I just did 216 cpm, 13% error rate. Its weird, because I feel like I’m doing worse now then before… I have no problem hitting the keys when I’m copying text, but typing while I think of new text is much slower.

Worst keys: k b y f d i (basically the index fingers).

Defense Mechanism?

Are these marking supposed to look like eyes? Or a face? I’m not sure what this spider is trying to pull off.

This was one of those days where the first shot you take turns out to be the only good one. On the other hand, I’m really pleasantly surprised by how well it came out. Q-tip for reference.

I’m not sure what the name of this web-spinning spider is, but if you look at it the right way its abdomen looks like a face waving hello with 4 arms.


I contemplated posting this picture for a long while. I thought really hard about whether it was worth posting or just the least out of focus shot I had of some bug that even I dont find terribly interesting.

But then I went ahead and posted it anyway.

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Yes, I know this blog is basically my fascination with small bugs and spiders. But I’d venture to guess that this is no different than the fascination with tabloids and celebrities (yeah, that realization makes me feel great).

I’m backdating this entry and a few others because I was previously too self conscious to post them on the days I took them. That stops now.

I’m going to go make some bugs famous.

In the Works

I’ve slowed development on refigurator, in favor of a new project that I have more of a need for in my daily life. The name of the new program is Habit. Its a personal organizer that takes the opposite approach to the daily planner; you write down when you do things, and Habit predicts when you will do them next. If you fall behind (adjustable), it will let you know. Alternatively, you can set it to warn you ahead of time.

This sort of thing would be really handy for reminding you to water your plants, pay your bills, call your mom, exercise, etc. It might also be used for searching for patterns in the way your body or your car works (“Hmmm… I seem to run out of coolant every 18 days…”). It may also be interesting to learn which habits coincide (“Hmmm…. I have a nervous breakdown every 18 days…”).

Hopefully I’ll have at least a beta version done by this weekend.

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New record cpm today: 175. But, my error rate is up to 15%. I’m much faster and very accurate when doing combinations of keys, but when I have to aim for a specific (individual) key I screw it up sometimes as many as 5-7 times before getting it.

In some ways, I’m just rushing because its frustrating not being able to type as fast as before. Having to type slower is making my sentences a little shorter and affecting my word choice. I can’t expect my fingers to be good stenographers for my mental dictation.

Its a little freaky to discover links between my typing and thinking… even when I’m not typing. Its difficult to explain, but my brain panics a little and slows down if my fingers don’t feel confident enough to type whatever I’m thinking. To say it plainly, it feels like there is an established link between my brain’s finger control and word-forming center. This may explain why drumming and flexing my fingers helps me talk quicker.