commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?
I can vouch for the kinesis contoured keyboard. It's expensive and has some firmware glitches, but it has key features you need:
1. You can offload more work to your thumbs
2. The whole keyboard is concave to reduce finger motion. Ergonomics are not compromised to reduce cost or improve portability by making the keyboard flat.
3. You can arbitrarily reprogram the ~keyboard to whatever layout is most comfortable for you, and avoid chords and sequences that are painful to you. Note that it is important that you fix the keyboard, and not the software on your PC's; you need to be able to plug your keyboard into any machine and have it just work.
Compared to the above points, it's minor, but there are modern layouts that are way better optimized (Dvorak didn't have a computer to help him). Among other things, they can be optimized to speed up your learning by not moving keys that don't have to move. Colemak is probably the most common one for the english language, but honestly, you're probably never going to meet another colemak user in person so it doesn't matter. Check out the carpalx project.
commented on The Ideal Legal Joint: Low in Potency, High in Flavor
I don't think lifting prohibition will automatically ensure that you can buy in well defined dosages... that certainly didn't seem to be the case when I visited Amsterdam; space cakes from the first couple vendors had almost no effect, space cake from the fourth fried our brains. (and yes, we left lots of time between the experiments)
commented on Barnes & Noble Is Desperately Trying to Turn Itself Around
Love my e-books on my nook. A small but steady revenue stream passes from my bank account to them. I would not have even considering buying it if the copy protection wasn't thoroughly compromised, though. My nook will outlive B&N, and my ebook collection will outlive my nook.
commented on We Are Winning The War On Honeybees
@7, that's an easy one; they are burning forests to make way for palm oil plantations on an adjacent island.
As for the bees... it seems there is still no scientific consensus on what is killing them aside from "it's probably related to humans." I haven't been reading papers, but if a cause (and therefore probably a solution) had been found, it would be big news.
commented on Why I Ride Fearfully Even With a Helmet
Jeez, having moved to Leuven, Belgium a year and a half ago, I've practically forgotten what a war zone american streets are. Here It is almost impossible to drive in the city centers in a car. Often the route you have to take by car is 5-10X the straight line distance to your destination, partly because the street layout is organic, but in very large due to the large number of pedestrian side streets and the pedestrian only city center.
In my last town, Champaign-Urbana, IL I was considered a hard core bike dude for riding year round, always wearing a helmet, even going grocery shopping on a bike. Here that's just the norm, except that nobody except sports cyclists wear helmets. They don't wear walking or driving helmets either.
commented on Cutting Remarks
The give your child a "choice" argument against circumcision is a bit disingenuous. Very few men (circumcised or not) would even entertain going through what the guy in the video did without a medical condition that necessitates it. It's not that dissimilar from being born with different amounts of melanin; there are minor advantages and disadvantages either way, and nobody should give a shit.