Somehow Conan got Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski together to play a game of Mortal Combat.  And Marshawn talks.

Easily the funniest thing I’ve seen all week, and it was worth every minute.

PG-13 humor and very grotesque (seriously) video game violence.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • My allergist called yesterday to give me my food allergy lab results.  I have a mild allergy towards clams, which I’ve never tried so that’s the least of my concerns.  However, I’m pretty darn allergic to yeast.  That doesn’t mean I have to go gluten free or that I have Celiac disease, or that I have to give up things with yeast entirely, but I will start to modify my diet as I’ve suffered from most of these symptoms for as long as I can remember thinking it was just a part of life.
  • In speaking to my allergist, I found that being intolerant and being allergic are two different things.  I’m not allergic to lactose, but I am lactose intolerant.
  • And yes Mr towski, I have checked out FoodAllergy.org.  The website is helpful, I just wish it specifically addressed yeast as it does with a lot of other items.  But hey, y’all can’t be all things to all people.
  • Yesterday I finally spent the $100 Visa gift card I won from the Halloween costume contest at work.  It was used on a new recliner.  While making payment, U2 started to play from the overhead speakers, which was a good sign.
  • Perhaps my favorite scene from ‘The Office’ because it plays off Michael Scott’s long hatred of Toby.
  • The Musers on sports radio 1310 The TICKET had David Feherty on as a guest earlier this week and referenced an interview he did with former President Bill Clinton.  Feherty is a funny guy and has a nice casual interview style on his show, so I decided to watch the interview.  The reference on the radio lead me to think the interview was recent, but it was actually filmed before the last presidential election.  It was the first time I heard Clinton expand on that famous photo of him shaking hands with Kennedy.  He said the handshake was just pure luck because everyone was seated in alphabetical order by state, and being from Arkansas, he had a front row seat as Kennedy only shook a few hands.  Clinton went on to say that when he was president, he made sure to shake hands and take pictures of all the Boys Nation representatives just in case things worked out for them.
  • Yesterday was Texas Muslim Capitol Day and during a speech outside the capitol in Austin, a native of Michigan commandeered the podium and attempted to claim the Capitol in the name of Jesus Christ.  My first thought was of something a religion professor from Columbia said at our church.  He said that we as Christians give the terrorists victory when we allow hate in our heart for people of a different faith.  If that lady looks familiar, it’s because she gained a lot of online fame for her views on Monster Energy drinks and their connection to Satan.  The seriousness in her face about Monster is both humorous and frightening.
  • Yesterday on The TICKET Lesley Visser shared a fun story about Super Bowl XXX that I never heard.  The night before the Super Bowl, Larry Brown was in a room with Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, Michael Irving, Deion Sanders, and I think a few others.  Deion was complaining how Disney doesn’t award the Super Bowl MVP enough cash, and after some back and forth with others in the room, they all decided to put money in a pot, and who ever wins the MVP would get the cash. Yeah, I know, pretty cocky team, right?  As you know, lowly and overlooked Larry Brown was the MVP and his teammates couldn’t have been happier for him.
  • It was interesting watching Norm interview Visser on the webcam the station has running this week.  Those two have a real connection, holding hands and hugging, and she gave him a total of three pecks before she left.
  • BaDD Radio had Icky Woods on and you couldn’t help but fall in love with the guy.  I forgot that when he did the Icky Shuffle it was only at home games.  After football he actually sold meat door to door, which makes that GEICO commercial a tiny bit more relevant.
  • The case for Charles Haley that’s presented to the voting members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has always been made by the San Francisco representative.  I have a feeling if it was made by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, he’d already be in.  Gosselin will be making the case for Jimmy Johnson tomorrow.
  • Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana, so it must hurt to hear that Montana thinks Brady is behind deflate-gate.  But what stuck out in the article was that Montana referenced Troy Aikman:  Troy [Aikman] and I were in the back saying, ‘Dang, we weren’t smart enough to think about air pressure,’ ” said Montana. “Because he couldn’t throw in the rain, neither could I. We should have thought about that earlier.”
  • Marshawn Lynch use play in the same division as the Patriots for about three years, so I think Belichick has an idea of how to take him out of the game and leave it all on Russell Wilson’s shoulders.  I can see Belichick studying the Green Bay and Dallas games to see how to rattle Wilson.  For those reasons, I give the Pats a three point edge on the Seahawks.  But man, I sure do want a Seahawks victory.
  • Shania Twain in a Troy Aikman jersey
  • Disney now has a Latina princess who will make her appearance on the Disney Junior channel.
  • Live Map: Where Dallas Police Are Now
  • Yes, there will be a Buddy Holly hologram. And he will tour Texas next year, then the world
  • To Hike Rent, Landlords Swap Plain Walls for Exposed Brick
  • You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop – You just need to be really healthy.
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Karate Guitar

Try as I might, I’ll never be as cool as this guy.

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Impressive American Football Kicking Skills in Norway

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New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody (For Deflated-Balls)

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Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp

At first I felt the use of a drone was cheapening the significance of Auschwitz, but I found this footage very touching.

Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.

Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.

Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.

Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.

Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.

Auschwitz Birkenau is now a museum run by the Polish Culture Ministry, and a Unesco world heritage site.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • The season three premiere of ‘The Americans’ aired last night and some sort of self-improvement program called EST was featured.  That’s one part of the 80’s that I never heard of, but I think it’s some sort of thing that’s commonly parodied in fictional television and cinema.
  • Letterman had Ben Schwarts on as a guest last night.  You may know him best from ‘House of Cards’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, and ‘House of Lies’.  He actually started his career as a page for Letterman and then moved his way up helping to write jokes for Dave’s monologue.  What a grand moment that must have been for him to be a guest on the show last night.
  • A lot of news outlets had a fascination with the guy that kept the Boston Marathon finish line clear of snow.  I guess the Dallas equivalent would be that white X on Elm Street in front of Dealey.  #DallasStrong
  • I took a quiz on celebrities and their education yesterday, and had no idea that Montel Williams was the first African American enlisted Marine to complete and graduate both the Naval Academy Prep School and Annapolis.  And while I knew Cindy Crawford was the valedictorian of her high school class, I wasn’t aware she studied chemical engineering at Northwestern University, albeit just for one quarter, which leads me to believe that Northwestern doesn’t use the traditional semester schedule.
  • Barry over at LiberallyLean had a post about a Facebook ad that displayed after viewing the product earlier on another website.  Too bad he didn’t watch the ‘Parks and Recreation’ episode that aired the day before the post, he would have gotten a good laugh.
  • I saw a clip of Oscar Isaac in his new movie A Most Violent Year and he looked just like Al Pacino.
  • Damn you Sony Pictures for keeping Spidey from the Avengers – ‘Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights’, An Infographic Showing What Movie Studios Own Which Characters
  • Excluding Fords, the most popular car in Texas is a Mercedes.  Check out other fun automobile related stuff here.
  • Wreck ‘em – Giant snow penis demolished at Texas Tech University as students protest
  • I like Katy Perry’s music, it’s just real fun, but I have a feeling people will be complaining of a lot of lip-synching during her Super Bowl halftime performance.
  • I bought a Weber charcoal starter cannister and was amused that the UPC looked like a Weber grill.
  • Some people would prefer to say “UPC code” but that would’ve been redundant, because one would actually be saying “Universal Product Code code”.  And that reminds of a long series of angsts my friend Jimi would go into about people who say such as ATM machine and PIN number.  It wasn’t until yesterday I learned there’s actually a name for that, RAS syndrome.
  • Jimi would also take the redundancy to another level.
    • Tuna fish – do you need to put fish at the end, is there any other kind of tuna out there?  I mean, it’s not like there is a tuna vegetable or animal that it can be confused with.
    • Cheddar cheese – Is there another kind of cheddar that’s not cheese?
    • Hot water heater – It just needs to be water heater.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
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My, how things have changed

1995 video shows the struggle was real for first-time PC users

In the video, a woman purchases a new computer for 2,832.49.  For kicks, I plugged that value in the inflation calculator, and that amount today is $4,399.95.

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R/C Plane Crashes into the Sea

A sunny afternoon flying my electric powered plane ends in disaster when I become disorientated from the glare from the sun.

All ends well after the plane is recovered with my GoPro 3+ Black Edition. Location is The Cape Range National Park, Exmouth Western Australia. Aircraft, Nine Eagles Sky Climber.

