Break the Monotony of Scrolling Text With ripple.sh

August 4th, 2014

Monitoring events in the console can be tedious, especially if the text looks mostly the same. Here’s a script that makes the movement easier to see.

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Apple Forced Me To Make The World’s Best Ergonomic Keyboard

June 23rd, 2014

I wanted to buy an ergonomic mac keyboard (for work), but those don’t exist. So, I was forced to make my own. Having owned several ergonomic keyboards (including the SK-6000, the Microsoft Natural keyboard, and the SafeType), I can say with confidence and without hyperbole that I now own the best ergonomic keyboard in the world:

  • The key action of Apple’s keyboards is far more comfortable than what was on the market from any vendor 5 years ago. It’s amazing how mushy and “deep” the old Dell SK-6000 feels after typing on the Apple keyboard.
  • The angle of the two halves is comparable to the Microsoft Natural keyboard.
  • Since this is made from 2 keyboards instead of just one modified keyboard, I don’t have to sacrifice my ability to reach across the “center line” and type with my opposite hand (in cases where that’s useful).

And I resent having to build it instead of buy it. My suspicion is that if Apple released an “ergonomic” keyboard, they would be forced to admit that their goal of making the best hardware in the world includes non-ergonomic designs. Whoops.



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Spider Lives in the Bathroom, Poops on the Sink

June 3rd, 2014

This spider moved into my bathroom recently.



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Crane Flies Have Interesting Mouths

May 25th, 2014

I found this crane fly in a flower bed, about to be disturbed by a smaller fly climbing the stem below it. The smaller fly decided to leave quickly.



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Scarlet Lily Beetles Will Destroy Your Flowers and Look Good Doing It

May 25th, 2014

Scarlet Lily Beetles are an invasive species in North America, and can devastate lily gardens. They’re easy to spot.



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Well-built Backpacking Stove, 2nd Attempt: “Three Elephant Stove”

May 3rd, 2014

Here is the second prototype (first prototype here) of my alcohol backpacking stove system. This one is lighter by far (70g), packs better, and covers more of the pot with the wind shield.


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Dyson DC-07 Adapter

March 22nd, 2014

Dyson didn’t make a cheap adapter that would allow their new floor attachments to fit on my old vacuum… so I made my own out of moldable plastic.



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Well-built Backpacking Stove, 1st Attempt

February 8th, 2014

I’m trying out a homemade design for a backpacking stove that combines a few of the best ideas I’ve seen with some solutions for their most common problems.



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Tool Rollups

February 8th, 2014

A friend gave me some pieces of synthetic leather from a couch that he threw out, and I turned it into a set of tool rollups (back in November 2013).

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The Toolbox I’ve Always Wanted

February 5th, 2014

I got my first toolbox roughly 17 years ago, and it’s been a constant struggle to find the right mix of tools and the right container to store them. But for tools with everyday utility, I finally managed to come up with a flexible recipe for a tool container that satisfies me. A set of connected steel tubes keeps my tools vertical so that I don’t need to dig in the bag — each tool is easily visible and accessible.

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