software complaining Show more
apple changed the default theme in keynote 9 to use helvetica neue at weird weights and it's really annoying because now I can't copy/paste slides between presentations without it looking messy and weird. oh and they changed the default drawing stroke/fill styles so you have to go through a bunch of garbage just to make a simple no-fill rectangle with a 1px black border. the lesson here kids is never update your software
(to anthropomorphize a bit: looking at Zukofsky's incredibly rich poem the model seems to understand "this is a poem without a lot of punctuation, probably about trees or some shit?" which, you know, fair I guess. but I would not call the resulting regression-toward-the-mean "completion" in any sense)
inspired by using https://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
giving the name "completion" to the act of suggesting the next word(s) in a text with a statistical model is more than a little sinister—implies that making a text more closely adhere to the model's predictions is in fact making the text "whole"—makes me think again of that Kristeva quote on how poetry "parades as language while overflowing, through heterogeneous practices, the borders of signification" ("overflowing" rather than "filling," "fill" being the English cognate w/-plete in complete)
reminder that the performance/reading event for the class I teach on computational creative writing at NYU is tonight (7pm in Manhattan) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/byte-your-tongue-readings-and-performances-from-reading-and-writing-electronic-text-tickets-61425631718 specifically designed to appeal to the perhaps narrow but always amazing intersection of "people interested in computation" and "people interested in the literary arts." and, uh, in this case, "people who are in NYC and able to attend tonight." but if you're in that intersection, I tell you what, this event is FOR YOU
I'm at #csvconf in Portland, OR, and just saw a good talk about basic bash commands that you can use to clean up data sets, ideally line-based, well formatted data like CSVs or log files. I didn't know about the `cut` and `tr` commands!
$ echo "MyCity,MyState,IWant:TheThingAfterTheColon,MyCountry" | cut -d',' -f3 | cut -d':' -f2
Here's the full talk with all the example bash commands.
“AirPods were destined to become e-waste from the moment they were manufactured. And AirPods become e-waste after just eighteen months, when the irreplaceable lithium ion battery dies.”
ableism, francophilia Show more
after watching (and re-watching and re-re-watching) _The Hookup Plan_ on Netflix I kinda want to watch _Amélie_ again, but then I think about that scene where she essentially abducts that blind man and feel like I would explode with anger/frustration when it comes up on screen (see http://hannah-thompson.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-jean-pierre-jeunets-film-le-fabuleux.html); and that kind of ableism makes me distrustful of the movie in general, like, what other casual intolerance is in there that I dismissed in 2001 but would upset me today?
food, agriculture, climate, pol Show more
I should note that I really like oatmilk. some of the most key inventions of the decarbonization of the world's economy are probably just going to boil down to "hey everybody it turns out we didn't need all these animals just to smoosh up plants and strain the water out"
food, agriculture Show more
if you think about it, the mental model behind oatmilk is that a cow is essentially (a) a place to let grains soak in water for a while and (b) a means of later straining the grain-remains from the liquid produced by aforementioned soaking. and I think that's adorable
there'll be a reading/performance event for my computer-generated poetry class at NYU this thursday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/byte-your-tongue-readings-and-performances-from-reading-and-writing-electronic-text-tickets-61425631718 it's at 721 Broadway in Manhattan, 7pm, free admission. I'm really excited about the work and the students this semester—if you're in NYC I hope you can be there!
pol, oil Show more
this talk is seriously lightyears beyond anything else i've heard or read about environmental activism, i am overwhelmed
pol, oil Show more
can't wait until every oil refinery is bulldozed to nothing except for the ones we use as monuments to how committed to suffering and ugliness we used to be
(thoughts inspired by Michelle Murphy's amazing keynote talk at CNMAP's 2019 Symposium)
The reproach was entirely an abstract sentiment, so far underground.
Poet, programmer, game designer, computational creativity researcher. Assistant Arts Professor at NYU ITP. she/her
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