A Lego Hobbit Halloween…

November 3, 2012 7:48pm
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Remember that funny Lego orc video from earlier this summer? Well, the same guys made another one, and this one is Halloween-themed! 🙂

I’m not really sure why I watched this video – it was pretty obvious the direction it was slanting from the get-go, with the idea being to redistribute Halloween candy from kids with lots to kids who have less.

Surprise, surprise – kids didn’t like getting their candy given away to other kids, but the more I thought about it, I realized that there was a fundamental flaw because the vast disparity between the 99% and the 1% wasn’t really being framed properly.

This makes a big difference – the whole argument that started last year with Occupy Wall Street wasn’t simply, “Give me some of yours because you have more than me!” The idea, which was overlooked by most conservatives who apathetically denounced the protests, is actually focused on the super wealthy with the belief that the methods many of them use to amass their fortunes haven’t really been fair to the vast majority of citizens who can’t buy what they need in the political atmosphere to achieve similar results.

So let’s adjust our candy example to more accurately define our two groups here:

In 2010, the average household in America had a net worth of $57,000. In terms of trick-or-treating, let’s call that 1 pillow case full of candy.

Likewise, the top 1% of households had an average net worth of $16,439,000. Or 288 pillow cases full of candy.

With that in mind, maybe we present the question to the kids in the proper light – it’s not a matter of being forced to share with your neighbor because your bag is a little fuller than his, it’s forcing the kid who needs a dump truck to carry his candy home to share because WTF?! How in the world was he able to collect that much candy in just a single night?!?!?!

Something tells me that if you show the kids pillow case full of candy vs. dump truck full of candy, this little video would’ve turned out just a wee bit differently.  😕

Pumpkin Carving Fun!

October 29, 2012 11:10pm
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I honestly don’t even know the last time that I carved a pumpkin, but it had to at least have been while I was still living back home up in Michigan, so … at least 9 years ago???

Anyways, this was a lot of fun and surprisingly went pretty quick once we both got the hang of how to get the guts out! I wanted to do something more unique like an Angry Bird or maybe something video game related, but I just couldn’t find a template online that I liked and I was running out of time, so I ended up just using the stickers at the back of a $4 pattern book that we bought to make my own goofy face, and there you go. 😉

I really like how they both turned out – now I’m just curious to see if we actually get any trick-or-treaters at our new doorstep come Wednesday night!  ❓

I’ve never really been much into Halloween, but tonight my wife and I did a little decorating out front in hopes of better broadcasting the notion that we’ve got loads of candy waiting at our doorstep for the trick or treaters next week, and admittedly it was kind of fun!

The lights I’ve actually had just sitting in a box for a number of years – I think I bought them on clearance at Walmart one year after Halloween and just never touched them since. It was basically just 5 strings of the mini orange lights, along with a string of purple bats which you can kind of see hanging there in the window … after mixing in a single string of green lights on the column there, I thought that they made for a nice display and at least gave our house a bit of color after seeing select other houses around the neighborhood decorated with tombstones and cobwebs and skeletons and whatnot.

I’m not exactly a fan of scary Halloween, per se, but decorating with lights – now that’s something that I can get excited about, and if it gives me a little warm up for Christmas decorating here in another month, then all the better! 😀

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