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See the thing with LJ memes is, I generally don't partake. I am not trying to be a sourpuss or anything, I just know in my heart of hearts that that way lies madness, since they are a) designed to self-propagate, b) infinite in supply. By definition then, they are agents of our own demise; an unending viral cycle which, once entered into, inescapably consumes its hosts like some brain-specific ebola variant. So when I choose then to stand up and say, "No. Not this man. This line shall not be crossed." it is not out of disdain for those already afflicted so much as it is my attempt at unselfish defense of humankind. Having said all of that though, I got tapped for this one twice, so what's a boy to do? I compromise as follows: I will comply, rend myself asunder that the germ might enter and infuse my unguarded mind, but I will name as victims only those already tapped by others. We can be like a leper colony, immune to eachother but isolated from the greater masses for their own protection.

List 5 reasons why you are a dork. And make them good reasons. Justify them. Explain them. Be loud and proud about how big of a dork you are! Then pick the 5 biggest dorks you know and have them do the meme.


  • I recently finished a project in the garage involving the gross disassembly and butchery of a common household toaster. I used Dremel cutting wheels to cut the metal. I de-soldered and re-soldered. I converted the electronics to run off a 9V battery. I cut, sanded, stained and poly'd a wooden casing for the new frankenstein apparatus. I documented my progress assiduously, and now I've written a magazine article to describe the process. I did all this so that the machine would make my tea for me. And it does.

  • I read with great aplomb and usually have several books on the go. Not dorky enough, you say? Some of the more recent titles then: Freakonomics, A Theory of Fun, Sibley's Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America and The Secret Life of Lobsters.

  • I just finished a 5 day course through work titled "Ethical Hacking and Advanced Penetration Testing." By day 3 I was co-teaching it.

  • To my left when I sit in the office is the "Tech books" bookshelf -- 4 shelves of tech books and text books. That's not the geeky part. On top of that shelf are a basically random assortment of things that required a place to rest. They include, in no particular order: A Brother label maker, a Garmin eTrex Legend handheld GPS unit with data cable, an 8-bulb LED flashlight with the new Luxeon super-bright white LEDs, a pair of 2-way GMRS radios on their charger, a homemade cutaway-view Schlage lock cylinder (with mushroom pins!) and my set of homemade lockpicks and torsion wrenches. To my right is the clock, which has the numbers printed in the opposite order, and runs in reverse.

  • I can't write a 5th one right now, because I have to go watch MythBusters



As promised, I hereby tag only: heathen, smallstar, serennig and kelayrel
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From:kelayrel
Date:June 27th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Sorry man, but you were such an obvious tap. =)

Which Mythbusters one was it? Was it the balloon-flying kid & ping pong ball boat-raising one, or did I just catch an old one? That is a truly awesome show. =)

And sometime, you really need to post pictures of your tea-machine, or at the very least show me the magazine article =) I am intrigued.
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From:johnath
Date:June 27th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
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I did see that one, but that was Friday/Saturday's, I was leaving to watch the Sunday/Monday one. :) It was Ming Dynasty Astronaut + Ceiling Fan Decapitation + Various Perpetual Motion Machines.

I can't put the article out there until the magazine goes to print since they have exclusive first pub, but I don't think they would kill me if I leaked a few pics in a reply on my friends list. Several are quite blurry, and all are
no-post-processing-3MB shots, but if you like picture books:

http://johnath.com/make/TeaPopper/

About a month after it hits print I intend to put each article up on my site in a new projects section but until then I wait...
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From:kelayrel
Date:June 27th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Oooh... gotta get Chris to grab that Mythbusters, the Ming Dynasty Astronaut one sounds fun =)

Out of curiousity, what's the magazine? Are you going to be a regular invention contributor? =) Your creation looks pretty nifty, I'm suitably impressed.
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From:johnath
Date:June 28th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
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Well suitably thank you! :)

The magazine is the best part, on account of how it's SO COOL. :) It's called Make, it's published by O'Reilly, as in the tech books publisher, and it's all about taking the world apart and putting it back together. It's my second article for them, and the editor seems excited to have me write more; I just have to keep making things that are interesting to other people, I suppose. :) They're quarterly though, not monthly, which is only a problem in that I'm rather eager to get my hands on the issues that have my articles in them (to say nothing of the fact that I'm eager to read the magazine itself.)
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From:kelayrel
Date:June 28th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
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Oooooooh... you're getting published by O'Reilly? Now that just tops everything on your dork list! ;) In an incredibly awesome way, of course.

