protip(?): if you add ".rss" to the end of your profile url, you get a feed of all your public and unlisted toots that you can then plug into ifttt in order to cross-post to birdsite, with links on every one to remind people that you're actually on a much better website. here's how it looks on mine.
An eZ80 running Lisp, and a reproduction of the most beautiful computer ever made? It must be a report from VCF West! https://hackaday.com/2018/08/07/vcf-west-homebrew-lisp-machines-and-injection-molded-pdps/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/hackaday/status/1026966302370357248
HTTPS-only is problematic
Eric Meyer published an article about how HTTPs disallows the caching that enables internet access in places that depend on satellite internet. It's yet another unforeseen consequence of choices made that aim to make the web safer and why diversity matters in tech.
In addition, I've always felt that this new push for HTTPs only depends on a free service - Let's Encrypt, and that's inherently problematic. What if LetsEncrypt shuts down? (SPOF)
My next 'big idea' is to just go straight to comicbook titles. There's gotta be thousands in here!
Also, there's a superpowers wikia with over 9000 entries, so that might be fun too.
Maybe char-RNN is too loose and I need like a syllable-RNN? digraph/diphthong-RNN?
word-RNN might be too markovy...
Whelp, I tried to Char-RNN some international comicbook/movie titles... for each file in this list I tried to clean up the inputs & retrain, and if you notice on the last list I've cleaned it to the point of it only being english titles which gave about 400 inputs, so I repeated them a few times in the training data & got back inputs in my outputs, so, if you care, check them out:
Dave Lawrence trained a neural net to generate new names of BBC sound effects. Some of my favorites:
Approach of piglets
Footsteps on ice, ponderous, parakeets
Fairgrounds: Ghost train ride with swords
Man punting metal hand
Waterfall into cattle bread
considering a patreon where the highest reward tier is I come into your house at night once a month while you're asleep and leave a slip of paper somewhere unexpected with a delightful tiny computer-generated poem printed on it
I wrote a thing over there about the recent changes to the API and how I don't want to make or maintain Twitter bots any more https://twitter.com/aparrish/status/1021877225384230918
I have complicated feelings about this obviously. the concept of the ✨universal real-time feed✨ is so closely intertwined with the form and content of the bots I've made that it's hard to imagine them existing anywhere other than twitter. how else to delight and surprise in an utterly dismissable way
I have to say that I really dislike the trend of tech tutorials titled "X for poets" (e.g., https://codelabs.developers.google.com/codelabs/tensorflow-for-poets/#0) when what they mean is "X explained with short clear sentences and care taken to explain some context" or whatever
Unicode’s Japanese codepage contains 12 kanji with no pronunciation or meaning, known as the “ghost characters”. These appear to be the result of an administrative error at the JIS in 1978:
surely I'm not the only person to watch this and think "oh my god plants are terrifying" https://kottke.org/18/07/cross-section-time-lapse-of-a-kidney-bean-growing-into-a-plant I mean not really terrifying but unnerving. plants are just weird, like as a kingdom imo
uspol, social media
"Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are now so large that they are considered 'unmoderatable' communities. We like to pretend this was a pure facet of their size, but it is inescapably a part of their ethos. They are platforms forged in the fires of troll culture, founded and operated by techno-libertarians who didn’t understand why they had to care about any of this." https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/12/17561768/dont-feed-the-trolls-online-harassment-abuse