It’s time for Five on the Fifth, a photography challenge. Take 5 photographs on the days leading up to the 5th and publish those on your own blog. You can either take 5 random pictures or follow this months theme: MESS
My take on the theme is the cleaning up of messes. For example, I’ve got this wonderful walk-in closet equipped with shelves on all sides. Unfortunately, you can not just walk in, because it’s stuffed with junk. And this has a cascading effect, creating messes elsewhere, since there are things that have no place to be put away. So last week I began weeding out the junk. I began with the e-waste.
Thirteen obsolete motherboards, fifteen CDROM drives, eight floppy drives, dozens of expansion cards, two PC towers, and miscellaneous Zip, Jaz, SyQuest, and Tape drives all went to the recyclers. Where did all this stuff come from?
It is the detritus of multiple long running computing hobbies, and there’s still more to deal with: buckets of power cables, network adapters, 802.11b access points, ten-megabit Ethernet hubs, a couple of Pentium-II desktops, a G3 Mac, and a big pile of hard drives.
Once upon a time, this sight would have given me such a technology boner. The sad thing is that when brand new and top of the line, any one of these would have cost hundreds of dollars, but today’s SD card technology can provide storage devices of the same capacity for around $20. There’s not much that can be done with drives that are this outdated except maybe to build the world’s worst RAID array (which might be a mildly amusing project.)
Once the closet is squared away, I can turn my attention to other messes.
For example, I could move this teetering pile of books into the closet. I suppose I could just get a larger bookshelf, but as you can see, there’s a thermostat on that particular wall.
I tidied up my video shelf, because Stevie B asked for a picture of it a few days ago. His own DVD collection has shrunk to the size of a shoebox. Perhaps in this age of video on demand, discs will eventually become obsolete, whether they have bonus content or not. Maybe or maybe not. Unfortunately, that would make it all the easier for the likes of George Lucas to insert new Big Noes at whim, and claim they had always been there.
Lest that thought leave a bad taste in your mouth, I’ll end the story with a savory thought.
This is the messy barbecue chicken sandwich that I had for lunch this afternoon.