Archive of Posts from August 2017

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Saturday Links, Late August

Links: everything is terrible, no commentary edition. And in more tech-related news... Games are fun? And because we're all trading nuclear fallout tips now I guess? Maybe some music will help:

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Totality
Eclipse Viewing Spot
solar viewing with @rachf72
sun through a telescope
WebAIM Training

Wednesday Links

When things turn to garbage I guess I turn to Wikipedia. A couple more links I've been thinking about recently: False equivalence and Slippary slope. Have journalists seen these? Because I feel like they haven't seen these.

Tuesday Links

I have a slew of links to share, but it doesn't feel like a good time to share a slew of links. The daily news feels like a daily test of the paradox of tolerance and I've been thinking about that quite a bit. Also, brushing up on the concept of hate speech has been helpful for me.
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Roman Woman

Sunday Links, Early August

Some unorganized links from the past week or so: I've been enjoying the new Arcade Fire:

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Elephant Ears
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Ferris Wheel
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fair gamer
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tardigrades

Tom Swarfties

"I trained a neural network to write Tom Swifties," Tom said artificially. But seriously, after "success" with Oregon Placenames I wanted to try something more complex. The short, repeating format of Tom Swifties seemed like something it could tackle. I found a good compilation and set to work training. (Start with the compilation if you haven't seen Tom Swifties before. You'll get the idea after a handful.)

I have a feeling I need to look into the whole GPU thing for processing because I've been training the AI nonstop on AWS for a few days now and while it has come a long way, it's still not speaking English. But the Swifty form is there and I think it has some interesting things to share. Here are a few:
  • "Allye! Peen!" said Tom guiltorively.
  • "I had a modight", said Tom inderitively.
  • "I've not beat'd will we I sfong that take ban hisse", said Tom bardingly.
  • "Let's go! wrong wo", said Tom posthalicteitingly.
  • "Looks oke run shats", Tom repocked.
  • "I more for owlanimors!" said Tom jauntly.
  • "I haven to reperent", said Tom barch-oned.
  • "I'm going to have sow manartioutive", said Tom pridely.
  • "I like that a get a tround of chairs?" asked Tom consically.
  • "You're faloamintica", Tom canied consentingly.
  • "I don't play due the stragumed glan to the botheric", said Tom rasmitally.
  • "It's tere takes my pief?" asked Tom centatically.
I notice that it's putting asked with the questions. I wonder if the adverb will eventually match the subject in the quote. I'll keep training, but it seems to get slower as it gets more complex. "I wonder if I could tap into more processing power," pb said cloudily.