Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • I think a simple way for me to explain the feeling of grace to a child is for them to recall how they feel when they wake up for school and find out it’s unexpectedly canceled due to bad weather.
  • I think it’s been two years since TICKET listeners got to hear Michael Irvin announce school opening delays or closings to due inclement weather. It’s funny to think of all the confused looks on readers faces who have no idea what I’m talking about.
  • Some people simply have the natural ability to cleanly open a sealed cereal box without ripping the flaps of the lid. I do not have that natural ability.
  • Unprovoked, WifeGeeding has expressed interest in taking over after my back surgery. I told her she needs to tap the brakes. My surgery in on Friday morning, I should be able to blog without skipping a beat to post something on Monday. In case you were wondering, I’ve only allowed her to post one other time – when we were in Vietnam back in May 2007.
  • One of the worst pains a man can experience, and it’s something we just can’t prevent from happening every now and then, is getting a little bit of soap in the urethra.
  • The Social Security Administration has a limit on the number of replacement cards they will issue youYou may receive no more than three replacement social security number cards in a year and ten replacement social security number cards per lifetime. We may allow for reasonable exceptions to these limits on a case-by-case basis in compelling circumstances.
  • Virginia’s outgoing governor has pulled a prank on his successor
    • An image of former governor Terry McAuliffe was plastered on his pillowcase, emblazoned with one of the go-go-go ex-governor’s favorite sayings: “Sleep when you’re dead.”
  • I caught a special on the Smithsonian channel on the Queen discussing her coronation.
    • It started off with a white-gloved assistant placing her Coronation crown in front of her and the narrator explaining how only three people are allowed to touch it bare-handed (her, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Crown Jeweller). She then kind of manhandles the thing, poking and prodding it and flicking a hanging pearl or two. Her relaxed approach was hilarious. She complained about how heavy and uncomfortable it was wearing it and not knowing which was the front or the back. Interestingly, she has only worn the crown once.
    • She also complained how uncomfortable it was riding in the gold coronation carriage.
    • Her kids stayed at home for most of the Coronation. They were there for only ten minutes or so.
    • It was revealed the Crown-Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin under Windsor Castle during WWII. She was totally unimpressed about this. I think there was an urban legend they were stored at Fort Knox during the war.
    • Part of the Coronation involves the applying of anointing oil. It was a moment considered so sacred that television cameras were turned away out of respect, as she was anointed before God under a portable canopy.
    • Until this special, I had no idea England had a civil war which brought an end to the monarch. Charles I was beheaded in 1649 and the original jewels were melted down and sold, except for a golden spoon in which is used for the aforementioned anointing oil.
      • Beroe Charles’ beheading, he asked for an extra shirt to stay warm. He didn’t want to appear to be trembling in fear.
      • After his beheading, many spectators dipped their handkerchiefs in this blood to keep as a momento.
      • The day after his execution, his head was sewn back on his body, which was embalmed and placed in a lead coffin.
      • Charles II, his son, returned to the monarchy in 1660.
    • She talked about her father’s Coronation and how he made her write down her memories of the event. It was neat seeing the document and her hand-writing as an eleven-year-old and how she simply referred to him as Papa.
    • The maids of honor had smelling salts in their gloves in case they felt faint after three hours of standing. I wonder if smelling salts are still used in the NFL?
    • She said she was bored by the end of it, “At the end the service got rather boring as it was all prayers. Grannie and I were looking to see how many more pages to the end, and we turned one more and then I pointed to the word at the bottom of the page and it said ‘Finis’. We both smiled at each other and turned back to the service.””
    • When the Queen dies I will watch The Naked Gun in her honor. Random scenes: Her passing a hot dog at Dodger Stadium and participating in the wave. The woman who portrayed her is 90-years-old and has played the role quite often in movies. In case you didn’t know, the real Queen Elizabeth II attended her first baseball game in the U.S. in May 1991 when the Oakland A’s played Baltimore Orioles.
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Bag of Randomness for MLK Day 2018

