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Friday, September 28, 2012

bike ride

When the mountain wears lenticular clouds like a hat, rain is coming within three days

We've seen the carver working on this, nice to see it complete.

auditions continued

As has been pointed out elsewhere, onionskin paper is not suitable for two-sided work, or scanning.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This one gets a bye

pic from last year when I got it, and used it on my NaNo
My morning train will come from an earlier stop this year - I won't be the first in the space (and thus part of the "sound profile" others must accept and join or reject while still afoot) so I will use that as my Internet Time to free up more writing time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rain forest trip

This is what a forest is supposed to look like - dark, with a dense understory.

Logbook from one of the letterboxes

typing in the common area

history of the inn

Monday, September 17, 2012

Streamlines Deluxe

Another post stealing the name of a fellow blog.

I finished up on the 1942 Corona Silent which still fits the post but is of a lighter color.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

speedline 2

4A 180044 - 1947?

Fewer stripes - I guess the Silent outranks the Sterling?

I got my first typogram in the mail today!  Now to figure the best arrangement for posting.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

old books

I found this in the bins today.  It's from 1907.

I learned Gregg shorthand in high school (got up to about 70 wpm).   I was very interested to learn there was another, competing system, colloquially called "Pitman" after its inventor.  Eventually Gregg won out but I found these two books - one on the system and a dictionary of words written out - in a bookstore in the 1980's, 

It had been around a long time, as you see above.  This particular volume was printed in 1900.

It's amazing to me how economical they were, with tiny print on very thin paper.  This book is about 5"x7"

The dictionary and phrase book was printed in 1902.  It's larger but no less economically printed on thin paper with sardine-can use of space.  You might notice this system of shorthand uses line thickness variation as well as shape.  I believe that may have been its Achilles' Heel, in that it is a fraction slower to vary pressure when writing.

one more from the want list

this is the one I passed up.  I suspect with judicious application of a fire hose the carriage may have come unstuck. 

workbench at W7DK

and one light application of 3-in-1 oil


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