i just joined #mastodon and noticed it's tough to find active people to follow. #trunk https://communitywiki.org/trunk has built themed lists, which are a great start, but many accounts are stale and there's a lot of clicking to navigate online.
so last night i played with #trunk's API and packaged up some filtering and automation into #python/#selenium so all i have to do is 1 click confirm. i put it on gh this morning for other #newbies like me. https://github.com/lots-of-things/pytrunk
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Here's one from the archives.
Back in autumn 2017, we spent a week on the Isle of Arran. It was a brief time to get to know the island for the first time, but we instantly fell in love. I want to go back again.
It was created with a modification of Big Sleep called Story2Hallucination, and the code to produce one of your own is here: https://github.com/lots-of-things/Story2Hallucination/
I just finished animating a short story http://a.ttent.io/n using a deep learning algorithm. It might be the first short film where the animation is invented entirely from an AI just based on the words of the story. Hope you enjoy it.
What does that mean? That now I can input series of phrases to animate stories.
Here it is running on a short story I wrote about Octopus and Adderall:
Been recording some original rag-like music today. Just finished up a song called Crooked. There's a rough part or two, but it's most of the way there.
I am 100% here for a worker-owned takedown of this gig economy bullshit:
A piece on a graphical representation of democracy and capitalism as decision making systems.
It also touches on the similarity of these graphs to deep recurrent neural networks and how social democracies with free markets act as an adaptive feedback system between the two.
I just found this very cool GAN video synthesis tutorial, wherein an AI learns to make fire from scratch.
TIL that Gregory (and then Euler) used 6.28… for their circle constant and that Euler only later switched to using 3.14…
Of course 密率 was found 1500 years before Euler was even born, and that’s in favor of the 3.14 camp, but still. It’s not obvious what the best circle constant should be.
Space aliens probably know how to play go at least to an extent that they would recognize the New Zeeland style rules. Square tesselation, cell-filling, liberty counting is something I could see them inventing.
But would they react to 3.14 is the question? Maybe they’d be like “huh…? only half a turn? do they mean to signal a 180°!? a grave insult!”
Obv today in modern day Earth we can use both. π is pretty well established as half a turn and τ can represent a full turn. When π is convenient, use it, and when a full turn is convenient, use it.
Is anyone around here ever using https://www.are.na? I'm just starting to get into it, and while I like just wandering through it like a wikipedia black hole of images I'm wondering how other people use it.
A lot of people seem to be very "designery" on it, but I like the other kinds of nerdy weirdness I find.
i fancy myself a scientist, but really i just do math. but really i just program computers. but really i just type on a keyboard. but really i just wiggle my fingers.
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