Magazine Articles Tagged With habits

Feckless Pondering: Emotional Beats and the Art of Repose

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

Posted 12.16.14

Benjamin Percy

A case for balancing action with introspection in fiction, in order to avoid “gumming up the gears of your story.”

 

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USB Typewriters

Posted 12.16.14

Since 2010, engineer and designer Jack Zylkin has renovated typewriters for the digital age, transforming them into more versatile, practical writing tools. Plugged into a computer, tablet, or smartphone, Zylkin’s USB Typewriters function like modern external keyboards, combining the physical writing experience of the manual typewriter with the ease of modern word processing. Zylkin sells ready-made USB Typewriters, as well as do-it-yourself conversion kits customized for a range of models. The following images highlight Zylkin’s process.

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  • 1 of 91. Materials Needed

    1. Materials Needed

    A USB Typewriter conversion kit includes (clockwise from top left) a roll of cloth tape, an assortment of magnets, four magnetic switches, a sensor panel, and a control panel. A user can install the kit with a few basic tools: a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a hot glue gun, wire strippers, and a metal file.

  • 2 of 92. Attaching the Sensor Circuitry

    2. Attaching the Sensor Circuitry

    Zylkin’s first step in creating USB Typewriters is to attach the sensor circuitry under the keys of the typewriter. The sensor panel, which is either soldered or glued to the machine, detects which key is pressed.

  • 3 of 93. Zylkin at Work

    3. Zylkin at Work

    Zylkin attaches a sensor panel to an Underwood typewriter.

  • 4 of 94. Zylkin at Work

    4. Zylkin at Work

    Zylkin solders the sensor panel to an Underwood typewriter.

  • 5 of 95. Attaching the Control Panel

    5. Attaching the Control Panel

    After the sensor circuitry is attached, Zylkin mounts the control panel to the side of a typewriter. The control panel—which includes CTRL, ALT, and CMD buttons—connects the typewriter’s sensor circuitry to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  • 6 of 96. Magnetic Switches

    6. Magnetic Switches

    Magnetic switches detect the motion of magnets Zylkin glues to the typewriter’s spacebar, shift key, and backspace key.

  • 7 of 97. Metal Stand

    7. Metal Stand

    Zylkin uses a strip of brass or steel to create a stand for a tablet. USB Typewriters are compatible with all computers and many tablets and smartphones.

  • 8 of 98. Olivetti USB Typewriter

    8. Olivetti USB Typewriter

    Zylkin has created USB Typewriters out of a variety of machines including Underwoods, Olympias, Remingtons, and this red Olivetti Valentine.

  • 9 of 99. Underwood USB Typewriter

    9. Underwood USB Typewriter

    An Underwood typewriter converted into a USB Typewriter.

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The Reading Habits of Millennials, the Competitive Job Market for Creative Writers, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.10.14

Barnes & Noble narrows losses; the world’s top-earning authors; the dangers of reading; and other news.

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German Authors Join Amazon Protest, the Neuroscience of Distraction, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.18.14

Audrey Niffenegger slams Amazon; Louise Erdrich wins Dayton distinguished achievement award; the science of typos; and other news.

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Lunch Poems Turns Fifty, Amazon’s Latest Strike Against Hachette, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.23.14

A start-up offers free and discounted e-books; the reading habits of the British public; NASA’s free book on communication with extraterrestrials; and other news.

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John Ashbery’s Things, Rise of the Creativity Expert, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.16.13

An exhibition of poet John Ashbery’s possessions is on display in New York City; Eric Pomerance and Laurie Gwen Shapiro visit with impersonators who spend days as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott; Thomas Frank casts a gimlet eye on the rise of the creativity expert; and other news.

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Joyce Maynard on J. D. Salinger, Poetry Helps Dementia Patients, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.16.13

Joyce Maynard discusses her relationship with J. D. Salinger; Natasha Trethewey showcases a poetry project that helps dementia patients; Joshua Ferris explores the iconic male hero; and other news.

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Free Digital Anthology, Seth Godin’s End of Books, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.15.13

Joshua Rothman considers a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Michele Filgate recounts how she accidentally set Stephen King’s Insomnia aflame; Jennie Yabroff parses the distinction between autobiography and memoir; and other news.

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Joyce Carol Oates’s Writing Tips, New Joseph Heller Story, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.23.13

A never-before-seen Joseph Heller story will appear this week in the Strand; Taffy Brodesser-Akner gleans what can be learned about the creative process when writers are forced to produce; Biographile explains why the world needs a definitive biography of Joan Didion; and other news.

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Michael Cunningham on James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, Charles Simic’s Lazy Summers, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.16.13

Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev is on a hunger strike in protest of his nation’s government; Lee Siegel considers the fate of humanities programs in America universities; Adjoa Andoh reads Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; and other news.

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