There are few possessions I've held on to like my Remington Rand De Luxe Porta 5. I've been trying to fix it, it mostly works kind of/sort of. OK, I give up.
Usually, I need a story to go with most of the functional art I keep around the house. I can go on and on about when or where I acquired a guitar, or a wooden box, or a magic trick -- but this typewriter just seems to always have been with me. It almost always works.
Every now and then it'd start to stick. I'd blow it out with compressed air. Nowadays the carrier advance isn't working so well, the ribbon doesn't much want to self-wind and I'm starting to think the springs are all just getting tired. I may try to degunk it myself, but I'm resigned to driving across the SF bay next week to drop it off at the last typewriter shop around.
The gentleman in the video cleaned up a nice example of my baby. Mine is serial number B152XXXX in series, and slightly more aged than the one he has. Happily, the finish on mine remains pretty much as I imagine it came from the factory. There is very little rust or tarnish to be found. Sadly, she is just tired, and needs a real tune up.
If the DE LUXE can't be restored to fully working condition, I'll be forced to switch to the Death Star of typewriters: my father's electric 1980s Smith Corona Ultrasonic 450 Messenger.The Smith is easier to use but lacks all the aesthetic pleasure of typing on a typewriter, and reminds me very much of the Audi 5000 he once drove. All the power of a 4 and the gas mileage of a 6.
Typewriter sculptor Jeremy Meyer sez, “I just got back from Telluride where the feature-length documentary by Doug Nichol called ‘California Typewriter’ premiered.”
Benjamin Cheh and Jeffrey Kong made this prototype Lego typewriter a couple of years ago: “a perfect example of how LEGO elements can pack so much detail in something so small. A retro creation for both the young and the young at heart – imagine this typewriter on your desk!” Their site’s a treasure trove […]
OverType simulates, to an undesirable degree of accuracy, the experience of using a mechanical typewriter. You can have three fonts, one of which is IBM’s classic Courier, set the degree to which you want your typewriter to be broken, and the state of your ribbon ink. You cannot delete—but there is correction paper!
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]