just noticed that this new concrete/sound poetry generator I'm working on inadvertently produced some Captain Planet fanfiction

the fluid, abstract, almost hallucinatory character forms in these textual talismans from "Scripture on the Rites of the Vajra-Being of Impure Traces for Exorcising the Hundred Transformations" are really beautiful—to my eye they're mimicking both the form of individual characters and the form of blocks of characters? (from from Robson, James. “Signs of Power: Talismanic Writing in Chinese Buddhism.” History of Religions, vol. 48, no. 2, 2008, pp. 130–169.)

when you choose too small a multiplier for your tsne coordinates and end up making a writhing mass of genesis 1:1

what I actually say: "This is wonderful, friend! Thank you for sharing your work with me."
what I want to say:

I like that the duckduckgo image search for "rose plot" seems to alternate between images matching the statistical sense and the horticultural sense of the term

someday I want to make a book that just collects diagrams from machine learning papers (especially nlproc-related)—they're always so elaborate and beautiful and bizarre (this one's from arxiv.org/pdf/1808.10805.pdf)

I guess I have to admit that stylegan landscapes are very pretty

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from Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven's sound poem "Duet: Eigasing Rin Jalamund"; this is very much my shit (cited in Gammel, Irene, and Suzanne Zelazo. “‘Harpsichords Metallic Howl—’: The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s Sound Poetry.” Modernism/Modernity, vol. 18, no. 2, Aug. 2011, pp. 255–71. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mod.2011.0033.)

inspired by using talktotransformer.com/ to "complete" the epigraph to Zukofsky's _80 Flowers_ (in bold, prediction from the model follows). it's difficult for me to look at this and think that models like GPT-2, no matter the number of parameters used or heat generated, capture even the first thing about language and the ways we use it

artifact from showing my computer poetry students how to use HTML as a rudimentary visual layout tool last thursday

I... can't believe this cover of (what is apparently) the quarterly e-magazine for my pet insurance is real and not some kind of absurdist parody

on first glance i thought the copy on this hand soap in the apartment where i'm staying in brussels read: Creme Selfie / Warm and Lousy

reported in Chevreul's _De la baguette divinatoire_ (1854): a chair that writes novels. A chair that writes novels, a chair... that writes novels. "JUANITA, a Novel, by a Chair, followed by a Proverb and some Select Pieces of the same Author... The literary productions of the Chair are merely the preface of a mystic book, which it will unroll, page by page, before the dazzled eyes of the believers..."

more experiments with combining phonetic similarity and semantic similarity (with pre-trained glove vectors). the screenshot shows a handful of randomly sampled words followed by the synonym for that word that most sounds like "bubble"

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