Het Makers Manifest

Het Makers Manifest

Auke Vanderhoek in the Netherlands has composed a “Maker’s Manifesto,” closely inspired by the Typewriter Manifesto. You can find the Dutch text here, and here are some delightful photos of Auke’s daughter.
A thank-you from a typewriter-loving kid

A thank-you from a typewriter-loving kid

We all know that kids love typewriters, and many of them surely asked Santa for one. With permission from her grandpa, who shared it with me, I’m reproducing a letter from a certain eight-year-old whose wish was fulfilled.
Kids typing letters to Santa

Kids typing letters to Santa

Continuing the theme from my previous post, here’s a delightful report from a Georgia typist, reproduced with his permission: Good evening Richard, I became a member of the insurgency a few months ago after reading your book and seeing the obligatory “California...
What kids love

What kids love

A couple of years ago, I set up an Olympia SG3 in Xavier’s faculty lounge. People started using it for random bits of poetry, comments, and such. But recently, it’s seen little use. I suggested to a librarian that it might go well in the little makerspace...
How to bewitch a middle-school kid

How to bewitch a middle-school kid

A former student of mine writes: I have been teaching middle school, and I love to be with the students. … I have dozens and dozens of stories from the year so far. It seems that at every moment of teaching, my attitude is either “I can’t believe I...
Making & Typing in California

Making & Typing in California

At a recent Maker’s Faire in California, a loyal agent of the typewriter insurgency and her son brought a set of typewriters. Here’s a succinct report: More details: “It was fun to see a couple of kids discover typewriters and really take to it right...