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another thought from the shower

I'd forgotten I had this thought. I really need some sort of waterproof whiteboard.

Was down in a fun rabbit-hole with controlling computers by thought and what would be reasonably doable these days when I started "thinking" keystrokes, seeing how that worked out, letter by letter. Ideally, of course, whole words would be transcribable. But keystrokes... my fingers know the keyboard better than I do. They know what character I want to hit without me thinking "a b c d e". Then I got to "{" and ... curly bracket ... open curly bracket ... open block ... I can type that twenty times in the time it takes to "think" it.

There's certainly an idea I'm having when I know that's the character I want, and that idea is obviously faster than the muscle-time it takes to hit it (something has to instigate those muscles' movement, yes?) .. but I don't seem to be able to make myself aware of what that "idea" is, or at least I can't seem to make it "loud" enough to hear it with my mental ear.

Makes me really, really want a nice "squid" to play around with. See what I can make it learn.


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Jul. 7th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
You can use dry erase markers on glass shower doors (and mirrors, and anything else glass for that matter) but I don't know how impervious they are to water. Maybe a wax pencil? A pain to clean off, but then you don't lose good ideas...

Ooohh! Get freezer paper--the white stuff butchers use to wrap meat. It's plastic on one side, so it won't fall apart when wet--and use a wax pencil on that. That way you can take your musings out of the shower with you and transcribe them!
Jul. 7th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
That's clever =) will have to see if I can work it out. :) Esp. without bugging the hell out of Amy ;)
Jul. 7th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
HEH. :-D
Jul. 28th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Or try the Early Learning Centre! ;0)

Doesn't this shower thought simply say that the right brain works more than a left-brained computer ever can?
Jul. 28th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
It'a all chaos to me ;)

Who knows the wonders of the human brain? But it still all boils down to electro-chemistry, as far as I'm concerned. Any sufficiently powerful computer... :)
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Actually I find that I make many more errors when I am typing if I start paying attention to what my fingers are doing instead of just letting them go to it. It's weird!
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
True--the fingers know if you don't flub them up. I'm sure it's a much-studied process, but I still want to dabble :)
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