Making a Fireplace

Mike deserves 99% of the credit for this, but I’m not above taking my 1%.


Other Photologs:

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Making a Server

In the past, I’d had a few more DIY photologs (Making a Closet, Making a Patio, Making a Genovese) and thought it was about time that I put a new one online.

Last month, our Linux sandbox server died—presumably from heat prostration. So while we were shopping around for a new one, we thought: “wouldn’t it be better if we just built the server ourselves rather than ordering some pre-fab system that doesn’t really suit our needs?” (tons of fans, Debian Lenny/Linux, small, etc.). The parts arrived a few days later. Above is a gallery of the server construction. I’m happy to report that for the last few weeks, the server has been quietly humming without any problems.

Here’s a the step-by-step process of the server’s installation. Below the gallery, you can see a list of the parts we ordered.

Part Price
Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147112
Foxconn A76ML-K 3.0 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813186215
Hitachi HDS721616PLA3 80 160GB 3.5″ SATA 7200RPM 8MB Pull Drive
Item #: EBTECH-719855
LOGISYS Computer AC610 92mm Hydro Beta 10 AMD CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835999041
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B – OEM
Item #: N82E16827118067
COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103061
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCK23GM – OEM
Item #: N82E16819103904
hec HP485D 485W ATX12V Power Supply – Power Cord Included
Item #: N82E16817339020
G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC310666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231423
Total 252.41
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How To Identify and Deal With Different Types Of Clients


Thanks to SwissMiss for pointing this story to my attention. From Smashing Magazine, learn tips and tricks for working with: The Passive-Aggressive, The Family Friend, The Under-Valuer, The Nit-Picker, The Scornful Saver, The ‘I-Could-Do-This-Myself’-er, The Control Freak and The Dream Client.

Of course, all MY clients are “Dream Clients”, however some of you may have to deal with these other types.

AmEx Photo Magnets


God bless the kind people at American Express. Each week, sometimes 2-3 times a week, they send me a nice letter to let me know that they approve of me. They’re probably the friendliest pen pals I’ve ever had. To make things better, they even send me a Self-Addressed Bulk Postage Paid Envelope so that I can keep in touch with them from time to time. Things are pretty busy around here, so I don’t have much time to write responses. Normally, I’ll send them a pizza coupon, or a Chinese menu, or whatever else I get in the mail that day, just to let them know that I care about them as well. Certainly, it’s not as reassuring as having them tell me that they approve of me each week, but it’s the least I can do for them. After all, I’ve started to grow distinctly suspicious that they may have other pen pals in my building.

Either way, AmEx has lovingly redoubled their interest in my self-happiness by sending me little gifts with their thoughtful messages of approval. You may be familiar with the magnetic credit cards they mail out with the ominous “Your Name Here” message that cast you a daunting leer every time you get more cream for your coffee.

As it turns out, these magnets delaminate quite easily. And, as they’d already held various family pictures to my stainless steel fridge, I realized the master plan behind my pals at AmEx: cut out the middle man.
Step 1: Pull apart the edges of the magnet slowly until it begins to separate. You’ll notice that the adhesive continues to stick to the magnet side, rather than the plastic card side (those kids thought of everything!) This way this project requires no art supply run as you should have everything you need at home (photo, magnet, scissors) and that’s it!

Step 2: Cut the magnet to slightly larger size than your photo. If your picture is larger than a wallet-size, you may need to crop the photo to fit the magnet.

Step 3: Adhere the magnet, pressing firmly at the corners.

Step 4: Cut the magnet flush with scissors or an X-acto Blade

Step 5: Place on fridge and lovingly adore.

That’s it! With friends like these…eh, Gary?

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