Re: Technology as Dribble Glass

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 10:53:25 -0800 (PST)

> Very well, what should we do? Autodafe the designers? Wipe out criminally
> pointy-haired decision-makers, and the mob which adapts to broken designs
> stampedeing all over the marketplace? Pass me that torch, please.

In keeping with the fine engineering principle of negative feedback,
how about "The Dribble Glass Awards" for technological stupidity?
Ridicule is my personal favorite form of memetic engineering, but I
suppose we could combine it with a positive award as well to give a
nod to optimism.

What's the opposite of a dribble glass? A simple, effective piece
of technology that does its job so well and so naturally that we don't
have to think about it? The ballpoint pen? The three-legged stool?
The knife? The funnel?

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