February 2019 News

February 2019 Gwern.net newsletter with 2 essays/projects, site improvements; links on genetics, AI, propaganda, and typography; and 1 opera review.
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This is the February 2019 edition of the Gwern.net newsletter⁠; previous, January 2019 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog⁠; brought to you by my donors on Patreon⁠.


  • (background & implementation⁠; how to train your own StyleGAN)

  • “Origin of ‘Littlewood’s Law of Miracles’”

  • Gwern.net CSS/​HTML/​JS changes: click-to-zoom images (using image-focus.js); headers are now self-links; Tufte CSS-style epigraph support; Table of Contents: Wikipedia-style section numbering, margin & size tweaks, lightweight subset of (for Mac users); nicer diamond list icons; sleeker sidebar (especially nice on mobile); PDF/​internal/​section links are now annotated with icons; borders on tables, image figures, and blockquotes; in text & tabular numerals in tables; (but not in Chrome due to decade-old lack of hyphenation); narrowed maximum body-width in characters & made line-height responsive to body-width (hopefully addresses the perennial complaints that pages are always too wide/​too narrow/​lines too close); quote highlighting disabled by default; collapsible code-blocks; inline smallcaps support; optimized SVG logo & favicon; page-specific CSS overrides enabled; list paragraph bugs in Pandoc fixed; compressed JPEGs; changed code syntax-highlighting scheme to match overall esthetics better; miscellaneous responsive design/​mobile improvements

    • image-focus.js (JS⁠/​​CSS): release of new, correct, lightweight, dependency-free JS library written by Obormot for implementing “click to zoom” on images (useful for large images/​​graphs)




  • Practical Typography⁠, 2013 (a useful if idiosyncratic introduction to typography with a word processor/​HTML focus; reading through this was helpful in understanding possible CSS/​design improvements while improving Gwern.net this month)


  1. Further reading from “Genomics of human aggression: current state of genome-wide studies and an automated systematic review tool”⁠, Odintsova et al 2019:

    Reviewed papers from Table 2:

    Other papers from Table 3:

    See also: