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Found a new appliance

Long time readers may recall a post where I griped about appliances that have replaceable filters for no apparent reason. One of the targets of my wrath was a room humidifier. It makes water vapor; why does it need to make filtered vapor? I finally threw the damned thing away because it was getting expensive to feed it filters. This may seem like a silly thing to have to many of you. You live in a coastal region, or possibly the deep US south where it’s always humid. Let me tell you, the western US can get dry. This isn’t limited to summer either. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and stays there for a month, it gets dry. Noses start to bleed, and sinus problems escalate. (Just a little detour to help you understand). Last winter, I got by with a tea kettle boiling all the time, but this isn’t the safest option. Old What’s Her Face* found a Target flyer and showed me these humidifiers that were on sale. We went to Target, and they do not have a filter to replace every six days or so. Best of all, they were cheap.

Looks like an oversize Kleenex box.

Looks like an oversize Kleenex box.

The vent on top looks like the graphic from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. At the sale price, I actually bought two of them. My wife and I both noticed an immediate improvement in our sinuses. If they croak; they weren’t that expensive to begin with. They were only slightly more expensive than a filter for that old POS. They are small too, and tuck out of the way easily. Many of you won’t have dryness problems. Those of you who do might appreciate this find. *Not my wife’s actual name.

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Technological Bitching

I’ve always been an early adapter of technology. I seek it out, but it has to make sense to me. Some of it seems like reinventing the wheel though.

Today, everything in my house beeps. The refrigerator reminds me I opened the door. I kind of knew that, having just opened the door. The washer and dryer beep, the toaster beeps, and even the new coffee pot I got for Christmas. It sounds like the love child of E.L.O. and Pink Floyd around here.

I drank enough beer at Old Chicago to earn a cool watch/compass thingie. Guess what? It beeps, every hour on the hour, day and night. It came with instructions in four point pitch. I could have found my high school microscope and figured it all out. I stopped its beeping by putting it in the can beside the curb. Let the dump workers figure it out.

Technology should help us, it should enhance our lives. If it annoys us, the designer didn’t do the job.

Some of the newer stuff feels like someone is building a better mouse trap. We bought a humidifier last year. It gets really dry here during the long frozen spells, and my sinus gets pretty unhappy. This thing requires a filter. Why, for Christ’s sake, does a humidifier need a filter? The filter costs about $20 three times per winter. It will not function without one. It’s a mousetrap alright, and I’m the mouse.

I put the humidifier in the garbage, and put my teapot on the stove. Problem solved.

The refrigerator also requires a filter. It won’t work without one. This filter costs about $60 three times per year. Heaven help us if we have to use unfiltered ice in a cooler someday. I drink tap water, and like it. I could get by without filtered water from the fridge, and the ongoing bill that comes with it.

My 25 year old washer and dryer finally gave up the ghost. The new one is a computer, complete with bells and whistles. Computers with plumbing running through them sounds like an awesome idea. Maybe the manufacturers don’t want me to use this set for 25 years? I can’t imagine they’ve improved something that already worked flawlessly for 25 years.

I got a new coffee pot for Christmas. Not only does it beep at me, it has a water filter. I’m old enough to remember percolators, and I’m here to tell you they made really good coffee. They’re almost impossible to find today.

So much of this tech seems designed to enhance the corporate bottom line, not my way of life. “We’ll make a killing in the filter market, boys. Mwa ha ha ha.”

Then there’s my wife’s new toaster. She thinks it’s cool. It’s covered with buttons and slowly lowers the toast into the heating element, like a robot. The damned thing only toasts one side though. I looked inside and there’s only one element. Great, I suppose if you only like bagels. I remember the kind with one button; bread go down, toast come up. Pretty simple. I’ve also made it in a cast iron skillet. Oh, and the damned thing beeps at you.

Smart phones, word processors, Bluetooth printers, I’m all over that shit. It makes sense, and it enhances my life. This other stuff baffles and annoys me.

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