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how to find the browser tab running the jupyter notebook you want to work on:

(1) find the terminal tab running the relevant jupyter notebook server (you may have several)

(2) hit ctrl+C

(3) the server will give you a URL to access your notebooks, copy and paste this into a new browser window and navigate to the desired notebook

(4) answer "N" to the question "Shutdown this notebook server?"

(5) completely forget whatever tab already had the notebook running

wait what the hell is up with google's autocompletes for

Phase-Functioned Neural Networks for Character Control

For most games with animated 3D characters, a lot of time is spent linking the animations with the characters' motion using complex state machines.
This research, by Daniel Holden, Taku Komura, and Jun Saito, instead used a neural network to act as the character controller.


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the new testament is easier to understand once you realize that structurally it's just fanfic (the gospels) and comment threads (the epistles)

and revelations which i guess is shitposts? the analogy breaks down 🤷🏻‍♀️

allison's formula for success apparently: never stop name-dropping de certeau

totally forgot about this (abandoned) masters thesis proposal from 2008. I certainly didn't know enough to make this then, but I could probably make it now? (also it shows that I haven't really had any new ideas for the past ten years, yikes)

on the similarities between Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" (wrongly attributed here to Alanis Morissette) and Gnostic poem "Thunder: Perfect Mind," found among the codices at Nag Hammadi

wow the stealth section in breath of the wild is surprisingly tedious

with the semester nearly over and most fires on my todo list extinguished i had a good full uninterrupted hour today of anxiety about how i don't know what i'm doing or what the hell i'm even talking about 😎

I don't have any tattoos but if I ever got one I think it would be the list of penn treebank part of speech tags

watching hiking/camping videos on youtube is now apparently my jam??

@aparrish And this is why in the 24th century, Picard still telling the computer "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" every time

for some reason I feel like the most important fact you can know about popular culture in the united states is that the people who wrote "take me home, country roads" also wrote "afternoon delight"

once you know this, everything else just falls into place

this is flippant and I'm not saying "people who don't care about narrative" should be a protected category or anything, but I am constantly surprised by how people literally can't understand what motivation might lie behind interactive or computational art that isn't undertaken in the name of "storytelling"

100% uninterested in narrative, not going to apologize for it, team bogost forever 🎷

so at this point, people are learning a speech genre/register/style specifically to get better results from search engines, which are in turn learning this register/style in order to return better search results. which I guess will just lead to a never-ending, self-reinforcing cycle of linguistic weirdness forever, god bless the future

ok so

(1) the language of search queries (for, e.g., google) came into existence because of the keyword-oriented tech originally driving those dbs

(2) over the past ~25 years millions have become very "fluent" at speaking search-engine-ese

(3) contemporary language understanding is capable of parsing queries in more natural phrasings

(4) but many/most users still use search-engine-ese, so search engines are probably still being optimized to return better and better results for those users