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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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The new math: 8.67 miles == 5 kilometers


I have three weekly items in my to-do list which set a rather low bar for my weekly mileage: first is to walk one mile, once per week. A few years ago my doctor prescribed this for me. He told me it was intentionally an easy goal so that I could commit to it and keep my commitment. I added a second recurring task to «walk or run at least two miles», and more recently I added «run at least three miles.» Six miles per week is a pretty poor training regimen, but it’s a minimum of three outings per week. …go on, keep reading about The new math: 8.67 miles == 5 kilometers


splicer's tweets

@karj I've been puzzled by Apple's design choices, then later appreciated them. I've never before had my first thought be "downright ugly". — 2 weeks 14 hours ago
@karj I hope you're right. I've been taking Yosemite as evidence that Apple simply gave up on design. Looks like a Linux distro from 1998. — 2 weeks 14 hours ago
@karj That makes sense. Does the Yosemite Helvetica actually look good on a Retina display? — 2 weeks 14 hours ago
Taking the laptop to bed. Watching filesystem repair utilities work is much more effective than counting sheep. — 2 weeks 23 hours ago
Yosemite: the first-ever butt-ugly OS X release. And it seems to have bricked my MacBook Air, which gives me an excuse to restore Mavericks. — 2 weeks 23 hours ago
I really, really, REALLY don't like the way my neighbor yells at his children. — 2 weeks 3 days ago
Productivity-killing adventure for the day: I installed spam filtering software that moves spam to the Junk folder and deletes my good mail. — 2 weeks 3 days ago


Lexical geekery


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