Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • I love how insightful and observant fourth-grader DaughterGeeding can be. She was working on a school project while I was watching the news and she asked me what’s the difference between a grand jury and other kinds of juries. Like a good day, I told her to submit her question or search the archives of
  • The girl is too hard on herself and I’m trying to figure out why she is feeling stressed about certain things. For instance, her assignment is to create a medieval estate. This can be done on Friday by drawing on a worksheet provided by the teacher or the student can build a 3D model. She opted for the latter. But, she was in tears on Sunday night because she didn’t finish it over the weekend so she can turn it in four days early.
  • Armchair Political Strategist Time – If I were consulting the GOP, I’d tell them to support the Trump impeachment. Republican candidates in the House and the Senate can run on the message on how courageous they were to put the country first and their integrity and respect for what the framers had in mind. Also, working with President Pence is going to be a whole hell of a lot easier. Their focus would shift from drumming up the far-right base and winning moderate voters for Pence, but you could still woo the base by stating how he would continue to stack the Supreme Court with conservative justices and he’s better and more experienced than anyone the opposition would throw out.
  • Bob Sturm claimed if Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford were walking through an airport, more excitement would be made for Stallone over Ford. I do not support his claim. Sure, Stallone is more approachable and it’s more fun to shout “Sly” or “Yo, Rock!” but the fandom of Star Wars and Indiana Jones is greater.
  • I love Junior Miller’s description of Mumford and Sons – Coldplay with a banjo.
  • This comes from a school district that decided to hold a vote and announce their new head coach on a Friday night to avoid any attention. Kids have to suffer because of immoral adults.  – Mount Vernon, coached by former Baylor head coach Art Briles, facing possible forfeiture after two players ruled ineligible. 
    • Briles was also publicly reprimanded by the committee for using an assistant coach who wasn’t a full-time employee of the district, also a violation of UIL rules.
      • I’m not sure what the rule is on this. Earlier this week I mentioned Troy Aikman was an assistant coach for a local high school football team and I’m sure he’s not a full-time employee.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • My coworker who lost his son earlier this year unexpectedly lost his mother last week.
  • I haven’t seen my coworkers in over a year, I think. But we have a new CFO who is visiting and we are all having dinner tonight. I’m not complaining that I have to be with my coworkers, but I’m just not good at being social or engaging in small talk. Perhaps the best thing for me to do is look at this as an opportunity to work on a weakness.
  • As great as capitalism is, sometimes it has its drawbacks. I wasn’t too happy how the NBA catered to it over the fight for freedom and democracy playing damage control with China. They are almost as accommodating to communism as President Trump. Heck, even Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rouke expressed their disappointment with the NBA, even they agreed on something.
  • Judge Tammy Kemp of the Amber Guyer trial was recently interviewed and offered some insight into why she hugged Guyer, why she gave her her personal Bible, and why she felt she didn’t cross any boundaries.
    •  I was not proselytizing. Ms. Guyger asked me for a hug. I’m sad to say she had to ask me twice. I never asked Ms. Guyger to pray and I didn’t pray with her”, she said.
  • ‘God, Guns and America’: South Carolina car dealership offers AR-15 voucher, Bible with every sale
  • The Atlantic – Top Military Officers Unload on TrumpThe commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. What does this mean for those on the front lines?
    • To get a sense of what serving Trump has been like, I interviewed officers up and down the ranks, as well as several present and former civilian Pentagon employees. Among the officers I spoke with were four of the highest ranks—three or four stars—all recently retired.
    • Military officers are sworn to serve whomever voters send to the White House. Cognizant of the special authority they hold, high-level officers epitomize respect for the chain of command, and are extremely reticent about criticizing their civilian overseers. That those I spoke with made an exception in Trump’s case is telling, and much of what they told me is deeply disturbing.
  • As I watched A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV, it occurred to me Maureen McCormick has never gone through an ugly phase in life.
  • Peter King’s column was a fun read yesterday as it had a touch of nostalgia, mainly because of how his former employer, Sports Illustrated, cut half their workforce yesterday. First, there was a recap of one of my favorite Joe Montana games and cover story.  His team down 21-10 in the fourth quarter but Montana threw four touchdown passes in 13 minutes to seal the victory. The Niners had a terrible first half, Montana got sacked four times in the last seven plays of the first quarter, eight times in all. Reggie White was unstoppable. I love that cover photo, how his helmet is placed in front of the logo and perfectly centered in his firing position. Second, Rick Reilly, the man who always had the last article in the magazine called “Life of Reilly” wrote a point after. That man is living the life, spending half the year in Italy and the other half in Southern California.
  • One heck of a workout
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 7, 2019

