Where Clocks and Typewriters Converge in My Family.

I was visiting my parents this weekend. In spite of some political differences, we broke bread and had a great time. We shared stories, many of which were family stories. I’m taking home a few items, given to me due to the proclivities I share with some ancestors. One is a book, The Complete Papers…

That’s a Flipping Typewriter.

I am visiting family for the weekend. Just a two hour drive to the north of where I live. I took a look at the local typewriter offerings. Olympias seem to be raining from the sky. These are all machines I already own. The question is whether I want to flip them. I would have…

1937 Blue Bird All Fixed.

I cleaned up this beauty tonight. The space-bar was rubbing against the body, but that took some minor bending underneath the bar. Then, to my consternation, I noticed that the line-spacing mechanism was being moved by the carriage lever. It would slip into three-line spacing. I could not keep it in single- or double-spacing. I…

The Transatlantic Migration of a 1937 Blue Bird (Torpedo) 15A

This 1937 Blue Bird 15A made a safe trip from Staffordshire to Florida. It is my first Blue Bird, which was an internationally marketed Torpedo, making it my second Torpedo. The Ebay seller was receptive to my message about how to ship a typewriter. What a masterful job he did. He even used some glue…

Election Madness: Please Like Me

Well, Broward County (my county) takes centerstage once again. Everyone is suing everyone over an election that could have major implications for the entire UNIVERSE. See this article if you enjoy political reality TV: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/09/after-trump-scott-cry-fraud-critics-pounce-broward-countys-troubled-election-history/?utm_term=.6bf12a50f1e1 Speaking for myself, I voted early on the first day of early voting. I methodically filled in bubbles and then…

My New Project: A 1958 Torpedo 30

I’ve managed to diversify my collection lately. Two machines are still in the mail, but today this Torpedo 30 arrived. It was manufactured in 1958, the first year of production for this model. Overall, it seems to be in good condition. It needs some cleaning. The slugs are sluggish, but the carriage slides smoothly. The…

Grading Papers 101.

Rule#1 for grading papers: Try to make it fun. I have four stacks of papers to grade this weekend. I’ll be lucky if I get through three. In order to be more productive, I need to create an agreeable environment for work. I often work with different typewriters, but, if I need real speed, I…

Top Thirty Horror Films

Defining horror is difficult to do. Defining the horror genre is likewise difficult. Regarding the latter, some viewers prefer gore, slasher films, and camp. Others solidly follow their favorite monster: vampire, zombie, and so on. Thrillers and science fiction films often elide with horror. I tend to think of horror as a psychological effect, and…