Today in Le Chatelier's Principle:
A fellow I know who's a doctor can no longer work at the VA Hospital, since he didn't register for Selective Service before age 25.
He emigrated to the US at age 27 (and thus would not have had to register with Selective Service).
Doesn't matter. Banned.
There's an appeal process, but it's convoluted and involves writing letters to the government. So.
Had an awesome privilege-check moment the other day: Was getting a copy of the potato's birth certificate and noticed that the Vital Records Form offers laminated, wallet-sized certified marriage certificates.
I said to myself, why would I ever need to carry a copy of my marriage certificate in my wallet?
But then I realized: I have never had (and probably will never have) the legitimacy of my marriage challenged, and certainly not on the regular -- which is definitely a privilege.
epoch 2 while training a variational autoencoder on COCO captions. god bless machine learning
input: two apples an orange some grapes and peanuts
output: go is a table lumbers a lean tint sitting kite
input: two white twin beds pushed together in a bedroom
output: a bird a them with of a boat ball the a a plain
input: a blender where someone is making a mixed drink
output: window flying cows two mustard toe hat placed bow
Taking a little break now but if you were a kobold kid or home-type parent and a human (or some kind of stranger!) woke up in your village... what might you do to respond?
For example, my mom would immediately set this human to work Being Tall for her. And then reward them with stew.
Looking for funny and creative ideas. This is going in a free twine game, tho, so PLEASE specify if you don't want me to riff on/build from your answer.
Thought for a sunshiny morning:
I saw a friend give a presentation on coaching, and he framed what a coach does in terms of the trainee's OODA loop. This framing gave me a sudden insight: Coaches and user experience people have complementary jobs.
Here's a simplified action cycle diagram.
Coaches work towards better outcomes by acting on the part of the diagram labeled "user".
UX people work towards better outcomes by acting on the part of the diagram labebed "the world".
Important empathy exercises for UX types:
1. Do life for a week/month/whatever without a smartphone.
2. Do life for a week/month/whatever using only a smartphone.
Additional layers of algorithms are unlikely to be particularly effective at mitigating bias and other issues that manifest in algorithmic systems (the reason why is left to the reader as an exercise).
Meanwhile, the human labor required to manage the problems intrinsic to algorithmic solutions is invisible, inadequate, and often soul-crushing.
It's enough to make one question the social value of recommender systems.
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