Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog

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Introduction: Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog

About: Aiming to get a Show and tell maker fair going in March 2009. Anyone in UK or willing to travel, please let me know.

You are familiar with the online chatrooms, email lists, ezines, weblogs and so on, well this instructable will show you how to make and use an OFFLINE Blog.

You will be amazed at how fascinated people are with an old mechanical typewriter. Most under 30 year olds may never have seen one, let alone used one.

As with all blogs, the purpose is to be sociable and communicate, plus have a wee bit fun.

Step 1: What You Need

A typewriter. Any functioning typewriter will do. I got this lovely old classic for pennies on Ebay.

Long roll of paper approximately the width of an A4 or Foolscap sheet. I used a roll of plain lining wallpaper, cut in half and stuck together to give a longer piece on the roll. The paper should be on a cardboard tube so it rolls easily in use.

For the framework: 6 poles, bamboo or any other sticks. I used old umbrella handles

Zip ties

For the sign: some card and some umbrella spines.

Step 2: Assembling the Framework and Paper

The framework consists of two A-frames at the sides, with a top and bottom cross bar. You will probably need a diagonal brace to keep it all rigid.

Everything is held together with zipties.

The bottom cross bar is at the back and carries the roll of paper, ready to feed into the typewriter.

The top cross bar carries the paper up and over, once it has been typed on. the paper then falls away over the back out of the way.

I found it ihelpful to have a piece of string connecting the t wo front feet of the framework, passing under the typewriter, to help prevent the framework moveing around too much.

Step 3: Making the Sign

You want people to come and use it, so you need to have a sign.
This sign is made of words printed on my laser printer and then stuck on ordinary corrugated carton cardboard.

Then cut out the words or letters and lay them out on a table as you want them to look in the finished sign.

Now push umbrella spines vertically through all the pieces of corrugated card, so they are all connected on at least 4 or 5 spines. Umbrella spines have a pivoted arm about half way up and that can be used to give some crossways rigidity, but pushing it horizontally through a suitably located card (in this case the word Blog)

The two outer vertical spines can be taped to the top of the framework

Step 4: Using the Offline Blog

Encourage passersby to come and type whatever they like, leave messages for friends, be creative or whatever.

This event - the January Reshuffle in Glasgow - attracts a lot of families, cos of being free, so there were loads of preliterate kids who just typed randomly. I had to urge people to hit the keys much harder as they were not used to the sheer effort involved. The next outing of the offline blog will be at the Scottish maker fair: http://mcmadsat.blogspot.com/

Some of it was totally random, some selfconsciously posing and other bits were serendipitously fun. I particularly like the very end

Afterwards, I took digital images (1 example given here) of the whole lot of blogging and uploaded them to my own online blog http://greensteampunk.blogspot.com/. I also transcribed the blog's text, which now follows:

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    I like the part about kittehs! Yay! And (being 25) I remember the last time I used a typewriter was when I was about 12...

    oops i said that a while ago sorry

    i have a bad memory

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD When did Steampunk go from meaning "modified to run on steam" to "modified to look like a prop from Back To The Future III or The Wild Wild West, with Will Smith".

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    um BTFIII and WWW THAT WAS STEAM PUNK! also im 28 and I've seen used and owned a typewriter (i think i was one of the last ppl in the country to be learn typing on a typewriter actually)

    Don't worry, you're not the only one! I'm in my early 20s, and my folks had an electric typewriter when I was a kid. I learned on that (and the PC at school, but I had more fun on the typewriter).

    i have an electric, a brother (typewriter), a pinnock 200 ( my 1st and pride and joy) an olevitti, an adler and a 9 year old imac 3g

    lol yea my typing teacher would let us do ASCII pictures b4 holiday breaks

    hmm...I used to have a typewriter...then it broke. I wish I could find a new one...

    I'm 13 and I've owned the same typewriter since i was six, its a modern one though,but still completely mechanical.

    Excellent! You would get on with my son (Typhonatemybaby). He has several typewriters, some being modded, others for actual use: his novel is about a third done. This is in a house with three PCs and a laptop or two.

    Actually, Steampunk was a term coined to describe such fictional worlds that exist in "Wild, Wild West," where most technology runs on steam. It was not really meant to describe anything modified to run on steam.

    Things modified to run on steam are called "steam-powered". (rimshot)

    FOR THE LOVE OF STEAM. When did Steampunk go from meaning "modified to look like it ran off steam" to "modified to actually run off steam like some old Steam Trains."

    Steampunk means a lot more than just items that run off steam. A LOT more. It's basic premise is... "What the past would have been like if the future had happened earlier". Wild Wild West is a great example of steampunk, as are many other shows & movies. Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was a very early steampunk movie. Steampunk is usually centered on the victorian era, when the industrial revolution was in full swing and, through the use of machinery and steam power, anything was possible. I personally prefer the whimsical side of steampunk, with the crazy, could never work in real life made by mad scientists inventions. Others prefer the adventures of exploration, or the well mannered interactions between people, etc

    Which was, well, what I was saying. What was your point, again? I was merely mocking the person above me saying that Steampunk meant that the thing would be modified to work on steam. Perchance, did I confuse you?

    "The world will be saved by Steam!!" - Professor Steamhead of Ninja Highschool. Been my motto for years, that and: "CRANKS! AND PULLEYS!" As in answer to "But how would you control the Aether-O-Sphere from the ship if the ship is just floating in the middle of it?"