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- I had my first ride in a Mini Cooper yesterday and now I understand the enthusiasm for the car, those things are fun.
- With a broken leg, Dave Grohl sits on a special guitar throne while playing concerts.
- Jon Stewart’s last show will be on Aug. 6 and Trevor Noah will take over on Sept. 28. To get familiar with Noah, he’s Seinfeld’s current guest on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Since we’re on the topic of late-night talk shows and dates, I’ll just throw in that Stephen Colbert starts on Sept. 8.
- Here’s an article that discusses how memory works. I only note it because this part stood out – That’s because instead of remembering the actual memory, you’re recalling the memory of the last time you remembered it and any mistakes that might have been introduced there. Like a game of human telephone, those mistakes can build on one another over time, leaving out details and introducing mistakes.
- Imgur – The Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy Band leaving Texas, June 1, 1929 and playing eighteen weeks on Broadway, New York as part of the President Hoover delegation, Abilene, Texas.
- D-Magazine Frontburner – Language warning – VIDEO: BYU Football Recruit Charles West Shot Outside Coppell Middle School
- He was Gaston – Man Who Died Shooting Fireworks Off Head Was Former Disney World Performer
- If you enjoyed the quirky comedy ‘The Spoils of Babylon’, its sequel, ‘The Spoils Before Dying‘, starts on Wednesday on IFC. The cast should be enough to intrigue you – Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Emily Ratajkowski.
- Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
- Every male should own a Maglite. I almost gave an engraved version of them away as a gift to my groomsmen, but I went with watches.
- First Look At Axanar, The Star Trek War Movie We’ve Waited Decades For
- Watch the Mars Opportunity rover run an 11-year marathon in this time-lapse
- Twitter wants to know your birthday so it can shower you with balloons and ads
- Esquire – Paul McCartney Opens Up About Lennon, Yoko, and More – Our greatest living rock star on why Lennon’s a martyr, who gets the credit, and touring in his seventies.
- Our extended Fourth of July weekend was spent going to the Perot Museum of Natural History, bowling, and watching fireworks from our house put on by the cities of Coppell and Lewisville.
- Yesterday the family decided to visit the grandparents in East Texas for a few days so I decided to catch up on recorded television and watched 12 Angry Men. That’s a phenomenal piece of film-making. It wasn’t until the end that I caught no name was mentioned at all until the last few sentences of the movie. I suppose there may be some symbolism at the end when the only woman in the entire movie is walking outside the courthouse wearing white.
- I also watched the pilot episodes of two series that have been highly recommended to me – ‘Orphan Black’ and ‘Humans’. There was so much hype given ‘Orphan Black’ that I was scared I wouldn’t like it, but I found it creative, unique, and a real sense of it captivating my attention. ‘Humans’ is every bit a science-fiction show one should be, and I like how it addresses the start of the singularity. Sidenote: One of my closest college friends goal is to live long enough to witness the singularity.
- After finally watching the ESPN ’30 for 30: No Más’ episode I’m left with the conclusion that no male or female from the Eighties has aged better than Sugar Ray Leonard and Christie Brinkley.
- On her way to East Texas, WifeGeeding decided to drop by the new Buc-ee’s just to see what the hype was about and she was highly impressed.
- I was invited by a neighbor to come by and pop fireworks in his backyard, but I declined as I’m a real stickler for not popping fireworks in city limits.
- Texas Megachurch Minister Ed Young Under Fire for Inviting Mormon Glenn Beck to Speak at Church
- I thought it was pretty darn cool of the U.S. Navy to support the U.S. women’s national team in yesterday’s World Cup with this impressive tweet.
- The Internet can be a fun place, here’s a screen-print I took of Carli Lloyd’s Wikipedia page after her third goal yesterday. I noticed she scored her first goal with her left foot and the other two with her right, which makes me wonder how many people have scored a goal with both feet in a World Cup finale.
- A bit of an eww factor – @darrenrovell – Brandi Chastain rejected offers in the $200K+ range for her used bra. She told me she’d give it to her son, now 9.
- HBO’s ‘Ballers’ has two former ‘West Wing’ cast members.
- Anonymous donors give $3 million to fund scholarships after Charleston shooting
- Tennis GIF of the day – The perfect return
- Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
- Today’s dose of ‘MURCIA! World Cup Edition
- Today’s dose of ‘MURCIA! World Cup Edition Part 2
- He just wanted a sign
- Buzzfeed – Where In Texas Should You Actually Live?
A day after the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776—yes, July 2 —Adams wrote a letter from Philadelphia to his wife back home in Boston commemorating the day.
His letter to Abigail Adam, dated July 3, 1776, read in part:
But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
The Declaration of Independence was transposed on the next day, which we now celebreate (it would take weeks for all the delegates to sign it).
While shark cage diving, our cage was attacked by an 11.5 foot Great White shark. The round buoy attached to the side of the cage was bent in half. Some of the lining of the outside blue barrier bar was bitten through as well. It was quite the up close and personal experience!
This was a trip I went on during one of my days off from volunteering at Cango Wildlife Ranch. The video was shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle. The shark was even closer than he appears. I apologize for the shakiness.
- Ah, a three-day weekend full of FREEDOM and ‘MURICA is right upon us.
