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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sunday, 13 december 2015

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 now make the home page appear less stale dated.

Surprisingly, despite not having touched the web framework code for quite some time, these changes were simply and cleanly implemented with a dozen lines of Ruby code without too much head scratching. The original design continues to hold up well.

Originally cobbled together with html generating shell scripts in its earliest incarnations as that proof of concept, it morphed into a web framework whose underlying technology became a point of interest – vimwiki with sinatra allowed content to be mapped and reviewed effortlessly in real time.

Starting out initially as a resource for clients, it has grown to include a repository of the knowledge accrued during the creation of the site itself and then some – the WWW being what it is as a meta library of itself. I like the metaphor.

There are still a number of posts to share regarding the tools used along the way to create all this. And broader horizons to return to. There is nothing being sold here. But if you find something of interest, be it metaphysical, technical or otherwise, wonderful.

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split redux

monday, 19 march 2018

a new daily driver applying the Planck BEAKL layout to the Splitography keyboard.

Most notable is the wide layout approach, retained from the Planck, even though this is a split keyboard, to favour a more open thumb position..



splitography beakl 8

the home row modifiers facilitate chords and make this layout work..

Splitography BEAKL 8

The biggest change – if it can be called that – from the Planck layout is the lack of the Tab and Fn Layer keys on the base layer thumb row for obvious reasons. The Tab key moves to the Shift Layers and the Fn Layer key becomes a toggle layer key which can be held to access the layer while depressed or toggled to raise the layer.

splitography beakl shift layer

Splitography BEAKL shift layer

symbol navigation layer

Splitography BEAKL symbol layer

The Mouse key controls desktop mouse (pointer) movement and button actions..

Splitography BEAKL mouse 

number layer

Splitography BEAKL number 

toggle layers

the following layers are the switchable layers in addition to the usual momentary Shift, Numeric and Symbol layers above. One handed access to these layers is a convenience I am growing fond of.

Tapping the layer key a second time or, more conveniently, pressing the Escape key, toggles the layer off and returns to the base layer. Tapping an alternate center column key switches immediately to the layer or function (Caps) without need to toggle off the current layer..

numeric keypad layer

Numeric layer

Aside from a NumLock or keypad mode, the Space key is now accessible with the freed left thumb.

function key layer

Function key 

regex layer

combines the Shift Layer symbol clusters with a few extra freed hand regex characters..

Regex layer

cursor navigation layer

Cursor layer

mouse actions layer

Mouse actions layer

matias alps linear

switches are my favorite switches along with the more recent Cherry Silent linear switches. Both are very smooth and internally dampened. The only thing Cherry switches have over the Matias Alps design is keycap selection.

Fortunately, the Splitography steno keycaps are beautifully made. The overall feel with the Matias linear switches satisfy my linear preference. Other than the oddity of the narrower top row keys which takes a bit of getting used to for standard typing (versus steno), the Splitography is rapidly becoming my favourite keyboard for feel and ergonomics.

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