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I had the very good fortune of attending a conference for terminologists this summer in Germany, and spent a few evenings drawing random things.
Found this interesting design book at Bookshop Santa Cruz (a place mercifully unchanged from my college memories – inexplicably it is still, in 2015, full of new books) which I bought to help with drawing practice. Tony the Tiger, like most public figures, looked better before getting into steroids and plastic surgery.
Firstly, if you have a writing shack or trailer, I want to see pictures. If you *want* a writing shack or trailer, what would it look like? Here’s my artistic rendition of two potential options:
This shackwant is, in my case, a reaction to feeling totally overwhelmed by the complexities of corporate and family life. I’m picturing myself as an elderly George Bernard Shaw, shut up in my splintery 8X8 enclosure, a place in which I can pretend a simple typewriter and cup of coffee are the only things I must contend with– that, and perhaps a cat.
Another bit of advice on the Googles, by the way? Don’t search for vintage canned ham trailers. For you’ll then want one or several, and will lose future hours to trolling Craigslist and thinking about vintage fabric for miniature window treatments. I can think of nothing quite delightfully like a typewriter in style and substance than a canned ham trailer, can you?
Will we all eventually meet up for a canned ham trailer and typing convention in some unsuspecting campground? I can only hope some summer that we do.
Don’t let puppydog-sounding products like Label Buddy lead to to think Dymo a johnny-come-lately to the punch tape label market, no. For the Label Buddy is merely a wee descendant of the 60’s era steel Dymo Mite, which could brain opponents with a single swing of your wrist (and possibly remove their heads at the same time, since it cut labels not with a serrated edge but with an open rusty blade).
I got rid of my Dymo Mite. You know what they say about having a weapon in the home, you just may use it on yourself by mistake. Label Buddy is more my speed.
Some of you out there in the typosphere are posessed of drawing skills; I’m not among you, to my sincere regret. Thankfully (oh, the irony) there is, these days, a digital crutch for every weakness (thank you, GPS) and now, with an iPad and Adobe Ideas, you too can draw a pretty good typewriter based on tracing over a photograph, and you won’t even need to scan it when you’re finished. The only hitch? Coming up with more money than God in order to buy one.
I have a feeling most typospherians would do the math on how many fountain pens a single iPad would be worth, and would then take a pass.