“Time is not a grid against which work can be measured, because the work is the measure itself.”— Wee Bear (@WeeTobbacoBear) July 13, 2018
–David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs
all of farmers manual got up and left mid-set the other day and i went to stretch my legs too, they were sat at a table outside in the same order eating soup— Matthew Kent (@BlowUpWorkshop) July 13, 2018
More extreme cardboard prototyping @_foam kernow style - the photo interrupter (IR LED and photo-transistor sensor) can reliably detect black, white or nothing present in the 3 bit virus ligand codes @AmberFirefly made yesterday #tangibleinterface pic.twitter.com/S32B7LPrPq— Dave Griffiths @firstname.lastname@example.org (@nebogeo) July 13, 2018
A Theory-Fiction Reading List: pic.twitter.com/53rB5CL6Lm— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) July 12, 2018
1- Communicates theory through fictive devices – not philosophical fiction, but fictive philosophy.— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) July 12, 2018
2- Practices theory outside the confines of the “high” academic style.
3- Occupies the growing intersection between reality, fiction, theory, and fantasy.
4- I want to read it.
This plane isn’t taking off until someone can reinstall MySQL. pic.twitter.com/Qu1VqeRz4V— brianbehlendorf (@brianbehlendorf) July 12, 2018
The Republic of Ireland becomes the world’s 1st country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) July 13, 2018
The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peathttps://t.co/DWZatHWS8w #climate pic.twitter.com/okV8NFqUiq
Sign up for for the #OpenPlantForum & satellite events from 23-26 July @JohnInnesCentre. We’ll explore the latest in plant #synbio, incl. development of open tools & #engineering of #plants for #bioproduction.— OpenPlant (@_OpenPlant) July 13, 2018
Find out more at https://t.co/NghSINeTHn pic.twitter.com/mjsy2XUuAI
German cave diver Nick Vollmar who joined the Thailand cave rescue mission: “If we could cooperate globally in every aspect like we did here, almost all of our problems could be solved.” Over the last few weeks we saw globalism at its very best.— Simon Kuestenmacher (@simongerman600) July 12, 2018
TERROIR THAT TRAVELS— Genomic Gastronomy (@centgg) July 13, 2018
As the climate changes, how will the production of foods shift as well? Will protected designation of origin (PDO) still be important? Will traditional foods of one… https://t.co/kBQ5nIEVd1
I lost 2K followers in the bot-purge.— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) July 13, 2018
More foliage tests, some specular added - turned off z writes so depth is wrong, but much faster than depth sorting pic.twitter.com/Dh1wpDLamz— Dave Griffiths @email@example.com (@nebogeo) July 12, 2018
New publication -> Visualising the urban green volume: Exploring LiDAR voxels with tangible technologies and virtual modelshttps://t.co/OuAN3gXs0m— FoAM (@_foam) July 12, 2018
[L: 3D model of buildings and greenspace, R: greenspace only for the same area, showing patchy islands of habitat remaining] pic.twitter.com/qGEPtDereR
“This is not to say that popcorn is going to completely transform robotic actuation or anything, but it’s weird enough that it might plausibly end up in some useful (if very specific) robotic applications.” https://t.co/POcvIfxEhf pic.twitter.com/ekJ1ouus4t— nik gaffney (@zzkt) July 12, 2018
Yes, it was me who smuggled a large seabird into the plenary and launched it at the speaker’s head with the words “Actually this is more of a cormorant than a question.” I am to be considered for possible readmission to the society in 2038, which seems fair.— James Sumner (@JamesBSumner) July 11, 2018
The SkyGuardian, a Predator drone variant by US nuclear specialists General Atomics, is currently flying over the UK on the first transatlantic RPA drone flight. You can watch the future of state surveillance flying overhead on FlightRadar right now: https://t.co/XvkdqmoxkN pic.twitter.com/98m5UG0HxS— Wesley Goatley (@wesleygoatley) July 11, 2018
Twice in a row now that hybrid journals have applied a paywall on release of a paper I’m on, despite lead authors paying for #openaccess well before publication. Dodgy af.— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) July 11, 2018
I’m putting together a reading list of theory-fiction and looking for more examples. What would you recommend?— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) July 11, 2018
