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Office Chair vs. Wheelchair – Part 2

Posted 2009.09.25 20.11 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So, comparing the office chair to the wheelchair, in actual practical use. There are some pros and cons to both, and so far, there’s no clear winner.

Office chair pros:
Can move sideways
Easy to adjust the height
Office chair cons:
Hard plastic wheels damage floor
Mostly plastic construction
Wheelchair pros:
Rubber wheels (less/no floor damage)
Sturdy metal construction
Wheelchair cons:
Cannot go sideways!
No obvious way to alter height

Wheel Chair
They are both about tied when it comes to comfort, as well. The office chair is generally not-terribly-comfortable overall, in any level of slouch. The wheelchair is a comfort-winner when you sit in certain positions, but then in other positions there are sharp hard metal poking bits jabbing into my legs, or shoulders, depending on the amount of slouching. I could probably grind down the poking bits or cover them with some soft foam, and may end up doing that at some point.

Also, despite being made out of metal (steel?) tubing, the wheelchair seems much less customizable than I had initially thought. I guess due to the compactness or foldingability, but all the structural parts are arranged such that if I bolt things on, they’ll end up jabbing me in the arms or legs. So, for the moment at least, no ChairCam and no drink holder. I suppose if I wanted to permanently disable the foldingability then I could bolt things across the back of the chair, and maybe add some storage compartments to the underside.

Anyhow, stay tuned, parts 1 and 3 will be coming later.

WTF is with these Utility Cons?

Posted 2009.07.23 11.05 in Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

We’ve all encountered situations like this. Someone shows up at your door, at home or at work, with an official-looking clipboard, an official-looking photo-id badge, and a rehearsed spiel that they are here from an official-sounding company, on behalf of a legitimate company or utility, and they are going to save you some money.

As you know, long distance has been deregulated, and now you can save a lot of money by signing this contract so that your long distance is covered by this new low-cost business. Maybe you’ve heard that natural gas prices are going up and up, and they can save you hundreds of dollars over the next 5 years if you sign a contract to pay a fixed rate? Perhaps you’ve heard that the price of electricity is on the rise, and they can save you a lot of money if you’ll sign a contract to pay a fixed rate over the next few years? And the latest one: We can save you a lot of money over the next few years, because you know the United Nations is pushing to have every country start charging a carbon tax, and if you just sign this contract we can take care of that for you…

No, I’m not talking about the poor shlep who’s been walking around for 8 hours a day – he’s already been victimized, and sadly he probably even believes the bullshit that he’s telling you. I’ll explain momentarily.

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