Congratulations, Nerds

If you don’t like the state (read: if you don’t like paying taxes or welfare) its backing of money will seem monstrous to you. Returing to a real physical substance as a store of value is politically infeasible because we know what the banking system was like in …

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Daseincraft

Being and Time New York: Harper & Row, 1962

Martin Heidegger (tr John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson)

I did that thing again, where my mood disorder kicks in and I read an interminably long and difficult work of philosophy. In my defence, if I’d read Being and Time when I …

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Cabin Fever

MWHALE IN THE WHALE AND BERED OF THE WHALE IN THE WHALE.

"The whale seemed the ship had been the side of the stranger of the ship would be seen the artain in the sea, and the whale was the ship was a sudden and sounding and head of the …

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Neuralgae Updated

I've updated the algorithm behind neuralgae. It's still the same basic principle: render a deepdraw image based on some random categories, feed the results back through the classifier, and then repeat with the new categories. But the draw part of the cycle now uses the weights from the classification stage …

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The Stepwise Palace

In 2013 I wrote and published an eighty-one-verse poem in Spenserian stanzas on FSVO. It started as an affectionate parody of the works of writers like Erasmus Darwin, who in the eighteenth century enthusiastically boosted the natural sciences in poems which are now long unread. It grew into something a …

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A Mighty Host

As an exercise in Haskell, I wrote a monad which threads random-number generation state through a context-free grammar, allowing the creation of arbitrary yet valid sentences. This was kind of clever.

Then I used it to generate a series of descriptions of bands of warriors along the lines of Homer's …

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Talking Bot Blues

A bot which takes a random Wikipedia page title and turns it into the title of an imaginary blues track. The Talking Random Wikipedia Page Title Blues is something I blogged about ages ago, I was inspired to turn it into a bot by one of my daughters having become …

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Frustrated Quests

@verbquests is a tribute to old-school text adventures, in which it was often difficult to find the correct verb to apply to a noun. It's powered by the Python Natural Language Toolkit, NLTK.

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