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picture of picture of me 

this is... actually a really good picture of me haha damn (from the livestream of a conference I just spoke at over zoom, you can rewind the livestream here if you want to watch: iterations.online/)

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anyway this is why i'm a poet and not an essayist i guess!

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orwell's roses 

Solnit is contrasting writing with gardening, a supposedly "direct experience" that is "clear, definite, immediate," and arguing that Orwell's gardening hobby was a gesture of political resistance, just like Winston Smith's insistence on truisms like "stones are hard" in _Nineteen Eighty-Four_. but one of the things that helps propaganda to operate is exactly the kind of denial of the material conditions of its creation (who wrote this? for what purpose?) that Solnit is engaging in

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from Rebecca Solnit's _Orwell's Roses_

weirdly this is *exactly the opposite* of how i feel about writing. writing is the physical record of linguistic bodies, squished and spread on dead trees or twisting crystals with electricity (or whatever). it's all about physical connection through the senses

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It has been two months since the death of my dear, canine best friend, Pepys.

Today I have released “Arf Magna,” a small free software poem/artwork dedicated to his memory and based on the work of Ramón Llull.

Please share, enjoy, remix, etc.

https://nickm.com/poems/arf_magna.html

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(I had to add a handful of custom characters to the default MegaZeux character set to get it to match, but it's extremely close? I assume some type designer played MegaZeux as a kid and used it as the basis for designing a font, and then the Utah Jazz marketing person found it and thought it was neat. still, a very strange confluence of two intense childhood interests of mine)

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a thing that has been bugging me is that the Utah Jazz appear to be using a font in their marketing materials that is at least notionally based on the proportions and diagonal blocks of MegaZeux, the DOS EGA text mode shareware game (my recreation in MegaZeux on the left, original on the right). and I don't know what to make of this

macos performance help? 

lately pretty much every time I open my laptop, this happens: memory usage explodes, and I have to wait for 90 seconds or so (sometimes longer) before anything becomes responsive.

how can I make this... not happen? this is an old macbook air (mid-2013), 8gb ram, running Mojave 10.14.6

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You know how the Eiffel Tower won the Grand Prize at the 1889 World Fair? Well, it had to share the glory with a book.

Not any book: A book ENTIRELY WOVEN IN SILK.

You heard right. And nerds, get this: All pages of this book were produced on the Jacquard loom in 1889, using thousands (200k-500k) of punch cards. Only 50-60 copies were made. >

professional sports uniforms 

i could go either way on the team itself but miami's uniform design department has consistently been hitting it out of the park (to mix sports metaphors) for the past few years. love this new city edition jersey

I am once again asking machine learning library authors to stop changing their code so fast that all of my tutorials are wrong and inoperable against the latest version after literally three months

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new Judith Butler on TERFs 

Perhaps as an apology for cutting their previous article they really gave Butler space to stick the boot in this time:

"As a fascist trend, [the anti-gender movement] mobilizes a range of rhetorical strategies from across the political spectrum to maximize the fear of infiltration and destruction that comes from a diverse set of economic and social forces. It does not strive for consistency, for its incoherence is part of its power."

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2021/oct/23/judith-butler-gender-ideology-backlash

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machine learning is amazing because you take a bunch of data you don't have permission to use and a few million matrix multiplications later you can generate the wrong answer to any question

(I do workshops like this a lot and I'm really excited to be able to run this one at no cost to attendees. the experiment I'm doing with this iteration of the workshop is that *all* of the text we'll be working with will come from a collective corpus that we develop as a class during the first hour. no big data, no pretrained language models)

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I'm doing a in-person workshop this Sunday in Brooklyn called "Collaborative Creative Writing with Computation." More information here: posts.decontextualize.com/ccww and here's the registration link: eventbrite.com/e/collaborative

Thanks to the New York City Artist Corps, I'm able to offer this workshop for free! As of this post, all of the spots are taken, but I just opened a waiting list so you can sign up to be notified if/when spots become available.

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