Set up locally and am really enjoying how it yes-ands whatever you type.

very cool conference poster on the phonetics of alien names in star trek. "An analysis of the phonotactics of alien names in the Star Trek franchise suggests that writers are relying on implicit phonotactic knowledge in conveying ‘alien-ness’. In particular, word onsets with low frequency in English are over-represented in alien names, and illicit onsets are repaired recoverably, consistent with markedness subversion." [pdf link]

Enjoy my 2019 NaNoGenMo project, the romantic epic "Linked by Love": 🔗❤️

Thanks to Cezar Peixeiro for translating the Beautiful Soup documentation into Brazilian Portuguese:

Right now I'm spending some time doing the fun parts of bots (making my computer do a cool or funny thing) without the boring parts (signing up for accounts and setting up API keys).

I converted the Cassini mission image metadata to JSON, in case you want to see what there is without downloading 300GB of imagery:

walking mills of Puffy Products ("Spike to Loaf in One Operation!") began to tread delicately on their centipede legs across

Teenager is an Alien: The Everyday Situation Guide for Human Services Practitioners 𝗁𝗍𝗍𝗉://☃․𝗆𝖾/𝖥𝗒𝗏𝗃𝖶𝖩𝗑

Update on the Secretly Public Domain project:

* Topline number is lower than 80%, but at least 73%.
* Python scripts for processing the data:
* Spreadsheets of believed unrenewed works:
* Buried treasure!

I'll write more about this later, but I've packaged some scripts that let you generate on your own computer the lists of books that did or didn't have their copyright renewed:

Is that really a miracle? I guess it was supposed to make me feel better, more appreciative of my life.

Registration - 1950-07-05
Title: A history of libraries
Claimants: Scarecrow Press, Reuben Peiss
No renewal record found.

My new bot, @SecretlyPublicDomain, highlights pre-1964 books that entered the public domain because their copyright wasn't renewed.

Until May, it wasn't possible to find these books on a large scale. Now it is:

Beautiful Soup 4.8.0, just released, makes it easier to configure the input and output mechanisms:

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