Geeky goodness

As a bibliophile and certified geek, this little DIY project for hiding your router made my heart go pitter pat:

router hidden in book

Could it be more perfect? Find an old hardback with an interesting title, tear out the pages, slide your router inside, and stack some bibelot or bit of eye candy on top. Voila, no more ugly router blinking at you from across the room.

Check out anamublog for a side view and pictures of the process, as well as an explanation of how it came about. If we hadn’t already concealed our router on the wall behind a door, I’d be at the used bookstore tomorrow, searching for a good title.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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20 Responses to Geeky goodness

  1. Paulo says:

    Mixed feelings on this one…
    The book was destroyed in the process, and it apparently had some personal notes…
    Well, the DIYer says it best, actually:
    “This book was a gift to her and in it she wrote lists of her favorite flowers, plants, trees and saved paper clippings with quotes and garden-related news. I fell in love with the energy of the book. [so I tore it apart?]”

    “Thank you for the inspiration, Maud โ€ฆ and for covering the ugly blinking box.”
    Uh… OK. I’m sure Maud would love to see how her precious book ended up being of use to you.

    The fact that she was aware of the destructive potential of her ingenious aesthetic solution and decided to go ahead with it anyway because “we canโ€™t hold onto everything”, could make it better, but it may make it worse.
    Maybe I’m just feeling cranky today.

    It does look cool, though!
    I’m going to have at something like this, but with zero book destruction. I’m sure I can find a pretty old box somewhere.

    PS: there’s also a reason why the modems and routers have those ventilation holes on top which are not supposed to be covered, but I guess now I’m getting picky.

    PPS: Dissent! That’s a first for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Paulo says:

      *That’s a first for me… here.

    • Lilaine says:

      I had the same type of reaction, Paulo. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do regret this double destruction: Maud’s cherished book and the predictably overheated router’s electronic components. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      But I guess we’d probably never have known anything about Maud and her love for gardening if not for this artistic camouflage …. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Paulo says:

        That is probably true, Lilaine. But why are “we” so special that “we” deserve to know in this destructive manner about Maud’s book? Had the book survived, it would have eventually find its way into the hands of somebody more appreciative of its contents, history and physical existence. Somebody, say, without an interior decoration problem and concomitant idea for a solution, and with a bit more of respect for personal artifacts that once belonged to living people generations hence.

        I don’t want to start a philosophical discussion on this (yet), but this seems to speak of the digital world’s reality or lack thereof. She did photograph her “favorite parts” (thus anointing herself as the decider on what parts of an almost 100 year old book were worth preserving in digital format).

        One last comment: I recently read a wonderful book by Bill Bryson called “At Home”, which is a history of the things we have at home, its names, their evolution, history, connections between things and events, both historical and private/personal.
        It has thousands of tidbits of information, trivial or mind-blowing and a lot of its research was based on personal diaries, notes in books, mundane events, letters, personal artifacts, etc.
        Who are we to say that Maud’s book, and all other books, would not be the sole survivors of a gigantic magnetic storm, a cataclysmic burst of solar flares, whatever… that will destroy all digital records (or at least the “trivial” ones, like the photos of Maud’s book), making life much harder for future Bill Brysons?

        I know I exaggerate, but I’m trying to address principle, as well as the symbolism of destroying an object that had an integral existence with added value deriving from having been made personal by its owner’s remarks and notes, which open a window into another time, another mind. Obliterated to cover and potentially damage a stupid modem.

        My 3 cents.

        • Lilaine says:

          My ancestors’ thousands old books and personal artifacts join me to greet you, Paulo. ๐Ÿ™‚
          I have(well, live in) an entire house full of those most precious objects. I know their value, and as I said, I do regret the destruction of the book. And I never considered myself-or anyone for that matter-as *deserving* such a massacre. I just stated that we (as web-surfers and blogs followers) would never have known about Maud if not for this Anamu person’s ‘artistic endeavor’ (I admit to have neglected the quotes in my first post, might be why you didn’t catch the irony: I personally don’t find any appeal to that kind of thing). By the way, I’ve seen hundreds of books intentionally destroyed by the fire, because nobody wanted to care for them. Sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
          My assignat from the French Revolution.

