Apple iPad mini, Black – Walmart is selling the first generation mini iPads at the cut rate price of $299. They are usually $329 so it’s some kind of savings. This may signal retailers getting ready for new stock. Rumors are that the iPad Mini 2 will have a Retina screen.Walmart.com
Does Spelling Matter? by Simon Horobin – review – I didn’t know that there was even a debate on the importance of spelling. Some argue that an adherence to strict spelling standards can be a bit snobbish and constricting. The internet, in particular, is helping us communicate in a far more casual style and that’s not all bad.
In a trenchant final chapter, Horobin examines the way new technologies, among them the endlessly hyped Twitter, are leading us to communicate in a more casual style. He likens the condensed language of social media to the abbreviated forms employed by medieval scribes to speed up the process of making copies of texts, and observes that, until the 18th century, such elisions could be used without censure.The Guardian
Content Cashier – Michael Cairns of Personanondata proposes a kind of revolutionary new purchasing environment. I’m not sure how easy it would be to use in fiction novels but for non fiction texts or educational texts this might be useful to both consumers and content creators.
“Content Cashier” (TM pending) will provide the prospective buyer with a price for the type of transaction they want such as buy, rent, etc. If they have a profile with “Content Cashier” this transaction will occur in the background with a simple acknowledgement (yes/no) that the customer wants to continue. If not, the user will be able to pay via some other method (Paypal, Amazon) in less than 60seconds.Personanondata
Roger loves Chaz – Roger Ebert died yesterday. I don’t ordinarily report on the news of someone’s death (or birth) but via Brie (Romance Around the Corner) I ended up reading this journal entry of Roger Ebert’s love for his wife Chaz. As a romance reader, it’s hard to find something more romantic than Ebert’s thoughtful and detailed account of how and why he fell for Chaz. Of course it is even sadder now knowing that Chaz has lost her beloved Roger, but she can take some comfort in the knowledge that he loved her like women dream of being loved by a man.
We like to tell people we were “introduced by Ann Landers,” which is technically true, although Eppie Lederer didn’t know her at the time. The night I took Eppie to an open AA meeting, we decided to go out to dinner together afterwards; this was the first and only time we ever had dinner for two. In the restaurant, Chaz was at a nearby table that included a couple of people I knew. I didn’t know her, but I’d seen her before and was attracted. I liked her looks, her voluptuous figure, and the way she presented herself. She took a lot of care with her appearance and her clothes never looked quickly thrown together. She seemed to be holding the attention of her table. You never get anywhere with a woman you can’t talk intelligently with. Roger Ebert’s Journal
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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