Design Contest Yeilds Adorable Machine of Loving Grace

Electroluxe is sponsoring a design contest for products that we will see in the next 90 years. One of the entries is a little robot whose sole purpose in life is to take care of a single plant on Mars or similar hostile environment. I think there’s something Wall-Eesque about the little fella diligently going about his work. And, of course, it brought to mind Brautigan’s poem. Of course, in practice, I suspect the little robot would be stressing out as his plant’s health fluctuates, much like I’ve been distressed over the sudden die-off of shrimp in my fish tank, probably due to some unknown water issue, which I hope I’ve worked out.

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  1. John says:


    Sublime. The poem must have been lodged deep in your memory. I never would have known you for a Brautigan boy. Wasn’t he off the scene by the time you arrived?

    Anyway, thanks, great post!

  2. Gary says:

    Well, I’ve never been one for poetry, much less hippie flowerpower stuff. My familiarity with the poem comes from the 90’s industrial band named <a href=”_of_Loving_Grace” rel=”nofollow”>…“>Machines of Loving Grace</a>. Odd that they chose that name, considering they are as far from the 60’s San Francisco scene as you can get.

  3. bj says:

    Reminds me of one of my favorite movies of all time, entitled Our Man In Havana.

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