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Saturday, September 05, 2021

Usually, I have no problem with planned obsolescence in consumer products, since our economy hinges upon the concept.

Until it cramps my convenience with a one-two punch. Both my electric razor and my dustbuster died this week, the victims of finitely-engineered rechargeable batteries that are, of course, non-replaceable. Actually, they both still work — but only if you recharge them after, maybe, two uses.

I’m not sure which demise I should be more pissed about. I bought them at about the same time, some two years ago, so it sorta makes sense that they’d conk out simultaneously. But it also doesn’t, because they weren’t used at anywhere near the same frequency: I used the razor almost daily, while the dustbuster got a workout only once per week. In both cases, I figured I would go at least another couple of years before battery-burnout, so I’m definitely feeling ripped off.

The dustbuster is easily replaceable. The razor? I can get another one, but for some reason, there’s a shortage of options on the wet/dry models like this one, that I very much prefer. I don’t know why more guys don’t use a cordless shaver in the shower, but judging from the selection I have to look through every few (now couple of?) years, I appear to be in the minority. And it’s not like I can take my time and go without a new stubble-trimmer indefinitely — my face is too conditioned to go back to blades (without a bloody mess resulting).

Just another couple of household appliances to blow cash on, as per the Disposable Society plan. I suppose there are worse dilemmas in life.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/05/2021 07:21 PM
Category: General
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As if Japan’s just-completed national elections didn’t bring a big enough shock to the country’s system, the wife of incoming prime minister Yukio Hatoyama is sure to keep things otherwordly:

Miyuki Hatoyama believes she visited outer space 20 years ago — before she married premier-elect Yukio Hatoyama.

‘While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus. It was a very beautiful place and it was really green,’ the 66-year-old former actress wrote in Strange Things I have Encountered, a book published last year.

On top of that, this first lady-elect wants to do a big-budget Hollywood movie with Tom Cruise, mainly because she’s convinced she knew him in a previous life, when they were both Japanese. (Personally, I think she just fell asleep one night while watching The Last Samurai…)

There’s plenty more — how she “tears off” chunks of the sun for energy, her macrobiotic lifestyle regimen, etc. All of which adds up to some sort of Scientology-space alien engineering of the Democratic Party of Japan’s upset win over the Liberal Democrats. That makes as much sense as the rest of this mess…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/05/2021 10:14 AM
Category: Comedy, Politics
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