Terrapattern provides an open-ended interface for visual query-by-example. Simply click an interesting spot on Terrapattern’s map, and it will find other locations that look similar. Our tool is ideal for locating specialized ‘nonbuilding structures’ and other forms of soft infrastructure that aren’t usually indicated on maps. It’s an open-source tool for discovering “patterns of interest” in unlabeled satellite imagery—a prototype for exploring the unmapped, and the unmappable.
GPT-2 displays a broad set of capabilities, including the ability to generate conditional synthetic text samples of unprecedented quality, where we prime the model with an input and have it generate a lengthy continuation. In addition, GPT-2 outperforms other language models trained on specific domains (like Wikipedia, news, or books) without needing to use these domain-specific training datasets. On language tasks like question answering, reading comprehension, summarization, and translation, GPT-2 begins to learn these tasks from the raw text, using no task-specific training data. While scores on these downstream tasks are far from state-of-the-art, they suggest that the tasks can benefit from unsupervised techniques, given sufficient (unlabeled) data and compute.
“The sea is not a surface. It is, from top to bottom, an abyss. If you want to cross the sea, sink.”
tuning youtube algo to serve wholesome “polyglot surprises old woman by speaking her rare language” videos instead of “cringe fails and public freakouts compilation #666.” moving past hatred and disgust one day at a time— atemlos (@mxexsxh) February 19, 2019
Y’ALL. Intersectionality is not about the intersection of identities, its about the intersection of institutions of oppression. Making that distinction is verrrrrry important.— diasporic shawty 🅴 (@cybermarxisttt) February 18, 2019
This article uses an annotation tool so that we don’t have to define cultural terms in the article. We’re doing this because we want the people who already understand those terms to feel like our target audience. https://t.co/X7QUuuUKaK— Frank Shyong 熊紹岡 (@frankshyong) February 19, 2019
Svalbard Satellite Station, also known as SvalSat, is a satellite ground station near Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Its position on the 78th parallel north makes it advantageous for communication with satellites in low polar orbits. SvalSat has 31 multi-mission and customer-dedicated antennas, serving clients like NASA, the European Space Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and others.
Source imagery: DigitalGlobe
The central question raised by these insect apocalypse stories is one that goes way beyond the fate of insects: How should we act upon imperfect knowledge? https://t.co/XULTG9cbz5— Ed Yong (@edyong209) February 19, 2019
Climate scientists are too alarmist, say people who claim a carbon tax will destroy the economy, crush freedom, and turn the US into a communist dictatorship— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) February 19, 2019
How can science fiction help us confront environmental crisis? @grist investigates, with a particular emphasis on climate fiction (including our recent Everything Change, Volume II anthology!) and interviews with experts and editors. Dig it: https://t.co/HQsAAe7rFw— ASU CSI (@imaginationASU) February 18, 2019
The Paper Airplane Machine
“Afforestation” (brand new forest) programs such as the “great green walls” planned across the Sahel and NW China have also had pretty terrible tree survival rates.— Jay Owens (@hautepop) February 17, 2019
(Growing trees in deserts is hard.)
Juni Ludowici’s Round House being transported down the River Thames, 1958.
Via Stephen Ellcock.
Celebrating 15 years of the live coding community, first formed at the Changing Grammars symposium, 14th February 2004. We wrote this shortly after. Now there are bazillions of live coding environments and a thriving worldwide community of practice.
