The Mechanical Offline Steampunk Blog

The Mechanical Offline Steampunk Blog

Taryn Williford
Mar 2, 2009

Whenever I complain about my frustrations with tech to my parents, they remind me that back in their day, they had to look up information in 28-volume encyclopedias and get up off the couch to change the dial between 12 TV channels (uphill both ways in the snow, apparently). I usually just roll my eyes. But after seeing this display of how hard it was for their generation to blog, I finally get what they've been trying to tell me: The world kinda sucked before the internet.

Over at GreenSteampunk, they've built a mechanical blogging machine with a typewriter and a roll of paper and too it out for a test drive:

I took the wonderful Mechanical Offline Blog to the "January Reshuffle" a the Pearce Institute, Govan (Glasgow Scotland) at the weekend and it was in use by adults and children pretty well constantly from noon to 5pm.

The resulting "blog" is a wonderful formless poetic statement that has a lot of "sakdjfhbIUzdgf" and misspellings going on. Apparently, the buttons on this thing they call a typewriter are a lot more difficult for people to press down on than the laptop keyboards they're used to at home.

My favorite part?

my name is emm a 2= 22==========k
OMG! kittehs!
mllamo help i cannot delete them.
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hi I like this thing it is so cool wwwwWWo
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hello my name is unknown

ok thidt It hard to type one!?! ! jaleu th is iswo so h rd o type on

You can check out the text of the entire blog and more pictures at GreenSteampunk. If you want to build your own, there's actually an Instructables post for you.

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