Left Handers Club Newsletter – November 2010
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In this issue..
1. The effect of changing hands
2. Newsletters – How much and how often?
3. New left handed pen sets available
4. Left handed pencils back and now in sets of 10
5. Subscribe to comments problems
6. Twitter – What's it all about!
7. iPhone 4 signal problems for lefthanders and survey on preferred phone hand
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Wow – this was a topic that generated a lot of interest. We have had over 180 comments left on the article and more than 25,000 words written by members about their experiences. Here are a few extracts to give you a good flavour of the typical feedback:
There are many more stories like his and we would like to thank all members who have shared their experiences and hope they help others realise that “it is not just them”.
Alan referred to some research by Dr Barbara Sattler, who we have mentioned before and who Keith and Lauren went to meet in Luxembourg not long ago to give a presentation (seen on the left in the picture, with us on the right). She has written a book and lots of research papers on this and there are some good links here (if a bit technical). Unfortunately the book is only available in German but this is a summary of what she has to say about the effects of forcibly changing a child's handedness…
Converting handedness does not result in a change in cerebral dominance but rather a multifaceted cerebral disturbance or damage. This can result in the following primary disorders:
The primary consequences can then go on and transform into secondary consequences:
So basically – if you are thinking of making a left-handed child write right-handed, DON'T DO IT!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey on the newsletter content and frequency. We received 417 responses in total and this is what you thought:
There is pretty clear consensus that you want us to keep things as they are so that is what we will do! We generally try to keep the articles in the email newsletter fairly short anyway and provide a link to the full article online if it is a long one, so hopefully we are pleasing most of the people most of the time.
We have just received a delivery of our left-handed cartridge pens from the German manufacturer and for the first time they have produced us a set with the left-handed nib and also a matching ball-point pen in a nice storage box.
This smooth-writing cartridge pen with a specially made left-handed nib writes very smoothly and is seen here with a matching ballpoint pen, both in a stylish silver coloured tube for presentation as a gift and future storage. The cartridge pen comes with a fully left-handed Iridium nib and has a plastic body finished with a metallic lacquer. It has a screw cap so it will not come off in your pocket or bag. The ball-point pen is operated by pressing down on the cap and is supplied with a fine tip and blue ink and will take standard ball-point refill cartridges.
The two pens in their silver tube are supplied in a protective outer box that includes a small note explaining that the cartridge pen is fully left-handed. The sets come with either silver pen / ballpoint or black pen / ball-point and the cartridge pens in either colour are also available on their own. The individual pens come in a flip top clear plastic protective box – see photos on our website. We have limited stocks of these and will not be able to get more until after Christmas so if you want them as a gift please get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Some years ago we got fed up with the fact that all pencils are printed for right-handers and if you hold them in your left hand the slogan or other printing is upside down. We have found a manufacturer who can produce pencils for us with our own custom print, and printed the correct way round for left-handers. The slogan on our pencils reads:
It's a left-handed thing…
This is aimed at the right-handers who pick up YOUR pencil and are confused by the printing being “upside down”.
We set up a system a while back to allow members to subscribe to comments on our articles so that you would get an email advising of any new comments posted.on that particular article. This was great but led to problems as the plugin was not compatible with recent version of WordPress that use for our blog and the subscription manager was not working so you could not unsubscribe and kept getting more comment emails.
Please accept our apologies if you were inconvenienced by this and we have now disabled that service and cancelled all subscriptions so you will not get any more comment update emails. We have spent many hours trying to get a replacement service working but without success so far – if there are any WordPress experts out there please can you recommend the best way to handle this?
Twitter now has over 175 Million subscribers and receives over 100 Million Tweets per day and it has become an great way to keep up with what is going on with other people and organisations you are interested in. Basically, you can make “mini-posts” of up to 140 characters called Tweets to update the world on what you are up to and anything important that has happened – in the case of LeftHandersClub we use it to announce any new articles or products on our website and interesting bits of news related to left-handedness.
Once you have opened a free account, you can “follow” other subscribers and whenever they make a post you will immediately see it in your Twitter feed on your computer, mobile phone or emails depending how you want it set up. There are lots of easy to use tools to help you reply to messages, either publicly or privately, and to pass on messages from others to your own followers. If you follow LeftHandersClub you will be the first to know about anything we do and any new products and special offers and our Tweets typically include a shortened link to the appropriate page on our own website..
If you already have a Twitter account, great and please follow LeftHandersClub. If not, you are missing out on quite a lot of fun so why not give it a go – make LeftHandersClub the first one you follow.
Once you are set up and have some people following you, please send out a Tweet to let other know about us – something like this:
Follow LeftHandersClub on Twitter for the latest left-handed news, products, offers and fun – please ReTweet to tell the world's lefthanders
and feel free to reply or ReTweet any of our own messages so that all your followers can see them as well – just click the actions links under any of our messages while you are logged in.
Join in the fun and let us know how you get on by posting a comment on this article here
The picture shows Steve Jobs of Apple demonstrating how to hold your iPhone 4 if you are left-handed! Our article on the iPhone 4 prompted a lot of response. Out of nearly 1,000 left-handers who voted in our poll, 70% say they hold their phone in their left hand (which is exactly the same percentage of left-handers who said they had a dominant left ear in a previous survey). That does seem to be the main factor, with a lot of people saying they hold the phone left hand to left ear but change hands and hold it right hand to left ear if they have to write something.
It also seems to be pretty common to hold the phone in the right hand when actually dialling or entering any sort of information using the keys or screen – we prefer to use our more accurate left index finger to do the work. This may have distorted the vote a bit, with some people voting for the hand they use to hold the phone when texting rather than when actually speaking and listening.
And it is not just iPhones that have problems, LaRue Wunderlich says: I have a Blackberry Storm. The cradle it sits in to charge is right-handed, therefore when I pick it out of it’s cradle to answer it, it is upside down. I have to turn it 180 degrees in order to answer it. Not good if one needs to answer quickly.
We have not got a definitive answer on the left-handed designers of the original Apple Macintosh computer yet, but we are told that Burrell Smith was the team leader and we should take a look at a 1985 BBC2 Horizon programme, Professor Norman Geschwind Mystery of the Left Handâ€
We have also been advised (by a Twitter reply from Pierluigi to our original tweet on the article!) that the GNU / Linux Operating system software gurus are also lefties. If anyone know more about this please let us know.
That's all for this month – we will be in touch again soon
Keith & Lauren
and all at the Left Handers Club
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