simply refuse. They have made America their home.” Read more…

R. Scott Clark interview – on the Babylon Bee podcast.

Resources About Christian Nationalism and the Dangers of Kinism

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