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New retrotech column: The Analog-ist

Good news! I’ve brought the cause of retrotech to the University of Washington, and will be contributing to a weekly column on the Master of Communication in Digital Media blog, Flip the Media, that’s about offline culture, retrotech, etc.

The column is called The Analog-ist. I’d love to see your comments and observations over there, because I think some of the discussions in the typosphere are brilliant and I’d love to see them reach a wider audience. Come on down.

That said, I plan to keep rambling on Strikethru on my regular not very often schedule. So no change there.

Carry on…

The maker movement = the typosphere?

Surely someone out there in the ever-growing typosphere has posted about the maker movement, and I’m just late to the party remarking on it here. Is the maker movement an answer to the question of whether you can earn money with a typewriter?

I’ve always faintly been aware of Make magazine, thinking it was just another source of information about the well-established D.I.Y movement (and therefore haven’t showed it much interest, as I’m unlikely to ever find the time to can my own food or build a water purifier out of diodes and fishing nets) but Forbes describes it as people who “create, build, design, tinker, modify, hack, invent, or simply make something” from the intersection of analog and tech. Isn’t this essentially Clickthing, among others of you who’ve modified cameras, typewriters, and other offline tools?

I’ve got my money on you guys to be the next big thing in the maker movement.

Pen & Platen by Mike Speegle and entrepreneurship in the typosphere



Hope everyone out there in the typosphere is enjoying their Nanowrimo hangover, otherwise known as Christmas. Have been remiss in updates due to various factors, but just checking in to congratulate Mike Speegle on the publication of his book of short stories, Pen & Platen (cover designed by Typewriter Heaven‘s Rob Bowker? Do I have this detail correctly? Love that cover). Did you know that you can give Kindle books as gifts? And Pen & Platen is currently available for the outrageously affordable price of $1?

Now you know.

Mike Speegle is ahead of the curve here in terms of the way publishing works now; moping around the mailbox waiting for rejection letters is not the way it’s done by forward-thinking writers. I just finished a class on managing your digital presence (otherwise known by the distasteful term “personal branding”), and realized that typospherians already do quite a bit of this, and well enough to have built a lively community around it. Speegle here has raised the bar by not just talking about writing, but using digital tools to get himself published, and I admire him for it.

Anyone else out there have a New Years goal of publishing, launching a business (applause also for Type-o-Matic‘s launch!) or otherwise turning their love for writing and writing tools into a creative enterprise? For my class in grad school I merely did some sprucing up of my resume-type web site, but still haven’t thought my goals through like Bowker and Speegle (now, doesn’t that sound like a law firm straight out of Harry Potter?)

In the New Year, I aspire to be more like these guys. What about you?

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

What does handwriting have to do with Steve Jobs?

Here’s the Steve Jobs speech, and here’s a post about the virtual type-in from The Right Reverend Theodore Munk, Manual Entry, Little Flower Petals, Writing Ball, Retro Tech Geneva, who’d I miss?? Hope you guys had fun.

You are an artist

Ya know, as a post script I’m adding several years into the future, this was a little silly.

Jamie? Apica notebook going once, going twice…

Here it is the end of the night again, so much to say and no time to post. Argh!

Haven’t yet heard from Jamie, winner of the Apica notebook drawing. I will re-draw sometime this weekend if I don’t hear back by tomorrow. If you’re out there, let me know and I’ll get that notebook in the mail!

And the winner is…

The winner of the Apica notebook, as selected by the random number generator, is…

Jamie! Congratulations!

E-mail me the address to send it to and it will be on its way. I’ve decided to award a second entrant another Apica notebook, and will re-draw in a week, so if you haven’t added your name to the Apica post a few posts ago, go for it (or to this post, with your favorite notebook story). Enjoyed everyone’s notebook stories, as for me, I am using and liking Myndology stuff lately (See the index at lower left for Myndology-related posts). Seems there remains a lot o love for the classic Moleskine out there.

In a way this drawing became April foolish in that I didn’t announce the winner Friday as promised. Sorry about that, Friday sort of went off the rails for several reasons.

Note that this post was written in the least analog way possible, on the virtual keypad of a Windows 7 phone. Oh, the shame. I hereby hand over my typosphere membership card to the front desk.

Typecast: the revolution

Welp, the image that used to be here is lost. So who knows what this post was about?

Powell’s announces layoffs

About the Typewriter Collector’s Alliance on Facebook

News article about this weekend’s Snohomish type-in

Cowcast: Trespassing

Only in the typosphere would someone start a cowcasting meme, and that person is Clickthing. If you poke around the typosphere, you will find others. Here’s mine.

Oh, I realize brussels sprouts is spelled with an s on the end of brussels. But it just sounds wrong that way.