John Maguire, writing for The Atlantic:
How should one train students to give good, vivid examples in their writing? Should you tell them, Be more specific? I used to do that but I don't any more, because it's too vague, not operational. Today I give students a shortcut. I say, "Write physically. Write with physical objects. Put physical objects in your essay."
He's writing more about expository essays (the kind you write for college classes) but I think the advice works equally well for fiction.
And it's timely. I had a conversation with one of my beta readers today, and he told me that he wound up feeling a strong connection to a character that I kill off in the very first chapter. When I asked him why, he thought about it for a second and said (paraphrased): "It was the fingerless gloves. Just the one little detail gave him this whole life that you didn't even need to include."
"The greatest tool for sorting CSS properties in specific order."
Slava Oliyanchuk, writing at Smashing Magazine. CSScomb isn't a linter, but it promises to enforce a sane/sensible and "functional" ordering of your properties within your CSS files. Which sounds great–now it just needs to support Sass/SCSS (where I write all of my "CSS" anyway) and I'll be all set. (Consider me chomping at the bit for that.)
UPDATE: I installed the SublimeText plugin and tried it out on some SCSS files with… mixed results. If I selected a small and specific block, the re-ordering worked pretty well. (It put the mixin at the top, but I fixed that…) However, trying to “comb” the whole file made things an irrecoverable mess. YMMV.