Neural networks, it is said, cannot explain their decisions. Which is probably a good thing, at least when it comes to the machine mind's ideas for new Dungeons & Dragons spells, as guided by
Janelle Shane. [via Patrick Ziselberger]
It’s a really small dataset, actually - so small that in almost no time at all, it learned to reproduce the original input data verbatim, in order. But by setting the “temperature” flag to a really high value (i.e. it has a higher chance of NOT going with its best guess for the next character in the phrase), I can at least induce spelling mistakes. Then the neural network has to try to recover from these, with often entertaining results.
Moss Healing Word
Heat on Farm
Finger of Enftebtemang
Fomend’s Beating Sphere
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Our dungeon master is back from his honeymoon so we are starting up out game again. Feeling generous, I bought this 35-pack of d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20 dice to make things easier. It’s $13. For $18, you get a 100-pack.
How many burritos does it take to forge a giant steel dice of doom? Watch Gil Ramirez (aka Vlogsmith) excellent process video and find out! [via]
Who the fuck is my D&D character generates succinct character concepts for you to roleplay. It’s clever how evocative it is! It’s by Ryan Grant; the underlying code uses the WTF Engine.
Proofreading your own writing can be tough. WhiteSmoke is a marked improvement upon the spellchecker bundled with your word processor of choice. It detects complex stylistic errors like monotonous language, inconsistent tense, and punctuation mistakes to ensure that your writing flows naturally with technical accuracy. While it’s definitely a boon to non-native speakers who might […]
If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam that’s safer than butane to use and more environmentally friendly. It creates a super-hot, splashproof flame so you can get a campfire going, or have a smoke […]
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]