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Picture of Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog
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.
 
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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.
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V-Man7374 years ago
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...
Gamer9175 years ago
lol "fleago polober"
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".
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.
I have 4
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)
SHOCK :O
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?"
When did steampunk mean "modified to run on steam"? And if that was all it was meant to mean, why would it have 'punk' as a suffix? It's always been about aesthetics.
Klappstuhl5 years ago
Great idea! BTW, "lol" in old fashion: "A Gentleman Laughs" :D
lemonie5 years ago
You had some worthless input from people touching your machine. But I like the idea L
greensteam (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Worthless, perhaps but most of the typing was by small kids, who had a lot of fun with a machine they had never seen before, so WTH.
Sorry that looks more negative than I meant it to be. I was after (hmm) "the output you've printed is mostly not worth showing us, but this has potential" I like "fleago polober" whatever that is? L
lol "fleago polober"
I don't think any of it is worthless. It really goes to show what people (small kids apparently) would type, even if they know they can't erase it.
Woah, I'm im and I have 4 typewriters
Wow! You could setup a steampunk blogspot!
Hiroak5 years ago
Hey is that a Tallboy Budweiser in the first pick? Yes it is no wonder people were typing like they did. That's great that you guy in Scotland drink American beer and not the Guinness crap... Oh and cool Idea I liked typing on my grandma's typewriter, she used in WWII and I still have it in working condition. If you go to fast with out the proper lubricants it will jam up, as is many things in life.
greensteam (author)  Hiroak5 years ago
Beer cans, records and other junk on the table were what I picked up on the wasteland behind the hall in order to have some stuff to make things with the kids at the Reshuffle event. we stuck cotton reels to the records to make roundabouts (carousels), put LEDS in bottles to make bedside lights, and generally did the whole ibling thing with them.
lorrielink5 years ago
i think that is fantastically fun! very creative.
mr. natural5 years ago
Steampunk? Maybe/maybe not. If it is YOUR art, you can call it anything you want. I think it is pretty clever!
zenviolin5 years ago
i'm just gonna put in that steampunk is more about the celebration of mechanical systems and the beauty of those systems than any specific thing such as steam power. personally i like the "actually runs on steam" things a lot more than "looks like it runs on steam" things.. it's kinda like the difference between writing about doing something and actually doing that thing. however, steam power is ridiculously dangerous, and the danger factor ramps up really quickly with size, so it's not really feasible to use, since most large steam systems today require 24-hour maintenance and small ones aren't in use due to safety concerns. personally, i like a steampunk without all the victoriana.. i like my beautiful machines served up without unnecessary frills, frilly white people, and ridiculous mustaches. i like the project.. i would like to see more things be actually made of steam, electronics, whatever instead of just looking like they are.
natnie5 years ago
Man, I kind of feel old because I used a typewriter in my tweens. I'm only 22! My family was poor, and we didn't have a computer until I was thirteen. And now I'm a web developer, bwahaha.

I digress. This is pretty awesome. Too bad your "bloggers" were more like YouTube commentors. ;)
Ah, Nice one. The sad thing is some kids don't know how to use those sadly.... My niece for one.... I had to teach her a while ago. She thought everyone had computers... Oi!
cyrozap5 years ago
It looks like you just OCRed the text. What's with all the "jemjemjemjemjemjemjemjemjem"?
greensteam (author)  cyrozap5 years ago
OH, no, no OCRing at all, all copytyping from the original. I have no idea why there is all that jem jem stuff
Maybe next time, you should make the paper into a Moebius strip!
greensteam (author)  discontinuuity5 years ago
Actually that is Plan B. I had that in mind to but the framework needs to be more complicated. I have two portables and i think that a suitable framework to support the paper as it twists would allow the moebius strip to provide two typers with the same side of paper to communicate on indefinitely.
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