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Automation and the Lost Art of Manual Overrides

Posted on 2008.10.02 at 14:55
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Horner - Brainstorm

Restrooms across Texas are now fitted with automatic faucets, automatic soap and towel dispensers, and automatic flushers. Its the dawning of a new age where we don't have to lift a finger - even when they stop working.

In all this technological advancement, we've forgotten something of ourselves. How to operate these devices. Because 90% of the appliances work themselves, we now stare at the other 10% in near-panic. I stuck my hands under the faucet at one of the men's rooms which had yet to be converted, and nothing happened. I stood back in shocked disbelief wondering what to do next. Then I spied that archaic "handle" and decided to toy with that. Wouldn't you know it - water came out after twisting it. I was saved! Of course that restroom is filled with unflushed urinals, because we've been conditioned to simply walk away from them so they can do their thing. When faced with a manual device, we're so used to walking away that these non-modernized devices remain silent, and unclean.

I'm of the opinion, however, that all these techno-gadgets ought to at least have manual overrides. Sometimes the water doesn't come out out the automatic faucet, and there's no way to turn it on. When the "wave hand here" device doesn't flow forth with the towels, the lack of a lever means wet hands. A sign of the times, I suppose. He doesn't know how to use the shells!

Such is life.

Or like my friend is wont to say, ce lave! (He is washing himself?)


catttitude at 2008-10-02 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
Shall we start living off the land now. We could build an outhouse I actually had to use one of those back when I was 6 years old. Our compound will have flushing toilets.
ehowton at 2008-10-02 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
I could be Amish. As long as I was allowed a MacBook and an AirCard.
Richard Rasner (Unique Nudes™)
uniqueblog at 2008-10-02 20:15 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Obscure Demolition Man reference? I'm impressed.

Just swear at the wall until you get enough fines to use as paper.
ehowton at 2008-10-02 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
If you're ever in town, I'll take you to Taco Bell!
Richard Rasner (Unique Nudes™)
uniqueblog at 2008-10-02 22:50 (UTC) (Link)
Only place in San Angeles....
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-02 21:43 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. There are these bathrooms in a local shopping centre that recently got renovated. They have fancy new fixtures in them, like taps that stop after a certain time period, etc. I'm such a wuss that ... well, I wait until there's no one outside, then scuttle out of my stall, wash my hands, and slink off again. I have this chronic fear of, I dunno, not being able to stop the water flow, or something like that.

WTF is a "ce lave"?? Or don't I want to know?
ehowton at 2008-10-02 21:48 (UTC) (Link)

C'est la vie!

Properly translated, "This washes." You know, like the song? What ever shall be, shall be, ce lave, lave!
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-02 21:55 (UTC) (Link)

Re: C'est la vie!

I LOL-ed.
galinda822 at 2008-10-02 23:55 (UTC) (Link)
Basically you only have to touch 1 thing when you go to the restroom now. ;)
ehowton at 2008-10-03 00:07 (UTC) (Link)
That's next I tell you! An automated retriever/tucker. Second-gen units will accept voice commands for one, two, or three shakes prior to tucking.
galinda822 at 2008-10-03 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I meant the toilet paper silly! (Actually I didn't.)

Voice commands would be the way to go. It'd have to be very fine tuned...imagine the damage that could be done.
texas_tangent at 2008-10-03 02:19 (UTC) (Link)
The secret to the motion activated dispenser.

You have to stand by the side of it and wave your hand in front of the dispenser, in the direction of the hand that is imprinted on the dispenser.

You have to wait for the light to go off before it will release another towel, so wait for the light to go off and then wave your hand again.

That should work for you.

ehowton at 2008-10-03 11:19 (UTC) (Link)
I'll try that. I've been sneaking up beside it, crouching down...then jumping out in front of it yelling, "Boo!" I think I've been startling it, which is why it spits things out.

Of course your scenario is based solely upon an operational device, which is my point. What happens when these malfunction?

The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-10-03 10:35 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2008-10-03 11:39 (UTC) (Link)
lol - exactly!
Anima Engine
anima_engine at 2008-10-03 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Did you try swearing at the towel dispenser? If it worked for Stallone...
ehowton at 2008-10-03 14:09 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes. Right after I tried ripping it off the wall with my slick hands.
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