You’ll be able to watch the stream here: http://youtube.com/eulerroom/live/
We delivered a talk on “exit and salvagepatch” strategy to a group of young militants and polipunks in the inner city today. Their message back to me: show us what to smash and we’ll help you build from the ruins. Deal.— ◉ (@brightabyss) February 17, 2019
how large a city could you build (how many people) in which 1) the only forms of transportation are walking (or chairs/electric scooters for the disabled) and elevators; and 2) max travel time within 30 mins? walking need not be at surface level (eg pedestrian bridges btw towers)— Steve Randy Waldman (@interfluidity) February 15, 2019
imma let you finish, but… what if this was our pop cultural high point? kinda haunted by that thought lately for some reason pic.twitter.com/bBsCKnwD7r— m1k3y (@m1k3y) February 16, 2019
personally hope these kids bring the whole stinking machine to a halt. glad they are on their feet and taking a lead.— Tim Etchells (@Tim_Etchells) February 15, 2019
The other night I found myself sitting in my dark car in the Vroman’s parking lot, laptop actually in lap, listening to old Art Bell Area 51 shows and writing clojure to analyze 6.5 billion aircraft transponder pings I’ve picked up over the years.— John Wiseman (@lemonodor) February 15, 2019
Your tweets hint at an intuition I had about the human experience (qualia) of time. It seems to me that *frequency* is the way we perceive time. Repetition forms reality. I once posed the odd provocation, “Is it possible for humans to perceive something that only happens *once*?”— Peter Wang (@pwang) February 15, 2019
Next dataset: pic.twitter.com/lBH478YKtW— anna ridler (@annaridler) February 15, 2019
I’d like you to know that the final message we played for Opportunity was a song.— Arielle Samuelson (@ariellesamuel) February 15, 2019
We sang her to sleep with Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.” It ends with:
I’ll find you
In the morning sun
And when the night is new.
I’ll be looking at the moon,
But I’ll be seeing you.
This is how astronauts sleep in zero gravity pic.twitter.com/2h1TOqOyWs— Universal-Sci (@universal_sci) February 14, 2019
“Now it is true that we very proudly killed Cook, who brought VD & Tuberculosis to the Hawaiian people with his disease-ridden men. In fact, we Hawaiians still celebrate every 14 February as Hauʻoli Lā Hoʻomake iā Kapena Kuke!” https://t.co/pBmNEKcRvs— Jack Latimore (@LatimoreJack) February 14, 2019
Anyway it’s quite something, I guess, to be the generation to ride the peak, to be the ones who can look back at the long rise behind us, like the smooth flank of a gigantic ocean swell, and forward, at the precipitous and chaotic drop to come, seeing even the rocky ocean floor.— Will “Scratch” Burroughs (@kaimingmck) February 13, 2019
AGF: plotting my interaction with bio modular synthesizer CELLF [cultured human cells with IPs cell technology to neural network into responsive external “brain”] with Guy Ben-Ary - 29 March 2019 #Helsinki produced by @bioartsociety + @real_mkk https://t.co/wuIAjJ1vUG pic.twitter.com/GbNb7bMGFh— AG.Føɍɇvøɍ : ρѻﻉtﻉ§§ (@poemproducer) February 12, 2019
“The data behind it isn’t anything new, but the public-friendly repackaging of that data, known as climate-analog mapping, represents a shift in how science reaches the public.” https://t.co/cqrSwsaBOR via @WIRED— Greg Fiske (@g_fiske) February 14, 2019
I’m going to refer to the ideal as “Interdependent Music” from now on. Seems sticky & illustrative. Independence without mutual support + obligation = hellscape. A re-reading of what made the original indies special was the interdependence + resiliency of artist led networks..— Mat Dryhurst (@matdryhurst) February 14, 2019
“my battery is low and it’s getting dark” is so hauntingly human, so crushingly lonely. I can’t articulate the deep, profound ache that sentence evokes. It’s acceptance and defeat and terror and sadness all at once, all from one tiny machine we asked to explore the stars for us.
Most of Sun Ra’s albums were pressed in units of 100. They rarely sold out. About the same amount of people who supported experimental music then, support it now— PrizmLabs (@HPrizm) February 13, 2019
Today, we’re expressing gratitude for the opportunity to rove on Mars (#ThanksOppy) as we mark the completion of a successful mission that exceeded our expectations.
