Last time, I trained an LSTM neural network to generate British placenames. This time, I trained one on Ask Metafilter questions to see if the questions it generated might tell us anything about humanity. (Spoilers: yes, of course it did). [more inside]
It's time to turn the tragedy that is my dating life into comedy gold, so along with New York raconteur and man-about-town Jason Wishnow I've started a Twitter account to do just that. Tune in for Tinder's Greatest Hits- you'll want to immediately ask your loving, stable, long-term partner for an open relationship. I look forward to the forthcoming book deal, appearance on "Good Morning America," and marriage proposals from prisoners.
I recently had the chance to visit the museum while on a tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia. This isn't one of them, but I had to visit it anyway. Looking objectively at things that carried heavy emotional weight for a pair of strangers is just weird, and I wanted to see what sort of depressing and funny stuff the museum had to offer. Just in case Croatia isn't next on your list of travel destinations, I thought I'd share a few of the museum's highlights right here.
Just put the finishing touches on my second book. It's free for Tuesday and Wednesday for you MeFites (Kindle-only). I like to think of it as the counterpoint to eHarmony's 29 dimensions. Instead of too many checkboxes for your partner to meet, how about two? I believe this principle strikes the right balance between subjective and objective ways of thinking about relationships.
Looking at Teen Paranormal Romance books, shows, and movies, and particularly at how they present ideas of gender performance and relationship models. (Here's the inaugural post, where I lay out what the plan basically is. Highlights so far include this particularly cogent defense of (at least some aspects of) Twilight, and this epic takedown of Hush, Hush.) And today, we've started a new, 144-week-long project: watching and discussing each and every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. MeFi bonus: named via AskMe (thanks again, argonauta)!
“The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press raved when we launched, and that was exactly what we were hoping for. Finally, “a cerebral, new media alternative” to glossy men’s magazines was born. In fact, The Good Men Project is not so much a magazine as a social movement; an ongoing in-depth discussion that has by now involved millions of people, all getting back to a core question of “what does it mean to be a good man in these modern times?”. [more inside]
JP and Elah recently completed a year of weekly podcasts (46 episodes, we took a few breaks). Have a look at the episode archive and subscribe in iTunes, if you like. We're back with season 2 April 15th!
I hope you'll check out www.thebarsceneseries.com, a new webseries about four twenty-somethings debating bar-appropriate "survey questions". Each webisode's survey question reveals a little more about each character and his/her own relationship woes. From preferred underwear on a partner, to theories of The One, this series is a light-hearted take on messy relationship and the healing salve of friends and beer.