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

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convoluted belle and sebastian joke 

this DOES actually make me feel old btw

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convoluted belle and sebastian joke 

want to feel old? we're now further from the day in 1995 when the protagonist of "The State I Am In" was troubled by a dream (which stayed with them all day) than they were from the day when they were happy and surprised (in 1975)

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"

abrakadabra
abrakadaba
abracadabra
abracadabara
abrocabreda
abhricada
aereakademada
azhikaradha
ebrakadabad
abrrimaluding
avvirivasava
avrvakdavulusus
zzbhimizzzzzhizzzhr
vbp-bupparkabpappap
ablamabalabtab
adtddtakaka'sk
abbhxababblix
nayaaaaaaayaadaadaa

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media, sex and trauma mention 

i guess what i'm saying is why won't someone mary sue me into some cool comic book fights dammit

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media, sex and trauma mention 

could really use some media that playfully mythologizes and glorifies the lives of single women in their late-thirties the way eg scott pilgrim does for men in their early twenties, that ISN'T focused on sex (eg _Sex and the City_) or trauma (eg _Russian Doll_)

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.

blog.datproject.org/2019/03/22

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

At thesaurus.ml 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

#wordHack

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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

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jennchat.glitch.me 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

#wordHack

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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

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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"

Example:
hallo #wordhack opin projectar

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implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

the second being that the "our" means "all of our children, because children belong to all of us, right?" which feels kinda belittling to me as someone who belongs to a particular gender minority that often faces significant medical and bureaucratic barriers along the path to being a parent (if I even wanted to be a parent to begin with). I sorta prefer "bring *your* children to work" since the "your" there seems to have an implied "if you got 'em/if you want to"

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implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

reading the "our" as exclusive ("ours" as in "mine and those of the others in my group, but not you") in this case is kind of absurd, I know, *and* I know many not-straight not-cis people have kids.

but the inclusive reading of "our" in "our children" can be interpreted in two ways—the first is that the e-mail is implicitly addressing only the people who have kids, but because it's a mass e-mail, that sets up a norm of "people in this group probably have kids"..

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implied heteronormativity, maybe? 

take: when you call it "Take Our Children to Work Day" and you send a mass e-mail about it to a group containing people who don't have kids, it sorta comes off as a presumptuous command

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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