How valuable is this typewriter?

Screenshot of the results of a search for typewriters in Facebook Marketplace show two typewriters and one opened waffle iron. The waffle iron looks sort of like a typewriter.
Facebook Marketplace finds a rare typewriter for me.

The following text appears in a photo of a typewritten page. Sunday, May 19, 2019. Chicago, USA. Canon Typestar 5. One of these things is not like the other. Foreword — I had planned on writing this earlier today but got distracted. So now, at around 11:15 p.m. I can't haul out a mechanical typewriter and pound away. Well, I could ... but that  wouldn't make me a very considerate neighbor. So ... Canon Typestar 5 to the rescue! The quiet, electronic Typestar uses a thermal element to transfer type to paper. When these portable wonders were in production, Canon sold ink-ribbon cartridges about the size of a mini DV cartridge. Those ink cartridges haven't been manufactured for many years. I have a few NOS  ribbons I bought off eBay but I use them sparingly when I need to type on traditional paper. The rest of time, I remove the ribbon cart and load the Typestar with thermal fax paper. That l s what I'm using for this typecast. You’re probably familiar with thermal paper already; it's that lightweight  paper used for store receipts. The main part This is going to be much shorter  than the foreword. It's just a funny little incident from earlier today. While wasting time on Facebook, I searched for typewriters in Facebook Marketplace and among the illustrated results was a WAFFLE IRON. I guess it wound up in the results because to an Al program it looks like of like a typewriter; sort of how the openings in automobile wheel covers look enough like faces to Google Street View's  algorithms that they're always blurred. Well, that's it. Note: Unedited. Typos are Easter eggs!


Goodbye to Facebook and shit like it

shout_looking_left copyI considered pulling the plug on Facebook long before now and even made a couple of halfhearted attempts to do so.

These resolutions didn’t stick for two reasons. First, I used my Facebook ID to log into Spotify; and second, I clung to the pathetic delusion that maintaining a presence on this social media platform would ignite lucrative post-retirement freelance opportunities.

Since I already have Apple Music, I’ve decided to quit both Facebook and Spotify. People who are my real-world friends already know how to contact me.

I’m also going to quit Twitter. I never use this service. Besides, if something important is tweeted, the lamestream media are quick to report it. Also headed to the trash heap: Pinterest, Instagram and Periscope. Good riddance.

The biggest advantage to deep-sixing Facebook is that I’ll suddenly become a lot more productive in other areas of my life.

In short, I’ve awakened to the realization that Facebook isn’t mass communication, it’s masturbation.