If you’re a Bob Dylan fan and an Rdio user it looks like his catalogue was updated this week. At least for Canadians. A bunch of albums that weren’t on there before — like New Morning or World Gone Wrong — are there now and the remastered versions from a few years ago are up there now. Including the remastered version of his under-rated late 70s album, Street Legal.
I love the Jack Kirby and Marvel comics inspired cover for this Lee “Scratch” Perry compilation. It’s a little Ditkoesque as well. Scratch looks a lot like The Creeper here.
Passphrases are awesome. Easy to remember; Hard to break. This XKCD comic explains it better than I ever will.
I use 1Password to remember all my passwords — highly recommended — so I don’t really need to remember any passwords but one. But I like to have a few stuffed into my brain permanently. My Apple ID, Gmail, and, of course, 1Passwords master password. Here’s how I make pretty strong (stronger than
correct horse battery staple) passphrases that are still easy to remember.
First, I find a passphrase generator. Like, this one and generate a list of passphrases. I might get something like this …
priming whiffle nitrate keepsake goneness fireman
That’s alright. But we can do better. Why not make it even more secure by turning it into a bit of dialogue?
"Keep priming the whiffle nitrate!" shouted the gory fireman!
I dropped some words, added some, and added some punctuation, making it even harder to guess but, more importantly I can remember this passphrase.
Here’s another one. I randomly generated this …
goodbye close baby cakewalk henhouse stowage
and rearranged it into …
"Goodbye," said Baby, "I cakewalked the henhouse to stowage."
Or maybe something with numbers in it.
"It's 7 staves westward," I detailed. "Past the 12 hexagons."
A little longer than
correct horse battery staple but when it really counts you want something really strong.
Jerry Gretzinger has been building a randomly generated world for most of his life, one 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper at a time.
First of all, What’s Colemak? To put it simply, it’s a more efficient arrangement of the keys on your keyboard. Yes, more efficient than Dvorak. Plus, unlike Dvorak, it keeps all the most common keys used in keyboard shortcuts in place. It’s a keyboard layout for people who make their living using a computer. I touch type with it after using a “QWERTY” keyboard layout for years and years.
I was just talking to someone about my Strategy for learning to type with Colemak and realized I should post a quick update with what actually worked for me.
- Practice touch typing 0.5–2 hours a day (I started out at 2 hours and over a week went down to half an hour) with the drills in Master Key
- and copying a piece of text using Colemak for about 5 minutes every day
- Switched full-time to Colemak in 3–4 weeks when I felt up to it.
That’s what I did. That’s what worked. Are you tired of using an outdated, inefficient keyboard layout? Are you worried about RSI and would like to move your fingers less when you type? And just type more comfortably? Give it a shot.
You can see more about my experience with Colemak by checking out posts tagged as Colemak on this blog.
That’s what my dad calls a minivan. Or, at least, what he tells me the kids call it. My colleague, Lance, is slightly more excited about it than my dad. Here are his replies to my call-the-dealer-with-questions-first strategy for finding a used one.