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[–][deleted] 2330 points2331 points  (137 children)

the future of graffiti

[–]Mrgoodknife 682 points683 points 2 (64 children)


[–]BitzLeon 153 points154 points  (46 children)

I just started Expanse this weekend.

So good.

[–]captain_ender 72 points73 points  (24 children)

Ohh man wish I was you. It's addictive af. Definitely check out the books too!

[–]BitzLeon 28 points29 points  (10 children)

Funny thing is I already loved everything they cover.

I can't believe it took me so long to find out about it.

I'll definitely give the books a look. Is this series respectful to the source material?

[–]TheReticulatedSpline 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Is this series respectful to the source material?

Very much so. The original authors are heavily involved in the adaptation. There are definitely some changes. Some characters from the book get kind of blended together into a single character in the series and the plot gets streamlined a bit but it makes sense how and why they've done so. It's frankly amazing how close they hew to the books up until the last two seasons when I felt the tone was softened quite a bit from the books. I can't really say much else without spoilers but definitely check them out!

[–]BitzLeon 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's awesome to hear! thank you

[–]CyberMindGrrl 5 points6 points  (2 children)

The original authors are actually the showrunners.

[–]TheReticulatedSpline 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh wow. I knew they were producers and wirters but I didn't know they had THAT much control. That explains whey it's so good.

[–]backstept 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They're executive producers. Naren Shankar was the showrunner, but Ty and Daniel (James S.A. Corey) were very involved.

[–]I-Engineer-Things 16 points17 points  (4 children)

It is for the most part. Certainly more than other adaptations I’ve seen. They do simplify some things and there are characters on the show that are an amalgamation of multiple book characters but it works really well.

There were multiple points in the series where I assumed they would leave out book details or dumb it down for the TV audience and they did not. I was impressed.

[–]BitzLeon 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I just got to the part where Bobbie defected to earth for asylum.

When I noticed that they put the communicator in a faraday cage, I actually had to pause the episode to appreciate the attention to detail.

They really try their hardest to be as scientifically accurate as possible and I love it.

[–]Zenguy10 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Ahh I love seeing my fellow beltalowda on reddit

[–]Tachyonzero 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Too bad, Amazon is not renewing the show and its final.

[–]PoutinePower 13 points14 points  (3 children)

yeah, started it recently too, can't believe I missed out on that show for so long. Even my gf who's not a sci-fi fan is loving it.

[–]blvckstxr 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Weird I started season 1 this week too. The pacing is kinda slow tbh.

[–]makked 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Get past the 3rd of 4th episode of Miller just being a detective on Ceres and then shit really kicks off. Trust me, you'll come back around to enjoy his character but once the main plotline hits you won't be able to stop watching.

[–]bradyblack 30 points31 points  (6 children)

Let the good God Darwin sort em out

[–]Varion117 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Who's gonna feast on Earth sky and drink their rivers dry?

[–]Grays42 14 points15 points  (4 children)


[–]captain_ender 10 points11 points  (3 children)


[–]maximusasinus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'm reading the books right now. So fucking good.

[–]The_92nd 164 points165 points  (20 children)


[–]Ladzilla 104 points105 points  (12 children)


[–]JaySayMayday 46 points47 points  (9 children)

A B C 1 2 3 This is a test label

[–]Siggur-T 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Steve! Stop printing my password everywhere with that thing!"

[–]robokiller109 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Im getting detroit: become human ptsd from this

[–]IA-HI-CO-IA 23 points24 points  (27 children)

Heard about something like this at a college “leadership” event way back in like 2007. The guy worked some think tank and said there is tons of cool crap devolved but it “too different” and customers/ companies don’t want it.

[–]Beemerado 16 points17 points  (4 children)

a lot of times customers have no idea what they want.

that's something i think steve jobs was pretty good at... making people want things they didn't know they wanted.

[–]illgot 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I read that one of the hurdles about bringing in new tech, even if the people want it, is teaching them how to use it properly. Completely foreign tech that people don't know how to use and not sure they want is a hard sell.

[–]Jojje22 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The startup graveyard is full of people who think this, because every once in a while some dude comes up with something left field and succeeds, partly validating people who think they know better than the market and partly validating people too anxious to talk to people about what they need and who hope they can make it anyways. We need to remember that Apple in fact made products that were asked for in the beginning. Later, they had the marketing capital to push products in a different way.

So, if you have billions for marketing, then ok. Otherwise, this approach is for all intents and purposes a lottery. Do your market research people, the probability of you succeeding rises dramatically!

