A couple people have asked why I named the machine learning framework Cottonwood.

Growing up camping along the Rio Grande I have lots of positive associations with the tree. Also the wood is soft and good for carving - for easily making experimental prototypes - before committing to a hardwood for the final creation. It matches my vision for the Cottonwood framework as a platform for easy experimentation and exploration.

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