Although Calfgrit13 did his best to sell us on a bird, we had to say no. Birds are much too loud and messy. So he changed his attention to lizards. And after much research, he decided to want a bearded dragon.
He did a lot of research on their care and feeding, their habitats, their lives, and their personalities. Although Wifegrit isn’t all that thrilled with the idea of a lizard pet, she wasn’t opposed to it (like she is absolutely opposed to a snake pet). So, we now have a bearded dragon living in our home. His name is Rex.
I actually really like this critter. He doesn’t bark, doesn’t chew my books. He’s a perfect pet (that I don’t have to be responsible for).
Calfgrit13 wants another pet. We currently have two dogs, and used to have a guinea pig (twice). For several weeks, now, he’s been talking about parakeets. Constantly. We’ve humored his interest, but we’ve been hesitant (reluctant) to OK the idea. But then Friday night, he stepped up his discussion to a full-fledged sales pitch.
Friday evening he called his mother and me into the family room, sat us down on the sofa, and launched into a prepared presentation on the awesomeness of parakeets and why we should let him get one.
I thought he had been working on school work all day.
When he needed to use the printer, I thought he was working on a school project.
He did a great job with all his research. He could answer all our questions, he even gave us information before we asked. He was quite impressive. But we need to do some research of our own before we decide on whether to get a parakeet. Data sheets are useful, printed images are pretty, and a knowledgeable salesman is helpful, but we need some advice from families who have actual real-world experience with these birds.
Pretty much every time someone sees one of my game play videos for the first time, they wonder why I have strange key binds (like NumPad 0 and NumPad 1).
I started computer gaming many years before WASD was even conceived of. When I started, the arrow keys were the unchangeable default movement keys. I played that way for years and years. Even when WASD became the default, I just rebound my keys to match what I had become used to. I slide my keyboard over to my left, place my left hand on the arrow keys, and play perfectly fine.
Using the arrow keys lets me place my hand on them without looking. The empty spaces on either side of the up arrow gives me a perfect tactile sense of how my fingers are placed. I can easily use all the keys immediately and secondarily adjacent around the arrow keys: Ctrl, R-Shift, Enter, Back Space, Delete, End, Page Down, NumPad 4, NumPad 1, NumPad 0, etc. (Look at your key board.)
Since I’ve been using these keys for literally decades, I have strong muscle memory for certain actions. For instance, Delete is always my gun-reload key. It all works for me. I’ve tried a few times to get used to WASD, and whatever defaults the particular game has, but unlearning and relearning really slows me down. And for what? Since all games allow remapping your keyboard, there’s really no reason why I should have to change my habits.
Currently I have two keyboards: one on the left for gaming, and one in the middle for normal usage (and typing in game chat). This became an option only relatively recently once computers came with enough ports for me to add a second keyboard. So I’m perfectly set up for my set up. No need or desire to change. It works, for me.
Over the years, I’ve encountered a few other people who still use the arrow keys like I do. They are all like me in that we started gaming many years ago, and got used to the old-school way. Old Gamers unite! Stuck in our ways, and loving it.