The Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

I’m far from being a coffee snob, but I am a sucker for beautiful, functional everyday objects, and I fell hard for the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle.

Fellow Stagg EKG electric kettle

Counter space is precious, and I avoid things that need to be left out. The Stagg, though, is nice enough to justify the space. It sits there looking more like a sculpture than an appliance.

I love that it uses actual, physical, switches and knobs. I think we could all use more real knobs.

I also love the entire “pour-over” system from Fellow

Fellow “Pour-over” system

Coming from a Chemex and basic stove-top kettle, the Stagg has been quite an improvement. Water heats faster, with precision. Pouring is delicate and controllable. The filtering happens more quickly. I love the funnel, serving markings, and drip catcher. I make 2 cups, and the second cup stays hot in the double-walled glass carafe while I drink the first cup.

I like coffee, but I’ve never thought too much about it. Suddenly, I’ve started to care. The entire process of making a cup of coffee has become delightful, so I’m thinking about where I can go from here.

TiddlyWiki is changing how I think about writing online

I remain infatuated with TiddlyWiki. There’s a certain genius in its design that has captured my imagination.

As an experiment, I started a new wiki and published it at rudimentarylathe.org. I’m easily distracted by shiny new things, so I spent a few days learning my way around TiddlyWiki by posting notes and miscellaneous snippets there.

What I’m finding is that TiddlyWiki is changing how I think about writing online. I don’t yet understand why, but I suspect it’s about being able to just throw things at it without feeling like I’m “publishing”. There’s no RSS feed. The only way anyone else might read what I write there is if I link to it on my “real” blog or if someone just stumbles upon it. It feels like a personal, but not private, space.

I think of each “tiddler” in my wiki is just a blob of text that is by default unrelated to everything else. I can link and tag them in order to define some semblance of structure, but it’s not necessary. There are “Recent” and “New” tabs but otherwise there’s not really a “timeline” of any sort. I’m currently putting recent entries on the main “Story” view but that’s probably just vestigial behavior from years of a reverse-chronological mindset. It’s very refreshing!

Any wiki could do most of this, but there’s something different the way TiddlyWiki goes about it. It feels different, in that it’s not page-based, but note-based. Or maybe thought-based. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m digging it.

So, what am I putting at rudimentarylathe.org? I’m not sure yet. So far it’s been…

  • Daily “Journal” posts about whatever I’m thinking about
  • Notes about software that I use or want to use
  • Technical notes on how I solved problems
  • Things I’ve learned
  • Quotes or interesting bits from things I’ve read
  • Books I’ve read
  • ???

I can’t wait to see where this goes.

I’ll be sticking with the HHKB

I thought I’d try a 60%, split layout keyboard, so I ordered an Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

TL;DR I’m not keeping it.

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

The split layout isn’t for me. It feels like one more thing to adjust and I’m not sold on the ergonomic advantages. I’ve been using a Happy Hacking Keyboard for a while and I love it. I’m not even sure why I tried anything else. Probably because the UHK is so damn customizable. I tried customizing it every way I could think of but nothing felt right. Also, I’m sure that having to switch between UHK and HHKB layouts between work and home would drive me nuts.

And I just can’t get over how much I love the HHKB’s Topre switches.

So I bought a second HHKB and that settles it.

Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2

Filling the Silence with Digital Noise – NN/g

Kate Moran and Kim Flaherty, NN/g:

In our Life Online research project, we investigated the real-life context in which users perform everyday digital tasks. Throughout multiple field studies and diary studies, we observed a recurring theme: digital “noise” is used to fill the “silent” moments in people’s lives both literally and figuratively:

I try not to do this, but I do it all the time in all sorts of ways, and I don’t even like noise.

Backlinks in TiddlyWiki

A nice feature of wikis is backlinks. A good wiki will keep track of which pages link back to a given page. TiddlyWiki does this, but does not display them by default. I set out to add them and it was way more difficult than I expected. I’m new to TiddlyWiki but, after a lot of trial and error, I figured it out.

I took notes on the wiki, naturally. Adding Backlinks to TiddlyWiki