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Kaggle Birdcall Identification Competition
We just launched a machine learning competition for bird identification in soundscapes! This is a surprisingly difficult problem, which can ultimately help with ecosystem health monitoring (for example, if birds X, Y, Z are present, you can make inferences about their food and predators). I've been building models in this space for a couple of years, working with both the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cal Academy of Sciences in my spare time. I'm excited to see what sort of ideas we get from the larger community!
posted by kaibutsu at 12:17 PM on June 15, 2020 - 3 comments


Voleflix public domain movie site
I trawled some lists of public domain movies (lots of great film noir) and put together my own version of Netflix. It also has daft Voleflix Originals and rates your taste in movies from your watchlist.
posted by malevolent at 7:01 AM on April 2, 2020 - 7 comments


The Radiotopia Index: A Final Project in Organizing Information Class
Hello! The (5 min) youtube video (with speaker notes linked in the description) is an executive summary of my final project for a class called Organizing Information. The project was to design an index for a collection of existing work. I chose podcast episodes within the Radiotopia network. An index is an organized list of terms that link to all the items that have that term (like this on metafilter). Indexes (1) allow users to find all of the items connected by a term in one place and (2) describe items by considering their "aboutness" --- a concept that can be quite the rabbit hole!
posted by CMcG at 10:13 PM on August 5, 2019 - 1 comment


On the internet, nobody knows you're a bot
I used thousands of New Yorker cartoon contest caption submissions to classify about 100 cartoons into nineteen categories, and trained a neural network to generate new captions for each category. Some of them are kind of funny.
posted by theodolite at 2:35 PM on July 1, 2019 - 6 comments


'Change the Subject' Documentary
'Change the Subject' is a documentary about working to change how libraries label immigrants. Here's a trailer (and a second trailer). In 2014 a Dartmouth College student researching undocumented students in the U.S. repeatedly encountered the term “Illegal aliens” as a subject heading in the library catalog. Dismayed by this use of biased language she worked with CoFIRED (a student run undocumented immigrant rights group at Dartmouth) and rallied college librarians, and ultimately librarians across the United States, to challenge how the Library of Congress categorizes books and other materials about undocumented people. This 55 minute film features interviews with students, faculty, librarians and congressional representatives involved in this instance of campus activism that entered the national spotlight (NYT link). As of this posting, the Library of Congress has yet to 'Change the Subject' and 'Illegal aliens' remains the authorized cataloging term for issues related to undocumented immigrants.
posted by soy bean at 3:27 PM on May 7, 2019


A Internet Argument Ender about local tax rates
I got sick to the teeth of the constant whining about our municipal taxes on local social media and Reddit, so spent an afternoon doing some research on comparable municipalities and tax rates in Ontario. The more valuable end of this from a broader perspective might be a follow-on page about why ratio complaints (our city pays more for XXX than any other city, or our city's taxes are a higher percentage of YYY than other cities') are kind of bullshit.
posted by Shepherd at 3:00 PM on April 14, 2019 - 2 comments


The Solar Nerd
In which I nerdily compile everything you might want to know if you are planning to stick solar panels on your roof or your backyard. If you already have panels and a supported inverter, you can join the community and your inverter data will show up automatically, and people can you ask you stuff.
posted by caffeine_monkey at 1:21 PM on February 20, 2019 - 4 comments


Laser cut peacock mandala
This is an art project I finished in October of last year. Details are all in the linked photo album.
posted by MillMan at 6:38 AM on January 30, 2019 - 17 comments


Geeky Librarian things (mostly)
Launching my store dedicated to geeky librarian things! Starting out with some desk signs in a variety of constructed languages (Klingon, Quenya, etc) that say "Librarian", perfect for that geeky information warrior in your life.
posted by griffey at 7:30 PM on September 10, 2018


Metafilter Leaderboard
I've been playing around with this API that I was making for kind of a joke Metafilter-filter extension (I have since shelved the filterer). Since I'm not planning on finishing Metafilter-filter, I wanted to still do something with the API, so I've hooked it up to this website!
posted by samuelfullerth at 7:12 AM on July 16, 2018 - 4 comments


To My Dead Husband
What I'd say to my dead husband if I had the chance.
posted by luckynerd at 2:19 PM on July 18, 2018 - 8 comments


Tiny Skulls and otherwise
Recently I've been sculpting tiny skulls and leaving them out in public as free art for people to find and claim.
posted by komara at 8:41 PM on July 24, 2018 - 8 comments


An Impractical Key Cabinet
My first automaton! A clockwork cabinet built mostly for fun and whimsy, but I thought it would be nice to make it slightly practical as well.
posted by twirlypen at 8:38 AM on June 24, 2018 - 12 comments


Hawkins Bay Dispatch
A daily list of news and views you can use.
posted by kingharvest at 12:50 PM on April 13, 2018 - 1 comment


Dan Fuehring Lives On
In October 2015, my father and frequent Metafilter contributor Dan Fuehring (better known as Danf) died of cancer. One of his (many) great loves in life was music. You may remember him posting some of his compositions on Mefi Music. I have finally finished cataloguing, publishing and creating an online archive of his music recordings.
posted by aspenkf at 6:18 PM on April 10, 2018 - 4 comments


Experience Vermont as a local, through interviews and tours
We want to introduce folks to the amazing artists and craftspeople that call Vermont home, and I’ve been interviewing them in a new YouTube series. I (and sometimes terrapin) also share a weekly tip or recipe from our own craft hobbies, primarily brewing, cooking, knitting, and dyeing. This week’s videos feature an interview with MeFi’s own Jessamyn West, and her tutorial on making your own mossarium.
posted by turtlegirl at 6:50 AM on February 8, 2018


I made a Blockchain
Cryptocurrency is our future, there's no doubt about it. So I set out to make my own Blockchain, which required mining some coin, which I call JimCoin™. Some smart people invested early and before long the chain was growing.
posted by bondcliff at 3:33 PM on January 20, 2018 - 18 comments


Box breathing box
I wanted a device for box breathing, the technique where you breath in/hold/out/hold for 4 seconds. A device that wasn't a phone or computer. I built one, out of wood, plexiglas, metal, transistors, and a tiny bit of code. Then gave it the photo studio treatment, shared the code, and wrote about the experience.
posted by tmcw at 7:50 AM on January 5, 2018 - 7 comments


Inauguration Livestream
I felt like I should build a little web resource for the big day, and so: inaugurationlivestream.com.
posted by cortex at 2:12 PM on January 19, 2017 - 4 comments


Two Asians talk about all of this shit.
Race Invaders is a podcast hosted by myself and my friend Tim Yang, in which we discuss social justice, politics, culture, and probably more geek shit than is necessary, but we like it.
posted by Errant at 8:42 AM on January 4, 2017 - 10 comments


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