weird question time. say I wanted to eat some paper for a weird art project—just very small slips of it, maybe once a day for a few weeks. is there paper I can easily buy that isn't toxic and won't be bad for me? (I would also be writing stuff on the paper, so it needs to be able to take marks from a pencil, I guess, or a pen? but then I need to worry about safe/non-toxic inks too)
the francophilia continues Show more
a character on _Call My Agent_ was making fun of a staid production of "Dom Juan" by calling it "Dom Chiant," which the English titles translated as "Dom Boring" instead of the obvious "Dom Yawn" and now i'm upset about it
the show itself looks like a horrifying fever dream https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_of_Wands "Chas returns from a photo assignment with no memory of the assignment or that he robbed a village post office, which leads Tarot into a plot to kidnap a NATO Commander-in-Chief"; "Mr Stabs, an evil magician plans with the help of Polandi and servant Luko to steal the missing segment of the Secret Seven Serpents"; "Tarot is prisoner of a talking computer who plans to use giant chess pieces to crush him to death"
this theme song for the obscure british kids TV show _Ace of Wands_ is pretty amazing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyRaSs68yLc "Velvet roofs / Tattooed streets / Patterns made from words / Laughter echoes in the dark / Life hovers like a bird..."
@aparrish Have you seen this one? https://observablehq.com/@bmschmidt/data-driven-projections-darwins-world
wow these "myriahedral" map projections are beautiful https://www.win.tue.nl/~vanwijk/myriahedral/CAJ103.pdf [pdf link] or https://www.win.tue.nl/~vanwijk/myriahedral/ (smaller images)
food Show more
i bought a cheap milk frother bc i thought it would make me happy and it DID
video games, food Show more
(in this metaphor games like diablo and destiny are the equivalent of finely blended split pea soup)
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grand unifying theory of allison aesthetics: I don't like foods with non-uniform textures (especially, e.g., a slice of tomato—which is itself a fractal mix of textures, firm skin then snappy flesh with tiny seeds in goop—on a burger) just as I don't like video games that have non-uniform gameplay (e.g. right now I'm playing Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and I keep on wishing they would stop with the environment puzzles and minigames and get me into battle dammit)
evergreen: "No, someone hasn’t cracked the code of the mysterious Voynich manuscript" https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/no-someone-hasnt-cracked-the-code-of-the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript/
decided that I'm already doing enough air travel for the year (probably too much), especially if SLSA works out—any recommendations for fall/winter 2019 conferences I should apply to that are (a) within train/bus distance of NYC (~500mi) (b) address some combination of art, technology and/or literature?
My Slack app bricked itself overnight and I am here to say that Zulip is amazing and wish the annual subscriptions to Slack all went into Zulip instead https://zulipchat.com/
basketball Show more
I sorta stopped following that league after my boys got bearded in round one but just now I saw the video of marc gasol comforting a weeping joel embiid after kawhi's incredible shot and then *I* started crying and I have to say that basketball is pretty good
I posted my code for rendering ActivityPub Articles in-line in Mastodon as a PR to the glitch-social fork. You can check it out here if you're curious or have feedback.
(likewise, initiatives like uTensor, TensorFlow Lite, etc. seem to almost always be about easing "deployment" to devices in order to make "inference" faster— they're never about making it faster/easier to train your own models. anecdotally it feels like over the past 3–4 years, people have stopped even pretending that training a ML model can be done by someone without specialized training and specialized hardware—"democratizing" demos/tutorials are all about using pre-trained models now)
as someone who grew up in that magical and apparently historically aberrant period where mostly standalone, usually not networked personal computers were the norm, I'm always weirded out by the word "edge computing" e.g. https://os.mbed.com/blog/entry/uTensor-and-Tensor-Flow-Announcement/ desktop computers are hardly ever mentioned as "edge" devices in this context, but most of them effectively are (lacking the GPUs necessary to train ML models). in this metaphor, using your own device to do "computing" now is literally an "edge" case
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