Playing loose with the definition to include both theory-heavy memoirs and more experimental works of speculative fabulation: pic.twitter.com/BHkQhTfs5L
Is there an open source citizen sciencey type alternative? Would be a great project! :D— Dave Griffiths @firstname.lastname@example.org (@nebogeo) July 10, 2018
Biomimicry in architecture is a risky proposition to begin with, but I wish people who are going to do it wouldn’t always be inspired by cliche shapes of leaves etc. we are casually familiar with. Want to see (or even design?) something inspired by the forms of stacked crassulas. pic.twitter.com/lVw43zpqOi— Chenoe Hart (@chenoehart) July 9, 2018
Needed: messaging app, video chat apps, and twitter clients that will re-orient your interlocutor based on their location, so people who are “really” upside down can stop hiding it!— Alexis Gallagher (@alexisgallagher) July 11, 2018
Apparently my punishment for writing mundane dystopias is to live in them. https://t.co/gfQR8pRlaM— Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) July 10, 2018
C is a cool programming language where if you want to return a string from a function you have to set up an entire physical-universe human social system for adjudicating who is responsible for freeing it— mcc (@mcclure111) July 10, 2018
“In order to create a C string, you must first create civilization”
Decentralization = Distribution of Power and Control— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) July 10, 2018
You can distribute your architecture across as many different layers and entities as you want, but if authority is concentrated in a single entity then the system is centralized.
i really want an INA-GRM photo book. pic.twitter.com/qjGB4SYirD— Bruce Levenstein (@BruceLevenstein) July 9, 2018
Bruno Latour’s Borgesian micro-story at the beginning of _On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods_ says almost everything there is to say about the insane mental script running in our modern heads. pic.twitter.com/VAC91bAhh9— Weird Studies (@weirdstudies) July 9, 2018
the DCASE Bird Audio Detection challenge is hotting up! Four teams have now surpassed 80% in preview scores. Can’t wait to find out how their detectors work. Challenge is live until the end of the month! https://t.co/44bkUVqnCd #machinelistening #bioacoustics pic.twitter.com/Z52eToMfb0— Dan Stowell (@mclduk) July 10, 2018
‘Unless we introduce a different business model, we will end up with more of the same. It is time to try a mixed economy in those digital markets whose products are in fact classic public goods, such as search and social media.’ https://t.co/z8PUTrQEt9— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) July 9, 2018
Kurt Cobain on intersectionality (yes, really), and his radical intent to use the entertainment industry as a means to spark revolutionary change. pic.twitter.com/2scl6y5irC— Black Socialists of America (@BlackSocialists) July 9, 2018
TWITTER RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM: would you like to see some porn your friends like— meth lab for cutie (@AliceAvizandum) July 8, 2018
FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM: this terrible thing happened a year ago
AMAZON RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM: buy five more TVs
YOUTUBE RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM: would you like to become a nazi
A lot of apparent stupidity is actually smart people being maliciously lazy. It’s like selective amnesia but for reasoning. You think fewer steps ahead when you suspect you might arrive at a personally inconvenient truth. Motivated non-reasoning. Plausible inferential deniability— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) July 9, 2018
Ghosts in the soil. https://t.co/rS1uzCd6R8— Nick Harkaway (@Harkaway) July 9, 2018
Probably the coolest place in London today! pic.twitter.com/hY5Lg8qGqR— Silver Road (@Liarennt) July 8, 2018
pinhole panorama. santa monica, ca. 2006. by eyetwist (via https://flic.kr/p/25GdiGU )
Shocked that a webgl program written in scheme can compile itself and run in a static html file that embeds all it’s code, meshes, shaders and textures as base64. The most shocking thing to me is this can be loaded on android browser directly from sdcard without internet access..— Dave Griffiths @email@example.com (@nebogeo) July 7, 2018
The biggest organism in the world is a mycelium that spreads across 3.8 km (2,384 acres) in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. It’s called Armillaria Mellea, or the honey fungus, and is thought to be over 2,000 years old: https://t.co/LwlApRCmQu https://t.co/G7RdD0XocC pic.twitter.com/txee3vl3bK— samim (@samim) July 7, 2018
