But it's a good jumping off point for considering my personal relationship with technologies, and those devices that strike me as 'appropriate technologies.' Many years ago, I considered 'technology' to equal 'tools,' and tools to represent the intersection or interface between the human body and a problem needing solving.
In that spirit, I would like to give credit to those tools which, in my mind, represent the most perfect solutions to the problems they are designed to address. These are the few devices which I have selected carefully, have owned for many years, and which in general, always make me happy when I use them. They are:
- Stihl Chainsaw. The most amazing force-multiplier I've ever used.
- 2003 BMW R1100s (and, by extension 1983 BMW R80ST)
- Troy-bilt rototiller, ca. 1974
- Skil worm-drive circular saw.
- Craftsman wood chisels. Even after the kids sculpted stone with them.
- Buck Multi-tool. For some reason, I've never seen a Leatherman I liked nearly as much or that did such a fine job, even though the Buck tool is a little...sui generis.