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I am a big fan of dexterity talents and am interested in learning a lot of them.
Ones I can do now are:
Solve Rubik's Cubes
Juggle
Touch Type
Play guitar

I am starting to learn Pen Spinning.

I was wondering what other types there are out there that I can learn to do.

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pen spinning, and speed-assembling pens (and ofcorse the cube / magic puzzles)

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I asked for more, not ones I know of....

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Cup Stacking?

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Oh yer, I forgot about that one, I need to buy some cups and a stack mat though, but I need to get the money first...

By the way, I am not interested in slight of hand magic and that sort of stuff....

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Hey Pembo, what's about Finger Frenzy? We talked about that quite long time ago. It was so funny!

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what about poker chip tricks?

or something simple - rolling a quarter over your knuckles?

http://pokerchiptricks.com/

there's a few videos there to show you if you need help.

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Hey Pembo, what's about Finger Frenzy? We talked about that quite long time ago. It was so funny!

Finger Frenzy

6.203 seconds, I need practise though :)
This should really help with my guitar shredding :)

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Sorry but........

what is

Touch Type ?

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Typing without looking at the keys

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Pembo wrote:
Typing without looking at the keys


Ah, ok

But is that a dexterity issue? I think it's the most common way to type once you are quite accomodate to do....... no?

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It is more memory, but it still takes some dexterity to move your fingers to the right key without using your eyes.

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Why is it called "touch type"? When I type looking at the keys, am I not touching them?


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StefanPochmann wrote:
Why is it called "touch type"? When I type looking at the keys, am I not touching them?


hahahhaah

Yeah, the name has disoriented me a bit....... I though it was typing dunno with which part of the body..........

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Why is it called "touch type"? When I type looking at the keys, am I not touching them?

I think it comes from the idea of doing it by 'touch' rather than sight.

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pembo try this site

http://www.superhandz.com/

Chris Hardwick posted about this somewhere. you might find it interesting.


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Check out Stepmania. It's DDR for your fingers and it's a lotta fun. The problem is finding songs, but if you look around online you can usually find them.


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stepmania is awesome. i love that program. i have alot of songs as well. i have a converter to play with a playstation controller.


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DDR for fingers??? WHAT!?

You can't beat the Beatmania series, that's the right way to do it, especially with two controllers in each hand... it can be pretty intense.

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3 words. Flash Flash Revolution.

http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/

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Card tricks, XCM, finger fitness, ambidexterity, pen spinning, cubing and playing music.

Visit http://www.handhealth.com/ and watch some videos.

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Yeah, Stepmania is awesome. I've played it for over 3 years now. Finger Frenzy is nice, too, but gets rather boring after a while. One-handed cubing is another nice dexterity thing.


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reeeech wrote:
what about poker chip tricks?

or something simple - rolling a quarter over your knuckles?

http://pokerchiptricks.com/

there's a few videos there to show you if you need help.


Thanks! Now I can finally riffle a stack of chips.


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Adam Zamora wrote:
pembo try this site

http://www.superhandz.com/

Chris Hardwick posted about this somewhere. you might find it interesting.

Aye, I got link to that off some Pen Spinning website, :)

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if you want something to do with your hands you can always give CROCHETING a try. there are alot of patterns and things. maybe you can make a rubiks cube out of yarn! haha i am just joking around.


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what about Cat's Craddle?

i know it's old but it is a dexterity game, is it not?

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 Post subject: Re: Dexterity Hobbies
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Pembo wrote:
I am a big fan of dexterity talents and am interested in learning a lot of them.
Ones I can do now are:
Solve Rubik's Cubes
Juggle
Touch Type
Play guitar

I am starting to learn Pen Spinning.

I was wondering what other types there are out there that I can learn to do.


You might learn to write legibly with your "other" hand, then, do something like write your first name with your left hand while writing your last name with your right hand.

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reeeech wrote:
what about Cat's Craddle?

i know it's old but it is a dexterity game, is it not?

I can do that too :)

@David: That sounds fun, and it's something I can do during school time, like pen spinning.

I want to get into Lock Picking but my mother won't let me :(

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Here's something kinda sorta what you're looking for.

