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it's all python in jupyter notebooks—I set up Binder so you can play around with the notebooks without downloading them

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I've been posting source code and notes for my class on computer-generated concrete poetry and asemic writing here:

example from today's class: Johanna Drucker quote + Hershey font + simplex noise

Runway is looking for research residents:

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!"

ny, covid19, twitter, volunteering 

covid, nyc 

covid, nyc 

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covid, nyc 

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

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(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)

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results of catmull-rom splines drawn through centroids of a KMeans clustering model fit on a few hundred random points from a normal distribution. produces some pleasing forms imo

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

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 

it's amazing how just a little bit of repetition and structure can make something look more like "writing." asemic glyphs generated from curve-fit polylines with points sampled from a uniform distribution, on the right with an added baseline stroke, on the left without

wow bandcamp site is slow today, which might be because today is BANDCAMP SUPPORT ARTISTS DAY when they're waiving their fees so you should go buy all the albums you've had on your wishlist and listened to a dozen times

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

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):

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