[Preview] Bro Caps!

[Preview] Bro Caps!

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I haven’t made a keyboard related purchase in a very long time, but a long-time friend has reached out and I’m glad he did. Here’s a sneak peek!

Polycarbonate Keycaps – The new hip thing!

Every now and then some new technology comes along in the mechanical keyboard world.  I’m probably a little late to the show, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have new material to show you =)

While I’m sure you’ve seen the original design, these new and improved keycaps are sure to blow your mind!  Let’s take a sneak peak.

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The Portal keycaps are back and will be sold by Originative in the near future.  I’m talking like Friday.  These are doubleshot keycaps using ABS and Polycarbonate plastic materials, and they certainly appear to be a little more durable not to mention aesthetically appealing.  Good move on making these translucent, they look dope!

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I’ve also heard some rumors that there will be a new site design, so be sure to check them out at https://www.originativeco.com!

Some Kicks!

Keyboards aren’t my only hobby, so I thought I’d share some new content for you guys.  I’m also really into sneakers (or kicks, tennis shoes, gym shoes, etc.) but not really from a collector’s perspective.  I just happen to have a lot of shoes that I like, mostly from Nike and Jordan brands.

Well, hopefully you guys like what you see and maybe I’ll post more of my “collection” in the near future.  For the time being, enjoy =)

Jordan Spizike Bordeauxs

Jordan Spizike Bordeauxs

Jordan IV Black Cements

Jordan IV Black Cements

 

So it’s been a year now…

…and what better way to celebrate then posting some greens!?

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Phantom (PHANSI150 layout) housed inside a Camo Filco case

So a whole year has gone by since I opened my blog.  Here are some usage statistics for anyone who cares:

Some awesome stuff there!  Hopefully, the next year treats me just as well.  But for the time being, enjoy some additional pictures because that’s what you came here for right???

Neony...

Neony…

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Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog.  It’s truly been a blessing and let’s hope for another great year!

In Memory of SmallFry

As some of you in the keyboarding world may already know, Nate aka SmallFry has passed away recently.  This post and everything my blog stands for is dedicated to him.  For those of you that haven’t heard, SmallFry passed away due to a traumatic brain injury from a car accident.  More details here:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/natewalter

SmallFry

SmallFry / Nate
July 11, 1996 – June 27, 2013

SmallFry was revered on GH as not only an enthusiastic individual, but helpful and extremely gifted for his age.  I met him for the first and only time in person at our first Chicagoland meet some time ago and my first impression was, “man this guy is super young!”  At the time, I believe he had just turned 16.  He said to me in a PM, “I’ll be the guy there with the SmallFry hat on!”  And of course he was, accompanied by his father.  Both him and his father, very talented and smart individuals.  It kills me inside to see how much potential Nate had and where his efforts could have greatly improved and increased the keyboard knowledge base.

SmallFry’s Keyboards from Chicagoland Keyboard Meet (August 2012)

More images from our Chicagoland Keyboard Meet: http://imgur.com/a/n0dca

What I regret most of all is not being able to talk with Nate one last time before all this happened.  I think my last email exchanges with Nate, was him asking me to come back to GH.  Of course, I couldn’t fulfill his request but I’d give up anything at this point to have another conversation with him.

Nate was an avid supporter of my blog, probably the biggest.  He remembered every post I had, and often frequented more than myself.  I remember a few times that I’ve pop quizzed him about my posts, and without even a 2nd thought, he always had an answer.  Always.  My biggest supporter, and just like that with the blink of an eye, is now gone.  I look at my life in retrospect and think about all the things I did when I was 16 and how much Nate would have enjoyed life.

Nate would have been a wonderful, honored, and respected individual in his lifetime.  There’s absolutely no doubt about that.  I hope wherever you are now Nate, that you are resting in peace.  To all his family and relatives, I’m truly sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,

Dan

Monday starts now…

LZ GH (Unassembled Pictures)

Hey everyone.  Just wanted to give a brief update on the LZ GH.  I finally received this from boost and it’s next up on the list to be built!  I’ll be attempting to document my build this time around, but here are some introductory photos for your viewing pleasures.

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Originative American

Prelude

To my friends, hello!  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a legit blog article and I wanted to share some new items I received in the mail.  It’s from an online vendor called Originative!

