Michael Chabon’s _The **Yiddish Policemen’s** Union_: the perfect gift for people who don’t think they like genre fiction
The best Latin name for your little toe is **_porcellus plorans domum_**, lit. _piglet crying homeward_; _porcellus fori, domi, carnivorus_ and _nonvoratus_ are left as an exercise for the reader
Hard-nosed [advice on __how book publishing works__](http://www.goodexperience.com/2008/07/following-up-on-these.php) (and something I wish I’d read before starting the process) from Mark Hurst
Seeing to the “Dark Knight” with someone who rants about __tardive dyskinesia__ and how it’s mean to pick on the mentally ill
Rediscovering that **_A Pattern Language_** is a wonderful cult, an architecture book that solves the problems of the world, like Ayn Rand for grownups
Sure, a minus sign [isn’t the same as](http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~ggbaker/reference/characters/) a hyphen or an en dash, but __ditto marks__ are different from double quotes. Who knew?
The new (and superb) **Mountain Goats album _Heretic Pride_** and especially its [comic-book press kit](http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/Mt-Goats-Press-Kit-08.html)
The cunning __laser printer trick__ of sticking [a little piece of tape](http://www.slate.com/id/2198316/) over the toner sensor to get 1000 or so more copies–sticking it to the Man indeed
Kate __Atkinson’s crime fiction__: funny, novelistic, rich in character, full of ludicrous coincidence–everything crime fiction isn’t supposed to be
And __lightning__ [shot in slow motion](http://gizmodo.com/5034458/), more awesome than I can describe.