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Like the avocado and papaya, they're probably still around because humans found them useful. I read that the Meskwaki make a hot drink from the roasted beans (hence their name), and the Ho-Chunk and Pawnee also eat the beans. The beans are also used for games and jewelry.
Floof tree is coming back! Very Excited to plant this when I found out it's a remnant from the days of mastodons. It relied on MASTODONS!
It's a Kentucky coffeetree, currently native to a few swampy river drainage areas in the Midwest.
It's got super hard seed pods whose seeds don't germinate unless they're chomped open by megafauna.
Nowadays they only germinate if they fall in wetlands that can rot the pods open. That seriously restricted their range.
Happy update: I've been trying for a long time to find a copy of Zenna Henderson's Ingathering stories, and one of my friends just lent me a copy!
In which I train a neural network classifier to answer the question: Metal band or My Little Pony?
220 Volt is metal, but Alice Cooper and Black Rose are definitely ponies
Odonata sent me these amazing SkyKnit patterns!! This is Fishcock, which somehow ended up as a huge hyperbolic surface.
The Kealing Middle School students shared their ice cream dataset with me - so I made some new neural net-generated flavors.
I have put in thousands of hours on my poetry generator over the past three years. Thousands. It gets rough, sometimes I feel like I should get rid of the whole thing and simply write poems on my own.
But every so often, the computer writes something for me that makes it all worthwhile. Like tonight, when it gave me this line:
Ms. Johnson's middle school coding classes kicked my butt at neural network ice cream naming. Please enjoy their flavors:
Update: The author of the article says Google translate took some poetic license. She had it as "an amusing catastrophe project"
Saw a rufous-sided towhee this morning! They are like tiny super fancy robins.
Repotted my tomatoes! They'll be clawing at the windows soon.