TextWorld – Microsoft Research Microsoft TextWorld is an open-source, extensible engine that both generates and simulates text games. You can use it to train reinforcement learning (RL) agents to learn skills such as language understanding and grounding, combined with sequential decision making.
Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHuggerAccording to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite. As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , “In Ballard’s case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later….” Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
Lots of face-to-face workshops this week. The stupid thing that ate a lot of time this week was a strict setting on Maria DB which we thought was fixed but for some reason didn’t stick (evaporating fixes are the worst because you think that thing is done and not something to look at again). That would have been fine if we were looking at the original error but it turns out that same core issue is expressed in different ways in different plugins. If you’re looking for some of the details that ended up allowing us to chase down the issue check out Invalid überName. Outreach Hillary – OER remix and Wikipedia edit-a-thon Cody – CAS Authentication for WordPress Workshops Two in class MASC WordPress workshops 10/29 10/30 Halloween-themed workshops 10/31 – 10:30 10/31 – 12:00 Business faculty workshop 11/2 New workshop added to catalog on digital survival skills Meetings KJM – FERPA, Region 1, student privacy conversation Podcast recorded Project Goodbeer – assistance with family tree formatting for print book in Adobe Illustrator Enhancement Created plugin to segment Rampages users into faculty/student groups for better analysis and proactive communication Major issues resolved Database strict setting was causing problems with H5P library installation – discovered and fixed after significant troubleshooting Software Versioning Updates Theme updates rampages Plugin updates rampages Installed […]