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Let’s Start a Mumford Band!

by Lindy

Now here is a noble cause I can get behind! We MUST start a Mumford Band and move to Mumford Land at the soonest possibility! I will ‘manage social media and Twitter from the stage’ – you count on it! I can also contribute my little red Olivetti typewriter for typecasting from the road; ‘Hashtag: Key of Awesome’.

But seriously though, I love Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Phillip Phillips and any music that has that ‘rough  around the edges’ folk sound. Anyone want to start a Mumford Band with me? Anyone with a mustache, real or fake? Bueller…?

YouTube Comedy Week was May 19 – 25; see the most hilarious videos here. Also, here are more parody music videos from the Key of Awesome.

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Upgrade to a Typewriter 2.0 – Mad Men Style

by Lindy

I am love with USB Typewriters – here is my future ‘Typewriter 2.0’! I stumbled upon them online and I haven’t been the same since. Thank you for this ingenious invention, Jack Zylkin! I will have to kick my old electric typewriter to the proverbial curb when I get my hands on this one (sorry Beulah Hildegard Francis.)

USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard — Smith Corona Sterling — 1960s Mad Men Style

Smith Corona Sterling 1960s Mad Men Style USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard

You had me at Mad Men

I envision myself showing up to my marketing meetings with one of these beauties and clanging away on the keyboard. Of course I would be teased by some technology elitists, but I know at least one person in my office would admire it. We were both drooling when we first saw this most incredible invention. I MUST HAVE ONE!

This one that I am lusting after is steep at $599, but it’s so versatile and gorgeous, that I can (almost) justify the expense. It is adaptable to your PC and iPad, so I picture myself showing up at my neighborhood coffee shop, perhaps wearing an eccentric beret and smoking a long, skinny cigarette, and typing feverishly on this turquoise dream machine. (Kidding — I don’t smoke; or wear berets.)

USB Typewriter

Like a kid in a candy shop… more soon-to-be-released colors for USB typewriters.

About USB Typewriter (from USBtypewriter.com)

“A Groundbreaking Advancement in the Field of Obsolescence”

The idea for USB Typewriter all began in late 2009, when I found a clunky old Royal typewriter on the side of the road. After a little spit polish and elbow grease, I was really amazed by how pristine this machine was underneath its century’s worth of rust and dust. And even more amazing: it still worked!

Typewriters are just really beautiful and elegant pieces of technology, and it has always struck me as sad that they are now neglected and almost forgotten, especially considering that most computer stuff today is so disposable and utilitarian. People love typewriters, and lots of people have them on their mantlepiece or in their attic, but there is just no place for them on a modern computer desk. So, with the USB Typewriter project I am trying to help people rescue typewriters from garages and attics and put them to use again.

In my online store, I sell a do-it-yourself kit can add a USB port to any typewriter.  The kit can either be purchased pre-assembled and ready to install, or as a fun solder-it-yourself electronics kit.  I also sell a range of lovingly restored and USB-enabled typewriters, but they are frequently sold out, so if you don’t see one you like, just ask.

USB Typewriter has been in business since June 2010, and since then has helped to rescue almost 1,000 typewriters, while constantly improving the conversion process to make it as easy as possible. The USB Typewriter has been featured by NPR’s Morning Edition, The Martha Stewart Show, CNN HLN, WIRED, Gizmodo, and many others.  It was named one of the “Top 10 iPad Accessories” by PC Magazine.
Just as I was promoting this post on Twitter, I stumbled on a new film coming out featuring typewriters: The Typewriter in the 21st CenturyI want to work on getting a screening in Irvine; it looks so interesting! I love the quote mentioned on the site:
Manson Whitlock, at age 95 the oldest person in the film and likely the oldest working typewriter repairman in America, is blunt about it: “I think that something that was made to be thrown away ought never to have been made at all.”

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Appreciate Your Mail Carrier This Christmas

by Lindy
My mail carrier's thank you note for my gift of chocolates.

My mail carrier’s thank you note for my gift of chocolates.

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Interview: Norwegian Rock Band Tainted Souls

by Lindy
Norwegian Rock Band, Tainted Souls

Norwegian Rock Band, Tainted Souls

Allow me introduce you to Tainted Souls, a Norwegian rock band from Oslo. I had the great pleasure of interviewing them after we became fast friends on Twitter and Facebook. Why am I making Norwegian friends online, you ask? Good question; the answer: I am 3/4 Norwegian, 3rd generation in America, I keep in touch with my family in Norway and I will be visiting there again this April. I am a card-carrying Sons of Norway member and currently working hard to learn Norwegian by taking language classes with Ms. Sissel on Saturdays, reading the Aftenposten newspaper, listening to the radio on NRK.no and watching these awesome Norwegian videos on YouTube.

I am also passionate about music and helping people promote their bands. It’s no secret how much I love Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder and the grunge music of the ’90s. One of my favorite radio stations on SiriusXM is Lithium, which features my all-time music faves. When I first listened to Tainted Souls, I totally thought Morten’s voice sounded like Eddie Vedder’s and I knew I had to interview him.

Tainted Souls

Tainted Souls: Rune – Bass, Bjørn – Guitars,  Tor-Arne – Drums, Morten – Vox.

