Thursday, January 22, 2009

No pudding for you

And no iPhone nano or Apple Netbook either. Aaaah!

Am I bovvered?

By the way, someone tells me that he cannot imagine how I can type long replies — his fingers start hurting after only a few lines. First of all, it’s possible that I am a crazy graphomaniac (my biggest problem is usually not writing but trimming — in the writing for work, that is; here I don’t bother). Second, I can definitely see how typing on that small keyboard would make one’s fingers hurt — I tried (honestly) typing a little on one of our lab’s Apples (the one looking like a lunchbox), and I had to take a break soon. (Also, it’s very annoying. Little things I am used to in PC — like the End button — don’t work. And how do you see a new window? And where is the Start button?)

I personally have been using this. For a while I was considering switching to a proper one, but then decided against it.

Microsoft’s mice suck, though. Don’t even think about it. Go with Logitech.


LE7 said...

I find typing on my MacBook quite comfortable. Maybe it's because I have woman-hands? Whatever.

Crawling Axe said...

He has this.

What are woman-hands, and how are they different from men-hands? Smaller? More agile?

I have rather large hands, and it is definitely less comfortable for me to hold mice for ip injections and other things than for people with smaller hands, especially women. Our tech is really good with this. Well, she is also Chinese — and they use chopsticks and brushes. Actually, I am bad with brushes too — in my first Undergrad year, I had to mount thin brain slices on slides with a brush, and the tech (who was also Chinese incidentally) couldn’t understand why I was having such a trouble.

Crawling Axe said...

Actually, I remember having problems with piano too and my aunt telling me that my hands grow out of a wrong place (it’s a Russian equivalent of “all thumbs”). But perhaps there it was a problem of coordinating left and right hand (and making them independent).

Can all musicians do the square-and-circle thing?

LE7 said...

I have that too. Yes, smaller and more agile. Which, funny enough, doesn't help with cello. I always look at male cellists with their larger stature and longer fingers wistfully. They always look more in control of their instrument when playing.

In 9th grade bio, my lab partner's finers were so large, they got stuck in the dissection scissors - so that was always relegated to me.

Which square and circle thing?

Crawling Axe said...

A pianist friend of mine told me that he cannot practice on a synthesizer (apparently, you’re not allowed to practice in Boston conservatory dorm at all), because the tactile feel that comes from piano (vibrations, feel of the keyboard, differences in sound because of the wood) is different.

Maybe it’s the same thing regarding keyboards for me. Or everything. (Actually, my handwriting is illegible, unless I use a specific pen — with which it becomes almost calligraphic. An importance of the right keili…)

Square-and-circle thing. Draw a square in the air with your right hand. Draw a circle in the air with your left hand. Now do it simultaneously.

Our surgical instruments are of specific sizes. You usually have an option of buying scissors with larger holes. (By the way, I don’t find myself less agile while doing surgeries and dissections. Perhaps it’s because I am more concentrated.)

LE7 said...

I can see that. Muscle memory plays a lot into music.

I can't do it. Oh well.

shmulie said...

I once had a friend with a IBM Thinkpad hebrew english keyboard. Not the stickers that come off and get the adhesive all over your fingers, the real item, from the manufacturer. I've put a bounty on his head. (I should add I use one of them thinkpads.)