The most ironic thing about Ayn Rand isn’t that she was on welfare at the end of her life, it’s that she gave a bunch of scared disenfranchised people a role model and an interconnected community on which to depend to help each other soothe their fears and give their lives meanin— Damien (@Wolven) July 7, 2018
One of my favorite papers ( https://t.co/B6sFKUuHyn ) started a line of work that tries to formalize some related intuitions; it turns out some fairly natural market making strategies for binary options are equivalent to online regret minimization. (1/n) https://t.co/5PsEXcvTg9— Nikete (@nikete) July 6, 2018
this is called “dada” and it first emerged in the wake of the first world war out of the belief that a society which could create such a horror had no intrinsic value— Lindsay (@LindsayPB) July 4, 2018
replace “first world war” with “modern capitalism” and there you go pic.twitter.com/aJnn9044ti
Enough about beach bodies. I want a forest body, with soft moss where my armpit hair should be. Or a prairie body, emotions a ripple of wind across my golden face. Or a volcano body, leaking vengeance from every fissure. Other landscapes are possible.— Ryan Vance (@ryanjjvance) July 4, 2018
… the return of Radio Mycelium - Lingzhi operations - in preparation for later actions with the Mycelium Network Society (image courtesy I.V.M)… pic.twitter.com/JxrThZTxTV— martin howse (@micro_research) July 5, 2018
I am unilaterally declaring today, July 5th, Interdependence Day. Today is a day to celebrate our communities, large and small; the systems that we’ve created for the benefit of everyone; and our common resources and environment. And to commit to making them better.— Deb Chachra (@debcha) July 5, 2018
Would you like to monetise your social relations? Learn from hostile designs? Take part in (unwitting) data extractions in exchange for public services?@Playbour : Work, Pleasure, Survival is coming to Furtherfield Gallery 14 Julhttps://t.co/f3FemBZDPK— furtherfield (@furtherfield) July 4, 2018
📸: Cassie Thornton pic.twitter.com/qAN4zB2GVS
“Will of the people, weaponised” es la mejor definición del populismo que he leído. Y tiene razón: cuando se ejecute el Brexit y todo empiece a derrumbarse, el gobierno tendrá barra libre para arreglar el desastre que pidieron los propios británicos. Shock Doctrine de manual. https://t.co/dBjgu6gwTD— Marta Peirano (@minipetite) July 4, 2018
Every year since 2009 the G7 have committed to phase out fossil fuel subsidies— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) July 4, 2018
Instead, they are providing at least $100 billion annually in government support for oil, gas and coal, both at home and abroad in more than 50 countrieshttps://t.co/NCDDnEIH37 #climate #scandal pic.twitter.com/HayIfrNPiN
Also I kind of had a head explodey moment when I saw the hours on a restaurant in Tokyo listed as “15:00-25:30” to show they were open until 1:30AM the following day.— Top Tubes Are Specialist Sport Gear 🧐🖋️☂🌌🚲 (@SpacePootler) July 4, 2018
Six talking points to use when debunking the myth that overpopulation is the root of the environmental crisis:
1. Rates of population growth are declining: Between 1950 and 2000, the world population grew at a rate of 1.76%. However, between 2000 and 2050, the rate of growth is expected to decline to 0.77%.
2. Overpopulation is defined by numbers of people, not their behaviors: Industrialized countries, who make up only 20% of the world’s population, are responsible for 80% of the carbon dioxide build-up in the atmosphere. The United States is the worst offender, with 20 tons of carbon emission per person. Therefore, it is not the amount of people that leads to degradation, but what they are doing. Permaculture design illustrates how humans can have a positive impact on the health of our ecosystems, bringing greater health and equity.
3. Overpopulation justifies the scapegoating and human rights violations of poor people, women, people of color, and immigrant communities: Often times the subtext of “too many people” translates to too many poor people, people of color, and immigrants. This idea has been used to justify such practices as the forced sterilization of 35% of women of childbearing age in 1970′s Puerto Rico, under the control of and with funding from the US government. This is a human and reproductive rights violation.
