But first, open projector
An assignment for the School for Poetic Computation where they had to transform a corpus into a poem. So they used the 5yrs of txt msgs on their computer and made a search engine. Only didn't want to violate privacy so each result gets displayed for a single frame. But you can search for things there! And not really understand what you found
Michael extracts meter and rhyme from texts like the script to Pokemon Red to find poetry in arbitrary places. Originally meant for limericks which turned out to be really hard but check out these from dril #wordHack
Last is Ava
Whose video is a crackling fireplace
Just reading us crap from their notes app she forgot
A shopping list
Christie's amazon password
We stay together because of plums, washing off after, checking in store
Newton and the eggs
Ava and the redheads (assemble redheads)
Song name: I'M SCARED OF SEX
Living an enlightened life is exactly like falling in love...I don't kno what it means
A list of names with unchecked checkboxes next to them
Featured presenter Kara Bressler
Creating an algorithm to find letters in satellite imagery and make fonts from them. Results attached, I can't read them so well myself
Relates to the graphic design exercise of cutting a shape in paper and using it to frame your view of the world
The algorithm does this. It thinks the red boxes have letters in them
Here's a bunch of examples of a capital O used to train AI
There were examples of similar stuff from graffiti from her campus
All her Instagram posts used to make up the image of an endangered river #wordHack
Those letters are taken from maps of Austin and Cornwall, Vermont #wordHack
This is the letter R #wordHack
Anyway here's Julian Jarboe, "Do androids log on and yell about electric sheeple?"
Julian's not a scientist who happens to work with a lot of AI people
The biggest supporters of legal personhood for AIs will be megacorps because it lets them evade liability
People who want you to know they work in AI are douchebags #wordHack
Julian worked on Amazon Echo prerelease and it said some shit interns probably weren't supposed to hear. made this poem about it. Maybe I'll upload later #wordHack
Julian likes Star Trek and wrote a poem about that one episode of TNG where Data makes babby. "The Android That Designed Itself"
"give me one of every skin that has ever been called excessive"
Three part poem. Each part for different audience. "this part's for the grad students in the room" #wordHack
If there are aliens and we meet them, first contact will probs be one robot meeting another. And the way NASA rovers are personified on twitter deserves literature awards.
So final poem "First Contact, Communion" about a long distance relationship with the mars rover. And god and stuff #wordHack
"Do you find solace inside a dust storm?"
"I don't want to feel better; I want to know better"
"is it your heart, that planet? Do you love me? I owe you an answer"
Here's Seth Alter, recently released card game Hexadecimate where you play milennial witches defending against alt rightists
"How to procedurally generate the Talmud"
It's for an upcoming project that has a book that looks and feels Talmudic.
Brief overview of what the Talmud is. Eh, look it up
The important thing is that you normally study by reading the most recent commentary and drilling down. That means Talmudic law has more to do with the actual practice of Judaism than the original Torah
But never mind, the really important thing is that Talmuds have particular typesetting requirements #wordHack
So how do you make that in LaTeX?
(Seth pronounces it "la-tech")
Each page took 40 mins "by hand" and couldn't really be revised
So made talmudify.py, which generates LaTeX, which generates something that looks like Talmud
There are always 4 rows
The left and right surround the middle
They continue until the shortest ends
Continue 1 more row
Square off the columns
4 columns, not rows, sorry
It can't handle page overflow
It works on a Markdown file that already has 3 columns
LaTeX can't tell ahead of time how many rows you'll need for some text
So they brute forced it
5 minutes per page
But they're pretty sure LaTeX can do whatever the Vilna Shas typesetters did, because LaTeX emulates physical typesetting
Unfortunately actual Rabbis don't know quite how this was done.
Better understanding of the Rabbinnical tradition wil yield better proc-gen
And finally Ivan Anderson, writer and comedian who made Email Pro, a free service you sign up for where Ivan sends you email.
Parody of newsletters made in 2016 when they were a copy editor. Got sick of "that's not how a semicolon works" but could not stop. When it became unbearable, sent an antagonistic email to their friend Chris
Subject: what are you doing to stop childhood obesity?
Text: not enough.
(replying to the Craigslist ad turned out to be a pretty bad way of subscribing because Craigslist doesn't forward your email. Ivan had to ask people to send it to him) #wordHack
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