why we still need cyberpunk

William Gibson penned Neuromancer over thirty years ago, and the 1990’s ended viciously on 9/11. With the exception of cyberfeminism, I wrote off “cyberpunk” as an ethic once we as a society stopped saying “cyber” and replaced the word with “online”. Yesterday I traced partial assets of an individual I distrusted—and needed the straight dope […]

encoding fashion rules into mathematical data structures (part one)

As we build our fashion recommendation engine, we seek rules to populate it with. With few exceptions (e.g. [1]), we find these rules encoded in prose or infographic form, rather than a semantic web form suitable for computation. For example, [2] provides written advice on dressing fabulously for a “rectangular” women’s body type. The writers […]

“cool” as information flow

“Coolness” is a measure of creative information’s degree of flow through a social network. Individuals merely channel and contribute to this flow as it progresses through such networks, they do not contain or retain coolness within themselves. However some individuals prove more receptive to the incoming information and more effective at transmitting it forward than […]

tracking my gender transition through computational linguistics and machine learning

I wrote 299 blog posts in the last decade, roughly half on badassdatascience.com and half on genderpunk360.com. Produced most of the Badass Data Science content while publicly expressing as a man, and most of the Gender Punk 360 content as a woman. Some articles appear on both blogs—for example this one—and in the analysis described […]

Grrl on Grrl Podcast interviewed me!

Today my interview with Grrl on Grrl Podcast came out!  We discuss, among other things, The science of gender identity The music of Axis Evil “Ladylike” behavior as a source of personal empowerment Cultural appropriation Psychosexuality Model minorities Big thanks to June Owatari of Grrl on Grrl Podcast for working so hard to put this […]

artificial intelligence in fashion (part two: a first step)

In my recent post, “artificial intelligence in fashion (part one: brainstorming)“, I produced a list of big ideas on how machine learning and artificial intelligence may be applied to the fashion industry. I addressed sizing, marketing, and design activities when brainstorming this list. This post doesn’t specifically cover an artificial intelligence solution, but it lays […]

numb penis

To prepare for gender affirmation surgery, I’m having hair removed from my testes and penile shaft through electrolysis. To manage pain, I numb the area prior to each session using tetracaine. I like having a numb penis. Then I can’t feel a part of my body that I don’t particularly want, don’t feel particularly attached […]

artificial intelligence in fashion (part one: brainstorming)

Brainstorming as usual: Fashion dictums involve many IF-THEN-ELSE rules. One can convert this into a decision engine (inference engine). User specifies their body shape, and a recommendation engine selects suitable clothing for them, taking into account the user’s tastes. Upload an image of a dress you want to buy, and specify the dress’s given size. […]