on Sep 5, 2016
0:01:27: The Turing Test
True story: I don’t touch-type. Considering that every single aspect of my job – writing columns, writing code, writing fiction, and writing emails to apologize for not answering emails sooner because I was playing videogames – involves typing, this is an embarrassing shortcoming.
See, by the time I got around to taking a touch-typing course in high school I’d already been typing for about five years. I found overcoming five years of muscle memory to be basically insurmountable. Making things worse is that many of the keyboards back then had stupid layouts and odd sizes that made it difficult to cultivate generalized typing habits.
So I type with the first three fingers on each hand, mostly while looking down at the keyboard. It’s ghastly slow compared to touch-typing, but the overhead of fixing it is just too costly. At this point I’ve got three decades of deeply ingrained habits that would all need to be broken. At my age, that sort of mental re-training is just not in the cards.
If I was going to invest time into something ambitious like that, I’d want to spend it on learning new things (like learning to play the guitar) rather than re-learning my core skills so that I can type faster. Especially since I’m not sure how much of a productivity boost it would give me. Typing speed isn’t always my primary bottleneck. For example, while writing this paragraph I paused at least three times to work out the next sentence. Boosting my typing speed might mean I’d just sit in this idle state for longer.
Still, typing like this is a little embarrassing.
0:52:05: Rutskarn talks miniatures and the painting thereof.
0:59:06: MAILTIME: Spoiler Warning and Games from Japan
How come not a single one of the 24 spoiler warning games has been Japanese? I’m never gonna get a Deadly Premonition, Dragon’s Dogma or Metal Gear Rising Revengeance playthrough at this rate! Do I have to get Superbunnyhop on again to make this happen?
As always, the mailbox for questions is in the header image.