Get your Rubik's Magic in the solved (Linked) position.
Now your hands never leave the far left and far right squares if that makes sense. Just do the "last 6 moves" on the right side (down), then the left (down), then the right (up), and once more on the left (up), and you'll be back where you started (Linked).

And time yourself and see how fast you can go through the cycle.

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Heh, thats acualy how i speed solve magics. I never make a grip change.

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Pembo wrote:
reeeech wrote:
what about Cat's Craddle?
i know it's old but it is a dexterity game, is it not?

I can do that too :)

I was into that some years ago, after getting the lovely book String figures and how to make them by Caroline Furness Jayne.

Some attractive stuff has appeared on the web, too, and the Wikipedia article has useful links (though the article itself is pretty useless).

Two favourites:
Butterfly
Two ptarmigan -- it's quite tricky!


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How far do you extend the definition of dexterity?

I once knew a guy who could hum one song while whistling another song.

Short story: an old joke that was actually true:

This same fellow was sitting in the cafeteria of Hunter College in New York playing the mandolin quite well, a real virtuoso performance.
A guy came up to the table and asked him, "How long have you been playing the mandolin?"
He answered, "About ten minutes."
The guy laughed, "No. Really! How long have you played it?"
He said "Ten minutes...really!"
And it was true. Prior to ten minutes before that he'd never held a mandolin.
He played 12 string guitar so he was used to the double strings *and* he also played the violin, which was strung the same as that mandolin.

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How far do you extend the definition of dexterity?

I once knew a guy who could hum one song while whistling another song.

Short story: an old joke that was actually true:

This same fellow was sitting in the cafeteria of Hunter College in New York playing the mandolin quite well, a real virtuoso performance.
A guy came up to the table and asked him, "How long have you been playing the mandolin?"
He answered, "About ten minutes."
The guy laughed, "No. Really! How long have you played it?"
He said "Ten minutes...really!"
And it was true. Prior to ten minutes before that he'd never held a mandolin.
He played 12 string guitar so he was used to the double strings *and* he also played the violin, which was strung the same as that mandolin.

David J


Haha yes goes true to another story, witnessed first hand... (oh btw, I did go to Hunter College - CUNY at it's best! NOT! lol)...

anyway, I used to shoot pool at at this local pool hall (tribeca or le cue, been so long ago)... so the guy who ran the place was playing someone in pool. and he won, obviously or i wouldn't be telling the story :P. so the guys who he beat was asking him how long have you been playing. he said he learned it that week.

but what they didn't know was that he played billards for decades.

So while it may be two different games, he at least knew how to shoot the cue ball and how to aim hahaha

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reeeech wrote:
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He played 12 string guitar so he was used to the double strings *and* he also played the violin, which was strung the same as that mandolin.

David J


but what they didn't know was that he played billards for decades.



Reminds me of an older tale. One swordsman was so good that he bragged on one very public occasion that he could beat his opponent left-handed, and promptly moved his sword to his left hand. The other swordsman, not wanting to lose face, gamely switched to the left also.

The first swordsman won handily (pun intended) because, of course, he was left handed. Apparently he got away with this tactic for a long time. Oh yeah, he was a pirate.

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I can't say it's really a dexterity hobbie, but ever since I started to speedcube I've been speed assembling random things. Or other times just time myself on random daly things. Usually I time myself until I become proficient at it. A few things I'v assmbled fast:
Desk
Pens
Shoe tying (2.67 sec with standard shoe knot)
Cubes of course!
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I should really time myself with my shoelaces, I've always kind of raced my self. I have a bad habit of tying my shoes while driving and not at a stop. I don't even skip a beat. I have to figure out a good way to time though, i may need a stackmat or something

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David J wrote:
The first swordsman won handily (pun intended) because, of course, he was left handed. Apparently he got away with this tactic for a long time. Oh yeah, he was a pirate.


The Dread Pirate Roberts perhaps??
Sounds very similar to a scene from The Princess Bride.


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Knots? and undoing other people's knots.

And there were these little skateboard and bicycle toys that were for your fingers to ride around on.


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Tech Decks?
I could ollie over people with them ;)

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David J wrote:
The first swordsman won handily (pun intended) because, of course, he was left handed. Apparently he got away with this tactic for a long time. Oh yeah, he was a pirate.


The Dread Pirate Roberts perhaps??
Sounds very similar to a scene from The Princess Bride.


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