Thursday, July 17, 2014

Omega of the Sanctuary

The Bulgarian-made Omega II is a Princess 300 is a Maritsa 11 is a Scheidegger Princess-Matic. Essentially. I've tried Richard Polt's Scheidegger and hardly noticed a difference in typing feel; both are solid and snappy typers. Polt voted the model Best Portable, I can see why. My one quibble: a rather heavy carriage-shift.

The Omega II typecast is my last from the sanctuary, I'll be back in August with a post from my new digs. Cheers.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Selectrification of Mad Men

Mad Men Season 7 sings the body Selectric, manual typewriters 
take the back seat. 

In Season 1, Joan unveils the earlier model, mammoth-size Selectric. "Now don't get overwhelmed by all this technology," she reassures the then greenhorn Peggy. By Season 7, baby Selectrics had taken over. The transition was deftly calibrated; the in-between seasons had a mix of manual and electric.

The rise of mid-century manuals- Olivetti Lettera 32, Smith-Corona Skyriter, Hermes 3000, and Royal Safari.

The 50s throwback- Olympia SM3. Don Draper types a never-sent apology letter to his secretary after treating her like a sack of potatoes following a meaningless late night tryst. A complex character bedeviled by contradictions, Draper is given redemptive moments in Season 7. Speaking of, the first of a two-part final season ended with a song-and-dance from the ghost of Bert Cooper. Dancing with his secretaries ala Hollywood musical, I found the audacious denouement surprisingly poignant. It has everything to do with the fact that he sings "The Best Things in Life are Free..." to Don Draper. Full stop.  

Mad Men is seven episodes away to curtain call. For me, this could only mean starting over on video... 

... time traveling back to season 1, 
to the reign of the manual typewriter.
It's just a Zippo lighter away.

Zippo DVD case is aluminum. Coolness. 

* Typecast via Olivetti Lettera 22

Monday, June 30, 2014

Chicago's Summer Face


A surprise visit from Cincy-based friend
Kyle meant a surprise mini type-in. He 
proved to be a killer typist, even with 
the 1920's Royal P.

If you recall, Kyle was one of those who test-typed
Olivetti Lettera 25 for my T-Day 2012 post.

* More on Plensa and Awilda: Chicago Tribune
* Typecast via Olivetti Valentine

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Google+ Apocalypse: How to dream lo-tech again

The unthinkable happened today. I was annoyed that Google+ uploads all the photos I post so I deleted 98% of the albums, only to find out that they're the very same ones that store my blogger photos.  Most of the uploaded photos are now permanently deleted. Perhaps it was a major cognitive lapse on my part or a dogged refusal to accept how Google+ networks all of my online stuff without a care. 

Numbed by all these, I need to figure out how to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Creative ideas are welcome, Typosphere.

Update: Many thanks for the supportive comments, guys. One good thing- I was using Photobucket for my pre-Google+ posts so the earlier ones are intact. And believe it or not, re-construction has begun. My immediate goal is to restore the Olivetti posts. I guess some things never change. (: