12/29/10

More white keyboards, please

I can’t touch-type. Yes, I should learn for the sake of posture if nothing else. But I never seem to get around to it. And since not getting around to things is a common human trait, I’m guessing there are quite a lot of poeple like me who have to keep glancing at the keyboard, and who consistently type ‘poeple’ for ‘people’ when they don’t.

A keyboard on an ergonomic desk with a tray is actually quite a long way from your eyes (even for a short person like me!) and moreover tends to be shaded by the desk. Most keyboards are black. Black keyboards are harder to see. Black is cool, I know — but, come on, so is white. And a white keyboard doesn’t need a desk lamp shining on it to make it visible to the naked eye. (Actually, I find even the contrast between the bright screen and a dark keyboard on a laptop can be a strain on the eyes after a while.)

I’ve seen a few laptops with white keyboards, but not many, and even fewer separate white keyboards. And while I’m on the topic, what’s with all the damn loud clicky keys? If I want to feel like a one-woman typing pool while I’m working, I’ll tell you. And if I want to hear the person in the next room typing, I’ll be sure to tell you that, too.

What I do like are the short keyboards. Narrow shoulders here! I need my keyboard and mousepad to fit in a small space, or my arms get pretty sore pretty quickly. So: compact, quiet, white. Or eggshell blue or eau-de-nil or cream stirred with a whisper of peach, if you insist. But comfort, darlings, comfort.

12/23/10

Water mixable oils

I have two or three posts to write that I’m not quite writing. The bougainvillea is hypnotic, or something.

In the meantime, enjoy some Martin Wittfooth and Christopher Conn Askew.

I’m quite excited about some water-mixable oil paints (chemically altered to bind with water — clever, eh?)  I bought recently. There’s none of the smell and mess of regular oils, and they even come with water-mixable linseed oil. And yep, they work as advertised. You can use them like watercolours on paper, too — with the added flexibility that you can add thicker, oil-painty layers on top. Cleaning brushes and palettes is super easy; they don’t even dry on the palette like water-based paints.

These were really cheap, too. They’re probably not the best quality, but I can practice all I want without worrying how much paint I’m going through!

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