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.

You can obtain a little salvation by using hemp paper.


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

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