Recently, my OCD and depression has gotten worse, I can’t sleep and yet it’s all my body wants to do. Coffee doesn’t help, and my sleep is restless and full of bad dreams. I’ve noticed I sweat more than normal in my sleep. My vision sometimes goes sporadically, and I find it hard to read. And for some goddamned reason my friend is obsessed with having me put sweet chilli sauce on my rice.

AI develops own non-human language

Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic::

A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.

In the report, researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab describe using machine learning to train their “dialog agents” to negotiate. (And it turns out bots are actually quite good at dealmaking.) At one point, the researchers write, they had to tweak one of their models because otherwise the bot-to-bot conversation “led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating.”

I’ve started reading American Gods, because the TV show is out now, I admire Neil Gaiman, and it was cheap at my universities book store, My copy is an incredibly narrow book, at least half the width of your average book. Still liking it so far.

Tonight

It's long past midnight as I write this. Stepping outside, it is dead quiet and a thin, fine mist hangs over the whole lot. I'm out so late to do my washing, the machines are outside me dorms. It's cold, damn cold. My fingers feel like ice. Every sound, my naked feet slapping against the pavement, the click of the keypads as I put the code in to unlock the doors. Looking up, over the main hall where everyone spends their time, the moon glows bright, and the thin mists accentuates the orange glow of the light. It looks like fire, the heat imagery not quite fitting the coldness that surrounded me.

Clicky keyboard keys

I bought a mechanical keyboard just the other day, something I’ve been meaning to buy for a long while. As I wasn’t sure just what I wanted, I bought a keyboard with Cherry Red switches. These switches, which I’m using to type this, apparently have the ‘midpoint’ amount of force needed and clickiness. I specifically got these ones to see if I would get sick of the clickiness compared to the rapid fire taping of my laptop keys.

And I’ve gotta say, it’s been pretty great. The feeling and the sound is awesomely satisfying. After being used to the uniform flatness of my laptop keys (I’ve had the same brand of laptop since 2012, so I’ve got well used to the layout of the keys)V The raised surface has caused me to make many more mistakes than I used to.

But it is so worthwhile for the click and the force and the sound. It’s just so damn satisfying.

What words also work as hex codes?

What real words are actually valid CSS HEX colors? Parsing an English dictionary for entries containing only the letters ABCDEF and limiting the result to words of exactly 6 or 3 letters length (#FFFFFF or #FFF) gives us some interesting results.

Now I’m tempted to change this sites header to #C0FFEE, except this site has always had a #33495f header and changing it feels like heresy.

Haven’t been posting here for a while, because I’ve been trying to move this site to Ghost (No relation to this sites name). I’ve had a few things that I’ve wanted to write, but have been saving them for “When I’m on Ghost.” As that is taking me too long, I’ll resume blogging here.

Finally got Spotifty working on Linux, some issue with OpenSSL prevented me from installing it right. And now that it’s on, time to rock out to some My Chemical Romance, which I’ve been listening to a lot lately.