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    lewisandquark:

    Last year I trained a neural net to generate new names for kittens, by giving it a list of over 8,000 existing cat names to imitate. Starting from scratch, with zero knowledge of English or any context for the words and letter combinations it was trying out, it tried to predict what letters might be found in cat names, and in which order. Its names ranged from the strange to the completely nonsensical to the highly unfortunate (Retchion, Hurler, and Trickles were some of its suggestions). Without knowledge of English beyond its list of cat names, it didn’t know what letter combinations to avoid.

    So I decided to revisit the cat-naming problem, this time using a neural net that had a lot more context. GPT-2, trained by OpenAI on a huge chunk of the internet, knows which words and letter combinations tend to be used together on the English-language internet. It also has (mostly) figured out which words and letter combinations to avoid, at least in some contexts (though it does tend to suddenly switch contexts, and then, yikes).

    When I trained GPT-2 on the list of cat names using Max Woolf’s colab notebook, it still retained a lot of what it had learned from the rest of the internet. Gone were the strange names like “Tilly-Mapper” and “Balllucidoux” - it had a bunch of real words it could use instead. Here are some of the names it came up with - and the Morris Animal Refuge (who you may remember from that time they used neural net names for their guinea pigs) has given some of these names to some highly adoptable kittens.

    First, neural net can do fancy:

    Taffeta
    Pompompur
    Monocle
    Tom Glitter
    Notion
    Tinnitus
    Cheesemonger
    M. Tinklesby Linklater Soap

    It can also do the opposite of fancy:

    Scat Cat Butthole
    Gangrene
    Moisture
    Grotesque
    Petard
    Oilbag
    Buttwig
    The Cream
    Meatbag
    Dr Fart
    Fudge Putty
    Scumbag
    Constipation
    BUTT

    And it can also do names ranging from tough to downright sinister:

    Miss Vulgar
    Lillith The Vamp
    Elle Fury
    Deadbolt
    Romeo of Darkness
    Starmaker
    Fist
    Warning Signs
    Bibles Smoked
    The Firestarter
    Higher Rune
    Scarlet Be Thy Coat
    Kill All Humans
    Bones Of The Master
    Mr. Sinister
    Evil Whispers
    Spawn
    Serendipitous Kill
    Stranglehold

    (Starmaker and Sparky Buttons are from a litter that had upper respiratory infections that damaged their eyes, but even though their world is kinda cloudy, they love to play and cuddle.)

    I’m a particular fan of the Very Weird cat names:

    Honeystring
    Dr Leg
    Tom Noodle
    Pinball Scene
    Peanutbutterjiggles
    You’re Telling A Lie
    Beep Boop
    Thoughts
    Bobble Bun
    Atmosphere
    You Name It
    Whiskeridoo
    Sparky Buttons


    Seemingly
    This Guy
    Various Authors
    Chicken Whiskey
    Fish Especially
    Thelonious Monsieur
    Ringo Shuffles
    Sweet Cakes
    EXTAs (Eye Stalks)
    Checker Spin Donut Quin
    Two Patz Grandpa
    He Glad
    Funky Moe
    Fluttering Feelers
    Accepted A Tribute
    Chewie Bean
    PLEASE
    Gregory Chimney
    Notable PRODUCT LEGEND Weird Science Platinum
    Not Suitable For Character the Enforcer

    Did I mention these cats are adoptable? If you live near Philadelphia, you live near these kitties!

    Bonus content: yet more cat names!

    speedypan:

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    reclaimingtwilight:

    toebeans-reblogs:

    reclaimingtwilight:

    me, shamelessly writing ‘mary sue’-like self-insert fics because it’s 2019, life is hard, the world is figuratively and literally on fire and i need every shred of positive energy i can get:

    Draw you and your fave character gettin it on. Write that saucy self-insert. Make your ocs over-the-top. Make playlists for your f/o and imagine both of you in some kickass amvs for then. Do it all, even for the “cringey” fandoms. My flesh is mortal but my soul is unwavering. Cringe culture is dead and I’m bringing in it’s corpse for the reward money.

    “cringe culture is dead and i’m bringing in its corpse for the reward money” is the most powerful sentence i have ever read and also the mood of the century

    @insideoflit