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I think if literally anyone I ever met—let alone a close friend—ever wrote a poem about how much they loved their cat and read it to me, my attention would be almost *disturbingly* rapt from beginning to end, and I would cry and cry when they were done reading, exactly the opposite of what these awful starfleet shitheads did to Data

I still think this is the most useful python library I've ever made and I'm kind of sad it hasn't found its audience (probably because I need to make more compelling examples)

(it's a simplified wrapper for approximate nearest neighbor lookups that obviates the need to use or even think about e.g. annoy or scipy.kdtree)

tqdm is such an amazingly useful python library, I feel like I am on the verge of being actually furious about not knowing about it until like a month ago for some reason

I remember writing down an important idea but I don't remember where I wrote it down. or maybe I just remember *thinking* "I should write this down" and then vividly picturing myself writing it down, and now I only remember *imagining* writing it down and not actually the thing I wrote and/or wanted to write.

(thinking briefly about a model for generating titles of books known only by title, but how do you even come up with system to generate details as evocative as "about which we know nothing except it wasn't going to have greaves in it")

well that's evocative

(from Genette, Gerard. “Introduction.” Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation, translated by Jane E. Lewin, Cambridge University Press, 1997,
p. 4)

I previously put out a chapbook of dot-to-dot versions of Richard Brautigan poems, available on the website:

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hey here I am on the list of lightning talks at the next !!con:

just one of... by my count four(!) talks about artistic applications of computational phonetics, for some reason

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(I have this taxonomy in my head that divides computer-generated writing into "cut-up" techniques and "statistical" techniques [like language models], and it's helpful to have this early early example that I had thought of as purely "cut-up" turn out to also be an early early example in the "statistical" category)

obvious point in retrospect, but a helpful formulation for me: tzara's "how to write a dadaist poem" is essentially generating text from a unigram language model (literally a bag of words)

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Image from page 138 of "Revised edition of Textile design book. A practical composition for the construction of new designs" (1898)

this is a super thoughtful use of GPT-2 to generate poetry, using my gutenberg poetry corpus even!

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