September 2017 News

September 2017 gwern.net newsletter with links on genetics (GWAS, engineering, evolution), intelligence, AI, metformin, lithium; 2 book and 6 movie reviews
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This is the Sep­tem­ber 2017 edi­tion of the Gw­ern.net newslet­ter; pre­vi­ous, (). This is a sum­mary of the re­vi­sion-his­tory RSS feed, over­lap­ping with my & ; brought to you by my donors on Pa­treon.

Writings

  • Gw­ern.net up­dates: Google Ad­Sense ban­ner ads re­moved (due to ini­tial analy­sis of ); URL scheme changed to re­place spaces by hy­phens & delete commas/apostrophes (due to per­sis­tent user er­ror); footer moved to side­bar; re-tag­ging pages; font/CSS tweaked for faster loads & wider mar­gins; hosted doc­u­ments re­or­ga­nized & ex­panded with per­sonal archives; be­gan buy­ing & scan­ning all cited books to pro­vide full­texts; added sitemap gen­er­a­tion to ex­pose full­texts to search en­gines

Media

Books

Non­fic­tion:

Fic­tion:

Film/TV

Live-ac­tion:

  • (re­view)
  • , Char­lie Chap­lin (much longer than The Gold Rush; like The Gold Rush, it suffers from the tran­si­tion to com­edy & satire to se­ri­ous dra­ma, in this case, about the Great De­pres­sion. The open­ing fac­tory se­quence is great, as is the Lit­tle Tram­p’s singing per­for­mance in the cafe, but every­thing in be­tween is a slog.)
  • (re­view)
  • , Char­lie Chap­lin (holds up bet­ter than I ex­pected but still prob­a­bly not rec­om­mend­ed. Comedic tim­ing has changed as a num­ber of scenes I thought should have gone on longer and elab­o­rated more on their theme were too cur­tailed, and the at­tempt at in­tro­duc­ing halfway in a dra­matic arc/love story falls flat as overly sen­ti­men­tal & pompous—the movie should stick to its knit­ting, the com­e­dy. The best scene by far is the “dance of the bread rolls”.)

An­i­mat­ed:

  • (Ex­cel­lently ex­e­cut­ed, but the world­build­ing is more baffling the longer you think on it so prob­a­bly bet­ter not to—the only things that would make it make sense would also turn it into a 1984-esque dystopia where the end­ing and The Moral of the Story is akin Win­ston Smith re­al­iz­ing “I love Big Brother”.)
  • K-On! Movie 2011 (beau­ti­fully an­i­mated but hope­lessly bland de­spite a sweet end­ing; I sup­pose that’s an apt de­scrip­tion of the en­tire K-On! fran­chise but I was hop­ing that the movie could do more.)

Music

Touhou:

Dou­jin:

Vocaloid: