Just A Couple Of Emacs Keybindings

Every now and then I’ll type something in Emacs with a certain goal, just to find that I get something completely different from what I’ve intended.

When in org file, I tried to convert a list item to a sub-header. The keybinding to make this conversion is C-c *. But when I (thought I) typed it, instead of getting a sub-header, a new buffer opened at the bottom of the frame – a calculator:

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Figure 1: Calc mode

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I had no idea how did that happen, and luckily recalled a tip I got, on how to move back in time using the view-lossage command, which display last 300 input keystrokes. Doing so, I found that instead of C-c *, I typed C-x *.

So now I know (and hopefully remember) that:

  1. There’s a calculator1 in Emacs, bound to C-x *
  2. C-h l is a useful way to track back clumsy keystrokes

Footnotes:

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Not that I had any doubts there is, just didn’t think to look for it just yet. There are so many other “to-learn” things on my list…

NY Mechanical Keyboards Meetup

I’ve just started a new meetup group in NYC. This groups is all about mechanical keyboards! 

So if you’re around (in the NYC area), if you have reminiscences to the tactile feel and click-clacky noise keyboards used to have when you were a kid, if you’re already spellbound, spanding hundreds of dollars in Massdrop, if you know everything about SA and DSA,  if you’re one of the 5% who had their spacebar flipped, if you have just built your own Ergdox, or if you just want to learn what’s all the fuss with those retro, charming typing devices – join us

My WordPress Development Workflow

I currently use a child-theme for this site1, its parent being twentysixteen. I keep modifying this theme on my local machine and push updates to my live site. But in parallel, I want to start building a completely new theme, based on the starting _s theme. I’m uncomfortable developing this new theme within the same local environment; I want, instead, to create a playground where I can experiment, knowing it’s completely isolated from my production environment.

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No Exuses To Blogging

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Awhile back I wrote about my experience learning to touch type. While writing it, I found this related article by Sacha Chua, which helped me rationalize to myself why it is such an important skill to learn. I ended up spending almost an hour browsing Sacha’s site. The amount of resources, posts, tips and tutorials that she shares is humongous!

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