I have reached the "writing a 4 chapter philosophical treatise on the nature of identity and why I exist" part of the pandemic.

record scratches, camera freezes, etc.

So how did I get here? well when @mike and @kev wrote about why they blog and then started , I tried to write a quick summary of why I write a blog. But then that turned into why do I do anything, and the whole project snowballed, and 3ish weeks later I have described my "reasons."

bonkerfield.org/reasons/

as a side project, been playing with some quadraped bot AI stuff. at least we can all have a laugh at this blooper reel before the killbot comes after me.

For any grumpy hipsters like me who are still on the birdsite, I made a firefox extension that hides any tweet with more than 1000 likes or retweets.

Behold as all those annoying rehashed memes disappear from your timeline.

You can learn more and install Twitter for Hipster from here: bonkerfield.org/2020/05/twitte

Are there any web/game developers who are into and would want to help me make an online black rock city?

I've started a demo that has multiplayer support for running around and text chat, and there's even a sunset, dust storms, and LEDs. For now, I've gotten started with a implementation (just because of no cost tier), but I'd like to run on FOSS.

I have a post that explains where I'm at now and how to access the demo site here: bonkerfield.org/2020/04/virtua

If you are interested to see how current AI tools can pass as human on social media, there is a new sub on reddit where we are building bots that reply to comments.

reddit.com/r/talkwithgpt2bots/

You can write comments and the bots will post replies. It's an interesting experiment to show just how convincing they are and their short-comings.

and it's working! at least for ๐Ÿฆ site. haven't had any mastodon activity to test yet. (reply if you want to field test software ๐Ÿ˜€)

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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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