Friday, August 27, 2010
The atmospheric burner is designed to pull in cool air from the venturi effect produced by the jet of propane fuel which it uses to produce the flame.
The flame will be directed into the bottom of the stainless tube body which will be lined with ceramic fiber refractory. The graphite crucible will be suspended by a refractory plate at the top of the tube.
I haven't a clue whether this arrangement will work or not... It seems plausible, but only finishing it and testing it will decide its design merit.
I'll have to give it a rest until next weekend, but I'll post as much as I can!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The hotel has a tradition of keeping a cat that has the run of the hotel. The practice dates to the 1930s, when Frank Case took in a stray. Hotel lore says actor John Barrymore suggested the cat needed a theatrical name, so he was called Hamlet. Decades later, whenever the hotel has a male he carries on the name; females are named Matilda. The current Algonquin cat, a Matilda, is a Ragdoll that was named 2006 cat of the year at the Westchester (New York) Cat Show. Visitors can spot Matilda on her personal chaise longue in the lobby; she can also be found in her favorite places: behind the computer on the front desk, or lounging on a baggage cart. The doormen feed her and the general manager's executive assistant answers Matilda's e-mail.
Although the Algonquin was "dry" even before Prohibition (Case closed the hotel bar in 1917 and had harsh words for those who ran speakeasies), nevertheless the hotel does have an eponymous cocktail, composed of rye whiskey, Noilly Prat and pineapple juice. More recently, a newer drink has hit the Algonquin's menu, the "Martini on the Rock," consisting of a martini of the buyer's choice with a single piece of "ice," a diamond, at the bottom of the glass. Hoy Wong is a notable bartender at the hotel and is the oldest person to hold such a position in the state, still serving aged 90 in 2006.
In keeping with Frank Case's long-standing tradition of sending popovers and celery to the more impoverished members of the Round Table, the Algonquin offers lunch discounts to struggling writers. Formerly, writers on tour could stay one night at the hotel free in exchange for an autographed copy of their book although the practice has been amended to include a discount on standard room rates.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I mean really... Email, 3 blogs, a cell phone, text, etc. Etc. Etc.
Oh... And I opened the comments so you can post. Make it right though or i'll delete it and block you!
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