Could I possibly congratulate you for a most magnificent rant??
The very thought of all those gadgets on stand-by and their wretched remotes is enough to make anybody seeth.
By the way, how can it possibly be that mankind seems incapable of coming up with a battery compartment cover that doesn't break within a fortnight?? All mine are held together with Band-Aid, masking tape, rubber bands etc. If we can't solve that problem, what hope have we of "saving the planet"?