4. Overpopulation points the finger at individuals, not systems: This lets the real culprits off the hook. When we look at the true causes of environmental destruction and poverty, it is often social, political and economic systems, not individuals. We see militaries and the toxic legacy of war, corrupt governments, and a capitalist economic system that puts profit over people and the environment.
5. Supports a degenerative mental model of scarcity: Much of this ideology was created by Thomas Robert Malthus, an 19th century English scholar. Malthus gave us the erroneous idea that the reason there is famine is because there are too many mouths to feed. This hides the reality that we have a distribution problem, not a scarcity problem. Malthus’s work has been used as the philosophical bedrock to justify many human rights violations throughout history.
6. Focusing on overpopulation prevents us from creating effective solutions and building movements for collective self determination: Permaculture teaches us that how we define a problem determines how we design solutions. How does viewing overpopulation as a root problem impact the way we think of and design solutions? What would solutions look like if we viewed people, all people, as an asset? The myth of overpopulation has lead to solutions of population control and fertility treatments, rather than overall health care and women’s rights. The more we blame humans and think we are bad and evil, the harder it is to believe in ourselves, count on each other, and build a collective movement for justice and self determination.
Since people keep asking for it here is a list of books on anarchism in the global south— Anarchopac (@anarchopac) July 2, 2018
- Anderson, The Age of Globalization: Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
- Crump, Hatta Shuzo and Pure Anarchism in Interwar Japan
- Dirlik, Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution
Turns out Ireland is the place to go if you like your ruins wild and overgrown… pic.twitter.com/N3MB1hosfb— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) July 3, 2018
Never underestimate who might want access to your research…— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) July 3, 2018
Penzance #accesslab signups include marine policy organisations, conservation charities, aquaculture, sail shipping and engineering - all wanting help to access the scientific research the need to do their work. pic.twitter.com/ogvehA1Pr8
‘Cyberfeminism is an occult form of warfare. It understands about cyberspace what 'dark forest’ theory understands about the cosmos: all existence is determined by hostility and so the highest form of intelligence lies in occluding one’s coordinates.’ https://t.co/TDl7PEzvqv— ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇_▇▇▇▇_▇▇_AI (@qdnoktsqfr) July 3, 2018
‘If the invention of general purpose computation and robotics had occurred in a society much earlier—one founded on the woven cosmos, what could it have looked like, and how would it have worked? What might it tell us about different ways of doing things?’ https://t.co/X1cofwbRN8— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) July 3, 2018
“If it runs Emacs, it’s a computer. Otherwise, it’s a peripheral”
Privacy is about consent, not about hiding. https://t.co/BibSVb9aga— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) July 3, 2018
It’s not actually possible to play for what Doug Rushkoff calls #TeamHuman. Turns out that’s yet another special interest group.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) July 3, 2018
From the archives: Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.https://t.co/zMhN8sUglx pic.twitter.com/R1dDXh0EIM— Quanta Magazine (@QuantaMagazine) July 3, 2018
Computers reflect the biases and belief systems of the people programming them https://t.co/T5Lx3PJWZ9— bletchley punk (@alicegoldfuss) July 2, 2018
A Polish environmental group placed a tracker on the back of a stork. The migratory bird traveled to Sudan, where someone found the tracker, removed the sim card, put it in their own phone and racked up hours worth of phone calls https://t.co/IjQWUYdXeK #PolishStork— Isma'il Kushkush (@ikushkush) July 2, 2018
At a wildlife rehab facility I met two crows that said, “caw” in a human accent. They said it like a human reading the word “caw” aloud. The tech shook her head and said, “they’re making fun of us. People say ‘caw’ to them all day, so they’ve started impersonating us.” I <3 crows— CryptoNaturalist (@CryptoNature) June 30, 2018
Random Forests workshop at #dinacon today, in which marine dinosaurs were de-extincted & bio-engineered to perform large-scale removal of plastics from the ocean and prepare the ground for viable aquaforestry systems. @augmentedeco @HikingHack— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) July 1, 2018
Hey Twitter folks! What is the wackiest, zaniest, weirdest online community right now? Preferably something that’s intellectually interesting rather than being a race to the bottom of the tastefulness ladder.— Smári McCarthy (@smarimc) June 30, 2018
The world’s bees are in decline, driving up the price of pollination so high it has spurred a black market of bee rustlers dealing in stolen hives. The almond growers of California’s central valley, who need 1.8 million hives each year, have seen the price to rent them grow over the past decade from $50 to as much as $200—valuable enough for thieves to spirit thousands away each season in the dead of night, to be rebranded and pawned off to different growers. Last year, police uncovered one cache of contraband bees worth close to $1 million.
