Friday, December 30, 2011

With Any Luck, We'll Get in the OED in 2012

A rarely-activated Google news search popped this article in the LA Times by me today:

Patt Morrison Asks: Two from the 'typosphere'

World domination can't be too far behind...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

College students hold a type-in / letter-writing social

Manual typewriters are enjoying a comeback at Amherst College.
Like most American institutions, the college has a thriving party scene, where students who want to socialize can knock back a few drinks and grind the night away to pounding bass lines.

"But we also have a large part of the population who really aren't inter­ested in dancing in a dark basement," says Crista Reed, assistant director of student activities. So this fall the college started "Amherst After Dark," a 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. program meant to provide consistent social options for students who want to stay out late and remain sober.

As one of September's activities, Ms. Reed proposed a "letter-writing social," hearkening back to her own days as a "slightly dorky undergrad" at Roanoke College who eschewed late-night parties in favor of things like writing letters to relatives and high-school friends. This fall Ms. Reed ordered three manual typewriters, some hand-cut quill pens, stationery, postcards, postage stamps, and even wax cartridges for a hot-glue gun so that students could art­fully seal their letters without using open flames.

She was expecting 150 to 200 students to show up. She drew 350. ...

Read more here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blatant plug time!

To be fair, I waited as long as I possibly could before perverting the pure and worthy cause of WTTT for my own fiendish ends. So when you indict me mentally (as well you should) for my crimes, recall – if you will – that I waited a full seven days before I did so.

So without further ado, I would like to invite you to become one of the literally dozens of happy persons who have purchased and enjoyed Pen and Platen: Short Stories Written the Long Way.

MARVEL! At the non-bilateral exploits of legendary gunfighter, Silas Starkweather!

GASP! At the horrible leviathan of the deep!

THRILL! As you plunge into the fevered mind of a madman!

PAY! Only $0.99!

Thanks, and enjoy.

-Mike

Son of (Philly) Type-In, Dec 10th

I've been lax in the shameless promotion department, so just a reminder that there's another Philadelphia-area type-in this Saturday, December 10 at Bridgewater's Pub, starting at 1:00 PM. (I'd like to remind all attendees that the Typosphere Management has a particular soft spot for cheesesteak sandwiches with onions.)

If you go, take pictures! And if you've got a type-in planned for your neighborhood, just post a comment.