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Things that are things.

Postby PSTN » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:51 am

So, the way I see it, we have a Things that are good thread, and and a place to bitch about things that suck. But we haven't got a place to just mention stuff. Things we may not get a chance to talk about in meatspace, or that have been on our minds, or just things you want to tell people about. Basically, just a place to put the stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant it's own thread, but you'd like to share anyway.

I guess I'll start.

The other day I put together a new keyboard layout that I'm using now.
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I moved banished "Caps Lock to where "Scroll Lock" usually is, because I almost never use it. I also got rid of the "backtick" character (`), in favour of the degree symbol (°)(on the seven), because for all I use it I might as well just remember it's hex code (60) and use "Ctrl-Shift-U" when I want it.

You also might notice the "compose" button, which allows me to type, for instance, 'O' and 'c' and get '©', or '-' and 'L' and get '£'.

I may add an "AltGr" key in the future if compose ends up too cumbersome, or if I find there's a few keys I'd really like to have right there. If that's the case, I'll bring back backtick, and put it in the quote button.

I also switched the case of the top row of numbers. Now, if I want "$", I just hit the "4" key, and if I want "4", then I hit "Shift-$". I mostly use the number pad for typing numbers, so I don't really need the extra numbers up there as bad. I also moved "0" next to "1".
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Paradox » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:36 pm

I'm having chocolate cake now.

It tastes...chocolaty.
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Postby sunglasses » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:37 pm

I'll be stuffing my face with leftover ribs later.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby ghijkmnop » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:04 pm

My 9-year-old Presonus Firepod died a couple of weeks ago, leaving me without sound on the workstation I use for audio/video editing and practicing/learning new songs. Seeing that I was no longer doing large-scale recording, I decided to go a different route this time around. It was $300.

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There are fewer mic inputs on this one, but the pre-amps are better. Additionally, the digital/analog converters are improved, as well as the clock synchronization. I am still limited by my Firewire 400 card currently in the workstation, but that can be easily upgraded if necessary (I doubt I'll ever have the need, but gearlust might force my hand).
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Malfeasinator » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:31 am

How do you change the keyboard layout? I'd like to totally get rid of the Windows keys. Just dummy them suckers out. I only ever hit them by accident and when I do, bad things happen.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Matthew Notch » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:39 am

Seconded, that's wild. Although I don't think I can do that with a Mac anyway.

I made some shrimp tacos today. I sauteed poblano pepper strips in butter with salt, pepper and good Mexican chili powder, then pulled them out and browned peeled deveined shrimp in it while putting the peppers under the broiler to char. I added some Frontera Green Skillet sauce (the Rick Bayless brand) and mixed in the peppers, and served it on corn tortillas with pickled red onions.

Here's the thing: the sauce is just too darn sour. It's made with key lime and tomatillo, and really wasn't all that special at the end of the day. So the pickled onions, while freaking fantastic, kind of just sent the whole thing into sour overdrive. And shrimp is such a delicate flavor, I felt like it got lost in the middle of all that. It sounds like bragging and I'm sorry, but I really think if I'd just made the whole thing from scratch, it would have been fifteen hundred times better. All in all, I'd still rate the dish as "pretty okay".

I'd also like to reiterate that those onions were bomb. I pickled a whole red onion, sliced thin on the mandoline, with apple cider vinegar, a half teaspoon a piece of kosher salt and raw sugar, a splash of honey and sriracha, a quarter teaspoon of oregano, and a smattering of ghost pepper flakes. Pickled onions are already pretty awesome, but spicy pickled onions are just too good to pass up. I might make burgers or steak tacos soon and use some more of those onions on them. I got a whole jar of them!
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Malfeasinator » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:44 am

I have seven words for you, Matt.

Taco truck, where weed is legal.

Okay, six words.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby PSTN » Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:41 am

Malfeasinator wrote:How do you change the keyboard layout? I'd like to totally get rid of the Windows keys. Just dummy them suckers out. I only ever hit them by accident and when I do, bad things happen.


I'm using linux, so it required some liberal (ab)use of the "loadkeys" and "xmodmap" commands, but Windows does have a Custom keyboard layout creator.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby MisterKrinkle » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:55 am

Malfeasinator wrote:I have seven words for you, Matt.

Taco truck, where weed is legal.

Okay, six words.


Can white people run taco trucks? If so, I'm totally stealing this idea when I move to Washington. I'm also open for investments from a business partner. Rich tcs'ers, I'm looking at you.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Phighter » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:56 am

I have work tomorrow at 6pm. I'm just hoping I'm not starving when I get out at 10pm. Also, I don't know where anything is, so if customers ask me to help, I guess they're shit out of luck.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Dr. Ambiguous » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:57 am

@PTSN I saw that you had a "BS" key and for a moment didn't realize that meant backspace at first. My first thought was "oh huh, he has a bullshit key, I guess that's pretty useful." Now I'm kinda sad that I don't have a key to just type out "bullshit" for every stupid argument I see online. I should probably go to bed, before I decide to remap all my keys to swear words.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Popinki » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:09 pm

On my work PC, I put stickers over the Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause keys that say NUCLEAR WARHEAD, DEATH RAY, and TRAP DOOR. After getting off the phone with someone irritating, it's very satisfying to imagine them getting blown up, zapped, and dropped into a tank of man-eating guppies.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Marcuse » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:13 pm

Popinki wrote:TRAP DOOR


There's somethin' down there
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby PSTN » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:41 pm

Dr. Ambiguous wrote:@PTSN I saw that you had a "BS" key and for a moment didn't realize that meant backspace at first. My first thought was "oh huh, he has a bullshit key, I guess that's pretty useful." Now I'm kinda sad that I don't have a key to just type out "bullshit" for every stupid argument I see online. I should probably go to bed, before I decide to remap all my keys to swear words.


You totally can map keys to arbitrary strings. In fact, one of the manuals I read when remapping my keyboard demonstrated this by showing how to remap the space bar to "sudo rf -rm /".
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby octoberpumpkin » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:32 am

I want to plan a weekend getaway. We've certainly earned it with everything that's been happening, but I'm going to need to find out what our payment stuff with school is first. But gosh could I use it. And I love hotels. Love love love love.

I was thinking either Atlanta or Charlotte. Neither is too far away for just a weekend. Atlanta is closer though, but I don't like it as much. It sounds silly but my boyfriend had a whole life there before me with his ex wife and job and martial arts and friends and when we go he talks about all of his memories and stuff. And it makes me a bit sad because I am about 1000 miles from where I have memories like that. But it's like an hour less of driving and there's more to do there, I think. I've only ever been to Charlotte for his races and that didn't involve sightseeing or anything

Hopefully we can go, I could use a getaway!
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