Saturday, April 12, 2008

New Blogging Danger Discovered!

A new warning may soon be issued by all laptop computer manufacturers and the moguls of the recliner chair industry. We are already warned of the perils of using plastic bags as toys, not using the computer in the bathtub or near water, and the possibilities of the chair tipping over if one stands on it, or relaxes too hard or too quickly. I have discovered yet another legitimate cause for concern and shall report it to anyone who will attend to my natterings.

The basic danger stems from the design of the recliner chair itself. In order for the footrest action of the chair to work properly, a mechanical system of thin, moveable steel bars and pivot points is required. When the back of the chair is pushed toward a reclining position, the footrest rises into position to support the user's legs. The reverse action occurs when the occupant desires to sit upright or to arise from the chair. One might reasonably ask, "What's wrong with that? That's what it's supposed to do."

I will, of course, tell you. You don't believe I'd get this far into a perfectly good rant without complaining about something specific, do you? The danger arises when the laptop computer and the collapsing action of the chair required for the user to arise happen concurrently. I dislike resorting to the use of hyperbole or fear-mongering, but I must state that the scissor-like action of the mechanism attached to the footrest presents a real and present danger to those of us who use a laptop, with power supply and Cat-5 Ethernet cables attached, while seated and blogging in blissful ignorance.

Very recently, while arising quickly from the chair, I discovered the more personal and real-world meaning of the phrase "scissor-like action," when used in this context. The wires pass close to the footrest mechanism, and in this case, became entangled in it. ... The power cord was repaired easily enough with a soldering pencil and some heat-shrink tubing. It was quite a cleanly sheared cut, actually. The Cat-5 Ethernet cable, however, required replacement. Uh-huh. I did that.

Peace, Doc

Copyright © 2008, Thomas A. Blood, Ph.D.

"Stupid is as stupid does." - Forrest Gump

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