Still from Valerian

On Valerian

This post contains spoilers. It also will come off as negative to the point of sounding harsh. Apologies. I generally don’t like to post negative reviews. What’s the point? So let me say right off that I did not hate Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the movie does not really work. As a writer, I want to understand why. Luc Besson’s science fiction I’ve been a fan of Luc Besson’s movies since the 1980s, when I first saw his first feature....

 · Laura Lis Scott

Six notebooks compared: Leuchtturm1917, Rhodia, Midori, MUJI, Northbooks and Moleskine [updated]

A while ago, I got interested in bullet journaling. Eager to get going on it quickly and discover how I would use this freeform style of journaling and personal planning, I initially went with the popular bujo favorite, the Leuchtturm1917. But I was immediately frustrated when I saw how much ghosting I had on the reverse sides of my pages. I needed to find the best bujo notebook. Bullet journaling, at least in my mind, demands a higher standard....

 · Laura Lis Scott

On ergonomic keyboards again

Following up on my review of three ergonomic keyboards last year, I pass along now Marco Arment’s review of the Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard, which he’s liking. From the features he describes, it sounds similar to the The Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard I’ve been using, but with some differences, including one that would drive me crazy. [T]he Ergo Pro’s two halves are physically separate and connected by a cable. This is a mixed bag: it provides flexibility, but it’s also frustrating to have no way to lock in your preferred setting, leaving you to figure it out again whenever it’s moved....

 · Laura Lis Scott
Desktop with laptop, keyboard, open notebook filled with printed pages, and an additional monitor

K is for Keyboard

Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels. In the ’90s, I used an ergonomic Microsoft keyboard, but by today’s standards, it was a mushy experience. I couldn’t just adapt that old thing. I needed to find a modern solution. So I tried three different ergonomic keyboards....

 · Laura Lis Scott
magnifying glass over a sheet of printed paper

HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte to complement the Rans Stratus XP

A crazy thing happened in Fort Collins, and I now own two recumbent bicycles: a HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte, which is short, and a Rans Stratus XP, which is quite long indeed. HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte short-wheelbase recumbent bicycle. I got the Street Machine last weekend, purchased at my “local” recumbent bicycle shop that’s 50 or so miles away in Fort Collins: Spring Creek Recumbents. While recumbent bicycles are not exactly unknown or unseen in the bicycling mecca of Boulder, there isn’t a single bike shop that sells recumbents....

 · Laura Lis Scott