I have supernatural forces conspiring against me. I say this as I am going through a broken phase. My Internet router is caput. This morning my monitor died which means I’m having to squint at my laptop screen. My phone is on the blink, my door lock keeps sticking and may soon end up in me entering and leaving home via the window until I can get some WD40. And now my toilet and shower has broken!
Oh, and the handle snapped off my prized possession ceramic wok today. - And my website is broken
I go through periods like this every now and again and every time I do, it drives me insane. Not because it’s all very inconveniencing, but because it’s like everything is designed to break. - And it is!
I have a laptop from 2004. I don’t use it as it isn’t powerful for most modern applications. However, it runs lightning fast when paired with software of its age and some Linux distros. I also have an old non-smart phone which just turns on and works.
New tech is a completely different story. I have a mid-range smartphone which is just a year old and which has been used a handful of times. I tried to use it the other day and it was a slow buggy nightmare.
The same goes for my monitor. I had a fantastic Dell beast which I kind of stole from work when I left. It worked for years with no problems. I got a new one as a friend dropped it when I moved last year. However, the new ASUS excuse of a replacement is a joke. (Or at least it was.) One of the USB connections became lose after just a few weeks, and all the little exposed metal bits have gone rusty since. OK, I live by the sea but I know quality manufacturing when I see it. And it’s not just tech.
I finished my orders earlier and went about dismantling my toilet cistern to see what the problem is. Then I found it. The entire apparatus inside is stupid flimsy plastic. Yes, it uses less water per flush, but why can’t we have 1930’s quality manufacturing of robust components which can just be swapped out and replaced when they break?
Then there is my wok. $50 that cost me less than a year ago. Yes, it looks nice but really the thing is a design abomination and it is a miracle that it has lasted as long as it has.
There is only one thing for it. I am leaving. My New Years resolution this year is to settle in 1929. No modern technology. No cheap plastic plumbing components. No flimsy pans, just good old fashoned cast iron and wood everywhere. if anyone has any messages from the future for loved ones living pre-WWII, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.