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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

hey folks and other interested parties, here are the slides for my talk that I just gave! including a lot of the new work that I've been talking about on here static.decontextualize.com/dec

posting because I just rewatched the "Black or White" music video, which I remember watching in its entirety when I was a kid (black panther sequence and all) and it's such a weird baffling intense amazing mess youtube.com/watch?v=pTFE8cirkd

1992 recording of Weird Al's "Snack All Night" youtube.com/watch?v=D5YpR1C2FX according to wikipedia, 'In 1991, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded a parody of "Black or White" titled "Snack All Night", which was never released. Although Jackson was a long-time supporter of Yankovic's work and had approved past parodies, he told Yankovic that he was reluctant to approve a parody of "Black or White" because of the message of the song.'

names like these makes it seem like Eadweard is a video game franchise or operating system

combining the dependency tree semantic similarity swap output with the line segment morphing...

rudimentary morphing of arrays of line segments by interpolating x/y/alpha, this isn't perfect but it's Good Enough For The Moment

procedural recursive condensations and elaborations based on semantic similarity of dependency trees, with the input phrase in the middle. this is using a very small subset of the project gutenberg poetry corpus—I really feel like this is starting to get somewhere

proposed conlang for making computer-generated text easier to produce: English, except no subject/verb agreement

succinct poetic rephrasing by replacing subtrees with semantically similar subtrees of shorter length. using project gutenberg poetry as a corpus, this works really well. going the opposite direction (i.e., finding longer subtrees) doesn't work as well, I think because spacy's parser just isn't satisfyingly accurate on poetry?

I wish spacy's dependency parser gave a confidence score for each dependency relation and pos tag prediction, so I could pick the most-likely-to-be-grammatical alternative from a number of generated sentences

(source text is Frankenstein btw)

recursively rephrasing a sentence by replacing small subtrees with semantically-similar subtrees of the same dependency type...

@t54r4n1 @aparrish isn't that cool? Some Finno-Ugric languages are hypothesized to have the same thing (but with subtraction) for "eight" and "nine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_

mind blown as I realized/discovered today that "eleven" derives from "one left" and "twelve" derives from "two left" en.wiktionary.org/wiki/eleven en.wiktionary.org/wiki/twelve

although maybe I prefer my previous unenlightened assumption that "eleven" was just this mysterious monomorphemic numeral with no explicable etymology

although having license to blithely power ahead without being secure in this knowledge is one of the benefits of being an artist

I suspect it's some combination of both. not knowing enough to know whether or not you know enough to even formulate a question is very frustrating

I have now exhausted three different librarians with my research question, leading me to believe that either (a) I'm onto something really interesting and unique or (b) I am completely unable to coherently formulate what I'm looking for

If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:

if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.

If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.

But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".

Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.