The comments on yesterday's post (the post below this) are particularly excellent—all of them, not just the few I featured. Just a tip that you might want to block out a little time to go through some of them. And gracias to those who chimed in.
Wednesday's "Open Mike" posts got almost as much traffic as the #1 post of the past five or six weeks, which was the political post on the day after the election. (Best joke I've heard on that score: Great Britain has dropped the "Great" in its name and will henceforth be known simply as "Britain," and The United States has dropped the "United" and from now on will be known as "The States of America." Thanks to the reader who passed that along.) I always get complaints when I go off topic, but those posts pull in readers.
I've bought a mechanical keyboard because of an odd problem: my new monitor has an extending stand, so I raise it up higher (a big relief)...but now it's farther away from the keyboard, and I never realized that the monitor was helping to illuminate the keyboard at night. Since I'm a hunt-and-peck typist and basically terminally clumsy (seriously, I test with unusually low manual dexterity) I sometimes need to see certain keys. I bought a Deck 87-key Francium Pro because it has lighted keys. It's got nice build quality and great action. It uses Cherry MX Brown switches, my favorite Cherrys. I might add O-rings to it. But like most keyboards it seems too small—about 3/4 size compared to what I would like. I guess I have big hands. Were keyboards standardized to fit women's hands, back in the Mad Men days when women were only allowed to be secretaries, teachers, or nurses, and men weren't taught to type? An oddity is that the letters on the keys don't light up completely—in the dark, the E looks just like the F, for example, because the lowest arm* doesn't get much light. Oh well, I guess I know where the E key is. Deck is headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, near where I used to live.
By the way this is my new favorite thing. Or one of the many similar ones on offer from many sources. Makes the biggest difference I've experienced in years. From now on it's SSDs in the computer and conventional hard drives for external storage and backup for me.
Looks like we are not going to have our Beautiful Bokeh print sale in time for delivery by Christmas. The choices have been made but the photographer is a printing perfectionist and has been working for days to get the prints just right. Better to do it right than fast, right? I think I'll plan it for the first five days in January. TOP is never right up to the moment with anything else (reviews, news, commentary, obituaries), so that fits okay. Both pictures were made with the Sony A7rII mirrorless camera and hard-to-find old lenses beloved of bokeh connoisseurs. Ravishingly gorgeous. Oddly, I think these work both at a superficial level (decor) and at the geeky photo-dawg level and at the subtle and profound art-lover level. Those of you who are fans of color photography are going to love these.
(Clip art image by Cliparts.co)
P.S. The reason I wrote "LOOK AT THIS!" down below the small print is that in the last three days, five people have emailed me to ask where the tip jar page or the affiliate links page are.
*That's the technical calligraphic/typographic term for a horizontal stroke that is attached at one end and free on the other.
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