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Jonathan Takiff: ‘White Goods’ go high-tech

Jonathan Takiff: ‘White Goods’ go high-tech
News from Sacramento Bee:

THE GIZMO: Kitchen and laundry appliances are called “white goods” by retailers. Firstly, because the items always come (and once upon a time were available only) in white. Second, because these refrigerators and stoves, washers and dryers traditionally were as boring and indistinguishable as containers of milk.

But in recent years, goaded largely by upstart, now market-leading South Korean makers LG and Samsung, white goods have been introducing nifty, high-tech features. For 2012, top-of-the-line models will be almost as colorful to behold and enjoy as the animated toys and cars in a Pixar movie, the better to turn on today’s perpetually plugged-in consumer.

MAYTAG LEADS A CHARGE: While maybe not the sexiest, Maytag’s AquaLift technology for automated oven cleaning is among the most practical of new features. And it was dreamed up in the USA.

Materializing Feb. 1 at a big-box store near you, this “first in 50 years” improvement combines a newfangled nonstick oven liner with a novel water mist and a surprisingly low 200-degree heat cycle.

When all’s said and done (in just a couple of hours), you still have to wipe out the oven. But no caustic chemicals are involved. And none of that burning smell, nor the permanent scarring of the oven door’s glass window that occurs with conventional 800-degree self-cleaning.

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In first year, I convinced my parents to help put me up in residence at New College. Calling what I experienced total freedom would be incorrect. I made compromises with my roommate and adhered (mostly) to college rules, but those were marginal concessions. At first, living in res was a real pleasure.

But as time went on, I discovered that the students I lived with were a tad studious for my taste and were largely serial introverts. It wasn’t the social environment I’d been pining for in the months leading up to September. Sure, I didn’t have to answer to my parents, but the arrangement wasn’t perfect.

Over the course of my university years, I’ve pretty much seen it all. From frats to shared flats to moving back in with the fam, I’ve had my share of university living arrangements and each one has its ups and downs. Many students won’t have a choice at all, either with parents too far from campus or with the only affordable option being to stay with the ‘rents. So, where do you live?


Having moved to Toronto from Windsor, fourth-year sexual diversity studies student Natasha Novac discovered student co-ops early on as a cheap and gratifying living option. Natasha lived in co-ops for her first three years as a student and considers herself an advocate of the co-op system… with a few reservations.

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