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GPT-3: A Chatbot Unleashed

GPT-3: A Chatbot Unleashed

Elliott Weix January 21, 2023

I'll preface this by saying I don't like AI tools all that much. But after looking at OpenAI's GPT-3 language model, I can certainly say I'm interested in AI tools. Most of my problems with them come from...

The Problem With New Years Resolutions

The Problem With New Year’s Resolutions

Elliott Weix January 21, 2023

I didn't write any resolutions for this year. I used to try to come up with goals for the year or things to check off of my bucket list, but in the past few years I've stopped. Whatever their reasons,...

What a charming skeleton. Image by Disney.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is Absolutely a Christmas Movie

Elliott Weix December 12, 2022

It's that time of year again, which means I'm digging up the oldest debate in film: Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas movie? First, let's define what a Christmas movie is: a movie that takes...

Rating My Classes

Rating My Classes

Elliott Weix November 21, 2022

Alrighty, it's that time of year—I get to rate my classes, and you all have to listen to me! I'm giving everything a totally arbitrary rating on a scale that I decide ad-hoc. AP Chemistry is like...

Jargon: Obstacle to Understanding or Efficient Communication?

Jargon: Obstacle to Understanding or Efficient Communication?

Jonas Sime and Elliott Weix November 18, 2022

Jargon is Exclusive By Jonas Sime So, I live near a park, it’s probably like 30 seconds away from walking distance, and I spend a good chunk of my free time there. Most of the time, I’m with my...

November Editors Note: Welcome to Decorative Gourd Season

November Editor’s Note: Welcome to Decorative Gourd Season

Elliott Weix and Mihika Shivakumar November 14, 2022

Hello everyone! We're Elliott and Mihika, your Opinions Editors for the Sword & Shield! It's pretty safe to say that we've all settled in now to the rhythm of the school year—or at least, we hope...

Deadlines are Necessary, but Dont Need To Be Rigid

Deadlines are Necessary, but Don’t Need To Be Rigid

Jonathan Buscher November 6, 2022

Deadlines and due dates have disappeared over the past few years, especially with the challenge the COVID-19 brought to schools. However, it is time to start bringing back deadlines, at least in part,...

Local Newspapers: A Foundation of Community

Local Newspapers: A Foundation of Community

Elliott Weix November 6, 2022

There's an old adage you might be familiar with: "knowledge is power." These words ring as true today as they did in 1597, when Francis Bacon is credited with writing them. We face a sea of misinformation—and...

To expand or not to expand: solutions to the ideological divide in the Supreme Court remain just as contested as the court itself. 

To expand or not to expand: solutions to the ideological divide in the Supreme Court remain just as contested as the court itself. 

Alexandra Saffman October 9, 2022

According to a Gallup poll from June 2022, Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court of the United States has reached a record low (25%), spurred in part by recent controversial rulings, including Dobbs...

AI in Art

AI in Art

Elliott Weix October 9, 2022

On September 15, the US government issued the first copyright to an artificial intelligence-created comic book, Zarya of the Dawn. Created using the Latent Diffusion AI, Zarya is one of a number of AI-assisted...

How Much is Your Time Worth?

How Much is Your Time Worth?

Elliott Weix October 9, 2022

How much is your time worth? Most of us, I think, would say that it's priceless. After all, we have a very limited amount of it. But if you have a job, you've already given the hour a price tag—or rather,...

Judging You Based on Your Fall Drinks

Judging You Based on Your Fall Drinks

Emily Cai October 9, 2022

As we fall into the crisp breeze and (usually more vivid) autumnal colors, Starbucks is here to satisfy our seasonal cravings with the return of the ever-popular pumpkin spice and apple crisp! I’m ready...

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