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What would I print if I had a Little Printer?

Some disagreement out there about what BERG’s Little Printer is for. I don’t have any special insight but I think it’s a charming and clever thing and I badly want one (I’ve put my name on the tell-me-when-I-can-order-one mailing list). So I had a think about what I’d print if I did have one:

  • Inscrutable password suggestions.
  • Daily quotes from John Cage’s Diary.
  • Disquieting messages for people in other rooms.
  • Orders!
  • The frightening bits from out-of-copyright works.
  • The funny bits from out-of-copyright works.
  • Dog names.
  • IKEA product locations, Argos reservation numbers, mall maps.
  • Jokes.
  • (black and white) pictures of funerals and snakes.
  • Sequentially-numbered tickets.
  • Encouraging messages (when it looks like I’m a bit stuck).
  • Lists.
  • Postage stamps (obviously).
  • Cocktail recipes.
  • The names of all the fictional countries in the Wikipedia entry for ‘fictional countries’, one per day.
  • Itineraries.
  • Daily diet and exercise sheets.
  • Obscene notes.
  • Treasure.
  • Something to do while your computer’s rebooting.
  • Eventbrite tickets.
  • Local currency.
  • Everything said by one particular friend online during one day.
  • Game tokens.
  • Optimistic assessments of the situation.
  • The catalogue number of the CD on the radio now.
  • Hidden meanings, asides, sub-plots, back stories.
  • Chess moves.
  • Philip Larkin.
  • In-game messages.
  • Running totals, lap-times, half-time scores, way markers.
  • One-time keys.
  • The distance from earth of the Voyager 2 space probe.
  • Billets doux.
  • Wind-ups, complicated hoaxes, in-jokes, gags.

(…I could go on).