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i've been watching robotics;notes (which isn't about my ai for robotics notes from last semester thankfully) and everybody has weatherproof phablets with nifty AR features that they all keep side-holstered and maybe it's noteworthy how their digital existences seem tied to them but i'm more intrigued by how the batteries seem to last forever and how they seem to be a legit competitive gaming platform.

it seems like throughout my life over and over again i end up having to do some sort of osc to web browser bridge via websockets and i used to do it in node but i'd figure i'd learn async programming a little more and try it in python where it isn't so automatic so here is my hacky, baby-deer-in-async-land, wip python version

does anybody have a workflow for using (neo)vim and working in ipython notebooks? have a feeling coding in notebooks won't be much fun and i want to feed my obsession with doing everything remotely possible in vim.

sometimes when i want to laugh i think about how my silly abstractions are stored in the arctic code vault and then think about what other silly things might be stored there and also maybe i want to live in the arctic code vault too, do my pd abstractions count as rent

Mark Fell is an incredible composer and thinker.

This is the interview I've been waiting for for a quite a while now:

trying to record myself talking for NIME and I have never been great at speech things but trying to record myself talking makes it so much worse, i even forget how to make certain sounds with my mouth and the best of out millions of takes have weird pauses in them. i guess i will never become a va/seiyuu lol

i've been (slowly) teaching myself and i stumbled across this (so not mine) and maybe it's recency bias but the whole external coding/building process feels quite a bit more pleasant here than the usual C way of doing things

first semester of online cs grad school done (hci and ai for robotics) ๐Ÿ’ช next up in a week for the summer semester is ai and going through the norvig book (not sure what emoticon goes here)

i remap my caps lock (and windows key) to L Ctrl (holdover from my emacs days) using setxkbmap and several times during the day, it seems like my external keyboard forgets it and it resets to a normal caps lock (it's probably when i slightly bump the usb hub or something) and atm i don't want to figure out running that command automatically when the keyboard connects so i will just complain about it on here for now

if there are any takeaways from this hci class for me, it's about the value of alternative representations (visual, aural, etc.), higher levels of manipulation and representation (because there's no sense in futzing with the lower level stuff if you don't have to), abstraction, the value of letting computers/programming languages (visual and textual, high and low level) do the work, the power of interaction and networks with both human and machine (and human mediated by machine)

and also that i am still so very bad and very slow at reading and so very easily distracted, i mean it's taken me hours to read 8 pages and i fell asleep twice in the middle of it and i still have so many more pages to go why why why

ah, now i'm running into the limitations of having a free account on vimeo and i'm not able to set the quality of a player with just a free account and i'm unhappy again

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TIL YouTube's player API is really horrible to work with and the way they suggest loading it is really weird and indirect and also wasted a few hours trying to figure out how to get it to actually work. Vimeo's player API on the other hand... actually works the way including a JS library should actually work and doesn't have any weird redirects to totally different domains

i have recurring dreams of going to an arcade and i kinda wonder what made going to the arcade a special experience vs staying at home and wasting my days away on a genesis. are arcades still a thing (granted covid didn't kill the last of them)? was what made arcades special communality or accessibility (emphasis on pick up and play and shorter experiences)? is there a nowadays equivalent to arcades?

would anybody know a way of way of hosting music somewhere to be streamable but not downloadable (bonus points if there's some api i can trigger from javascript)?

i usually don't care about making things downloadable (and I would rather things be downloadable), but this music isn't mine (and i don't want to get hit by copyright things) and it's for an academic-oriented visualization (and we're wanting to tie the music into it) so we're also in the process of trying to get permission and/or figure out fair-use sorta things.

in other news, I'm presenting (well, being zoom present and having a prerecorded presentation shared) at mgss hosted by mcgill tmw on my project with sofy yuditskaya and sophia sun which was a ml-based karaoke art installation:


ai, robotics, grad school 

what i like and don't like about this robotics ai class is that if i mess around enough, i can get things working moderately well and not know quite why it works. which i guess is the case with a lot of code sometimes but also means i should probably study for the final.

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