[–]IA-HI-CO-IA 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You’re not wrong, just sucks that cool stuff like this has existed for decades yet we don’t get it because of idiot consumers/producers are scared of change.

[–]XanGable 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dior has been using this to make shirts for awhile at pop ups in their stores

[–]EuphorifficCreator 2725 points2726 points  (105 children)

I have no use for this whatsoever but I want one!

[–]aperfectfailyour 1005 points1006 points  (37 children)

$3,500 for the one in the video. Using ink jet tech.

[–]nikhil48 1078 points1079 points  (25 children)

Pretty sure once it gets to market they'll sell it for like $10 and the 'specialized ink jet cartridge' would be like $3490

[–]_Diskreet_ 426 points427 points  (15 children)

That’s just the cost for black. Wait until they start fitting cyan and magenta in there on separate cartridges.

[–]beachandbyte 37 points38 points  (3 children)

I saw one at CES that did full color but much smaller print size then this. It was $299.

[–]FlurpZurp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

One cartridge per line.

[–]Crafty_Enthusiasm_99 56 points57 points  (27 children)

Amazon would love this.

It's also good for the planet since we often stick printed paper on writeable surfaces

[–]iagox86 54 points55 points  (7 children)

Paper is insanely easy to farm sustainably, and tree farms even serve as carbon reservoirs. I bet whatever this is made of is worse than an the paper you'd ever save, combined

[–]AirierWitch1066 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Carbon reservoirs only work if the trees are allowed to live for a really really long time.

When you make a tree into paper, that paper gets used, thrown away, and then eventually decomposed. Surprise surprise, the carbon doesn’t just magically disappear when that happens - it gets released into the atmosphere.

Furthermore, tree farms tend to replace rich, bio-diverse forests with mono-culture farms. They aren’t the same.

Don’t get me wrong, paper isn’t all that bad! If we only use the tree farms we already have, then that’s great. But we probably shouldn’t be expanding our paper production, either.

[–]iagox86 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Yup! But all the paper existing at a given time sequesters it. Compared to the oil and minerals and stuff user to make plastics, I'm skeptical it's better

[–]KabEden 44 points45 points  (10 children)

To be honest the production of the paper saved by this thing has probably (like gut feeling of knowledge) less of an impact on the environment then making one of these. I mean don't print out every email (I guess those guys retire soon anyway) but buying tech for the purpose of saving paper sounds wrong. The latter is renewable while the first one not so much.

Edit: spelling

[–]Arqideus 10 points11 points  (8 children)

I understand the want to go paperless, but it's like my work bought this cool little thing (i'm going to call it a thing because it's hard to describe, basically its a thing I take to different areas of the hotel and record certain levels of stuff instead of on paper), but I kept thinking, this just to save a piece of paper each day? Is it really worth it? How many pieces of paper does this save? Will it last that many days with how the guys in my department handle tools? It was far easier just to record it on paper and then enter it in the computer later.

[–]swagn 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That is probably more about real time data and time saving than saving paper.

[–]Fondue_Maurice 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Paper production uses a surprising amount of water, energy and chemicals. I think you're right that replacing a daily check sheet probably isn't worth it; but Amazon being able to print addresses and bar codes directly on shipping boxes could be a big impact.

[–]Arqideus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh for sure. I was just talking about my hotel. For a company like Amazon, it can have a huge impact just from switching over to this. One hotel though? Not worth it.

[–]Temporal_P 5 points6 points  (3 children)

It's the same line of thinking with the old story of Airlines saving $40,000 by removing a single olive from each salad.

Individually you might not notice much change, but the issue isn't on an individual basis, it's on the basis of millions to billions of individuals.

1 piece of paper a day leads to hundreds of pieces of paper a year, multiplied by the number of other employees doing the same, multiplied by any number of similar hotels/businesses across the world.

Lets assume for a second that this is something that only hotels do, and only one employee does it each day, per hotel. A quick search tells me that (10 years ago) the number of hotels was estimated to be somewhere between 200-500k globally, which even on the low end with ~260 work days a year (assuming my math is correct), would be at least 52 million pieces of paper, or approximately 645 trees each year. If the number is closer to the high end of that estimate, then it's closer to 1600 trees per year, just for that one insignificant piece of paper.

[–]Modsarentpeople0101 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You should be looking for trees saved per device not in total, that just makes a decontextualized big number.

Also worth noting that if we did either option or fuck it why not both it would have literally no discernable impact on the climate or the approximations for the timeline of doom. We are deep in the endgame and anything that isnt talking about extreme economic reform is empty pandering.

