25 things in 250 days

Hope this holidays has been good to you.

I’m getting around the backlog of everything this long weekend — TV shows, laundry, blogging, chores, typewriter cleanings, you name it! Jumping straight to today’s post:

This post was typed out ages ago on Scarelette (red Corona 4) and the ribbon advance decided to play up. Switching to Lyla (lavender Corona 4) who had a really odd same spot mid carriage jam as seen in the attempted typecast below didn’t seem too clever an idea.

Ugh that blotches!

I wasn’t happy at all with the typecast and then spent the next couple of days giving the escapement area a good clean, and basically kicked it into submission. The carriage works perfectly now, just haven’t quite had the chance to pound out a good typecast just yet…

Anyway, back to the 250 days thing.
There’s a thing going around the Internets — set a number or goals and aim to complete them in a certain number of days. It’s a wee bit like new year resolutions with a ticking dateline. I’m not sure about you, but most of my past new year resolutions dissolved by March.

The bandwagon asks for 100 things to be done in 1001 days, but 100 things seemed like quite a feat. I barely made the 25 things that I would like to do by the end of the year, most of them are little “to-try” and “to-make” things.

The list is here: 25 in 250.

Would love to see your lists if you have one!
Meanwhile… enjoy the chocolate wrabbits and egg squashin’ hunts guys.

Pedometer Experiment – Trial 2

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It worked pretty well I must say!
The clicker itself is very soft to touch and not over-responsive. Not heavy at all too. There’s no way to hit the reset button by accident as that button is pretty stiff. While waiting for the clicker to arrive I went straight to complicated-town on how to attach the clicker to the machine. Duct tape? An extra attachment? Pop sticks? Something anything?!
Who knew just chucking it on the space bar would just work awesomely?

I’m sure with more practice that the error margin will go down. Just a quick run down of having it on the space bar:

PROS

  • Kicked the problem of double spacing and error spacing – clicking on the button directly made the counting easy to track. Right hand clicking made the count, and anywhere outside the clicker isn’t a count.
  • clear visibility of the counter screen.
  • counter didn’t slip, stayed right where it was taped.
  • easy to set up

CONS

  • The counter ain’t a skinny one. It’s quite raised above the rest of the keyboard so it’s gets in the way of the lower banks. The height also got in the way of the type feel.
  • You have to hit the button on-the-spot. There was a couple of times I totally missed it and spaced the table top. Probably could make a larger surface area button thing. Hmm!

More. Testing. Please.
Test 2.2 the next night:

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PROS

  • Kicked the problem of double spacing and error spacing – by positioning the button right under the right side space bar elbow I could make the  the far right end of the bar clicking count, and far left hand clicking not log in the count. The arm is  just high enough to little wuvvy kissy the button to make the +1 happen, and just high enough to not log in the count from the left hand side. Kapish?
  • No need to aim to hit the mark, ergo the higher accuracy.
  • Unhindered typing.

CONS

  • The counter ain’t a skinny one so I had to raise the thole typewriter up.
  • It was not easy to set up. I tried using this method for my Corona 4 and failed miserably!
  • Screen isn’t that easy to read.
  • I stuck the counter on the table cloth that sits on our tables. The counter moved out of place after awhile.

 

There’s heaps more to do for this experiment and there’s long winded type tests to be done! I’m pretty happy with the results so far even though it’s still a plus minus 5% error.
I think I’ll stop here tonight. My knees and ankles aren’t being nice today.

Thanks for reading guys.
Tried and tested on the trusty Blimey, Royal Model P.

The Pinkmett One

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Remember this machine? My aunty had found this machine in Darwin and gave it to me!
In Darwin. Exactly. I know right?!
Never thought that there would be a wild typewriter here.

Anyway, after 8 months of procrastinations and dibble-dabblings (egad!) this machine got the cleaning and taking aparts in my crazy cleaning spree. Got home from really motivated one particularly hot Sunday arvo and started taking this Adler body apart. It took AGES! Being in a stinking hot shed baking in the sun didn’t help. The base plate had refused to budge, even with nudging from several screwdrivers.
The base plate finally popped out (flinging my little screwdriver to the other end of the shed) and my sore arms barely managed to air punch at shoulder level.

Chuffed as, sanded the plastic body down and dunked it in a soap wash. Then I got to cleaning the innards with new found air compressor that I am *totally* in love with. All it needs is a needle attachment to be perfect.

Primed and ready to spray: I did the spray paint shake-a-shake dance. Then the heavens open up and yells and spits. *sigh*
They obviously did not like my dance.

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Fast forward to Tuesday.

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I’d forgotten about the fumes — the last time I used a particular brand the next day was filled with blurness in the eyes and poor everything. Obviously softball training the day after was not very good one.

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Fast forward to Friday.

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Anddddd on the 6th day Nat rested. :p

Handed the present over on Saturday to a very excited mum, and I hear the kids love it! Well that’s another 8 month old promise fulfilled.

There’s a huge storm rolling in now, I think it be bedtime ‘fer me.
Thanks for reading guys.

 

Typewritten on kid’s new Adler Tippa that hopefully will last lifetimes to come.