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AXIS-49 Initial Thoughts

I've been excited about hexagonal keyboard layouts for a couple years, and was sad that the Axis-49 was discontinued before I got a chance to buy one. This is a keyboard with 98 velicity sensitive hexagonal keys arranged in a grid:

I'd been checking used markets occasionally, and last week I saw a listing and ordered one!

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Making Groups for Kid Pictures

Facebook tries really hard to show people what it thinks they want to see, but it still has major problems dealing with a pretty common situation: baby pictures. If I post a cute picture of one of my kids, Facebook first shows it to people that tend to like what I post. Many of those people are more interested in blog posts about contra dance, effective altruism, music, or other things, however, and don't want a Facebook feed full of kid pictures. Other people will 'like' the picture, though, and Facebook learns
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Getting into Programming

The software industry has been growing enormously, and has been pretty desperate to hire. While most high paying jobs require a Bachelors degree and maybe a Masters/PhD/license, software employers are so tight for people to hire that that there are many places that don't weigh credentials highly: I've had several coworkers who didn't go to college. What does it take to switch into programming?

I wanted to write this up because people often write to ask me this, generally because they're considering going and getting a Masters in Computer Science to become more employable. I almost always recommend against that:

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Spending Update 2018

I last posted a spending update almost two years ago, so it seems like time to do another one. We're still living in Somerville, with housemates and tenants. At the beginning of this period we were out of our house for several months because we were adding dormers, which we finished a bit over a year ago. With the extra space, we're now able to have an au pair, plus Anna isn't sleeping in our bedroom anymore.

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Running

In February I decided to start running more. The main idea is, I need to go between my house and the train station anyway, so might as well use that time as exercise. Initially I was trying to run as fast as possible every time, but since then I've relaxed to always running but only a few times a week going for maximum speed. Now, this is on sidewalks and with a backpack on, so I'm not going to set any records, but I've definitely gotten faster the more I've done it. Evolution of my fastest times:

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Thinking about organizing a weekend

I'm thinking about organzing a dance weekend here. There are lots of events around here already, but it feels to me like there's a bit of a gap for something that is:

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