I like gadgets. Somehow, though they seldom have, I think they will change or improve my life. They’re fun, but they don’t do much to change who we are.
Gadgets come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. The ones we want usually cost a little more than we’re willing to pay.
I needed a timer with a beep. An egg timer. I devoted more than two hours to my search for the perfect egg timer. What I bought is electronic, requires a battery, is simple to operate, works well, but won’t stop beeping when it times out.
My sin is forgetting to create a list of features that I need before I began shopping for the timer. The mechanical wind up egg timers are less accurate, but the alarm stops within a few minutes after goes off. The electronic version does not.
How could the designers of the electric egg timer have missed that obviously superior feature? I’ll be that the paint on the dials has lead in it. That could endanger my life, which is a perfect reason to take it back, or look for another.
I have a cell phone but don’t use it much for calls. For whatever reason, I’ve never taken pleasure from answering the phone. Maybe it’s the unexpected disruption of the call that bothers me. Conversely, I don’t like calling people because I don’t want to interrupt their day, either.
The latest gadget of significance is the video calling feature on Apple’s iPhones. What’s not to like? You can call people on the phone. They can see you. You can see them. Uh oh. Bad hair day. No make up. Sleepy. Unshaven. Naked.
Video calling sounds wonderful and may have perfectly good uses, but I predict a large number of us will prefer to call the old fashioned way.