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


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Thursday Thoughts: Words and Letters

I was cleaning my keyboard the other day (Why do I insist on eating crackers and scones while I write?) and I noticed that there are some keys that are nice and shiny, while others are in the same condition as when I purchased it. Rather than do any solid research, I decided to let this train of thought go for a trip.

There is a reason certain letters are worth more in scrabble, and why Wheel of Fortune finally gave contestants the letters they always chose.  

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).

We used to call it typing class in high school. I know! Remember typewriter drills?: aaaa ssss dddd ffff… Don’t you dare make a mistake. That was one loud room. There is a concerto written for typewriter and orchestra.

Do…you…read…every…word…individually…or…can …you…look…at…the…sentence…as…one…unit?

Didyouevernoticethatwhenwyouhearsomebodyspeakingthatthereareveryfewifnotanyspacesbetweenthewords?

T s ls pssbl t rd mst wrds wth th vwls rmvd. Lngr wrds r lss chllgng.

The only word that you can spell with all the letters of anagram is: Anagram

Palindrome isn’t a palindrome

And finally, here are my Top Ten most used keys (in no particular order):

10. A
9. S
8. C
7. E
6. D
5. R
4. O
3. N
2. T
1. I
0. M (I miscounted, so here is a bonus)

What does it spell? Ascedrontim – sounds like a pharmaceutical, doesn’t it?

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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