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It was almost #666…

I posted my very first comment to the New York Times today in response to new TSA airport security procedures.  Apparently, security which gives you the option to subject yourself to low-dose radiation or submit to public groping has pushed the public over the edge, and prompting 847 reader comments (I’m lucky # 665).

National Opt-Out Day this Wednesday will be a telling sign of where things are headed. First, let me say I love the idea. I especially love that it seems to have come from one, fed up guy proposing it over the internet. But I have real concerns it’s going to have the effect many of us are hoping for.

Put yourself in that security line. It’s loud. It’s long. You’re gripping your boarding pass and ID while trying at the same time to take off your belt and shoes, stuff your wallet and coat in one bin and your laptop in the next, put your toothpaste in a separate baggie and not loose any of it, all the while looking at your watch, knowing you have somewhere to be. This, mind you, is a best-case scanario, and doesn’t factor in the countless people traveling with kids, or wheelchairs, or prescription medication…

You are going to want out of that situation. You have big plans for a big meal that you do not want to miss. At this point, all intentions aside, I think a lot of people will just submit to the scan so they can keep going.

I certainly don’t blame anyone for making that decision, and honestly question my own resolve in a situation like this. Even if the opting out goes on according to plan in the morning, cascading delays may quickly make people think twice. We are talking about a 2-minute TSA inconvenience vs. a ruined holiday for a lot of folks, should they miss their flight.

Anyway, strength and courage to all T-day travelers who want to opt out. May this story from Gizmodo help you keep your resolve.

I’ll be right behind you at Christmas.



Netflix Magic

I accidentally mailed back Shutter Island before watching it instead of The Office like I was supposed to. It was one of those early morning, half awake things where I knew I needed a movie and grabbed the first thing I saw on the shelf without reading it first. I didn’t realize my mistake until after work yesterday when I came home and found The Office all packaged up and ready to go underneath a pile of paper on the kitchen table.

The magic happened this morning when Shutter Island appeared in my mailbox, like it came back to me straight from midtown. It wasn’t back in the queue, and Netflix gave no indication that they had received it. How did it know?

It’s rare that I get scared watching a movie, but I’m already a little afraid of this one…

In other media news, I just watched the latest episode of Glee, and loved how the show placed an opulent school called Dalton in Westerville, OH. Westerville is a lovely town, folks, but there just isn’t a Dalton there. The closest thing is probably The Wellington School in Upper Arlington. But to get the real private school experience, you have to come to the real Dalton and its kin out on the East Coast. The private school culture is something they just don’t have in my hometown.

Dear Organizers…

From the reading I’ve done today, I’ve absorbed 2 major messages:

1–(via facebook) Adults in that key 25-40 demographic market are sick to death of political ads, and can’t wait for the damn thing to be over–presumably so they can resume the familiar pleasure of beer, old spice, and birth control commercials.

2–(via the New York Times) Young adults in that other key 18-24 demographic feel like old President Obama just isn’t spending enough time saturating the airwaves with his coolness, and therefore he’s “not a fad anymore,” as one young woman so cringe-inducingly phrased it.

Democrats are, of course, making every last-ditch attempt they can to get the junior voting bloc to the polls as a means of limiting their losses.Yet they’re clearly missing some of us: I have endured this election season without seeing a single ad. Why? I don’t have cable. The limited Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert-Glee-SNL clip watching I do all happens right here, on the beautiful world wide web.

While it sounds like limited campaigns are beginning to engage in online advertising, the new media isn’t being used well or strategically enough to drive young voters to the polls. I think this article is correct that online advertising is poised to explode in 2012.

A message to all wannabe-national-office-holders now: it would be wise spend a little less on the TV ads to the same group of people. Get thy message online. Get yourself heard.