Saturday, March 10, 2012


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.


  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?

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

  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.

  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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