Scraping Instagram with R, with PHP

I’ve had reason lately to be collecting information regarding the sale of human remains online, in various places. One such is Instagram. Working with Instagram is not straightforward. One approach that I had been using was a package for R called ‘InstaR‘ by Pablo Barbera. It worked great, after some initial confusion on my part on how to get the damned thing to authenticate (which involves setting up an Instagram developer’s account, etc etc.). Then, in the middle of last year, Instagram changed its developer API rules *such that* the only data I could access with the api *was my … Continue reading Scraping Instagram with R, with PHP

A Tiny Excavation

Sometimes, the story emerges in the gaps… ‘TinyArchaeology‘ is a twitter bot that tweets out episodic glimpses inside a particularly dysfunctional excavation (using both emojis and text). It was built with CheapBotsDoneQuick which uses the generative grammar ‘Tracery‘. Give it a shot. You can use the TinyArchaeology source code to get started. Continue reading A Tiny Excavation

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Mancis the Poet; or, what you get when you feed Cape Breton fiddle tunes into a recurrent neural network

My experiments with Karpathy’s recurrent neural network (rnn) continue (see this, and this). Other folks have experimented with feeding music in ‘abc’ notation into the rnn, so I thought I’d give it a try too. I found a collection of Cape Breton … Continue reading Mancis the Poet; or, what you get when you feed Cape Breton fiddle tunes into a recurrent neural network