This week i had locked myself up at my parents house without a computer, to prevent myself from being distracted from my studies. Obviously, this worked great and led to a new discovery: The typewriter.
One of the things my grandmother left behind after moving to an 'old folks home' was her beast of a typewriter, a Remington Rand capable of handling A3-size paper. As my handwriting is downright juvenile (i recently compared it two the handwriting of a two-year-old who had a dramatic blender incident) and i wanted to write some letters and work on my books, I thought i'd take it out.
After some oil and elbow-grease i finally got it to work, and i started hacking away. I was immediately surprised at how manly and therapeutic it is to write on the thing. It takes much more effort and consistency to write on it than on a computer, but the best thing is that you can't erase anything. If you make a mistake, you'll have to do everything over, causing you to really THINK before you ACT, which I consider a very manly trait.
As the 'grinning colossus' weighs 30 pounds and I already had a full pack, I didn't want to hump it all the way to the station. Upon coming home, I immediately started searching for a smaller type Remington Rand, and found one for about 20 dollars. I'm picking it up on Monday, so I can start my diary, and go on writing my books.
I was wondering what your views are on typewriters, the manliness of it, and especially if any of you have an idea whether it's good or not against Repetitive Stress Injury.
Hope to hear from you!
I have not posted here on AoM for several, several months.
Back in September, 2012, I purchased a beautiful 1920s Underwood Standard Portable typewriter. After a lot of cleaning, I have it running perfectly. It's a dream to type on. I use it for diary-entries, and for one-off typing jobs that don't need the complexity of a computer.
It's an attractive idea and aesthetic thing, but obviously by the fact that you're asking this question online, technology has demolished its practicality.
But it's fun. It's eccentric. But don't go around blabbing to your friends about your new hobby, it makes one look like a hipster doofus. Have fun with it and type away. Everyone likes receiving letters anyway!