"i don't like thing / ok" re: the expanse (tv show)
I actually did like it, quite a bit, so much so that I basically watched the whole series in the last two weeks. but it became less interesting to me after the noir-styled storyline fell off and James Holden—possibly sci-fi's most egregious Mary Sue With No Distinguishing Characteristics, which is saying something for a genre replete with them—takes over as the main character
I have new poems out in Andreas Bülhoff's sync² zine series today: http://sync.abue.io/ for the series, or here's a direct link to the PDF: http://sync.abue.io/issues/190705ap_sync2_27_compasses.pdf
I've posted prototypes of some of these poems here—"compass" shapes with real words on the points and interpolated words (generated from a seq2seq model I trained) between. a few excerpts:
medieval magic, livestock joke?
both _The Sworn Book of Honorius_ and _The Key of Solomon_ urge magicians to write the formulas contained therein on "virgin lamb parchment" which is all well and good but to me it reeks of some kind of native advertising from the Medieval Sheep Farmer Guild or something
this is a good short overview of the shape of antisemitism in _Nightwood_ if you're ever trying to evaluate whether or not to read the book https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/may/22/djuna-barnes-nightwood
drug mention, aging, literature joke
I wish that someone had told me to party harder in my 20s because now that I'm pushing 40 I feel like I've definitely missed the window for being able to write a beautifully ornate, thinly-veiled roman-à-clef about the drug-fueled romantic entanglements of my expatriate and extremely gay social group
the main problem with reading this book is getting distracted by looking up all of the amazing old computers he writes about—like check out this Kaypro 2000, it's PERFECT http://oldcomputers.net/kaypro2000.html
(today it feels like we've all culturally settled on two possible attitudes about computers: (a) "I love 'em, I think about nothing else" or (b) "they're everywhere, I don't even think about them, ugh, whatever"—so I like this reminder that there are eras and contexts where it's possible to care about computational tools without it being Your Whole Thing?)
I really like using these byte-pair embeddings—using sentencepiece gives you a guaranteed fixed vocabulary size without having to worry about out-of-vocabulary problems, which *really* simplifies the model and the preprocessing code. and the embeddings (I think? I should experiment to be sure) seem to be giving the model a little head start on figuring out how english generally works
RNN text generation to me always feels most "like itself" in these early epochs anyway, with the half-formed words and insistence of repetition—to anthropomorphize a bit, there's something sort of adorable in the underlying philosophy of the network here—"hey the loss is going down! maybe no one will notice that I just keep predicting 'the tarot cards' over and over again?"
experimenting with RNN text generation using pre-trained byte-pair embeddings (https://nlp.h-its.org/bpemb/)—output below shows results at various temperatures after five epochs with a minimalist architecture on a small corpus (A.E. Waite's _Pictorial Key to the Tarot_). it's not gpt-2 but it's not bad for 10mins of training on my macbook air either
Oh, and I'm releasing my own fork of Mastodon based on my experiences running Friend Camp for a year. It's called Hometown, and you can read more about it here:
It's not fully documented yet but it will be. Experienced Mastodon admins should be able to switch over with a minor database migration and minimal fuss.
I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.
This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.
You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!
religion, magic, mild body horror maybe?
also learned from Skemer (p. 114) today about an amazing ~7th c. Jewish folk explanation for Christ's miracles: he snuck into the Temple of Jerusalem, found the hidden Tetragrammaton, wrote it down on a slip of parchment and then cut open his arm and sewed up the parchment inside the wound, like some kind of ancient cyberpunk body hacker
Poet, programmer, game designer, computational creativity researcher. Assistant Arts Professor at NYU ITP. she/her