Monday, April 8, 2013

Magic Margin at 100,000

It's with some pride that I to announce that Magic Margin's 100,000th page views. It's an occasion for me to pause and reflect on what has happened over the past few years. This site–and to a greater extent the Typosphere –has blossomed and become something far more rich, interesting, and vibrant than I could ever have imagined.

In the Typosphere there are people making new parts for their typewriter by using 3D printing technologies. There are people writing novels and poems and essays using a typewriters. There are people creating typewriter art, starting typewriter businesses, and spreading the typewriter good word to all points on the globe. There are movies and books and blogs all about typewriters
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To share in the joy of the 100,000th page view and the vibrancy of the Typosphere, I have created a Magic Margin poster based on my logo by Nicole Ray. These 11"x17" posters are a very limited run; only 5 have been made and I want to give them away to the Typosphere.

As eager as I am to give things away to my friends, I ask for something in return. I want your thoughts and brainstorms. I want your prognostications and auguries. In the form of an essay, please.

As much as the insurrection has ignited the imagination of the world, I am curious if we can keep the revolution going? Can we create a permanent revolution in The Typosphere? What are the next steps the Typosphere should take to continue the momentum?
Responses don't need to be essays. My inner teacher took over. Your response can take the form of a blog post, a typecast, a vlog, typed essay, or any other creative genre. There is no minimum requirement as to length. Responses that answer the prompt will curry more favor with me, but that is not guaranteed. If you plan on responding via a blog or web site, write a comment to this post with a URL pointing to your project. Offline responses can be emailed to ryan@magicmargin.net for consideration. I, of course, will accept something in the mail.

Every entry will be given two scores. One score is based on the Holistic 6-Traits (http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/PDF/HOLISTICRUBRICBASEDON6TRAITS.pdf) and will garner a number from 1 to 6. The rubric is comprehensive and my evaluation will be equally precise. The second score will also range from 1 to 6; one being "meh" and 6 being "wow." Added together these two scores will be the final valuation. I will then rank the scores of all responses lowest to highest. The top 5 will get public praise and a poster. The remainders will also get something, but not nearly as awesome as the poster. In the event there is a tie, Mrs. Magic Margin (an exceptionally gifted Advanced Placement teacher) will break the tie.

All responses to the Magic Margin 100,000 Page View Celebration Contest must be submitted no later than 20th of April.

29 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 100k!. I really enjoy your blog and I hope it is not too long before you hit 200k.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment. I certainly have fun writing it.

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  2. -1 point for spelling it "Typoshpere" :D

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  3. Tempting challenge. I might have to skip the rubrik and dive straight in. Congratulations to all those readers who find and get something from your site. And, of course, well done on the landmark 100k. Funny, but the CTP is an example I drag out to legitimise my habit. Is that very wrong?

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    1. I use Typewriter Heaven for the same thing. Don't feel bad at all.

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    2. Ha! We all legitimize each other. When people look at me funny when I mention I collect typewriters, I can always say "I'm a member of The Typosphere, an esteemed and rarefied group of intellectuals, scholars, writers, educators, philosophers and mechanical wizards spread all over the planet, all of whom are smarter and better looking than me, who all agree that what I'm doing isn't certifiable lunacy."

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  4. Congrats on 100k, Mr A! Congrats especially on using typewriters in the classroom and informing an generation about the beauty, practicality and enduring qualities of these machines. They only have one purpose, but they fulfil this purpose with style. And thanks for the great picture of La Divina, Maria Callas, poised over a Royal. Super-cool, photo.
    Here's to you next 100k!

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    1. I know that Tebaldi is considered the better voice, but Callas in old recordings has an amazing range. One of my favorites.

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    2. I'd have to say that the Callas photo would be stunning even if she sang like a cat.

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    3. With those bullets she's got frontloaded, I'd listen to her if she sang like a goat :D

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  5. Congratulations!

    It's ahrd to fype withour errors when Marias Calls is nearby ...

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  6. Congratulations on your landmark! I second Richard's comment.

    Sadly, I am a science guy and grew up in an era before language arts rubrics. I'll have my daughters coach me or I might just write something for fun. After all, anything to avoid doing taxes is a good thing, right?

    P.s. I escond teh commet abuve.

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    1. Thank you. If you ever want to form a Maria Callas support group, count me in.

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    2. I think the support that she's getting is just fine as it is.

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  7. Congratulations!!! 100K visits its a fantastic number! Here's for many 100K visits more!

    It's been a long since I last submitted a paper, but I'll give it a shot. It will be a great excuse to use the newest adittion to the collection.

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    1. Thank you and I look forward to whatever you create!

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  8. Congratulations on the one-hundred thousand.

    Currently enveloped in the murky world of rubriks and essays (an alternative reality called high school) - you can look forward to my humble submission.

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    1. Fantastic! The more voices from the Typosphere, the better!

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  9. Congratz! Nice work! I like your idea for a "paper". Curious to read all about it in the typosphere. Don't know yet where I can contribute myself, as I'm still a newbie.

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    1. Thanks. I'm interested in seeing what all these creative types come up with.

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  10. Awesome. Many Congratulations! I am sure it will be 1,000,000 views soon!

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  11. You'll have some reading on your hands! I sent mine via email, tho check your Junk folder. Stuff sent from my uni account have a habit of finding their way into junk folders.

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  12. Fashionably "almost" late. Here's my entry. http://es.scribd.com/doc/137014932/The-typewritten-revolution-an-assessment

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  13. I'm even more fashionably late than Miguel but cheers to you, your blog, and the typewriter classroom project!

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  14. a couple of days too late, and in the form of a blog post with typos intact, but here you go:

    http://munk.org/typecast/2013/04/23/adopt-a-typosaurian-today/

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  15. Somehow I missed this post. Congratulations!!!! Many have benefited from your words... thoughts and comments (I know I have). Gee

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