by baldilocks

Because thieves need to be soiling their underwear.

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

A man in Washington created a genius device to catch pesky thieves who steal packages from front porches.

Jaireme Barrow, from Tacoma, Washington, was tired of people stealing his expensive Jeep parts and decided he ‘wanted to even the playing field.’

He created one of the earliest models trap – using 12-gauge shotgun blanks, fishing line, bricks, a wooden box-like, a small box, aluminum carrying vessel for the blanks, a small plate, and a cardbox box – and has filmed numerous wannabe thieves.

But the original model was not fool proof, and Barrow had to make a sign that said ‘Package armed,’
Nevertheless, numerous thieves can be seen being caught in the action, with one unfortunate soul even stumbling over himself trying to escape the popping.

From that, Barrow decided to launch The Blank Box, revising his old box method for something much simpler and sell-able.

For roughly $50-$70, people can get their own safety boxes and replace with extra blanks for an additional $2.99.

Thieves thwarted and only feelings, along with dignity – such as it is – get hurt. And, it’s technically not a trap, but a noise maker.

The contrast between the attitudes of the thieves and their would-be victim isn’t lost: one group tries to take that which does not belong to them. One individual, in trying to find a way to protect his property, creates a way to generate wealth.

And there’s some extra entertainment in the piece: proof that, even with double entendres, Brits and Americans speak a different language.

He even sells t-shirts that say ‘don’t touch my box.’

Not quite.

Barrow.

However, with recent revelations about the high and mighty, either slogan on a t-shirt is useful.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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Two weeks ago DaWife, DaYoungest and myself took a day away from political coverage for a day trip to Western Massachusetts. The Primary Stop, Yankee Candle.

There is the Museum

The Mancave

The Candy Store

The Bavarian Castle

The Chocolate:

There are trains and of course a large selection of candles

People come from all over to visit and see things like king candle

and

Our next stop was Mystic Pinball but before that we grabbed some very good pizza in Turner Falls

And then came the pinball

This was a great time at a good price (and a lot cheaper than Yankee Candle I can tell you) so if you are in western MA you’ll want to add it to your list of things to do.

You might ask, with so much news why am I posting on candles and pinball, my answer: Everyone talks about unity and coming together, the easiest way to do so is to share things we can enjoy together outside of the political world. Life is more than a political fight and the less you believe that the more you need a road trip like this to remember what real life actually is.

I spend most Saturdays (weather allowing) at my screened porch, when I’m not doing chores. I was reading Robert Bidinotto’s latest thriller, Winner Takes All, when Juliette asked if I could fill in for her today, so here I am, posting from the porch.

It’s a beautiful, quiet, warm (80F, 49% humidity) and sunny day in Central Florida.

And I am thankful.

[I’ve been thinking a lot about thankfulness recently, not only because of Thanksgiving Day, but also because I’ve come across a person or two who spend every waking moment – they really work hard at it – in a purposeful bad mood. Lest you think I’m charitably inclined, my reaction is that of mild annoyance alternating with feigned indifference, since, to paraphrase Dean Wormer, “fat, ornery and stupid is no way to go through life.” But I digress.]

Good reads are one of the things I’m thankful for.

I highly recommend Winner Takes All. I met Robert Bidinotto years ago at CPAC, before he started writing thrillers. He was already known for his article “Getting Away with Murder” in the July 1988 issue of the Reader’s Digest, but I didn’t match the article with the face until later. The article,

stirred a national controversy about crime and prison furlough programs during the 1988 presidential election campaign, and it’s widely credited with having affected the outcome of the election.

It was about Willie Horton.

Robert brings his reporter experiences and his writing skills to his novels (in order): Hunter, Bad Deeds, and Winner Takes All starring Dylan Hunter.

You’ll enjoy them for the quality of the writing, the action, the nice details (Robert incorporates the family of foxes from his real-life back yard in Winner Takes All), and the well-developed characters.

The only warning (and you may – or not – be thankful to hear this in advance) is that the three novels are highly addictive and you will not want to put them down.

Unless, of course, you have a chance to fill in for Juliette. You can help her out with the laptop repair bills.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, the Christmas Season has officially begun, yay! I have a little boy at home who loves to show me videos he finds of little critters doing cute things, and among his (and my) favorites are the Peacock Spiders. The males are very pretty and do flashy dances, for the ladies. Here is a specially edited video featuring spidey footage, made festive for the holidays:

National Geographic provides a fun educational video about our little fancy dancing friends.

