Teaching OOP in the Time of COVID inkdroid.org/2021/02/19/python I’ve been teaching a section of the Introduction to Object Oriented Programming at the UMD College for Information Studies this semester. It’s difficult for me, and for the students, because we are remote due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The class is largely asynchronous, but every week I’ve been holding two synchronous live coding sessions in Zoom to discuss the material and the exercises. These have been fun because t

GPT-3 Jam inkdroid.org/2021/02/18/gpt3/ One of the joys of pandemic academic life has been a true feast of online events to attend, on a wide variety of topics, some of which are delightfully narrow and esoteric. Case in point was today’s Reflecting on Power and AI: The Case of GPT-3 which lived up to its title. I’ll try to keep an eye out for when the video posts, and update here.

The workshop was largely organized around an exploration of whether GPT-3, the largest known machine lear

OpenAI started in 2015 as a non-profit to help insure that there is viable open AI tech.

But in 2019 OpenAI needed more compute power and staff so they incorporated as part of Microsoft.

Here is a screen cap of the pricing model for their closed API (shared as part of this talk).

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Speaking of people I miss from the birdsite: I'm really looking forward to getting into a comfy chair and reading this book that just arrived. Her tweets about some of her characters are so well composed and full of pathos: twitter.com/AnneLouiseAvery I need to get this twitter/rss bridge set up some time.

Northwest Branch Cairn inkdroid.org/2021/02/12/cairn/ Here is a short recording and a couple photos from my morning walk along the Northwest Branch trail with Penny. I can’t go every day but at 7 months old she has tons of energy, so it’s generally a good idea for all concerned to go at least every other morning. And it’s a good thing, because the walk is surprisingly peaceful, and it’s such a joy to see her run through the woods.
After walking about 30 minutes there is this little cair

Blow back derelict wind inkdroid.org/2021/02/11/dereli The Trump impeachment is underway. As expected the tweets seen by millions that are no longer available on the web are being used as exhibits. For example here is one I saw in this NYTimes article.

You can actually see this tweet being shown in the C-SPAN footage on YouTube here:
You probably can notice that the text is the same, but it’s not a screenshot of the original on the web. You can see one version of what it looked

TIL about the Faroe Islands, an archipelago located 200 miles north west of Scotland, half way between Norway and Iceland. It's an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark.

The islands are windy, wet, cloudy, and cool, with temperatures that average above freezing throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream

The islands are populated by 52,000 people who speak Faroese, a language descended from Old West Norse.

Now I want to move there.


I mean, it's nice that this intro teaser is open on the web, but how do scholars live with themselves charging these prices to read a few pages of their prose?

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Actually, come to think of it, the snow is pretty nice, so I could use some more winter...if we could just get rid of the virus.

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It's always nice to get the paper copies of these in the mail.

Birdsite, 45 

If you are bored and are a masochist help check which Trump tweets that are missing from the Trump Tweet Archive will play back in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine:


@SocialCoop actually (for anyone that arrives here from class) I ended up going with this one from the same source:

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I'm teaching Object Oriented Programming in the UMD College of Information Studies this semester. I haven't taught it for a couple years but It feels good to add a link from my syllabus to my @SocialCoop profile instead of Twitter this time.

Here's my cover image for the course in Canvas. Are there any guesses on where it comes from?

Something that's hidden from that graph is the significant archiving work that happened prior to when mass archiving seemed to begin on Dec 20. Here's a graph zoomed in on that earlier activity.

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If you are interested in web archiving you probably saw this story in the news about parler.com getting archived.


Unfortunately the story doesn't do a great job of describing the relationship between ArchiveTeam and Internet Archive.

Here's what the archiving looked like, which clearly predates the events of Jan 6.

Trump's Tweets inkdroid.org/2021/01/21/trumps TLDR: Trump’s tweets are gone from twitter.com but still exist spectrally in various states all over the web. After profiting off of their distribution Twitter now have a responsibility to provide meaningful access to the Trump tweets as a read only archive.

So Trump’s Twitter account is gone. Finally. It’s strange to have had to wait until the waning days of his presidency to achieve this very small and simple act of holding him ac

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