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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thumb h

sunday, 24 june 2018

the HIEA layout featured nice finger rolls and very 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 the H and the K retained the vowel cluster rolls..

Splitography BEAKL mu 

at the expense of a bump in same finger usage for the HA bigram – but still a comfortable layout to use and, arguably, more BEAKL like.


thumb h

a solution to the HA bigram..

Splitography BEAKL thumb H

is to move the H to the thumb position where the Space key used to reside!

Character assignments to thumb clusters has been done for layouts on split ergonomic keyboards but is something I have resisted, if only for my ingrained usage of the thumb exclusively for Space, Enter and modifier/layer keys.

But solving the HA bigram to retain the low same finger usage of the HIEA layout begged further exploration. Doing so, coincidentally allowed for more optimal placement of the K and Q keys, and restoration of the Minus key to the base layer.

thumb shifts

moving the Space key to the right thumb forfeits the Enter key, so it is moved to the Shift Layer for double thumb activation..

Splitography BEAKL thumb H shift 

The relocation of the Space and Enter keys are the most significant deviations to the thumb row of my previous keyboard layouts, whose deep finger memory will take a measure of time to overcome and relearn.

A variant with the Enter key on the base layer and the Backspace on the Shift Layer also exists in the dotfiles but I personally prefer the Shift-Enter combination over laterally moving the thumb for Enter – thumbs are strong but less nimble than fingers.

thumb symbols

are aligned with the punctuation changes to the base layer and the former restriction to the index, middle and ring fingers relaxed, expanding the symbol set and reducing hand swapping for regex and mathematical operators..

Splitography BEAKL thumb 
H symbols

inherited layers

the Mouse, Number, Function Key and Shortcuts Layers remain the same..

Splitography BEAKL mu thumb 

Splitography BEAKL mu thumb 

Splitography BEAKL mu Fn 

Splitography BEAKL mu thumb 

thumb h planck

to align with the Thumbs H Splitography layout..

Planck BEAKL thumb H




for this layout on klatest bests recent standard BEAKL layouts by 5% to 14% on the +Effort scale for English prose, and sits generally at the top of the ranking (for the default list of keyboards currently being used for comparison).

Metrics are only an indicator, however, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, the H feels like it is finally in its natural position. And the Q and K feel better too ..bonus!

Balance, however, feels shifted towards the right hand with the added thumb usage which is exaggerated by the opposing long term finger memory – this feeling should dissipate as new neural pathways are developed. But there is little doubt during this limited testing – this layout feels superior.

Now, onto imprinting the new Space and Enter key finger memory patterns..

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