When technology fights back
Technology is a fascinating creature that is constantly furthering it's reach into our everyday lives. I say "creature" because technology is capable of outsmarting us, manipulating us, and stringing us along. While most objects have a black and white state of "working" or "not working", technology, through barter with the devil himself has acquired and mastered the super-power of having a working status that can fall into the grey area.
Technology, both on and off the stage, can be insanely frustrating by not working. But then work again. But then stop working again. And seconds before you begrudgingly press the Amazon buy now button on a newer, more reliable option, it magically works again. Technology has a way of stringing us along and, in the words of Peter Gibbons of Office Space, "working just hard enough not to get fired."
Case in point in the short video below. If the stereo just stopped working, we wouldn't expect anything out of it. But when it's filling the van with the infectious grooves of King Crimson and cuts out, we want more. Hitting the dashboard seems to make whatever connection that was broken reconnect. Sometimes for 15 minutes. Sometimes only momentarily. But by working just enough of the time to give us a taste off what's possible, nearly the entire drive today was spent attacking the dashboard. The technology was fighting us. And I'd have to give that round to the technology. It won.
Update: Greg Gerrietts returns to the table where we're all finishing up dinner at the venue and declares that he ripped off the dash and found and fixed the problem. No word on it the dash has been out back in place. Leave it to an engineer. (Updated video coming…)