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Hello (again)! It's been a while since I've used this account, so I figured I'd introduce myself again.

I'm Connor, I'm an undergrad studying Computer Science and Technology, Arts, and Media. I'm interested in (and starting to research) human centered computing, building tools for communities, and project-based learning. I also do some machine learning hackery for fun, and I pretend to be a glitch artist sometimes. :)

my aesthetic is earnestly worrying about the ethical implications of using gpt-2 for shitposts

I take writing comparative literary analyses very seriously

annihilation spoilers 

In the movie, the characters discover the results of previous expeditions through videotapes. The power of the Shimmer is refraction - bending and twisting light.

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annihilation spoilers 

In the book, the thing that drives people insane are the words in the Tower and the thing writing them. The only source of information is the journals of previous expeditions. The psychologist uses words to control the other members of the expedition.

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I was skeptical about the movie adaptation of Annihilation (I read the book first), but it's very cool how both versions use their mediums to drive the horror.

also: replacing the "nasal" feature with "voiced" & "stop," thus fulfilling my childhood dream of computationally modeling when Bilbo has a cold in The Hobbit and says "Thag you very buch":

macintosh's → backedtashes
nylons → dilods
misconduct → biscodduct
unshaken → adshaked
masonry → bacedry
emphasizing → ebfosizing
meeting → beatig
contradiction → codtrodictide
mimis → beeby's
masculine → basculad
insensitive → idsedsitive
drinkwine → drigquide
negatron → degatrad
modernized → bodderdized

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The Space Minor intro class has some interesting assigned videos

for my oulipo friends, another thing I can do with this model: by zeroing out the possibility of certain letters during inference, I can automatically spell words phonetically without using particular letters. random examples:

emptier → imptiar
relies → rilis
checkers → chackirs
interpreter → inturpruttor
commenter → commnttor
ireene → irin
preference → proffrints
reiteration → ritiration
nineteen → ninitin
coherent → cohirant
breadbasket → brodbastach
repeal → rippill
groceries → grossiri's

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All of my classes this semester are basically just people geeking out about space and scifi and I'm HERE FOR IT

Finals 

My semester is finally over. Gonna go sleep for forever, bye

I can't bring myself to believe that artificial intelligence will bring an end to creative labor. you can't reduce creative labor to the artifacts it produces, and that the value of those artifacts doesn't inhere purely in their form. sure, I think a lot of the value in art comes from, like, visceral spectacle, but some amount also comes from being able to identify and appreciate the choices made in their production—and people are really good at identifying and distinguishing these choices

design process meta 

I particularly enjoyed reading about the decision to move from a waterfall process to an iterative one for Windows 95. I definitely take agile/agile-like design processes for granted, and reading the perspective of someone completely new to that methodology was super interesting.

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Was looking for articles about the design of Windows 95 (because I love the aesthetics of it) and I found this super cool SIGCHI article from the design team!
prior.sigchi.org/chi96/proceed

I think my favorite thing about the recent NVIDIA StyleGAN paper is the meme text it generated with the cat picture dataset

Finals 

And that's class 3/4 basically all sorted. ALMOST THERE

Hello (again)! It's been a while since I've used this account, so I figured I'd introduce myself again.

I'm Connor, I'm an undergrad studying Computer Science and Technology, Arts, and Media. I'm interested in (and starting to research) human centered computing, building tools for communities, and project-based learning. I also do some machine learning hackery for fun, and I pretend to be a glitch artist sometimes. :)

3 classes done, 2 to go. Almost to the finish line for this semester. :CoffeePot:

Hello! I'm Connor. I'm an undergrad CS major/TAM minor interested in human centered design and CS education.

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