Stay on the red road!

Thanks and credit:

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3D jerrycan model

Young inspiration: Jared Davidson, and Nick Walter

Old inspiration: Masako Wakamiya

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I am inspired by Masako Wakamiya, 82

Masako Wakamiya

This Japanese octogenarian taught herself to code and released an iOS game app aimed at seniors.


This is something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. However, I have been putting it off for various reasons, e.g. worrying that it would be too difficult.

I finally got around to building a Twitter bot this week and surprisingly, it was super-easy. There are many tutorials on the internet that explain how to build a Twitter bot. The one I chose is Build-a-Bot workshop, available as a GitBook and pdf here:

I chose it because:

  • It is well documented and easy to follow.
  • It makes use of PythonAnywhere for the server hosting and scheduling. I didn’t want to faff with configuring a server and seeing as I already have a PythonAnywhere account, this was a no-brainer. As an aside, PythonAnywhere’s support is really excellent. They helped me with a previous project, a Virtual Microscope, but that’s a story for another day.

The bot subject matter.

The bot tweets a snippet from Max Ehrmanns’s Desiderata every day. It’s a bit of a new-agey/hippy choice, but I wanted to use something that has a positive message and is in the public domain. (Which I believe it is). To quote Daniel Nester’s article In search of “Desiderata”: “In the current age of portentous manifestos, “Desiderata” serves as a template for making grand statements we can all up-vote.” I rather like that.

Visit the bot: @DailyDesiderata



The tutorial took me about 45 minutes to complete, with time for a coffee-break too. The whole experience was pleasantly uneventful from the point of view that everything worked as expected, and I would really recommend this tut for beginners wanting to make a Twitter bot. (Even if you have little or no programing experience).

It’s really satisfying for me to read my bot’s tweets, knowing that I have dipped my toes, ever so slightly, into the world of AI. I plan to make a few more bots in time to come. Two of my favorite, more complex Twitter bots are: @poem_exe and @generativebot

Bust through the bricks!

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Download it for free from 4 June 2017 - 11 June 2017!

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Ever wondered how to convert a Context-Free Grammar (CFG) into Chomsky Normal Form (CNF)? Here is a wonderful, clear explanation by Portland State University’s Prof. Harry Porter III.