the darnedest thing Awakening to Self. Body Shamanics. Healing. Thoughts and images. Technology and interfaces. Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:46:40 EDT en-us dyslexic font diversions a loaded title that can be taken many different ways. Appropriately so, since the naming of the monospaced fonts on this site have been somewhat whimsically inconsistent, if not confusing. This is an attempt to normalize the font names since promoting the MonoLexic variants, removing redundant alias font naming and, instead, assigning ..., 09 Aug 2022 07:57:34 EDTgotchas a random collection of code fragments used to solve various *nix installation problems encountered over time, after upgrades, etc. I have been meaning to keep a journal of little fixes but, up until now, never have had the discipline to do so. That’s because most of these little fixes ..., 14 Jul 2022 09:00:48 EDTgrotesk completes the evolution of the monospaced dyslexic fonts and their unique set of asymmetric glyphs and double cell width characters—adding a tweaked cap height to the Unolexic font. By increasing the cap (capital) height—a very small amount without significantly affecting the monospaced character cell proportions—at small font sizes, with a line ..., 05 Jul 2022 07:24:44 EDTlife list birders are a broad community, captivated by the flight and fancy of feathered creatures and enchanted by their complex song. The number of bird varieties is endless yet we rarely are aware of their presence and beauty in the city. And often take them for granted in the countryside. ..., 23 Jun 2022 09:47:09 EDTtypo' asymmetry for the interested, this entry encapsulates the machinations and rationalizations that accompanied the development of the dyslexic fonts for e-readers (and my reading enjoyment in particular) as described on this site. design Typefaces such as OpenDyslexic address dyslexia by anchoring glyphs (with weighted strokes) to resist dyslexic rotation and reversal of the letter, ...'%20asymmetry'%20asymmetryTue, 12 Apr 2022 08:42:55 EDTunolexic is an homage to the Universal Grotesk font—possibly the first geometric sans font. With Uno constucted from its name to echo its firm relationship to Monolexic. :) Monolexic, having long morphed from its original Atkinson Hyperlegible monospaced heritage—Iosevka Hyperlegible—coincidentally shares Universal Grotesk’s spurless lower case b and u (albeit in reversal, ..., 09 Apr 2022 08:24:31 EDTmonolexic type along the way, the consolidated write-up on the Monolexic font accumulated more revisions than i had anticipated as the original Hyperlegible Font was iteratively tweaked to address dyslexia. Having “arrived” at this final release of Monolexic (famous last words.. see unolexic and typo’ asymmetry), a less daunting and easier to comprehend description of the ..., 24 Mar 2022 11:42:39 EDT2022-03-19 font creep. completion. It took awhile but, save for the title font (which is safe for now), all the other fonts used on this site originate from the work done on the Monolexic font and the font families subsequently derived from that for coding and writing. Of course, none of this ..., 19 Mar 2022 00:00:00 EDTarriving at the libra 2 i have sung the praises of the Amazon Kindle Oasis. It is still the flagship e-reader in the Amazon line-up despite the recent update to the Kindle Paperwhite. At the same time, Rakuten Kobo released the new Sage and the updated Libra 2. i jumped on the Sage—having always wanted to ..., 24 Feb 2022 19:49:13 EST2022-02-22 it was inevitable.. from the development of.. my original monospaced coding font based on the Atkinson Hyperlegible Font for the visually impaired to the e-reader variant of that font further enhanced for dyslexia that these cumulative enhancements to advance font legibility and readability, would be merged ..., 22 Feb 2022 00:00:00 ESThyperlegible dyslexic this page consolidates the various font customizations applied to the Iosevka font used on this site, my Kindle and computers. Essentially, the configuration customizations elucidated in the various articles are relisted here in this single source for ease of reference and currency. tl;dr: see monolexic type Three major influences occurred to my original ..., 11 Nov 2021 11:53:59 ESTkustom watch face klwp allows for endless customization of the android interface. More amazingly, once one becomes familiar with the tool, it is easy to trial changes in an iterative fashion. With the blank background of my particular wallpaper, it didn’t take long to decide to put a new face to the big black ..., 28 Sep 2021 08:56:04 EDTmonolexic a recent thread on reddit piqued my interest and made me ponder how the Monolegible font might be improved for the e-reader. The Kindle already comes bundled with the OpenDyslexlic font which, like many so-called dyslexic fonts, is not a font i could ever see myself using. In fact, i personally find ..., 21 Sep 2021 15:52:38 EDTmonolegible i have been living with my mock up of a monospaced Atkinson Hyperlegible font now for some weeks. First, by simply substituting the Iosevka character variants that most closely matched their Hyperlegible counterparts, then a much lengthier concerted effort to tailor their individual shapes as closely as possible—the ascenders and descenders, their heights and roundness. ..., 11 Sep 2021 21:39:31 EDTquasilegible a quasi-proportional spaced Iosevka typeface. This option has been available for the last several major versions of the font but i did not get the impression that all character variants were available—possibly due to an incomplete or incorrect configuration on my part with earlier attempts. With version 10.x all the character ..., 07 Sep 2021 08:00:20 EDTchorded bigrams a recent thread on reddit raised an interesting topic regarding same finger bigrams. While constituting only a small percentage of common bigrams—two letter combinations—the problem is exacerbated when the letter requires a weak finger double tap, notably the pinkie and to a lesser extent the adjacent ring finger. Normally this could be addressed ..., 15 Aug 2021 15:25:35 EDTminimal kustom smartphones have become ubiquitous, penetrating the lives of everyone within the reach of cell towers. At least, eventually as i am probably one of the last hold outs to finally catch up with this century. i did not even own a lowly brick or flip phone for communication. Covid changed all ..., 12 Aug 2021 17:00:03 EDTthe look for this site was originally inspired by a wiki based web app called Nanoki written in Lua, a scripting language I had been investigating at the time. The clean monochromatic layout of its original example site “Sputnik” (no longer hosted) aligned with my deference towards clean content focused layouts. ..., 10 Aug 2021 13:08:59 EDT2021-07-25 with the focus on font type legibility satisfied (on my desktops, e-readers and web site), it was time to address the resultant aesthetic of this site. So, with some further CSS tweaking and server side magic.. a big face lift! First and foremost, the former outdented lower case lead ..., 25 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT2021-07-08 my descent into all things fonts continues.. Unica One, a condensed unicase sans serif typeface which this site has used for awhile for subtitle headings, while adding a unique contrast to the Major Mono Display titles, lacked high legibility which had become the focus of recent musings on my use of the Iosevka font. ..., 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDTsplit chords waiting on 15g springs for the Splitography, porting the chorded home row layout to it was inevitable as i further explore this minimal finger travel layout approach and the power of DennyTom’s chording engine. While my own QMK libraries have been refactored over time to facilitate usage across the several keyboard types ..., 10 May 2021 10:27:33 EDTchording engine macros in case anyone else gets the chording engine bug, this is another example of the M() macro for DennyTom’s chording engine adding some dynamic features to the left hand hexpad of the.. number layer toggle action Postfix G -> “ “ ..., 20 Apr 2021 05:33:33 EDTgeorgi wi beakl wi chord output Shift : Y ” :: “ Shift I Space Shift Tab Enter Shift Backspace Backspace (autorepeat) Space Backspace Del (autorepeat) shift chords chord ..., 18 Apr 2021 05:29:24 EDTchording engine and how i have been won over by a 30% keyboard. The Georgi keyboard for steno is flashed with QMK software but with a divergent approach from most supported keyboards. Namely, it uses a “chording” engine associating actions to a chord of one or more keys versus the traditional serial key processing ..., 17 Apr 2021 21:19:08 EDTgeorgi'ous keyboard and how i have become a chording engine convert. A couple years ago, g Heavy Industries introduced the Georgi for steno advocates using Plover. It is one of the few dedicated split steno keyboards and i am writing this review with it now.. i had been eyeing this diminutive ...'ous'ousSat, 17 Apr 2021 14:30:55 EDTiosevka hyperlegible iosevka is hands down my favourite monospaced font for programming, writing, desktop.. everything in