Now, before you guys start drooling over your keyboards, I’d like to just take a moment to say “thank you” to Sherryton for providing some early access to new keyboard merchandise.  All of you should be expecting some big things from Sherry.  He has come a long way in the mechanical keyboarding realm and it goes to show you, hard work always yields something good. And in this case, something original too! (I know, I’m very creative) (Get it? Original, creative…Originative!)

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Originative Goodies

Back in the GOOD Geekhack days (pre-Asia Mod Team), only a few select people sported rare merchandise.  Other people, like me back then, only had access to things like KBC/KBT keycaps (engraved, lasered, PBT, thin!*!*@*!, etc., rainbow wtf) and a few select SP novelty keys.  Ah damn, those were the days when I spent hours on sixty’s old website.  Anyway, all you new people got it good.  You should be happy!

Originative is an online vendor that sells Mechanical Keyboards and their accessories.  They specialize in rare and custom items such as Cherry reproduction keycaps (ABS and now dyesub!), Korean custom weight springs, switch stickers, and a lot of other stuff.  If you haven’t checked them out, click the link above and take a look.  Don’t worry, I won’t be mad that you went to another website while reading this.

Now, by definition I think of “Originative” as a combination of two words: original and creative.

o·rig·i·nal: Used or produced at the creation or earliest stage of something.
cre·a·tive: Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas.

When you start offering items as unique as they do, it all makes sense.  So what did I get?  Well let’s take a look…

KMAC with BSP Dyesubs mixed with DESKO RGB and ‘service’ keys

First up, the BSP/Cherry PBT dyesub keycaps.  These are a collector’s dream items and are normally very hard to come by, not to mention pricey.  I’m talking like $300+ sometimes.  Anyway, I bought a red and black set for a little over for $100 each.  Good price, and seemingly better quality than other PBT sets from imsto.  On the KMAC above, I’ve mixed in a few keys from the original DESKO set.  Yes, I know my Insert/Delete and Home/End keys are in the wrong place!!!!

Red KMAC with “Red Alert” Colorway and Titanium Spacebar

The Red KMAC above has all the standard keys that come out of the box with the exception of the spacebar.  You’ll notice a few key (word play bonus+1) differences between the set above and the original Cherry set (if they made a red version):

  • Print Screen and Pause/Break have different legends
  • F5-F8 use white base
  • F and J have nipples instead of scoops
  • Tilde is also a different legend
  • and If you spot any others, lets me know!

But that’s not all I got.  I don’t normally like blue all that much, but one day I decided that to try out the “Olivetti” set since it was easy enough to buy one.  What do YOU think?

Poker with Duck Aluminum case sporting Originative’s Cherry/GMK “Olivetti” Keycaps

Rear view of the Poker with “Olivetti” Keycaps

Now these next keycaps I’ve had for a while, but it gave me an opportunity to take more pics of my LZ SE.  As you’ll see, I’m still a big time noob at taking pictures.  Without a dedicated light system at home, I have to depend on the sunlight…and well…it’s not always dependable.  The pictures didn’t come out as good as I hoped, but maybe you guys will like them.  These keycaps are called the “Sanctuary” set, a custom project with SP.  While the base color looks black, it’s actually a very dark charcoal with red legends.

LZ SE (84-key) with “Sanctuary” Keycaps and ClickClack Skull

LZ SE (84-key) Close Up

Annnnnnd lastly, I also snagged a set of BSP RGB dyesubs (in B-profile) to fit on my LZ MX SE.  Since the Dolch set uses B-profile, I wasn’t able to fit it with my DESKO RGBs, so this was just perfect.

LZ SE MX with Dolch keycaps and B-profile RGB dyesubs

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Suffice it to say, I’m very happy with all the stuff I bought.  I’ve finally reach a collector’s dream of owning Cherry dyesubs.  If you haven’t tried them yet, or any form of PBT dyesubs, I’d HIGLY recommend them.  This is no bandwagon, this is simply the epitome of quality.

Visit Originative for more information

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More pictures below: (or http://imgur.com/a/BsIdO)

Order keyboard in January. Get in May. LZ MX Mini SE #21!

Well it’s been over 3 months since my last post, but here’s a taste of what’s to come.  I’ve got a pretty good line up of products I want to blog about, so hope to see you back here soon!

The rear side of the LZ MX Mini SE and self adhered sticker #21

Frontal view

KMAC with new LEDs

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