Typewriter guns

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/18/typewriter-guns.html


To me they all look like behind the Iron Curtain designs

Part of me is sad that the typewriters are destroyed, but the other part is quite happy that amazing art is created from the destruction.

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I don’t know if he mentions it the video, but the name of this turns on a pun. Une mitraillette is a tommy gun, and is pronounced basically as mitra-lettres would be.


Hm. In order to make the intended point, wouldn’t it make better sense to turn guns into typewriters (or pens)?

On the other hand:
58. The pen is mightiest when it writes orders for more swords.
From The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries


Reminiscent of a certain bit in ol’ Problem Sleuth.

The metaphor of keyboard-as-physical-weapon has often struck me as unusually underused.

A local artist I know uses old typewriters and sewing machine parts to create fish and insect sculptures. They are very striking in person

I assume at least you’d still be able to shoot out a script.

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Yeah, this doesn’t really follow from “the pen is mightier than the sword” in any coherent way—it’s more an inversion of “swords to plowshares.”

Tom Hanks will be inconsolable if he finds out.

Exactly. Given a choice between old typewriters and old automatic weapons, I’ll take the machine guns.

Well, the pen is mightier than the sword, but the machine gun is mightier than the pen. The sword is mightier than the machine gun, though, so if you’re playing machine gun/pen/sword, the best option is to go with pen. Everyone knows machine gun is the most popular choice, so they’ll go with sword instead.


I remain pleasantly confused…

This gives new meaning to the phrase, “Chicago typewriter.”


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