Tuesday, July 08, 2014

An Exceedingly Deliberate Act



Post-Script: This recruiting your relative to become a fellow typist business is a bit like enlisting a family member to become a fellow anarchist; there's always more at stake, for them and yourself, than what first appears. I do hope he truly enjoys his hobby, rather than feeling he has to do it out of a sense of obligation to me. But, even so, if he keeps at it long enough, it will become habitual, will take hold of him, I'm almost certain. I think the biggest factor will be if his machine remains reliable. Mechanical issues can become a deal-breaker, unless a person is predisposed to fiddling with things mechanical.

Typecast via Hermes Rocket. The intermittent carriage movement problem seems to be entirely gone, though a few of the type slugs will stick at their fully extended position after releasing their keys, indicative that more work is to be done; but this machine is already a joy to use, I can hardly see going back to using another machine in my collection. Photo via Fujifilm X10 in Madrid, NM.


Blogger Richard P said...

Good for you and your brother. Yes: when we actually use these machines, they prove to have all sorts of exciting potential.

I've been to Madrid, NM (and was born in Madrid, Spain).

1:36 PM  
Blogger Bill M said...

Great that your brother is typing. Switching to even an electric typewriter is a challenge for one who has never used anything but a computer KB, especially the tactile ones. The IBM M is not much different than a Selectric, but functionality is still something new to learn.

I be it is a real challenge to go from computer to a manual typewriter.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Joe V said...

@Richard: The funny thing about Madrid, NM is the names's pronunciation, with the accent on the first syllable, very non-spanish for such a hispanic state.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Joe V said...

@Bill: My brother says his cat likes listening to him type. Which I find exceedingly amusing, on various levels.

6:52 PM  

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