it's all python in jupyter notebooks—I set up Binder so you can play around with the notebooks without downloading them https://mybinder.org/v2/gh/aparrish/material-of-language/master
I've been posting source code and notes for my class on computer-generated concrete poetry and asemic writing here: https://github.com/aparrish/material-of-language/
example from today's class: Johanna Drucker quote + Hershey font + simplex noise
Runway is looking for research residents: https://twitter.com/runwayml/status/1244658433766416389
We are trying out a new format for our Something-in-Residence program for these times: A 3-week paid web residency in April for creatives working with machine intelligence.
Apply now!" https://runwayml.com/flash-residency/
ny, covid19, twitter, volunteering
New York State is building a technology swat team to try to help counter #covid19. If you're good with code and eager to help, sign up here:
@aparrish I hope to enlist my fellow poets in projecting a different metaphor than the earthquake one https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/28/coronavirus-united-states-epicenter-new-york-152716 https://nickm.com/post/2020/03/against-epicenter/ the myth of a single "center" has contributed to police stopping cars with NY license plates in Rhode Island, when everyone needs to be taking measures to contain outbreaks, even if not in a current hot spot
(I'm not trying to position the fact that fleeing hadn't occurred to me as some kind of virtuous loyalty. but I guess now I feel weird that the idea literally never crossed my mind? I know we're an "epicenter" but I can't think of anywhere in the world right now where I'd rather be, from an emotional standpoint but also just from the standpoint of safety and solidarity)
I went out today for fresh air and it was by far the dreariest day I'd ever experienced since I moved to NYC sixteen years ago, maybe in my life—the cold and rain you expect at this time of year, but also the streets were lifeless. still when I got home and read this—"My impulse is to do something—to move, to flee. I’m sure virtually everyone else in the city feels the same way."—I was taken aback. I have never had that impulse for even a second
using uniform noise makes them a bit more boxy, adding a bit of shear makes them look vaguely italic. starting to look like a wedding invitation now, for better or worse
(kmeans clustering on random points is the easiest way I could think of to get a bunch of points that are random yet somewhat evenly spread out. yes I know voronoi, lloyd's algorithm or whatever but KMeans is basically a one-liner with scikit-learn)
weird programming thing that happens for some reason
every stackoverflow thread where the question is "how do I [common task of mild sophistication with no single standard library solution]?" turns into seventeen thousand replies with EXTREMELY detailed benchmarks for increasingly arcane solutions
I’ve written a basic intro on how to read RSS in 2020, with some recommendations for feed readers.
(I started writing this a few weeks ago, but now might just be a great time to curate the news you want, and filter out the needlessly overwhelming stuff.)
Oregon stay-at-home order, info
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a stay-at-home order this morning. Lots of little details.
Info page: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
Have also attached here a simplified PSA from her Twitter account.
trying to figure out if the bias of this list wrt its sources is due to wikipedia being wikipedia, or if fictional islands (as a trope) do, in fact, mostly occur in video games and children's literature https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_islands
Damn folks, it seems like we're heading into a time of deep social isolation and fear. If only we had a robust network of friends across the globe with whom we can distract ourselves and enjoy sparkling conversation and offer support in a trying time. It would be even better if it were functionally resilient by virtue of not relying on any centralized infrastructure, and were free from fearmongering advertisements.
A guy can dream, I guess!
complete reverse-engineered source code of ZZT (an important DOS-era game creation tool): https://github.com/asiekierka/reconstruction-of-zzt
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