Typewriter: Collective Page, DisCon 333

This page was created on my Hermes 3000 at the Type, Tea & Chocolate late hours room 333 party at DisCon II, WorldCon December 2021, held in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Edited transcript:

DisCon III 2021 !
add what you like to this sheet of paper
request assistance if inexperienced with a typewriter

anything.
hello world
Tom Hanks likes TYPEWRITERS
rolling the page, what is time….
YYUR
YYUB
ICUR
YY4ME
can I even remember how to keep from jamming the keys
Life doesn’t end at 30.
My 9 yr old loves, LOVES typewriters…. really
Hi. We typewriters love him, too.
But we’re not allowed to say so.
I wrote my college application essays using one of these. Seven separate sets
Argh scales rose from the water, wetly overlapping in an intricate pattern
This is a test. This is a test of the emergency broadcast system
one ring to rule them all,
one ring to find them
Yoghurt is such a strange fooooood. just look at it…
does this work / where is the space bar? Nevermind. Kitten hello
oh no oh no I got spoiled by an electric – thought the ribbon was drying
and yet. AND YET. this is just so much more satisfying….
[shield the world is outcast(?)]
Lemon ginger chocolate is a surreal experience.

Verbatim transcript:

DisCon III 2021 !

add what you like to this sheet of paper
request assistance if inexperienced with a typewriter.

anything
hello world
Tom Hanks likres TYPEWRITERS
ro lig the pag, what is time….
YYUR
YYUB
ICUR
YY4ME
can I evenrmebe how tokeepfrojammig t ekeys Life doe n’t end at 30.
My 9 yr old loves, LOVES typewriters…. really
Hi. We typewriters love him, too.
But we;re not allowed to say so.
I wrote my college application essays usingone of these. Seven separate sets
Arghscales rose from thewater, wetly overlapping in an intricate pattern
This is a test. This is a test of the emergency broadcast system
o ne ring to rule hem all,
one ring to find them
oghut is such a strange fooooood. ju t look t it…
oesthiswork/whe eistespacebar? Nevemind. K itten hello
hoh no oh no i gotspoioled by an electric — though the ribbon was drying
and yet. AND YET. this is just so much more satisfying….
Lemon ginger chocolate is a surreal experience.

Typewriter: Cabaret Poem Feb 2021

A troupe of creative performers in training residency together with Momentom at El Pital-Ometepe-Nicaragua assembled a variety showcase cabaret. My writer’s role involved typing a few lines of poetry during each performance, and sharing these reflections between acts. This included a grand entrance: I was acrobatically lifted across the stage to my typewriter station. To begin, here is the poetry in abstracted nine-part form, with some lines in spanish:

Cabaret Poem

1.
knowing understanding
the breath,
el fuerte interno
holding the connection

2.
contemplate,
poder como el mar
wild forces elemental
in the warrior

3.
sensual y ritmico
the grace of feeling
trabajo del corazon
in rainbow light
visiones del todo

4.
from the shadows of thought
climb,
a libertad
the being in wholeness
la vida en el viento
sparkle in the diamond

5.
adventure
espiritu
con amigos

6.
danger in extension
la geometria
orbiting the center
returning to the self
los circulos y espirales del tiempo

7.
el hombre magico y mysterioso
con los manos
moving the world

8.
la mariposa del muerte y vida
the whorls of this galaxy’s flaming suns
el sol y la tierra
open the gates of possibility
to infinity

9.
a sense of purpose
the staff of will
luchar por el verdad
with swords of integrity

[licensed CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons]

Above are the pages typed on the spot!

With some of my espanol upgrading.

(with writer-announcer John Early)

Preparing my station and accepting the mic.

And here at the end, is the beginning:

(with acroyoga performer Jonny Karroll)