hey all, here's a new computer thing I made! it's called the Nonsense Laboratory, and it's a series of weird little tools for manipulating the spelling and sound of words with machine learning: artsexperiments.withgoogle.com

it's part of a series of projects launched yesterday showing the outcomes of the Artists + Machine Intelligence grant program, which you can learn more about here: experiments.withgoogle.com/ami

If you weren't among the 33,600 people 😮 at online #FOSDEM this weekend, be advised: 100% #FOSS for online conferences is production ready *today*. Say NO to any Zoom (or other proprietary software) online events from now on. Demand software freedom! sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/fe

@freemo @cwebber hey there! Some info you might find helpful. The tools for independently hosting your own Guix packages and extensions get lots of love and there are already a number of well-maintained outside forks, including mine. Forking Guix is easy. I wrote recently about how its design intentionally frees users from dependence on upstream maintainers and provide an inclusive mechanism for all business models & licenses: ryanprior.com/posts/what-is-gu

@justmarkup Hotwire looks pretty good, I'm looking forward to trying it.

Putting out a request: do you work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries? There’s a rare CD-ROM I’m looking for for research purposes, and it appears the only copy held in North America is in that library. Any help is appreciated. search.library.wisc.edu/catalo

@xor I'm much less worried about the state of dependency management since adopting Guix. It is not ready for prime time in many areas (Python is actually one of its best) but it points so clearly towards the future that it's killed my despair about dependency management as a problem.

"Now the company is delivering a serious punch to the face of megacorp cloud companies by offering what it calls "one-click migration" from OneDrive, Dropbox and Google services."

@killyourfm for @Forbes!

forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelh

I think these provisions are vile, I think it's vile to shove them through in the lame-duck session of a criminal President, but what's especially vile to me is these are being snuck into law when most Congressional offices—due to COVID—are not able to answer their phones. I've tried contacting all my Congresspeople every way I can (maybe you should too?) but I suspect the bill will be law by the time anyone gets the chance to read my messages. They are passing law constituents can't comment on.

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@pganssle I'm part of a project (GNU Guix) that prioritizes reproducible bitrot-resistant CI and supports Python & lots of other language ecosystems. Let me know if you wanna talk!

@brainwane I love those muji socks too. I've been ordering mine off AliExpress lately, there are some pretty great options

@pganssle a friend recalls: "Yeah, I downloaded a lot of source code and built modules from it back in the day. The source usually came with a 'setup.py' file that handled the build and install functions."

PyPI went online in late 2002, but easy_install wasn’t released until 2004.

Does anyone know how people installed stuff from PyPI before then? Did you download an sdist and unzip it manually?

I don’t even see a download link on this wayback snapshot: web.archive.org/web/2003110122

@yomimono @cerchio also the work of the typesetter is glorious, how often do we see that level of care in today's shitposts (actually quite often now that I think about it, I love the role of creative type in shitposting!)

@mcc these all look like intriguing Metroidvania levels

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