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i just joined and noticed it's tough to find active people to follow. 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 's API and packaged up some filtering and automation into /#selenium so all i have to do is 1 click confirm. i put it on gh this morning for other like me. github.com/lots-of-things/pytr

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Note: I'm just pinning this here so you have to scroll down further to see the dumb stuff I normally say.

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Personal Pledge to Keep Mastodon Not Shitty.

1. Post no distractions. Our time is so short, and so much to do. Each thing I write should aim to make others better off.

2. Ignore shock and flash. Support quiet voices of value. Don't reward outrageous, it breeds more outrage.

3. Reply for the better. Don't pander. Don't doggie-pile on dissenters.

4. Assume humanity, prepare for trolls. I might not see the harm I do. Others don't see how they are perceived. Remain aware of others' intentions.

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.

More photos here iancylkowski.com/blog/2021/2/2 ๐Ÿ‘

#landscape #nature #travel #scotland #arran #uk #britain #england #photography #photo #photographie #autumn #fall

It was created with a modification of Big Sleep called Story2Hallucination, and the code to produce one of your own is here: github.com/lots-of-things/Stor

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I just finished animating a short story 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.

And here are two runs of Story2Hallucination based off of William Wordsworth's "I wandered lonely as a cloud" poem.

youtube.com/watch?v=SOXXQhQf0S

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Introducing Story2Hallucination! For the people on here, I made a modification to Big Sleep's CLIP algorithm to allow the text input to be updated while it's running.

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:

youtube.com/watch?v=9Y-UZquQDf

For all the programmers who say "premature optimization is the root of all evil," I present to you my silverware drawer.

The real conspiracy theorists are those who believe that the most powerfully positioned individuals in society are collaborating to selflessly โ€œprotect and serveโ€ the people.

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.

soundcloud.com/bonkerfield/cro

"#DesignJustice asks whether the affordances of a designed object or system disproportionately reduce opportunities for already oppressed groups of people while enhancing the life opportunities of dominant groups, independently of whether designers intend this outcome."

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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.

viewfoil.bonkerfield.org/2020/

I just found this very cool GAN video synthesis tutorial, wherein an AI learns to make fire from scratch.

youtube.com/watch?v=CxCWEbywjd

Some fashion houses tried to bring codpieces back for spring 2020 and we got a pandemic, so now "How come I haven't seen any fancy codpieces around? Oh right, plague" is a thought I've shared with a 16th century lady-in-waiting.

TIL that Gregory (and then Euler) used 6.28โ€ฆ for their circle constant and that Euler only later switched to using 3.14โ€ฆ

Of course ๅฏ†็Ž‡ was found 1500 years before Euler was even born, and thatโ€™s in favor of the 3.14 camp, but still. Itโ€™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 theyโ€™d be like โ€œhuhโ€ฆ? only half a turn? do they mean to signal a 180ยฐ!? a grave insult!โ€

Obv today in modern day Earth we can use both. ฯ€ is pretty well established as half a turn and ฯ„ can represent a full turn. When ฯ€ is convenient, use it, and when a full turn is convenient, use it.

Please tell the good people of the internet that they can use these to make memes about memes.

Today is one of the rare Pythagorean Theorem Days: itโ€™s December 16, 2020, and 12ยฒ + 16ยฒ = 20ยฒ ๐Ÿ“

The next ones will be on July 24, 2025 and October 24, 2026.

Is anyone around here ever using 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.

Recently, my partner and I moved to a more rural area, and now my partner's mom is visiting so we got her the NYTimes.

The Sunday edition arrives on Tuesday at our house.

I think I like it here.

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