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so, for example, you can easily make a text input field that automatically suggests pokemon names as you type

(not saying there's anything interesting or novel about this approach, just happy/amused that the python part of the implementation is literally six lines of code)

prototyping a generic version of my gutenberg poetry autocomplete site (gutenberg-poetry.decontextuali) for a workshop... this version uses the SortedSet from and you can put whatever text you want into it. (right now it's showing the words that begin with the given prefix, sorted in reverse order of log probability)

the blossoms on my cornflower plant have very intense color for like two days and then they almost instantaneously lose their color and wither... managed to capture one (on the left) just as the color was fading

would actually love to read a book or study about the persistence of this symbolist/surrealist aesthetic over the past 100 years and to what extent the emergence of "free writing" in creative writing curricula descends from surrealist automatic writing practices

I'm (slowly) reading Breton/Soupault's _Les Champs Magnétiques_ (and trying to translate into English as I go) and it's quite beautiful but also sounds like someone (wearing e.g. a smashing pumpkins t-shirt) in my 10th grade creative writing class reading their free-writing warmup out loud, e.g. "Beautiful August nights, adorable dawns and dusks of the sea, we don't need you! Bleach and the lines of our hands drive the world.... Yes, that night, more beautiful than all the others, made us cry."

@aparrish I am on surer ground in saying that, for pretty simple projects, I advise you to copy . For more complicated projects, cookiecutter is the project I hear people talking about/recommending most often, but I also see people discussing hatch and poetry ; in my opinion, cookiecutter has not reached The Way You're Supposed To Do It status. has some "how should we advise?" discussion.

also discovered that color terms in the xkcd color list are disproportionately more likely to start with the letters L, D, and B (lots of "light" and "dark" and "bluish" variants) and that there are for some reason only twelve colors in the list that begin with N (nasty green, nice blue, neon red, night blue, navy green, neon yellow, neon blue, neon pink, neon purple, navy, neon green, navy blue) only one of which (navy) is a single word

while working on a friendly wrapper for a nearest-neighbors library today, I had the occasion to play around with the xkcd color corpus a bit and made these constrained color word poems

would appreciate being pointed to a good low-bloat boilerplate for making a contemporary python package (i.e., for release on pypi). even as a maintainer of several python packages I find this process consistently daunting and I feel like standards and best practices are constantly shifting under my feet

I made a very simple corpus-driven chatbot that replies to you with the line of text from the corpus that comes after/is in response to the line of text most similar to what you just typed. here's a sample interaction where the database is built from the Cornell Movie Dialogs corpus... (my typing in green, bot response in blue; I typed the first turn and it alternates after that)

why are all of the entries about math on wikipedia so bad 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐 it's like listen I know I messed up by not dedicating my life to math but I really need to understand this one concept can you just cool it for a second and help me out

and by "good old fashioned" I mean "like literally state of the art 36 months ago" as is the case for almost everything machine learning-related at the moment

trying to use google's "universal sentence encoder" but it's trying to use 32 gigs of RAM (out of my laptop's 8 gigs) to find embeddings for "this is a test" so maybe it's back to good old fashioned averaging-the-word-vectors for me

reading/reading about Emily Short's _Parrigues Tarot_ and I'm completely astounded, it's so good

"[S]tenciling letters itself is self-evidently neither writing nor typography, [but it] often reaches in these directions"—super fascinating blog post about 20th century stencil alphabets (via

(note I have never seen Westworld so I can't discuss whether or not this is "one of the best things" about its second season. I just liked these sentences)

"But one of the best things about Westworld's second season is it recognizes that the question of sex with robots is boring. Because it is. It sound provocative, but there's not much you can extrapolate from it once you think about it for more than five minutes."

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