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May 9, 2008
Making Security Cuddly
I don't know what I think of Sweet Dreams Security.
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM
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"The Sweet Dreams Security™ razor wire is our most vicious but cute product to date."
sharp glass as warm fuzzy images be kewl. Same with the BBQ wire fencing.
That bobby guy reminds me of William H. Macy for some reason...
I'm waiting for their latest product - cartoon character suits (a-la Mickey Mouse @ Disneyland and simlar) with Level IIIa and pockets for ceramic Level IV plates, with optional MOLLE-attached MP5/M16/M4 magazines. After all, Disneyland is a terror target.
Actually, I think that is just the "I can make a Martini with it"-level dry British humor that we're missing. Or I could be wrong.
This can't possibly not be a joke. Butterfly razor wire? Floppy dog ears for CCTVs? No way.
I want the chain.... dont ask. :P
I thought it looked like somebody's avant-garde art project, and some poking around, especially under "Press" and "Shop", seems to confirm it.
If you are going to have a CCTV, why not tart it up with ears? If the alarm company insists on mounting their ugly looking box where the public can see it, why not decorate it nicely?
The curtains that "look like" a security shutter stand out as different; I would have expected instead that they start with a security shutter, then make it look pleasing, rather than "faking" it.
I'm calling satire on this. Reluctantly so, though - I wish it were real. :)
If the chain is selling, I suspect it's for kinky sex, not for "keep this building/location secure."
I think Banksy did it better...
I think it's about time that modern art met modern "security." Two things that take themselves too seriously, most of the time. Unfortunately, "security" more so....
"If the chain is selling, I suspect it's for kinky sex"
How do you define "kinky sex"?
And please don't say "you know it when you see it" 8)
What's the words to the old Ray Charles song, "Take these chains from my heart and set me free..."
I seem to recall barbed wire in South Africa being made to resemble ivy or some such plant, so I wouldn't be too surprised if this was genuine. There might at least be a market for this kind of thing, though maybe a bit less campy...
Re: The curtian
"... a placebo product designed to keep the burglars at bay, without making you feel imprisoned in your own home."
As if the government needs any assistance in making them feel like prisoners.
The curtain seems likely to make burglars think "oooh, they must have something REALLY worth protecting in there!" This will make the customers MORE, not LESS, of a target, including for more violent measures such as an armed home-invasion.
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The railings at least are for real. They get a smile out of me every time I walk past the set in Hoxton Square in London.
I don't see anything "cute" about what appear, at first glance, to be small animals impaled upon sharp fence-stakes. More disturbing than adorable, really.
Aside from boggling the mind, I query the efficacy. Razor wire is a visual deterrent to an attacker which states '"to get through me is high cost, so think again". Of course attackers do think again, and find a better route, which is why I prefer a simple painted line beyond which lies instant death. But I digress. ;)
But wtf does this wire say exactly? "Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are? Up above the wall so high...."
Ok now that I have poked it with a critical stick, let me just say that I love it :D
Beautiful stuff. Is it real? I strongly suspect it is. Is it funny? Yes. It looks like somebody is poking fun at the whole thing with an interesting business concept. If we're going to be stuck with more and more of this stuff around, you might as well have some fun with it (as others in here have said).
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