March 23rd, 2011

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Tappity tappity tap, clunk, ching!

Over on Twitter Niall Harrison mentioned that he was surprised that in the first season of The Wire looked so nineties, rather than 2000s, and mentioned the appearance of typewriters as one sign of this*.

Which made me think about when I last saw typewriters in the office...

(Treat "1991" as "1991 or before", not that many places shifted away from typewriters much before then, AFAIK.)

The last time I saw a typewriter being used for work was

Mean: 1997.69 Median: 1995.5 Std. Dev 6.99
0(0.0%)
1991
10(31.2%)
1992
2(6.2%)
1993
1(3.1%)
1994
2(6.2%)
1995
0(0.0%)
1996
4(12.5%)
1997
1(3.1%)
1998
0(0.0%)
1999
0(0.0%)
2000
3(9.4%)
2001
0(0.0%)
2002
0(0.0%)
2003
0(0.0%)
2004
1(3.1%)
2005
1(3.1%)
2006
2(6.2%)
2007
1(3.1%)
2008
0(0.0%)
2009
0(0.0%)
2010
2(6.2%)
2011
2(6.2%)

The last time I saw a typewriter being used for writing a personal document was

Mean: 1997.59 Median: 1994 Std. Dev 7.03
0(0.0%)
1991
11(32.4%)
1992
1(2.9%)
1993
3(8.8%)
1994
4(11.8%)
1995
0(0.0%)
1996
0(0.0%)
1997
1(2.9%)
1998
1(2.9%)
1999
0(0.0%)
2000
2(5.9%)
2001
0(0.0%)
2002
1(2.9%)
2003
0(0.0%)
2004
3(8.8%)
2005
1(2.9%)
2006
0(0.0%)
2007
2(5.9%)
2008
0(0.0%)
2009
0(0.0%)
2010
2(5.9%)
2011
2(5.9%)



*Ok, so he mentioned the typewriters over on FB, but I can't link to that, and as I'm in work I can't easily link to Twitter either. You'll just have to trust me.
The Hair!

God help the outcasts, or nobody will

So, it turned out that Julie hadn't seen Mulan or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, so we watched the two of them over the last couple of days, in an attempt to fill the gaps in her Disney knowledge.

I'd forgotten that Hunchback had actual reference to God in it, although it was rather obvious that with a massive cathedral playing a major role in the plot it would be tricky to avoid. Very nicely handled too. Julie spent the fifteen minutes afterwards reading about the original novel and being amused at the number of awful things that hadn't happened in the Disney version :->



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