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Poking a bit of fun at the variety of parenting

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Bag of Randomness

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  • There was a funny exchange between Bob Sturm and Mike Holmgren, one of his favorite Green Bay Packers coaches, in reference to the street named after him.  It’s even funnier when you consider that both are men of strong Christian faith:
    Bob – I’ve driven on your street.
    Holmgren – Have you been to the Hooters on my street?
  • I’m highly entertained by all that is Marshawn Lynch.
  • The Hill – The do-something Congress? Ranking the most likely legislation
  • Last year 125 prisoners in the U.S. were exonerated of crimes they didn’t commit, it was the most in 25 years.
  • With smartphones, I’m surprised there’s still a need for graphing calculators, but this article states that teachers often don’t allow the use of smartphones to prevent cheating (those teens like to text).  When I taught an accelerated finance course geared to working adults as an adjunct, which involved things like time value of money and amortization, I told my students to bring their laptops instead of a business calculator.  My reasoning was people in finance never use a business calculator in today’s world (they’re dinosaurs), either their workplace has a special program or they use spreadsheets.  So I taught my students how to use a spreadsheet and set up formulas to find their answers and how easy it was to plug in different numbers to find different answers without having to repeat steps, like a calculator.  Besides, if I could save my students $30-$80 bucks, I would.
  • The new TI-84 graphing calculator is 30% lighter and thinner, and has a longer battery life.
  • Tonight is the season three premiere of ‘The American’s’ on FX.  I hear this season the first three or four episodes get off to a slow start.
  • I always get a kick out of a Stan Lee cameo, and seeing him on ‘Agent Carter’ last night was quite a surprise.  He also has a very recognizable voice.  And regarding the show, I certainly didn’t see one plot twist coming that involved one of the apartment girls.
  • The new GoDaddy Super Bowl puppy commercial was done in very poor taste, but they got what they wanted – attention and name recognition, even if they decided to pull it.
  • Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Larry Allen as well as some other NFL greats will be in a Super Bowl commercial about website building promoting their fake businesses, and those fake businesses are up and running now.  Seeing Larry Allen, oh nevermind, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that wants to wait and see it for themselves.
  • I’ve started to notice “entertaining” reporter bios on the sidebar on the Dallas Morning News website.  For instance, this article is penned by Cheryl Hall and her bio is on the right sidebar.  Also, everytime I see their tiny “D” icon in the tab of my browser, my first thought is of the Detroit Tigers hat.
  • The Craziest Secrets Of Marvel’s Original Secret Wars Comics
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • After completing the quiz in front of your partner, you are suppose to stare at each in silence for four minutes – Quiz: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love
  • I’d go home and shower in bleach – Underwater Photographer Gets Caught in a Sperm Whale ‘Poopnado,’ Brings Back Photos
  • I got a double dose of Letterman last night.  Of course, there was his show, and then he was a guest on the ‘Late Late Show’ which Regis is hosting.  I’ve never seen Dave so laid back and open-hearted.  Paul was by his side, and it was so touching to watch him as Dave complimented their partnership and his appreciation for him.
  • I knew Letterman and Regis were friends, but I didn’t think they were this close – Regis told “Late Late Show” guest Martin Short that Dave took care of his hospital arrangements and was there for him throughout the entire process, telling him everything was going to be fine.
  • He’ll do anything for love but what’s that thing he won’t do? – 50 years later, Meat Loaf’s returning to Dallas’ Thomas Jefferson High as a distinguished alumnus – He was great in Fight Club.
  • The Onion – Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, A-Rod Spring To Patriots’ Defense Over Deflated Footballs
  • I like Chris Pratt, but I don’t want a reboot.  And no matter what anyone may tell me or show me, Indy 4 never happened. – Disney Eyeing Chris Pratt For Indiana Jones Revival
  • I almost didn’t post this article because of my biblical pet peeve, referring to the book of Revelation as Revelations – Does Your Church Decide Your College Education?
    A study links congregations’ interpretations of the Bible with college degrees—especially for those who don’t take the Bible literally.
  • Take a Sad Song and Make It Better – For years, I couldn’t listen to the Beatles ballad that’s indelibly linked to my mother’s death. Then my one-year-old daughter helped me start to make it better.
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STAR WARS vs DC & MARVEL

I liked how he blended Captain America and Return of the Jedi scenes, and thought it was creative that it was the Death Star that destroy Krypton.

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