Birth Of An Artist

My phone has a button on the side which cannot be disabled and which makes my phone take a picture. It then makes a very loud shutter noise which cannot be disabled that notifies everyone in earshot that a photo has just been taken.

At work I have my iPod on and can’t hear the sound my phone makes when something else in my pocket, that same iPod, pushes down the button. I can hear my boss, when he taps on my shoulder and I take my headphones off, telling me that I have just taken at least two dozen pictures of the inside of my pants, and could I please stop.

Thank you, technology!


  1. Posted June 23, 2006 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    You can’t lock the controls on the phone? That’s bizarre…

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Even more bizzarely, I can’t even _configure_ some of them. They’re locked to dumb-as-sand options like Fido’s “web portal”, and crap like that.

  3. jrolsma
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 5:00 pm | Permalink


    “What’s this?”
    “Nothing officer.”
    “Were you taking pictures inside your pants?”
    “It was an accident, I swear!”

    I love technology.

  4. Posted June 23, 2006 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    The one quirk of my phone I hate is that when it checks my email (which I have it configured to do every 15 minutes), it lights up the screen for a few seconds (even if I had locked it) to tell me it’s checking. And if it’s in my pocket or a bag, and something hits the touch-sensitive screen in those few seconds, the screen will stay on and keep responding to touches. I’ve made a few accidental calls that way.

  5. Posted June 24, 2006 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    “Cannot be disabled”? Puh-leeze. One word: screwdriver.

  6. Mark
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Speaking of annoying tech, does anyone know how to send pictures taken by a Motorola Razr directly to yer laptop, without having to send each one individually to an email, incurring a fee for each sent photo? Verizon admits that there’s no other way (crooks, I tell ya).

  7. Mike Hoye
    Posted June 30, 2006 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Mark: USB or Bluetooth. You should be able to see that phone as a filesystem either way.