Revisiting Colemak

A good while ago, I mentioned an interest in another weird idea – after all, being weird is part of what makes me me. This is about a keyboard layout that is different from the “Qwerty” layout we’re all familiar with.

I had already been toying with the Dvorak layout and had made reasonable progress learning it, but I found that the position of keys used in typical keyboard shortcuts were bothersome – especially Ctrl+Z,X,C,V. Details like that are among the top arguments of the Colemak layout.

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The Colemak layout looks remarkably similar to the familiar Qwerty layout.

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Ticking items off of lists

… seems to happen a lot this month: gifts, special groceries, greeting cards, and so much more. We’re not done yet but I’m happy that I’ve now completed one traditional task:

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Did you ever hear nature speak? Now it does.

I came across a handful of short clips where famous actors take the role of nature and give it a voice. They’re absolutely worth watching. Here are my favorites, and the full playlist contains 9 impressive videos in all. I don’t think you can not watch them all! In particular, I just love Harrison Ford’s rough “I don’t give a damn” attitude, and Julia Roberts’ message is equally unforgiving, if not downright brutal.

(Watch the clips in full screen. They’re amazing.)

Harrison Ford is The Ocean:
“Humans? I don’t owe them a thing. I give. They take. But I can always take back.”

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Hiatus

This is just to let my precious few readers know that there will be a pause in my publishing schedule. It’s what happens when the Real Life™ gets in the way of my low-priority projects. I had built up a queue of posts to be published, and for a while now I didn’t sit down and replenish that queue, so it’s running out.

I still have a lot of unfinished drafts, yearning for attention. In  an ideal world I’d be spending time completing those. We’ll have to wait and see whether we actually live in that world or not. Isn’t that exciting?

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“When’s the next one coming?”

Stay tuned.

Presenting Percy the Persistently Peering Paper Dragon

In case you haven’t seen it before, here’s a sweet and fun optical illusion: a paper dragon that seems to always turn its head to look at you.

Curiously, this illusion works much better on video than in reality. In reality, you need to close one of your eyes to fool your depth perception.

This originated as a conference give-away made by Jerry Andrus in 1998. Fans meet biennially to celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner, and an American popular mathematics and popular science writer. Each participant must bring 400 copies of something they made, and everybody leaves with one copy of each item. Fun!

Want to make one yourself? Here are three versions, ready to print, cut, and glue:

Oh, and “Percy”? I made one of these to show my kids, and Daniel named it Percy. It sits on my desk and watches me carefully.


I dedicate this post to my grandmother Lizzi who would have been 97 today. She would have enjoyed this illusion.