Archive for January, 2009

23
Jan
09

Barack Obama on secular government

This is an old video, but it’s worth viewing if you haven’t seen it already. It’s our President talking about religion and government, and why you shouldn’t mix the two. I’ve often joked that Obama is too smart to be a Christian, but in all seriousness this video does a good job of pointing out some of the nonsense inherent in the Bible. He explains in simple terms why it would be grossly irresponsible and impractical to even attempt to adhere to the letter of the scripture in private life, much less incorporate Biblical law into our government.
It really gets to the core of why I am so staunchly and outspokenly atheist.

09
Jan
09

Swissgear Pilot 20 Carry-On case + MacBook Pro 17″

I just wanted to post a quick note on my blog about this because I tried to Google it while I was in the store and couldn’t find an answer. Hopefully this helps someone else out there. A 17″ MacBook Pro…I dunno what you Mac geeks call ’em – the one with the aluminum finish and slightly rounded corners, but not the fancy new aluminum blockĀ  body and glossy screen. Yeah, that one. It will fit into the laptop pouch of a Wenger Swissgear 20 Pilot Carry-On bag. Just barely. It’s a squeaker, but you can get the 17″ MBP in and out of this pouch without tearing or modifying the case. It’s a tight fit, and you might not be able to do it quickly while everyone on the plane is waiting for you to take your seat, but still…it works.

I will be traveling a lot for work soon, to exotic locales, and I wanted to be able to do it without checking luggage. The Pilot 20 should be an excellent option.

Swissgear Pilot 20

Update: The newer aluminum unibody MacBook Pro 17″ also fits well into the laptop compartment of this excellent bag.