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I'm a current PhD student at Edinburgh Uni, studying the learning dynamic of artificial neural text models. Information about me aside from that:
- I have a condition that makes it painful to type or write. I dictate all my code and interactions with dragon, talon, and voicecode.
- I play roller derby! My name is Gaussian Retribution. I'm back on skates from months of coalescing after tripping over the flower girl at a wedding.
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- I :HeartBi: :julia: & :python:

last night I dreamed my paper was accepted to NAACL and today the prophecy came true! Please approach me for future-sight wisdom.

PSA for NLP folk: don't use examples of funny failures from dialog systems like Alexa/Siri without checking if those "failures" are actually jokes added by a rule-based script. Surprised how often this happens!

We described their research as being in the field of Machine Learning. The work in question was actually related to Marxist-Leninism. The Times regrets the err

If you are a woman, consider trying this out, it is way more fun than organizing events. If you are a man, consider performing some of the social labor that you enjoy consuming!

This week I realized almost every social activity, including professional events, is organized by the fifth of this department that is women. So instead of taking on yet another obligation, I spent the same amount of time press ganging men into it.

politics, The Jews™ Show more

EU pol, but this might be important for the internet as a whole Show more

a fun fact: if enough well-intentioned abled people call me "differently abled" that will replace my CONSTANT PAIN with WOLVERINE HEALING

I'll be in Amsterdam for an event about analyzing neural networks for NLP this Friday. What should I do for the rest of the day?

I am Pleased to report that I dropped by my advisor's office today and Tweed Season has officially begun.

Another student has a project that justifies the use of Bloom filters and is NOT USING THEM. I have waited all my life for a reason to use Bloom filters and they're throwing it away!

I ask this question once a year: Does anyone have recommendations for research journaling apps? I am still waiting for a basic diary application with latex and markdown support.

'The case for inbox infinity'

"All of these coping mechanisms are inferior to one simple solution: inbox infinity. Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see. It’s about letting email messages wash over you, responding to the ones you can, but ignoring most."

Makes me curious how my fediverse friends handle the onslaught of emails...

It is imposible to hack me. I've set my password to "Windows rocks and mm/dd/yyyy is the best date-format", which is impossible for any hacker to type out without vomiting.

Book recommendation for space lesbian stevedores Show more

subscription-based music services stink Show more

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Scholar Social

NOTICE: Registration on will be by invitation only from 2019 March 27 to 2019 April 3. (The administrator is defending their doctoral thesis on 2019 April 2, and wants to reduce the chances of surprises leading up to that date. Email scholar dot social at protonmail dot com if you want an invite.)

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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