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@micha never said i wasn't going to try that too. but as you mentioned: much less dangerous, nothing to ask mastodon about

@Momentrabbit I guess the question is not if the chainsaw will be okay but more like... will the place I rent the chainsaw from be mad if they found out what I did with it

@charlyblack maaaaaaybe. in asking this question I have definitely revealed my methodology

@msaunders whoops, I meant "they would immediately be like"

@msaunders I guess by "safely" I mean if I suggested this to a performance venue or collective workspace they wouldn't immediately be like "yes, you have taken the appropriate precautions and our insurance will cover this and not be mad"

@Efi thanks—yeah this is sort of what I thought would be necessary. trying to judge if what I want to do is feasible or not (or what kind of resources I'd have to muster to make it feasible)

@ruth @bea well, yeah, I mean, I would want to clamp it to something sturdy for sure

(interested in the chainsaw here mostly for theatrics and not because, e.g., I believe it to be the tool best suited to separating a keyboard into its constituent parts)

hypothetically, mastodon, let's say that I wanted to use a chainsaw to saw a keyboard in half—like, a regular off-the-shelf qwerty keyboard for typing, made of plastic. how could this be done safely (while still having the keyboard connected to a computer of some kind)? by "safely" I mean of course my own personal safety and that of those observing but also I would like to do this in a way that doesn't damage the chainsaw or the connected computer

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(whoops when I say "each constituent" what I meant is there's a random chance at each step in the syntactic tree that the subtree below the current element will be collapsed and selected for replacement; "leaf" nodes on the tree also have a random chance of replacement)

same thing but trying to find semantically-similar replacement constituents that are *shorter* than the original. not sure why "‘" is getting tagged as a possessive pronoun, but whatever, ♫ you can probably see where I'm going with this ♫

okay, this is starting to show promise. attempting to replace each constituent with a semantically similar constituent of the same dependency type where the text of the replacement is longer than the original—again, variations on "My favorite food will always be strawberry ice cream" drawing replacements from _Frankenstein_

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@rotatingskull yeah the teleology-of-promotion thing in star trek is super weird. a lot of characters are portrayed as eventually being promoted to captain and commanding a starship, as though that were the only natural and desirable outcome for a starfleet career (I'm thinking of Beverly Picard-Crusher in All Good Things... for example)

another example of this methodology, this time producing variations on the sentence "my favorite food will always be strawberry ice cream" (and again drawing replacements from _Frankenstein_)

replacing grammatical constituents with randomly-selected constituents of the same dependency type from _Frankenstein_ (not doing anything here to clean up subject/verb agreement here) (basically re-implementing the ephemerides the-ephemerides.tumblr.com/ in spacy but I have some more aggressive goals with this one)

metaphor/idea/something: computational typography and layout is a kind of compression/dimensionality problem: figuring out how to represent 2d text (typefaces, positions of characters on the page) as a 1d data stream and then decode the stream back into 2d. google is/has probably already trained a giant variational autoencoder on screenshots of every book in google books and can do style transfers that e.g. lay out moby dick in the form of un coup de dés n'abolira jamais le hasard