A cynical take on making bookends
May 1, 2014 5:31 PM   Subscribe

If I didn't feel similarly to this guy about bookends, I'd actually like those bookends.
posted by cmoj at 5:56 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

awww, did he say "aboot"? awwww, cute.
posted by janey47 at 6:08 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

While it is true that bookends are the most basic of objects when it comes to function, style still counts for something.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:18 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wow, of all the innocuous things to be cynical about.

Am I the only one with simple, wall mounted shelves where bookends are useful?
posted by malapropist at 6:29 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

You know, if you stack 'em right, books can serve as their own bookends.
posted by valkane at 6:38 PM on May 1, 2014 [4 favorites]

Metafilter: Wow, of all the innocuous things to be cynical about.
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:39 PM on May 1, 2014 [18 favorites]

AlonzoMosleyFBI: I see your bookends and raise you these.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:52 PM on May 1, 2014 [4 favorites]

How much for the bookends?
posted by telstar at 6:52 PM on May 1, 2014

That's a response to a campaign where a bunch of woodworking bloggers posted videos about making bookends. Mattias was asked to participate but wasn't inspired; after seeing the videos he posted that tongue-in-cheek version.

Mattias is sort-of a super tinkerer, building all kinds of improbable machines, like bandsaws and pantorouters. His website, woodgears.ca, is an interesting visit for any curious person, even non-woodworkers.
posted by srt19170 at 7:31 PM on May 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

Holy crap. His site has some really interesting, pretty work.
posted by maudlin at 8:23 PM on May 1, 2014

Um, I think you may have missed the pipe organ he built out of wood and an old vacuum cleaner. I found this guy earlier researching ... I don't even remember. I also read about how he recently re-leveled a cabin at the vacation camp his family rebuilt when he was a kid (closed now, though they still own it). He's built several random projects (e.g. a camera made from an old scanner) which are also on his site. He's an amazing guy.
posted by amtho at 8:23 PM on May 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

That was a perfect little joke.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 9:01 PM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Mathias Wandel had been featured here regularly since 2002, but sadly under no common tag.
posted by Harald74 at 11:43 PM on May 1, 2014

At least he doesn't throw the books in the stove. Or does he?
posted by waving at 4:21 AM on May 2, 2014

He might:

And if this is correct, we will never have the kinds of public services in Canada that Europe has. And as much as we like the idea of cultural diversity, it isn’t conducive to having really good public services. Of course, that doesn’t mean immigration is bad. If you are going to have a lot of immigrants, its no doubt better to promote cultural diversity than to have the whole thing mashed together in a dysfunctional melting pot.

And I sympathize to some degree with Western Europeans trying to stop the influx of immigrants from the Eastern Europe – a problem that has gotten much worse since Eastern Europeans got the freedom to leave. Because the thing that makes these places what they are is a relatively homogeneous culture of people who have lived there for a long time, and if you suddenly start stirring the pot, the place won’t be the same anymore. Not all bad, but I don’t like the idea of Europe diminishing in its European-ness.

Actually, I don't know what he's really trying to say here. He's all over the place in this piece from his rants page. Some fine woodwork, though.
posted by GrapeApiary at 6:25 AM on May 2, 2014

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