Who are Tainted Souls?

Well, we are four Norwegian guys, Tor Arne on drums, Rune on bass, Bjørn on guitars, and myself on vocals. The name Tainted Souls comes from our idea that we are all born “clean” and that who we are today is the sum of all our experiences… that we are all “tainted” by our experiences in life.

It all started wit Bjørn and I meeting at an audition. He auditioned for my band at the time, and hearing him play that guitar, made me realize I needed to go in a different direction, so I left my band and together we formed Tainted Souls.

How do you write your songs?

Well, it varies actually. Sometimes a new song can be born while we’re jamming in our rehearsal studio, and other times it can come out of individual work.. Like if I write a new poem and Bjørn puts the basic riffs and chords to it before we all meet up and jam it into a finished song. And of course sometimes Bjørn sends me something he has come up with and I write lyrics to it. I ask him about his thoughts or if there are any words ringing in his head while he’s playing, and then I write lyrics to try to match that.

Do you all write?

Yes in a sense, we all contribute, I usually have the lyrics and vocal lines, Bjørn has the chords and riffs, Tor Arne and Rune lays down the drums and bass and the we do the final arrangements together.

How do you come up with the lyrics?

That all depends. I like sitting in cafes, just watching people, and often I write about people or situations I observe. It can be anything really, take “contemplate” (on the Mercury Mind album), that song is based on a couple I was watching at a cafe in Oslo. I also write a lot that is based on my own life and experiences, like “Pale” and “Get Up”.

Do you ever experience writers block?

Absolutely. Sometimes finished lyrics come flying out, and other time it can take weeks to finish something I’m working on. I then usually get out of the writers block when I make a new observation, or by putting everything away and go play with my kids for a while. Some of the words for “get up” came while watching the Paralympics.

I find inspiration in our fans (I read everything I get), in my kids, in everyday life, and in watching and listening to my idols and icons. Who? Eddie Vedder, Jim Morrison, Dylan…the list goes on…

I am addicted to Pearl Jam, but there are a lot of bands that influence us. Pearl Jam probably influences me more than the others, so our music is influenced from lots of bands, as we all bring our passions and ideas into the process of writing.

Have you ever met Pearl Jam?

No, unfortunately not. I flew over to Seattle just to feel and observe and “be” before we recorded the album “Mercury Mind”… and went through three major and in-depth security checks in the process… So one can say I will do anything! :)

What are your plans moving forward?

Well, right now we are focusing on marketing and promoting the album at home as well as outside of Norway, primarily the U.S. and Europe. We’re getting pretty good reviews and feedback in the U.S., UK, France, Netherlands and Eastern Europe and we’re focused on going to these areas, in addition to getting into the festivals in Norway.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your creative inspiration in Norwegian?

Oslo-bandet Tainted Souls er sterkt influert av grunge-rocken som startet i Seattle U.S., og har en vokalist som flere ganger har omtalt Eddie Vedder som nærmest å ha “gude-status”, og som dro hele veien til Seattle for å “kjenne på følelsen” før de gikk i studio og spilte inn albumet “Mercury Mind”. Da er det vel også naturlig at de tok kontakt med WA-jenta Lindy Neubauer for å få til et intervju. Å gå rundt der, fra fiskemarked til klubber, høre band og snakke med folk, gav Morten enda mer følelse for Seattle – og Vedder. Og masse inspirasjon han kunne ta med i studio og på scenen.

Thank you to the band for allowing me to interview you! Maybe they’ll proceed their idols and play Live at Benaroya Hall soon! I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do. Farvel for nå!

Tainted Souls' Album Mercury Mind

Tainted Souls’ Album: Mercury Mind

 


Random Page: On the Art of Writing Fiction

by Lindy

Here is a random page from a book titled, On the Art of Writing Fiction By Mrs. Molesworth, Sabine Baring-Gould published in 1894. This page is from a chapter on ‘Style in Fiction’ by W.E. Norris.

This book discovery was made possible by Google Books.

 

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Culture Spotting in Orange County

by Lindy

You don’t often see one of these cute little cars driving down the streets of Irvine, dwarfed by Suburbans and Escalades. The bearded hipster driver of this gem was even in the right side driver seat.

You don’t see this level of coolness everyday in Orange County

In contrast, while in Newport Beach for a Halloween party last year, I saw this crazy vehicle pull up in all it’s glory.

Transformer: station wagon – tank

You don’t want to see this tank in your rearview mirror

Then, while in Lake Forest, I often see this spooky station wagon just lurking about.

Spooky Station Wagon Trolling for Children

Yesterday evening, I even saw a sweet Swiss Army truck with a Norwegian flag sticker on the driver side panel driving down El Toro Road in Lake Forest. I was instantly smitten! Unfortunately I didn’t capture a photo, as I was too busy driving and gawking. But I made a mental note that my next car will be a tricked out Swiss Army truck and I will buy it from Pinzgauer.com.

One of these Swiss Army trucks will be able to fit a family of five plus room for more!

These unique vehicles are proof that we do indeed have culture and character in Orange County!

What are some of the most unique cars you’ve seen in your area?

 

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