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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: 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: includes stuff about sentence encoding, variational autoencoders, computer-generated poetry, etc. etc. etc.

nyc tree opinion 

nyc tree opinion 

bot idea: take this graphic of The Hero's Journey from wikipedia and replace all of the labels with random bits of text

imagining a group of people really anxious about the uniqueness of human language deciding to have regular meetings in which they tell their nectar stories and make nectar plans, just to show the bees who's got the big brains around here

(I can't tell if this quote sounds profound but is actually mundane, or if it sounds mundane but is actually profound)

"Bees do not regale one another with reminiscences of the nectar they found last week, nor discuss together the nectar they might find tomorrow."—Harris, The Language Myth, p. 158. (quoted in Toolan's _Narrative: A Critical Linguistic Introduction_, p. 6)

joy of digital books 

joy of digital books 

Tom Clancy's Railroad Soccer: The Dark Dead: The Fires in Mario

unpopular nyc opinion 

someone in the ravine area of prospect park is playing the recorder and i'm here for it (recordist not pictured bc i assume they are an invisible forest sylph)

transit complaints! 

implied lewd 

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

Worf: it is tradition to drink pumpkin spice at the turn of the season
Jadzia: I think it's great that Worf is enjoying non-klingon things
O'Brien: but it's not even fall yet!
Sisko: maybe a little pumpkin spice is just what this station needs
Kira: what the hell is a pumpkin

gmail auto-linked "2000-2500" in an incoming email (in the context of a desired word count for an article) and i tapped it genuinely wondering what app it would open (i guessed calendar, was actually phone)

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Friend Camp

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!