There's an amazing discussion going on over at Websnark
right now. I probably shouldn't say anything, so as not to jinx it, but it really is sort of an Ur-thread. There's no acrimony, no negativity - just an awful lot of people being a community
My parents bought me Das Keyboard
for my birthday, back in August, after I saw it for the first time a few months prior and said, half-joking, "now I know what I want for my birthday". I've been using it with my desktop computer pretty much since I got it, although I still use the built-in keyboard on my laptop. I've noticed two interesting things in the last week:
- I'm used to Das Keyboard enough that I have trouble typing on separate keyboards that actually have letters printed on the keys; I keep getting distracted. (The on-board keyboard of my laptop doesn't cause this, for some reason.)
- I actually type faster on Das Keyboard than on a "normal" PC keyboard.
, I actually started using Das Keyboard not just because it was a gift but because it has a vastly better feel
than the other keyboard I was using, which felt sluggish and had strange problems with key speeds. I've never had that many problems with transposed letters on any other keyboard - even other keyboards of the same model
I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
on Friday night. In my opinion, it was a better movie than the previous two, although it still left some things to be desired (like "er, Michael, did you just forget
Rita halfway through?"); it was definitely better-directed
than either CoS
. (Dear Alfonso: read the books next time.
) I'd need to watch tSS
, if you're not in the US) again to compare.
That said, GoF
also felt like the director was getting his Potter legs, if that makes any sense; hopefully, if he directs OotP
(which he won't be, unless David Yates bows out), he'll benefit from having experience in the series.
I certainly wouldn't mind seeing it again, and I owe dinner and a movie to at least one person reading this...
On that note (which is to say "spending money"), I'm trying my damnedest to save up to go to Greece next year. It's proving ridiculously difficult, especially when my employers don't pay me and I have to chew into savings in order to buy food.
But I'm doing my best to cut back. This weekend is my last big period of Spending Money for a while (and even then, I've only bought groceries and a plunger); from now on it's pretty much SAGA and ramen for me. I've also cut off my subscriptions to Modern Tales
and Graphic Smash
, as well as putting my Netflix subscription on hold until the end of February; World of Warcraft is next on the chopping block, if I still find myself unable to save.
I could really use a windfall, but I doubt that $4,000 is just going to fall into my lap.