Monthly Archives: March 2014

What a weird week.

Earlier in the week, Facebook bought out Oculus VR for a couple billion dollars. Internet hilarity ensued.

Many people flipped out…




Some people were catty about it…


Some people were thrilled at the possibilities…


Some people quietly despaired…


Some people tried to bring reason and sanity to the table…


Some developers distanced themselves from the controversy…


Some developers enthusiastically embraced the future…


Others observed the spectacle from the sidelines…


It was incredible. I haven’t been this shocked, entertained, worried, and bemused by a news story in a while.

I have no idea what will ultimately come out of all this. One thing I’m pretty sure of, however, is that a giant entity like Facebook getting behind VR as a platform and medium potentially means that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset would have an even better chance to be something more than a mail order novelty item targeted at a niche subset of hardware enthusiasts.

That, in turn, makes it much more likely that competing hardware will come to market successfully, which will only accelerate improvement across the board and drive costs further down. From where I’m sitting, it seems like the people who have an emotional investment in the future of virtual reality probably ought to be be focusing on that particular upside of the arrangement rather than simply being angry at Palmer Luckey for “selling out” or prematurely grieving for Oculus VR on the assumption that the acquisition will somehow destroy the company.

I’m cautiously optimistic, hoping that this acquisition works out positively, and I suspect the next few years are going to be rather interesting.

The $23 IKEA Standing Desk Hack

After I quit smoking back in 2011, I just wasn’t taking breaks and getting out of my chair as often as I had done before, and I was starting to feel the effects of the prolonged sitting and bad posture in my ankles and back. So, when I came across this interesting IKEA standing station hack, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try for a while.

The basic components are:

1 Lack side table

1 Ekby Viktor shelf

Ekby Valter brackets

4 3″ bolts and washers from Home Depot (the Lack legs are hollow so screws won’t work well)

I picked the black-finish to match my workstation hardware. Some of the stuff was on sale and my total ended up slightly south of $23 USD, and it took me about 15 minutes to do all the measuring and drilling and assembly.

Here’s the finished product:

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I also picked up a soft foam rubber anti-fatigue mat from Home Depot.

I’ve used the standing desk for two months now. It took a little bit of getting used to, but I ended up really liking it. I alternate between sitting and standing, and I no longer have any back pain or other issues. I also find that it helps my energy level throughout the day, and I’m glad I made this change.