Kids’ll never know the joy of waiting all week to watch a movie but all the copies are rented out, so you ask them to check the return box but still nothing, so you settle for something off the “middle racks”
During my first years of studying at university I did not have access to cable TV in my student apartment, so I was "stuck" with renting DVDs and only watching films during that time. This was early 2000s, before streaming was a thing.
One thing I noticed after that was that I just could not go back to TV series because they felt like they dragged on forever and never gave me any closure.
Less funny: my new Samsung washer wants to lock most of the specialized settings behind a smartphone app which refuses to run without you giving it precision background location tracking (“to configure WiFi”) and accepting a EULA that they can sell all of the data they collect.
Samsung CEO videoconference, 2024: And as this slide shows, white women aged 18-35 tend to use their washing machine to wash clothes and sheets, while black men aged 65+ tend to use their washing machine to wash clothes and sheets.
This stuff really underscores how consumer choice isn’t enough: Samsung’s spy-washers are subsidized by data resale enough that it was cheaper for me to get an entire computer with Wi-Fi which will never be used than a washer like the old one I replaced.
I guess the engineers who built my dishwasher MIGHT have some insight into how to load it, but instead of reading the booklet they gave me, it seems easier to experiment for years and then get in arguments so heated that I get banned from Quora.