  • If you are notified by legitimate sources you’re about to be hit with an ICBM, which probably carries a nuclear warhead, you’re going into a mode most people can’t comprehend. Some people may have even prepared to kill themselves. However, with all that said, I think the employee in Hawaii who made that drastic mistake shouldn’t be fired because I’m certain he or she would never make that mistake again. I imagine the guilt and shame that person feels is overbearing.
  • Elvis Presley lived 15,561 days. As of yesterday, I’ve lived 15,478. I have to live 83 more days to outlive Elvis Presley.
  • WifeGeeding’s best friend lives in El Paso and her daughter is in the Girl Scouts. She was going door to door in their neighborhood trying to sell Girl Scout cookies and one lady asked in a jovial way, “Do you know who I am?” The little girl and her mother didn’t have any idea, but the lady revealed she was the CEO of the Girl Scout. While she didn’t buy any cookies she gave her a special patch.
  • I’ve been rooting for Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings all year. Keenum’s father used to coach at Hardin-Simmons University when I was a student and he was very active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He’d help run the FCA summer camps and I’d help him out as an RA. I wasn’t close to him but really respected the guy. You may recall that I’m one of several trustees of an FCA sponsored memorial scholarship. A few years ago, Case made a sizable but anonymous donation to it totally out of the blue. The scholarship is named in honor of my friend Micah. Case was a friend with Micah’s step-brother who unexpected died and made the donation to honor his friend’s death. This news has never been public until now.
  • The Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Steve Gleason is a legendary player for the Saints, so much so there’s a statue of him outside their stadium. Sadly, Gleason’s battle with ALS left him paralyzed. However, the man has a great sense of humor, check out this tweet he sent out yesterday:
  • Sometimes I just miss the simpleness, and I dare say humbleness, of using hymnals and a piano (and maybe an organ) in church.
  • I wonder if it’s possible to attend a church worship service in which an overhead projector or television isn’t used.
  • I love the rock band U2. I love the band’s guitarist, The Edge, and think he’s pure rock and roll. However, The Ege wearing shorts and hiking sandals is not very rock and roll and something I never wanted to see. It’s like seeing Chuck Norris wear a skirt.
  • Baptist preacher’s crusade against ‘sinful’ school vouchers steps on Texas GOP leaders’ toes
  • Chernobyl’s Transformation Into a Massive Solar Plant Is Almost Complete
  • Car soars into second-floor dental office in bizarre California crash
  • Getting back to football: Ex-Cowboy Babe Laufenberg shares son’s cancer battle
  • Fla. Mom Mistakenly Killed in Murder-for-Hire Love Triangle
  • One of London’s leading restaurants will today start pioneering a new pricing model based on the travel industry, with different charges depending on the day of the week and time of your booking.| Article
  • Pregnant? Pee on this IKEA ad and you’ll get a discount on a crib
  • David Letterman’s Netflix Show
    • I loved it, but I wonder if I loved it because I’m a very nostalgic person and I yearn for the days of when Letterman and Obama were a part of my everyday life.
    • The show is filmed in a studio in New York and the audience doesn’t have any clue who Dave’s guest will be, which I think is a great concept. However, even though the show is named “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”, Dave still introduces his guest.
    • While there is an audience, it seems they are encouraged to be reserved. This is great, and for the most part, you think Dave and Obama are alone.
    • I love the pace of the show, there’s no rush with the interview or conversation trying to wrap things up before the next commercial break. I’m sure a decent amount was left on the cutting room floor, but it seems like their conversation was quite lengthy and they could just enjoy each other’s presence.
    • I wonder how different it felt for Dave to not be sitting behind a desk during an interview and not having any notecards and such. Simply eliminating a desk makes a conversation or interview more engaging and open.
    • Dave is still quirky and self-deprecating, but now he does it in a more wiser and reflected manner.
    • I liked it when Obama started to ask Dave questions and wish Dave would have gone with it more.
    • I’d love to see Jon Stewart have a similar show.
  • Last Jedi stuff:
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Brave/Stupid Dog

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 12, 2017

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Italian pop song consisting of Gibberish and meant to sound like how English sounds to non-English speakers

I found this on Reddit a moment ago and it was something I always wondered about. English speakers will sometimes try to imitate a foreign language, like Italian or something from Asia, but I always wondered what a foreign language speaker would sound like if they imitated English. Well, now I know.

From Wikipedia:

The song is meant to sound to its intended Italian audience like English spoken with an American accent, but the lyrics are actually pure gibberish, with the exception of the words “all right”. Celentano’s intention with the song was to explore communications barriers. “Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did. So at a certain point, because I like American slang—which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian—I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.”

Here’s an attempt by an English speaker trying to translate the words to the song.

