Pinned toot

since the dawn of the written word people have made amulets and talismans from holy texts and in this sense a pinned toot is like a horseshoe you hang over a barn door

also i was apparently so excited about this joke that i tooted it on the wrong account haha whoops (muscle memory still takes me to m-soc) so i'll use this opportunity to remind you my actual account is @aparrish

convoluted belle and sebastian joke 

convoluted belle and sebastian joke 

periodic reminder that I've moved → @aparrish please follow me there!

hey just so you all know I'm moving my account to another server: @aparrish

generating random magic words by adding progressively more noise to "abracadabra"


media, sex and trauma mention 

media, sex and trauma mention 

I wrote a thing about why I believe the best and most useful decentralized applications are going to be the ones that utilize multiple protocols. I imagine a world where ActivityPub, Dat, and Secure ScuttleButt are all seen as tools in a toolbox rather than as ecosystems, and what kind of amazing software we could build with them outside of the central/corporate paradigm.

(prev boosts: so many great projects and talks and performances at tonight!)

At you can look up words that are characteristic of particular writers or publications

When science publications talk about failure, it means the same as an attempt

Dickens might doubt instead of failing


There's a thing where he messed around with the GPT2 model from OpenAI

There's too much to write it up on my phone, I'll get it later

#wordHack restricts you to three words: cool, nice, and siiick. If you want to make a platform but don't want to moderate it, this is how you do it

Immediately someone typed "nice" exactly 69 times


This is configurable with sliders, so it's easy to, say, rewrite the first chapter of Genesis to make it sound like the pastor has a cold

You can put in random letters and get back plausible english words, get the word phonetically between two others: jabberwock -> bannershank -> bandersnatch #wordHack

Next is Allison Parrish @aparrish

Manipulating phonology and orthography. And evaluating those manipulations

Uses a neural net to muck with words, turning them from text to sound and back again, to play with the way we represent variant pronunciation, especially when it's silly like "ermahgerd"

hallo #wordhack opin projectar

implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

Lazyweb: please recommend me haunted house movies you think I haven't seen. It's for research. Good or bad doesn't matter, but I prefer original over derivative.

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