Learning by Osmosis

Feb. 27th, 2015 03:19 pm
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AI specialists at the University of Maryland have created a robot that can learn by observing.  This one taught itself to cook by watching YouTube.

This is epic.  It's the "monkey see, monkey do" moment.  One of the most crucial steps in creating artificial life is the ability of self-learning instead of programming.  More importantly, learning by observation -- rather than being trained explicitly -- is a feature of higher lifeforms such as humans, cetaceans, and great apes.  It lays a foundation for the "aha!" moment of awakening to self.  A robot might go through the motions and then suddenly understand  what they mean.

Just remember, an AI is like a small child.  They learn what they see.  They mimic what you do, not what you say.  So treat them as you want to be treated.  Teach them well.  Then they'll do great things, instead of going insane and trying to destroy the world.  

Asexuals in Entertainment

Feb. 27th, 2015 02:34 pm
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Here's a heartfelt post on why we need asexual characters, especially in positive roles.  But it's not just because asexual people need role models too.  It's because even sexual  people shouldn't be pressured all the time to get in a relationship.  Being single needs to be okay.

Ironically, one of the healthiest relationships in Polychrome Heroics is a quiet little villain/villain F/F.  Fortressa has declared that she is Through With Men.  Okay, fine, she can do that.  One of her henchwomen, Socket, has an almighty crush on Fortressa -- and has said absolutely nothing about it, because Fortressa isn't interested in a sexual/romantic relationship.  Instead, Socket is just always there for her, fixing up the battlesuit and making sure there's food in the shop fridge and generally trying to make Fortressa's life easier.  Because that's what true love is all about.  It's not about getting what you want out of the other person.  It's that condition in which somebody's happiness in integral to your own, so you do what you can to be there for them, however they  want you to.  It doesn't have to be sexual.  And what started out as a crush is slowly, inexorably, and quite beautifully growing into a squish which is fulfilling for both of them.

To find my asexual, celibate, demisexual, etc. characters, check out the QUILTBAG list.

Moment of Silence: Leonard Nimoy

Feb. 27th, 2015 01:00 pm
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Leonard Nimoy has passed away.  He lived long, and prospered.  He both was and was not Spock.  But while everyone knows that role, I have another favorite too: he also starred in Brave New World, where it was utterly delightful to see him frisking around advising the other characters to be happy and have lots of promiscuous sex.

He taught us a lot about logic and emotion; more crucially still, the need to balance both in order to live well.  Along with the rest of the Star Trek teamfamily, he taught us about tolerance -- not just of others, but of ourselves.  He showed us glimpses, not just of one future, but of many futures.  In doing these things, he left an imprint that will last as long as our culture does.

So I'm sorry he's left us -- though he has left quite a lot to us -- and I'm really going to miss that man.  But on the other side...


Leonard Nimoy looks at the enormous mob burgeoning around The Great Con in the Sky.  Two cloud buses have arrived simultaneously.  One of them disgorges a flock of angels -- is that Metatron? -- while the other lets out a stream of tzadikim.  On the front lawn, a circle of Summerlanders are spit-roasting an entire ox.

Leonard shakes his head and sneaks around back in search of an open window.  Just as he is closing the window behind himself, a soft sound makes him whirl around.  "Gene!" he cries gladly.

"Hello, old friend," says Gene Roddenberry as they hug.  "Sorry about the crush out front.  People are excited to see you."

Leonard raises an eyebrow.  "Coming in the back way was a logical ruse," he says.  "But what are you  doing here?"

"Waiting for you," Gene replies.  "Since you made your peace with old Spock, I figured you'd take the logical route.  Come on, I'll show you where we stashed the secret Green Room.  If we hurry, we can get there before Isaac Asimov eats all the cookies."

Grinning, Leonard drapes a long arm over Gene's shoulders and says, "Lead the way."

Editing

Feb. 27th, 2015 12:49 pm
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How is everyone coming along on editing the story they started last November? I had dental issues in January and slept a lot on the days I could have written (Thank you, Vicodin. I hate you. You give me really weird dreams.) Then in February I worked oh so much overtime, and of course I can't write while I'm at work. There's just not enough time to myself to be able to concentrate on it. I hope March will be kinder to me this time.

The Friday Five for February 27, 2015

Feb. 27th, 2015 03:31 am
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1. Have you ever spent time on a farm?

2. Have you ever been to summer camp?

3. What is your favorite summertime memory?

4. Did you ever play Kick the Can or tag as a kid?

5. Can you milk a cow?



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Broadband Is a Utility

Feb. 27th, 2015 03:59 am
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 Broadband internet access has been declared a utility.  I am pleased, and a little surprised that they actually got something right.

Poem: "Tools and Toys"

Feb. 25th, 2015 08:50 pm
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This poem came out of the February 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 The general fund poll is up on LiveJournal.  You may vote in a comment if you don't have an account there.

Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Feb. 25th, 2015 04:08 pm
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 Latest fun graphic from Compound Interest is about proton nuclear magnetic resonance.

Read "Often Buried Deep"

Feb. 25th, 2015 02:42 pm
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 Thanks to a donation from Ng_moonmoth, you can start on the first 33 verses of "Often Buried Deep."  It belongs to the series An Army of One and follows Astin's new trade route, so you can see how the different parts of the Lacuna are starting to connect with each other.

A Miles Morales Movie?

Feb. 25th, 2015 01:07 pm
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So there's a petition to set up the new MCU Spiderman as Miles Morales.  It's a longshot, but I am so rooting for this.  I haven't even bothered to watch the latest Spiderman movies, the trailers looked so awful; I prefer the earlier ones.  But if we could have Miles?  TAKE MAH MONEY!

I will never cease to be impressed by the fact that Miles came out of someone at Marvel saying, "I wonder what the demographics of New York are like today," looking up some actual facts, and then responding to the huge mixed race population by giving Miles an African/Hispanic heritage.  :D  

Poem: "Who Would Have Clear Water"

Feb. 24th, 2015 11:48 pm
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This poem came out of the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Marina_bonomi. It also fills the "Summertime (and the Livin' Is Easy) square in my 9-1-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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Poem: "Il Vero Prezzo"

Feb. 24th, 2015 11:39 am
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This poem is spillover from the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "I want a lifetime with you" square on my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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Ace Attorney Big Bang 2015

Feb. 24th, 2015 04:37 pm
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Welcome to [community profile] aceattorneybigbang/[tumblr.com profile] aceattorneybigbang 2015!

This is our second year on Dreamwidth. Writers, artists, fanmixers, other creators, betas and cheerleaders are all welcome. Come join the challenge!

Schedule - Questions & Information - About Big Bang cheerleaders - Sign Ups

Oscar Is Being a White Dude Again

Feb. 23rd, 2015 09:19 pm
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... which is hardly a surprise. What really disappoints me is this:

"Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs -- notably the first black person in her position -- denies that the academy has a problem recognizing diversity, but the demographics of the organization's members tell a different story."

Since the demographics indicate a clear bias toward white men, the above statement means that she agrees  with that situation.  She sees it, but doesn't consider it a problem.  She thinks it's okay and should stay that way.

Lady, please go the fuck home.  Some of us are tired of Hollywonderbread.

Poem: "Magic and Pasta"

Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:24 pm
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This poem came out of the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "I can't stop thinking about you when we're apart" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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I just dropped $5 into "Endless Poetry" on Kickstarter.  I want more poetry to exist, I want to support crowdfunded poetry, and I want to encourage multicultural writers.  Triple score!  :D

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