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Archive for August, 2007

Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 6

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Line up ladies, he’s single.

Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 5

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

For those who require an explanation


Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 4

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

…and a 10 from the Polish judge.

Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 3

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 2

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Fourteen Days of FAIL – Day 1

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

“FAIL” is my new favorite Internet meme. FAIL is when you do a spectacular face plant in front of the girl you were hoping to impress. When your ribald joke deeply offends the boss’s wife, you are full of FAIL.

Shart? FAIL.

For the next fourteen days, MrPikes is proud to present some of his favorite images of FAIL (without fail), starting with this one:


Is This Because of the Al Qaeda?

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

I take an interest in security, from the perspective of “What is the threat, how effective is a given security measure at dealing with that threat, and is the trade off of convenience, liberty or whatever worth it to those who have to interact with the security measure day to day?”


From the previous question posed, what requirement is not met?

When confronted with a particularly egregious, invasive or pointless security measure, I have taken to asking the “person in charge” (be that a receptionist, security staff member, police officer, etc.) with wide-eyed, straight-faced concern, “Is this because of the Al Qaeda?” Sometimes they catch on immediately to the fact that they have a smartass on their hands *, other times they respond with genuine reassurance. Regardless, the reactions are always fun. It’s not unlike a Buddhist koan, in that it may arrest the person from hus preconceptions regarding the basis or efficacy of the security measure at hand. Or not.

I’m sick and tired of hearing “In these troubled times in which we live…” or “In this post-9/11 world…” Those overworked talking points only serve to delay us from returning to some sort of baseline of common sense. It is impossible simultaneously to live in a free society and be 100% secure. I do not mean to say that we should do nothing, but we need to swing the pendulum away from reactionary, intrusive, high-visibility/low-effectiveness, fear mongering security measures that are stomping all over what makes this country great. I sincerely believe that Americans simply have not reached the tipping point where fear turns to anger, beyond which they will fight these intrusions – with their votes and their dollars.

Sooner would be better. Maybe we would have been better off if Richard Reid had been the “underwear bomber“.

* A couple of years ago I was in line at a security checkpoint in O’Hare when a TSA employee saw the “Selectee” code on my boarding pass and informed me, “Sir, you have been selected for special screening.” I let a big smile grow across my face and with enthusiasm said, “Really? I never win anything!” I watched his mind work for a few seconds, “Idiot or smartass? Idiot or smartass? Yep. Smartass.”

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