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)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

E. E. Cummings © 1952

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beakl si

wednesday, 5 december 2018

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 the pinkie adverse fingering goals of the BEAKL layout variants. The most radical change along the way was moving the I to the thumb to further optimize fingering metrics. The Splitography with its four thumb keys – which I actually quite like and prefer – has undergone numerous thumb key mappings to accommodate this constraint, culminating in the BEAKL Ti.

Immediately after the last set of BEAKL Ti changes which saw several symbols Shift mapped to the base layer, a radical thought occurred, or more rather, an embarrassingly obvious one that has been available for quite some time since the implementation of the Home Row Modifiers, which is particularly applicable to the Splitography. Why not actually relegate Shift to its home row modifier?

This frees up two key mappings for the thumbs, moves the Shift to the more nimble index fingers, and allows the thumbs keys to be organized in such a fashion that there is now only one lateral thumb movement required during typing, and that, for the infrequently raised Number Layer.

The fluidity of this new layout, even with the new finger memory stumbles for the Shift key, is shockingly bettered across the board – and the firmware code is reduced too! Perhaps instead of naming this layout BEAKL Si for “simplified”, it should be named BEAKL Ni for “nirvana”..

base layer

Splitography BEAKL 
Si

Tap key actions for..

keycode double tap double tap (down) triple tap
Colon Colon Minus    
Space   repeating Space  
Backspace   repeating Backspace  

thumb symbols and cursor

the fluidity of having all the symbols characters available from the former Shift thumb position cannot be overstated. Punctuation and coding are typed effortlessly..

Splitography BEAKL Si 
symbols

Tap key actions for..

keycode double tap double tap (down)** triple tap
Colon     “ :: ”
Less Than   repeating LessThan “ <- ”
Percent   repeating Percent  
Greater Than   repeating GreaterThan “ -> ”
Asterisk Dot Asterisk    

**The down modifier state for the key necessitates a double tap (down) to distinguish a repeating character.

home row shift

the greatly simplified home row Shift obsoletes the previous rolling thumb firmware logic for floating the Enter key under the thumb. The thumbs now never need to move, promoting effortless touch typing..

Splitography BEAKL Si home row 
shifts

Tap key actions for..

keycode double tap double tap (down) triple tap
Tilde Tilde Slash    

dot chords

for smart capitalization and reduced keystrokes remains – oddly, feeling even more natural because of the static position of the thumbs..

Splitography BEAKL Si dot 
chords

Tap key actions with Dot* key down for..

keycode single tap double tap triple tap
Space Dot* Space Shift    
Enter Dot* Enter Shift Dot* Enter Enter Shift  

*Where “Dot” is Period (base layer), Question (thumb shift) or Exclamation Mark (home row shift). The chord acts as a one shot modifier, capitalizing the next keystroke.

thumb numbers and function keys

the double key thumb activation for Function keys remains unchanged..

Splitography BEAKL Si 
numbers

thumb mouse

Splitography BEAKL Si thumb 
mouse

thumb shortcuts

the Steno layer key is moved from the upper to the lower corner to reduce finger memory errors with the ingrained BEAKL Ti PgUp key. Double tap Paste actions to terminate with an Enter further workflow tuning..

Splitography BEAKL Si thumb 
shortcuts

Tap key actions for..

keycode single tap double tap triple tap
Paste string string Enter  
XPaste string string Enter  
Priv   string  
Pub   string  

toggle layers

the CapsLock Layer incorporates the new Shift Home Row emphasis as above..

Splitography BEAKL Si CapsLock 
layer

The remaining Number Fn Symbol Mouse toggle layers are identical to the thumb raised layouts above, using the Escape key to return to the normal keyboard mode.

legend

Legend

history

add a CapsLock toggle to the right thumb Space Backspace keys (double key tap) for convenient finger reach – and an unintended thumb row symmetry to the center column Fn Capslock keys.

Add a dual key Soft Reset to the center column Fn Capslock keys. With both keys held down, reinitialize the keyboard to its base layer – useful during the development of complex keyboard macros. Sort of ironic to add this feature now, at possibly my keyboard endgame!

Only a few days in but this layout is by far the most fluid modifier/thumb key model designed so far. The fixed thumb position (save for raising the Number Layer) makes all the difference in the world to the feel of this keyboard, differentiating this layout from most other split ergo layouts that I am aware of.

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friday, 9 november 2018

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 factor in the matter, it ultimately being a wash with BEAKL Vi.

What does this all mean?

Writing. And a return to the site’s original purpose – to map the journey of this particular story. Which has traveled further than ever dreamed.

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