my day to day computer workflow. It can be installed in many pre-built typeface flavours. But what i love most about Iosevka is its how you can make it your own, choosing the character embellishments that suit your ..., 03 Apr 2021 09:53:18 EDT2021-03-19 the last entry was about fonts. Fonts for this site’s look. Covid continues to be a time in which reading books (when not immersed in the web) fills the day. More so i have found than media. Whereas streaming media content is largely at the mercy of social trends limiting one’s choices, ..., 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 EDTan oasis in the time of Covid-19, there has been a lot of time for contemplation and reading. Towards that, e-readers have been indispensable with the closure of public libraries, allowing access to a wealth of digital material from the comfort of our self isolating homes. from touch i was not an early ..., 16 Mar 2021 08:39:38 EDTbeakl wi'd the main BEAKL development test bed platform for the past two years has been the Chimera Ergo 42 and Corne 42 key keyboards. They both share the same codebase including all the layers with only a single configuration file directive required to distinguish the keyboards for ROM flashing. The Planck and Splitography ...'d'dFri, 29 Jan 2021 06:52:33 ESThex keypad revisited it has just been a couple days since completing a facelift to the Number Layer to facilitate upper and lower case hexadecimal and Square, Round and Curly Bracket input. Fixing the rolling modifier key issues led to further examination of the hex keypad, the brackets and the Vim “goto” G in particular. ..., 16 Jan 2021 10:02:51 ESTdaily beakl the current keyboard layout daily driver is BEAKL Wi**. This page consolidates information which may be ommited from the layout write-up, with inherited layers or features described elsewhere. It is presented so one doesn’t have to search the site for the remaining pieces of layout information. Newer layouts being evaluated will likely also inherit ..., 16 Jan 2021 07:20:15 ESTnumber pad BEAKL Wi saw the first changes to the Number Layer after a long history of BEAKL iterations, with the placement of the numbers in their order of frequency—by finger row and column priority. While a radical departure from the more traditional ascending keypad order, the resultant mapping turned out to be more easily ..., 15 Jan 2021 15:12:28 ESTextreme beakl wi if BEAKL Wi-v is a variant of BEAKL Wi, then.. beakl wi-x is the logical extension of it to the extreme, moving the Z to the pinkie home row and the X to the ring finger reach of the pinkie top row. The Stagger key on this layout cycles ..., 14 Jan 2021 11:00:12 ESTlazy beakl wi or shortie pinkie Wi. i came across this keyboard design some time ago which had a distinctively heavier pinkie finger stagger than is commonly found. But as radical as the column stagger appears, i had noticed when typing with the keyboard on my lap tray—something i do a lot of these Covid ..., 02 Jan 2021 11:39:58 EST2021-01-02 fonts. Fonts. FONTS. Without them, the keyboard layouts detailed here would all be rather moot. At least for me. A sort of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Keyboard keys might caress the fingers but fonts! They seduce the mind**. This site has touched lightly upon fonts and the deliciousness of fonts ..., 02 Jan 2021 00:00:00 ESTbeakl wi it didn’t take long! the changes introduced by the BEAKL Bi layout spurred on further explorations—the upper row QU roll, never quite feeling as natural as the familiar home row roll with BEAKL Zi. Returning to the new keyboard analyzer, tweaked finger weighting and penalty values, and some new layout ideas produced a.. ..., 21 Nov 2020 11:48:26 ESTkeyboard layout evaluation there are a number of keyboard layout analysers, some web based, some desktop applications. The readily accessible web based analysers use a graphical interface to input a new layout for comparison against a predefined library of stock layouts—QWERTY, Dvorak and Colemak are sure to be amongst them. Each analyser’s scoring algorithm reflects ..., 20 Nov 2020 15:56:32 ESTtt-rss dfm i am a massive consumer of syndicated web feeds. This allows me to collect and filter web content in digest mode without need for maintaining and visiting bookmarked pages of web sites of interest. Over time, close to 300 feeds have been collected spanning a variety of topics organized into categories. Tiny Tiny RSS ..., 12 Nov 2020 10:02:51 ESTbeakl bi i stumbled upon a keyboard analyzer app which took an interesting approach to testing layouts via a bigram corpus. This makes for a computationally efficient analyzer with the added advantage of a standalone app versus the common web based analyzers (and their hidden algorithms). It’s convenience, once installed and modified to handle ..., 19 Oct 2020 11:50:09 EDTrolling qmk modifiers revisited with Covid-19 time on my hands, i thought i would revisit rolling modifiers. since implementing my own mod_roll() library to handle rolling modifiers in place of the QMK mod_T() macros (SFT_T, ALT_T, CTL_T, GUI_T) due to issues arising from rapid finger rolls, the QMK library has since been updated to address this. ..., 10 Oct 2020 13:48:26 EDTbeakl ji covid-19 has seen a lot of our time on computers increase substantially in place of personal social contact. So, while monitoring a discussion on the BEAKL forum concerning hand tuned BEAKL layouts versus those generated with optimizers, i decided to revisit my BEAKL Zi layout, well.. just because! Attempts to modify the ..., 17 Sep 2020 13:10:51 EDTyellow corne the Coronavirus had just been a serious news event that erupted shortly before i completed my first Corne keyboard build. Its threat was very real but it was half way around the world and still an abstraction. Now, almost three months later, the reach of this disease has impacted the globe, political ..., 19 Jun 2020 14:18:54 EDTcorne with the unavailability of the Chimera Ergo 42 the past several months, i came across the Corne keyboard in the hunt to build another keyboard. While not wireless, it is another 42 key 40% keyboard which could be flashed with the Chimera BEAKL Zi layout without much effort—replacing only the hardware ..., 07 Jan 2020 10:48:11 ESTduochrome gym my distraction free colorscheme search ended with vim-colors-duochrome and had become the only vim colorscheme i use for coding and writing. This duochromatic light colorscheme begged for a properly tweaked dark colorscheme counterpart and diff configuration replacement for the vim-quantum and vim-one colorschemes used for such. Tweaking the colorscheme was rote enough given ..., 07 Jan 2020 07:24:50 ESTbeakl zi revisited after the most recent fixes to the BEAKL Pi layout, the new navigation layer.. stood out for its natural thumb Enter (select) position after navigating menus—a common workflow activity on a keyboard driven desktop configuration. This led to re-evaluating the BEAKL Zi layout and the placement ..., 17 Dec 2019 16:44:05 ESTvim colors duochrome contrary to most vim (editor) colorschemes which emphasize syntax highlighting, vim-colors-duochrome is a minimalistic dual monochromatic vim colorscheme born out a distraction free writing preference. It is a fork of vim-colors-plain, which simply uses bold to highlight keywords and a contrasting colour for constant literals (string, numbers, tags, etc). ..., 09 Dec 2019 10:34:30 ESTbeakl pi is a subtle variant of the BEAKL Zi configuration.. shift punctuation providing alternate fingering by moving the Question and Exclamation marks from the thumb Symbol Layer to the Base Layer Shift Dot and Comma key positions.. The Punctuation* chords remain in their identical locations as ..., 13 Nov 2019 21:40:03 ESTrolling keys revisited over the course of time, two rolling key corner cases surfaced from the QMK rabbit hole descended in the (highly personal) tuning of the BEAKL Pi keyboard behaviour.. rolling thumb keys rolling sequences leading with the I or Space may not register as desired because the thumb key momentarily raises ..., 30 Oct 2019 11:25:12 EDTconky qclocktwo the statement design of QClockTwo was popularized on Linux desktops with mowgli-writes conky port. i adapted this as a screensaver with an opaque black background (and the much better looking Noto Sans Mono font which produces a squared presentation), centering it on my screen. where it ..., 26 Jul 2019 10:54:42 EDT2019-07-20 like the normalization of keyboard layouts across the various matrix and split keyboards used.. qcocktwo’s Major Mono Display font eventually made its way to the Tiny Tiny RSS banner theme.. and from there to this site, transforming the traditional large font URL banner to a ..., 20 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDTrolling leader capitalization until now, Punctuation chords providing leader (Space / Enter) capitalization shortcuts, lengthened the hold of the punctuation key which adds a subtle disruption to the typing rhythm— much like traditional shifting. Introducing the rolling key logic for rapid finger rolls makes these chords feel much more natural, especially as ..., 19 Jul 