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Tuesday TEA Time - Plants, a keyboard, and Toyota…

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August 28 · Issue #50 · View online
Tuesday TEA Time
Yo,
I hope you had a good weekend. We planted some plants and hope they make it through the winter. We’ll see. It’s always good to literally get one’s hands dirty every now and then.
Also, have you ever backed a Kickstarter campaign?
I have done a few and I find that I am always a little confused about what I might be getting, when I might get it, and really just what’s going on.
As an example: I backed a keyboard named KUMO. Yep. I know, boring. Either way. The name of the company is a little confusing: The Van Keyboards. And the video doesn’t really explain much. I’m not sure what it has to do with a van.
Either way, I had to go through a checkout process today to input my delivery address to get my KUMO, but it first asked me what type of switches I wanted. I was stumped. I have heard about mechanical keyboard switches, but I don’t know anything about what kind I would want.
So I went to Youtube and searched for someone to explain it to me. And, of course, I found someone.
QKT 2: Tactile, clicky and linear mechanical keyboards - YouTube
If you want to learn about any topic, there is a Youtube video about it. The most relevant part of the video is below:
Ah ha! So I get to choose if I want to feel a bump when I type, if I want to hear a click, or both. Now that makes sense. I wish this had been on the keyboard website or the Kickstarter page. I think The Van is assuming their customers know what they’re doing. I don’t. Eh well, mystery solved, so I input my address and we’ll see when I might get this keyboard. I’m excited to try it out.
Oh, also, I chose Clicky.
Tech
How Toyota Changed The Way We Make Things - YouTube
I love videos like the above that go through a simple explanation of a complex topic. Very much worth the few minutes to view.
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
The most interesting part of the above article is that when there were internet outages, there were less incidents of violence.
Entertainment
Why do homes in the UK have separate hot and cold taps?
Maybe this isn’t entertaining to you, but when we lived in San Francisco we had separate hot and cold faucets and it was pretty frustrating. I like to read about different traditions I encounter and why they ended up the way they did.
Like-minded vs. like-hearted
Art
This week I’d like to show you some work by Fuyuko Matsui in Japan. Their work is macabre and haunting.
That’s it. I hope you have a lovely week.
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