Is Manual Labor a For-Credit Subject?
So, a friend has a miniature academy called MindSpot, where Philadelphians (or those who can get to Philadelphia) learn about: Pencils, Scriptwriting, better iPhone photography and many other skills in one-session evening classes.
Have decided to offer Introduction to Analog Living, in which I will gather a series of “obsolete” items in one room and explain how they all could more or less make your life better if they were part of it again.
Sony TC-D5 pro cassette deck
My First Sony Cassette Box
Olivetti Lettera 32
Olympia SM 9
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Filofax Luxe, Personal
We will run through the operation of all these companions, without the aid of wi-fi or high-speed connections, then consider where and how to reintroduce said devices into every day life, and what to expect when they bump up against the virtual world.
While most typospherians may not need this sort of re-refresher course, you may know someone who would enjoy a survey-style experience; pass it along if you like.
Here’s a link, since there’s not enough time to send me an SASE, heh!
In other news — yes, there will be a Third Annual TYPE-IN in Philadelphia, early December–date/location TBA.
Oh, and with I.T.A.M. in full swing, I will answer any mail I get! (at the address in the top left corner) cheers, mike mcgettigan… (Deek, workin’ on yours next)
Today’s Times (3/24/11) had an Olympia (SM 3?) on D1, front of the Home section, and sharing desk space with a MacBook inside… hmmm, looks a bit “proppy”, and no way to tell if the West Village’s Mr. David Coggins typewrites or not. But better keys atop the desk than around the wrist, I always say!
Elsewhere, in Business, Times Personal Tech writer Sam Grobart ponders, “Ditch it or Keep It?” regarding digital jetsam (things purposefully thrown away to lighten a craft–or maybe a life).
LOSE: Desktop computer, point-and-shoot, camcorder, MP3 player, thumb drive, GPS unit.
MAYBE LOSE: Cable TV.
KEEP: Alarm clock, books. (Yay!)
Hmmm, nothing about my Sony TCM 5000 portable mono cassette recorder, as beloved by NPR correspondents. It weighs as much as three iPads, but has a tanklike quality and is very simple to use. Oh, and since it’s the size of a Webster’s (an ancient, paper-based dictionary), it’s impossible to misplace and functions as a doorstop/bookend between interviews. Keep!
(er, and buy 2 more, and trashpick a box of Maxell Cro II cassettes in perfect condition)
Encountered as we walked quickly across Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia...
“FOR THE CURIOUS…” read the sign taped to the young woman’s jacket. “I am slow-walking the length of Rittenhouse Square, a distance that, at a normal pace, takes a little over two minutes. I will begin at the southwest corner and end at the northeast corner, where I will resume “normal” speed. Please join me for any length of time should you so desire.”
My wife and I were out on a Sunday afternoon walk, and suddenly our cadence seemed blisteringly fast. I tried and managed to keep, er, down with her for only half-a-dozen five-inch strides. My wife waited ahead, impatiently. I caught up with her, we waited again for the slow walking young lady. Another man read the sign, and slowed his pace, but again, for less than a dozen steps. We watched from a distance as she sloooowly reached the end of the Square, and suddenly shifted back into a regular walk, blending with the crowd.
I had no idea that we’d encounter this, but what a message!–how long should things take? Are we moving too fast? What do we miss as we speed-walk through Rittenhouse Square, or “process words” at incredible velocity? I babbled on about this little bit of performance art for the next few blocks as if I’d been hit by lightning, or maybe espresso. My wife wasn’t so sure, and we completed our rounds at our usual pace. But tomorrow, I may try stepping down from, say 45 rpm to a long-playing 33 & 1/3… and see what happens.