Runway is a desktop application that makes it easy to use pre-trained machine learning models on your computer, even if you don't consider yourself a "coder" or whatever: https://runwayml.com/ it was made by a group of my former students and it's pretty good, I recommend giving it a try if you're interested in creative applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence
I wrote up my experience of being a "Something in Residence" at Runway this summer: https://medium.com/runwayml/my-runway-summer-e22c8abe3a99 includes stuff about sentence encoding, variational autoencoders, computer-generated poetry, etc. etc. etc.
nyc tree opinion
tune in next week to Allison's Tree Opinions where i really get into my mixed feelings about Paulownia and give tips for what to do when the leaves of the black locust near your fire escape reflects the light from your neighbor's window in the middle of the night and looks, i swear to god, like a feathered ghost
nyc tree opinion
i don't like the london planes. even when the foliage is its greenest in the summer it always seems a little brownish grey; the leaves welcome autumn (too soon) not by turning vibrant colors but by drying out and rattling like bones in the wind above your head. the only thing i like about them is the bark, which becomes psychedelic army camo whenever it rains. i know plane trees are pest resistant and grow quick and whatever but give me a pin oak or a honey locust any day
bot idea: take this graphic of The Hero's Journey from wikipedia and replace all of the labels with random bits of text https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey#/media/File%3AHeroesjourney.svg
joy of digital books
library listing for the book I'm trying to get a chapter from shows TWO different ebook listings, both on ProQuest Ebook Central ("read online" but limits downloading/printing)—one has re-flowed text with line break errors & overly large fonts, the other is 1-bit rasterized on an overexposed scan. exasperated, I do a straight up web search for the book, find the Taylor & Francis page which (after using library proxy) has... just a plain ol' PDF of the whole book for download
there's a scene in this book where Auberon and Sylvie are in bed together, followed by a paragraph break then "At Edgewood, Sophie laid one card on another, knight of wands on queen of cups" which has to be the least subtle cartomancy innuendo possible, the tarot equivalent of Cary Grant's train going into a tunnel
on cartomancy and the hermeneutics of randomness:
"Sophie's hard first question to the cards had not, precisely, gone without an answer, it had been transmuted into questions about the question. It had branched and rooted like a tree, growing questions like buds, and then at some moment all of the questions had become one question: what tree is this?"
—_Little, Big_, p. 250
Poet, programmer, game designer, computational creativity researcher. Assistant Arts Professor at NYU ITP. she/her