The Virtual Typewriter Museum

The The Virtual Typewriter Museum has the history and pictures of amazing machines.

Like e.g. these:

The Writing Ball

typewriter is one of the great inventions of 19th Century communications technology. Between the 1860s and 1920s engineers, inventors and even carpenters invested all their creativity in the development of the ultimate writing machine. This virtual museum, that is based on private collections of antique typewriters from around the world, is a tribute to their ingenuity.

A nice craft of typewriting machines also resonates emotionally with me. It’s sexy. And so it did not surprise me to find the book Sexy Legs and Typewriters – „Women in office-related advertising, humor, glamour and erotica.“ on the webpage there.

Women and typewriters entered into a sensual partnership of skin and steel the moment at which the first writing machine was operated by female fingers. That was back in the 1870s. Ever since, office girls have fed the male imagination for many different reasons.

Pretty women and typewriters appeared together in advertising; humorous photo series and postcards; glamour photos; and erotica. This richly illustrated book covers all these areas, from the first woman to appear in a typewriter ad to a large collection of nudes from all ages.

Why do I blog this? I like the love in detail and the variety of typewriters built.

Adding Emoji to your LaTeX document

I found a rather quick way to get emoji in my document. But this is the brute force quick way. The russian way. It always works but is not that elegant. PDF-images.

How to

  1. Read this blog post „Emoji in LaTeX documents“
  2. Download the hires emoji-images in this github-repo
  3. Search the emoji-PDF files you need for your document
  4. Copy them to the folder where your .tex-document resides
  5. Define a shortcut/macro to include those emoji-PDF files you need
  6. Include the following code in your .tex-document
\usepackage{scalerel} % needed package to scale the pdf-images perfectly

In your document

This my five star rating
I would say \emojithumbup for this easy integration.

Why do I blog this? Because when I tried to integrate the coloremoji.sty class in my LaTeX document, I got a series of issues with conflicting textinput encodings not matching the one the coloremoji expects. This way your avoid any new encoding issues by directly integrating PDF-images which is what will happen anyway with that class. maybe you need to include \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx} too.

Why I do not like group chat that much…

…someone – actually Jason Fried – wrote that down so I do not have to do this.


In his posting „Is group chat making you sweat? — Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.“ he points out the things that matter most. (PDF as depublication protection)

I will cite only a small part of it here:

[…] You must really have something against persistent group chat as a primary method of communication? Yes, in most cases I do. And it’s only because we’ve been using it at 37signals/Basecamp for 10 years. I’ve seen the distraction, anxiety, stress, and misunderstanding it can cause, and those are things that can really damage people and an organization. […]

Why do I blog this? I have really tried to use things like e.g. Slack or Threema Groupchats. But it always ended with me abandoning the software completely or shutting down all notifications and only opening the applications occasionally. They are too much a distraction to me.