2019 09:04:18 EDTrolling qmk caps the original implementation of rolling QMK modifiers only allowed proper case words with leading capitalization during rapid finger rolls. While not a huge imposition—all caps can be typed by respecting the TAPPING_TERM setting or enabling the CapsLock—it is possible to implement rolling capitalization with a minor change to the ..., 25 Jun 2019 10:41:06 EDTplanck zi Split keyboards have been my daily driver for awhile now so the Planck hasn’t seen a whole lot of love on this site of late. Time to acknowledge this solid keyboard that opened up the world of QMK to me. For awhile now, it’s BEAKL Zi variant ..., 22 Apr 2019 11:01:30 EDTrolling qmk modifiers many convenient modifier macros for redefining keys as dual function key values and modifiers, notably the SFT_T, CTL_T, ALT_T and GUI_T toggle macros are part of the standard QMK firmware library. For several BEAKL layout iterations, the GUI, Control, ALT and Shift keys have been assigned to the left and ..., 21 Apr 2019 22:26:51 EDTchimera ergo zi from concept to implementation.. with Cherry Silent Reds and SA Profile R2, R3, R4 keycaps, and SA R1 thumb keys. impressions as expected, the ergonomic key placement (versus straight rows) actually felt unnatural at first. But usage after a few days proved otherwise, both for ..., 22 Mar 2019 11:35:21 EDTchimera ergo 42 foregoing steno, a dedicated BEAKL Si layout can be applied to an ergo keyboard design with non-linear rows. The Chimera Ergo 42 is one such design that recently caught my eye.. The above stock image (to be replaced with my build soon :-) illustrates the more relaxed ..., 20 Mar 2019 13:32:53 EDTbeakl si the keyboard layouts for the Splitography and the Planck on this site, applied certain personal thumb conventions—noticeably, the Shift modifier, the Space Enter Backspace Delete Tab Escape keys, and raising the various Symbol Number Fn Cursor layers. The thumb’s strength invited such responsibilities whose benefits aligned nicely with ..., 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ESTbeakl ti revisited it didn’t take long. BEAKL Vi’s placement of the Enter key and it’s improvement to chords and sequences involving Enter was immediately discernible over BEAKL Ti’s use of the Shift Space for the Enter key, especially for common chord sequences . However, the loss of the Backspace ..., 14 Nov 2018 13:48:48 EST2018-11-09 changes fast and furious. The look continues to garner attention—influenced, in part, by my Kindle e-reader font themes (Futura) and a desire to impart a less “technical” look to this site. On the keyboard layout search, I have finally settled on BEAKL Ti, finger memory being a deciding ..., 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 ESTsearching this site the search field can be found at the top of every page to the right of the site name by the faint colored magnifying glass icon and can filter for any article containing the search criteria entered. Search criteria may contain a list of one or more words ..., 02 Nov 2018 14:31:40 EDTbeakl vi restores the Enter key to the base layer with a swap of the Backspace key from the Shift Layer of the BEAKL Ti layout, resulting in simplified Enter chords throughout the keyboard design. The following updated set of Splitography keyboard layers for BEAKL Vi are annotated minimally with ..., 29 Oct 2018 16:33:58 EDT2018-10-28 lots of changes under the hood. First and foremost, the look, gets a facelift with more modern fonts and corresponding page layout changes. The site search limitations have been effectively removed. Not only were search results previously limited to ten entries, due to the sort order, these were ..., 28 Oct 2018 00:00:00 EDTbeakl ti the Thumb I or BEAKL Ti (titanium :-) layout advances BEAKL Mu’s left hand fingering by replacing the universal thumb key Space assignment with the alphabetic character I to lower same finger usage and improve finger roll combinations for the left hand. The following updated set of Splitography ..., 24 Aug 2018 08:26:46 EDTthumb i exploring thumb keys further, by applying thumb I (swapping thumb H with ring finger I).. shaves 1% to 4% off the +Effort scale across the board— despite the HY same finger bump—against the Thumb H layout on klatest for English prose. Swapping the pinkie Q and J further ..., 07 Aug 2018 08:43:17 EDTthumb h the HIEA home row of the split thumbs up layout featured nice finger rolls and low same finger usage. But having come from the standard BEAKL layouts, the left pinkie finger H assignment always felt less than optimal and contrary to BEAKL’s minimal pinkie finger usage goals. Swapping ..., 03 Aug 2018 13:27:29 EDTsplit thumbs up layouts with home row modifiers, latency issues aside, confirmed one thing: thumbs shift and switch layers with the least effort and pour moi, at least, feel more natural doing so. Thumbs just want to do it all, once your hands get a taste of their inherent strength and under ..., 05 Jun 2018 17:08:26 EDThomed split symbols in layout BEAKL mu are accessed via the index, middle and ring fingers of the thumb shift side hand. It is surprisingly effective but constrained by the range of keys comfortably reached by the hand in the thumb shift position. Larger hands can implement a larger shift layout ..., 23 May 2018 07:54:26 EDTbeakl mu redux mashes up the BEAKL mu layout further by applying the HIEA home row of BEAKL EZ to the left hand, thus, resolving the UAI same finger issue of BEAKL 8 in favour of finger rolls. The BEAKL mu (8+10) layout still reigns supreme on Klatest over this latest ..., 16 Apr 2018 17:46:25 EDTsplit redux my new daily driver applying the Planck BEAKL layout to the SOFT/HRUF Splitography keyboard— though, this design should be effective with any keyboard layout. legend splitography beakl I have since reverted to the BEAKL 8+10 mashup layout to favour the finger rolls with the new ..., 16 Apr 2018 17:39:44 EDTplanck reduxed defining the PERMISSIVE_HOLD and IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT config.h options enables applying responsive modifiers to the home row, for vastly improved accessibility. The redundant center column modifier chords are now replaced with layer toggles, freeing both hands for those instances when a switched on layer is convenient and allowing additionally defined ..., 16 Apr 2018 17:31:25 EDTsplitography production SOFT/HRUF keyboard layout.. comprised of layers.. legend base layer blue layer orange layer green layer numlock layer stenography layer dvorak layout base layer.. blue layer.. For ..., 02 Apr 2018 14:58:57 EDTkali, 2002-2018 destroyer creator divine mother ...,%202002-2018,%202002-2018Sun, 25 Mar 2018 23:25:14 EDTbeakl mu where Colemak emphasizes finger rolls, AdNW models keyboard layouts to emphasize hand alternation, a la Dvorak. BEAKL, utilizing the AdNW optimizer, further minimizes pinkie finger usage, emphasizing the central home block comprised of the index, middle and ring finger keyboard columns. beakl 8 introduced an unorthodox left hand placement with the ..., 25 Mar 2018 17:42:49 EDTweechat + bitlbee integrating XMPP instant messaging with WeeChat is available through community plugins, notably the plugin. Until recently, it provided Google Talk access reliably. Whatever the source of recent connection issues, a more actively maintained project is available in.. bitlbee a more robust server solution which can manage ..., 12 Mar 2018 10:32:22 EDTplanck redux is the ongoing evolution of the Planck layers. Notable is the refinement of the Shift Layer symbol clusters from a 2x3 to a 3x2 (row by column) layout emphasizing the stronger index and middle fingers with conditional operators available on the left hand and regular expression symbols on the right. The ..., 14 Nov 2017 22:42:28 ESTplanck history was originally part of the supposedly last write-up on this site’s particular Planck keyboard layout. The annotations grew, then became long enough to warrant being separated out into its own update page here! In chronological order, a long list of tweaks (whose number was thought to be an indicator of ..., 13 Nov 2017 09:49:53 ESTplanck done plancks with Cherry “Silenced” MX-Black keyswitches with 62 gram springs and sculpted SA profile keycaps.. Planck constant was supposed to be the last word on this Planck. One glance at the change history reveals how far from completion the project was! Subsequent separate write-ups dated the supposedly forever current page. ..., 12 Nov 2017 19:06:32 ESTsplit steno an alternate right hand centric, thumb oriented TxBolt (default layer) implementation for the soft/hruf Splitography.. legend base layer cursor and mouse actions numbers and symbols function keys work flow short cuts qwerty layer QWTY key to ..., 19 Oct 2017 00:44:07 EDTplanck constant the current Planck (keyboard) state as documented on this site and dotfiles. This page is a continuously updated explanation and history of the keyboard layout iterations. Notes in the accompanying keyboard descriptions pertain to layout and firmware design. The coding specifics of some of the more unique features of this particular ..., 31 Aug 2017 