Christoph Niemann Hates Cables Too

Christoph Niemann Hates Cables Too

Sonia Zjawinski
Mar 18, 2009

We've seen Christoph Niemann's pixelated bathroom and shown you his interpretation of New York life in Legos, now the artist tackles one of our biggest pet peeves, cables.

According to Christoph's column this week in the New York Times, he has a total of 30 wires under his desk! He may have us beat. For each illustration, Christoph explains his dilemma. After the jump we share some of our favorite interpretations of cable grief...

I don't even want to get started about the endless varieties of cables, chargers and adapters out there. My biggest frustration stems from a much simpler problem: I use a lot of extension cords with multiple sockets. Although these cords are obviously designed to power six cables, I can barely squeeze in three, since most electronic equipment nowadays seems to sport absurdly large plugs. This reminds me of some very inconsiderate folks one so often encounters on the subway.
The storage issue has been resolved: In a dark corner of our basement I have attached to the wall an eight-foot plank spiked with long nails, and all my cables now hang untangled in neat lines.

I sometimes sneak down there and wallow in memories of battles past.

I am sure that a generation from now, all our hassles with cables will be long forgotten. But I pledge to keep history alive, and look forward to telling my grandkids stories of SCSI cables, unpolarized NEMA 1-15 sockets and DVI plugs.

Images: Christoph Niemann for The New York Times

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