This is who ChatGPT thinks I am

This is what AI art generator Craiyon thinks ChatGPT looks like

ChatGPT is a large language model trained by OpenAI, designed to generate human-like responses to natural language prompts.

At least, that is what ChatGPT itself told me. But I’m not sure whether to believe it, given what it told me about myself.

Last week, I asked ChatGPT this question: “Who is the Scottish man Gareth J M Saunders who used to work at the University of St Andrews”.

This was ChatGPT’s reply, with my commentary on the accuracy of the statements in square brackets:

Gareth J M Saunders is a Scottish writer [yes], broadcaster [no], and Anglican priest [Scottish Episcopalian, but I’ll give them that] who previously worked at the University of St Andrews in Scotland [yes]. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews [yes] and has a PhD in theology from the University of Durham [no]. Saunders has written for a variety of publications [yes] and has authored several books, including “The Open Source Church: Technology and Theology for an Age of Collaboration” [no] and “Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop” [again, no].

Saunders has also worked in various roles at the University of St Andrews [yes], including as a research fellow in practical theology [no], a tutor in Christian ethics [no], and a lecturer in practical theology [no]. He has also served as a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church [yes] and has worked as a chaplain at the University of St Andrews [no].

In addition to his work as a writer [yes] and academic [no], Saunders has also been involved in broadcasting [no] and podcasting [yes], hosting a number of shows on BBC Radio Scotland and other platforms [no]. He has spoken on a wide range of topics related to religion [no], ethics [no], and technology [yes], and is known for his engaging and thought-provoking approach to these issues [I couldn’t possibly comment].


So, how accurate was ChatGPT’s short biography of me?

  • Correct facts – 9
  • Incorrect facts – 12

How to set up recurring events on the last working day of the month in Google Calendar

Google Calendar doesn’t support repeating events on the final working day of the month

This week, I thought it would be useful to add a recurring event to my calendar to remind me of when pay day is.

My company pays its employees on the last working day of each month. If the final day of the month is a Saturday or Sunday then they bump it back to the Friday.

But the last working day of the month isn’t an option in Google Calendar’s recurring appointment options.

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2 × 4K = why not!

My desk

At the weekend, while I was having a bit of a spring clean around the house, I moved the AOC U32E2WG6 31.5-inch 4K monitor onto my desk, to replace a Dell P2419H 24-inch Full HD monitor (that Joshua now has his eye on!).

The AOC has been plugged into the Xbox One X, but since all three children have their own gaming laptops, the Xbox hasn’t been used very much. And so neither has the 4K monitor. (I’ll get the Xbox plugged in behind the AOC, so it’s still an option.)

It’s rather nice now having two 4K monitors on my desk. Because… why not!

Microsoft Outlook category colours

Here’s something that bugs me every time I have to use Microsoft Outlook: the Categories colour picker:

Categories colours

Seriously, who a) chose those particular colours, and b) put them in that completely random order?!

Would it be too much to ask for a more colour-spectrum order? Something like this:

Category colours in a better order

A first world problem, I know. But it really bugs my sense of aesthetic and order every time I use it. Which is often.