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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 It kind of does! I did and still do prefer the look of the eMate. Similar design but I think more sophisticated. — 1 month 6 days ago
@karj That's true, but best case is they want me to think my Mac is ugly so I'll go buy a prettier one. And there is no Retina MacBook Air. — 1 month 6 days ago
@karj I get that. I just can't sit with the design to get used to it so all I have is that first couple hours of first impression. — 1 month 6 days ago
@karj Disagree. That iBook is gorgeous. The clumsy skeumorphisms (stitched leather) never became "elegant" after getting used to them. — 1 month 6 days ago
@karj I wish I could, but Yosemite bricking my MacBook Air in the first two hours cemented my first impressions. — 1 month 6 days ago
@karj Oh wait. Leather-stitched calendar and address book. I guess I *have* had that thought. — 1 month 6 days ago
@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". — 1 month 6 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