Friday, June 21, 2013
Rather than just buy the shiniest new toaster on the shelf, I decided on a whim to do a little impromptu research into the industry to make sure I’m not buying a dud. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s toast, for heaven’s sake.
What ended up happening was I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole into a parallel universe of geriatric forum nerds who argued over the correct colour and temperature that toast should be served at, complained about the pitch and tone of electronic beeping sounds coming from various buttons they pressed, and mused about whether it’s wise to sit 150 feet from the toaster while they read the news on their MacBook Pros. Yes, these conversations were legit, and I read them all.
None of them answered the question I had on my mind: just how reliable is an electronically-controlled toaster with an LCD interface if the electronics are always exposed to heat?
I went with a mechanical one so that, if anyone asks, I can be simultaneously old-fashioned, ironically contrarian and a technological elitist – whatever is convenient.
Hey, it’s friggin’ toast.