One of my "other hobbies" is writing screenplays. (Heresy, yes I know, boardgames 4 life!) One of the sites I enjoy reading is this one:
John's site just went through a redesign, and what do I see on the right side?
The one that says "GEEK ALERT" is particularly eerie.
Then again, the man is also a Geek, albeit of a different species. If you look through his archives, he has a particularly sweet-looking vertical keyboard that's simply off the Tech Geek scale.
The SafeType Ergonomic Keyboard:
I wants one!
Scroll down a bit and there's an even cooler toy that I can't even begin to comprehend: The Nostromo Speedpad n52 controller. No, I no longer play PC games.
Those of you who are into film and screenplay writing might like the site, if you don't already frequent it. John August is the writer for the Tim Burton film Big Fish, and is currently working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also with Tim Burton at the helm. His imdb page is here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0041864/
ya gotta bunny/duck it in your head
"I looked at my hands, I understood that one fine day, one fine evening to be precise, they would no longer be hands but some other awful thing." —Jack Kerouac
Heh! The first keyboard, with the GeekFactor of 4, is the one I use! While I like the idea of the twin-tower-typer, I just worry that it would wreck me for the normal flat/straights found everywhere else in the world... Although the geek factor of carrying your own personal keyboard everywhere with you, like a rockstar with his favorite guitar, is tempting.
BTW, thanks for the kind words on Sadhus--your response alone will probably keep the shotgun out of my mouth for another year.
As for your screenplays, if you ever need the unvarnished opinion of Someone Who Doesn't Know You, I'll let you have it. Promise.
Best of luck to you!
Richard, just wanted to offer up a thankyou for an interesting link. While I have no screenwriting ambitions, I do find the trade rather interesting.
Have you read Willam Goldman's books Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Didi I Tell? They're both excellent reads, and probably have more advice that you'd be interested in.
Vertical keyboard does not spoil you for flat ones
Speaking from experience. I use a Safetype both at work and at home, but in a pinch I can use a flat keyboard just fine. The Safetype vertical split keyboard is pretty much just a normal QWERTY (or DVORAK, too, if you want) keyboard that's been chopped in half and stood up. If you touch type, then you can get acclimated to the Safetype in less than a day.
(If you don't touch type, life is harder )
The Safetype has literally saved my wrists.... though I still take breaks, I don't get the awful numb-cold-fingers at night anymore, nor the burning-shooting-wrist-pain-after-30-minutes-of-typing.
I have a Quill mouse (a vertical mouse) at work as a suitable companion to the keyboard, but my last Quill mouse flaked out on me after a year. I've been fairly okay with a Logitech trackball mouse. (Thumb trackball, so it's sort of a vertical mouse.)