Our Opportunity Rover’s last communication with Earth was received on June 10, 2018, as a planet-wide dust storm blanketed the solar-powered rover’s location on the western rim of Perseverance Valley, eventually blocking out so much sunlight that the rover could no longer charge its batteries. Although the skies over Perseverance cleared, the rover did not respond to a final communication attempt on Feb. 12, 2019.
As the rover’s mission comes to an end, here are a few things to know about its opportunity to explore the Red Planet.
90 days turned into 15 years!
Opportunity launched on July 7, 2003 and landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004 for a planned mission of 90 Martian days, which is equivalent to 92.4 Earth days. While we did not expect the golf-cart-sized rover to survive through a Martian winter, Opportunity defied all odds as a 90-day mission turned into 15 years!
The Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image taken in March 2014 by the rover’s rear hazard avoidance camera. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens.
Opportunity Set Out-Of-This-World Records
Opportunity’s achievements, including confirmation water once flowed on Mars. Opportunity was, by far, the longest-lasting lander on Mars. Besides endurance, the six-wheeled rover set a roaming record of 28 miles.
This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth’s moon and Mars. Opportunity holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 28.06 miles (45.16 kilometers) of driving on Mars.
It’s Just Like Having a Geologist on Mars
Opportunity was created to be the mechanical equivalent of a geologist walking from place to place on the Red Planet. Its mast-mounted cameras are 5 feet high and provided 360-degree two-eyed, human-like views of the terrain. The robotic arm moved like a human arm with an elbow and wrist, and can place instruments directly up against rock and soil targets of interest. The mechanical “hand” of the arm holds a microscopic camera that served the same purpose as a geologist’s handheld magnifying lens.
There’s Lots to See on Mars
After an airbag-protected landing craft settled onto the Red Planet’s surface and opened, Opportunity rolled out to take panoramic images. These images gave scientists the information they need to select promising geological targets that tell part of the story of water in Mars’ past. Since landing in 2004, Opportunity has captured more than 200,000 images. Take a look in this photo gallery.
From its perch high on a ridge, the Opportunity rover recorded this image on March 31, 2016 of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below. The view looks back at the rover’s tracks leading up the north-facing slope of “Knudsen Ridge,” which forms part of the southern edge of “Marathon Valley
There Was Once Water on Mars?!
Among the mission’s scientific goals was to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils for clues to past water activity on Mars. In its time on the Red Planet, Opportunity discovered small spheres of the mineral hematite, which typically forms in water. In addition to these spheres that a scientist nicknamed “blueberries,” the rover also found signs of liquid water flowing across the surface in the past: brightly colored veins of the mineral gypsum in rocks, for instance, which indicated water flowing through underground fractures.
The small spheres on the Martian surface in this close-up image are near Fram Crater, visited by the Opportunity rover in April 2004.
For more about Opportunity’s adventures and discoveries, see: https://go.nasa.gov/ThanksOppy.
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“when removed from the circumstances for which it was designed, WaveNet can “speak” on its own. […] speechlike sounds are accompanied by the irregular clicking of digital teeth and smacking of synthetic lips. […]What human mouth might produce such uncanny abjection?”— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) February 13, 2019
Ever had one of those bugs that makes you want to study really hard, apply to grad school, get a doctorate in physics, spend the rest of your life in deep research, invent a time machine, go back in time, kill Charles Babbage and prevent the computer from coming into existence?— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) February 13, 2019
trying to make z̍al̉̐ͣ̅̎͒҉ģ̔͒͌o̍̉ͬ͆͒̌͑ȓͬ҉av̂̒ͥe̋ͣͣ͌ͤ̈̿ a thing— Aashish Gadani (@amgadani) February 13, 2019
Your data parable for today, courtesy of Ghost In The Shell pic.twitter.com/srcG4Jsh7M— Wesley Goatley (@wesleygoatley) February 12, 2019
Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the other problem?— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 12, 2019
Mileva Maric was the only woman in the physics program w Einstein. She failed her exams a few weeks after discovering she was pregnant and then dropped out. They both were working on 2 papers each. A few years later he published 4 papers that became known as a miracle. No— Monica Beletsky (@MonicaBeletsky) February 12, 2019
That’s what I normally use, but in this case I need to be able to differentiate those people as a clump from the other people who happen to be science researchers :) unless we decide that science researchers aren’t people, which is fine by me— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) February 11, 2019
“They don’t write text; they cookup intensities. They don’t theorise; they secrete, datableed.”— 🦇 ⤵️🕳 (@xenogothic) February 11, 2019
Bold of you to assume the AI programed by supremacist idiots won’t train itself on the corporations’ attempts to use the occult for profit https://t.co/mtnbIXYfWD— Damien saw the Time-Knife once. Highly Recommended (@Wolven) February 12, 2019
I put my Antarctic “emulation” code on a website where you can run it at the push of a button, no knowledge or installation needed. I think this is the future: https://t.co/ORVzLvpScy— Dr Tamsin Edwards (@flimsin) February 11, 2019
“When in doubt, choose to live” — Lu Tze in Thief of Time— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 12, 2019
1. chaos magic wasn’t a mistake. it’s just…like kesey said about acid (paraphrasing) “you can’t just keep opening & closing the door; eventually you have to walk through.”— kit ennis yetts (@cour13r5) February 12, 2019
(1 like = 1 tweet amplifying this)
“What happens to us— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) February 11, 2019
Is irrelevant to the world’s geology
But what happens to the world’s geology
Is not irrelevant to us.
We must reconcile ourselves to the stones,
Not the stones to us.”
(Hugh MacDiarmid) pic.twitter.com/EVA7yjCi4P
Great text on a great painter. Everything and nothing at the same time. “It has to look easy,” he said, “That feeling like it just happened.” That quote is something to write up somewhere as a constant reminder no matter what medium you’re working in. https://t.co/ShQGOSsgpZ— Tim Etchells (@Tim_Etchells) February 11, 2019
Broke: ‘Move Fast and Break Things’— samim (@samim) February 7, 2019
Woke: 'Move Slow and Heal Things’
Bespoke: 'Don’t Move and do nothing’
On the 19th @ 1900 I’ll be at @Futures_Design London meet-up talking about the failure of speculative design to achieve anything of substantial human value beyond ‘hm interesting’ or profit https://t.co/cNmHf9GTHl— Tobias Revell (@tobias_revell) February 10, 2019
An innkeeper finds out that seven tigers are controlling random numbers.— Magic Realism Bot (@MagicRealismBot) February 10, 2019
In the “Machine Learning for Art” scene there is “before GAN” and “after GAN” (2015 > now). The vast variety of methods & ideas of the early period, got homogenized into a endless stream of GANerated pixels, that tether on nihilism and yet are sold as magic. Artificial Progress?— samim (@samim) February 10, 2019
The Wondering Earth was a box office hit during the spring festival in China. And Chinese showing their ticket , printed Only Communist Party Can Save The Earth. No I am not kidding @BaldingsWorld @Jkylebass pic.twitter.com/KjO3EXmcpW— Formless 大法自然 (@NQRVdx3xzBk61gO) February 10, 2019
Updated terms and conditions: all Instagram targeted ad copy is now to be delivered by talking birds.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) February 9, 2019
‘Seek out the faceted moments of geomediation at the Hermits Rest, after staring down The Abyss. Layers upon layers, Bright Angel Shale, Vishnu Schist and Zoroaster Granite. The Great Unconformity (an absence, a non-layer).’ https://t.co/KOEP6nantK— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) February 9, 2019
When I was young I wanted to grow up to become a tree— BeachSloth (@Beach_Sloth) February 9, 2019
Harry Callahan: Sunlight on Water, 1943
You know what’s the problem with Singlish’s street cred? Every joker who has ever heard it before thinks he or she can speak it. Just ask that angmo who’s been in Singapore for a few weeks, and you may hear him or her boast: “You think I cannot speak lah?” Actually, angmo, I dun think hor, I know – because that use of “lah” is so salah.
