Feb192010

Hot and Sexy Tips from Academic Life

Mysterious - NoirThis is a reboot of one of my favorite blogs because I am off shopping in the City!

Precision vs. accuracy in the scientific world (i.e. my world) =
Precision: Reproducibility, check by repeating measurements, poor precision results from poor technique
Accuracy: Correctness, check by using a different method, poor accuracy results from procedural or equipment flaws

Commonly Misused Latin Expressions
e.g. = exemplii gratia =”example given” or: for example
etc. = et cetera = “and other [things]” or: the like (refers to THINGS)
et al. = et alii = “and others” or: the others (most commonly refers to PEOPLE). It can also stand for et alia, “and other things” or et alibi, “and other places”
i.e. = id est = “that is” or: in other words
q.e.d. = quod erat demonstrandum = “which was to be demonstrated” often used with mathematical or philosophical proofs shown to be self evident
stet = Latin for “let it stand” not an abbreviation
viz. = videlicet = “see” or: namely (often refers to an author, as in a work or idea cited, rather than to an object as referred to when using i.e.)

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Some seriously cool new-vintage boots from Victorian Trading Company.

Your Tisane of Smart:
Alexander the Great wore fabric armor.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
For the record this is not me, but interesting none-the less: my agents talks no ARCs for you!

Word for Teens very nicely says, “I couldn’t put this book down. It’s funny, engaging – if I could pick my perfect book to read, it’d be this one.”
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book.
Blameless: Expecting copy edits soon.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next week.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) Finished first draft.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working this week. Yes, it’s true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I’m warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
~ Plato

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