Hold the Nerdsauce

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It's amazing how many people are concerned about your safety when you have the cord of a mouse wrapped around your neck. "There was this actress whose scarf got caught in the spokes of her car. She drove off, the scarf strangled her, and her head popped off. You shouldn't wrap things around your neck like that." Crazy, but you forgot to tell me that all three hundred times I wore a scarf this winter.

While we're on the subject, who knew they still manufactured ball mice? I expected to get an optical mouse with my new Dell computer at work, but I guess someone knew I'd be too distracted by my new, shiny 22" monitor to notice the whole "Hey, my mouse seems to have ceased working now that I've dragged it over my Pop-Tart crumbs" thing. But here we are, two months later, and I totally noticed. Yeah. Don't underestimate me again, Dell, or I'll have to knit you a pretty little scarf or two.

chris

chris

Can you even buy those things anymore? Maybe your supplier had old inventory. Like from 1999.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

chris: Seriously. My dad was so confused. He was like, "I haven't ordered a ball mouse in at least two years. I have no idea where that thing came from." (He does the ordering of the church computers.) I almost feel like I have a collectible or something. I wonder if I could get good money for it on eBay...

jake

jake

yeah I think it's a Dell thing. We ship them out to our new branches at work and they all come with USB Ball Mice. I'm not even sure you can order them anywhere else.

Michael

Michael

All I can say is "why?" Seriously. A ball mouse? Come on!

Justin

Justin

The only ball mouse I know of in existence, other than the one you mention, is the one at the cube next to me... and it's old.

But serious, what's with the funky time on your posts? I'm pretty sure today isn't April 11th.

seven

seven

Eww... how did you even get ahold of that? Mouse manufacturers need to keep people's PopTart-eating habits in mind when they make this stuff.

Belinda

Belinda

Brilliant. I, on the other hand, am dumb enough that I continue to occasionally toss a horse's lead-rope over my shoulder...and sometimes it goes around to the other side. That's right. I'm just tempting fate to drag me to death like a Western villain, by the neck. STOOPID.

Belinda

Belinda

Where my comment go? It was brilliant and hilarious.

Nat

Nat

That is old school, ball mouse. Ican't remember the last time I even saw one of those. I love that it took you so long to notice. Actually I did enjoy cleaning the mouse balls when I was little....I seriously just said that. Wicked.

Ben

Ben

Fact: the ball mouse was invented purely so junior high schoolers had something to steal, pop out and throw at windows.

Fuse!

Fuse!

Here's an odd bit of personal history...

In about 1994 I paid something like $400 for an optical mouse for my Amiga 2000. I had heard how precise they were and at the time my favorite thing to do was work in DPaint. After a few days I went back to the ball mouse because I could not get used to the lack of drag created by the ball.

I had no idea that optical mice would one day be the norm. Nor did I ever expect I would one day grow to hate ball mice.

What is really funny is that I was just thinking about this the other day. FNORD

So, uhm, yeah.

Chad

Chad

I think I'm going to start collecting the balls from all the discarded ball mice and selling them for 25 cents a pop from those superball/bubble gum vending machines. I really like the two tone grey/white ones.