June 18th, 2008

Venus

Happy Birthday to etherealflaim!

etherealflaim, I hope you're having a great birthday, wherever you are. I don't think we've seen you around since moving back for school! Hope you're back online soon.

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Today I have humor to share, and it is of the random in a bigger way than usual.

First, thanks to thelana, there is 9 Words That Don't Mean What You Think. I apologize for all the boobies on this one-- don't know why someone thought THAT was necessary. But the writing is great, and the "Dick Factor" (and corresponding celebrity) for each of the words is funny.

Also from that same site, The 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World. These are of course often crude and sexist, but the presentation ("Who Said That?" and "Dear God Why?") is fantastic, and you HAVE to read the entry for Bulgaria (Quote: Most of the good ones read like Tourette's syndrome Mad Libs). \o/

For a different kind of humor, there is this compilation of 404- File Not Found. The first entry is one of my favorites, in "h4x0r" language. Most of the best entries are marked as "dialect" or "slang" (Weers yon page geet to? T'int 'ere!), and then of course there's the "pirate" entry. :D Definitely worth a peek.

And lastly... I hope this dog is playing, because otherwise he's clearly mentally ill: Don't Touch My Bone. :0


Venus

Knowing What's Right

And I don't mean in a moral or political sense...

As a kid, I used to find it amusing that my father had trouble telling left from right. A grown man, for crying out loud!

Then, when I was in college, it started to happen to me. And it hasn't gone away. Two of my sisters have the same problem now too.

The common factor? All of us are to some degree ambidextrous.

This problem was at its worst for me in college and for about 4 years afterward, when I practiced the violin for two hours a day. My left hand was as strong as my right, and I lost all sense of the distinction between them. I write with my right hand, because it IS my dominant hand and it's what I've learned. But I can also write with my left hand. Not well, but I can do it.

When giving directions on how to get somewhere, I have to really concentrate and there's still a chance I'll screw it up. Right vs. Left? They might as well come from a random-word-generator, especially when I'm in a hurry. ALL of the ambidextrous people in my family have this problem, which may be one of the reasons my Dad gives useless directions like "go North" for city streets where almost no-one knows what "North" actually is. Maybe it's a defense mechanism!

I was trying to explain to my son the other day about "mirroring over" things to the non-dominant hand. That works pretty well, until you get to screws and screwdrivers. My instinct is ALWAYS to turn them the wrong way if I'm using my left hand. The mnemonic my husband hammered into his brother is crucial for me: Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. Even though I have to take a moment to figure out which direction is "right," that still stops me from doing it backwards.

So, now I'm curious about how this goes for the rest of you. Hence, a poll: Collapse )

True story from work: Someone came over to take one of my hardware modules for upgrading. These all sit to my left, so I used my left hand to unscrew the thing from the rack. When the guy grabbed the screwdriver away after a few seconds, I said, "Geez! If I'd known you were in a hurry, I'd have used my other hand!" Maybe he just thought I was extra incompetent because he's a lefty himself. :0

ETA: Pet peeve here? Why can't someone make scissors that work with either hand?