If disco is your thing, enjoy these spideys dancing to the Bee
Gees’ “Staying Alive”:

Back to the Christmas spirit with the Dance of the Sugarplum Peacock Spiders:

Here is some great information about these flashy spidies, via Mental Floss:

They’re fuzzy, they’re flashy, and they’ve got great moves.

1. They’re small, but they’re scrappy.

Peacock spiders (genus Maratus) cram a whole lot of swagger into a teeny-tiny package. The biggest Maratus species can reach 0.3 inches—about the size of a pencil eraser.

Like almost all spiders, peacock spiders are venomous. But that doesn’t mean they’re dangerous to humans: Their little jaws are so tiny that they couldn’t even puncture our skin.

We’re safe, but crickets and other spiders are not. Like all jumping spiders, the peacock spiders don’t build webs. They stalk their prey like lions. When the time comes, they pounce, and can take down prey three or four times their size.

2. Each species has its own dance—and house mix.

Female peacock spiders are the Tina Belchers of the animal kingdom. To impress them, you need two things: a terrific butt, and a talent for shaking it.

To fulfill these requirements, male peacock spiders have evolved spectacular iridescent fans on their butts, and fancy dances to show them off. The dance of each species is unique, but most of them involve sensual leg waving and booty shaking.

As if that wasn’t enough, a male also periodically pauses his dance to drum on the ground, and occasionally on the female’s head. Spiders don’t have ears like we do, and instead hear through organs on their legs. The drumbeats’ vibrations travel across the ground and up the legs of the female, which is apparently super-hot. If the male’s little vaudeville routine is satisfactory, the spiders get down to business.

MORE HERE!

Unpopular Science can tell you more about these and a few other kinds of special spiders, HERE.

I hope you enjoyed the cute spiders, my kids and I sure do – and it is nice to get away from the news once in a while, especially near Christmastime.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

And now the song that we all need when liberals give us their holier than thou BS(Sung to the tune of Dixie)

The Harvey Weinstein Liberal Pervado song or :  Look Away

Oh, Way out West in Hollywood City,
Harvey Weinstein liked ’em oh so pretty
Look away, look away, look away Liberal Land.

For 30 years he set upon ’em,
Promised them roles that led to Oscars,
Look away, look away, look away liberal Land.

But Democrats got millions, Hooray! Hooray!
For progressive causes he came through
He ponied up, so they let him screw.
away, away, so they could do what’s best
look away, look away, What’s one girl more or less?

♫ Planned Parenthood it had a gala
& Harvey was their favorite fella
They Looked away, Looked away Looked away
Liberal Land ♫ 

♫ He sat with Hillary, ole Bill’s striker
next to him, Harvey was a piker
They looked away, looked away looked away
Liberal land 

 So liberal men feared nothing,
Hooray! Hooray!
Old Bill & Harvey got a pass
So Conyers dropped Trou and Franken grabbed ass
All day, all day, without media oversight
They looked away, away, Because they voted right. 

 ♫ So silence was the media rule
As long has Hollywood came through
Look away, look away, look away, media land

  Talk Magazine got Harvey’s adoption
And press they got their own script options
and Looked away! Looked away! Looked away!
media Land.   

  They killed off any story
each day, each day
They kept out of the public eye
The foibles of these liberal guys
Away away, there would not be a peep
No one would say, that these guys were all creeps  

♫ Before them all there was ole Ted
Who left that lady cold and dead
Look away, look away , look away liberal land
To not one was a question posed
(Though they all sat with Charlie Rose)
Look away look away look away liberal land 

♫ Then Trump won the election
No Way! No Way!
And just like that the dam it broke
Where once was silence victims spoke
away away, all of it was exposed
each day, each day another story broke 

 At CBS worked Charlie Rose
Who liked to take off all his clothes
Look away, look away look away liberal land.
At the NYT There was no rush
To part ways with their man Glenn Thrush
Look away look away look away liberal land  

At NBC was Halpren
No way, no way
And once all of the stories blew
We found that everybody knew
All day, all day, The press had no regrets
They dared not say, they had their own secrets 

♫S o when media or libs do lecture
That they stand as all girls protectors
Turn away, turn away, turn away from liberal land
Note they cared not for a women’s plight
With predators checks and votes in sight
Go away, go away go away liberal band 

 ♫ And feminists stayed silent, just say, just say
You tell them all where they can go
If on you they try to impose
Away away, back to their devil den.
Away Away You won’t be fooled again 


I know I left out plenty of liberal donors et/ all from the lyric but this song is already long enough as it is.

If you want to understand the latest piece from Vox on how to reduce your carbon footprint, without subjecting yourself to said idiocy you can check out the reaction from twitchy and/or instapundit.

