The Ghost Writer Automatic Writing Kit: Messages from Beyond and Magic from Within: Amy Zerner, Monte Farber: 9780979943324: Amazon.com: Books
"Thanks to a specially designed planchette, it actually allows information to stream right from the spirit world and through our fingertips."
eroft  automaticwriting  writing  text  poetics 
2 days ago
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o | The Nation
"Look at the Irish situation with the British. The humiliation of Native Americans, how their language was denigrated. In Africa, of course, we were forbidden to speak our mother tongues. Japan imposed its language on the Koreans. So wherever you look at modern colonialism, the acquisition of the language of the colonizer was based on the death of the languages of the colonized. So it is a war zone. In case of India, [British historian and statesman Thomas Babington] Macaulay was brutally honest about wanting to create a class of Indians with English on their minds. The English wanted them to play a role in governing the rest of the population. It is true of Africa, and anywhere where there was a colonial situation. African languages were weaponized against Africans. Language was a weapon of war whether we are talking about the Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America or French in Africa and Vietnam. Language was a very important element in both the conquest and maintenance of colonial rule, because it was likely to bind the minds of the middle class."
language  writing  culture  history 
5 days ago
Understanding Keyness - The Grammar Lab
good overview of keyword extraction techniques
nlproc  text  statistics 
7 days ago
Signal >> Blog >> Reflections: The ecosystem is moving
interesting take, but mistaken I think in the scope of what users can find desirable or easy to use
web  internet  culture  standards  federation  network 
10 days ago
Always a fan of the marvelous: The hidden history of Anna Adolph
'I traced Anna’s family and friends backwards and forwards across a continent; from Plymouth Rock to the Sierra Nevadas, from water cannons to the atom bomb, and all their voices, all but one, are men’s. For all her faults, her “colossal ignorance” and her crackpot theories, she had a voice, one that she insisted be heard. Thanks to accidents of history and mass digitization, her voice has carried a hundred years forward.'
history  literature  scifi  fiction  utopia 
19 days ago
On Weaponised Design - Our Data Our Selves
"Design is inherently political, but it is not inherently good. With few exceptions, the motivations of a design project are constrained by the encompassing platform or system first, and the experiences and values of its designers second. The result is designers working in a user hostile world, where even seemingly harmless platforms or features are exploited for state or interpersonal surveillance and violence."
design  ux  history  culture  internet 
21 days ago
The OpenType Cookbook - Introduction
whoa opentype is like... an actual programming language
type  typography  programming  design  text 
24 days ago
Foundry Guides « MyFonts
handy collection of tips for completeness, kerning, etc.
type  typography  design 
24 days ago
What is HappyDB? | HappyDB
"HappyDB is a corpus of 100,000 crowd-sourced happy moments. The goal of the corpus is to advance the state of the art of understanding the causes of happiness that can be gleaned from text."
data  corpora  datasets 
26 days ago
"This collection aims at giving visibility to libre fonts drawn by womxn designers, who are often underrepresented in the traditionally conservative field of typography."

These fonts are shared under Free, Libre and Open Source licenses, which allow anyone to use them, modify their design, contribute more glyphs or styles to their non-nuclear families, build upon them and redistribute them further.
typography  opensource  type 
4 weeks ago
OSF | Spatiotemporal Congressional District Data
historical votes tied to latlongs of district boundaries, magic
politics  data 
4 weeks ago
"The UC Berkeley Foundations of Data Science course combines three perspectives: inferential thinking, computational thinking, and real-world relevance. Given data arising from some real-world phenomenon, how does one analyze that data so as to understand that phenomenon? The course teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. It delves into social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design."
datascience  teaching  syllabus 
4 weeks ago
Faune, Alice Savoie / Cnap
very pleasing font, cc by-nd license
typography  type  fonts 
5 weeks ago
Greg Kondrak
lots of relevant research
research  nlproc  phonetics 
5 weeks ago
Snark Bite: Like an AI Could Ever Spot Sarcasm | NVIDIA Blog
state of the art sarcasm detection using a host of contextual information
ai  language  nlproc  machinelearning 
5 weeks ago
A Library of Colors – blprnt – Medium
very cool project from jer thorp: palettes from color words used in titles (hilbert walk?)
data  dataviz  color 
7 weeks ago
a most reasonable earl grey
"I have never in my life experienced name envy, but I’ve never heard a name that’s as crisp and tidy as "Vicky Krieps." Like the best tea biscuits or eye shadow in the most perfect shade of pearly taupe or a cocktail with elderflower liqueur generously stirred in. Meanwhile I have a name that sounds like the first female police officer in all of Cape Breton. I’m not even sure if I made that up or I got that obituary in my google alert once." joanne's newsletters are always wonderful
film  culture  onomastics 
7 weeks ago
To Be, or Not to Be | by Masha Gessen | The New York Review of Books
'In the book, Fromm proposes that there are two kinds of freedom: “freedom from,” which we all want—we all want our parents to stop telling us what to do—and “freedom to,” which can be difficult or even unbearable. This is the freedom to invent one’s future, the freedom to choose. Fromm suggests that at certain times in human history the burden of “freedom to” becomes too painful for a critical mass of people to bear, and they take the opportunity to cede their agency—whether it’s to Martin Luther, Adolf Hitler, or Donald Trump.

'No wonder Trump appears to be obsessed with people who embody choice. Immigrants are his most frightening imaginary enemy, the ones who need to be “extremely vetted,” blocked out with a wall, whose crimes need to be reported to a special hotline and whose families need to be kept out of this country. It puts me in mind of the “aggressive monitoring” for the cancer that’s sure to come. Transgender people have been another target of Trump’s apparently spontaneous lashing out—witness the transgender ban in the military, the rescinding of protections for transgender students, and now the ban on the very word “transgender.”'
politics  gender  language 
8 weeks ago
An Artist’s Devotion to Exactness
"The work might first strike one as Minimalist and literal, but it soon sheds those associations and becomes something else, a meditation on time, landscape, and architecture."
art  artists  drawing 
8 weeks ago
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
"... we will be making a donation to CryptoQueens, a wonderful charity that teaches young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds about blockchain."
socialsoftware  socialmedia  rhetoric  politics 
8 weeks ago
Datasette Publish: a web app for publishing CSV files as an online database
very cool tool for publishing + adding a web interface for csv files
data  json  csv 
8 weeks ago
Table of Forms: Constrained Literature
via nickm's experimental writing syllabus
rwet  text  poetry  poetics 
8 weeks ago
Design With FontForge
this is actually really good?
type  typography  design 
8 weeks ago
The Curse of Bipartisanship | Current Affairs
"When the existing consensus is oppressive and exploitative, bipartisanship is simply partisanship for an unjust status quo. Put another way, the operating premise of those who promote bipartisanship is flawed. The problem isn’t that elites are so acrimonious they can’t agree or forge a consensus, but rather that they continue to be harmonious enough to do both, often with devastating consequences."
politics  rhetoric  history 
9 weeks ago
joseph moore's re-implementation of Sommerville and Gysin's permutation poems
9 weeks ago
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