a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

confusedmalHowever, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without a second glance, this push-dagger-styled spork attracted no attention at all, and I can guaranbloodytee the imbeciles working the x-ray belt had no idea what my magnesium and flint rods were in my backpack, much less the little waterproof capsule full of vaseline-soaked cotton balls.

And those are just the obvious items I feel like sharing at the moment.

So go on – tell me the lie that our "safety" is the TSA’s priority, or whatever that bullshit is they are spreading these days. I am far from the smartest or most creative when it comes to repurposing every-day items to destructive means, but if my sorry arse, complete with whatever common-place items I happen to have on me, could pose a significant material threat to an aircraft, your "security" is completely meaningless. Get the hell out of the way and let people go back about their lives without their genitals being televised or groped.

(Oh, and just to cap this massive fail-cake off, those ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter scanners the TSA is taking out of airports? Not only does SeaTac still use them, through a variety of administrative failures, they are going to keep on using them. Yeah. "Safety" is our priority. Sure it is.)

something did, indeed, break

Well, I was right, as I so often am: it was awesome to watch.

Tuff-Writer emailing BlendTec to have one of the former’s pens featured in the latter’s “Will It Blend?” video series? Kind of predictable, given the two company’s positions in their respective fields.

Tuff-Writer saying, “Screw it, we will buy our own blender,” when BlendTec does not respond? Kind of hardcore, and indicative of a high amount of faith in your product.

Tuff-Writer calling BlendTec “a bunch of bitch-asses” (yes, that is a direct quote) right before one of the former’s pens pretty much demolishes the latter’s blender? Frakking high-larious:

Now, to be fair, I would have preferred a better close-up of the pen in question, and I definitely would have liked to see it write after its ordeal, but Tuff-Writer claims it was good to go, aside from a little leakage and a broken clip. As that non-stop shower of sparks probably told you, though, the blender needed… a few spare parts replaced after the experience. And, of course, they did use one of their titanium pens – I wonder how well an aluminium example would fare?

I am still happy with my County Comm Embassy Elite pen, but if the time should ever come to replace it, I might have to look into Tuff-Writer’s offerings.