Aim Away From The Target

Yesterday my blog writing meetup got together. We talked about voice:
how do you transfer raw thoughts from your brain, to your hands and type them to the screen without losing their authenticity. How can you make your writing read as if you were speaking it? How can you make your readers hear you speaking to them through your posts?

Here are couple of posts we read, as examples for strong sense of unique voice, which the authors were able to maintain, or maybe convey:

My biggest takeaway from the discussion last night was that voice isn’t something I can think of or plan for when writing. Instead I should not think of it. Only when I won’t, my voice will find its way, and slip into my writing.

Holly, on of the group members, put it nicely,  paraphrasing on “Zen in the Art of Archery”

Aim away from the target.

If only it was that easy, though…

Chronicles of Addiction

6 months ago I listened to a podcast, and learned for the first time about this mechanical keyboard thing.

I was intrigued and began reading about it.

3 weeks later I bought a wasd code.

I kinda liked it, but not that much. The blue switches, together with the thin keycaps felt flimsy and hollow. The typing experience wasn’t what I imagined it to be.

More research, and I’ve learned about the different types of switches. I returned blues and replaced with a tenkeyless greens.

The sound and tactile feel of the green switches was better, but the typing experience still wasn’t there.

I’m looking for mechs on Craigslist and find this old Northgste keyboard. I google and find its an old classic. Trying to buy it didn’t work, but I’m getting hooked to old school keyboards. Shortly after, I venture with an Apple Extended Keyboard 2.

The AEK2 felt like a dream. But it’s 30 years old keys start to die one after the other.

I’ve turned into a keyboard doctor and gave it an open heart surgery.

I’m delving deeper into mechs, and spend hours at r/MechanicalKeyboards/.

I heard about Massdrop. This horrible site detached me from hundreds of dollars.

There is more to mechanical keyboards than just the switches. As it turned out keycaps is an entire area that I wasn’t aware of. I’m learning about all the different profiles. SA looked awesome, but there is a Granit DSA drop in Massdrop, and I can’t hold myself from committing to it.

I need to see and try more keyboards than I can buy, so I’m starting a mechanical keyboard meetup.

The granit drop was closed 2 and I’m getting the keys 3 months later.

I’m swapping the crappy wasd keys, but finding that the stabilizers won’t fit into the new granit keycaps, so I buy silicon tape and wrap it over the stabilizers to make it fit more closely with the new granits.

My renewed code can finally compete with the AEK2; compete but never win…

What have become of me… How have I been sucked into this world…?

Anyway, I’m starting to feel an itch for a portable mech. For travels. Going to hunt a 60% drop.

The lesson: never listen to podcasts again.