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Gerontius
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Gerontius

Well-Known Member, Male, 24, from At a typewriter.

My first issue of 'American Organist' Magazine came today. I forgot how much fun paper magazines were! Jan 22, 2022 at 12:42 AM

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Jan 23, 2022 at 12:21 AM
    1. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      My first issue of 'American Organist' Magazine came today. I forgot how much fun paper magazines were!
      1. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        I still get physical copies of magazines too! I’ve always preferred books and magazines to reading online :)
        Jan 22, 2022 at 4:48 AM
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    2. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      My laptop is falling apart & the screen is smashed; I'm building my own computer and keyboard next...
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      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        The idea came when I found out that 40% keyboards exist (very small) and when I realized I have a spare frame from an old office typewriter. It's another Remington--a Roaring '20s classic with "an open floor plan" inside. Perfect for alterations.
        Jan 21, 2022 at 11:57 PM
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        I write constantly. Screens & keys are vital. The screen is the part I want to make right--a 7 1/4" wide display made from a Fresnel lens magnifying a smaller LCD with the option of turning off the backlight. The keys will be Cherry MX Blue switches, very reliable.
        Jan 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Anyway the Pi is on the way and I'm looking forward to figuring out how to build this...Here's hoping.
        Jan 22, 2022 at 12:06 AM
    3. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      There is a live bat in my apartment. He seems to be pretty frisky and in good health so I shut the door to the back annex & left him there.
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        The windows here are about 160 years old, and probably stuck--I'm scared to open one lest the glass come out of it. And this is a nice big old bat too. He'll get out eventually but he looks silly circling the light-bulb.
        Jan 19, 2022 at 10:34 PM
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Update: went back there to fetch a needle & thread and a pair of trousers needed cut down into knickerbockers, but there was no bat. Hopefully he's gone out the window instead of roosting up in the joists or the ceiling over the old boiler.
        Jan 20, 2022 at 2:14 AM
      5. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        And I am hoping he's gone & stays gone; I don't like living with animals in the house. Bats are mighty useful and beautiful creatures and I like them a lot, but there's something unsettling about something flying round like that in the house. Guy was the size of a redbird.
        Jan 20, 2022 at 2:15 AM
    4. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      (oops, turns out the 'Blue Monday' phenomenon does not really exist. My bad!
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      3. Flown
        Flown
        Jan 18, 2022 at 1:26 PM
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @Flown I don't think I do; I just hear about it sometimes & wonder how people deal with it. For whatever reason I'm feeling a lot better in general about a lot of things these last weeks, even after getting Covid. Odd but true.
        Jan 19, 2022 at 7:47 PM
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    5. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Rain, snow, sleet outside--pretty cold! I think I'll wake up early tomorrow
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      2. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        Same here! And I’m just waking up now at 4am. First full night of sleep in almost a month :)
        Jan 17, 2022 at 2:50 AM
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    6. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I love Remington No. 10 and No. 12 typewriters so I am building a homemade Remington 12 from scratch, using parts from 2 1920s originals.
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      2. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        That is amazing!!
        Jan 15, 2022
    7. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I think I have covid. I KNOW it's freezing outiside. Why then do I want to hike an abandoned train track--at midnight?
      1. KagamineLen
        KagamineLen
        These are strange days and people are looking for anything to break the monotony.
        Jan 12, 2022
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      2. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        I agree with Len. I’ve been going outside at night a lot too. Not my usual.
        Please do get better soon, and I’m working on a reply to your latest PM, I’ve just had a stressful day.
        Jan 13, 2022
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    8. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      15 degrees--porcelain plug broke on the cord to the heater. Time to run backup & wear fuzzy coats to bed.
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      3. Markness
        Markness
        How are you holding up physically? My nose has been runny and I keep hocking up loogies!
        Jan 9, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @Markness I'm fine! Why do you think I have all those heavy old wool jackets?
        I just have to craft a new end for the electric cord (or probably build a new cord entirely.) They don't make the plugs any more. My space heater is about 90 years old so and the few bakelite parts finally gave out. Hey maybe I can try resin casting now!
        Jan 9, 2022
      5. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        As far as a runny nose in cold weather try to keep your core temperature up and your head warm, but let the extremities stay cooler. That helps. Also staying fairly acclimatized to cold weather helps. But don't do what I did a few days ago and run around in 20 degree weather and eat a ton of ramen. Hard on the throat.
        Jan 9, 2022
    9. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Sewing is 90% moving cloth around, 5% math, and maybe 5% actually sewing...
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Trying to. Pattern drafting is always hard. I'm trying to start making my own clothes so I don't have to rely on factory-made clothing...but it is really kind of tricky.
        Jan 8, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        So I have one pair of shoes. The other pair needs resoled as I walked the bottoms off of them. The weather up here is a good way to get your shoes full of ice water so I am trying to draft a pair of gaiters and waterproof myself a little.
        Jan 8, 2022
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      5. tree
        tree
        I've made clothing before, using existing clothes as guides. Is that how you're doing it?
        Jan 9, 2022
    10. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      It snowed a lot today and I am absolutely in love with this--
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    11. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I didn't grow up with a trampoline but I just thought about trampolines & now have been laughing
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        Jan 6, 2022
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      3. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        LOL… I just read that and now have been laughing :p
        Jan 6, 2022
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      4. Raggamuffin
        Raggamuffin
        They are fun. I never owned one, but knew people over the years who did. My second GF had one in their garden. I remember taking off the trucks/wheels on my skateboard and just using the deck on the trampoline. It was a really fun, if slightly surreal experience doing tricks whilst bouncing absurdly high.
        Jan 6, 2022
    12. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I love how much simpler bicycle maintenance is than car maintenance...
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      3. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        I saw the picture of you transporting the organ on the stairs, I think :)
        That’s so fun!!
        I had a film camera for a long time but now I have a DSLR. I have a Polaroid too though.
        I haven’t seen a camcorder in years lol… I don’t know what happened to mine :( But it was not digital, this was like 2003. Lol.
        Jan 3, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        I have a couple cameras -- my dad's old Minolta SLR, a 1929 Agfa folding camera, and an old 8mm Mansfeld. Haven't tried the movie camera out yet but it spins when you turn the crank.
        And yes, the picture of what almost became a catapult-launch was real. You'd think I'd go buy an electronic keyboard.

