Keeb Levinson with Cherry MX Silent Blacks and SA Vilebloom

As I mentioned I've been experimenting with my desk setup. I've wanted to try a split ortholinear keyboard for ages and one came up on mechmarket for a really good price so I decided to give it a try. I've not used lubed switches before and they're so nice. They make such a great sound and they're super smooth to type on. They've got a lovely, hearty "clack" as they bottom out.

Coding on a 40% is a bit of a challenge but since it can be programmed with QMK, I've been able to add macros for the stuff I do frequently in Vim and tmux and, after a day, I'm getting used to where everything is.

Once my RoPro arrives, I'm not sure how much use this is going to get, but it's still very fun to type on for now!

It has made me realise that GMK Dots is probably going to be too challenging on an ortho board. Fortunately, MT3 Serika is on the horizon, but I have this SA Vilebloom/WinMX retro mashup to use in the meantime.

My cheat sheet. Not laminating it because it keeps changing!

Turn your sound on for some sweet, sweet clacking


The longer I live with a cat, the more convinced I become that they're not meant to be pets. I think we're the pets. These guys have put up a sign of instructions on how to interact with this cat.

Desk setup

I've always been fairly blinkered in my pursuit of simplicity regarding my work setup. The goal being the ability to easily work at any desk, with minimal dependencies.

Perkins and Charlie introduced me to the magic of mechanical keyboards a while ago and, whilst I loved them as objects; masterpieces of over-engineering, and a bizarre way to communicate your personality, they were incompatible with my pursuit of minimalism.

We've had a few new starters at work recently, and it's meant that I've been relegated to a desk downstairs, and I've been exploring new setups. I don't like Apple's Magic Mouse. I don't really like their keyboard either. It was the perfect opportunity to try my new keyboard! I was recommended a trackball, so I grabbed one of those and I haven't really looked back. Getting used to an ANSI enter key has probably been the most difficult part of all this. And the fact that my backtick/tilde key is on the other side of my board. Other than that, it's been a rousing success. To the point that I don't want to work from home, as I don't have this setup there and it's kinda annoying. In a way, this is confirmation of my prior commitment to minimalism, but my productivity at my desk has definitely increased. Even if it's only because these Cherry MX Browns are lovely to type on; if it works, it works, right?

It's so nice to have an escape key back! Remapping Caps to Escape is fine, but nothing beats Esc!

For the nerds:

  • 13" Apple MacBook Pro 2017
  • LG Ultrafine 4k (it's been great so far. It has a couple of quirks, but nothing insurmountable. Certainly not as bad as the reviews make it out to be!)
  • Magicforce MF68v2 (not a superfan of this board. I think I would benefit from something programmable) with Cherry MX Brown, WinMX Retro SA and a Jelly Key Seasonal Terraced Field
  • Logitech MX Ergo
  • iPad Pro 2018
  • iPhone XS
  • Assorted Switch controllers (for Office Bomberman)
  • Monster Ultra Violet (I don't drink coffee; leave me alone)

Tabitha asked me yesterday why I put a picture of my dinner on the school's internet. She's been using her time on the computer to look me up, and she's found this website. If that's not an excuse to write here more, I don't know what is.

In plain sight

This sewage treatment plant is right next to a park, but they've grown grass on the roof to hide it. It's pretty nice round here but there isn't nearly enough parking.