Dvorak keyboard, morning day 2

So, now I know the home row and can touch most keys without too much thought.  In the long run, I know this will be much better on my hands and I will type faster, but in the meantime it is quite frustrating.  It is especially difficult to type German, because I have to concentrate on German at the same time.  At least with my customized layout, I can now type in English, Esperanto, German, and Spanish without changing keyboard layouts.  ...and yes this post has been typed entirely in Dvorak, mostly without looking at the keyboard!

testing Flock

I just downloaded the Flock web browser and I'm trying it out.  Anyone else have any experiences with it?  I'm now posting to LiveJournal using its built-in blog post compose feature...
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busy in Berlin, follow me on Twitter

Hi everyone, I've been completely swamped the last couple of weeks working at my new job in Berlin. We really hope to be fully live by mid-May. Wish us luck!

In the meantime, I discovered that I don't really do livejournal anymore. I like it, just don't have time anymore for it. So, now I'm going for the super-short version of Twitter. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, why Twitter? Well, I like that I can send an IM to just share a quick thought I have and don't need to write a long entry nor pull up my web browser.

Anyway, if you use Twitter, feel free to follow me at

However, when I have really important news, I will probably still use LiveJournal to keep you all up to date with major changes in my life. In the meantime, if you want to visit Berlin, let me know and I'll see if we can put you up. We have a nice apartment in the center city. :) Oh, and I'm quite happy here. Great girlfriend, great apartment, great location, great job. What more can one ask for?

Corect me!

I just ran across this new site where you can post foreign language texts for others to correct and you can correct others at Corect Me. Anyway, I posted a letter I wrote in German there and I would encourage you to post any texts you need corrected too! You can see texts that need corrections on the correct others page. Pretty cool, eh? :)

Super Mario War

Super Mario War

Wow, wow, wow. I just discovered this game tonight. It's basically a Super Mario four-player deathmatch. What could be cooler than that? It uses all the same images, sound and music of the Super Mario Bros series and has over 200 maps. ...and it's open source and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. I hear it also can run on PSP and XBox, but haven't seen these rumors confirmed. Anyway, download it, give it a try and let me know what you think. :)

subtitle my short Eo films on dotsub

I just found this awesome new site called dotsub where you can upload a video and then anyone can translate its subtitles into other languages. How cool is that? So, I noticed there weren't many films there originally in Esperanto, so I uploaded a few which can be seen at my profile page on dotsub. They all have English subtitles, so you can understand them, although they're not particularly deep or meaningful. I was mostly just playing around with the site to see how it works.

video game frenzy continues...

So, now we see what happens to me when the girlfriend doesn't visit. ;) I get all nostalgic on arcade games. At least I'm not as nostalgic as this guy who bought a Galaxian 3 Theater. Whoa. I've always wanted to have a stand-up arcade game in my apartment/house, but this is a bit over the edge. But, I want to find out where he moves it, so I can visit... ;-)

I wanted to get a paddle controller or spinner to play Arkanoid. I'm not good at building electronics, so I just want something pre-built. Searched the net, couldn't find anything. So, eventually I came across the Mame Spinner Roundup, but they are all unfortunately built for actual arcade cabinets. I still love this sentence: "To evaluate each of these spinners, I ran them through a number of grueling (fun) and exhausting (very fun) play-tests. I also tried to rank each spinner on a number of different criteria, including ease of installation, design, ease of use, spinner sensitivity, and more." So, I decided he must be the expert to write about this. He replied that I might want to try out the PowerMate which is a USB volume control, but from what I read online, it's not gonna cut it for gaming. I'm waiting for a reply from the company though. :)

Yesterday played my first Scorched 3D online and I couldn't believe what a n00b I was. Haven't played "modern" games in so long... I even forgot to buy parachutes... how stupid of me! Also, I learned you can follow the shot camera by pressing c. So high tech... I like my gaming old school. hah! I also learned that Space Invaders didn't originally have sound, ... or color! It was in fact the first popular arcade game after Pong. Also, did you know that Pong only ran on analog? ... no digital parts! So, you can't emulate it, you would have to simulate it.

To finish it off, I just got The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World which is amazingly cheap (15 EUR) for a 624 page book of such importance. All five star reviews. Well, almost all. So, I guess now I should shower and clean up the apartment for Judith's visit on Tuesday. Also, I think I'll work half a day today, so I can take off Thursday.

Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be... Oh, anyone know of any decent arcades in Europe? From playing in the Hersheypark arcades when I was young, I guess I'm spoiled. I read somewhere that they have some of best arcades in the entire world...