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I wondered where Animaniacs got this from!

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It's pretty good, but speaking as somebody who actually wrote up papers on a manual typewriter, a big part of the fun was watching the little hammers all jam up when you press the keys too fast. I hope the author adds this feature!
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I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
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I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
If you judge it as a musical piece it wasn't bad... but as a written composition, it wasn't very good.
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Oof.

I learned to type on an electric typewriter (the ball, not the individual hammer). Man, have my skills eroded in regards to clean typing. I'm sloppy and use the backspace way too much.

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Thunkd wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
If you judge it as a musical piece it wasn't bad... but as a written composition, it wasn't very good.
I don't know how else to judge music but as its intended final product. Was it a bit of performance art? Sure. But it was fun and musical, just like The Syncopated Clock. Blue Tango is one of my favorites and he had other excellent compositions like Belle of the Ball, Trumpeter's Lullaby, and Fiddle-Faddle. And don't forget Sleigh Ride, one of the best commercial Christmas songs ever. I'm a big fan.
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Larry Levy wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
If you judge it as a musical piece it wasn't bad... but as a written composition, it wasn't very good.
I don't know how else to judge music but as its intended final product. Was it a bit of performance art? Sure. But it was fun and musical, just like The Syncopated Clock. Blue Tango is one of my favorites and he had other excellent compositions like Belle of the Ball, Trumpeter's Lullaby, and Fiddle-Faddle. And don't forget Sleigh Ride, one of the best commercial Christmas songs ever. I'm a big fan.

I think he's making a joke about whatever was typed on the typewriter, rather than the written musical composition.
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I can't really listen to this at work right now, but I'm disappointed to see that at the end of the performance he didn't hold up what he typed. How awesome would it have been if he's actually typed something out, like a story in paragraph form with punctuation and whatnot?
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Timotheous wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
If you judge it as a musical piece it wasn't bad... but as a written composition, it wasn't very good.
I don't know how else to judge music but as its intended final product. Was it a bit of performance art? Sure. But it was fun and musical, just like The Syncopated Clock. Blue Tango is one of my favorites and he had other excellent compositions like Belle of the Ball, Trumpeter's Lullaby, and Fiddle-Faddle. And don't forget Sleigh Ride, one of the best commercial Christmas songs ever. I'm a big fan.
I think he's making a joke about whatever was typed on the typewriter, rather than the written musical composition.
Oh, if that's the case, it's a pretty good joke. Just don't get me riled up about my boy Leroy!
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It's pretty good, but speaking as somebody who actually wrote up papers on a manual typewriter, a big part of the fun was watching the little hammers all jam up when you press the keys too fast. I hope the author adds this feature!
And, unless it's an urban legend, I believe that's the very reason the QWERTY keyboard was invented, to try and reduce efficiency to reduce jamming
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Timotheous wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
I love Leroy Anderson! He was such a talented composer and conductor!
If you judge it as a musical piece it wasn't bad... but as a written composition, it wasn't very good.
I don't know how else to judge music but as its intended final product. Was it a bit of performance art? Sure. But it was fun and musical, just like The Syncopated Clock. Blue Tango is one of my favorites and he had other excellent compositions like Belle of the Ball, Trumpeter's Lullaby, and Fiddle-Faddle. And don't forget Sleigh Ride, one of the best commercial Christmas songs ever. I'm a big fan.

I think he's making a joke about whatever was typed on the typewriter, rather than the written musical composition.
It's just a page of B's and V's with no vowels at all. Where's the plot? Who's the protagonist? It totally failed as any sort of story for me.
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sigmazero13 wrote:
wmshub wrote:
It's pretty good, but speaking as somebody who actually wrote up papers on a manual typewriter, a big part of the fun was watching the little hammers all jam up when you press the keys too fast. I hope the author adds this feature!
And, unless it's an urban legend, I believe that's the very reason the QWERTY keyboard was invented, to try and reduce efficiency to reduce jamming

I've heard that was an urban myth indeed. Also that the tests showing the dvorjak being more efficient were conducted by... the guy who made the keyboard.
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Coyotek4 wrote:
I wondered where Animaniacs got this from!
I'm pretty sure they used a number of Leroy Anderson pieces. Nice list above--dip into YouTube.

While the ability of qwerty to avoid jams--or it being the best keyboard to avoid jams--is dubious, that doesn't mean that factor wasn't part of the design and patent; that's unclear. It seems that being able to type "typewriter" using the top row is unlikely to be accidental. It's also unclear whether Dvorak is the best alternative. Now, we could look through everything typed on the internet and make a very sound faster keyboard; whether it would catch on is another thing.

When typewriters were used, I worked in a department that had a secretary--really, she did far more logistics than strict secretarial work--who could halt pretty much all work in the department by typing on her Selectric. She could type 120-150 words per minute, making her Selectric sound like a damn chain gun. Open office, of course. Usually she slowed down so as to not disrupt work.

Here are some things that changed when computer typewriters came in, notably ASCII character code:
1 was no longer lower case el
O was no longer an oh
! was its own key instead of apostrophe over-striking period
You could no longer get a cents sign (¢) by c over-struck with slash.
You could no longer get a division sign (÷) by hyphen plus colon.
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Tall_Walt wrote:
Here are some things that changed when computer typewriters came in, notably ASCII character code:
1 was no longer lower case el
O was no longer an oh
! was its own key instead of apostrophe over-striking period
You could no longer get a cents sign (¢) by c over-struck with slash.
You could no longer get a division sign (÷) by hyphen plus colon.
The manual I used to use did indeed have no "1" or "0" keys, but as I remember it did have !, ¢, and (I think) ÷. I'm sure it varied from model to model on what exact characters were represented by their own hammers.

On second thought maybe it had a 0? But I know it had no 1, I remember finding that annoying because lower case L is a pretty poor looking 1.
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wmshub wrote:
...lower case L is a pretty poor looking 1.
Well, it's not like they were close to having the font capabilities we have now. (The late Selectrics could change font balls and had proportional fonts.) In any case: 1l1l1l1ll1--it's just a slight shape change on the top serif.
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wmshub wrote:
It's pretty good, but speaking as somebody who actually wrote up papers on a manual typewriter, a big part of the fun was watching the little hammers all jam up when you press the keys too fast. I hope the author adds this feature!

The most "fun" part of using manual typewriters is when the bell rings when you're in the middle of a long word and you have a fraction of a second to decide whether to hyphenate or go for it. I liked to live dangerously and used up a whole lot of correction paper.
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wmshub wrote:
It's pretty good, but speaking as somebody who actually wrote up papers on a manual typewriter, a big part of the fun was watching the little hammers all jam up when you press the keys too fast. I hope the author adds this feature!
And, unless it's an urban legend, I believe that's the very reason the QWERTY keyboard was invented, to try and reduce efficiency to reduce jamming

I've heard that was an urban myth indeed. Also that the tests showing the dvorjak being more efficient were conducted by... the guy who made the keyboard.
The QWERTY keyboard is definitely not very efficient; the most commonly used letters are placed in places that the hands have to "reach" to get to them, or are under less-nimble fingers.

I don't know that Dvorak is any better, but there are definitely ways to make more efficient keyboards than QWERTY, despite my having a pretty high typing proficiency with it.
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Brings back memeories. I can almost smelt the ink.
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Brings back memeories. I can almost smelt the ink.
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