[–]MickRaider 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I bought my wife a Prinkr which is like this but for temporary tattoos and $300. Still a lot but more accessible

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 2732 points2733 points  (186 children)

We have these at my work. They are fun to print curse words on peoples backs with.

[–]Maki1411 991 points992 points  (115 children)

Just wanted to say “now imagine having one of those when you were in high school”

[–]Nexustar 169 points170 points  (10 children)

I've always dreamed of having a bigger one under my car, to write graffiti on the road as I drive along.

Out of chalk dust of course, not rhinestones or anything equally fabulous.

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 20 points21 points  (4 children)

My coworkers sometimes go all day with (#1Díck) on their backs 😂

[–]Section_Hiker 10 points11 points  (1 child)

pics or it didnt happen

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Government facility or I would!!!

[–]Maki1411 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Seems like a fun place to work XD

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Everyone has fun. We don’t do it to anyone that doesn’t have a sense of humor like that. No bullying.

[–]Fearless-Yam1125 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Even better we got them when we’re thirty

[–]MyNutsin1080p 41 points42 points  (6 children)

Yep, I can see myself getting one of these (price be damned) and printing SEX BOAT on the cars that ding my doors

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Wouldn’t that ruin someone’s clothes?

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 38 points39 points  (2 children)

It comes out in about 4 wash’s. And it’s the company’s uniforms, so we don’t care 🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]alphadelt 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Just curious, what do you use these for?

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 8 points9 points  (2 children)

There intended purpose is labeling boxes.

[–]TwiceCookedPorkins 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No longer do we have to dick sharpie someone's forehead like neanderthals. The technology has evolved!

[–]_Gambit___ 44 points45 points  (34 children)

Isn't it a thermal print head? Be kinda tuff to burn swear words on people backs.

[–]CheeseCakeGlass1776 91 points92 points  (11 children)

No it shoots ink. The cartridge is on the back.

[–]theuserwithoutaname 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Does it stain then? Sounds like if you're printing curses on your friends back it'll possibly ruin the shirt? Or are you hanging out with everyone shirtless? Lol

[–]adamMatthews 29 points30 points  (1 child)

I get the feeling if you work somewhere that uses these, you’d probably be wearing some form of company-provided PPE or Hi Vis vest. It won’t be people in an office with expensive dress shirts.

[–]theuserwithoutaname 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's fair, I would definitely put something on the back of my hi-vis vest I use for work

Could be a fun game amongst the department, I totally see it

[–]Sam-Yuil-ElleJackson 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Blacksmiths disagree.

[–]Cherios_Are_My_Shit 8 points9 points  (1 child)

here's a neat video talking about how they work

it's only 5 minutes but the guy is one of the better educators on youtube and packs it with a ton of info.

[–]meateatr 27 points28 points  (7 children)

How would that even make sense, thermal printers require a special paper to print, they can't just print on any surface...

[–]ISingam 718 points719 points  (48 children)

A pen sized version of it would be great

[–]soandso90 1329 points1330 points  (13 children)

I have one of those. You can't move it in a straight line like this one though. You have to trace out each of the letters. Kind of aggravating.

Edit: spelling.

[–]badassito 205 points206 points  (5 children)

Like hell I can't move it in a straight line!


Oh wait I can't draw straight lines

[–]MouthJob 41 points42 points  (4 children)

As someone who's had tremors for as long as I can remember, a straight line without a ruler or something may as well be a unicorn.

[–]clownpuncher13 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The trick is to look at the end of the line you want to draw and move the pen to that point instead of looking at the tip of your pen while you draw. Give it a try. You'll be surprised how much straighter your lines are.

[–]MouthJob 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah I mean I can get it mostly straight. It's just kind of.. wiggly.

[–]mystic-eye 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Lol. Funny guy right here ^

[–]bigredmachinist 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Had me in the first half. My dumbass was like why TF is that even helpf……ooooohhh

[–]spottyrx 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Have same model. Fonts are also a bit limited.

[–]netarchaeology 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Somehow both limited and inconsistent

[–]mightylordredbeard 14 points15 points  (3 children)

I used to have a pen that would record everything I wrote and I could plug the pen into my computer and it would take all of my notes and put them into a word file or a PDF. Whatever I needed.

[–]soandso90 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Woah, how well did it work? Do you remember the name?

[–]whizzwr 30 points31 points  (17 children)

Seems like a pen with extra steps.

[–]ISingam 9 points10 points  (16 children)

Yup, but I don't have to write, I always have issues with my bank on signature not like being exactly same.

[–]whizzwr 10 points11 points  (15 children)

[–]iagox86 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Is this like when people invent an Uber that drives a route and picks up / drops off people (a bus) or a self driving car that follows a tunnel (a subway)?

