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November 22, 2021

Customizing my Xfinity remote

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Just like the previous iteration, introduced here on January 24, 2016, I took action because there are WAY TOO MANY BUTTONS.

My modification hides all the buttons I would otherwise inadvertently press — sending me back into set-up hell — while watching a movie in the dark, disrupting my feng shui and altered state and chi.

What's left after I've done my work:




 Voice Control


Note my addition of transparent silicone hemispherical bumps to the Mute and Voice Control buttons so I can easily locate them in the dark without looking.

November 22, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)



In black & white with a 4:3 aspect ratio, the way screens used to be before they became flat.

November 22, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Skittish is live

Wrote Andy Baio on waxy:

As you may remember, I've spent the last few months working on Skittish, a playful space for virtual events and gatherings of all kinds — requiring only a browser and microphone, using spatial 3D audio to talk to others around you.

Skittish was built in a 3D engine with a powerful but simple editor, making it easy to customize the world.

It took some time, but I'm happy to say Skittish is now open to everyone, along with a new homepage and public demo showing how it works.

Anyone and everyone can now create their own world, start editing, and invite others to join you.

Go try it out!

Free, the way we like it.

November 22, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fear of flying may be irrational but saying so does nothing to convince the phobic

Fear of flying

We've seen statistics like those above since forever but they don't do nearly as much as Xanax or Klonopin or drinking when it comes to helping make it through the flight.

And how 'bout them bikes?!

November 22, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Lord of the Rings' keycaps


"Keyboards for $100"

Wait a sec... this isn't "Jeopardy."

You may recall Logitech's Pop Keys keyboard made an appearance here last week.

You could look it up.

But I digress.

From Ars Technica:

Express your inner Legolas with 'Lord of the Rings' keycaps

Have you ever wanted to speak like the elf Legolas or the dwarf Gimli?

With the latest keycaps from keyboard enthusiast shop and vendor Drop, communicating through The Lord of the Rings' Elvish or Dwarvish languages is just a mechanical key press away.


[The Elvish modifiers use the same language found in the One Ring.]

The Drop + The Lord of the Rings MT3 Elvish Keycap Set and Drop + The Lord of the Rings MT3 Dwarvish Keycap Set announced earlier this month are PBT plastic keycaps that fit on any mechanical keyboard switch with Cherry MX-style stems.

The kits come in Elvish or Dwarvish for those already familiar with the languages (or those who can touch-type). Anyone who isn't so multilingual may want to opt for the kits that include English letters in smaller print next to the J.R.R. Tolkien-language characters.


Drop used dye-sublimation for the legends, which means the inscriptions are permanent and won't fade.

The characters on the keycaps are also accurate, meaning you could use them to teach yourself the fictional languages.

And as noted by Matteo "Matt3o" Spinelli, who created the keycaps, you could further your studies by downloading Elvish and Dwarvish fonts.

Of course, there are several Elvish and Dwarvish languages in The Lord of the Rings

According to Drop, the flowy, flowery characters on the main keys of the Elvish set are "faithful translations of corresponding Sindarin terms."

Matt3o explained in an October blog post that Sindarin was chosen because there's a larger dictionary available and "a lot of examples written by Tolkien himself."


[There were many examples of Sindarin for the keycap designer to use.]

The modifiers, however, like Backspace, Enter, and Home, are in Tengwar, the ancient Elvish language found in the ring.

Yeah, that ring.

Drop's website provides a pronunciation guide and translations for the modifier keys (for example, Caps Lock is translated as "pedi caun," or "speak loud").

The Dwarvish keycaps, meanwhile, use rune-like legends depicting the Cirth written language, with modifiers (and translations) to match.

The modifiers may technically be considered Erebor, according to Matt3o, who said that, "while you can consider the alpha/numerics Cirth-truthful, don't mind the modifiers too much."


[You can get the keycaps with or without English characters.]

Matt3o considered including Khuzdul but said there wasn't enough literature available. "A clear example is with numbers; we don't know how to count past 6 in Dwarvish," he explained.

The keycaps are available in different configurations, including spacebars only, modifiers only, numpad keycaps, and sets for full-size keyboards.

They use the Matt3o-created MT3 profile: a taller, chunkier, more retro-looking style of keycap with deep dishes.

I recently tried MT3s in the Drop Islay Night keyboard and loved how the dishes cradled my fingertips.

A full set of Lord of the Rings keycaps goes for $100 during the current two-month preorder period but is expected to cost $125 eventually.

Get yours here.

November 22, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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