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    Lead Me On: Heart of Fame, Book 5
    Lexxie Couper

    Thanks to Deirdre Saoirse Moen for recommending this book. It’s not my usual fare but I was looking for material for structuring a romance plot. I asked Deirdre to point me toward some good examples from the genre. Looking to a romance novel seemed like a good place to get a start on the tropes of the form—both the ones to use and the ones to avoid. …go on, keep reading about Guilty pleasure

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Take a walk on the island side

Distance: 
12.92Km
Time: 
02:01:19

OK, well, they’re sort of both island sides. See, Alameda is an island ever since they carved out the canal that separates Oakland from Alameda. Bay Farm Island isn’t actually an island any longer, though I’m pretty sure that once upon a time it was. So which side of the canal between Alameda and Bay Farm Island is «the island side» is left as an exercise for the reader. I walked both sides today so my bets are hedged. …go on, keep reading about Take a walk on the island side

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2am. Massive code refactor. Broken feature that has to be understandable so that I can fix it. Client is pissed off. And I'm out of caffeine — 1 day 4 hours ago
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@nadavoid It "rests on the arms of a chair" (Levenger's copy) which is how I've used it today. Nice but not the only way I'd like to use it. — 2 days 10 hours ago
@nadavoid Their Laplander might be the way to go, but I'm not sure how big it is from the photo. — 2 days 10 hours ago
@nadavoid The elastic straps on mine got overstretched a long time ago. If I'd been thinking I'd have used them to hold a pillow on one side — 2 days 10 hours ago

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Lexical geekery

Fettle

Condition or fitness. Can be thought of as an analogue to mettle, but regarding functional rather than material qualities. Fettle is how something is made in contrast with mettle being what something is made from.

Found in the 25 January 2014 edition of The Economist. …go on, keep reading about Fettle