Rats... here I am again, up too late on a work night, flailing away on some silly project as usual. In this case, I am referring to typewriter cover #2 (#1, created for the Olympia SM-9, can be seen here), which I created for the Olympia Traveller De Luxe.
I had intended to make a cover for my Royal Quiet De Luxe, but it features a rather daunting slope from platen to space bar, and my sewing skills are about one week old. And so I chose the flat-ish, travel-sized OTDL for my first attempt to make a cover that actually sloped slightly in the front (my first project was in fact just a baggy cube).
Naturally, I thoroughly miscalculated how a fitted typewriter cover would be measured and sewn together, and thus I busied myself with inexpert hemming after the fact. Fortunately, I believe that, in the end, this will suffice to keep dust off the Olympia.
Are those cats in kimonos? Why yes, they are. The OTDL is a tacky machine, and it called for a tacky fabric.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Next time you are in Helsinki, consider stopping by the Finnish Business College Museum of Typewriters and Calculators. Is it possibly earth's only actual in-person, public typewriter museum? There is no shortage of virtual typewriter museums out there in web town, but above all, the typewriter is about tactile experience, and thus I find my eyes glazing over at typewriter .jpgs. (although, that said, here is the virtual equivalent of Finland's museum).
If you know of a real typewriter museum, wherever it is, let me know so I can plan a field trip for myself.
Monday, October 22, 2007
You may feel that you are pretty creative and clever to be using a typewriter when creating mere words in this day and age, but Paul Smith was a man who created countless complex illustrations, somehow, using this very same device.
He passed away just this summer, leaving behind a large collection of portraits and landscapes that he somehow created using only the shift-lock characters on the number keys. Now I think we've all heard of the dubious craft of ASCII art, created on computer keyboards, of which the ubiquitous smiley emoticon is but a very low form (I am sure I used it in an e-mail message just today). Although ASCII art can be quite complex, it seems like mere child's play when you consider that Paul Smith did his art with a carriage return bar and a platen, and a piece of paper that you had to scroll to and fro in just such a way to produce the works he did.
I wonder if anyone can scroll down in his biography and tell me what model of typewriter he is using? I couldn't identify it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Armed with about 1 hour of lifetime sewing machine experience, I managed to create a baggy cube of fabric that will serve nicely as a typewriter cover for my Olympia SM9. I suppose a proper typewriter cover would be sloped down the front, and would perfectly fit each side of the machine, but then such an item would probably have to be made by a proper seamstress (what is the gender-neutral version of this term?) since it is a miracle that I even managed to sew a cube.
At any rate, my point is this: I don't have to turn to some random Internet typewriter cover retailer to keep dust off the collection.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Nanowrimo 2007 is virtually upon us. As of this writing you have barely two weeks to make sure your typewriter is oiled, and you have a ribbon with fresh ink (better have two just in case).
The Typewriter Brigade forum is in full force, and so join if you haven't already.
As I have already stated, the odds that I will get anywhere close to 50,000 this year, typewriter or no, are slim. My glory years of 2003-2005 will have to suffice when I tell noveling war stories to my grandchildren, but this doesn't mean I won't at least be there at the starting line, typing a sentence or two, since I hear that Duffy has allowed honorary memberships in the Typewriter Brigade.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I have been busy lately with some random non-typewriter related projects, and still need to put the 120 film into my Agfa Ansco box camera and attempt to take a few shots. Basically, I am scared to load the film. I've been spoiled by the digital era, and it sounds complicated. But I am definitely going to get on the horse, because how else am I going to have box camera photographs to post on Strikethru?
Since a couple of my typewriters are sitting around inside of my dusty house, I have contemplated getting a dust cover, although there is only one source on the internet, or maybe two that I can seem to locate. I recently have attempted to learn how to use a sewing machine (more machines! I love machines) and so might make one for myself. If I do, you'll be the first to see a badly-lit snapshot.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Link: The Typewriter Brigade Forum
I was just reminded of the fact that Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, was speaking where I work several months ago, and I was forced to go to an all-team meeting during that time period. Boy, was that ever lame.
Other thoughts on NaNo... do you think it's a young person's game? I notice that the age-based forums, the teen headcount is gargantuan, the 20's numbers are pretty impressive, and the "over 30" (that's it? All of us 30-100 only get one group?) contingent is modest at best. Perhaps it isn't a reflection of rates of participation as much as it is a reflection of rates of the population who basically live online, and do all of their communicating there... which fairly well describes the under-25 crowd. As for me, I am glad to be old enough to have made it through youth without being obligated to be parked in MySpace 13 hours a day. Part of me feels like I really dodged a bullet there, but then take this with a grain of salt, coming from a typewriting crackpot.
Of course, it's safe to say that your average person of 30+ has less time and more responsibility than those darned kids as well-- certainly the sad story explaining why I have serious doubts about my own ability to distantly approach the finish line this year.