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Talk to Books
semantic similarity chatbot (essentially)
text  language  poetry  poetics 
2 days ago
semantris
word association game using word vectors
games  distributionalsemantics  words  poetics 
2 days ago
Let’s Replace JavaScript with Something Better
"This article argues that JavaScript needs to be replaced with a safer alternative, built to provide all the user-friendly functionality of JavaScript, but constructed in a way that makes user-hostile practices impossible – and, finally and crucially, designed to be opt-in." ugh everything in here makes so much SENSE
javascript  web  programming 
6 days ago
Traditions of Magic: Amulets and Gems
beautiful and fascinating amulets, mostly inscribed in metal and stone
eroft  magic  amulets 
11 days ago
Google Noto Fonts
I wonder if the "thin" fonts could be easily transformed into line/engraving/whatever fonts
fonts  type  typography  international 
15 days ago
The Body That’s Too Asian and Too Sick for America – Unruly Bodies – Medium
"As a boy, I used to stand at the mirror and see a reflection that didn’t exist. A reflection whose existence was possible in the combination of my parents’ existences. What I saw was whiteness. I have known this for a long time, but I’ve only recently come to realize that I never saw my actual skin as white (of course I could not); rather, I saw whiteness for what it is: a concept, a rule. I was able to see it this way precisely because I wasn’t able to see why I could not be white." this is a very powerful piece
race  culture  history  america  healthcare 
17 days ago
Michael Says Prime Numbers for 3 Hours - YouTube
thesis idea, performances of sequences of numbers (cf. bernstein's 1-100)
numbers  math  poetry  poetics  language  performance 
19 days ago
Chance Welcome Page
(old but still) helpful site with lesson plans, syllabi, activities, data, etc. related to chance, probability, statistics
probability  statistics  math  education  randomness 
19 days ago
Oh, shit, git!
very clever and useful reference
programming  versioncontrol  git 
20 days ago
Prodigy - Radically efficient machine teaching
training tool with spacy under the hood—pricey but clever and maybe useful for certain clients?
ai  nlp  nlproc  machinelearning  text  language 
20 days ago
TimeLineCurator: Interactive Authoring of Visual Timelines from Unstructured Text
"We present TimeLineCurator, a browser-based authoring tool that automatically extracts event data from temporal references in unstructured text documents using natural language processing and encodes them along a visual timeline. Our goal is to facilitate the timeline creation process for journalists and others who tell temporal stories online."
nlproc  text  language 
24 days ago
libre franklin
ofl-licensed version of benton gothics (includes a variable font)
fonts  typography 
26 days ago
Make your polls - Framadate
"Framadate is an online service for planning an appointment or making a decision quickly and easily." open source doodle
29 days ago
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 
5 weeks 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 weeks ago
Understanding Keyness - The Grammar Lab
good overview of keyword extraction techniques
nlproc  text  statistics 
5 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
7 weeks 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 
7 weeks ago
The OpenType Cookbook - Introduction
whoa opentype is like... an actual programming language
type  typography  programming  design  text 
8 weeks ago
Foundry Guides « MyFonts
handy collection of tips for completeness, kerning, etc.
type  typography  design 
8 weeks 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 
8 weeks ago
♀ LIBRE FONTS BY WOMXN
"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 
9 weeks ago
OSF | Spatiotemporal Congressional District Data
historical votes tied to latlongs of district boundaries, magic
politics  data 
9 weeks ago
data-8.github.io
"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 
9 weeks ago
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