September 14th, 2003

happy mannequin, happy

New mouse!

Stopped into Future Shop the other day to buy a boring, entry-level optical mouse, since I'm sick of all the ball-cleaning (HLAGHALHGL) and want to join the 20th century with a wheelmouse. For some reason no-one including the salesperson could understand, the MS Intellimouse Explorer Optical was marked down to $30 (regular $70), so I picked one up. Wow, neato! Extra buttons and everything. (The sale, if you're interested, lasts until Sept. 18.)

I had to get the extra thumb buttons working though (as X buttons 6 and 7 -- 4 and 5 are scroll-up and scroll-down). I found IMWheel, which sits between applications and the X server's mouse driver and intercepts anything that is not X, Y, or buttons 1-3. You can configure it to pass buttons 4-5 through in all or some applications, to make the scrollwheel work normally, but you can also customize any button 4-7 with control, alt, shift or a combination of modifiers (or none) to send an arbitrary set of keystrokes. I now have a scrollwheel-driven mutt, and thumb buttons to switch channels in xchat, and control-scrollwheel tab navigation in Mozilla, and workspace-switching buttons in Fluxbox, and so on.

If you have a scrollmouse, even if you don't have extra buttons, you should check IMWheel out. Of course, you quickly encounter the Custom Keybinding Problem:

     <coraline> mendel: amazingly inconsistent interfaces, with
                 per-application behaviours?  golly, it sounds like you're 
                 working under X windows!

I think I will go back and buy another Intellimouse for work. Really comfy in the hands too. I avoid Microsoft's software when possible, but they really do a decent job on hardware.

Also: My sweetie cooks for me. I have it so good.

  • Current Music
    De Phazz -- Death By Chocolate
pinkie pie

I needs the shoes.

I want to buy a new pair of Chucks, but I can't decide which color to buy.

nyxie has decided that she wants a pair of light blue low-tops, and since we can't find them locally she's going to buy them on the intarweb. I figure I might as well buy myself another pair too, since the shipping is flat-rate, but I'm having a hard time deciding which. I already have red, and will pick up a pair of black locally any day now, but I want to get something that is not available locally and which is not too candyish (read: that I'd wear regularly).

So, give me your opinion! This is not about what you would wear; this is about me. The control questions are not tests and no answer will disqualify you from participation, but this is not a democracy either. :-)

Poll #180259 Pick me some chucks!

What color/style of Chucks should I get?

Avocado
6(17.6%)
Black leather
0(0.0%)
Grey corduroy
5(14.7%)
Maroon
2(5.9%)
Oil green
1(2.9%)
Distressed leather
3(8.8%)
Grey suede
2(5.9%)
Stick with red and black already
2(5.9%)
You... wear these shoes? On purpose?
3(8.8%)

Control question #1: How many pairs of Chucks do you own?

Control question #2: Name a musician who wears Chucks, and which color.