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Monday, September 13, 2010


I know that the last thing that you were probably expecting from me was to see two posts in one day, however, something is happening in my household that is worth mentioning.... drum roll please... are you ready for it?  THE TECHNOLOGY GODS ARE OUT TO GET ME!!!!

And, no, I am not exaggerating which is why a fully caps-locked statement is absolutely called for in this instance.  In my recent past, here are the list of appliances in my home that have kicked the proverbial bucket:
  • My laptop (but you already knew that)
  • Our cordless house phones

  • 2 vacuum cleaners (yes, that includes our spare).  One of them was actually shooting dirt OUT, I think that you can figure out which one by the picture.

  • 2 VCR's (including the one that I dug out of storage at my mom's last night that ate two VHS tapes today, including Chephren's favorite one and a library one!!!)
  • 1 DVD player

You can understand my frustration, especially given the fact that the last four bullets happened this weekend!!! 

So what is happening here?  This my fine friends is a perfect example of planned obsolescence, a topic recently written about in the book Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America.  I haven't read it yet, but I plan to check it out soon (that is, if the library will let me check anything out after I wrecked their VHS tape).

Let me know if you have read it and of course, feel free to share your own stories of technological distress! 

Happy Monday (hope yours is going better than mine!)



  1. Oh, and I forgot one more thing, my camera is busted too... hence all of the lame camera-phone pics... This is perhaps the most painful one for me of all of them because I am a photography nut! AHHHHHHHHH!!!

  2. Well hey since you have that sweet new iphone those pictures look great! ;) I love your blog. You are amazing for doing this Maren!