Also found in the comments is this video of angry Scottish people speaking English on a Maury Povich kinda show, but it doesn’t sound like the English I’m used to.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 11, 2017

  • So far for 2018, I’m 5 of 8 when it comes to inserting a USB device correctly the first time. However, it seems like my keys are always in the pants pocket I’m not reaching into.
  • I’m surprised at the number of drivers I see accelerate towards a red light when it’s obvious it’s not going to change before they get there. I guess they don’t care about inertia or extending brake life.
  • People really like their Toyotas –  These Are The Cars People Keep For 15 Years
  • Sears had a miserable, miserable Christmas – Sales at Sears and Kmart stores plunged during November and December. At stores open at least 12 months, sales fell between 16% and 17%.
  • For those of you who own a Google Home device, Google created a new website to help you understand everything it can do.
  • Two North Texas faith leaders are locked in a legal battle over the naming rights of their churches. At issue is whether an upstart church, Lift Frisco, is infringing on the trademarked name of LIFT Community Church in Trinity Groves in West Dallas. | Dallas Morning News Article
  • GIF – A plethora of tumbleweeds tubleweeding in the Odessa area.
  • GIF – No one, no one, has completed an obstacle course better than this dude.
  • A crazy construction accident in Austin, no serious injuries and only one hospital transport.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  • DaughterGeeding is a voracious reader and started to ask about the meaning of a lot of words. To my surprise, she’s never used a dictionary, so we had some father-daughter time. I know she could just ask Siri or Alexa, but I thought it was best to teach her some old school fundamentals. She finds the dictionary fascinating, so much so she takes it to bed to read at night.
  • Regarding my upcoming surgery, WifeGeeding and I are having a logistical disagreement. It’s on a Friday and I have to check in at 6:00 AM when the kids usually wake up for school, with surgery scheduled for 7:30 AM. Friday is a school day and we need to get the kids to school later that morning, the earliest we can drop them off is 7:15 AM. I told her the most logical thing to do is for me to simply take an Uber or a Lift to the hospital by myself and she can take the kids to school and visit me after the surgery. The issue isn’t getting someone to take the kids to school, but having someone around to watch over and help them get ready for school. I already feel like I’m inconveniencing her and don’t want to trouble anyone else with the kids. There’s nothing WifeGeeding can really do if she’s with me at the hospital anyway. I’ve been with both my mother and father for many medical procedures and know the toll it can take just sitting there waiting and not being able to do anything other than sit and wait. I don’t need the emotional support and I’ll be taken care of by professionals. She, on the other hand, wants to find someone to help with the kids and be with me at the hospital before I’m wheeled to the operating room.
  • Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak at the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Denton| Article
  • Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches – The institutions need money to serve people. But in many cases, they get that money from those they serve.
  • Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture.
  • I mentioned the idiom “touching wood” yesterday which is another way of using the idiom “knocking on wood”. Yesterday I heard of “touching cotton” for the first time, which means a high urgency to defecate.
  • With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone
  • I got lucky buying some over-the-counter cannabis stock just about a year ago, Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKTS: ACBFF). So far my return is 450.03% (chart). The stock really started to take off this past November and December.
  • 2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018
  • Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin. Would improving their training — and their pay — improve outcomes for their students?
  • “Sorry, Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower.”
  • Sometimes DogGeedingII makes it hard to blog.
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Bird is an Elvis Fan

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These alligators spent days trapped in swamp ice — and survived

When alligators get cold, they brumate, or enter a period of dormancy similar to hibernation. They slow down their metabolism and their breathing and go into a semi-vegetative state. Right before the surface freezes, they stick their snouts out of the water so they can continue breathing.


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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 9, 2017

