Column-based text editing

Many text editors have a “block” or “column” mode where items can be copied, pasted, and edited vertically rather than horizontally.  I’ve never come across an editor (or something like a Vi mod) that allows actual column-based editing.   This implies no scrolling up or down.  When you reach the bottom of the screen you go back to the top like a two-column paper.  This would imply scrolling left or right.   This mode would seem somewhat natural for a variety of reasons: it’s often easier to read lines of code and sentences when there is a more limited width (and this can also be more space-efficient for wider screens):


Assuming no explicit line-breaks within textual paragraphs and code that can fit within the column limits, I wonder if there are some other major issues with this…

Caribbean Christmas Tree

I’m not an avid traveler, but occasionally I’m prodded from where my rump rests to go somewhere.  This time, my cousin who was born and raised in Trinidad left his Seattle-Google residence to get married in his home country.

On the trip, I had the chance to visit a bird sanctuary where the Scarlet Ibis is the main attraction.  One of the neat things was that in the evening time, all the birds congregate around a similar area to sleep. On our tour, it was a mini island rock with a bunch of trees that looked much like this:

Scarlet Ibis Tree

Pretty sharp contrast.  Guess they do Christmas a little differently there.