Farmers, beekeepers and biologists have a name for the problem: the “beepocalypse.” It started mysteriously in 2006, when hives began failing en masse across North America, and next spread to Europe. Healthy-seeming bees would simply fly away and never come back, leaving behind combs full of honey and a dying, untended queen. Scientists at the time dubbed the phenomenon “colony collapse disorder” and launched a massive research effort, yet no clear cause of the malady has ever emerged. Stranger still, honeybees continue dying even though colony collapse disorder peaked quickly and has been on the wane. Those classic empty-hive symptoms now appear in less than 5% of failed hives, yet beekeepers continue losing between 30% and 40% of their stock every season.
People badly need bees. Biologists chalk up every third bite of food in the human diet to bee pollination, and in terms of the most popular and nutritious food crops the ratio is even higher; bees visit more than 75% of them.
New Process worked #🙂- scan a rock, merge/mash the 3D scan with a 3D file extracted from a console video game (found on the 3D model resource platform). Im modelling software (#b3d) remove overlap and 3D print the resulting part, finally merge the 3D print with the original … pic.twitter.com/YkqQC2gDU6— M Plummer Fernandez (@M_PF) June 29, 2018
How do people stay interested in money? I like both production and consumption but connecting the two with money feels increasingly exhausting, like paperwork or standards compliance. Makework middleware.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) June 30, 2018
True 5D chess pic.twitter.com/q5l5IMZGHw— Chris Duckett (@dobes) June 30, 2018
“Gretchen: On the International Space Station, you have astronauts from the US and from other English speaking countries and you have cosmonauts from Russia. And obviously it’s very important to get your communication right if you’re on a tiny metal box circling the Earth or going somewhere. You don’t want to have a miscommunication there because you could end up floating in space in the wrong way. And so one of the things that they do on the ISS – so first of all every astronaut and cosmonaut needs to be bilingual in English and Russian because those are the languages of space. Lauren: Yep. Wait, the language of space are English and Russian? I’m sorry, I just said ‘yep’ and I didn’t really think about it, so that’s a fact is it? Gretchen: I mean, pretty much, yeah, if you go on astronaut training recruitment forums, which I have gone on to research this episode… Lauren: You’re got to have a backup job, Gretchen. Gretchen: I don’t think I’m going to become an astronaut, but I would like to do astronaut linguistics. And one of the things these forums say, is, you need to know stuff about math and engineering and, like, how to fly planes and so on. But they also say, you either have to arrive knowing English and Russian or they put you through an intensive language training course. But then when they’re up in space, one of the things that they do is have the English native speakers speak Russian and the Russian speakers speak English. Because the idea is, if you speak your native language, maybe you’re speaking too fast or maybe you’re not sure if the other person’s really understanding you. Whereas if you both speak the language you’re not as fluent in, then you arrive at a level where both people can be sure that the other person’s understanding. And by now, there’s kind of this hybrid English-Russian language that’s developed. Not a full-fledged language but kind of a- Lauren: Space Creole! Gretchen: Yeah, a Space Pidgin that the astronauts use to speak with each other! I don’t know if anyone’s written a grammar of it, but I really want to see a grammar of Space Pidgin.”
