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Voice Commands

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Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they actually put less stress on the vocal chords.
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cosmotic
328 days ago
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For the record, zero studies have found that Dvorak is more efficient.
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austinstorm
328 days ago
Do you mean faster, more accurate, less hand movement? I'm just curious how we're measuring efficiency. I have carpal tunnel and used Dvorak for many years because I found (anecdotally, grant you) that it was less hand movement.
cosmotic
328 days ago
The origin of all positive claims regarding the dvorak layout came from one study by US Navy that has been discredited for at least 20 years. Because carpal tunnel (and similar ailments like tendonitis) are repetitive stress injuries, switching layouts would change the repetitions. http://reason.com/archives/1996/06/01/typing-errors/1
CarlEdman
327 days ago
The Dvorak legend is not entirely without basis: It seems a more logical layout that really ought to minimize hand movement. Thing is: For trained and skilled typists, that seems to make no difference in ultimate performance. Matters may be different for people suffering, e.g., from carpal tunnel who are willing to invest into retraining their hands.
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zippy72
328 days ago
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I wouldn't mind trying the HCESAR layout though... those vintage typewriters keep tempting me... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HCESAR?wprov=sfsi1
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328 days ago
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Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they actually put less stress on the vocal chords.
Covarr
328 days ago
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Lemme save you the trouble: He said "Okay Google send a text"
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Satisfying rant about how broken everything on the web is

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u3lWw It's as if "they have very carefully gone through this process of intentionally slowing down the internet for no reason."
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At the Lawffice

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Comic URL: http://www.lefthandedtoons.com/1782/

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Bodypainted models blend perfectly into New York City

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Triny Merry's bodypainting camouflage is incredible, like a CGI effect, but carried out with paint. The (pricey!) limited edition prints are for sale here.

New York City Camouflage

(via Asylum Art)

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1201 days ago
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"perfectly"
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The Future of Cereal Box Art

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I feel that the current trends in cereal box art--the wildly distorted faces and poses, the lurid digital-airbrish modeling--have surely reached some kind of maximum.

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Playground removes "safety" rules; fun, development and injuries ensue

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The Swanson School in Auckland, NZ, quietly eliminated all the rules against "unsafe play," allowing kids to play swordfight with sticks, ride scooters, and climb trees. It started when the playground structures were torn down to make way for new ones, and the school principal, Bruce McLachlan, noticed that kids were building their own structures out of the construction rubble. The "unsafe" playground has resulted in some injuries, including at least one broken arm, but the parents are very supportive of the initiative. In particular, the parents of the kid with the broken arm made a point of visiting the principal to ask him not to change the playground just because their kid got hurt.

The article in the Canadian National Post notes that Kiwis are less litigious, by and large, than Americans, and that they enjoy an excellent national health service, and says that these two factors are a large contributor to the realpolitik that makes the playground possible. But this is still rather daring by Kiwi standards.

He didn’t start asking “why” until he became part of a playground and risk study by Auckland University researcher Grant Schofield and his research manager, Julia McPhee, three years ago. The researchers gave 16 schools a grant of $15,000 to build their vision of a playground that would reintroduce risk and help encourage physical activity in children.

“It hadn’t occurred to me that anyone would actually abandon all school rules,” Prof. Schofield said.

Mr. McLachlan built a few play structures, but they were dismantled as part of a larger building project (he claims they’ll be resurrected somehow once the project is done). As the debris sat cordoned off with caution tape in the middle of the schoolyard, he noticed students ducking underneath, grabbing chunks of wood and metal and building their own toys.

While the caretaker and some teachers worried, Mr. McLachlan was energized to see them building makeshift seasaws and dismantling them once they got bored.

About a year ago, Mr. McLachlan quietly informed his staff that they would all just stop saying “No” when they saw a child climbing a tree or a fence, or walking toward an area that used to be “out of bounds” and no longer was. There would be no big announcement, just a silent backing away.

When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising [Sarah Boesveld/National Post]

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This is so great
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