In re: home security innovations

Home Security Innovations for Modern Living

“as a modern semi-adult, your designer possessions represent most of your net worth.  Her’s how you can protect them from shifty bike messengers and thieving house guests while appearing to live modestly during this time of economic turdness”

Checkout lunchbreath for the amusing cartoon.

In re: Apple’s magical…bumper?

A funny video from Slate V, the first time I watched it I had thought Jonathan Ives and some of the Apple folks had a sense of humor and were somehow involved but its really just some clever editing repurposing their ‘magical’ commments.

In re: The Sporkful makes waffles

Can’t say I normally watch any of the videos on Slate V, I always think they are going to be articles and when I realize that they are on Slate V, I click away.  But the other day I decided to watch a funny idea for a Wyclef Jean for president commercial.  Then somehow noticed some videos by the Sporkful, which I had never heard of, but became a fan of right away.  Check out the Sporkful podcast, blog and videos here.

And for a video on making waffles see here:

In re: Passionately defending a made up history

“Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head…

Right there in the preamble, the authors make their priorities clear: ‘one nation under God’ said Mortensen, attributing to the Constitution a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, which itself did not include any reference to a deity until 1954. “Well, there’s a reason they put that right at the top.”

“Men like Madison and Jefferson were moved by the ideals of Christianity, and wanted the United States to reflect those values as a Christian nation,” continued Mortensen, referring to the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, considered by many historians to be an atheist, and Thomas Jefferson, an Enlightenment-era thinker who rejected the divinity of Christ and was in France at the time the document was written. “The words on the page speak for themselves.”

via Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

Story from the Onion (so of course its made up, but the underlying concept is so common today it amazes me.) That hits the nail on the head about a man defending his fictional version of the constitution, that sets out the religious origins of the country.  Of course his history and knowledge of the document are probably coming from a single source of ‘news’ so what would you expect.  Like the made up war on Christmas that has been thrown around in recent years (without the effort to do any research on Christmas) the arguments about the religous nature of our country and its founders could well do with a little fact checking themselves.  The part I always think is interesting is that in countries with state religions and that are now wealthy religion is dying, but here where we separated the two it has thrived.  Despite that fact, it seems some folks want a theocracy, which I would warn them might start the slow march towards their demise.

In re: Prank war… really funny

Can’t say I am ever on the CollegeHumor.com website except when the occasional item gets a lot of diggs, this is one of those and this was pretty amazing in the amount of setup for this prank and how good it was (I guess its been an escalating prank war) anyway check it out at CollegeHumor where the whole basketball arena helps trick a guys friend into thinking he won $500,000 for hitting a blindfolded half-court shot.

In re: Why did you steal 40,000 hotel coat hangers?

An interesting case from the other side of the pond (fictional mind you) from column of the late Miles Kingston, humor columnist for the Independent (via Volkoh conspiracy blog) :

“A most extraordinary trial is going on in the High Court at the moment in which a man named Chrysler is accused of stealing more than 40,000 coat hangers from hotels round the world. He admits his guilt, but in his defence he claims that – well, perhaps it would be simpler just to bring you a brief extract from the trial. We join the case at the point where Chrysler has just taken the stand…” read the rest at the independent.co.uk