45 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. spanning the centuries in communication?

    sturge, you forgot (or maybe it’s there and i can’t see what that is on the left of the underwood) the quill pen & ink set.

    those oil lamps sure came in handy during hurricane season in florida.  also did their job well during the 11 days ice storm without electricity a few years ago in KY 

  2. My mother had one of those typewriters.  When she got a new one to replace it, sometime in the early nineteen sixties, she held a party to destroy it.  We had a festive time beating it up with hammers and a sledge hammer.  Great party.  Although I would like one of them it would be for display only.  I already have a couple of nineteen fifties typewriters.  And, a nineteen seventy IBM Selectric, which broke down. There is something special about typing a letter on a manual machine to remind one of how nice computer keyboards are.

  3. bill did a nice tribute to henry waxman & other gov’t workhorses (rather than show horses)


    Bill’s “bringing unsexy back” with a new award honoring dull, dedicated civil servants who know how to make actual progress, as opposed to doing progressive theater.

  4. BB, bet that underwood if still intact would be a real collector’s item now.  

    memories of being fascinated as a child watching that arc of type gracefully dance as though choreographed by balanchine. 


    sometimes the time it takes to actually write by hand (or even by the slowness of manual typewriter) a letter that takes careful thought is the only way to get the right sentiment across.


  5. My best translation from mind to paper was always a manual typewriter..,,,.not the old Underwood. but the later model Royals.  Was never adept at any electric models.  I lost a goodly number of suitcase “portables” in the great fire at dry storage #1.   

  6. from the “what have we come to?” file today


    Federal authorities arrested two women in Pennsylvania on Friday on charges related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol building after the FBI said one of the women expressed an intent to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
    Dawn Bancroft and Diana Santos-Smith were identified by law enforcement after the FBI said it received a tip on Jan. 12 with a video purportedly capturing the two women as they left the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 amid a large mob of people, according to a criminal complaint.
    “We broke into the Capitol. . . . We got inside, we did our part,” Bancroft said in the video she sent to her children, according to the FBI. “We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain, but we didn’t find her.”

    add that to this story in the sun:

    SHOCKING bodycam footage shows Capitol rioters trampling over a dying Georgia woman who had brought a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag to the MAGA siege.
    The violent video shows rioters hurtling over the woman, who later died, to beat Capitol police officers with items like a hockey stick and a crutch.

  7. The first one I ever got of my own was a toy with a dial you’d turn to type one letter at a time.   que tedioso. 

  8. miss the tap tap tap … ping! sound

    Viennese Percussionist Martin Breinschmid with his version of the “Typewriter” Live at the BASF concert hall Ludwigshafen,Germany 2008,Strauß Festival Orchestra Vienna

  9. carl hiaasen in miami herald:

    Day after day, millions of exasperated seniors armed with laptops, cell phones, iPads and tech-savvy grandchildren try to penetrate swamped local websites that fleetingly offer appointments.
    Meanwhile, in the blue-sky parallel universe accessible only to the mind of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state’s distribution networks are humming along like well-oiled machines. The only problem is a shortage of vaccines.
    Space limitations prevent recapping all the governor’s boasting, bungles and deceptions since the pandemic began. Now that his hero Donald Trump is out of office, there’s nobody at the White House to give DeSantis cover when he equivocates.
    The result is a daily display of doubletalk that would be comical if so many lives and jobs weren’t at stake. The governor never had a master plan for getting out the vaccine, but he’s determined to ignore and discredit Joe Biden’s.
    As soon as the new administration began discussing the use of FEMA to set up mass inoculation sites, DeSantis curtly blew off the idea, saying we don’t need federal help in Florida; just send more vaccines!
    A White House spokesman responded with interesting supply statistics that DeSantis had either overlooked, or hidden from the public — the state had administered only about half of the 3.1 million doses it had been sent.
    Snap! Trump would never have burned the governor so bluntly, and with actual facts.
    DeSantis then commenced to pivot like a palm rat on a hot roof, claiming the state has been withholding all that vaccine for use as second doses — a 180-degree flip from three weeks earlier, when he’d threatened to cut off hospitals for doing the same thing.
    It took weeks of chaotic online bottlenecks for the DeSantis administration to announce that it’s finally creating a statewide website where seniors will be able to put their names on an actual waiting list for inoculation.
    And if that website works as well as the governor’s COVID unemployment website, everyone who doesn’t die first might be vaccinated by the year 2045.
    By the way, about those FEMA sites that DeSantis claims Florida doesn’t need — can we please take a vote on that?

  10. BiD, things i don’t miss about the good old typewriter days are error correcting hassle and not being able to instantly change one’s mind about placement or sequence of phrases,   paragraphs  and pages.

    oh and don’t forget the nightmare of carbon copies and the white-out!

  11. Sturg…   love that picture of the sun!
    Craig…  I too had an IBM Selectric….    used it to type my own college papers….  plus typed other student papers for a few extra bucks.
    and speaking of keyboards…  I ordered a new Mac yesterday.  It’s got a 27 inch screen…   it’ll feel like I’m watching tv on the thing.

  12. Ha, RR it was a wondrous machine at the time. As a young lawyer not yet entitled to a secretary I used to type my motions on one and a local judge  was so impressed he got one and asked me to teach him how to use it, but then the bastard still ruled against me (I was suing Disney, which wasn’t allowed in Orange County FL in those days). 