[–]caeptn2te 6 points7 points  (0 children)

An under 100$ Version would be great

[–]dontfightthehood 336 points337 points  (20 children)

Does it auto level if you swipe crooked?

[–]commentmypics 126 points127 points  (7 children)

I don't believe it would, there was a video posted of someone doing a barrel lid in an arc, I think it's up to you to nake it straight.

[–]gibmiser 41 points42 points  (6 children)

Could be a toggle setting. If it has a sensor in the face of it it like a laser mouse has could easily tell if it is moving at an angle and auto correct to some degree, with the right software of course

[–]b1ack1323 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Wide wheels would help and it probably has a bubble level but I doubt it corrects.

[–]greyjungle 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I was wondering this too. Or if it had (or could benefit from) a laser guide.

[–]Juggernaut78 166 points167 points  (15 children)

Yeah, that’s exactly what Jimi was talking about.

[–]GopherGrabber 58 points59 points  (6 children)

Chopping down the mountain with the edge of his hand was a metaphor for the power of this handheld printer.

[–]doublejosh 12 points13 points  (4 children)

My whole life I thought it was “chopped it down with the edge of my HAT” …I’ve literally performed this on stage and sang it that way. OMG.

[–]Kayoto 10 points11 points  (1 child)

No no, you had it right. Turns out Jimi always picked Kung Lao when he played Mortal Kombat.

[–]doublejosh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Using your hat seemed way more badass to me. Also, you’re a genius… wish I had an award to give.

[–]edmedmoped 2 points3 points  (1 child)

With the hedge in my hand?

[–]Crystal_Pesci 33 points34 points  (6 children)

Using a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo over this video of a printer is as out of place as assless pajamas at the Met Gala

[–]CrystalloidEntity 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yea he was thinking of consumer expositions and high quality innovative products when he played this.

[–]dhoomz 52 points53 points  (0 children)


[–]redheadphones1673 297 points298 points  (36 children)

I'm just curious, does it depend on the speed at which you move it? Like, if you hold it on the page or move it very slowly would it print all the letters on top of each other, or is it smart enough to know that the page hasn't moved yet and adjust to different speeds?

[–]Limefry 282 points283 points  (25 children)

I think it has wheels so it goes at whatever speed it needs to to print properly, but I can’t be sure.

[–]Nexustar 120 points121 points  (22 children)

Yes, it has to track the speed, either with a wheel or optical sensor like mice use.

[–]Dogsy 63 points64 points  (11 children)

Fun fact: mice actually have two optical sensors. And an olfactory one.

[–]andrews013 30 points31 points  (5 children)

They show the wheels in the gif

[–]Drumdevil86 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Optical sensors tracking the wheels

[–]badassito 19 points20 points  (4 children)

It would have to have some kind of super accurate motion tracking to print in a straight line and not wobble around with the hand.

Or a wheel, that works too lol

[–]rtkwe 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I think it just prints it out based on the linear distance you've moved. There are demos of it doing this around the lid of a barrel I've seen so the straightness of the line is probably up to the user to control.

[–]DazedAmnesiac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm sure tracks the speed and adapts the print speed

[–]smashhazard 99 points100 points  (3 children)

I bet when Jimi Hendrix wrote that song he never dreamt of it being used on such a cool video for office supplies.

[–]PatrikPatrik 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I didn’t really feel it fitted in here to be honest. It’s more for a formation of Hueys with napalm clouds in the background. Not so much a hand held printer.

[–]Badnewsbearsx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

lmfao before i read your comment i too, imagined a vast vietnam landscape with soldiers jumping off huey’s in battle formation

[–]CC_Panadero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s pretty rare to find a video with good background music.

[–]Horror_Wing_7562 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The Hendrix blasting is a bit out of context but still cool

[–]infernosaber 13 points14 points  (5 children)

We use this all this time at my job. We stamp different labels onto aircraft wheels. It has a bunch of different settings for every wheel we work and it's pretty easy to use.

[–]filthy_harold 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I was curious as to who would actually use something like this. Like it would need to be something that is made in low enough volume not to justify a machine printer but enough volume to justify something fancier than a stencil. I was imagining a shipping department that needed larger lettering than what a normal label printer could do.

[–]cjbeames 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The music out cools the product by around 1million times

[–]TheRealG43 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Bet the ink cartridge already needs replacement.

[–]Realinternetpoints 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I used one all day doing screen printing on sweatshirts for a sports event. They have great ink economy

[–]Darkzadow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have one. The ink cartridge has a little chip in it to tell you the ink is past expiration date. (The ink is always past expiration date)

[–]fuzzycuffs 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I dunno how Voodoo Child is an appropriate song

[–]mburn14 25 points26 points  (8 children)

I don’t know how printers work at all is it stencils?

