Saturday, March 10, 2012

QWERTY

Memory is such a strange thing.  I could go for years without typing, sit down at a typewriter and instantly be able to type.  The same for riding a bicycle, playing piano or shifting gears in a car.  Yes, I know it has something to do with physical activity forming neural pathways in the brain, but explain to me why I can remember how to type, but except for "qwerty" I would be hard pressed to tell you where keys are on a standard keyboard.  Outside of "a" and "s" I'd really have to think about it and even then I'm not sure I could tell you where everything is, but my fingers know.  So strange.

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  1. That is so true. I cant' tell you where these letters are that I just typed, except I can find them when I need them! Do you type with your fingers on the home keys? Or do you peck at them?

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  2. My fingers are on the home keys, learned to type that way a 100 years ago and it just feels natural.

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  3. I'm with you on the 100 years ago!
    Ha, I just noticed that I typed cant' instead of can't, just because I know where they are, doesn't mean I get them in the right order!
    Hey, guess what? I had typing classes in St Mary's, Georgia in 1973!

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  5. Love St. Mary's, one of our favorite places. I'm typing on a tablet and not doing very well.

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  6. I couldn't recite them in order, but if I tapped then out with my fingers on the table, then wrote them down, I could come up with the locations of the letters at least. The other symbols? Not much luck there except perhaps for the comma and the period.

    Muscle memory is such a strange thing. I can't usually remember my library ID number but I can key it in from the computer as long as I don't stop to think about it.

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