The Perils of Pauline — if Pauline were a small solid state device

I don’t know if y’all have been following it, but one of the perhaps overlooked pleasures of the blogosphere of late has been James Fallows’ narrative of his USB thumb drive-with-a-death wish.

The latest entry is here–and by tracking back through the links you can follow Fallow’s almost  de Sade-like awe at each “accident” (yeah, sure — Ed.) that has befallen his plucky little repository of data.

I’m not sure how to characterize this post, except as a weekend pleasure (and yes, I’m still recovering from a campaign overdose, as you can see.)

File it under abused tech, I guess.

Image:  “Trial of Bill Burns.”  As Wikimedia Commons tells it:   Burns was found beating his donkey, whereupon he faced “the first prosecution under the 1822 Martin’s Act for cruelty to animals.” In this, the first trial for animal cruelty anywhere in the world, the case  “was brought by Richard Martin, MP for Galway, also known as Humanity Dick, and the case became memorable because he brought the donkey into court.”

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  1. […] My comment here was mostly an excuse to write up the donkey factoid incuded therein.  My only additional thought is that for all that Fallows swears — cross his heart! — that he intended no ill to his suspiciously frequently tech-hospitalized bit of circuitry, this still seems like a case for that still purely imaginary Society for the Preventio of Cruelty to Gadgets.  Just sayin…. Explore posts in the same categories: Cool Tech, Technology, geek humor […]


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