Friday, February 24, 2012

Whose bright idea was this?

Vanishing breed
London, ON, September 2010
About this photo: Thematic. Curves. Here.
As the world inevitably shifts away from energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs toward compact fluorescents and, eventually, LEDs, I think about what we lose in the process. I'm all for greening the planet, of course, but sometimes there's a flip side that gets ignored in the rush toward supposed eco-friendliness. For example, when a conventional bulb blows, it really blows, often leaving a freaky-looking residue on the inside of the glass. But when a CFL blows, it leaves a trace amount of delightfully toxic mercury. Yum.

So for as long as we have incandescent bulbs around - not very, by the looks of it - I'm going to shoot them for posterity. And when they blow as spectacularly as this one, I might even share the results here.

Your turn: What else is disappearing from our modern midst? Does its disappearance please or bother you?


Kalei's Best Friend said...

How about kindness, consideration, most of all common sense... I rarely see it nowadays, maybe its the result of the economy?

mmp said...

Letters! Delivered through our letterbox, by the postperson, before lunch, everyday....

Tabor said...

So many things...newspapers, books, post offices, paper letters, containers for music, phones that are just phones, privacy, photo albums....all change is a little frightening.

dean said...

The secretary. I'm old enough to remember when everyone in middle management and above had a secretary. Now, at this company of 80 people, there is 1 except she's now called an executive assistant and she doubles as main reception and switchboard. Pitman Shorthand. Court reporters.