Most conversations, or written diatribes, about technology work off an unstated and false assumption of technology in a vacuum: technology always working perfectly, technology always available. In a Starbucks in Santa Barbara, California, I tried to make the free wifi work on my computer. I was with two friends, both media studies graduate students at UC Santa Barbara; the wifi was working perfectly on their computers.

I don’t let anyone else lock my front door because there’s a trick to it – you have to make sure the door isn’t pulled too far forward in the frame or the deadbolt won’t turn. My roommate locked the door wrong for the first month we lived there, until I figured out his mistake and taught him to lock the door correctly.

Every new apartment I move into, I have to relearn how to run water for a shower and how to flush the toilet.

On my way from Los Angles to Santa Barbara, I was going 75 on the 101. I glanced into my side mirror and saw that the left-side back bumper of my car had dislodged itself from the body of the car. I pulled off the highway, drove to a CVS, purchased a roll of duct tape, and taped my car together.

Carrie Bradshaw’s duct-taped pink cell phone is the most realistic prop ever used on any television show and is Sex and the City’s most enduring image.


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