The cell phone discussion is interesting. I know it wasn't a main focus of the question, but I don't use my cellphone for more than pictures, calling, rarely text and the occasional GPS when I am going some place I don't know. Are we potters just old school or something? I might be the odd one here, but I am 32 and I find all the technology of the world distracting. It is too much consumption and not enough creation IMHO.
I do like power though. I wouldn't want to be without power for a year. I have lived without power for weeks before when we had bad weather in the mountains at my old homeplace and it just isn't fun. Melting snow over the fireplace for warm baths, putting all your groceries in the snow. No thanks!
Edit: Just saw Chris's post. Hilarious.