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Mulder accidentally flirts with thousand-year-old men. Smoking Man smiles enigmatically from the shadows.

deep space onomastics 

deep space onomastics 

deep space onomastics 

(not even saying this is a bad use of hypertext, it's just that out of context this bold assertion—"Nylons are tights"—cheerfully popping up like a tart from a toaster is very funny to me)

(Aarseth quote from _Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature_, p. 22, nylons from which I have just started to read)

Aarseth: Cybertext, as now should be clear, is the wide range... of possible textualities seen as a typology of machines, as various kinds of literary communication systems where the functional differences among the mechanical parts play a defining role in determining the aesthetic process. [...] If these texts redefine literature by expanding our notion of it—and I believe that they do—then they must also redefine what is literary...

2019 web:

Python, birdsite 

getting back to variational autoencoders and text for a second—this approach looks super promising [pdf link] "In contrast to existing VAE-RNN models for text modelling which merely impose a standard normal distribution prior on the last hidden state of the RNN encoder, our HR-VAE model imposes regularisation for all hidden states of the RNN en-coder"

bikes, nyc transit, self congratulation 

a truly bizarre yet compelling political advertisement inside this hotel elevator in irvine, california

this library is based on the model and code I've been using to produce all those weird phonetic stretching/tinting experiments I've been posting on here over the past few months. there's nothing especially technically interesting about the model architecture, but the library (I hope) is fun and easy to use and is specifically designed to facilitate weird creative applications

a few days ago I released a Python library that wraps a machine learning model for spelling English words and sounding them out, even if those words aren't in the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary: I'm still working on some of the documentation, but since I just gave a talk about it at SLSA, I thought I'd mention it here too!

conferences, corporations 

this presentation is going to have a bar chart in it titled "Disparition Perplexity" which I am happy about

trickster faerie (xe/xer): hello, may I have your pronouns?

me (they/them): sure! they/them.

faerie (xe/xer/they/them): thanks, foolish human c:

me ( / ): wait what

getting this machine learning model of spelling/sounding out to sound out and then spell every letter of the alphabet repeated twenty times


boosting Kalila Shapiro

Hoping to take over co-organizing Art of Python at @pycon
from @brainwane
. Anyone else want to volunteer with me?
#pycon2020 #artofpython #creativetech

More info:

It's November, which means it's National Novel Generation Month, where people write code that writes a novel!

I would love to see more beginner programmers participate, so I just wrote a blog post that highlights some very simple novel generators that were made last year.

Preferred pain relievers of different generations 

(project source code here, but it's literally just sorting a text file and pumping it into a latex template haha

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