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Just a reminder, UK folks: I run a wiki about places to pass on things that you no longer need. It's called Pass It On.

passiton.miraheze.org/wiki/Mai

I'm always looking for SPECIFIC, GENUINE and RECENT examples of charities/other orgs that will take things that might otherwise go to landfill.

Please, no hearsay or vague recommendations. But if YOU PERSONALLY have got a charity to take something IN THE RECENT PAST, I am desperate to hear about it.

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leaving it up to
The Masses i think is at
this point criminal

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The Vikings are drunk
and the giant that attacked
Edith is cut down

I've listened to a bunch of covers recently and I'm so disappointed by the number of artists who change lyrics to make it ~less gay~

(I'm yet to find a single example where someone changes the lyrics to make it *more* gay)

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Not actually designed for Mermay, but here’s a chart I made by encoding the word “mermaid” back in 2018. It can be used for knitting or any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

gannetdesigns.com/2018/06/01/m

This is... not my cat

(my cat is upstairs pretending I don't exist until dinnertime, give or take 2 hours)

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"Yes?" says the knitter, startled but polite, "seventy-five, seventy-six—just a moment till I get to the end of my row—seventy-seven, seventy-eight—yes," she says, looking up brightly, "it's all right now. What were you saying?" But of course one has forgotten or no longer cares.

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my housemate: is Tom [my partner] on night shifts? we want to do some strimming but don't want to wake him
me: yeah he went to bed like an hour ago, don't wake him up
housemate: okay! *goes into garden* *slams back door* *stands below our bedroom window and yells at partner who's at the other end of the garden* WE CAN'T DO ANY STRIMMING BECAUSE TOM'S ASLEEP
😶

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In which a neural net prompted with NOAA's Atlantic Basin Storm Name Pronunciations guide further erodes the already tenuous link between English spelling and pronunciation
ai-weirdness.ghost.io/hurrican

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I gave a set of 2020 headlines to the neural net GPT-3, whose training data cut off in October 2019.

Having never seen 2020, it tried to predict what headlines are next on the list.

aiweirdness.com/post/637497177

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I'm hand-curating the GPT-3 generated #Botober prompts because many of the neural net's drawing prompts are terrible for one reason or another.
Here are some of the prompts that were unfairly difficult.

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what inception level is gpt-3 describing a meme from 2019 in a pseudo-chaucerian poetry form from late 2016?

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Seems like nobody is thrilled at the #nhm's new director. They claim they're for diversity but the white men who run it keep hiring other white men. The museum keeps modelling itself on brainless soulless corporations and I don't think that's compatible with their values. Certainly decolonisation is not going to be on their radar beyond lip service. I wonder what it would take for him to step down and be replaced with someone more appropriate.

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I used the neural net GPT-2 to generate some April Fools pranks.

conveniently they're all pranks you play on yourself. or possibly solo performance art.
aiweirdness.com/post/614209593

I searched for "pandas" (the python library)... I have absolutely no idea where "people" came from

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serial killers, eye strain (terrible photo) 

still not people though apparently 🙃

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