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@darius i still vividly remember having conversations about cyberpunk novels over FidoNet and waiting a couple of days for responses to posts to travel around

"It was fairly easy for a small number of people to wreak a large amount of havoc. It's also easy to lose perspective on that, and realize that on a large scale, the network crawled on. It breaks up into little pieces and it reforms and it doesn't really matter, because underneath there, there's people who are using the network technology to do some thing [...] and they just don't have to pay attention to any of it [...] It runs in spite of the idiots."

- Tom Jennings (~37:02)

The FidoNet chapter from BBS: The Documentary (2004) is I think required viewing for fediverse admins.

Bulletin board services (BBSes) were pre-web online communities with forums, mail, games, etc. FidoNet was/is basically a volunteer-run federation layer that let BBSes communicate with each other.

The video talks about FidoNet's growing pains, especially around governance & a mismatch between what users wanted and what the sysops felt was required to maintain the net.

youtube.com/watch?v=_Cm6EFYktR

and now a nano-NaNoGenMo entry cc @nickmofo

python -c "from collections import defaultdict as d;import sys,random;w=sys.stdin.read().split(' ');x=list(zip(w[:-2],w[1:-1],w[2:]));y=d(list);[y[j,l].append(k) for j,k,l in x];print(' '.join(w[:2]+[random.choice(y[a,c])for a,b,c in x[1:]]))" <pg2489.txt

replaces words in stdin at random with other words occurring in the same 1-word context window—sort of a minimalist word vector similarity replacement

sample output: gist.github.com/aparrish/dee20

NaNoGenMo 2019 

Idea: Twitter bot that finds extremely long tweet threads and just replies "And we call it... The Aristocrats!"

(don't actually automate this, it would reply to like, threads about war crimes and medical fundraisers)

I always feel better when I'm reminded that even example.com/ can't keep their certs up to date sometimes

Was writing up an RFC written in 1972 by a random grad student who was compiling some statistics and I looked him up and he would eventually go on to found America Online

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-308

uspol 

uspol 

I love the weird little easter eggs that programmers have always put in their programs. Like this remote job entry program by RAND Corporation in 1972 which featured a "BYE, BYE BANANA" message when you quit.

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-307

over the past few years I have made a whole bunch of tutorials for creative coding with p5.js and put them here: creative-coding.decontextualiz I made them primarily as notes for me to follow along with when I'm teaching, so they're sketchy in some parts (and very out of date in others). but some (non-student) folks have told me recently that they found the tutorials useful, so I'm sharing here in case they might interest the fediverse!

(btw text is BY-NC licensed and the code examples are all CC0)

Those on Mastodon are hip to the Perl, I'm sure, but if you want to refer to the output I got when running my two #NNNGM entries, see:

OB-DCK; or, THE (SELFLESS) WHALE
🐋
https://nickm.com/poems/ob-dck.txt
Code: https://nickm.com/poems/ob-dck.sh

consequence ∴ https://nickm.com/poems/consequence.txt
Code: https://nickm.com/code/consequence.sh

My @glitchlogos t-shirts are for sale once again! I've brought back the PlayStation and Starbucks editions, and I've added a glitched Seal of the President of the United States for good measure.

Teespring is running a promotion, if you order today with the code F3STIVE you'll get 10% off!

teespring.com/stores/glitch-lo

My @glitchlogos t-shirts are for sale once again! I've brought back the PlayStation and Starbucks editions, and I've added a glitched Seal of the President of the United States for good measure.

Teespring is running a promotion, if you order today with the code F3STIVE you'll get 10% off!

teespring.com/stores/glitch-lo

I greatly enjoyed this essay by PhD student Lizzie Kumar that summarizes the big takeaways from recent academic papers on "explainable artificial intelligence".

iekumar.com/2019/11/06/please-

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