But if you really want to get it my favorite cartoon from Wondermark circa or view my favorite wondermark cartoon #404 from 2008 titled In which Africa is noticed.

I can’t think of a better illustration of the mindset of elite liberals in general and Vox in particular.

BTW You can buy a print of said strip on that page, I think it would be a great gift for the Bernie bro on your Christmas list or any Vox editor.



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Here are the last Pintastic 2017 Videos and interviews from the show.

I talked to Jessie who was at her first Pintastic

and watched her play a little Wizard of Oz

I talked to Sean who was waiting to play Dialed In

I played a little of the new Star Wars Pinball (only got to play it once)

And that ended the Pintastic Interview on Saturday. On Sunday morning I shot (what I thought) was the last Pintastic interview again with Gabriel D’Annunzio the man who made it all possible at the cost of being flat out taking care of things

If you enjoyed Pintastic he is the man you need to thank the most.

I was getting ready to leave and join my wife and other son at a breakfast/lunch Buffet down the road when internet sensation Todd Tuckey’s partner in crime Frank joined me for an interview filmed by my son, we were shortly joined by Todd Tuckey himself.

That video I shot for Todd that we’re talking about is not up at TNT Amusements yet, I’ll post it once he has it up.  I was wearing two hats and scarfs btw because we were leaving and I had not packed a hatbox.

My full playlist for Pintastic is embedded below

As you can see there was a lot of work along with the play at Pintastic 2017.

I’ll likely have one more pintastic post related to a topic I’ve dealt with before but we now return to our normal blogging, at least until next week when I’ll be at the Catholic Media event in Chicago and I shoot a whole bunch of new interviews to post


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And as I’ve said before if you can’t spare the cash we will be happy to accept your prayers.

Of course PintasticNE is more than just great pinball machines to play, it also has vendors who provides products that make play even better.

Like the folks at Tilt Graphics

and Pingraffix who demonstrated their wares on their own machine

The folks at Pinbox 3000 who make cardboard pinball fun and affordable

The Bit Bar Beer Garden which is a restaurant/bar/arcade

and of course PintasticNE wouldn’t be pintastic without Maggie the Clown

who keeps the kids smiling between games.

And keeping folks smiling is what PintasticNE is all about

Not much time for a full post so the rest of the interviews will have to wait a day or two but here are still images from PintasticNE 2017 The full gallery is below but we’ll highlight a few

Pinball giants

Jersey Jack and Todd Tuckey

Captain Pintastic and friend in the VIP room

Men of the Internet together at last!

DaTechGuy and Todd Tuckey of TNT Amusements

The Gallery follows below, for some reason wordpress is getting weird about picture rotation but I didn’t want to leave any out

Like Blogging and Quilting etc the Pinball world has its giants and we interviewed several of them at Pintastic NE

Let’s start with the designers like Barry Oursler who was a featured speaker. He is a soft spoken man who approached me because of my Doctor Who scarf and told me he designed a house for his cats based on the TARDIS, that was easy for him as he had designed the Doctor Who pinball machine along with many other favorite over his long career. He was kind enough to wait for my son and I to get a game in before sitting for an interview

Mr. Oursler seems quite humbled with all the attention he is getting these days over his work.

Next let me introduce you to David Thiel whose sound work and composition you have heard a lot of if you’ve been anywhere near a pinball machine.

At this point my camera battery finally gave up it’s ghost so we moved to the emergency backup camera

His description of what he does really emphasizes that what he does is in fact art.

He also spoke at the event here is a very brief clip

The real stars of the show of course are the games and the games that brought the most attention were those by , you guessed it Jersey Jack of Jersey Jack Pinball.

His great game DialedIn based on a cellphone is worth a few videos

and here is the legendary Selfie mode

Dialed in is the first totally original product as opposed to the Hobbit which was the star of last year

and a source of success for me this year

I’m sure that score didn’t rule the whole day

But to me my favorite of his games will always be Wizard of Oz

But no matter how cool or well made a machine is, sooner or later it will need some work and that’s where TNT Amusements and Internet Sensation Todd Tuckey comes in. He connected to an interview and for the only time at the event I was on camera with him.

As he said his talk went two hours. Every seat was taken and I had to sit in the far back which is why these two video clips of his “pre-talk” talk

have such poor sound

and he makes a great point that a lot of the machines he works on are 20 or 30 years old or more, machines that David Thiel may have done the sound and Barry Oursler might have designed when we were much younger, yet thanks to Todd and his crew people continue to enjoy them.

Perhaps in a decade he will be fixing Jersey Jack’s machines as well.

So all of these folks should take a bow, because guys like them make this hobby possible.


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