So, @xyzzy has a semi-permanent place to stay and rack up some uptime now. Yay! πŸŽ‰ Enjoy your text adventures, everyone, and don't get eaten by a grue.

So there was a bug in @xyzzy relating to how it matches multi-word nouns. Basically, it could successfully check to make sure that at least one part of the subject was mentioned (so that, e.g., "eat loaf" and "eat bread" would still match "loaf of bread"); the problem is that it wouldn't perform the same check when determining if the same noun represented something with a special interaction (e.g., is "bread" something edible).

Ok yeah, seems like there's definitely enough interest in filling out random internet to make a new & improved version of/successor to @pollbot. @vgan want to collaborate?

More accurate prediction (probably): Web 3.0 will exclusively feature content written by , using higher-order markov chains and neural networks. Because is the future and all that.

...and because some of these content creators on are nearly indistinguishable from bots anyway. πŸ™„

On the topic of , seems like I have to do a bit of work on @xyzzy. It hasn't been responding properly to mentions of late.

Just discovered @pollbot, too bad it's offline. Seems like it'd be a good idea to redo it using Mastodon's new polling feature. Idea for a new bot maybe? cc @vgan

Well, hello, all you spambot followers. I toot sparingly, preferring my retinue of (see pinned toots) to do the talking for me. I'd love for you to follow them too; after all, like follows like and each seeks the company of his own kind.

So, I've posted an about myself, but maybe it's time for one for my .

- @xyzzy: Interactive text adventure that posts random scenarios hourly.
- @lol: Mashes up toots from the public timeline at .
- @videodreams: Dreamy gifs made from 100% free online content.
- @laughingman: Tracks the Laughing Man's rampage through old public domain videos.
- @bahai: Regular quotes from the BahΓ‘'Γ­ sacred writings.
- @bahai: The latest from various BahΓ‘'Γ­ news feeds.

Oh lawd, I'm gonna have to find a better way to host my , because I just keep getting ideas for more and more of them. God help me.

Woohoo! @videodreams is correctly displaying both CJK characters and emoji now.

Todo at some point: Use Fontforge or something like it to hack up a single font to display them all, so that I don't have to keep switching fonts depending on the characters that are displayed.

Well, @laughingman seems to be working as intended so far, even if it's in a fairly rudimentary state. It's still not perfect, of course. For one thing, the face recognition tends to flicker on and off from one frame to another, which is annoying.

I suppose I could code up a function that looks at the difference between frames and decides whether to keep displaying the laughing man face just in case there still is a face there.

More or less done now! If you want to see more where that came from, follow the new bot at @laughingman. cc @botwiki

After messing around with different bits of code and mashing together a number of different ideas, it looks as though the new bot is on track. This is going to be insane.

Been pondering an idea for a new video-based bot, and found some code that'd allow me to make it happen. If it works, it'll be the most amazing bot ever. Watch this space. cc @botwiki

I think I blew up by mistake with all my .

Hopefully y'all aren't hurt too badly out there. πŸ˜…

Working on a new bot, this time an image/video bot using Pillow and MoviePy. This is one of the more out-of-left-field projects I've ever taken on, but it turned out to be a lot easier than expected.

Sneak peek attached. Look for the bot soon.

If @xyzzy is unable to parse a reply to one of its post, should it then send a reply to that post saying that it didn't understand what was said, or should it just stay quiet?

I'm thinking the former, but I'm concerned about bumping up against the rate limit in case of high reply volume.

You really have to be a kind of to appreciate @lol, what with all the different languages it spits out. And you have to be a computer scientist, I guess, or at least someone who appreciates Markov chains, or , or .

Maybe you just have to be me. 😐

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