I created a data graphic called The Tierarchy to show the common steps between tying various necktie knots.
This grasshopper gave me a rare opportunity for a picture by perching on the post of a rocking chair.
I wanted to buy an ergonomic apple 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.
Scarlet Lily Beetles are an invasive species in North America, and can devastate lily gardens. They’re easy to spot.
Wooly Aphids (Eriosomatinae) fly slowly and fairly aimlessly, looking like small tufts of cotton or fur. I never bothered to find out what they looked like while standing still until now. (Match head for comparison.)
These are some pictures I took in a very photogenic park in Tokyo. This crimson darter stole the show.
This is a farewell to the best and most functional piece of furniture I’ve ever owned: a homemade lofted bed that I built 6 years ago. Over that time, it grew into an important piece of my own life, combining a sleeping space, a work space (although not a home office), and all the functions of a bedroom in between. (Also, at one point it was disassembled into two pieces and moved across the house in an elaborate shuffle of furniture.)
This highly optimized piece of living space is proof of only one thing: you will not get it right on the first try. There is only one of you, and you are not a finished product; nobody can design your workspace but you.
This weekend, I went on a trip to Vermont and saw a lot of interesting wildlife.