I built a one handed keyboard last year and it got me hooked. This week I finished my third keyboard build: I’ve been using may handmade split planck for a while now, and I love it. It is fast and efficient and a joy to use. However, it is not awesome for games. The lack… Read More


Writing comes down to two parts: Color the white paper dark Trim your initial scribbles into meaningful sentences. That first step is where many of us quit. No matter how many ideas we have they can dissolve into the great whiteness of the blank page. The answer here is to write. Just write. Write about… Read More


The sun has finally moved enough so that the dead cockroach lies in shadow. This seems appropriate, though I couldn’t say why. We are in the library, the cockroach and I. We are surrounded by books, paperback, casebound, and hardcover. We are surrounded by book browsers (the book readers all seem to be at home).… Read More


I made my bed this morning. That may be normal for some, but it is definitely strange for me. I never before saw the point–I’m just going to sleep in this bed and make it messy again, making it doesn’t seem to help its primary function, so why would I make it? It is a… Read More


I couldn’t find my phone this morning. I looked on the table, the desk, various pockets, the kitchen counter. It was not any of the normal places. I continued on with my morning priorities–that means coffee, no more, no less–but I was troubled. Where was my phone? Finally I looked out of the window and… Read More


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Persuasion by Jane Austen Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown… Read More


One way to make writing more fun is to use a fountain pen. A standard fountain pen has an iridium ball on the tip that allows the pen to write consistent lines at any angle. This is great, except when you want a pen that reminds you of the signers of the US Constitution. For… Read More