I am speaking to you today from what I am pleased to call my study, with a brand-new, left-handed, all-bells-and-whistles, wireless mouse. This has the added satisfaction of being freecycled and so emits tiny squeaks of environmental righteousness at suitable intervals, which is most gratifying.
Day one of Project Fast went reasonably well: I experienced a pit of hunger around 9.30 but stuck it out and drank some water instead. The hunger abated and by 10.30 I didn’t feel particularly ravenous, though I ate anyway. So far so good; today I’m going for 10.00 as I’m a bit knackered, but will aim to ramp up to 11 next week.
The new mouse is properly left-handed, which means the buttons are reversed. This takes a bit of getting used to, though not too much as we had a similarly-reversed mouse a while back; but it set me thinking about skills we learn and how these come back to you even after a period of years. For example, when I got my piano keyboard, even though I hadn’t touched a piano for years my fingers instantly remembered the pieces I used to play. This is totally awesome when you think about it and I can’t help wondering about how this connects with evolution. Will we have more flexible thumbs in the future because of using mobile phones? I know young people have much more movement in their digits, thumbing the length and breadth of a keyboard with amazing dexterity, but I struggle to use a phone in one hand (there is often an issue with size, these things being designed by and for men, but mine’s quite a small model, so it isn’t that.)
In the meantime, I’m trying very hard to think about Brexit. It’s hard to imagine a greater disaster in post-war Britain and we have cautiously stocked up on a few non-perishable items just in case.