As hard as I try I'm a sucker for gadgets (it is perhaps genetic, as so was my paternal grandfather) - the latest is a hot cafetiere travel cup essentially a combo coffee plunger and travel mug.
Picked it up on holidays in FNQ (Far North Queensland) for A$21.00, peddled by various growers of Australian Coffee such as Arabicas Coffee. Holds approx 300ml of Coffee. In my experience it makes a decent cuppa that can be enjoyed on the run.
Spent some of the holidays contemplating my acquisitive ways - I have too much stuff (clutter) and am going to try to ease back on collecting. Much as I love books - I am a self-confessed bibliophile - some types of books are becoming anachronistic (the digerati would say all books are anachronistic) - certainly my collection of business biographies look at odds with the way of the world. Seem to have a bunch on Time:Life and Readers Digest - dying businesses.
Certainly casting an eye over some of what I have kept reminds us of how far we've come - university course outlines generated by IBM Golfball typewriters - a great leap forward for its day. And until I'd looked at that link I'd forgotten about the daisy-wheel typewriter which actually first appeared in 1890. Damn, just thinking about it all has me thinking I need to get a typewriter just to have.
Perhaps I can be satisfied with WriteRoom, a virtual typewriter for Mac OS X - it lacks the clackety-clack sounds but does have a single font and an uncluttered display - ideal for getting focussed on your writing. The price is right too - freeware. As for sounds you could do as I did and search for an MP3 of typewriter noises.
"Right!" (said in best John Cleese manner) - best get on with decluttering.