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13th October, 2009 at 20:43:43 -

Left-handed people are just awkward.

If you learnt to use your right from an earlier age you wouldn't have any problems.

 
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13th October, 2009 at 20:59:00 -

actually i just thought, when do children work out they are right or left handed? surely learning to write with either hand is possible as would be anything really.

 
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13th October, 2009 at 21:05:31 -

I write with my left hand, but I do everything else the righty way because I'm stuck in a righty world.

 
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13th October, 2009 at 21:06:07 -

If it only depended on which one you picked it would be more likely that either everyone was right-handed or it was split evenly down the middle. It has a lot to do with genetics.

 

  		
  		

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14th October, 2009 at 00:39:19 -


Originally Posted by nim

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Is a great mouse! Personally I prefer Razer, they cost a bit more (though not as much as the very high end Logitechs) but they're built to last, comfy and full of tech.

There's always a Razer Diamondback 3G if you really dislike right handed mice . I'm using one now and it's pretty good.

 
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14th October, 2009 at 03:29:55 -


Originally Posted by Dr. James
There's always a Razer Diamondback 3G if you really dislike right handed mice .



This is a thread about being left handed. So, YES. That Razer Diamondback one looks perfect though. I don't think I've ever owned a mouse that I've been perfectly happy with. Using the MS Arc one at the moment.

I also play guitar the right-handed way (although like Neuro, it feels like that should be the called left-handed way).

 
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14th October, 2009 at 03:30:27 -

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14th October, 2009 at 03:45:39 -

Talking about what Neuro said again, a lot of "right-handed" things have always struck me as being quite left-handed. In each of these (the first 3, anyway), which hand requires more coordination?

Guitars - in most songs, your left hand does a whole lot more complex work than your right hand.
Cameras - I believe you can get left-handed cameras but I wonder why. Your right hand is only used to press the button while your left hand supports the lens and keeps the camera steady.
Golf - Possibly debatable, but in a right-handed swing your right arm is used for power whereas your left arm actually guides the club.
WASD - Unless the FPS requires a crapload of keys, I find these controls to be very comfortable. Thumb for CTRL (crouch), Q for Jump, E for use, and R/F/T/G used for auxiliary things like grenades, flashlights, etc.

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14th October, 2009 at 03:58:00 -

Part of those things are just done one way, and if a left-handed version is made it's not that the other is right-handed, just that an opposite orientation that goes against the norm is decided to be correlated to left-handedness! Like the camera thing. I never think of a camera as being right-handed. A left-handed camera isn't necessarily better for left-handed people, it's just opposite of a typical camera.

Some things I bet are either simple enough or use different types of accuracy and skill that it may not require the use of a specific hand. Just because it's more complex doesn't necessarily mean it requires the same dexterity that makes you use one hand over another, when writing, for example. With a guitar, yes the fretboard requires more movement, but moving your fingers to positions with a considerable amount of leeway isn't quite the same as being able to make a perfect arc with a computer mouse while drawing a circle. It's like being able to do the Vulcan farewell with either hand. (which some can't do. They probably have trouble with guitars. ) It is weird that a lot of people whether left or right handed hold the guitar the same way. So it must be something separate from what makes us use primarily one hand to write.

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14th October, 2009 at 04:16:43 -

Good point. A lot of "left-handed" things are just made for the sake of it. Some are plain ridiculous:

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14th October, 2009 at 04:19:29 -

Does that mean European cars are left handed!






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14th October, 2009 at 05:49:00 -

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14th October, 2009 at 13:03:42 -

Them clocks are pretty standard in Bavaria, I believe! My cousin lives over there and brought one over for me as a gift.
But yea. With a proper camera the right hand does more than just use the shutter. There are dials and buttons positioned around that area, the left hand only handles focussing and zoom and stabilises the lens. When you have more motor control in one hand than the other it's able to move quicker, which is probably why the shutter is operated with the right hand.
And I guess with guitars it's because there's more strain put on the right hand than the left.

 
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14th October, 2009 at 15:02:18 -


Originally Posted by Dr. James
Them clocks are pretty standard in Bavaria, I believe! My cousin lives over there and brought one over for me as a gift.
But yea. With a proper camera the right hand does more than just use the shutter. There are dials and buttons positioned around that area, the left hand only handles focussing and zoom and stabilises the lens. When you have more motor control in one hand than the other it's able to move quicker, which is probably why the shutter is operated with the right hand.
And I guess with guitars it's because there's more strain put on the right hand than the left.



I don't agree with that about guitars - the left wrist gets tired a lot quicker than the right especially when doing barre chords or awkward stretches. Depending on the style of play, the right hand can do very little really - obviously that can change when doing some classical or rasguedo-type stuff but on the whole the left hand does more tricky stuff.

On a similar note, how do you eat? I've always eaten the way a left-handed person does (ie knife in left hand) because that's how I found it easiest, yet I'm right-handed in every other way I can imagine.

 
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