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Koss PortaPro Typewritten Review

I figured I'd do a quick review of one of the best electronic devices I own, the Koss PortaPro portable headphones. They've been with me through tough times in college, and I still enjoy using them. Here it is!

side view - note the firmness selector

the temple pads allow for even distribution of clamping force across the sides of the head

Folded up - the clip/hook design is not very "locked in place" and springs open readily. Case recommended.

Gold 3.5mm plug.

This is how they look - very '80s, but they work! They also conveniently bypass the glasses "support beams" and so do not press them against my head.


1967 Underwood Touch-Master 5!

Hi everyone,

I thought I would flesh out this review a bit more, but realized with all that's going on (major changes happening lately) I would never have the motivation to really do this typewriter full justice with a thorough cleaning and review, so here is what I had typed up, and some pictures from my phone, on and of this new typewriter!
(Typewriter repair manual mentioned in post: http://typewriterdatabase.com/1968-Ames_Standard_SVC.underwood-repair.manual)
This is the spring-assembly I needed to re-seat.


First Poem in Years

Hi everyone,
Figured I'd write another poem - this one took three tries but I think I got it to a point where I could post it. This is my first poem here in at least 2 years, I think...

This poem was brought to you by my new typewriter! Stay tuned for the full post about it!


On Resurrecting One's Blog

As I opened up my Blogger feed for the first time in an embarrassingly long time, I saw posts from kiwi-d at http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.com, which he resurrected after a nearly three-year hiatus.

It got me thinking I ought to update this blog more often as well. After all, it started off as a place for me to share what I thought was "cool stuff," and only evolved into a typewriter-centric blog a year or so on after my discovery of the typewriter, and the Typosphere thereafter.

But it got to the point where I was only sharing when I felt like dragging out one of my typewriters, which, while I still find it fun, I was finding myself doing less and less often. Eventually I only posted when I found a new typewriter to add to the collection.

Rather than limit the blog to typecasts and typewriter-related/retro-tech related things, I'm going to take it back to the general-purpose blog I remember from when I started coolstuff4819 in 2011 (heck, the first post was about my brand-new camera, the Sony DSC-HX1!). 

Typewriters will certainly make an occasional appearance, but so will my myriad other interests, which have definitely evolved in the interim.

To those who still read this blog, despite the draws of microblogging via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, thanks!



New addition: Olympia SM-8 from 1965

The machine itself!

The dust cover
Name and partial address redacted, but it looks like this machine lived on the East Coast for a while!
All the accessories that came with the machine (grubby-looking case not pictured)
Cleaning cloth
official Olympia brush
Can't forget the Ko-Rec-Type!
very slightly used