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the unwilling to deliver the message, swimming bottle

Continuing from the chindogu point, I tried to come up with a project/object that would resist it’s usefulness. Water and windmill were already part of the Time’s up scenery, some bottle were lying around also, so with these ingredients and a little help from my friends I concluded to built the “ unwilling to deliver the message swimming bottle”.

The project tried to serve it’s purpose in two ways:
a) it should find the wind direction, get energy from it and try to swim against it.
b) try to float against the current. This second part was soon abandoned and I concentrated my work on the first one.

In the process of building it up, the boat soon grew to a double bottle catamaran, since the floating issues (e.g. balancing the whole thing , keeping the total weight of the construction smaller or equal to that of the bottle) were easier to approach like this. Finding the right materials to avoid friction on the motion transfer weals was on of the issues we were faced with. Balancing the different parts and keeping the bottle together were also points to work out.

The boat did manage to float eventually, eventhough the messages we put in did push it deeper to water already. The propeller seems to require a good amount of wind to start spinning, which might already be enough to take the whole thing apart in open-sea circumstances. And the paddle-hands aren’t probably big enough to pull to the opposite direction.

Nonetheless I am planning to let it free during summer time in the Aegean sea after securing a bit the insulation of the bottles. Hopefully it will fail it’s purpose and reach somebody!


Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. ~Walt Kelly


hello all

Continuing the discussion we had last time about our meals at the workshop,

a few of us came up with the proposal to make cooking turns of 2 to 3 people, for the four days of the workshop.

Me and Vesela are volunteering to take up Friday and cook for all of us; that is prepare breakfast and lunch.

If this process is alright for you or  maby you could post your availability under this post.
If this process is NOT alright for you please do post your objections and ideas under this post.

Just for you information our shopping list for Friday assumes 15 people and is  this:

1kgr rice \15 courgettes \15 carrots
3 onions\ garlic \ salad \ peppers
15 apples \ milk \ coffee \ tea
3gr bread \ cheese \ salami
spreads \ butter \ marmalade

looking forward for a great weekend



Chindōgu (珍道具?) is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindōgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, chindōgu are sometimes described as “unuseless” – that is, they cannot be regarded as ‘useless’ in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called “useful.” more in wikipedia

and some examples