what i'd like is a little USB switch- like something i can flip on and off, maybe with a little LED indicator- that sits on my desk and mutes my microphone

on one hand, a clicky switch would be fun

on the other, it'd make noise that the microphone can pick up and I'd wanna stim with it

@BestGirlGrace I personally use a transcriptionist's footswitch for my push-to-talk, it's super-convenient

and clicky

@hexwren see, if I could do push-to-mute, that'd be pretty ideal. I just need to mute myself while typing or drinking.

@BestGirlGrace I had to look up what a vim pedal was and my thoughts are:

a) that is a cool and good idea
b) what the fuck kind of hell-sadist software has you change input modes by typing regular-ass letters on the keyboard

@hexwren Hey, I like vim! But it is the epitome of "once you've conquered the learning cliff, you are *cooking*"

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@BestGirlGrace I mean...how do you even type words if letters are commands. am I just some smoothbrain idiot who doesn't get it?

@hexwren When you start vim, it's in "normal" mode, where the letters are commands. some commands (usually i, for "insert"), put you into "insert" mode, which lets you type text normally.

"normal" mode is where you usually spend your time, though, because those commands let you do all sorts of useful stuff really quickly. I don't know how I lived without a three-character command for "delete whatever's inside these quotes and put me into insert mode" (ci", or Change Inside double quotes)"

@BestGirlGrace huh. thats...well, as you said, it sounds like it's a learning cliff.

@hexwren it is absolutely the editor someone would write in 1976 for a Unix machine at the time, yeah

I used to keep a cheat sheet up on the other monitor until the useful commands wound up in muscle memory. It helps that almost all my typing these days is done in something that uses vim keybinds.

@hexwren If you are willing to be Rock Lee with the training weights, it gives you code editing superpowers.

@BestGirlGrace augh, arrow-key row. I started out as a child on apple machines and they didn't make much sense to me then, either.

like, I get that keyboards just didn't have proper arrow-key sets back in the ancient times, but you'd think they'd have moved past that at some point.

also I had to look up who/what rock lee was. I am out of touch.

@hexwren (the real vim nerds will make fun of you if you don't use HJKL to move. it's fine. you can use the arrow keys if you want. nobody will judge you. the trick to ro remember that j kinda looks like an arrow pointing down).

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the real value of the letter movement keys is, like everything else in vim, they're composable. There's a setting that, say, puts the relative line numbers on the screen, so the line you're on is marked with 0, the one above with -1, and so on, so you can jump to, say, the line labelled as 7 simply by typing 7j instead of hitting j or the down arrow 7 times.

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