09:36:15 EDTcolemax several steps removed from the Colemak Mod-DH layout with the Colemak CF key swap, a simple incremental optimization can be achieved with the.. pg swap The PG key swap is arguably a wash as their letter frequencies are similar, so much will depend one’s personal corpus. The change itself ..., 30 Aug 2017 09:57:54 EDTcolemak mod-xvcf the alternative layout Colemak significantly improves upon the widely used QWERTY. The Colemak community further refined the Colemak layout with.. colemak dh addressing the DH placement, D for its letter frequency and H for the HE bigram, whilst retaining ZXCV on the bottom row.. I ..., 01 Aug 2017 09:03:36 EDTplanck one shot finding one shot modifiers very useful in relaxing the finger timing for key chords, I was interested in seeing if adding a Shift one shot modifier to the thumb row would make typing feel more rhythmic. Adding it to the right thumb balances out the thumb frequency a ..., 13 Jul 2017 17:18:53 EDTplanck qmk software easily allow programming the layers and key actions that make the Planck such a uniquely powerful 40% keyboard. For many, the robust QMK library of available keyboard macros is sufficient for constructing their ultimate keyboard. If that is insufficient, any shortcomings due to personal use cases or specific macro deficiencies, can ..., 18 Jun 2017 11:09:48 EDTergo planck it wasn’t long after settling on the wide Planck layout for a time, that a number of thoughts and observations came to mind (with input and inspiration from the Colemak community, ever in pursuit of perfection). Most glaring was the index finger reach to the centre columns ..., 29 Mar 2017 14:46:29 EDTwide planck form just when you think you’re done, there is always another idea to try out! The Colemak forum has long advocated a wide or extended key layout to further enhance the ergonomics of the Colemak layout by remapping the keys such that the left and right hand positions are shifted ..., 23 Jan 2017 15:17:14 ESTplanck on just as I thought I was done, typing revealed one last(?) change! Double tapping on the number layer was a clever way to allow keying symbols that would have otherwise required either, shifting to the symbol layer or adding a Shift modifier to the number layer. ..., 14 Dec 2016 20:12:39 ESTthumb plancking changes to my Plancks are incremental now. Without a totally different layout approach, it would be difficult to cram much more key overloading to the basic layout I arrived at. That being said, I did manage to implement a small but ergonomic application. The Escape and Enter ..., 02 Dec 2016 14:31:22 ESTmaxed planck no sooner said, than undone.. or at least revisited! Taking advantage of the QMK firmware, keys have been overloaded with complimentary modifier, one shot and double tap actions to increase the power of each layer. With redundant, albeit conveniently placed, modifiers accessible with the left and right hand ..., 19 Nov 2016 15:21:52 ESTplanck refactored it didn’t take long to publish my original Planck layouts and then do some rethinking about the hexadecimal keypad and the symbol layers. Writing will do that. modifiers the outer left, right and bottom row keys double as modifier and layer toggle keys when held down. ..., 07 Nov 2016 23:33:33 ESTplancked a picture can be worth a thousand words. is used to realize the Planck layouts described here. colemak dh the default layout (with V B key swap).. where my fingers rest most of the time. Thumbs operating the Space, Backspace, Tab, Delete and ..., 07 Sep 2016 14:07:50 EDTplancking after using the planck ortholinear keyboard for only a few weeks, I am a converted user. Even a 60% keyboard now feels unnecessarily large, cumbersome and less ergonomic. The ortholinear layout provides left-right hand fingering symmetry, whilst the 40% form factor, minimal finger travel. It took very little ..., 29 Aug 2016 09:55:29 EDTergo shift-dh the flashed layout Colemak Shift-DH introduced left/right hand diagonal fingering symmetry which alleviates the left hand wrist twist of most keyboard layouts. Lately, I have been playing with optimizing the keyboard experience by changing the keycap orientation and layout to minimize finger movement and improve hand position even ..., 13 Jul 2016 13:32:10 EDTcolemak shift-dh is an unorthodox twist on the ergonomic finger Curl mod introduced to the Colemak mod-DH layout. It is a (personal) user refinement achieved on the Poker 2 keyboard by programming it to.. Shift the upper rows of the keyboard above the ZXC row one key to the ..., 11 Jul 2016 14:17:45 EDTplanck ortholinear the planck ortholinear keyboard is a 40% keyboard of 4 rows by 12 keys which, at first glance, would appear to be inadequate for serious keyboard usage. Like its 60% keyboard cousin, firmware configurability allows programming key chords and keyboard layers to make up for the “missing” keys. Arguably, ..., 09 Jul 2016 19:58:44 EDTpatricia, 1948-2016 Everything is beautiful and I am so sad. This is how the heart makes a duet of wonder and grief. The light spraying through the lace of the fern is as delicate as the fibers of memory forming their web around the knot in my throat. The breeze ...,%201948-2016,%201948-2016Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:16:41 EDTmacbook pro intel based macbook pro’s make good Linux laptops. But some configuration is required to tune their installation. fan control out of the box, Linux Macbooks tend to run their CPU fans rather incessantly—it is not a subtle sound. To better sync the fan to CPU utilization, install ..., 30 Jun 2016 12:28:49 EDTi carry your heart with me(i carry it in i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)                                  i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) ..., 25 Jun 2016 18:16:05 EDTthe only thing i know is that my understanding is incomplete. Knowledge defines boundaries outside of which remains the unknown. Within is the comfort of mind and belief. But it is only in the space of the unknowable that miracles are born. ..., 29 May 2016 20:54:24 EDTthe miraculous thing when the story no longer is, the most miraculous thing remains. No words can describe it because there is no longer any separation. Point of reference from which to make comparison. History or past to project forward. It is strangeness. It is the wonder of wonders that there ..., 27 Mar 2016 14:03:48 EDTherbstluftwm workflow a lot of *nix users rice their desktops to personalize the look of their operating environments. A choice of wallpapers, GUI theme and careful window placements can look very artful. I am no less inclined, spending countless hours connected to the web and the open source community. A ..., 19 Mar 2016 12:14:20 EDTdistraction free vim distraction free writing applications abound for Windows, Mac OSX and to a lesser extent Linux. Most, aside from a simplified interface and look, simply launch the writing application in fullscreen mode, thereby hiding any other application windows. Some add minimalist backgrounds and can even play contemplative background sounds or ..., 16 Mar 2016 00:22:31 EDTlvm disk partitions filesystem netbook server boot drive 250GB 120GB /boot 200MB 400MB swap 4.1GB 8GB / 1GB 1GB /home 10GB 60GB /opt 1GB 1GB /srv 50MB 3GB /tmp 200MB 500MB ..., 15 Mar 2016 15:54:31 EDTricing or customizing one’s computer desktop is more than just changing a desktop wallpaper or GUI theme for *nix users, though, it often begins with such. Ricing commonly includes matching the terminal colours and desktop information panels to the desktop background image or colour, choosing default fonts, mouse pointer ..., 15 Mar 2016 13:53:35 EDT2016-03-14 it’s a slow and methodical process. Step by step, extending an already feature rich window manager, molding it to one’s will. Fixing corner cases that invariably pop up over extended usage. Then adding visual flair with ricing scripts to enhance the user experience and keep it fresh. Distraction ..., 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EDTspace vim leader keys allow chording command sequences. The two most powerful text editors (IMO), emacs and Vim, utilize chording keymaps. Recently, I came across a reference to an active emacs configuration called Spacemacs which uses the Space key for such. I had considered using the Space key as the ..., 05 Mar 2016 21:55:10 ESTreality is a reminder of who we are. It is the inward projected outwards. What we perceive to be separate from us, to be affecting us, is merely our opinion in opposition to it. How can this be so? It is because we ourselves are conflicted. Conflicted by ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTfuji x100t settings the Fuji X100T is a significantly different beast from its X100 ancestor. It not only sports Fuji’s X-Trans sensor versus the original Bayer sensor but has a completely re-engineered optical viewfinder system which has been augmented with a digital LED rangefinder overlay window. Add the Q menu system ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTweechat anyone perusing this site has probably noticed that I do not subscribe to social media services. No facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and the like icon reminders splashed everywhere. I don’t even have a cellphone. I am definitely out of touch. This site does provide conventional rss and atom feeds. ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTrofi columns converting from dmenu to rofi, it turns out, proved to be just the beginning. Its extended dmenu feature set refocused attention on the format possibilities of the menu content—not that there was anything dmenu restricted. But ricing has its own lure.. columnar output the unix ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTshell dsl inevitably, shell scripting a suite of herbstluftwm window manager functions led to considering recoding the scripts, originally written in zsh to dash. The decision to move to dash for all user shell scripts was predicated on its superior speed. While zsh is feature laden and still used as ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTrofi refactoring the dmenu scripts afforded revisiting rofi, a dmenu substitute. It didn’t get much of a look previously as it didn’t work out of the box when simply dropped into my dmenu wrapper. Back then, all my dmenu scripts called a dmenu wrapper—actually 2 wrappers, one for a horizontal ..., 31 Jan 2016 17:08:42 ESTpath mangling user scripts are commonly dropped into the user $HOME/bin directory. Add this directory to the PATH environment variable with export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH in your shell script’s initialization file and all the user scripts and applications placed there can be located and executed. All you have to do ..., 16 Dec 2015 20:27:37 ESTgrokking vim Vim is a modal editor—with insert (writing) and command modes—that persists despite the evolution of graphical editors, many of which are equally powerful and have become de facto standards on their respective platforms. TextMate comes to mind for OSX and Sublime Text another for that and other platforms. Sublime ..., 16 Dec 2015 13:00:42 EST2015-12-16 over the months, many under the hood changes have been made to the development server. Moving from zsh to dash for all shell scripts initiated a rethink of the standard way to organize scripts—namely, to go from a typical bin directory containing every manner of user script to ..., 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 ESTcolemak colours after several months of using my Colemak Shift-DH layout, I have finally arrived at a tri-coloured keyboard layout which highlights the modifier, home row and function layer—left number keypad and right navigation cluster (see Colemak Shift-DH for the function layer layouts)—key regions.. `~ = 1 2 3 4 ..., 13 Dec 2015 17:13:01 EST2015-12-13 a subtle but significant change to this web site. The home page now shows the most recent articles posted for the various topic threads which comprise this site. Dependent on publication date, not all topic threads will necessarily be represented by their latest journal entry. Regardless, this should ..., 13 Dec 2015 00:00:00 ESThooked on herbstluftwm tiling window managers are often choices for “riced” computer desktop environments—the reason being, that the more popular stacking window managers such as Windows, OSX or Gnome, merely impose a standard look or appearance to applications which, for all intensive purposes, are randomly organized on the desktop. Tiling window ..., 27 Sep 2015 22:34:24 EDTxmodmap shift-dh my Poker 2 keyboard travels with me everywhere so my Colemak Shift-DH layout is available to me on any computer I use. For those times it isn’t, the following .Xmodmap file allows me to emulate the layout on any ANSI keyboard attached to a *nix system.. .Xmodmap ..., 17 Aug 2015 19:06:03 EDTgateron pbt keycaps seem like an unlikely topic. You have to be a somewhat of a “geek” to care about the subject. Most keyboards come with inexpensive ABS keycaps which are prone to wear over time—sometimes showing wear within months. PBT and POM plastics are more expensive to produce and are a ..., 14 Aug 2015 22:39:50 EDTcompassion is remembering that everyone is always doing their best. How is it possible to do otherwise in the enactment of the story we believe we are? We play our character to perfection, even the imperfections and limitations we think we have. It is hard at times when one ..., 03 Aug 2015 11:47:02 EDTcurrent configuration production environment platform Debian Linux the darnedest thing Sinatra web application DSL kramdown markdown syntax converter Slim template engine XapianFu full text indexing library Magnific Popup lightbox comments processing Ruby Mail library Gmail ..., 02 Aug 2015 15:37:32 EDTherbstluftwm tasking i’ve been living with herbstluftwm for half a year now. It’s here to stay as I continue to fashion it to my workflow idiosyncrasies, including keybinds adapted to my Colemak Shift-DH layout. hide window has been further augmented from the window handling described here to add ..., 17 Jul 2015 18:31:58 EDTconditions we constantly place subtle and gross conditions on reality. I will love you if.. I will honour my word if.. I will be happy if.. It is difficult to not have conditions. It is personal. It is what defines us, individually and collectively. They are our opinions of ..., 23 Jun 2015 11:53:59 EDT2015-06-19 colours.. Dark gray, light gray and beige. Cherry profile Gateron PBT keycaps are on their way for my Poker 2. The muscle memory from a month of Colemak Shift-DH layout usage has been fully established. But infrequent modifier key combinations are often keyed with a glance at the ..., 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EDT2015-05-14 well, it didn’t take long to return to a more classical hand positioning for touch typing (versus the flattened fingering I was experimenting with). With that, I have returned to the original Colemak Shift-DH layout after playing with the Shift-mod CV keymap swap—that it didn’t appear to impact typing ..., 14 May 2015 00:00:00 EDTshift-mod layout favouring my index finger over the middle finger, I have now been toying with the bottom row of my Colemak Shift-DH layout, swapping the C and V keys of that layout. The original Qwerty ZXCV cluster which Colemak considered sacrosanct is now completely gone—with little impact to this ..., 13 May 2015 07:15:10 EDT2015-05-11 not the usual site specific announcement but I guess this must be the final keyboard layout which future content will be composed on. For the curious, the keyboard and layout evolution can be found in numerous articles in colophon The Colemak plus Poker 2 journey led to this.. ..., 11 May 2015 00:00:00 EDTamphetype there are many typing tutors available as web browser or standalone applications. Many are tailored to provide training for a particular keyboard layout, beginning with home row finger exercises and progressing to number/symbol row touch typing. Amphetype is not a typing tutor per se but a typing analyzer which ..., 10 May 2015 19:58:55 EDTcherry profile keycaps are about 2mm shorter than the “OEM” profile keycaps which come standard with the Poker 2 keyboard. This shortens the keycap stem accordingly requiring a reduction of the O-ring depth previously applied. The Colemak Shift-DH layout is now more simply tuned with.. key travel (max) ..., 05 May 2015 18:38:43 EDTpoker 2 + o-rings inserting rubber o-ring dampeners with clickety Cherry MX Blue switches improve the typing experience on the Filco Majestouch significantly, by mitigating the bottoming out of the keystroke, whilst shaving a hair off the keystroke travel. Cherry MX Red switches on the Poker 2 are linear switches with no ..., 04 May 2015 18:02:44 EDT2015-04-05 since getting the Poker 2 mechanical keyboard, it has been weeks of exploration—reviewing the merits of various keyboard layouts, and examining and unlearning the left hand impositions learned from classical touch typing. The possibilities of designing a more ergonomic keyboard layout are made practical with a programmable keyboard ..., 05 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EDTcolemak mod-dh is a Colemak mod that attempts to tweak the Colemak layout by reducing the lateral movement of the index fingers, notably for the D and H keys, so they are pressed by the index fingers on the bottom row instead. This allows moving the difficult to reach B ..., 23 Mar 2015 08:08:13 EDTthought knows only itself and, even then, knows only the idea of it. Through this lens, reality is filtered, until it fits accordingly, thoughts’ idea of what it should be—re-affirming and entrenching its belief. ..., 21 Mar 2015 21:35:02 EDTpoker 2 + vim allows for some additional keyboard mappings, in particular, for the keys most difficult to reach but often used. Remapping the Esc and Del keys is one experiment I have been trying out—the Tab key is one of the few keys that vim is unable to remap via its ..., 09 Mar 2015 12:53:41 EDTabout healing my medicine box is comprised of homeopathics (shamanic elementals), breath/body (rebirthing, emotional body, myofascial tissue, energy) work and shamanism (feather work, tobacco, plant medicines, allies, ceremony). Much of my