Welcome to Tom's Typewriter

Doing everything wrong online since before you were sentient. - Royal Quiet Deluxe 1953 model
Loaded with Truth

Yes, a Capital T “Truth”. [Yes, it DOES exist.]

You might be surprised what this typewriter will churn out. - 1953 Royal Quiet Deluxe
Done on a typewriter.

….then scanned in. No Google-readable text here, son – you’ll have to read it for YOURSELF.

[Yes, I know about OCR. I’m conveniently ignoring it. If you don’t know what it is, go look it up yourself. I’m not your Momma]. - 1953 Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter
Posted when I feel like it.

That’s right – no particular schedule. Yet, worth keeping an eye out for. What’s posted here will be short, pithy, interesting, and sometimes even witty.

…and all Artisanally Typed on a 1953 model Royal Quiet Deluxe, with a crinkly gray finish.

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It’s a 70 year old typewriter, for pete’s sake. What does ergonomics and and a $10 table have to do with anything?
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Music, Goals, and Confusion

A small update on “the music thing”, along with some annoying platitudes, the War of Art, Resistance, and a few small steps. #music #goals There I go, being blog-ish again.
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Adulting, Birds, Noticing, productivity, and the art of missing out.
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Too Much

How NOT to deal with a list that has too much on it. A sordid tale of an experiment on an Edisonian scale – I find another thing that doesn’t help.
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Now that The Week Begins has dropped, AND the performance at Joey Stuckey’s Alive Day is done….. now what?
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Railroad Tracks

Life is – decidedly NOT like a box of chocolates, except on rare occasions. It’s like…. oh, read the thing to see what I’m thinking.
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New posts coming. As usual, “on the 7s”. Around 6:00am or so. Here’s some Jazz while you wait:
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The Week Begins: Paging Eloise

Jazz and…. Beethoven? This track from the upcoming Week Begins album already has sheet music available – take a look over at Meanwhile, here’s a story about it…&#…
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Well, that could be an odd title. Perhaps it is a patently self-obvious one. Regardless, it was typed – often poorly. Perhaps I should start a GoFundMe to get this typewriter refurbished… …
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Working on HOW MANY albums? HOW MANY different production processes? HOW MANY choices to be made? no wonder I’m nuts.
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You knew I’d get around to typing about AI sooner or later. As usual, an unusual take on AI and humanity. …..or maybe not. You decide!
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2 albums? At the same time? Am I crazy? Plus some thinking out loud about how underpaid Beethoven's copyists were, the differing workflows, and the lack of PostIt notes from heaven.......
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Sound, Physics, and Middle Georgia humidity...... and a long digression.
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What This Is

A Place for Tom Rule to think out loud.

Given he’s lefthanded, dyslexic using a real honest-to-goodness typewriter, and is usually out of WhiteOut, this should be interesting.

Tom's Typewriter - interesting as usual.
Seriously, a TYPEWRITER?

Yes. A vintage 1953 Royal Quiet Deluxe.

Assuming I can build up the finger strength.

What's an Anti-Blog?

A Blog where the site owner deliberately breaks all the rules for making their blog popular.

What is this thing?

A place for Tom Rule [of and other sites] to put serious thoughts. “Serious” ones as well.

Tom has been in education for a long time, and is old enough to want to think out loud.

Tom's Music

Seriously, a typewriter?


Tom's Typewriter - interesting as usual.

Are you anti-Tech or something?

Given I work in Tech, have used Tech in creating music for longer than you’ve probably been alive, and that the stuff I type up will be scanned using a recycled Epson scanner connected to a Raspberry Pi 3, which will then ship the file off to a Mac Mini over a wireline Ethernet network for minor editing……. Nope.


Are you always crotchety?

I’m going more for the “old and interesting” vibe. Crotchety is just a pleasant side effect.