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  •  Mark my words, we will see it. (2+ / 0-)
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    And the marketing will even suggest a connection with space travel, the way Tang (powdered orang juice substitute) did in the 1960s.  

    Astronaut in space suit:  "iToilet!  Wish we had these when I was in space!"  

    Oh, and of course the "waste pods" would be disposable heavy-gauge plastic bags.  

    Know what?  I could practically invent this thing right on the spot.  On one side it needs a funnel-shaped inlet for pee.  On top it needs a probe of appropriate diameter to stick up the ol' rear end to extract poo.  

    It also needs a compartment for disposable alcohol wipes, for cleaning the funnel or the probe after use.  Then it needs a flap for disposing of the alcohol wipes.  And most importantly it needs a powerful suction pump to run all these "apps."  

    Or better yet, disposable plastic necks that fit over the probe and the funnel, that would be sucked into the container after use.  Wow, no more need for alcohol wipes either.

    Ideally the funnel would be on an extension hose so you could "do both" at the once to save time.  Call it "stereo" in the ad campaign.  

    Possible name change for the product: iLet.  

    "Don't toil on the toilet, when you can let go with the iLet!"

    Also in common with cellphones: people using them in public will be considered rude.  Restaurants will have to have signs: _No cellphones or iLets at the table please!"  

    But think of the improved efficiency in the office, in the cubicle and at business meetings!  "What are you doing with your hands under the table? Texting?"  "No, I'm using my iLet."  "You sure are good at multi-tasking!"

    •  A great boon to distance drivers... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...but there would be invasion of privacy issues, since your iLet could easily do urinalysis and stool sampling and broadcast the results on the web.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 08:09:40 PM PDT

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      •  that would be the "backdoor app"... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...that would do for the iLet what MPAA and RIAA want to do for your computer and the internet in-general.  Except in this case MPAA will stand for Motorist Poo Analysis Agency, which we can expect to see under the next Republican administration.  Bad enough for ordinary drivers if they get stopped, but when truckers pull into the weigh station ...uh oh!

        But the very fact that people tolerate being forced to pull down their pants for their boss (random piss testing) is already way beyond disgusting.  What happens when two dogs fight and one loses?  The loser rolls over and bares its abdomen to the winner.  In a very real way, that is the ultimate mammalian gesture of submission.  And it's what people are doing every time they submit to a piss test.   (And you wonder why unions don't stand up to bosses more often?)

    •  You're amazing. (3+ / 0-)
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      Healing the universe is an inside job. - Thomas, Mindwalk

      by roses on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 09:07:52 PM PDT

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      •  uh oh, is that a new euphemism for "crazy"..? n/t (3+ / 0-)
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        •  No... Just hilarious! (3+ / 0-)
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          Healing the universe is an inside job. - Thomas, Mindwalk

          by roses on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 10:24:54 PM PDT

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          •  plenty more where that comes from. (3+ / 0-)
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            A well-known ad agency once hired my firm to redo their data network infrastructure.  After we were done they sent us a standard tax form to fill out for their records.  

            What I faxed back (this was in the days of faxes) was not only the tax form but a black & white rendition of one of their ad themes refashioned into a satire about tax forms.  I wish I could say more about it but I can't without identifying the client.  It was quite funny though.  

            See, there's two sides to this.  

            On one hand, advertising is a major part of our cultural mythos, and some of it really does rise to the status of myth & legend, and an expression of our national character.  "See the USA / in your Chevrolet!"

            But on the other hand, we have got to reduce our consumption levels or we are going to cause cascading climate change that will render us extinct in less than two centuries.  

            Counting on technological miracles doesn't cut it: Einstein already gave us two: the photovoltaic effect (solar) and the general relativity equations (nuclear fission), both of which are vitally necessary and yet barely utilized to anywhere near their potential. Miracles we've got; what we need is the will; and that includes the will to simply cut back to a sustainable level.  

            Between the rock and the hard place, there's at least room to laugh at ourselves and our cultural obsession with acquisitiveness.  And that kind of laughter can help liberate us.  

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