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food, urban planning 

food, urban planning 

I'll write more about this later, but I've packaged some scripts that let you generate on your own computer the lists of books that did or didn't have their copyright renewed: https://github.com/leonardr/cce-python

twilight is a good reminder that the sun's insistence on selling us "fresh" photons all day is a hustle, used photons that have been bounced around a few times are just as good

fantasy violence in retribution for historical infrastructure decisions 

fantasy violence in retribution for historical infrastructure decisions 

idea: make an Inform 7 game consisting of as high a proportion of coco sentences as possible

COCO captions have to be the weirdest corpus commonly used in machine learning. just normal people describing normal things

epoch 2 while training a variational autoencoder on COCO captions. god bless machine learning

input: two apples an orange some grapes and peanuts
output: go is a table lumbers a lean tint sitting kite

input: two white twin beds pushed together in a bedroom
output: a bird a them with of a boat ball the a a plain

input: a blender where someone is making a mixed drink
output: window flying cows two mustard toe hat placed bow

My new bot, @SecretlyPublicDomain, highlights pre-1964 books that entered the public domain because their copyright wasn't renewed.

Until May, it wasn't possible to find these books on a large scale. Now it is: https://www.crummy.com/2019/07/22/0

programming, nlproc 

Deming also mentions Linnaea borealis, a flower so nice that Linnaeus went ahead and named it after himself in his own taxonomy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linnaea_ wikipedia also notes that "Linnaeus's remains comprise the type specimen for the species Homo sapiens following the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, since the sole specimen that he is known to have examined was himself," so he actually managed to get himself in his own taxonomy TWICE

meandering writing thoughts 

meandering writing thoughts 

currently on a nature walk in colorado with my computational creative writing workshop, which might be a first (we're gathering language and free-writing to make a collective corpus for computational nature poetry)

climate, pol, +? 

more programming complaining 

so I contributed an introductory essay (computer generated, of course) to the liner notes of YACHT's upcoming album "Chain Tripping" (out August 30th) residentadvisor.net/news/44169 it was a really fun project to be a part of and working with the band was a great experience. I especially appreciated how clear-headed from the start they were about how AI/ML should work (and actually works) as part of the creative process

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