I will work to gaze less strenuously at my navel going forward, but for now I don’t have research prepared in a useful form yet.

I’ll also work on not starting every damn sentence with I. It is some comfort to me that these posts will go largely unread. I am writing this in emacs, one of those completely inscrutable pieces of software that needs several pages of instructions to get at it’s most basic functions and years of regular use to uncover it’s most useful ones. Today I’ve ingraned the use of C-e to skip to the end of a line, C-k to kill, and C-y to yank the most recently killed portion.

These things are more-or-less equivalent to the End button on your keyboard, Ctrl-X, and Ctrl-V, respectively in most systems.

“Killing” with that particular command is more useful than Ctrl X, since it acts on everything from the cursor to the end of the line, not a portion which must be selected before the operation is used.

It is interesting to slowly learn the ins & outs of such a complicated piece of software. Partly this is because it simply is complicated, and complicated things reward attention by giving up more detail. It is also enjoyable to be learning this piece of software because memorizing a command means that I can make better use of this tool. I have practiced using the tool and now that I have practiced I use the tool better. I am less likely to do the emacs equivalent of bending the nail I wish to drive home. (I am no less likely to use metaphor at every opportunity.)

Using emacs, with 4 pages of printed commands and brief descriptions provides me with an opporutnity to learn some small fact and to make use of it immediately. The writing I am and will do here serves that purpose: I am practiciing. I am practacing writing and thinking and stringing those thoughts together in a way which is useful to me even if it is not to anyone else.

So, here, I conclude the second little bit of practice of a small thing I do and seek to become better at, writing.

Now, I’ll use these last few days of summer left to me before I return fully to work for the fall I hope to take a handful of practices and turn them from things I hope to do to things which I did once to things which I do continually, habitually.