  13. giuli’s even too far out for bannon according to this from business insider via msn:

    But then Giuliani made a surprising new allegation, suggesting that the insurrection was organized by an “anonymous” person who he claimed was connected with the Lincoln Project, a Republican group that opposes Trump.
    With raised eyebrows, Bannon asks Giuliani about who that person might be, saying: “OK, but who is it? Rudy, we can’t say – yo. Yo!” 
    Giuliani proceeds to go on a wild rant, repeating the baseless accusation as Bannon tries to interrupt him.
    “Hang on. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-what are you saying ‘working for the Lincoln Project?’ Right-wing groups like who?” Bannon pressed again.
    “I don’t know if I can reveal his name,” Giuliani responded. “Because we have that from anonymous sources. But he worked in the past for [Utah Sen. Mitt] Romney.”
    Bannon then appears to laugh off Giuliani’s response, before telling him: “This is why we’re getting blown up all the time.”
    “You can’t throw a charge out there like that and say, ‘Yeah, I’ve got a double-secret probation guy who I can’t mention but he worked for Romney and he worked for the Lincoln Project,'” Bannon added.
    Watch the exchange below:

  14. sam does rudy vis a vis da bar  and why BTW aren’t others (like those in the seditious caucus who are attorneys) being looked at for disbarment ?

  15. An interesting , on topic article.
    It was a suckers bet and if I had been the judge I would have declared them both losers. As neither the technophobe nor the technophile had a clue what the future would bring.

    A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?
    In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Now their judge weighs in.

  16. RR…….I used to watch sunday morning with kuralt and osgood and they always had these sun pictures, so when me little daughter started experimenting with Art I asked her to make me one…….I like it too.

  17. sturge & renee,  strange suns still rise every CBS sunday morning.  here’s a story they did in 2019 about the lady responsible for choosing them

    For 20 years associate director Jessica Frank has been handpicking every shining example of sun artwork to appear on our program – about 9,000 and counting, many of which have been sent in to us by our loyal and talented viewers. Serena Altschul talks to Frank about what goes into bringing a little sunshine into every broadcast. (Originally broadcast on January 27, 2019.)

  18. jack – That’s quite a story.  Things do seem on the verge of collapse when change is afoot.  Oddly, I think it’s the neo-Luddite who has no faith in humanity and the the techie who does. 

    When BananaNazi is the voice of reason, you’re the crackpot.    Rudee, Cruz, man, so many should be disbarred.  It probably won’t happen, but one can hope.  

  19. Jack

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading that article.  It was definitely a mixed decision.  While many of the technological developments enhance life, they are becoming outweighed by the encroaching environmental destruction.  

    As it happens today I’m in a wrestling match with technology in trying to get a VHS conversion to DVD conversion to Flash Drive all because I want an event filmed in 1980 in a form that is both watchable and available to send to two friends.  Pass the pain pills.


  20. You could tell which teachers had a social life because they’d be passing out stacks of wet worksheets every morning

  21. Pandemic observations – this morning I went to CostCo for my monthly shopping trip.  The D.C. region is expecting a few inches of snow, which is guaranteed to shutdown most of it Monday and Tuesday so a lot of people were shopping today.  While standing in line to enter the store I watched the people leaving with their goodies.  About a year ago the shopping carts were full of TP and paper towels.  Interesting was only two out of ten had paper products and only one out of ten had more than one of each.  It was fun to hear comments about that one load of paper.  None of it nice.  Derision was the nicest description.  I think the panic buying is over and the attempts to make a killing in the TP on Amazon is long gone too.

  22. jamie & BB, ahh the sweet smells emanating from the hectograph and the spirit duplicators — and their curious purple print

  23. wapo:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first saw the emotional wounds moments after she returned to the U.S. Capitol the evening of Jan. 6.
    “The trauma that I saw in their eyes,” Pelosi said, pausing three seconds as she recalled the faces of her closest aides. “It was just overwhelming, just overwhelming. You know, our staffs are largely young. They come here with the sense of idealism and just love that they’re working in the Capitol.”
    In addition to leading the impeachment of a former president and the inauguration of a new one, Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also played a unique role these past few weeks: emotional shepherd to a flock of traumatized lawmakers, staff and police 
    [… describes here setting up counseling  sessions and other things for lawmakers, staff etc.]
    The lawmakers are still rattled, because they personally experienced the events in question.
    So Pelosi has asked them to write an essay about their experience that day, partly as a therapeutic recollection of what they went through.
    “Be your own historian, be part of writing the history of this, because there’s nobody who can be a better validator of what happened in your experience than you,” Pelosi said.
    Pelosi has given her colleagues one other instruction, beyond writing their firsthand account. She wants them, a month or two from now, to write another personal essay, telling the story again through a more distant lens, about how they felt in the interim and how it helped their recovery.
    “When I say recovery, recovery from it,” she said. “Because this is, this is so historic. There’s nothing — there is nothing, nothing like it.”

  24. Sturge, love the typewriter.  I had an SCM for years.  It was a rhino!  Made of steel, even.  Before the daisy wheel.
    Tejas is a hateful place, for sure, BiD.  Don’t the bosses care about wearing masks?   Now TWO masks.
    Yes, thanks to that sob, orange, bucket of lard we’ve lost ONE YEAR toward ending the virus.  And the longer it drags on, the more mutations there’ll be.  

  25. It’s time for a wealth tax.   With available, good-paying jobs and an improved quality of life, it will help diffuse some of tension. It won’t cure racism, but it might calm all but the most hardcore idiots the F down. 

  26. Assorted folks keep complaining in the assorted media that congress people are taking GUNS into the capitol. Isn’t someone in charge there to stop them, take the guns, and tell them NO?? What kind of operation is that? You can’t go around a metal detector at a courthouse.  You can’t take a gun into there.  Well, mabbe you can in Tejas.

  27. Well, it’s interesting that you can’t contact the FBI via phone or e-mail without identifying yourself.  WTF?  They don’t need to know who I am!

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