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bhrgunatha  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rediscovering the Small Web

I wish it was easier to find sites like the ones listed here.

All search has been neutered beyond recognition by SEO and advertising so it's increasingly hard to find them.

After reading a similar, reminiscent article I re-discovered webrings! which makes me happy.

bhrgunatha  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate Discussion

I really enjoyed the story, in particular its construction. I kept saying "oh neat" to myself... well I'm easily amused and not at all sophisticated in literature.

I remember watching someone draw an incredibly accurate doodle of Gary Numan in a hat (back before we realised Gary Numan is older than Gary Oldman) by just using a few deft lines that didn't even join up.

This story reminded me of seeing that as it covers a lot of ground in a few short pages, sneakily avoiding the usual time travel problems like not meeting yourself or sleeping with your grandma. I also liked the idea of using different stories to give the perspectives of different characters to explore the story.

I don't know if there's really a moral - but being framed the way it is, I did feel it was a call for virtue - feel free to pick your favourite synonym here. I did also feel like it was a study on the Serenity Prayer.

Bless physics so I can never be tempted to see the future or past, but it did make me think quite a lot about whether I'd want to revisit the past to see what was hidden to me at the time.

bhrgunatha  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

I do like the sand courses

Question for the boffins - how do you carve out the sand courses at an angle to make sure the marbles competitors follow the complete course in the right speed range? They don't look like they've been dug out deep or built up high.

bhrgunatha  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Record For Cross-Country Cannonball Run Shattered

That record beaten 7 times in 5 weeks

Looking forward to the new leaders video.

bhrgunatha  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This word does not exist - pissophone

It's weird - sometimes you get "imperfectionist" and sometimes you get "nouberglageuse"

I think both words and definitions are machine generated using an algorithm called GPT2.

Someone pointed to a reddit sub where only bots using GPT2 and trained on a specific sub post and comment.

The results are quite impressive compared to most text generation I've seen.

bhrgunatha  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

Neither of those links work for me.

I usually prefer reading text but thought I'd give this short story a try, but no joy here,

bhrgunatha  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 381st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

This week was everything Kraftwerk I could find and listen to :(

Here are some tributes I found on youtube

EDIT: I don't know why I always have so many problems embedding youtube videos so I made links too.

The Model on the bells of Dom tower, Utrecht:

Redmartian - I love the controllers - what looks like calculators:

Señor Coconut - El Baile Aleman:

Kometenmelodie cover:

bhrgunatha  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Beans (26 mins)

    Change the bean you want to see in the world.
bhrgunatha  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jukebox

The recommendation algorithm of music - same old same old.

What I'd like is a hybrid between this type of machine learning combined with the ideas of genetic programming i.e. looking for the statistical characteristics correlated from an artist's music and then altering and combining that with other artists. That approach might lead to some truly inspiring and innovative mash-ups.

One difficulty is finding a good fitness function for the genetic combinations to automate the whole process. I've never tried genetic programming it's just based on my basic understanding of it. Seems like the only real way to measure the output would be human supervision.

bhrgunatha  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider dies at 73

Thanks for putting that sequence together - hearing the evolution of a single song like that was awesome.

bhrgunatha  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider dies at 73

bhrgunatha  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: White House to Wind Down Coronavirus Task Force as Focus Shifts to Aftermath

Why not indeed?

There's still a massive supply of poor people whose lives can be sacrificed to ensure these rich heroes' balance sheets aren't further damaged.

This lockdown business is so arbitrary after all