Thursday Thoughts: Coincidence

Sometimes, if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can guess the time and be close with many of those. This morning for example, when I awoke, I thought it might be 4:20 (oh, I went back to sleep, no worries) and when I looked at my bedside clock it read 4:19. Wow.

Do you ever think of a song and then immediately hear it? What about thinking that person that you haven’t seen or heard of for a while and then you bump into them on the street?

Weird when that happens, right?

Last Thursday, I wrote about the computer keyboard:

The keyboard configuration that is most common is the QWERTY keyboard, but there are different ones out there based on the frequency of keystrokes. I don’t think the QWERTY is the most efficient, but I don’t know which one is—I’m sure it would be hard to get all businesses and industries on board to change it, just like ignoring the metric system (Yeah, I’m talking to you, USA).

A few days later, I was reading a book which mentioned the invention of the typewriter. The reason for the conventional configuration was to slow down the rate of typing because the strikers would jam if adjacent keys were pressed too quickly in succession. The most common letters were spread out to achieve this.

There are keyboard configurations that concentrate most frequent letters under the fingers, that reduce effort by 95% and increase speed by 50% but this was done well after the QWERTY set-up was entrenched in the world.

I’m sure there are odds for coincidences like these to happen. Maybe I should go buy that lottery ticket…


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, a science fiction novella to be released in March 2022.

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