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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:

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:

programming, nlproc 

Deming also mentions Linnaea borealis, a flower so nice that Linnaeus went ahead and named it after himself in his own taxonomy 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) 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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The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!