work is done through dream time and simple consults—over the phone or visiting. More formal sessions in the manner ..., 07 Mar 2015 16:15:21 ESTkeyboards i have lost count of all the keyboards that I have owned and used. Ones I remember.. IBM Model-M with buckling springs numerous Logitech rubber dome keyboards Microsoft keyboards including the MS Ergonomic series (which are very comfortable to type on but, unfortunately, use rubber ..., 05 Mar 2015 12:51:18 ESTpoker 2 configuration of the Pn layer allows mapping keyboard and function key combinations to provide the shortcuts necessary to emulate a full 104 key keyboard. Such a setup allows typing with minimal hand movement and actually, IMO, is more efficient to use! initial setup the Colemak keyboard layout ..., 02 Mar 2015 14:05:35 EST2015-02-26 a flock of cedar waxwings. Hundreds of them. I estimate 300 plus. All perched on the leafless branches of a neighour’s tree. Soaking in the western rays of the sun. Then all taking flight to return and land on the tree ten or so minutes later. Time ..., 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 ESTdmenu2 stumbling upon a extensively enhanced fork of a favourite applcation always raises my curiousity. dmenu2 doesn’t disappoint, including the available patches to dmenu plus adding several important UI enhancements. Of particular interest to me are.. vertical positioning of the dmenu prompt background dimming ..., 25 Feb 2015 08:43:24 ESTdmenu while tiling window managers are my preferred desktop environment to work in, it is dmenu that is the glue and allows my workflow to be completely keyboard driven. With simple keybindings defined in the sxhkdrc configuration, dmenu functions can be defined to select from a list and.. ..., 24 Feb 2015 23:03:02 ESTherbstluftwm herbstluft is German for “autumn air” and a unique moniker for a tiling window manager. It differs from bspwm which I have been using extensively for quite awhile now, in that, it is a manual tiling window manager (as opposed to dynamic)—which, interestingly, bspwm is derived from. The ..., 21 Feb 2015 22:31:39 ESTherbstluftwm juggling the messenging aspect of herbstluftwm via shell scripts and herbstclient allow extending the window manager behaviour. One added benefit is that it is fairly difficult to bork the actual window manager—at least, I haven’t been able to do so. Illegal herbstclient commands just fail gracefully—no harm done. No recompilation ..., 21 Feb 2015 14:46:15 ESTherbstluftwm hiding i find myself using the hide/restore window function outlined here often enough that it merited updating the Conky desktop in some fashion to reflect the presence of hidden windows associated with the desktop in focus. It didn’t take long to decide on simply highlighting the desktop (tag) number! ..., 21 Feb 2015 14:46:15 ESTunified chakra invocation I breathe in Light through the center of my heart, Opening the heart chakra into a beautiful ball of Light, Allowing myself to expand. I breathe in Light through the center of my heart, Allowing the Light to expand Encompassing my throat ..., 20 Feb 2015 12:56:25 ESTcontact you are encouraged to send your comments regarding the darnedest thing. Every effort has been made to make the commenting system as effortless and secure as possible should you have anything to add or ask regarding what is presented here. Personally directed correspondence is another matter. Unfortunately, my ..., 19 Feb 2015 20:41:08 ESTnow everything you have done, every choice, every turn, has led you to this now point. Nothing holds you back, holds you to the story you believe you are, except the refusal to let go of the past. Who refuses? None other than the story itself – that finely ..., 19 Feb 2015 20:19:50 ESTthis story is about the ending of it. The ending of all stories and the freedom that comes from it. How do you know you are in the story? When there is resistance; when there is resistance to what is. Now, this resistance need not be the obvious railing against ..., 19 Feb 2015 20:11:04 EST2015-02-19 funny what a toy can bring. I’ve been adapting to a 60% keyboard for a month now and the finger memory has developed to the point that a 80% tenkeyless keyboard feels foreign and awkward. An even bigger collection of keyboards will be gathering dust. Adding the final ..., 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 ESTabout each thread – the submenu titles below the the darnedest thing— has an about link which describes the thread, its purpose and intent. It is the starting point. And, by design, easily overlooked so as not to get in the way on future visits. A catch-22. The link is ..., 17 Feb 2015 20:10:38 ESTsuzanne, -2015 i remember your footsteps       in front behind always beside me your appreciative             heart lighting upon         everywhere It was a great honour knowing you, my Raven sister. To witness your courage and perseverance. See you on the other side. ...,%20-2015,%20-2015Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:41:06 ESTdotfiles finally! The configuration files for the applications discussed on this site are now available at github. Like much of the colophon material, expect frequent updates as configurations and scripts are fine tuned.. and I hem and haw about what might be of interest to the community at large. ..., 17 Feb 2015 14:32:49 EST2015-02-15 dotfiles are the big addition to this site. They reside, of course, on github, and have been a long time coming—the recent interest and requests for the bspwm and Conky configurations was the final nudge I needed. I have been a consumer of github content for a long ..., 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 ESTreadability was originally released by arc90 as a Java bookmarklet which reformatted web pages for reading, devoid of the increasingly distracting artefacts adorning web pages. Coined Readability, it spawned similar content applications, such as Readable. simplyread is a Javascript from which can be integrated into vimb and ..., 10 Feb 2015 15:55:34 ESTvimb minimalist browsers seem to go hand-in-hand with tiling window managers. They are typically lightweight (memory wise), allow keyboard control, maximize viewing real estate by hiding the ubiquitous URL bar and other menu/bookmark bars, and are highly configurable. vimb came under my radar by happenstance. Up until now, luakit ..., 09 Feb 2015 12:36:06 EST2015-02-09 the browser landscape has been somewhat active of late, with the demise of dwb (the author embarking on a new browser) and the entry of qutebrowser—a PyQt Webkit browser not using the traditional WebKitGtk+ library—and lispkit. Luakit has been my go to browser for some five years but has ..., 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST2015-02-09 dates. Dates. DATES: the articles’. They get updated a lot on this site because I tend to go back and correct/amend material that has been written in an attempt to keep the content current and, as best as I can, accurate. In a way, it is too easy to ..., 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST2015-01-26 lots of minor tweaks have been made to the content and presentation of the colophon. Most notably, the code snippets are now, I hope, more legible and better formatted (in particular, line wrap is no longer by word for a clearer presentation). I still do not present code in ..., 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST2015-01-25 changes continue. Lots of them, both hardware and software. New Poker 2 keyboard, stabilized overclocked motherboard.. and, not least of which, a new window manager, herbstluftwm. The look of the colophon section, in particular, has changed significantly, for anyone perusing code. I still eschew the convention of scrolling ..., 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 ESTbspwm framed bspwm, by definition, implementing a binary space partitioning scheme does not manage frames per se like other tiling window managers such as herbstluftwm. While there is a lot of merit in the dynamic gaps described here which grow the windows towards the edge of the screen (monitor) while ..., 15 Jan 2015 09:28:48 ESTbspwm gym the messenging aspect of bspwm via shell scripts and keyboard handler allow a lot of clever desktop gymnastics. One added benefit is that it is fairly difficult to bork the actual window manager. Illegal bspc commands just fail gracefully—no harm done. No recompilation required. And you can test out ..., 13 Jan 2015 13:31:38 ESTbspwm not bar one of bspwm’s alluring features is the gymnastics it can perform with simple shell scripts. Status bars identifying the desktop in focus and displaying system information are common amongst tiling window managers because desktop information managers like conky would typically be hidden by opened tiles. Thus, in order ..., 13 Jan 2015 13:30:57 ESTbspwm bspwm is a tiling window manager whose messenging architecture accommodates window management gymnastics via sxhkd (or any other keyboard handler) and shell scripting versus the native language customizations which would be required with other tiling window managers, such as notion (lua) and xmonad (haskell), two tiling window managers I have used extensively in the past. ..., 11 Jan 2015 13:12:02 ESTurxvt after having used gnome-terminal, terminator, xfce4-terminal, roxterm, lxterm, sakura and a host of xterm variants, I have finally settled on URxvt. I had toyed superficially with it over the years but never got it working to my liking—largely due to laziness and the seductive ease other terminal emulators provided ..., 06 Jan 2015 17:37:58 ESTmpd and pulseaudio mpd is a great music player daemon, especially when used with the ncmpcpp client. By default, mpd is installed under user mpd which prevents playing simutaneous audio streams within PulseAudio. To enable playing multiple concurrent audio streams with PulseAudio.. cp /etc/mpd.conf ~/.mpdconf And edit the following ..., 05 Jan 2015 10:27:29 ESThaskell there are expressive programming languages. And then there are beautiful ones. Haskell, a pure functional programming language, is such a language with its mathematical eloquence. Transitioning from imperative languages to Haskell can entail more than a brain cramp—the purity of the language lacks the common control structures that ..., 05 Jan 2015 10:18:05 ESTbtrfs after using ZFS for some time, a recent move from Debian Sid to Arch Linux prompted a look at btrfs. While not as mature or robust as ZFS, along with a different approach to RAID implementation, btrfs is availble in the Linux kernel which allows easy installation of a ..., 05 Jan 2015 10:15:52 ESTnginx proxy Sinatra web applications require a proxy configuration with the Nginx HTTP server. The configuration spec for this site is set up as follows.. server { server_name; proxy_set_header X_Real_IP $remote_addr; proxy_set_header X_Forwarded_For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for; proxy_set_header Host $http_host; proxy_redirect off; location / { try_files $uri @proxy; } location ..., 05 Jan 2015 08:18:23 ESTnginx passenger this site now uses the Nginx HTTP server with the Phusion Passenger application server. This simplifies the Nginx configuration considerably whilst adding the deployment benefits of Phusion Passenger, notably, being able to promote site wide enhancements without needing to restart the Nginx HTTP server. Adding Phusion Passenger to ..., 05 Jan 2015 08:14:03 ESTvirtualbox 4.2 as of this writing, has not been merged into the official Debian repositories but is required if you want to run Windows 8, which the “guest additions” for, are still somewhat short of full OpenGL video support which prevents usage of some applications like Nik HDR Pro 2 and ..., 05 Jan 2015 08:09:35 ESTtt-rss and postgresql when Google killed its Google Reader service, the hunt for an alternate aggregator service began. I and everyone else who were used to Google’s free service were now scrambling to other providers, many whose servers were not prepared for the influx of new users. Further service disruptions and performance ..., 04 Jan 2015 22:35:21 ESTcolemak configuration settings for.. debian linux reboot after modifying.. sed -i 's/XKBVARIANT=""/XKBVARIANT="colemak"/' /etc/default/keyboard windows 8 install Colemak for Windows. Then.. open Control Panel → Clock, Language, and Region → Language → Advanced Settings under “Override for Windows display language” choose ..., 04 Jan 2015 22:34:12 ESTbtrfs check btrfs is not yet fully production ready, missing the auto repair functionality that most Linux users are familiar with other filesystems, such as, ext4. A kernel panic (not uncommon when tinkering with overclocking a system) can result in a number of (subsequent) “btrfs check” warning messages on the partition. ..., 04 Jan 2015 18:10:45 EST2015-01-02 new year. New hardware. Lots of changes under the hood which only the very familiar will notice. The main change aside from presenting photo galleries on the site instead of using photo site hosting services is enabling journaling (blogging) per subject thread. The original site design enforced a ..., 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST2015-01-02 it has been a meandering route to this place—starting out as a proof of concept with shell scripts cobbled together to massage vimwiki text files into html, to Ruby scripts and then to a Ruby Sinatra web application. Hardware upgrades, water cooling, overclocking.. all made the journey interesting. ..., 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 ESTservices “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” Linji Yixuan, 9th century ..., 30 Dec 2014 13:19:46 EST2014-12-30 more of a journal test entry than news.. but switching from my trusty Bayer sensor Fuji X100 to the new Fuji X-trans sensor X100T is no small upgrade. As the numerous reviews on the net reveal, this new rangerfinder from Fuji is as refined as it gets. It’s ..., 30 Dec 2014 00:00:00 ESTthis site probably not a good sign! but a few words are in order to explain the purpose and organization of this site so that you can navigate it effectively. The site’s primary purpose is to shed light on the awakening process. As such, it is organized into threads, whose ..., 16 Nov 2014 20:53:05 ESTcomments a few words about comments to this site are in order, as the mechanism is somewhat unique. Unlike most schemes deployed on the internet which attempt to thwart spammers by requiring site registration and logins, or CATPCHA input, this site utilizes email filtering. By doing so, you can ..., 16 Nov 2014 20:21:17 EST2014-10-21 the darnedest thing is written and designed by Steven Hum with the following.. desktop software platform Debian Linux (VPS server) Arch Linux (personal machines) bspwm tiling window manager writing tools vim editor vimwiki wiki/markdown plugin LiteDFM distraction free ..., 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDTjaisalmer, india ...,%20india,%20indiaWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:56:43 EDTpeebles ..., 27 Sep 2014 08:37:29 EDTsara ..., 27 Sep 2014 08:37:29 EDTnot knowing is freedom. Freedom from the rigidity and confines of thought and belief. Only from that place, does true exploration exist and the possibility of discovery reside. When we operate from knowledge, the past, there is only the continuity of it. Thought creates that which is experienced by masking ..., 27 Sep 2014 01:27:30 EDTgallery title says it all. Placeholder for index.. ..., 22 Sep 2014 23:49:46 EDTtopaz under wine photo processing in Linux with popular commercial tools is easily accomplished by installing the applications in VirtualBox with their OS. However, it is possible to run some Windows applications in Linux using the Windows emulator Wine. Some products like Adobe Lightroom are more problematic to run under Wine, but some plugins for Lightroom can be—and if one ..., 20 Sep 2014 16:48:19 EDTautomounting removable devices on many desktop systems is facilitated by the Thunar file manager (and Thunar volume manager) with the GVFS virtual filesystem. If Thunar is running, then any removable devices plugged in are automounted. And that is the snag: Thunar must be running in order for the device to ..., 09 Sep 2014 00:14:30 EDT2014-09-09 the darnedest thing is written and designed by Steven Hum with the following.. desktop software platform Debian Linux (VPS server) Arch Linux (personal machines) bspwm tiling window manager writing tools vim editor vimwiki wiki/markdown plugin LiteDFM distraction free ..., 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT2014-09-06 a year has passed. And I am back in the Townships, under the cover of early autumn rains. It has been a year of changes and the movement of unexpected relationship. Not seeking any, it availed itself. Wonders never cease. The luxury of time afforded changes to ..., 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDTrecent comments ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTosx under virtualbox initial virtualbox configuration mac OSX can be run under virtualization software. It is somewhat involved and, unfortunately, limited in that, to date, no virtualbox guest addition has been developed to provide full OSX functionality (display and device management in particular) and provisions beyond a maximum of 2GB RAM ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTradar opus homeopathic software comes with cost and the most annoying hardware license protection schemes—I don’t know what that says about homeopaths at large! pre-install for Windows 8.. download the most recent 64-bit version of CodeMeter Runtime and copy into the /Others/Protection/Windows/ install folder before installing (otherwise, an “invalid ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTabout colophon the web with all its metadata about itself is an interesting analogue of the mind, hence, its inclusion. Much of the content in this thread is merely notes concerning the Linux builds I use—memory aids for problems that may recur on subsequent builds. For the curious, this site is ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTfuji x100 custom settings are erased every time the firmware for the camera is updated. Who can complain, considering the post end-of-product-life support Fuji has provided, which is unheard of in this digital age of disposable electronic appliances! My current custom jpeg settings.. custom 1 setting   ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTvimwiki cheatsheet the vimwiki wiki plugin is reason enough to use vim . It is a personal light weight wiki mated to one of the most powerful text editors available. No mousing required. Plain text data files. Powerful markdown syntax with integrated html generator. Manage multiple wiki databases. This entire ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTstory the story is all the thoughts we have about ourselves. It is the main character within the drama that is our life. A history. A movement. And most of all, something that is being written by us, in the enactment of our lives. The word allows us ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTthe only thing i can know is Self. Everything else is an assumption. What I see, love and revile, judge, have any thought about, is the reflection of self. I could not recognize it otherwise. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTmantra truth or die what could be simpler! ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTso how does the story end? It begins with the acknowledgement of it. Simply that the story exists, manifest as our thought of who we are. A parent. Wife or husband. A career. A nice or not so nice person. A seeker. A believer. Loner. Lover. Lacking. Having. Powerless. Powerful. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTabout truth or die something strange happens when you realize that time is your most precious commodity. Life is simplified. You cannot accrue time. Only use it. The traditional pursuit for security in all its guises becomes framed by the limited time we all share. Truth or die. What could be simpler? ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTknowledge we are trapped by the expanse of knowledge. By what we know and by what we do not know. No matter how much we armour ourselves with knowledge, it is always incomplete. And, therefore, cannot protect us. So we strive endlessly to accumulate more knowledge. This is not ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTstopping our story seldom allows stillness. It is busy with its self construction. Our lives are filled with movement, our minds moving from one activity to the next. Seldom do we stop, sit under a tree, by the meadow or under the stars. The current of life draws us rapidly ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTliberation is the freedom that comes when you are no longer bound by the script of your story. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDToverclocking Gigabyte GA-EX58A-UD5 motherboard with 3.2Ghz Intel i7-930—dated hardware with still some kick in it—with G.Skill 2133Mhz Ares memory. Water cooling setup permitted lazy (auto voltage) overclocking within thermal limits i.e. CPU core temperatures well below 100C under full load. @ 4.00Ghz/4.16Ghz (turbo), memory @ 2000Mhz.. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTAll the world's a stage All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. And then the ...'s%20a%20stage's%20a%20stageWed, 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTabundance is everywhere. To be here in this moment, another breath. How miraculous! ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTabout the story the story is largely unformed when we enter the world, save for our genetic heritage and karmic veils which hint at the road ahead of us. As we navigate our lives, we shape and fine tune our identity: the suit we put on each morning when we waken, the ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTyou cannot stop thinking. This just invites the bear trap that the mind is. It is the knot that cannot untangle itself the harder it is pulled at. But you can allow your thoughts and simply inquire into the truth or falseness of them. You will find that thoughts are ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTthe four agreements Toltec wisdom from Don Miguel Ruiz be impeccable with your word Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others; use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTthe most simple difficult thing to end the story is both the most simple and the most difficult thing to do. Because the ending of it is the thought of the story as well. It is the conundrum which the mind faces because the story is about movement. Movement from one state to ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTshifting to the new when we come into the world, we operate from seven basic body chakras and five basic bodies — spiritual, mental, emotional, etheric blueprint and physical. Here are their old functionings and the shifts they have undergone. the spiritual body Old The Spiritual body vibrates in the ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTOne Art The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTdisclaimer all techniques in this manual are for Spiritual Light Integration. This is not medical advice. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, please consult your doctor. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTangelic outreach toolkit this handout describes some invaluable tools for Lightworkers. the principle of asking by Universal Law, no higher-dimensional being can intercede or assist you unless you request it. Develop the habit of asking for assistance, information and guidance. “grace it and get on with it!” Grace ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTthe only betrayal is the betrayal of thought. When we are wronged, disappointed, thrown into confusion by someone we trusted, all that, is merely the denial of what is. People are exactly as they are, and thinking that they should behave otherwise is our projection, our story in conflict with theirs. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTdivine impeccability there are two qualities or positionings that are essential to being of service — being a Divine Instrument and being Impeccable. To be a Divine Instrument is to follow the prompting of Spirit in every moment, allowing the frequencies of energy that Spirit needs to put through your hands, ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTkarmic matrix removal the effects of a KMR can be profound and life changing, and may include any of the following effects: Clear thinking. Better dream recall, lucid dreaming, dreaming in dimensions higher than the astral plane. Electrical energy running under scalp and ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTprotection astral entities can intrude on our fields. Whether conscious or unconscious, we make agreements with them when we have moments of fear or need. These entities will attach themselves to us, usually promising some aspect of comfort in exchange for living vicariously through us. These exchanges are almost ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTsup mail before there was mutt, the email client that “sucked less”. However, after discovering Sup mail, yet another curses based (plain text) terminal application, there was no turning back. With IMAP Maildir labeling, combined with incoming inbox or archive assignment, and intelligent Gmail conversation threading, it is email consumption as ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTwelcome hola! Welcome to the darnedest thing! It is a strange notion to entertain a place amongst the collective voices of the internet. Largely because there really is nothing to add that hasn’t been expounded upon on the net, in books and transmissions throughout the ages. It has all ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTzfs i migrated from mdadm/XFS to ZFS once I discovered an alternative to ZFS-fuse, the standard ZFS Debian package (whose performance and feature set were dated). ZFS had been limited to Solaris and FreeBSD prior to ZFS on Linux as a kernel module. ZFS obviates the need for mdadm ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTpulseaudio notifications to enable audio notifications in pidgin, in tools :: preferences :: sounds :: sound command.. paplay --volume=24576 --device=alsa_output.usb-Burr-Brown_from_TI_USB_Audio_DAC-00-DAC.analog-stereo --property=media.role=event %s ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTsmartmontools is a collection of disk monitoring tools which can inspect, test and, more importantly, monitor the health of your hard disks (and precious data) and notify you via your system notification mechanism or an email. Strangely, when smartmontools is installed in Debian, it is not initially configured to ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTmdadm i have moved from RAID level 10, to 5, to 6 and now back to 10. The rebuild and check times for RAID 6, in particular, are excruciating and stress the drives. With proper backups (which you should always have, regardless of the RAID level), RAID 10 offered speed ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDTconsciousness is creation enfolding back upon itself. ..., 27 Aug 2014 11:05:46 EDT