A Markov bot that's continuously trained on the federated timeline of a really big instance (e.g. .social)
Wanna watch a weird old soviet film? Aelita: Queen of Mars is very strange and fun. the first 2/3rds are just following the daily lives of some people in the soviet union AND THEN THEY GO TO MARS AND IT GETS WILD
It's all on wikimedia commons surprisingly.
On the up side, I can now derive some Bayesian hypothesis testing logic from scratch just by thinking hard about it.
On the downside, I loathe most everything that's happened to give me this power.
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if you're curious, the last native speaker of Unami died in the early 2000s, but thanks to him, his family, 18th century texts from missionaries, and the internet, the Lenape languages can still be learnt today at:
unfortunately the talking dictionary doesn't use IPA but luckily that can be found in the wikipedia articles:
Is Mastodon just the same hundred or so people?
...Huh. Does anyone know of any galleries showing the progressions of famous artists, going all the way from when they first started and were really bad, all the way to the masterpieces that made them famous? That would be amazing to see. XD
PSA: stop automatically lumping nonbinary people in with women. We understand that you're trying to be inclusive by acknowledging that we exist, and that's cool, but treating us as just a subcategory of women is thoughtless and lazy.
I might have said this in the past once, but Mastodon could really use a timeline that an instance's community can curate.
Federated is good for discovery, but not for curation.
Small, specialized instances work very hard to try to curate their Federated timelines.
They probably don't want all that work destroyed by a single user with a few hundred (or thousand!) followers to import.
Hey, pro tip: if you have a large amount of social clout, and you use it to bring users to a social media platform, MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THE EXISTING SOCIAL NORMS FIRST. This is especially true of Mastodon, where every server has its own norms - including the flagship!
PLEASE DO NOT tell people to "join Mastodon!" without telling them that there are existing behaviors in place that they'll be expected to adhere to, like spoiler/content warnings.
I'm training a neural network to generate new knitting patterns, in partnership with a bunch of folks at Ravelry.
This is "Mystery lace", test-knit by DataSock. https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/lazy-stupid-and-godless/3718985/426-450#442
Activists transform an abandoned hospital into affordable housing in London - Shareable https://www.shareable.net/blog/st-clements-activists-transform-an-abandoned-hospital-into-affordable-housing
I wrote ~64s of music based on a song I heard in a dream, which I guess means I probably subconsiously ripped it off from somewhere
#SpaceSettlements is about the design project that resulted in these public domain paintings. These were the products of a 1975 Summer Study sponsored by NASA (and, indirectly, by Stewart Brand. More on that later) https://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/70sArtHiRes/70sArt/art.html
The principle people involved were Gerard O'Neill, who had been working on these concepts for six years already, and two painters/designers, architect Rick Guidice, and space science illustrator don Davis.
The introduction tells the story of the project's inception, which goes right to the book's core questions: How, and why, do we try to make "new" space? And who is this new space *for* anyway?
#mastoadmin s! looking to grow your instance?
if you haven't already, you can sign in at https://instances.social/ to give the instance list more information about your server.
specifically, they recently added these category tags, which will bring up your instance in the relevant category on https://joinmastodon.org/
it's a great way to help expose the fediverse's true size and diversity and build confidence in decentralized social media!