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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

tram-cast and Portland wrap-up

As you can see, when I opened the case, I umped the ribbon selector to "stencil" and had to retype the line.  I had to hurry - it was only a 3 minute trip.  Here are some views from the tram:

 And here are the books I found at Powell's:
 And this is an awesome display they had up:

This Goodwill superstore was just off the bike trail:
 They had some nice stuff:
 Including a typewriter with a really good ribbon:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bond Day extensions

Bond laughed. "When I'," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."
—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, "Rouge et Noir'

Saturday, May 25, 2013

reflections on Bond Day

I found a gif of the pistol mechanism on tumbler via Bing:

As wikipedia described the Kel-Tecs as " short-recoil operated" and the Walther as " blowback-operated," I figured the difference was important so I looked it up and I'm not sure how I'd apply it in fiction.  Interesting reading though.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bond Day iii - Casino Locale

I suppose I could have saved up and made a visit to Monte Carlo, but after spending so much at the gun range in the afternoon, I was feeling impecunious that evening, so I just drove to the second-nearest casino to my home.

No, I didn't buy this.  On my way to the casino I came upon a goodwill 20 minutes before closing.  They had this late-model Olivetti and an Irish tweed jacket that was too small.  I left there empty-handed but with my meagre gaming stake intact.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bond Day - Part II: The Firing Range

Thought to take a pic right before leaving

Believe it or not, I was trying to hit the other squares along the bottom and left.  I tried to stay off the right out of consideration for the next shooter.

using up the ammo

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bond for a Day - Part I

 I have been rereading the Bond novels in order lately and with all the activities involved that are far removed from my daily life, I thought it would help me get into "vacation mode" to have a Bond Day where I do a few of them.  Here's the first installment.

typed on Torpedo, for the exciting, dangerous-sounding name.

Sonny, I've lost more balls than you ever had!
typed on Olympia SM-3, for the proper 1950's cold-war feeling

I'll continue soon with the pistol range and the casino.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Other Things

I'm entering this text on my latest find - the Grail of computing.  I mean of course a Model M keyboard with real clicky keys!  It's just loud enough to swap in the next time someone complains about the typewriter noise.

 And finally, here's my own Travel-Riter, with a Corsair for scale.  It's basket shift.  It's having a problem - the carriage is off the rails somehow, as if something came loose.  I've been meaning to see if anyone has suggestions but I need to get a more precise diagnosis and good pics.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Based on a true story

I have fictionalized my flight down to LAX to make the purpose a bit more interesting, and since my own name doesn't have a nice "fictional" sound to it, I casted about vainly for another.  obviously rule one was brevity but perhaps I need to prioritize "mouth feel" of names above brevity.

So yes, I did type on Virgin America again and realized later I was using the same typewriter again.

Friday, May 10, 2013

LAX next week - who wants a type-in?

Short bikecast on paper from my pocket (above).

Longer typecast originally planned for today (below).

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The weekend in typewriters

view from the Swedish Cultural Center

Riding up the street, I saw a typewriter on a car tailgate and had to get a shot of it.  I like that it's on a "Matrix" too.

View of the Locks


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