Lol why you think it looks hokey? Able to drop 1 kernel at a time to get your load precise to the kernel?
I dunno.....it just looks cheap and cumbersome, and appears like if you had it at the top of the stand it would tip over and spill quite easily. As far as dropping one kernel at a time, I can do that with my manual tickler. But.....as I said before, if it works for you, great. You are the one using it and the one that needs to be happy. How I feel about it should have no bearing whatsoever.