Friday, October 11, 2019

A Manual-Type of Guy


I’ve been trying to come up with a new term that describes my penchant for manual-type devices. Maybe you can help. I’m not a luddite. In fact, I like technology. But I have a definite preference for technology that enables human and machine to work together, i.e. where the human has an element of control and independence in relation to the machine. I’ll give you some examples of what I mean.

I drive a manual transmission car, and really enjoy shifting my 6-speed and controlling exactly when and how my car moves through the gears. I also get improved performance as well as great mileage out of it as a result - 40mpg easy.

I also like “automatic” watches that self-wind (which is a bit of a misnomer), but also have no battery or crystal to power them. They are independent of any external power source and can function forever if properly maintained.

In addition, I recently inherited my grandfather’s manual typewriter. It works great and isn’t networked like a computer (obviously), so I can type on it with no need for electricity or internet. I control exactly how it works and it will continue to function flawlessly so long as I maintain it.

So I guess I’m trying to come up with a term that accurately describes this preference I have. Retro? Hands on? Self-reliant?

What do you think?


19 comments:

  1. I remember those old typewriters. The problem with them if you're a fast typist is that the when the keys go up to strike and you've hit another key they can get tangled. So frustrating. That was a nice thing about the Selectric typewriter's ball. It put an end to that.

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    1. Yeah, I've done the same thing - I guess I just have to pace myself;)

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  2. Oh yeah. I used a typewriter like that one. It makes me think of Hemingway, Steinbeck who used that typewriter.

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    1. Exactly. Hemingway and Fleming both used a Royal typewriter.

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  3. Uncomplicated. And that's a compliment!

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    1. Maybe. Although I don't think anyone has ever "accused" me of that before ;)

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  5. Hi Mark - some things like the consideration we give others are to be valued ... value seems to be an idea ... but Elizabeth's Uncomplicated - we have time and can see what we're doing ...

    Glad you enjoy your 'luddite' part of life - while embracing those areas where it's easier to move on ... cheers Hilary

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  6. Value. Definitely worthwhile to see value in everything, and sometimes that requires us to slow down. Makes sense to me:)

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  7. Traditionalist and uncomplicated - I like those terms. I like manual transmissions, too, for the reasons you stated, plus, they just feel more responsive than automatics while driving. I haven't had a manual typewriter since I was a teen and I remember tangling the keystrokes, but I still miss it.

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    1. I'll go with uncomplicated :) I definitely like driving stick.

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  8. Yes, I think uncomplicated is the best way to describe it. I like old typewriters, too, but I'm grateful for computers with spell-check and the ability to go back and fix things without using white-out!

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    1. It is true, computers are pretty awesome that way:)

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  11. "Retro" is the first word that comes to mind, but I also enjoy "rinky-dink". :)

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  12. I miss my stick shift. When I sold my old car and was "forced" to buy an automatic shift car, I pressed on the clutch and reached to switch the car into first for months. I do not care for the typewriter though. I'm afraid I've gone over to the dark side in that respect.

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  13. I would say "Hands on." My husband and I both drive manual shift cars. And I miss the old typewriters, too. I miss the "click-click-click." (Someone told me you can get an app for your computer to make the keys sound that way, but I think it wouldn't be the same.)

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