Poor, poor “lah”! It has kena so much abuse that sometimes we wonder whether we’re still a Western colony. Come on, show some respect! “Is ‘lah’ a note to follow ‘soh’?” isn’t funny – we’ve heardit a gazillion times. Such wilful ignorance isn’t cute. “How go to Orchard Road lah?” “Lah your friend is so beautiful.” “The chicken rice nice-nice leh lah!”
What the fiak. (Yes, that’s how we say it.) “Lah” has to be like among the most abused words in the history of abused words. So let’s get the rules right for the sake of our sanity. “Lah” is firstly used at the end of a sentence or a main clause – nowhere else. No “Lah you is so funny” or “I take lah the bus home”. This isn’t French. But you can say “Dun care him lah, let’s go!” or use it with a filler like “OK”, as in “Please lah, OK?” (By the way, this “OK” doesn’t mean OK; it means “for God’s sake”. Surprise.)
Secondly, there’s no need to use “lah” to end every sentence. Once is enough to set the tone – unless you want to change this tone or to be irritating. So it makes sense when you cry, for example, “Help me lah! Lend me money lah!” Otherwise, dun lah-lah-lah please.
Thirdly, “lah” isn’t exactly meaningless. And it doesn’t mean “dude” or “babe”, and you shouldn’t say “How are you lah?” when you mean “How are you, bro?” There are even multiple meanings to it, and each meaning is defined by the context in play. I can identify three main types:
- The pleading “lah”, as in “Go away lah!” or “Go and die lah!”, and both of these mean “Please get lost”.
- The emphatic “lah”, as when you hear “You see lah!” The emphasis here is on you seeing – which presumably you haven’t been – and the line therefore means “Didn’t I tell you to watch out?”
- The affirmative “lah”, as in “Steady lah!” or “Solid lah!”, both of which mean “You’re impressive! Keep it up!”
These three “lahs” are also differentiated by tone, and so you need to learn to enunciate right too. None of them involves the sing-song “lah” of The Sound of Music. The pleading “lah” sounds like a deflating balloon: “laaah”. The emphatic “lah” is a spurt ending on a higher pitch, like when something drops on your foot. The affirmative “lah” is also a spurt, but it pulls downwards after going up, thus showing the very control of feeling it signals.
So, everyone, please lah, OK? Dun simi sai also go lah. Use your “lahs” sparingly and accurately, and you will win over the easily wounded hearts of native Singaporeans faster than HDB upgrading!
– Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic novelist, and a lite-ra-rary critic who also likes to talk cock sing song.
Seriously, if we can’t make up words willy-nilly, or borrow them from random languages and underground emoji codes wtf did we even build the internet for? The whole point of the internet was to act as a complexifier of language 🤬— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 8, 2019
Unfinished art project (2009)— Matt Webb (@genmon) February 8, 2019
Prompted by a conversation with @firstname.lastname@example.org about our separate experiments with timelapses over many years (given the timelapse machine I’m currently building, which is right now taped to the win…https://t.co/xDYlf9dkzg pic.twitter.com/95McEF6s6Q
Word of the day: “slipshape” - in contrast to “shipshape” (tidy, ordered, regulated), that which is “slipshape” is characterised by fluidity, uncertainty, shape-shift & flow.— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) February 7, 2019
Coined by Alice Oswald in her book-length river-poem Dart, “a songline from the source to the sea”. pic.twitter.com/fH0cNo2K2U
Senior EU officials have told me bluntly they know Brexit was won through illegality and cheating by Leave. Leaving the EU is not the ‘will of the people’. Brexit is the will of a British government complicit in ignoring data crime, electoral crime and Russian interference. https://t.co/G1HdqBPCzw— Christopher Wylie 🏳️🌈 (@chrisinsilico) February 7, 2019
