March 12, 2004

Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Well, even though I thought there were a few things that needed improvement (like introduction, body and conclusion--especially conclusion) I submitted my paper anyway because I was sick of it. Sometimes you just have to get rid of whatever's hanging over your head and go on to the next Herculean chore--like the laundry.

Anyway, today, as every Friday, starts my work week. I'm sure you can all deduce how happy and excited I am to be facing five more fun-filled days of grouchy customers, whiny clerks, and disintegrating equipment.

Which reminds me! We truly are the Technology Free Zone™! We had our sprinkler system inspected the other day, and it turns out our fire alarm is operated by water! Yep! It's true! The sprinklers turn on, and water runs though the alarm bell, setting it off! Is that completely 19th century or what??? I feel so...retro...

Posted by Susie at March 12, 2004 11:14 AM

So, you're saying it multitasks - all with no silicon!

It serves to alert you if there is a fire, and if there is no fire, to alert you that the theater is being flooded for no good reason at all!

Imagine all the lines of code, extra sensors, and miles of wiring that would be needed for a 'modern solution' to that requirement.

Even if the power goes out, without a battery to run down!

Pretty ingenious, I'd say. Those old people back then were pretty darned clever.

Posted by: Wind Rider at March 12, 2004 02:44 PM

Um... should I ask why you thought you needed to get the sprinkler system inspected?

Were you playing with the slip-n-slide at work again? ;-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 13, 2004 09:47 AM

Don't knock it! At least it puts water on the red stuff as well as giving you an alarm! All the modern electronic ones do is tell you there's a fire - and the electronics can fail, the sprinkler system usually only fails if someone actually turns the water off. Take it from me, you have the best of both - and it may well be the future too.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at March 15, 2004 10:13 AM