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Archive for 2023

  • ๐Ÿ”– MELODY โ€“

    MELODY is a place where you can make sense of Linked Open Data and publish beautiful data stories.

  • my poem, “Departing Temescal for Rockridge,” is in the debut issue of the Erato Literary Magazine (free, pay what you can).

  • ๐Ÿ”– Jasper Bernes, "Deeds and Propaganda" โ€“

    In these territorial movements, which build across the span of years rather than months, shared commitments tie different groups together without producing any simple unity. Such movements require what Hugh Farrell has called โ€œthe strategy of composition,โ€ which โ€œproposes that the multiple segments of a movement remain multiple, while simultaneously weaving the necessary practical alliances between them.โ€ Such a strategy is neither a synthesis, resulting in a new mass subject, nor a simple coalition, in which each group exits the same as it enters. As Farrell writes, โ€œin order to maintain the composition of a movement, each of its component parts must be willing to step away from their identities to some degree.โ€ … Collective strategy emerges in some way other than any one group could have conceived it.

  • i have a new epistolary poem recently published by Travesties?!, which focuses on the interplay of prophylaxis, maritime communication, and desire

  • lostalgia

    for a good part of my life i’ve had trouble with the past, at least my own. it was uncomfortable to sit with, to remember, to make sense of. however, music has been the notable exception. even therein this feels fraught when i start to think about reunion shows and tours which continue to arise with an alarming frequency as bands and albums i grew up with push their 30th anniversaries (in some cases more). at varying points, i felt like these reunion shows were ridiculous. i didn’t full-on object from the standpoint that a band would be “cashing in” well after the fact. internally, though, i felt sheepish: was i trying to live in the past yet again? was i refusing to move on? such questions really prevented me from exploring these ways to reconnect to an earlier time and place. what tipped the scales, however, was the decision to see The Doobie Brothers about a year and a half ago.
  • when you think about it, all music is psychedelic music.

    if it’s not, you’re not trying hard enough.

  • ๐Ÿ”– TIFA: Text-to-Image Faithfulness Evaluation with Question Answering โ€“

    TIFA uses a language model (LM), a question answering (QA) model, and a visual question answering (VQA) model. Given a text input, we generate several question-answer pairs with the LM and then filter them via the QA model. To evaluate the faithfulness of a synthesized image to the text input, a VQA model answers these visual questions using the image, and we check the answers for correctness.

  • ๐Ÿ”– Caspian Vale โ€“ "The Entropic Self" โ€“

    The Entropic Self, in this context, represents a departure from the humanist ideal of a stable, autonomous, and rational subject, and an embrace of the fluid, fragmented, and distributed nature of human subjectivity in the age of AI.

  • after changing jobs to a workplace where it’s not widely used, i’ve rediscovered the joy of email. i also credit this to the start of the ephronathon, which led me to watch YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998) and re-read Hanif Abdurraqib’s essay about it.

    while i like pithy communication for some things, sometimes deeper thoughts need a broader expression of one’s own voice. a turn of phrase that feels wasteful in a text message no longer has the pressure of economy and parsimony. in an e-pistle, i can let the real me come out ever so slightly. i don’t worry if closing a message with “best” is passive-aggressive; i don’t fret about miniscule things. the power is in the whole: header, body, attachments.

  • on jubilee

    a poem inspired by receiving #PSLF