  • I think it’s cool anytime a sitting president visits a championship event and is front and center for the national anthem. However, could you imagine President Trump doing this at the Super Bowl when players are on the field? For certain there would be some players taking a knee directly in front of him.
  • I enjoy the Nissan commercials with the former Heisman winners. I hope they keep up the bit. There are a few Heisman winners I’m surprised who haven’t made an appearance.
  • One of WifeGeeding’s coworkers is married to a high school football referee. He was the head official for an Allen High School football game and earned $500.
  • Jeff Pearlman is the author of many sports books. Last night he tweeted an interesting factoid. He spent $4,000 on a pair of fact checkers to comb through his book. I had no idea what the market rate was.
  • I’m surprised at how fax machines are still utilized. There’s been a handful of times in the past year in which I had to fax something and didn’t have the option of email.
  • Obviously, no one at Pizza Hut or Toyota watched the new season of ‘Black Mirror’ – Pizza Hut working with Toyota to test driverless pizza delivery
  • While working on an issue a coworker sent me the following instant message, “touch wood”. I asked her what that meant and she told me it was another way of saying “to knock on wood.” I think this was just a translation hiccup from her native language.
  • Why Does Exercise Start Hurting Two Days After a Workout?
  • The wife of my college pastor was a regular reader of my blog but I have no idea if she is anymore. If you are still a reader, I just want you to know I think of you often and have very warm memories.
  • I think it’s a no-brainer that President Trump’s library will be the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dick Van Dyke’s brother, Jerry Van Dyke died recently. Dick recently changed his Twitter name to JerryVanDykesbrother.
  • I don’t know –  The One Phrase Disney Theme Park Characters Aren’t Allowed to Say
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 8, 2017

  • I plan on binge-watching ‘The Punisher’ when I recover from back surgery so I was a bit interested in this Jon Bernthal article. I learned the actor rescues pit bulls and if one were to ever attack another dog, the best way to get it to back off is to stick your hand up its rectum.
  • When you search YouTube for “spinal fusion surgery”, one of the first results will be one which starts off with ominous music. If you are a doctor and are trying to inform a patient about a major surgery, the last thing you want to do is make he or she think of a medieval battle.
  • After I watched Hell or High Water, several of you suggested I watch Sicario and Wind River, the other two movies of the Taylor Sheridan trilogy. Thank you, thank you very much for taking the time comment and recommend them because they were glorious. Granted, they weren’t upbeat films and you aren’t going to leave with a warm-fuzzy feeling, but the films were exceptional.
  • Laura Dern has had quite the career resurgence.
  • This year for instant replay, the NFL makes some guy walk out on the field with a Microsoft tablet strapped around his neck to meet the official. The NFL has also been promoting the use of robotic tackling dummies during practice to protect players from wear and tear. I think the NFL should strap those Microsoft tablets to those robotic tackling dummies for instant replays. Sure it would trick things up a bit, but it looks better than some dude walking around with a tablet strapped to his chest.
  • One place that has fascinated me is the world’s largest airplane graveyard in Arizona. I mention it because it made the news recently when the last Boeing 747 flight landed there. I finally took the time to look up what the white protected covering is made of:
    • The aircraft is sealed from dust, sunlight, and high temperatures. This is done using a variety of materials, ranging from “spraylat” (a white, opaque, high-tech vinyl plastic compound sprayed on the aircraft) to simple garbage bags. With the white coating, interior temperatures will usually remain within 15 degrees of the outside ambient air temperature.
      • With the area’s low humidity in the 10%-20% range, meager rainfall of 11″ annually, hard alkaline soil, and high altitude of 2,550 feet allowing the aircraft to be naturally preserved for cannibalization or possible reuse, Davis-Monthan is the logical choice for a major storage facility.
    • I always thought the airplane graveyard, specifically the one in the Arizona desert, would make a great setting for a movie or should be included in some movie plot. Perhaps a former test pilot or spy left a clue or some mechanical device in his old plane, or maybe in a post-apocalyptic world survivors have to build a working plane out of all the used parts.
    • To tour the place, you’ll need a security clearance.
      • As of November 1, 2017 all guests interested in taking this tour must have made a reservation and received a security clearance in advance. The security clearance will be given by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from information collected at the time of reservation. Reservations must be made 10 business days in advance of the desired tour date, and can be made up to 90 days in advance.
  • Some of Disney’s hotels are getting rid of “Do Not Disturb” signs so that staffers can check up on the rooms
  • Traveling stats Google provided me for December:
    • 8 cities visited
    • 34 places visited (4 new)
    • 31 hours spent in a vehicle
  • Texas’ iconic Alamo is now a political battlefield 
    • The new battle’s roots trace to early 2015 when then-new Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush severed the state’s ties with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which for more than a century acted as the Alamo’s steward.
  • Children’s bedtimes across countries
    • The researchers found that the latest bedtimes were reported among parents in Hong Kong, who on average reported bedtimes about 10:17 p.m., whereas the earliest bedtimes were reported among parents in New Zealand: around 7:28 p.m., on average.
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An icy version of Russian Roulette

Language warning

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