Thursday, April 25, 2013

Angering the Typewriters

So after lofty promises and Greek-drama-sized hubris, the USB typewriter project has come to a halt. The mounting point I imagined just won't work and I am starting to question the wisdom of using my Underwood. Mostly because the rear feet are too squished and are providing almost no clearance for the sensor bar. 

While the mount point I picked was beautiful and it made some sense, I was unprepared for how much it would affect the feel of the movement. Stopping the intermediate linkage even a few millimeters made the whole machine unresponsive. I am beginning to see why the ribbon vibrator bar was a wise choice on Jack's part. The vibrator bar is a piece that interacts with every key bar, yet has movement so as to prevent any major alteration to the feel of the typewriter.

You win some and then you loose some.

I guess that the Ancient Ones of the Typosphere looked unfavorable on my enterprise. Yet, like Herbert West I shall reanimate this idea.

10 comments:

  1. What about entallerizing* the feet with something like cane tips? Give that project some legroom!

    * Technical term for "embiggen"

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    1. That is the simple solution. To the hardware store!

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  2. If you must give the typewriter a brain, why not also give it bionic feet? Perhaps even tripod legs like the Martian craft in War of The Worlds. Then you could program it to come when you whistle and use it as a standing typewriter. Of course, then you'd want a webcam mounted and a proximity sensor to keep it from knocking into walls and such when it walks.

    Where does it all end???

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    1. But what do I do if it develops a taste for humans rather than Crane's Crest? That is a grim possibility indeed.

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    1. Thanks, it's a rarely seen side of Easter Island.

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  4. I love that picture too.

    Time to replace those feet, good sir. It can be done! It can be done!

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    1. There is a hard way and an easy way. You have suggested the easy way. Hardware!

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  5. Great photo. As Thomas Edison you have learned what wont work, now onto what will work.

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