Sunday, January 28, 2007

Getting Rid of the Old

I'm down to the last year of my 20s. I feel like I should be rushing for some deadline. I wanted to do something to calm me down. Hold your breath people this is a dozy - we went to Luneta Park. Yep, couples gone wild we are. Huddled together and sat on the grass by the Rizal Monument. Spent the day reading, watching kids play, people walking their dogs and posing for pictures in front of the monument. Nothing voyeuristic you understand. Those photographers offering to take pictures for a fee are apparently still there. They get into very spirited political discussions in between taking pictures - photographers/political pundits.

Its been long known that the QWERTY layout for keyboards is highly inefficient. The most frequently used letters are spaced out so that type bars in typewriters don't get tangled. Since we no longer mechanically hammer letters into pieces of paper, the format really no longer serves it purpose. But we still use it. Cause we're all basically whinny little kids inside. "I have to learn to type all over again?! Awww!" Honestly, I wouldn't be too excited going through the process myself. That means reverting to the chopstick style of typing again until I get a hang of it. It just bothers me in the way a painting hanging unevenly on a wall bothers me. You know, you're just aching to fix it. I'm a bit OC that way. A lot of layouts have been introduced that are supposedly more efficient. One of them is the Colemak layout, apparently better than Dvorak. Here's a link to a document discussing QWERTY and the alternatives. I didn't bother to read it, but you might :P

Who Killed the Electric Car is a documentary that shows another situation where something better is not being adapted. But in this situation, there's a little more sinister influence repressing it: Big Oil. Here's a link to the official website. Why was the EV1 discontinued in 1999 when they received such good feedback from the owners? Here's a trailer for the documentary. I've been looking for a copy in the local video stores but they're not really big on stocking documentaries. If anyone can lend me a copy, that would be awesome.
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