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Review of Sweet Tooth

November 25th, 2012

Sweet ToothSweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have thoroughly enjoyed some of McEwan’s previous works, including On Chesil Beach, Saturday, and, to a lesser extent, Solar. I found his writing in those works to be beautiful and elegant. Sweet Tooth is my least liked of McEwan’s books. I found the twist at the end insufficient to justify the length of the work, the writing to be less enthralling than his other works, and the plot at times droll. Character development is inconsistent. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book to others; I would stick to some of his earlier works.

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October 27th, 2012

Typecast ( is a new website from Front designed to make web typography and design easier.

Typecast Projects

Supporting fonts from typekit,, Font Desk, and Google web fonts, Typecast provides a simple and flexible formatting solution for blocks of text on a web page. Currently in beta, as of 22 October, the site is open for everyone and free to use. (They will start charging for font use when the site leaves beta.)

Creating blocks of text is as simple as a few clicks; setting a consistent font size, line height, and color is a few more clicks. Soon, you’ll have a page with an even look-and-feel, letting you spend more of your time focusing on the content.


Four intro videos walk you through the basics of using the site. Pricing and release date have not been announced. Looks very promising.

Update (10/30): Monotype acquires Typecast. See the announcement or the blog post announcing the purchase.

Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Visualizing English Word Origins

May 3rd, 2012

Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Visualizing English Word Origins.

Looking at the origin of words and comparing fiction (British and American), medical writing, legal writing, and sports writing.

Good thing I have some history with Old English, or I might not understand anything… hahah… and no wonder I don’t understand Medical lit — it’s the least OE-based. A little surprised that Medical lit has more Old French than Legal — would have expected more OF, but maybe the Latin makes up the difference.

Interesting. And geeky, too.