Along the theme of technological overkill, here's the latest piece of weirdness to come out of technophile-land: internet-connected refrigerators.
I guess this is nothing new. The article notes, "You can actually buy a WiFi fridge already, if you really want to. Samsung sells an internet-connected fridge for $3,599. It says that it opens up 'a world of interactive communication and entertainment.'"
Your refrigerator opens up a world of interactive communication and entertainment... with what? Your condiments? Last night's leftover meatloaf? You can't walk a few feet into the living room and sit down at your computer or television if you want "communication and entertainment"?
The article also says internet/fridge lust started as far back as 1999 with this article.
C'mon, folks -- our society is "wired" enough as it is. Do we really need internet access and a screen on the refrigerator? I mean, what do they expect us to do? Pull the sofa into the kitchen and watch a movie on the refrigerator? How lame is that?
Meanwhile, you know what I covet? An old-fashioned ice box.
I seriously do. I saw one in a local antique store a few years ago and, even though it was pricey, I'm kicking myself that we didn't buy it. And get this, it didn't even have an internet connection.