deep space onomastics
(though it's difficult to think of a more colonialist name than "Deep Space 9"—the existence of a "deep" implying the existence of a "shallow," i.e., closer to the center of the Federation. so if the name was the Bajorans' idea, it must have been with a certain bemused irony about what the Federation thinks is the boondocks)
deep space onomastics
(otherwise it seems weird that the federation would just waltz in and rename something that wasn't even theirs, and that the bajorans would agree to it. seems like it would have been a point of contention at least. when will the cowards at CBS or whatever release the holofootage of these historic negotiations)
deep space onomastics
if the Bajorans had a name for Deep Space 9 other than "Terok Nor," the show never lets us know about it. I wonder if during the meetings leading up to the Federation taking over administration of the station, the name "Deep Space 9" was chosen *by* the Bajorans, drawing on Federation procedure, as a strategy to replace the emotionally charged name of what was essentially a labor camp with something more bureaucratic and anodyne?
(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 https://thecorrespondent.com/100/the-new-dot-com-bubble-is-here-its-called-online-advertising/13228924500-22d5fd24 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...
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Big news: the Python Packaging Working Group has secured >$400K in grants from multiple funders (TBA) to improve one of the most fundamental parts of pip: its dependency resolver.
getting back to variational autoencoders and text for a second—this approach looks super promising [pdf link] https://www.inlg2019.com/assets/papers/61_Paper.pdf "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"
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: https://pincelate.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ 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!
considering just bringing my own lanyard strap to conferences from now on, instead of using the ones that they give out with badges/nametags and that i will probably just throw away later. this conference is giving out lanyard straps with "TD Bank" printed on them even though i'm pretty sure TD Bank is not even a sponsor? (maybe they're trying to use up extras from another event? which is nice but i still don't like being a walking bank advertisement)
getting this machine learning model of spelling/sounding out to sound out and then spell every letter of the alphabet repeated twenty times
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.
(project source code here, but it's literally just sorting a text file and pumping it into a latex template haha https://github.com/aparrish/romcomsort/)
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