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I made this as part of my 30 minutes of random art. It took 30 minutes in part because I had lots of help and ideas from my children who also balanced on me as I tried to select items. It’s something like extreme ironing but with PhotoShop. On the other hand, it may very well inform how they see media and teach them things about PhotoShop/concepts about layering etc.
The Rise of Twitter Bots : The New Yorker “What drives affection for Tofu is less narcissism than reliable ersatz companionship in Twitter’s crowded, cliquey lunchroom; Tofu Product is everyone’s imaginary friend.” “One of my first bots was Exosaurs, which combined Wikipedia’s list of dinosaur species and the Kepler telescope’s list of confirmed exoplanets—both freely available datasets—into an hourly feed of extrasolar mega-reptiles. The bot also credits each Exosaur “discovery” to one of its followers—“ryanpeeler, Gyposaurus of HD 290327 b”—creating a low-grade sweepstakes of speculative biology. When Exosaurs failed to recognize the programmer Ramsey Nasser after a few days, he created the bot “Fuck Exosaurs” to spew profanities at Exosaurs until it awarded him Santanaraptor of PSR B1257+12 c. Soon afterward, the novelist and coder Robin Sloan created Exoriders, which assigns each new Exosaur an intrepid galactic travel-mate, deepening the lore of an accidental universe. Exosaurs now has a community site, a leaderboard, and Exoslash—a bot I made to respond to Robin’s bot with auto-generated Exorider erotica. Richard Dunlop-Waters later made Law & Order: EXO to demonstrate that this kind of one-upmanship can only lead to brutal space murder.” h/t Jon Becker tags: twitterbot weekly mechanized Twitter Fan Wiki / Bots Old but interesting examples of types and examples of Twitterbots. Considering building a response bot. tags: twitterbot list weekly […]
The New Aesthetic — A new question for the jury: Did my brain implant… “So. You have a condition for which everyday treatment is ineffective or causes side-effects worse than the condition itself. Your doctor suggests a brain implant to offer deep brain stimulation (DBS). You are unfortunately, one of those for whom DBS creates behavioral reactions and you do something illegal. Are you responsible? Or is it your brain implant? […]” tags: weekly brain technology The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats: Sweets “For the past few months, I’ve had chocolate chip cookies on the brain. I wake up in the middle of the night with a fresh idea, a new test to run, only to discover that my 10 pound flour bin has been emptied for the third time. Did I really use it all up that fast? I’d put on my coat and walk out in the cold New York winter night, my sandals leaving tracks in the snow as I wander the neighborhood, an addict searching for a convenience store that will sell me flour at 3 in the morning. “ tags: process obsession weekly trial error How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World : Shots – Health News : NPR I had a Spanish teacher […]
cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward Despite some fairly decent rain and wind we decided to visit Ft. Desoto Park while we were in Tampa over break. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward Just about everyone had headed back to the car as it was pretty chilly and fairly wet (in a Florida in winter kind of way- everything is relative). My oldest son and I hadn’t made it back yet when I came across a black rat snake. I debated not calling him back. It was cold and everyone else was ready to go. While we have caught our fair share of creatures over time, he’d never caught a snake by himselfWe spend a lot of time in the woods and actually look for snakes but with four kids tromping about I think we are just too loud., let alone a pretty large one. This is a boy who grew up watching Steve IrwinHis techniques were perfect copies of Steve’s moves when handling poisonous snakes. He may/may not have lapsed into an Australian accent. and has been talking about catching snakes for forever. For most people, catching a snake is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but is much more intimidating when it actually […]