New keyboard

I’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of mechanical keyboards and replaced my long time workhorse Logitech Wave keyboard with a Corsair K70 (non-RGB) keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches.

It’s a pretty nice keyboard to type on, and I’m finding the keys need much less force to actuate than the keys on the old Wave keyboard do.

Each of the keys is individually lit with a red LED, which just happens to match one of the red LED fans in the computer case. There are 4 brightness levels for the LEDs from Off to full brightness.

The palm rest included could be a little bigger for my taste, but does the job. Grippy rubber feet on the bottom combined with the weight of the keyboard keep it from moving around much on the desk.

The cord is pretty beefy and has a fabric covering on it. At the computer end it splits into two USB connectors for the keyboard and a pass-through for the USB port on the keyboard.

The keyboard can be set to have all the keys light up or to a custom pattern that’s pretty easy to do right at the keyboard.

One of the issues I had with the Logitech Wave keyboard was that a lot of the special function keys were just invisible to Fedora. While this keyboard doesn’t have a lot of special keys, the ones it does have for media control seemed to work right out of the box without me having to configure anything.

Quite pleased with the keyboard so far.

House progress

Lots of progress on the house since the last update. Drywall went up and got sprayed with primer. Cabinets were installed and trim was installed over the last couple of weeks. Painting is scheduled to happen this week.

Now we can see what all the rooms look like, how they feel, and think about where furniture will go.

New car time

Time to think about replacing the Camry.

The car has served me well over the past 16 years, and still runs pretty well. It’s had a fair bit of work done on it recently: new shocks and struts a few years ago, gaskets, tires and a few other things. Gas mileage is pretty decent (~23-25 mpg city driving). It handles road trips out to Atlanta and back nicely and is pretty comfy to drive still.

With the new house and longer commute coming up, time to get something newer though.

Not sure yet what we’ll do with the Camry. We could donate it, or sell it for a reasonable price to someone in need of a fairly reliable car.

As for what will replace it, we’re not sure yet. Another Camry is currently at the top of the list, but we have plenty of options to consider.

 

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Wescott Park Dog Park

Learned about this dog park thanks to a tip on Reddit. The dog park is located at one end of Wescott Park in North Charleston. Enter the park, hang a left when you see the giant baseballs, and go all the way to the end. There’s a pretty good sized parking lot next to the dog park.

Wescott Park dog park
Wescott Park dog park

The dog park consists of a large dog section and a small dog section. Each section has its own entrance, and a gate allows passage between the two sections.

There’s a water spigot located in the corner of the dog park next to the large dog entrance, but no doggy water fountain inside. There is one just outside the dog park by the small dog entrance though. Buckets placed around the park allow dogs to get water when they’re thirsty.

Dog park water
Dog park water

One nice thing about the dog park is that in both sections are some dog agility type things: platform, ramp, big tunnel, hoops and a jump.

This is a pretty nice dog park, and when you’re done you can wander the paths that run around the park, and maybe check out some baseball games.

Wescott Park is open from 9AM to 9PM.

Here’s the dog park on Google Maps.

Quickie breakfast: Breakfast burrito

The inspiration for this came from a post on Imgur for a breakfast burrito.  Make a bunch of burritos, individually wrap them in parchment paper and freeze.

I thought it was a pretty good idea, so I experimented with a small batch this evening. With most burritos you see in restaurants, the idea seems to be “wrap a tortilla around as much stuff as possible”, but since the eventual goal is for something that’s quick to heat and eat in the morning, I made mine smaller.

  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 3 sausage links (mild Italian was all I had on hand, so I used those)
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • ~12″ tortillas (slightly smaller ones would work just as well)

I let the burrito fillings cool down in the fridge for about 15 minutes. I figured the tortilla would probably end up getting soggy and mushy after being wrapped around hot steamy filling.

Place a few spoonfuls of each item on the lower part of the tortilla. Fold the left and right sides in, and roll up from the bottom (you can head over to Chipotle or somewhere like that to watch how they stuff/fold/roll burritos).

This was enough to make about 6 small hand sized burritos each large enough to fit into a sandwich bag. 30 seconds in the microwave was enough to warm these burritos up and get the cheese melty. I didn’t wrap or freeze any of these. Next iteration I’ll make a larger batch of everything and wrap/freeze those.

Simple, not a lot of ingredients to prepare. Future versions will be different, using whatever I happen to have on hand. Once we’re settled in the new house, I could see myself making a batch of a couple dozen of these at a time and stashing them in the freezer to eat whenever we need.