Hi, I’m Manu.

I used to have a blog a couple of years ago. I have to admit that I missed it a little, so I decided to go back at it in 2014. I write about a bunch of different topics.

Why “plothole.net”? As defined on wikipedia,

a plot hole, or plothole is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot, or constitutes a blatant omission of relevant information regarding the plot, sometimes even contradicting itself. These include such things as unlikely behaviour or actions of characters, illogical or impossible events, events happening for no apparent reason, or, statements or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline.

This definition suits my life pretty well.

Here are a couple of links if you want to know more about me:

And last but not least, here is my resume.

Thanks for reading.

N.B. this site has been tested on the most recent versions of Safari and Chrome on Mac OS X, as well as Safari on iOS. If something seems broken on one of those browsers, shoot me an email. If you’re using another browser, I’m sorry. I don’t find fixing browser quirks very interesting, I do enough of it professionnally.

LEGO tools

I wish I had the patience and the talent to be a good LEGO builder. And I wish I had the raw material too, because I guess you need a shit ton of LEGO bricks of all kinds. So instead of building awesome pieces1, I sometimes make little tools for my every day life.

iPad stand

When I got my iPad 1, I had the idea to make a minimal stand. It’s not very nice, but it is obviously hidden behind the iPad. I just made sure that the two little parts that are actually visible are as discreet as possible. I’m sure you could find many flaws in the design, but it suits my needs perfectly, which is the whole point.

Front view with the iPad 1
Front view with the iPad 1
Side view with the iPad 1
Side view with the iPad 1
Back view with the iPad 1
Back view with the iPad 1

I initially made the stand for the iPad 1, but it works perfectly, if not better, with the iPad Mini as well.

Front view with the iPad Mini
Front view with the iPad Mini
Side view with the iPad Mini
Side view with the iPad Mini
Back view with the iPad Mini
Back view with the iPad Mini

You can follow the building instructions to make your own2.

Click on the image to view building instructions
Click on the image to view building instructions

HDD shelf

The other object I built is a shelf to attach a 2.5” external USB drive to the back of my Apple Thunderbolt Display. I was well on my way to make a huge contraption when I realized that the little shelf could simply be clamped onto the display’s foot because it’s narrower at the top than at the bottom. Gravity at works.

I made it so that nothing would be visible from the front
I made it so that nothing would be visible from the front
The drive fits nicely
The drive fits nicely
Simple and effective
Simple and effective

You can follow the building instructions to make your own1.

Click on the image to view building instructions
Click on the image to view building instructions
  1. More awesomeness over here. 2

  2. Instructions are generated by the mediocre LEGO Digital Designer tool.