People often wonder why printers are so cantankerous but frankly any device that embeds pigmented runes in the remains of long-dead trees is going to be stricken by an ancient faerie curse from the start

*remembers Ferngully* hey why did everyone insist I was the bat?

@Trashbang I have awful memories of printing sheet music on a dot matrix printer and watching it jam yet again when I am trying to get out the door to class. Ah, the good old days!

@Trashbang so printers are like the torture instrument in Kafka's "In the Penal Colony", but for slices of dead trees

this… certainly makes me look at them differently

@Trashbang This is the best explanation so far. God I hate printers!

@grainloom @Trashbang That's on account of all the iron, which protects against faerie magic.

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I think most of the typewriters I've owned were made of less iron than the printers I've owned.

@Trashbang It's the moving parts -- lots and lots of 'em, which all have to fit just right and do one thing at exactly the right time.

@Trashbang and don't forget most of its parts are made from really ancient forests compressed and reduced to new shapes... still cursed shapes...

@Trashbang this is why i have a dead bird that i keep around to uncurse the lab printer during finals week.


I've never really had that many issues with printers personally. They seem to behave in my presence.

But then, most tech does

@Trashbang the only reason they aren't all powerful is they haven't realised that they have this power

@Trashbang it's thinking sand that scribes its own runes into dead tree through haunted laser pigment nanotech, nothing about this is going to go right.

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