New Theme: Lyretail

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Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme:

Lyretail

Lyretail

Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks.

Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center.

Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!

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New Themes: Hew and Sobe

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Hew is a personal-blogging theme with a distinct identity and a bright splash of colour. Share your thoughts and experiences with readers while connecting through prominently placed social media links.

Hew

The Hew Theme

Designed by yours truly, Hew puts your content in the spotlight. With its single column and bold typography, Hew offers a pleasant reading experience across all devices — no matter whether your visitors arrive by smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Make it your own with your Gravatar or a custom header image.

Read more about Hew on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes.

Sobe

Sobe WordPress Theme

Sobe is an eye-catching personal blogging theme for sharing life’s most memorable moments, designed by Caroline Moore.

Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, help your content stand out with colorful post formats, add links to your favorite

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The Student Body and FLVS

Seconds Defining Moments

Whether it’s making up credits or simply taking a class for fun, FLVS is an integral part of a student’s life. The classes are assumed to be easy, so much so that FLVS credits are notorious for serving only as a GPA booster for anyone who might even have the slightest chance of failing a course taken in school.

FLVS credits are not required for graduation anymore yet fortunately, that hasn’t discouraged students from taking it. Automated computers that kick students out if inactive are easily replacing the teachers, who are hired even if un-certified.

Courses on FLVS aren’t nearly as difficult as those presented to an average student in an everyday classroom, but with the ability to set a desired pace, many students prefer this method over actually attending class. Online, assignments and tests can be resubmitted to earn a passing grade, which in turn gives students all the…

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Nintendo President Still Wary Of Smartphone Gaming

My Nintendo News

Investors have been asking Nintendo to make the transition to smartphones and tablets for quite some time now. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata remains adamant that while he is still in charge this simply won’t happen. Iwata says he is still wary of smartphone games and questions the pricing aspect. Nintendo will instead make applications centred around Nintendo games and characters for smartphones to continuously remind people of the brand.

In the past, I have opposed making smartphone and tablet versions of Nintendo titles. Prices for content aimed at smartphones and tablets are falling quickly. I am still wary of the category. We intend to develop products that will allow customers to identify with Nintendo products and make people pay attention to Nintendo games.

For example, some Nintendo game consoles incorporate Mii, which creates a digital avatar to represent players. It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons…

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What Your Editor’s Notes Really Mean

101 Books

If you’ve ever worked with an editor, you know that receiving a colorful track-changes-filled document back isn’t uncommon.

Some editors are straight to the point. Others can be a little too friendly and encouraging when tough love might work better.

In both cases, editors have their own little language with accompanying symbols. So it helps if you can interpret what they’re ACTUALLY saying and read between the lines. Having been brutally edited more times than I’d like to admit, I’m well-versed in editor speak.

So here’s my little guide to interpret what your editor actually means:

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Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Review

My Nintendo News

It’s no wonder Pokemon is one of the most successful video game franchises in history. With an established formula that provides countless hours of addictive gameplay, the series has always been adored by players of all ages. And that love continues with the already multi-million selling remakes Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Starting with Pokemon X and Y, the series’ visuals have undergone a massive overhaul. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire share the same art style as the 2013 releases and were built using the same technology, which is suitable for Nintendo 3DS but admittedly doesn’t look as sharp on the Nintendo 3DS XL’s larger screens. Animations are particularly great during battles and Mega Evolution sequences, providing a more dynamic experience and helping make Pokemon more believable and exciting.

pokemon_omega_ruby_alpha_sapphire_mega_evolve You’re lookin’ mighty Shiny and Mega, Metagross!

Despite being straightforward, the games include an entertaining story backed by…

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