A New Look

You’ll start seeing a new look on Extended Phenotype; much cleaner and more minimal.  I was getting tired of the color and the clutter and the little lists that I never updated.  A couple of readers appear curious about what I’m reading, so I’ve retained the Current Reading list, but much of the rest needed to go. 

The new design allows me some space on the left to eventually figure out a "sidenote" solution, which I’ve wanted for a long time but still can’t quite make work with Typepad’s column layout CSS.  But given the way I write, I like to point out sources or use "footnotes" so that I can document or discuss something without interrupting the main flow (how very academic, I know), and sidenotes are a nice visual way to do that in a web context.  They’re not working yet, but I’ll keep trying.

I’m also a huge typography and typesetting nut, so I like the new look and fans of fonts will recognize the new title banner as Caslon, one of my favorite typefaces.  What I’d really love, I guess, would be a blogging system that used LaTeX on the backend and produced print-quality websites.  But hey, that’s nutty, and I can easily satisfy my interest in kerning and Computer Modern and artistic typesetting by writing scientific articles….


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  1. David Kernell is the 20-year-old son of Tennessee’s Democratic Representative Mike Kernell, and David got caught red-handed. Based on the CNN account “Democratic lawmaker’s son indicted in Palin hacking,” David reset the password of GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account. David allegedly read the contents, took screenshots, and got a hold of other private information. Some of the information believed to be compromised includes Palin’s address book, photos of family and friends, contact phone numbers, and family birthdates among other things. Ironically, although David Kernell turned himself in, he pled not guilty. Why would he plead not guilty after he took the information he hacked from Palin’s personal account and posted it to a public website? Not only did David post Palin’s personal information to the public site, but he posted the new password he created, which made it possible for others to access and view Palin’s e-mail account. As a consequence, David Kernell could serve five years in jail, pay a $250,000 fine, and be subject to three years of supervised release. At the maximum of $1,500 per loan, that fine would require approximately 167 individual payday loans to free himself from the confines of prison.

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  2. Carl Lipo,

    Certainly much simpler! But there are some downsides. The default settings on safari make the new text of posts small and hard to read – equivalent to 6 or 5 point font (the text is smaller than the small text on the sidebar). The Extended Phenotype text is also a bit weird looking — sorta fuzzy on the bottom of the fonts. The letters have a kind of “bit mapped” look.