Suite 2412

Suite 2412

I’ve spent the past month recreating my dad’s old law office (which was basically a second home, a babysitter, an afterschool program and a playground for my entire childhood) in miniature. This is my second miniature, after assembling a kit as a gift for my sister over the holidays. As I was building that one…

Gen Pals

Gen Pals

You can now write a letter to Joshbot and pop it in the mail, and a couple of weeks later you’ll get a handwritten reply in your mailbox. As I was working on automating sending generated letters via postal mail for my recent Save Midwood Station campaign, it got me thinking about other ways to…

Save Midwood Station

Save Midwood Station

Our local post office here in central Brooklyn is set to close in a few months, because the building was sold out from under the USPS. In its infinite wisdom, the USPS has decided to relocate the post office a mile and a half away, outside of the ZIP code it serves. The USPS is…

Generative Digitizing

Generative Digitizing

A few years ago, I was over at my partner’s house for Thanksgiving when her mother mentioned a chest full of old photos. We dug in, amazed by the relics that she hadn’t seen in decades — or, in many cases, ever. This year, inspired by my nostalgic digitizing and generative AI projects, I decided…

Joshbot + Vision

Joshbot + Vision

A few weeks ago I posted about Joshbot, the custom fine-tuned instance of GPT-3.5 I trained on 100k iMessage question/answer pairs. It’s seen some iteration since then and I wanted to share that progress. Ever since first launching Joshbot I felt like it was missing something. It was an incredible vibes-based simulation of chatting with…

Headless VCR

Headless VCR

I’ve posted a bunch about working with retro media and hardware, especially since cleaning out my parents’ basement after recent fall flooding in NYC. That project yielded the Brother EP-44 word processor, a vintage 1984 typewriter with a serial port that I posted about here, but that just scratches the surface of the stuff I’ve…

Counting Cars

Counting Cars

I really, really like reporting potholes. It’s an odd pastime, sure, but it turns out it’s really empowering and satisfying to be able to make a difference in the cityscape. There are so many maddening problems that seem unsolvable in a city this big — but somehow, miraculously, potholes are low-hanging fruit. Once you complain,…

Thinking Of You

Thinking Of You

I built a tool that sends me sweet memories sourced from 25 years of incoming emails, using gpt-4 and Pinecone. Read on! While I was adapting my text message corpus to train Joshbot, I started thinking about how my email archive is just as robust as my text message corpus — and equally under-utilized. I’ve…

The Burn

The Burn

I’ve wanted to go to Burning Man since I was in 7th grade, in the spring of 1998. I remember how I first heard about it: this article about tracking strange pay phones, in the dearly-missed Circuits section of the New York Times. It made passing mention of a guy named Godfrey Daniels who had…

Analog GPT

Analog GPT

After some recent prodigious flooding here in Brooklyn, I was left to do some emergency cleanup in my parents’ basement. Amidst the mess emerged a piece of tech that I hadn’t seen in many years: a 1984 Brother EP-44 word processor that my cousin had given to me in the early 90s, after he’d graduated…