Thursday, October 28, 2004

Things I Want, Things I Need

"The things you own, end up owning you" --Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Wanting is a desire for the object, while needing is a desire for the outcome of the object or perhaps a fear of what not having the object may bring. An object will often make itself more desirable by appealing to both our wants and our needs, thus increasing its chances of acquisition.

I needed to get some DVD-Rs and the computer shop across town has them at a pretty good price. Not wanting to waste the drive down there, I decided to get a few other things while I was there. I got myself a new flatbed scanner as my old one didn't work properly with my computer and a usb bluetooth adapter so I could easily transfer data from my phone and computer.

I also saw they had little portable fridges, presumably for cooling drinks while playing computer games or for the lazy at heart. At first I was rather reluctant to buy something that I didn't necessarily need, yet found I began trying to convince myself of what a good purchase it would be, attempting to justify the want. In the end, I'm glad I got it. It has a switch to allow heating or cooling, although I don't think I'll be warming very much milk for babies anytime soon. I think I'll keep it on cold mode, especially during the summer months. In addition to normal power, it also has a twelve volt power input with a cigarette lighter socket adapter, so I figured it may be good if I ever go camping or on a long trip and don't want the milk to go bad.

Things my computer wants


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