  • The woman in red is giving this bridesmaid some serious side-eye. Look at that form, it’s textbook, you can’t teach that stuff, that’s just some natural talent.
  • I stopped at a red light on the way to church yesterday. The woman in the car next to me didn’t see the light turn green because she was looking into a compact mirror and plucking chin and neck hair with a pair of tweezers.
  • The Cowboys bested Brett Farve but his replacement has certainly owned the Cowboys.
  • I had no idea Troy Aikman was an assistant coach for the Episcopal School of Dallas, that’s pretty cool. If I understand correctly, his stepson (who also happens to be Jerry Jone’s great-nephew) plays receiver and a talented musician with his own website. The team appears to be doing well with Aikman coaching the quarterbacks. Last week, his team won 61-6 and their starting QB threw six touchdowns. Aikman gave the QB a shoutout during the Cowboys game and briefly talked about his potential as a college quarterback, which I’m sure got a lot of attention from scouts.
  • NFL referees wear jersey numbers but NCAA referees do not. In case you are wondering why and how they are assigned:
    • The jersey numbers for NFL officials are purely for identification purposes, and though there are 117 officials, the jersey numbers go up to 135. There’s no rhyme or reason to the numbering system, unlike how players are limited to a certain range of jersey numbers depending on which position they play. Typically, when an official is assigned a jersey number, he or she keeps it year after year, although occasionally there’s some number swapping. 
  • I had no idea dolphins used to commonly roam the Potamic River during colonial times. Thanks to the efforts to clean it up, they are returning.
  • The Ohio State Marching band impressively told the story of the space race.
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Malaysian Soldier Charms King Cobra


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Bag of Randomness for Friday, October 4, 2019

  • I had to perform some maintenance on this little blog which is one reason why I haven’t posted in a few days. It was migrated to a new server, I updated the PHP, and installed a security certificate so you should no longer see an unlocked icon in your browser’s URL. Just a small amount of content was lost, mainly a few days of comments. I’m not very good at this stuff, but I like the learning opportunity and to challenge myself.
  • I’m guessing wait times at TxDOT offices are a lot shorter now.
  • In the span of less than a week, President Trump has shown a lot of affection towards communist China. He congratulated them on their 70th anniversary of communist rule and then publically asks them to find dirt on a political rival. I often hear conservatives call liberals a bunch of Commies but the leader of their party is openly embracing them.
  • Orioles players send handwritten thank you notes to fans after disappointing 108-loss season
  • Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates
  • The 2020 Corvette reminds me of an old Lamborghini poster I had hanging in my room circa 1985. I’m not sure what to think of the interior, it’s very much like a cockpit and a little bit like KITT.

  • Utah aquarium starts construction of U2’s 360° tour stage “The Claw” for its new plaza.
  • I didn’t know AdvoCare was a local company – $150M penalty levied as FTC charges Plano company in pyramid scheme
  • China had a big military parade earlier this week. All their missiles had names on them written in English, so it’s obvious their intended audience is the West. Jalopnik has a good breakdown of their new weapons and vehicles which were displayed. The goofiest looking was a small two-person helicopter which reminded me of a toy GI Joe helicopter. Even as a child I didn’t think it was a feasible vehicle and would cause decapitation. But their stealth aircraft looks intimidating as well as their hypersonic missiles. Regarding those missiles, Jalopnik states, “if all of these weapons really are operational, China beat America again.”

