Monday, June 26, 2006


In the bathrooms at work, they've replaced the normal, outmoded, manual paper towel dispensers with these fancy motion-activated ones that dispense a pre-set length of paper towel for you to rip off. Except that lots of times, they get kind of clogged up, so when you wave your hand beneath the slot, the motor whirs and you can see a length of paper towel -- your paper towel -- bunch up inside the housing. And they're rigged so civilians can't open them up, presumably to keep us from stealing the sweet, sweet candy within. End result: The machine keeps your paper towel, and you walk out with your hands wet. Great.

Technology is awesome, except when it doesn't damn work.