Friday, May 18, 2012

Typosphere Keyword-o-Rama

(Idea shamelessly stolen from the munchkin wrangler)

Besides obsessively reloading the stats on my own blog, I thought all you fine folks might want a little view behind the Typospherical curtain. Here are the keywords folks used to locate this fine site this past week:

typosphere

Hi! Yes, you found us! Unless you were looking for the Web Home of Science Fiction Writer Ron Collins or the Ruby language blogging software. Then you might be a bit lost and very confused.

typewriters for sale

Not here, sadly. If you have deep pockets, you can look at Mr. Typewriter or My Typewriter. If you're in the New York City area, maybe Brady & Kowalski can hook you up. If you're fortunate enough to live near a repair shop, I'm sure they have some machines you can come in and try: Tom at Cambridge Typewriter spreads typer-joy, as do the fine folks at Blue Moon Camera and Machine. Or Mesa Typewriter Exchange. A good search engine will be your friend here.

Don't discount local, though. Flea markets, church bazaars, yard sales, thrift and charity shops. Typewriters are uncommon until you start finding them. Oh yeah, and that big auction site, but be wary of careful packing. Typewriters are fragile critters.

custom typewriter

Maybe you're thinking of Richard Polt's "silver surfer" technique? Or just spend some time clicking around the blog links over on the right: lots of us have painted or decorated our own machines. I'm currently taking a hard look at a grubby old Skyriter after seeing this racing-inspired customizing.

welcome to the typosphere

Hi, yes. We've met.

10-characters-per-inch pica 87 font

You probably want to go look at Ted's scans of the NOMDA blue books, which have typeface styles. Sounds like you got in reallly close and read that little number on the typeslug. You've got better eyes than I do.

bicycle typerider nyt

You must mean Maya Stein. Isn't this a great thing? We already know that typewriters like to be photographed out-of-doors, but who knew they liked interstate bike rides, too?

christopher lockett seattle

Chris is the director of the typewriter documentary "The Typewriter in the 21st Century." He's a nice guy, too, and I'm not just saying that because he ran a microphone up my shirt. Amazingly soft hands, Chris has.

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And speaking of customized typewriters. I get itchy to buy paint and noxious chemicals when I take a look at these machines.

hammacher schlemmer manual typewriter

"is probably crap." There, I finished that for you.

http://www.typosphere.info/

Little old us once again. Thanks for visiting!

8 comments:

Ted said...

Don't forget that Etsy has rather a lot of secondhand typewriters, and the sellers tend to know more about packing/shipping properly. Prices lately are generally quite reasonable, although a few sellers still price absurdly.

maschinengeschrieben said...

Look where they found 10-characters-per-inch Pica 87 font.

LeeAnna Holt said...

Now I want to pain my Skyriter. Just what color is the question.

Scott Kernaghan said...

I still think we need a custom typewriter page.

For sure!

Bill M said...

Custom typewriters would be nice. Some are custom painted & others like Richard's Twolympia are true works of genius.
http://writingball.blogspot.com/2012/02/case-of-mutant-typewriter.html

It'd be fun to see them all at one place.

Richard P said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Bill. I have another "work of genius" (note the quotes) to be featured on my blog soon. And yes, let's start a pimpin' page.

maschinengeschrieben said...

Pimp my Typewriter

- a typebarhead said...

thanks for the pimp my typewriter link. fun! And thx for the shout out to my skyriter racers and to my blog! I'm on vacation now and can't seem to stay away from my addiction and the typosphere. :)