        I like the newer Sony camera as the micro SD card works in most computers--
        Jan 4, 2022
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      5. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        Omg, I’m so sorry I didn’t see your last message! I didn’t get much sleep though. I have some vintage cameras too! Love the old Minoltas. I’ll have to upload photos of my vintage cameras… sadly I don’t think they work :(
        Where do you find all your antiques/vintage things? I can’t find anyplace that sells them around here. That picture was epic lol. Makes for a much more interesting story than a keyboard!
        Jan 4, 2022
    13. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Spent three whole days hunting for my car keys, called a wrecker truck, all well-- walked inside & found the keys in front of the fridge :)
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      2. tree
        tree
        On the floor??
        Dec 31, 2021
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Yep! Right there on the floor. I guess they fell out of my pocket.
        Better there than in the yard!
        Dec 31, 2021
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      4. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        I sometimes think I lost my keys, but they’re in the front door! Happens to most of us :)
        Dec 31, 2021
    14. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I have to admit today was completely overstimulating.
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      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Isn't that weird that we both have short attention spans but do artwork stuff for hours?
        I had an awful time hand writing until I started the 1894 "Palmer Method" again--which is why I cannot reliably use a ball point pen. I have been using typewriters for a number of years now and "collect" them so there is a spare machine in case one breaks.
        Dec 26, 2021
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        The novel itself is more of just a book about people doing normal human things--I like writing about peoples' characters & letting that carry the action.
        Dec 26, 2021
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      4. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        Yes! I have no attention span for “regular” tasks but doing artwork or anything with dogs has my complete focus for a virtually unlimited amount of time.
        What is the Palmer Method?
        Are typewriters expensive to collect? How many do you have?
        I used to write a lot and I love writing characters too :)
        Dec 26, 2021
    15. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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    16. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Making pumpkin waffles for Christmas--Should work out OK
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    17. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I just decided to wash 2 and a half greasy old manual typewriters in the showerbath & pour myself a glass of Irn Bru. Cracking evening!
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      2. Raggamuffin
        Raggamuffin
        Aye laddie
        Dec 23, 2021
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @Skittlebisquit Considering the fact that I use the shower for a parts washer I doubt there will be any ladies visiting! lol
        Dec 24, 2021
      4. Yeshuasdaughter
        Yeshuasdaughter
        OMG hahahaha! @Skittlebisquit , that was quite a statement to visualize. My heart goes out to the brave lass.
        Dec 25, 2021
    18. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Grocery run tomorrow. I'll see about getting the Corolla fired up and go early. I also am going to go to the typewriter cave if I can.
    19. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I went to a coffee shop today & wrote until I ran out of paper, and one of my fountain-pens had run entirely out of ink. A good day.
    20. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      The landlady must never know I am autistic. I wish I knew how to make an effective boundary.
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        But the whole dynamic upstairs bothers me; I feel like they want me as a temporary family member or a sort of exotic pet? Or at least the landlady. Worst of all she's faculty at the college so -- I have to avoid any ruffling of the feathers on Minerva's owl here. So you can guess this is weird
        Dec 17, 2021
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Anyhow @crewlucca_ good luck concealing all the sensitive stuff from neighbors. It can be tricky. Let's keep on keeping on & I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. (Solstice is the 21st; I shall keep it by standing in the moonlight and frightening unsuspecting motorists with an unhinged stare.)
        Dec 17, 2021
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      5. crewlucaa_
        crewlucaa_
        It is hard to hide… So far most of them have assumed I’m male, so I don’t bring up that I was ever otherwise. But some of them seem suspicious :/ Or they just don’t use pronouns at all.
        Your landlady doesn’t seem very nice :( Her unsolicited gifts sound kind of creepy.
        I wish you good luck too. And Merry Christmas to you too!! :) I enjoy talking to you on here. - Luca
        Dec 17, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 5, 1997 (Age: 24)
    Location:
    At a typewriter.
    Occupation:
    Novelist & student.
    Diagnosis Status:
    High Functioning Autism - Officially Diagnosed
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    For me, Edwardian technology is an an escape from the sensory problems of modern cyberpunk hellscapes. Catholicism is a nice break from the structure-less subjectivism of wealthy America. And Autism Forum is a nice break from Wrong Planet; I'm not going back there.
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