Man... I'm going to have to find me a copy of that magazine... that sounds very much fun. =) Do you have any old issues lying around? What was the first thing you made for them?
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From:johnath
Date:June 28th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
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It is quite a delicious magazine. Since I subscribe, I have exactly two back issues. In my defense though, there only ARE two back issues, it's a new mag. If you find a copy, let me know, I've been keeping an eye out for chapters to start stocking it. Apparently world's biggest downtown does, but failing that I just subscribed since it's like, half price done that way. I keep talking the magazine up, so if chapters starts carrying it, I will be alerting people left and right. :)

First article was about making your own security bits -- i.e. when you need to remove a screw that is not slot or philips or robertson, or even torx or tamperproof torx or spanner, when it's something really delightfully freakish and you need to remove it and you don't know how. It involves silly putty. That one will likely be printed in either issue 3 or 4 I would think, it should be printed before the toaster one anyhow - though they have both MSs so I guess they can do what they wish with them at this point. Amy's excited because she gets a photo credit in the screwdriver one, since she took the all important shot of me throwing sparks all over the garage while carving an allen key into shape.
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From:johnath
Date:June 28th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
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fwiw - you can see the table of contents for the current issue here, to give you a sort of impression as to what its all about:

http://makezine.com/images/02/TOC.pdf

Also their blog is updated with new fun hacks regularly.
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From:paradox35
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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My nerd husband is standing here envying you over your clock. Congrats on the the teapopper. *giggles*
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Date:November 11th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)

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Date:January 11th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)

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Date:January 26th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)

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Date:July 11th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in St Petersburg Unveils New Grand Foyer and Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 July 2008
The extension and refurbishment of the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, a leading hotel in St Petersburg, took a major step forward with the unveiling of a grand new foyer and completely renovated restaurant and conference facilities.

The project, which is being managed by Malta-based Company IHI Benelux, is the biggest investment project in the hotel industry in the city.



corinthia-nevskijpalace.jpgThe five-star Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, which first opened its doors in July 1993 after the renovation of two historic 19th century buildings in the heart of St. Petersburg, was acquired by IHI Benelux in 2002 and joined the prestigious Corinthia Hotels brand of upscale properties throughout Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The hotel is operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts and features in the Wyndham Grand Collection, an exquisite collection of artfully appointed hotels representing one-of-a kind experiences in unique destinations around the world.



The extension and refurbishment project of the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel was launched in June 2005 in the presence of St Petersburg’s Governor Valentina Matvienko and Corinthia Group Chairman Alfred Pisani.



The Euro 100 million project includes the extension of the existing hotel and the development of three adjoining buildings, together with the refurbishment of all the hotel’s public areas. The first phase of the project, which saw the total rebuilding of the hotel foyer to create a world-class sense of arrival and the upgrading of the hotel’s main restaurant and conference facilities, is now complete.



The second phase of the project will see the extension and integration of the main building into the adjoining building at 59, Nevskij Prospect. This extension will add another 105 executive guestrooms to the hotel, together with a 250 square-metre Presidential Suite, bringing the hotel’s total inventory to 400 rooms, together with a new Executive Lounge. In addition, the extension will feature the City’s finest hotel conference centre, with 14 state-of-the-art meeting rooms including a Grand Ballroom, with a total capacity for over a 1,000 guests. This will enable Corinthia to market St Petersburg internationally as a top class destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and events.



At 55, Nevskij Prospect, the project envisages the development of the Nevskij Plaza, an elite commercial centre, with two floors of exclusive and upscale retail outlets and five floors of premium office rental space.



Both facades will be rebuilt as exact replicas of the imposing original facades, thus recreating the splendour of their historic past. The entire project is scheduled for completion by the beginning of 2009.


The Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (IHI), a public company based in Malta with hotel investments in Budapest, Tripoli, Lisbon, Malta, Prague and St Petersburg. The company’s hotels are operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel operating company owned by IHI and the Wyndham Hotel Group of the United States.
From:frances_catch
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
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First Foot in France

A faultless trip. Red Fred duly farewelled in Shanklin, 30 mins wait, the little train to Ryde, 30 mins wait, the Fast Cat to Plymouth and finally – after 3 ½ hours wait -- on to the ‘Bretagne’, the Britanny Ferry which was to bring me to France.

And what a surprise! I had expected a ship on the lines of the one which brought me from Jersey. Not so! No container-cum-ferry this one, but a regular luxury liner! More restaurants, bars and shops per square foot than QE2 of my seadays. I was almost intimidated. However, I was not there to shop or eat, but to voyage and sleep and, after a soothing Guinness or three, that’s what I did, awakening just in time for a shower, a shave and a bit of a queue, before disembarking comfortably in St Malo.

Brian was at the ferry to meet me, and to lead me to our hotel, the Bristol Union, in the heart of ‘old’ St Malo. We ate a very hearty ‘Continental’ breakfast in Paris: Bet your Paris Holiday on the U.S. Economy… inclusive of the cheese and sausage which I’d always connected with Austria rather than France but which I guess are just ‘EEC’ nowadays, and of the croissants which no-one but the French seem to make properly. After which, we set out, under grey skies and spits of rain, for a wander around the ‘old’ St Malo. I say ‘old’, of course, because this famous ancient ‘city of the corsairs’ was 80 percent destroyed in the last war. It’s been gloriously reconstructed (the post office is a gem!), to bring back much of the character of the wrecked city, but only occasionally do you come on a bit with the right ancient ‘feel’. I wonder how many times I was wrong.

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Date:July 11th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
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A wander, a rest, and then we were ready for the event of the day. Dinner. My first French meal since the glories of ‘La Vague’ in Dunkerque over a year ago. Finding a suitable (for me) restaurant amongst the plethora of Very Obviously Touristy places that crowd round the Grande Porte and the other more obvious streets, and the inescapable elbow-to-elbow selection of Breton crêperies and galetteries, could have been tough, but Brian had been here before…
We stopped off at a corner bar for an aperitif .. and most Frenchly settled on a pint of Guinness .. before continuing on to Le Bistrot du Rocher. Bistrot. Ah. Good. 13 euros the menu. The menu? For starters, a salade d’andouille with er… Que.. what? Never mind, ‘andouille’ and it’s a winner. Followed by ‘Andouilette’ YES! I pounced on the word and culpably didn’t read further. I thought ‘andouillette’ meant a tripe sausage, but obviously it doesn’t. This was an andouilette of salmon. With lentils. And I haven’t eaten salmon for years, since (stomach-wrenching story censored).
I will now. A nice bottle of Médoc ’04, and a Calvados (two, actually) to fill the spaces before, during and after the food and .. it was the most marvellous meal. Utterly delicious. And the bill? Just 69 euros for two. Can’t be bad!
From:frances_catch
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
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This morning dawned fine, so we headed off for a walk down the promenade of St Malo’s long, brown and yellow beach. Surprisingly empty. Where were all the people? I popped across the sands to visit the very obvious small fort (closed, open only at low tide .. er it was low tide) from where you get a grand view of the ‘old’ town snuggled behind the vast sea walls that protect it from the oceans …
And that’s where all the people were. Eating at the restaurants and bars round La Grande Porte.



But the big question of the day is: do we go back to the Bistrot du Rocher tonight, and have ‘same again’, or do we try somewhere else? I don’t think I’m going to get my ‘tripes’ here, as somewhat naturally the famous fishing town of St Malo features fish restaurants, so …
Well, we walked the not numerous streets of ‘intra muros’ St Malo until thundery showers came to drive us indoors, and … I don’t know. There’s one, opposite our Guinness bar, rejoicing in the name of ‘Borgnefesse’. Not to be taken literally. ‘One-eyed arse’ was apparently a famous Malouin corsair of the umpteenth century. Maybe?
The rain seems to be easing off. Ah well, feet up for a couple of hours, then it will be aperitif time. Guinness, fish, Calavdos … it sounds right doesn’t it. Have to be adventurous. After all, last night, if I’d read on after ‘andouillette’ and seen ‘saumon’ I would have missed a real treat of a dish…. Hmmm.
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Date:February 18th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)

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