Tuesday, March 9, 2010
On Typewriters and Other Inventions
I saw a typewriter last week.
An ancient dusty thing named "Underwood Noiseless."
Is that an oxymoron?
And for that matter, isn't noise
actually the secondary point of a typewriter?
The first of course is to write something.
The second, to make a good loud punching noise
so people really believe you're writing something.
For those of you wondering,
"What's a typewriter?"
let me just assure you that it was
an important part of history.
All big steps up from:
Washboards at the river
Listening to shells
What are your favorite inventions?
I don't know whether the typewriter is my favorite invention.
I'm indebted to the person who discovered glasses.
And the folks who figured out light bulbs and coffeemakers.
But the typewriter is definitely among my favorites.
The zub as it runs down to the next line.
The chitter and foop as you finish a page
and free your paper from the scroll.
The ripping, crunching and swearing as you realize you just labored
over a whole page and forgot a line in the middle.
Ah, bless the person who invented "delete" and whoever is responsible for the nearly noiseless laptop...