Today seems like the right time to do a thread I’ve been thinking about for a while on how to handle the seemingly never-ending deluge of depressing and disturbing news. My tips are based on my time as a CIA military analyst in which I dealt daily with disturbing content. (1/)— Cindy Otis (@CindyOtis_) June 29, 2018
If you’re curious to see many possible, sustainable futures of Mars exploration, check out the #DecolonizeMars hashtag today.— NMSArchaeology (@NMSarchaeology) June 29, 2018
How about a conference called “In Retrospect” in which presenters revisit talks they’ve given years prior – and describe how their thinking has evolved since?— Bryan Cantrill (@bcantrill) June 29, 2018
Andy Holden & Peter Holden’s ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’ (2017) is one of the best multi-screen video installations I’ve seen; Springwatch via Ray and Charles Eames. And funny! 👌— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) June 29, 2018
‘Perhaps universal history is the history of the diverse intonation of a few metaphors’ [ . ] Illustration from 'The earliest cosmologies..’ - William Fairfield Warren  https://t.co/N50GoqTmoz pic.twitter.com/DKsePT0y5H— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) June 29, 2018
The appearance of Befunge, alongside FALSE (by Wouter van Oortmerssen, interviewed here) and brainfuck, all in 1993, proved to be the watershed moment for language experimentalism that would eventually become a movement (joinging INTERCAL which had been recently revived). The term esolang (or even “esoteric programming language”) would appear years later, its first use on the Befunge mailing list, where much of the early discussions of the form took place.
Russia’s athletes and military personnel are increasingly turning to ancient pagan beliefs, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned. The Orthodox church, a strong conservative force closely allied to the Kremlin, has expanded its presence in the Russian military with specially trained priests who are attached to individual units. The patriarch’s words are the latest volley in the church’s long battle against paganism, a tribal pre-Orthodox belief system.
For those contemplating exactly how out of control America was then compared to now, the most pertinent evidence is the book’s compendium of a near-constant series of terror bombings. The authors describe explosions in New York at National Guard headquarters, police headquarters, and three Manhattan banks; bombings in San Francisco’s Presidio and at a church during a police officer’s funeral; Molotov cocktails tossed in Wisconsin city halls and Connecticut ROTC offices; post offices, courthouses, and draft boards lit up across the country; 81 sticks of dynamite found at a Kansas university; and rocks, bottles, and eggs tossed directly at Nixon and California Gov. Ronald Reagan. According to Bryan Burrough’s 2015 book Days of Rage (Penguin Press), the U.S. suffered nearly five bombings every day during one 18-month period in 1971–72. Hijackings had become so common—33 in 1969 alone—that the president’s family was barred from flying commercial. Leary’s overseas spree (where he found himself continually squeezed as a cash cow by those he relied on) dovetailed with America’s cultural and political chaos. By January 1973, when the feds decided they weren’t going to let aggravating legal niceties hold them back and just kidnapped him in Afghanistan, the violence that had inspired Nixon to prioritize his capture was winding down. But for a while there, it was bad. The modern American populace would likely die of head-exploding embolisms if even a quarter of that sort of madness were common today.
The rationalist heuristic to figure out root causes for problems is to ask “why?” 5 times. Do not use when feeling stupid.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) June 29, 2018
The postrationalist heuristic to figure out root motivations for behaviors is to ask “why bother?” 5 times. Do not use when feeling depressed.
The other day I discovered that neural networks can learn to name rock climbing routes, when I trained one to generate new names for routes in Boulder and Joshua Tree. This week, I learned that they can name rock climbing routes in several languages at once.
UK Climbing saw these results and, to help train an even more capable neural network, sent me their entire database - all 427,000 names. These were the names of climbing routes from all around the world, in dozens of languages, names from the traditional (Muscle Crack, The Gizzard, Problem 21) to the more fanciful (Gandalf’s Groove Direct, Owl and Primroses).
First, for the cleanest dataset possible, I extracted the countries that have mostly english-language route names (about 155k names once I removed duplicates and numbered routes), and the neural net quickly learned to produce one plausible route after another. You might be able to slip this into a casual account of your last climbing trip, and have others nod in vague recognition. “Ah, yes, the Folly Cloud. Climbed that one last week before breakfast.”