  • One awesome dad.
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Bag of Randomness for the First of October 2019

  • I’ve researched the symbolism or reason why there is a giant eyeball in downtown Dallas. There’s no symbolism behind it and it’s mainly there just to be there, it’s part of the Joule Hotel’s art collection and it used to reside Chicago and St. Louis before arriving in Dallas in 2013. It was created by Tony Tasset in 2007, he’s the same guy who created the Randy’s Donuts facade.
  • Minnesota news – ‘I kept going’: Nine-year-old enters 5km race … and accidentally wins 10km event
  • First-Ever ‘House Hunters’ Couple Recalls Their ‘Horrific’ Experience
  • Well, at least the Secretary of State wasn’t listening on that “perfect” phone call made by POTUS. Oh, well, at least the AG isn’t associated with wrongdoing with foreign governments. Oh, well, at least the VP isn’t included in anything.
  • I’m not sure I’ll ever understand how Dr. Robert Jeffress’ denomination or leadership ever repudiate him. At least a local conservative DJ won’t hold back.
  • Nolan Ryan threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Rangers’ last home game at Globe Life Park. No one in the history of ever could show less enthusiasm or effort for a first pitch. Somewhat related – The time Trump landed his helicopter at center field and threw out a first pitch (I really thought the pitch was impressive).
  • This man saved the airline a lot of repair costs and prevented a lot of passengers from being delayed, I’m guessing.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 30, 2019

  • I’m not sure if I’m using the correct terminology, but I’m guessing most children’s first experience with mechanical engineering is the disassembly and reassembly of a retractable pen.
  • Chris Wallace exposed Stephen Miller for the fool that he is yesterday morning and the same thing happened to Rep. Jim Jordan with Jake Tapper. Wallace summed it up perfectly with, “This is an exercise in obfuscation.” Perhaps Miller’s most laughable comment was “I’ve worked in the federal government now for nearly three years ― I know what the Deep State looks like.” Whoa, three years of experience! The guy is only 34-years-old.  I’m reminded of all the military movies when a second lieutenant arrives and tells a first sergeant or master sergeant how things ought to be done because of what he learned in officers school.
  • When Jason Witten did his Sunday Night Football introduction last night, I was hoping he’d say, “Jason Witten, Monday Night Football” instead of “Jason Witten, Tennessee.”
  • I liked but didn’t like the NBC Sports graphic of Dak Prescott in a modified Captain America outfit which had a Cowboys star on the chest. We all know the real Captain America is my good friend Roger Staubach. Good friend, you may ask, but hey, we did watch Hamilton together. 😉
  • BoyGeeding made a sports observation about something which didn’t dawn on me until my mid-twenties. He pondered about the score on the television and the order of the teams, that the second team is always the home team because it’s like saying, “Dallas at New Orleans”.  I told him I like the way he’s thinking and asking questions, he was indeed correct, and it was something which took me much longer to figure out.
  • I never played any organized baseball and pretty ignorant to a lot of things, but I help out BoyGeeding’s team by managing the dugout – helping with the batting order and putting on all the catcher’s armor between innings. One of his teammates is a special needs child and most of us fear for his safety anytime he’s on the field. As I was helping strap on his shin guards he bluntly told me I was sweating a lot. I playfully told him that’s a result of me not eating healthy and not exercising. He sternly replied with, “You look like you exercise a lot, how else would get all those big muscles?” That kid made my weekend.
  • WFAA made two notable appearances on last night’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. David Schwimmer also made had a few notable appearances on the show, and speaking of his appearance, it looks like he had some plastic surgery performed on his face.
  • Mack Brown sure has North Carolina playing some pretty good football in his first year back. His team came ‘this’ close to beating number top-ranked Clemson and have respectable wins against Miami and South Carolina. Also, SMU is having quite a football season.
  • Seth Green made Robot Chicken, then Robot Chicken made Seth Green
  • Well, I couldn’t help but think of WifeGeeding
    • “At first glance, it seems natural tar mixed with animal fat has been used in making [the eye]…whoever made the eye likely used a fine golden wire, thinner than half a millimeter, to draw even the most delicate eye capillaries…”

  • Just Jerry Jones being Jerry Jones, he’s larger than life. And, of course, by his side is his longtime body man Roosevelt, who wears shades no matter the time of day. That man has to have some of the most unbelievable and entertaining stories.

  • Cross falls on the drummer during the opening song of worship at church.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 27, 2019

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