December 2019 News

December 2019 newsletter with links on gene editing, the Replication Crisis, computer latency, and suffering; 4 book reviews, 2 opera/movie reviews, and 2 anime reviews.
2019-11-212021-02-28 finished certainty: log importance: 0

De­cem­ber 2019’s newslet­ter is now out; pre­vi­ous, (). This is a sum­mary of the re­vi­sion-his­tory RSS feed, over­lap­ping with my & ; brought to you by my donors on Pa­treon.





  • ‘Small mul­ti­ples’ show change across vari­ables.
    , Tufte 1997 (less of a hodge-podge than En­vi­sion­ing In­for­ma­tion, Tufte walks through, as usu­al, graphs: how to show mul­ti­ple ver­sions of things, such as 4D data, on 2D pa­per? Key case stud­ies are John Snow’s cholera maps of in­fec­tions vs lo­ca­tion vs time, the Chal­lenger dis­as­ter’s ob­scu­ra­tion of prob­lems vs tem­per­a­ture over the course of Space Shut­tle launch­es, stage ma­gi­cian di­a­grams of tricks, which il­lus­trate change over time; Tufte then con­sid­ers show­ing par­al­lel ver­sions which differ in some ab­stract di­men­sion; then graphs which must show change in both space & time, such as sunspots or Sat­urn’s rings, rep­re­sent­ing Tufte’s usual con­cept of “small mul­ti­ples”; in a fi­nal sec­tion, Tufte high­lights fa­vorite art pieces of his which are di­a­gram­matic or sym­bolic in some sense akin to the fore­go­ing chap­ters. As usu­al, a plea­sure to read, and it fur­nished some ex­am­ples for my .)
  • Sur­pris­ingly en­ter­tain­ing if not im­me­di­ately use­ful. The El­e­ments of Ty­po­graphic Style (third edi­tion), Bringhurst 2004 (I de­cided to read this based on Rut­ter’s web ver­sion of it; Bringhurst is un­ex­pect­edly amus­ing—I wish I cared about any­thing as much as Bringhurst cares about ty­pog­ra­phy. No com­par­i­son is too strong to con­demn a ty­po­graph­i­cal sin: edit­ing fonts, for ex­am­ple makes it “easy for a de­signer or com­pos­i­tor with no re­gard for let­ters to squish them into cat­tle trains and ship them to the slaugh­ter”—with an­other au­thor, one would as­sume the Holo­caust con­no­ta­tions were un­in­ten­tion­al, but with Bringhurst… Like Rut­ter, there is a great of ma­te­r­ial on ra­tios and page lay­out which smacks of nu­merol­o­gy, but that can be skipped eas­i­ly, and the rest of the ma­te­r­ial is use­ful. The book it­self is, of course, nice ty­po­graph­i­cal­ly, ex­em­pli­fy­ing the use of , and al­though he sur­pris­ingly does­n’t cover it at length (like he does what seems like every­thing else), he even pro­vides two nice ex­am­ples of rubri­ca­tion for my page.)
  • A deeply dis­hon­est har­bin­ger of the Repli­ca­tion Cri­sis. , Rosen­thal 1976 (; con­sider also Rosen­thal’s own de­scrip­tion in “Ci­ta­tion Clas­sic”)