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Limit of inventions as technocratism goes to infinity = the automatic eraser

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Today I saw what can only be described as the most useless and technocratic thing I have ever seen. Far more than the uber sinks (which held the old record) now I am proud to say the most sickening piece of technology for technologies sake is the automatic eraser. One of my first graders showed it to me today. Essentially it is a very long standard rubber eraser set in a plastic tube (to hold on to). The eraser is attached to a motor that causes it to vibrate. The vibrations mean that you do not need to actually take the time, energy, and mental resources to drag the eraser across your mistake. You merely turn the motor on and it oscillates the eraser causing the mistake to go to oblivion. This machine is gratuitous, it is a waste of energy, it is psychotic in its very purpose, and it is something I desperately desperately want.
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Date:May 13th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
that is unbelievably silly. Except not actually "unbelievable", because people's laziness knows no bounds.
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Date:May 14th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
That is why I want one. It isn't really about laziness, it is about technology just because. There is no expectation that the automatic eraser is going to improve your standard of living or allow you to do less work, it is just a piece of technology becuase it can be. More like,
Q: Why the heck did you put a motor on an eraser?
A: Becasue we COULD.
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Date:May 15th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)

Shouldn't you be saving for Zelda?? That's coolness for coolness' sake! That eraser is completely silly. And I, the crator of the "L factor," am saying this. Mechanical pencil = good idea. But this? Oy.
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