Harry R. Schwartz

Software engineer, nominal scientist, gentleman of the internet. Member, ←Hotline Webring→.

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Published 07 Jun 2011. Tags: art+design, ill-conceived-plans, personal.

Jerk Outlet

My (still pretty new) apartment is mostly great, with one notable flaw. The outlet pictured above is the only source of 220v for the air conditioner. The air conditioner’s bent power cable was apparently designed to occlude the lower, regular outlet, which is the only one controlled by the light switch. The sadistic electricians who wired this building have effectively forced me to choose between triple-digit temperatures and convenient, wall-switch-controlled light.

I chose the AC. If I want to be able to see at night, I have to walk all the way across the room and actually turn on a lamp, like a Neanderthal.

On the other hand, there’s a colony of prairie dogs living like a mile down the bike path. So, big picture, everything’s actually awesome.