Hi there. Thanks for all the backgrounds, I really enjoyed the read.
My name is Antoine Goutenoir, I’m a self-taught french geek of all trades, which is actually my job title in the astrophysics lab where I work. I mostly evangelize there for libre software, good practices, and teach people how to write (good) code, and the methods of rationality whenever they let me. I’ve been a freelance most of my life, before that. I did some work for the devil before I realized who it was I was working for.
I was instantly seduced my the Model 01 (wood ? mechanical keyswitches ? open-source ? butterfly ? yay !) because I like to type fast and spend the rest of the time enjoying … well … life. Anyhow I want to use one of the two keyboards I ordered as a teaching prop because I often have young students in my care, and they get bored quite fast by theory. The other one will be the victim of my music-fuelled madness in those long hackathons or game jams. I hope they’re sturdy, 'cause I like to vent my inevitable occasional frustration in my keyboard. Maybe if I hit ENTER harder, the tests will pass this time ?
I intend to play games with it, especially games that are not meant for keyboards, as gamepads hurt my fingers. (such as Super Meat Boy, or Street Fighter)
I did not knew much about keyboards until two years ago, as I’ve had the same keyboard for 15 years now and it was a pretty average AZERTY modded with python scripts. Thanks to K+J, I’m now an irreducible keyboard enthusiast, and really really hyped for runic layouts.
I’m learning japanese too as my fourth language or so, thanks for the AJATT immersion tip ! Right now I’m using the “poster in the water closets” method, which does work well for morse code and other things.
A lot of people gave me sneers for buying two $300+ keyboards, to which I invariably respond : is that a $500+ phone in your hand ? (it also works with their expensive clothes) And if they answer “it’s not the same”, you can say “Yes, I can do so much more than slacking on facebook with my investment !”. I wonder if many of you had to defend themselves as I had to…