I’m fascinated by retro writing gear.
I used typewriters when they were part of the “normal” workflow, but apparently I’m lazy enough to appreciate the efficiencies of modern tech.
Which is why I perk up when something like the Qwerkywriter USB mechanical keyboard — which is built to look (and act) like a typewriter keyboard — pops up.
It’s beautiful and different and nostalgic, but it’s also expensive ($309 at the special intro price).
Will the typewriter revivalists — who typically slave on computers because they have to — bite?
I thought about it. Apparently I’m a sucker for nostalgia. But a cheap one, so I didn’t buy.
If I was writing a hard-boiled detective novel, maybe I’d take the plunge. The atmosphere would be worth it.
Keep writing (on whatever keyboard thrills), Tom Chandler.
Suddenly, Weird Al is rocking the copywriting world. First with a grammar video, then this examination of corporate mission statements. It earns points for its repeated use of “synergy,” but loses them because it lacks any mention of delighting customers.
A sad omission.
Embarrassing Age-Related Note: I sent this link to a younger writer friend, suggesting that Weird Al’s cover of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song was surprisingly good.
He replied “Crosby who?”
Keep writing those mission statements, Tom Chandler.
Apparently, the Interwebs’ abuse of the English language has grown so dire that even Weird Al Yankovich feels compelled to speak out:
And yes, because I have mad psychic skills I know the question you’re dying to ask.
“Tim,” you say (apparently forgetting that’s not my name).
“Does this herald the beginning of a tsunami of beat-driven, letter-based videos generated by celebrities which should open up new revenue streams for freelance writers?”
Of course it does. Of course.
Keep writing, TC
For 28 years I've worked as a copywriter. Despite that, I retain a youthful appearance and remain mostly sane.
I'm a copywriter, but the Underground isn't focused solely on copywriting; it's a reflection of one writer's interest in other writers (and writer's tools, text editors, creativity - and everything else that bubbles up).