The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 April 2004

Here comes another one

I don't get as many Free AOL! discs as I used to, which I attribute to having moved and therefore having left some mailing lists behind. This is clearly not an option open to most people, but I have tended to shrug off the invasion: how hard is it to toss the offending wheel of polycarbonate into the circular file?

Enter, stage left, Lori Hancock, a member of the California Assembly (of course), a Democrat (natch) from Berkeley (where else?), who has introduced a bill to require that discs from AOL and its rivals include self-addressed, stamped envelopes to return the unused discs to the sender or, alternatively, to a recycling facility.

AOL, desperate for subscribers, will undoubtedly be appalled at this measure; California, perhaps anxious to preserve landfill space, might actually approve it in the name of holy environmentalism. I'm inclined to support the bill, if only because it would annoy AOL; there is poetic justice in the idea that the carpet-bombing marketroids from AOL might be sentenced to 1000 free hours of community service. And really, there's no middle ground here, unless you want to use the discs for skeet.

Oh, Kimberly Anne, where are you when we need you?

Posted at 9:39 AM to Dyssynergy


I know someone who would remove the logo from the disks and then use them instead of paper or books for autographs.

Posted by: sya at 7:22 PM on 17 April 2004

Hmmm. Instant artifact. I think I like it.

Beats stacking them in a corner of the office, as we're doing at 42nd and Treadmill. (We have accumulated approximately the volume of a ten-ream case of copy paper in used CDs.)

Posted by: CGHill at 12:46 PM on 18 April 2004

An aquaintance who runs a data processing center is collecting them to make a display that physically displays a terrabyte of capacity.

Posted by: Ted at 11:37 AM on 19 April 2004

Which would, I'm guessing here - 650 MB per CD, 1024 GB per terabyte - require around 1600 of the little critters.

Sheesh.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:13 PM on 19 April 2004