Departing: Austin, TX
We spent just shy of two months in Austin, TX. We split the time between a condo in the new Mueller development and a house in Zilker. The separate rentals actually ended up being pretty cool as between the two of them we were able to get a good sense of the city as a whole.
The fam and I learned new things:
- Service roads. The layouts along interstates change from the typical perpendicular exit to parallel service ways. You notice immediately after crossing the LA/TX border.
- Dry heat is a thing.
- Damn good tacos.
Also, this city had a respectable contingent of Automatticians. We laughed, we cried, we coworked. Good times.
Our first major stop was Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We spent a couple months visiting family and some good friends. Other highlights included taking up CrossFit and eating an abundance of Cajun food.
(The lovely abstract above is a poor cellphone shot of artwork by Bethany Riggs. It looks chaotically magnificent in person.)
Departing: Beaumont, TX
Departing: Baton Rouge, LA
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bonnaroo with my friend Jeremy. Here are a few shots:
We have over 20 alternative layout keyboardists at Automattic circa this post, including one rather well known one. For three years, I resisted their proselytizing as I calculated the cost/benefit ratio to be against switching:
- We live in a QWERTY world. I didn’t like the idea of being “that guy” when I sat down in front of someone else’s computer.
- I didn’t want the hassle of radically shifted keyboard shortcuts.
- I thought it generally over optimizing (for most people). Sixty or seventy words per minute seemed fine to me as it ought to keep pace well enough with most mental threads.
I ended up changing my mind because:
- It’s not about the (potential) speed. I work at a keyboard the majority of my waking hours. My chances of eventual RSI are high and QWERTY doesn’t help. I’ve finally gotten through my thick head that the main benefit of an alternative layout is comfort and hopefully injury prevention.
- The advent of the BYOD trend has made the “QWERTY world” problem less of an issue.
- The Colemak layout leaves the main QWERTY shortcuts intact.
Most of my coworkers switched to Dvorak. I’ve switched to Colemak as I think it to be a tad more efficient. The important takeaway, IMO, is to get off QWERTY as either should be leaps better on your wrists over time.
If you are intrigued, join me in making a Colemak switch! You can grab the purdy-fied Colemak printout you see above from my coworker Matt Wiebe‘s site as a PDF.
Yes, I did type this post up in Colemak. As I’m only a couple days in, it took me, erm, awhile.
Departing: Panama City Beach, FL