  2. Joao Brandao says:

    You absolutely shouldn’t cover a router like that. Routers heat up a lot, and you could probably damage it.

    • Paulo says:

      At the very least, somebody’s going to start bitching about her internet being slower than usual.
      Worst case scenario… I don’t know, fire? Given the flammable nature of the cover and all. Maybe very unlikely, but covering the modem will at least void your warranty.

  3. Mr.Jay says:

    Hiding a router by this way is so pretty.

  4. Jorge says:

    Yeah, I’d never do this. To destroy a book is pure evil in my book (ha! I kill myself!), and then there’s that little question of the heat those things generate and the ventilation they need to keep cool. By covering it (COVERING it, see? I’m… wait for it… on fire!), you’ll be reducing the life span of the router and even, perhaps, creating a fire hazard in the process.

    No way!

    • Paulo says:

      We seem to be building a small consensus here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Com senso. I don’t feel so dissenting any more.
      Good ones, Jorge. You could also have said that with routers we should always play by the book. And that regarding the destruction of a 1923 book, we’re on the same page.

    • Lilaine says:

      You’re getting on fire at the idea of covering an electronic device? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
      Oh my, those geeky people are weird, really. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. oregon expat says:

    Deus meu, the puns in these comments! I can see I’ll have to straighten my spine and make my own cutting remarks…(best I could do on short notice; you guys already used all the obvious ones).

    Regarding the issue of the overheating router, that’s an issue I hadn’t thought of and one that would clearly require some rethinking of this solution. Maybe a few slits cut into the book cover? And the use of a book whose thickness gives the router some breathing space.

    As for the choice of a book with personal notes — I confess that made me cringe as well (and a gardening book! I love those), but then again, her husband bought that book for 50 pence. Whoever owned it didn’t value it enough to keep it, and the bookstore that sold it clearly didn’t value it either — 50 pence? That’s the price of a coffee-stained paperback. My guess is that had the book not been purchased and repurposed, it would eventually have found its way into the recycle bin or worse, the trash bin. It’s a hard fact of the book world.

    • Paulo says:

      Probably so.

      Which leaves us with the defining question, the final proof, the last chapter, the binding resolution: Let’s say it was you who got that very same book for 50 pence (I think these days that may be about 2.5 million euros, but I digress). Would you have done it?

      Bonus tracks:
      Why does the ghost always need more books?
      He goes through them too quickly.

      Do you like Kipling?
      I don’t know, I’ve never kipled.

      “Now” for some really bad ones:
      Having great vocabulary didn’t save the Thesaurus from extinction.

      Why does an elephant use his trunk as a bookmark?
      So he always nose where he stopped reading.

    • Paulo says:

      I just went back to that blog post and found that the discussion we’re having is also happening there, which does not surprise me. I’m not booking a place in that discussion, though. There’s a conspicuous absence of puns.
      Speaking of which,

      A policeman accidentally arrested a judge who had dressed as a convict for a costume party. That cop learned never to book a judge by his cover.

      An unusual medical book is one which has no appendix.

  6. Inge says:

    Apart from the obvious heating problem, i have a question to all those opposed: why are we pro recycling and reusing cars, computers,.. but not books? No matter how personal it is to someone, if they want to get rid of it, why not reuse, recycle? Should we no longer recycle old paper because of what it says on it? I’m sorry for the trees then. It is quite likely another dozen of this book or an improved version of it, are still around. Granted it won’t have the personal feel to it, but between keeping everything that is somehow personal (even if we don’t know the person in question), thus cutting down massive amounts of the trees to keep the paper flowing or recycling all of it, i’m all for the second option. Well.. how is that for being dissentive.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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