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Monday, September 19, 2016

mid-century potions tool

As I await the 1946 edition of the Mr. Boston Baratender's Guide, today the mail brought this jigger measure.  I have no clear idea of how old this is.  Some etsy seller claimed 1940's, but from the documentation it could go two decades either way.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

"I feel like I need to get a typewriter right now."

That's what the girl said as she walked away with her group.  She was the one who typed about going to a baptism.
We were supposed to work registration, but the lead or whatever had us go to the driveway of a hotel nearby and keep the participants from getting creamed.  I had brought the underwood 319 to load up with a registration paper.  With the change in assignment I just put it out on a sturdy post for people to type whatever they felt like.  It was mildly popular.  Some pics may turn up, which I'll post if I can.  My phone was acting up so I didn't get any myself until we got home.





Sunday, September 4, 2016

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Close enough.  I do need to address that scanner driver/Win10 issue. 

Sorry, I didn't test it.  I did take home a nice shirt and a new belt.

Here's a manual - oh wait...

In addition to these, there were also an SCM and a Royal.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

left behind, but still cool.

I still don't' buy every typewriter that shows up in the bins, but if I can, I get a photo for you.  It's been a while, (I think I bought the last one, a brother) but today I saw a familiar case and guessed correctly what it would look like, but not the model name.  I'd never seen a "Super 12" before.



It looks just like the Silent-Super that was my very first bin find.  It also had a very musty smell, and I've dealt with that too often to do it again.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Trigger warning

Before I get to the horrifying photo, here's some other news in the tyewriter community.  

First, shopgoodwill has a special item - an elusive Burnett!

 Since that link will rot fairly soon, here's where it stands as of this writing:

Winning bid was $7,251.00.  Let me know in the comments if you learn where it ended up.

 I'm starting to look at the collection for the workhorses for this year.  I need to commit to a full typescript since I keep losing files on pc.  I still can't find half of my 2010 novel and have had to revert to messy scans on most others.  I'm hoping the noiseless will be in shape for write-ins.

Now to the bad news.  I was excited to see a sweet-looking Corona Standard flat top at a yard sale, until I got close enough to see the keys were all chopped.  I couldn't even stay and berate her for it.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

I've found a new nickname. And I bought another slide rule.

The Pickett N902-T is a starter rule for the beginning student.  I already have one (in box) in the collection, but I like to keep a spare around to give away when someone shows interest, because this model has instructions for use on the reverse.  It's the model I learned on in '77.




About the nickname, I listen to a lot of Old Time Radio, and many shows feature writers as protagonists.  In one I heard recently a friend of the writer was teasing him, saying, "I didn't say anything about the corn that comes out of your tripewriter."
I can't use it on nanaowrimo without losing all my past info, sadly.  But I'll find ways to work it in!

Lastly, in the local nano group (Sock Monkey Writers) has another typewriter user, who bought an SCM electric.  That will be fun to see.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to slide rules

I still collect slide rules, though as Ted can attest, they don't come up at the thrifts as often as typewriters.  I only find them on shopgoodwill or ebay, and since I lowball, I don't often win. But this time, the other collectors ignored or already had this N803ES speed rule.






It's been a while since I last worked through one of my manuals.  This one is transcribed (by Mike Markowski) from the manual that would have been in the box with this 803 rule.

Perhaps I'll compare it with other log/log and speed rules I have.  You know, for the thrills.

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