A while back, I had a conversation with an individual who
was having some trouble with his Easy As 3-2-1 computer.
He had downloaded some software application that would enable
the file processing of some advanced type of contemporary
media. The trouble was that he was unable to make his computer
associate the file type with the recently acquired application
in order to play the media. Turns out that his EZ 3-2-1
dated back to the Millennium, and that the computer was
actually best noted for the casing. Neither the hardware,
nor the preinstalled software was indicated as being innovative.
My conversationalist proudly informed me that his computer
was still running some of the preinstalled software, one
of which was his web browser.
I told him that my familiarity with the Easy As
series stopped at 2-1, and that he should find a
like-minded user group/community to help him with his troubles.
He shared with me that he had, but the group leaders more
or less shunned him for not upgrading to (at the very least)
an EZ 4-3-2-1, which would meet real-time computing
All I could say was, "I hear yah, man."
My other gut response was to recommend that he not try
to do much in upgrading his EZ 3-2-1--and with the
original hardware and preinstalled software intact, for
the most part, he would be better off preserving the machine
as a collectable. I recommended that he visit the
Art Museum so that he could see the EZ 2-1 on
display, which was part of a product design exhibit.
My troubled friend admitted that he purchased the Easy
As for the design qualities more so than the computing
capabilities. He stated, with some regret, that he was
sold on the concept of the machine's computing
I shared with him that some twenty years ago I worked at
a bookstore that sold toothbrushes, toothbrushes that would
not suffice in the task of removing residue and plaque.
I shared with him, that beyond that fact, I was able to
move an abundance of those toothbrushes--in a bookstore
no less! I let him know that I still have regrets for selling
those toothbrushes, not because of their limited ability
to clean teeth, but because those toothbrushes are on display
at the same museum as the EZ 2-1! And I did not
have the right mind to buy one in every color. I did not
get the concept of prototype as product.
Now, the Easy As series and these toothbrushes were
not known for their engineering design. For if they were,
they would be enshrined at an Institute of some sort. Instead,
these two artifacts are enshrined in an art museum for their
product design, similar to the way snuff and pill boxes,
salt-n-pepper shakers are.
We concluded our conversation affirming the value of product
design, believing that conceptuality carries a lot of weight
in our prototypical lives.
Thus, I scribe this reality fiction as I do my recipes,
as I recite my recipes as if they were poetry. Unfortunately,
these recipes may never be recognized by a cooking institution,
but they may be acknowledged by a Literary Academy...some
At present though, I can only wonder. Is there a market
for and where can I sell this tripe?
Ed's Tripe Real-Time
-- boiled tender to melting
-- cut into squares
-- jalapeño infused
-- marinate tripe squares
-- sauté afterwards
Cooking Wine (red)
White Onion (diced)
Black Beans (refried)
Cheese (cheddar, grated)
Lime Juice (wedges)
-- sautéed with white wine vinegar