Dec 5, 2013
commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?
After switching to Dvorak for several months in 2002 I did not notice an improvement in sensation or performance. In fact, I went from 80 WPM on a QWERTY keyboard to a mere 55 WPM using Dvorak.
By switching you might discover that keyboarding has a phonology of its own, and that keyboard "bilingualism" comes with a cost to performance especially when code switching throughout the day. In 2002 I found myself constantly confronted with QWERTY contexts and it never stopped jarring.
Even if you could type faster and more comfortably with Dvorak, you might find that the improvement in efficiency leads to more (rather than better) typing. I imagine it's similar to how LED light bulb sales have numbed users to turning off the lights, thereby negating the cost savings. For me, regaining my typing speed in Dvorak proved to be an endurance test of its own, and my wrists were relieved when I reverted back to the standard keyboard. Changes to posture and environment have solved my carpal-tunnel woes.
Dec 12, 2012
commented on How Did We Miss 12:12:12 on 12/12/12?
Unlike all the suckers who jumped the gun on 12/9/12, my husband and I got married today on 12/12/12 at 12:12:12. Last year we signed our domestic partnership agreement on 11/11/11 at 11:11:11, which means we celebrated our "Paper Anniversary" with the newly legalized marriage paperwork.
May 19, 2011
commented on Proper Use of the HOV/Carpool Lane
Freeways here are broken. The slow people camp in the leftmost lane. Their behavior is dangerous, (supposedly) illegal and yet intractable. There is no such thing as a passing lane in Washington State.
May 12, 2011
commented on City Council, It's Time to Represent Seattle!
Does anyone know what that lane taken from I-5 is for? If it redirects 520-bound traffic from the 45th and 50th Street on-ramps this would be a huge improvement over the existing clusterfuck caused by cars bumbling to cross four lanes of traffic.