Ramp of Lies
The Dog Sand
Left Hand Monster
The Scratching One
The Angel’s Crack
The Folly Cloud
The Cat Bear
Block of Fred
The Space Special
The Sun Mouse
The Bobble Block
The Rib (Stinkley)
Cry Problem 15
Scary Boulder Start
Solo Gallow Wall (STEXXY
The Sole and Elephant
Crag and Be Bloody
Wine for the Great Free Man
However, I’m happy to report that some of the names were indeed even weirder than your typical route name.
You’re Not Andrew
Master In Your Tea
Bean on the Pocket
Seven Dry Have Ship
Mantlet Butt’s Locket
No Rocks Egg
In Arms if the Lords
Parking Store Substance
Over a Wall No Mover
The Very Seven Steps
Robin Time and The Sheep
Captain Purple and Darkness
The Sun Tin’s Not Your Winds
Next, I trained the neural net on the entire database, just to see what it would make of the non-English names. It definitely struggled more this time - it reported much lower confidence in its results. But it did manage to become multilingual, generating names that were identifiably French, Spanish, or German (these were the most common languages other than English in the dataset, so these were mostly what it learned). Even if many of them didn’t make much sense.
La Grimper - French: The climb
Cascade de l'ange - French: Cascade of the angels
De l'angle de la surplomb - French: From the angle of the overhang
Steines Schwein - German: Stone’s pig
Sin Homble - Spanish: Without Homble
El Pollute - Spanish: The Pollute
Rapute de la vine - Romanian: Rapping of the coming
Danse ton de Barre - French: Dance tone of bar
Sometimes it did end up mixing up the languages, although not as often as I had expected. Maybe it was doing it much more with languages I was less familiar with, and I couldn’t tell.
El Pantes du Petit
La Desire del pierra
Le Chins de Constant (Standing Pub)
El Lope du Pante
Sans Inside Droit
Via de la finger
Placa de Carpet
Its brainpower was spread a bit thin, trying to remember rules for generating multiple languages at once. Unlike human brains, it definitely wasn’t built for compartmentalizing multiple languages. This struggle had an effect on the quality of its English names, which actually I rather like.
Boulder 1, Problem the Gorge
Blue Boulders Problem 1
No we and Cheese
Cat of the Shallow
Escapes of the Beach Brother
The Corner Stand of The Little Heart
There’s a whole category of names that I ended up not including in this blog post, although if you’re familiar with climbing route names you’ll recognize these as totally in the spirit of the originals. You can read them at UK Climbing, whose audience does not include small children, or you can read them (plus a few more bonus names) by entering your email here.
The Pedipulator - Cover illustration by the great Walter Molino featured on the 2 January 1966 issue of Italy’s, La Domenica del Corriere.
The seven-league boots are going to enter into reality: with the so-called pedipulator which multiplies by six the length of a step, the astronauts or American soldiers will move as if they were motorized and on any terrain. The ‘pedipulator’ is one of many applications of those studies and those experiments which, under the pressure of the space race, are changing the face of civilization. This week our correspondent Giancarlo Masini will report what he saw studied at American laboratories where the future has already begun.
Pitch: seminar course on ‘failed’ technologies across time and space; OLPC, Free Basics, the Qinhuangdao straddling bus, the Dymaxion house, pneumatic and atmospheric railways, Cybersyn, airships, Aramis, Concorde, first-generation VR, etc.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) June 28, 2018
Stacking WaveNet autoencoders on top of each other leads to raw audio models that can capture long-range structure in music. Check out our new paper: https://t.co/JGHfu2OkAL— Sander Dieleman (@sedielem) June 28, 2018
Listen to some minute-long piano music samples: https://t.co/CzF7PnxVC3 pic.twitter.com/snWRKHbnwr
Mulling over writing a parallel review of Wind River (2017) and Winter’s Bone (2010).— Jay Owens (@hautepop) June 26, 2018
They’re massively structurally parallel, and traverse the same themes: big, hard landscapes. Marginalised communities. The nature of justice in borderlands at the edge of the law.
Herald/Harbinger is a permanent public artwork, and a kind of living wake for the Bow Glacier. 24/7 the piece relays live data from the glacier into the middle of Downtown Calgary: https://t.co/pbr5Qlybi0— Jer Thorp (@blprnt) June 26, 2018