New research finds Australia is installing renewable energy faster than any other country, a trend that will allow Australia to meet its economy-wide Paris targets five years ahead of schedule if politics doesn’t derail the trend. https://t.co/pFanmeaTIo— Belinda Barnet (@manjusrii) February 7, 2019
Srinivas: Anthropology cannot be satisfied to train students for a crumbling world, but rather should allow them to imagine a world that could be and then give them the imagination to build a future that only they can see.’— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) February 7, 2019
Complexity concept of the day: The greatest challenge today is building collaborations among people who don’t understand each other for collective benefit.— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) February 7, 2019
Smoke & mirrors by BricePortolano (via https://flic.kr/p/Tnn1YG )
Icy morning mist by BricePortolano (via https://flic.kr/p/wdqKY6 )
Just climbed Montagne de Bueren, a 374-step staircase in Liège, Belgium, while thinking about transitional spaces and Georges Perec.— Matthew Turner (@MjTurner_) February 6, 2019
“We should learn to live more on staircases. But how?“
— Georges Perec (Species of Space, pg. 38) pic.twitter.com/UKulHZID5Y
Never accept “no” for an answer from someone who doesn’t have the authority to say “yes”.— StratAnalytica (@StratAnalytica) February 6, 2019
Just learned the amazing word “apophany” from apophenia, the tendency to see patterns when they aren’t there, i.e. faces in clouds, nonexistent patterns on the roulette wheel. So an apophany is like an epiphany except you’re wrong.— Ada Palmer (@Ada_Palmer) February 6, 2019
Within the past 24 hours, France, Russia, & the US have all conducted test launches of unarmed nuclear missiles.— DEFCONWarningSystem (@DEFCONWSALERTS) February 6, 2019
France: 1 missile launch from a warplane
Russia: 1 ICBM Yars from Plesetsk Cosmodrome
US: 1 Minuteman III from Vandenberg AFB
Attention Is All* You Need— Jeremy Howard (@jeremyphoward) February 6, 2019
* (except for fully connected layers, softmax, positional encoders, layer norm, skip connections…) pic.twitter.com/BnSQD9oEPA
One must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star. #Nietzsche— NietzscheQuotes (@NietzscheQuotes) February 6, 2019
Arm my trembling hand, that it may boldly rip up and anatomize the ulcerous body of this anthropophagized plague.— martin howse (@micro_research) February 6, 2019
SABOTAGE YOUR ATTITUDE— ALGORAVE ADVICE (@ALGORAVE_ADVICE) February 6, 2019
This is a picture of the far side of the Moon and Earth beyond, captured on Feb. 4 by a camera on board the student-built Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite and received by the amateur-operated Dwingeloo Telescope in The Netherlands. (HT @AJ_FI @radiotelescoop) pic.twitter.com/pQAJaszEH3— Jason Major (@JPMajor) February 4, 2019
Nakameguro, Meguro, Tokyo, Jan. 2019
Here’s @tobias_revell and I’s most recent work ‘Augury’, an installation that parodies the faith in algorithmic prediction by combining machine learning technologies to create a new form of divination based on the flight patterns of planes: https://t.co/Lg8OQXXuXl— Wesley Goatley (@wesleygoatley) February 4, 2019
Tweeted it before but your design brief should always, always, always end with the final point.— Tobias Revell (@tobias_revell) February 4, 2019
A more articulate critique of human/user-centred approached from @cityofsound
than I can manage. https://t.co/et4jjkq3fi pic.twitter.com/PU32K2ELLY
The first ever simulated image of a black hole, by astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet (1978). The surrounding accretion disk was calculated on punched cards, then drawn dot-by-dot “directly on negative Canson paper with black India ink.” Complete story: https://t.co/EF7ekbeIBV pic.twitter.com/okDfmIa4XS— ((( 1/f ))) (@fadesingh) February 5, 2019
when they depreciate the api pic.twitter.com/MBPE5E52Or— everest (@everestpipkin) February 5, 2019
Call me crazy, but I think the glass is both half empty AND half full.— Theodor Holm Nelson (@TheTedNelson) February 4, 2019