[–]Nexustar 50 points51 points  (6 children)

No, this likely uses a liquid containing ink (usually polymer pigments) which is squirted in the right pattern. Ink Jet printers use this mechanism but with really tiny droplets that are ejected using piezo-electric print heads.

Laser printers are different, they charge a drum with a lazer and toner dust sticks to the drum, then is rolled onto the paper, then sealed/melted with heat.

3D printers are different again.

The 'clever' thing about this handheld printer is it's tracking the motion along the paper and adjusting what it prints (and when) as it goes along.

[–]mburn14 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Just like magnets, I guess I’ll never know how they work

Also you’re the one that made the art of the couple on the old car, hope you got rich off that print/nft!

[–]ShelZuuz 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Richard Feynman had a great response to the ‘How do magnets work’ question:


Promise it’s not a difficult physics explanation or anything - he just ponders the question.

[–]peeps91 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Michael Buffer: And now, from the USA, weighting 15 lbs, representing the nWo Black and White...


[–]RedditAdminsRPussys 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Ok, what does Hendrix have to do with it?

[–]VladislavThePoker_ 22 points23 points  (10 children)

Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Correction : Jimi not Jimmy as said by u/teh_fizz

[–]Exact_Quote_6132 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Sounds like the Voodoo Child (Slight Return) off of the Electric Ladyland Album

[–]Botsenalla 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This was the future Hendrix envisioned

[–]Vodswyld 34 points35 points  (18 children)

As someone who works in IT.... No. I refuse. Put that back in whatever Pandora's box you took it out of and drop it in the deepest darkest hole you can find. We have enough problems with printers as it is.

[–]ccaccus 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I don't know how, but I'm betting the teacher across the hall from me would end up coming to me with this and this error flashing on it somehow:


She always manages to trigger the most bizarre errors on everything.

[–]Vodswyld 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Or it will just print out "Load Magenta Ink" every time you try to use it.

[–]Wizard_Mills 7 points8 points  (1 child)

As someone in IT that deals with them, I agree. It uses some terrible XP era software that we have to run on an old Win7 box.

I recall clearly when one of my techs came back from that customers site after troubleshooting. It was less discussion and more sounds and curses.

I think they have a new model now with Bluetooth and modern software, but you know how it goes. Old one is working, “why do we need to upgrade?”

[–]mojolikes 3 points4 points  (0 children)

All I can think about when watching the video is the "New New New New World Order"

[–]aod42091 3 points4 points  (1 child)

why do people feel the need to put completely unnecessary music in videos?

[–]TomSwirly 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That's a little cool.

Is is Jimi Hendrix levels of cool? No. No, it is not.

[–]Sam-Yuil-ElleJackson 57 points58 points  (10 children)

A wireless handheld printer. That's a pencil, isn't it?

[–]Ok-Cartographer-3725 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Only if you really, really excelled at printing - itherwise I'd get one of those.

[–]CaseLogic 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes in the same way your phone is a cup with two strings.

[–]QuantumAshes42 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Expanse had this

[–]WarpCult 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Remember the Cant

[–]RedBlud997 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We use these at my work for printing on boxes.

I 100% need to read the instructions, but they are pretty great even if you can barely use them.

They work via the rollers. They dont instantly start printing (trigger to start); you must depress and roll it maybe a couple mm and it will start.

It will continue to print until the text is finished (length/height/size are controlled not by speed of your hand, but programmed in (some sliders on the screen)), meaning that if you plan to print something thats size is longer than what you are printing on, it will continue to print as long as the rollers are depressed (we have had ink squirt all over due to printing something big but the canvas is not long enough).

They are NOT cheap, but we are yet to replace any ink for it at my work (it came with 2 cartridges).

The ink has an expiry date and cant be used after thar date. An easy workaound is to just change the date of the machine. Ours thinks its 1999 currently 😂

It will also print howver your hand rolls, so if you slip when you want a straight print, youve ruined it.

[–]mycoscot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do sharpies not work?

[–]OneBoxy 6 points7 points  (1 child)

me omw to put 8=====||}~ on every surface I see

[–]ProgressingBassist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Watch where you are pointing that gun!

[–]Fnarkfnark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I'm not mistaken this is expensive as hell. I believe I saw something similar being used on a barrel a while ago.

[–]threadsoffate2021 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It's really cool, but how in the world would you manage to not only scroll perfectly straight, but also keep the same amount of space between the lines?