- I do get a little worried about a terrorist attack on the homeland during Independence Day because of the significance of the day. But I tend to think if such a thing were to happen, it would be some carefully planned attack but by the lone wolf variety.
- My father never let me play or buy with fireworks for two reasons. (1.) He thought they were too dangerous (though I think he probably thought I wasn’t very sharp) and that I’d end up doing something really dangerous unsupervised. (2.) He said it was nothing but money going up in smoke, and since he was a Depression Era child, I could reason with that. However, looking back at things, he was a smoker for most of his life so that’s a bit of a hypocritical comment. Part of me wishes I would have asked him about the double standard as a child, but then again, I don’t think I’d want to piss off the old man.
- A man that has a love of flags has flown the Nazi flag outside his house for years, even though he states he hates Nazis and not racist.
- Buzzfeed – This Husband Is Planning His Wife A Second Wedding After She Lost Her Memory In A Car Crash
- Interactive maps: How Texas counties are handling same-sex marriage licenses
- The movie Airplane! premiered 35-years ago today.
- A quick interactive test that measure your color vision sensitivity.
- This GIF reminds me of the President Benson Presidential Library dedication in Hot Shots! Part Deux where Ford simply falls down because all the other presidents fell down.
- I’m sure we’ve all heard of the Butterball Hotline, a free turkey cooking service provided by Butterball. But yesterday I learned Ball Park Brands has a similar hotline for cooking hotdogs – Just call 1-844–4FRANKS, tweet them @BallParkBrand using #MakeItFinest, or text them at 57872.
- Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity
- The only member of ZZ Top to not have a beard is named Frank Beard. The band almost went by the name ZZ King as a tip of the hat to BB King.
Eminem even makes an appearance, and I enjoyed his reading of the Yelp reviews.
Just give the video thirty seconds and you’ll see why.
This is the New Bedford’s Seaman’s Bethel in Massachusetts. If you are wondering the connection with the ship, it has to deal with Herman Melville. You can read more about it on the National Park Service website.
Here’s a picture of a wedding taking place in the chapel with the pastor in the boat.
- This article was sent to me with the following text, “Having Hard8 as #2 already casts doubt on the evaluator.” – Best Barbecue Joints In The Mid- Cities – I like the idea of getting a free BBQ sandwich at Bartley’s by simply sending a text.
- I kept seeing this Click Hole article, which was posted earlier this year, pop all over the Internet yesterday – 7 Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Chipotle Order – I’m not going to give any of them a try because it’s from Click Hole, which is an offshoot of The Onion. For instance, if I order a burrito and just eat the inside, I can go back and get a burrito refill for free? It also states if you say “This one’s on Clooney” it will go to his tab, and, of course, that’s an urban legend proven to be false.
- I ran across an Ask Reddit thread about fan theories, two stuck out:
- Sean Connery reprises his role as James Bond in the movie “The Rock” also starring Nicolas Cage. The movie is better this way. It’s a bond film.
- In the Haunted Mansion at Disney World/Disneyland, “you” commit suicide during the course of the ride and become a ghost.At the beginning of the ride the ghost host (the narrator) says the only way to escape the mansion is to die, and he shows that he hanged himself. Near the end of the ride there’s a moment where the ride vehicle turns around backwards and you go off a balcony, which according to this theory represents you jumping to your death.Before this part of the ride the ghosts are all trying to scare you, but afterwards they sing excitedly and invite you to party with them. (The Grim Grinnin’ Ghosts song.) The only human character in the ride, a groundskeeper, appears after the balcony drop. He faces toward the riders and seems terrified of you.Could be totally accidental, could be an intentional subtlety by the designers, but either way I’ve never looked at that ride the same way again.
- In Charleston, We Saw Christianity at its Best – Young people are deserting Christianity in waves, but the faith of the families in Charleston could be an inspiration
- If you just need to space out for a little while, stare at this GIF.
- Something for you Marvel fans – Asgardian Iron Man Armor
- Pictures taken from a camera mounted on a helicopter skid with many different environments.
- Today’s dose of ‘MURCIA! (YouTube)
- Buzzfeed – This Incredible Toddler Could Rock Climb Before She Could Walk
- Six Flags Over Texas started distancing from the Confederate battle flag decades ago – The park does fly the Confederate flag, but it uses the lesser-known first national flag of the Confederacy. Texas is represented as one of seven stars that form a circle in the upper left corner of that flag . . . the first Confederate national flag was chosen by the park since it was one of the six displayed on Texas’ state seal. – For you LiberallyLean.com readers, the article mentions a Barry Green, but it’s not that Barry Green.
- D Magazine’s Dallas Neighborhood Guide
- First same-sex divorce in New Orleans comes before first marriage
- Woman gives birth, fights off bees, starts wildfire in Northern California
- After ‘Mad Men’, I thought Christina Hendricks would do something a bit grander than becoming a regular on a Comedy Central show. At least I thought she would be one of the leads.
- 30 churches around the world using facial recognition to track congregants that skip services
- Senator Ted Cruz wrote the following piece for Politico, actually it’s an excerpt from his book – From Doubles Tennis to Internet Porn: My Year as a Supreme Court Clerk – That first paragraph will get your attention, he knows how to capture a reader’s attention. Interestingly, he mentions that Justice Clarence Thomas is a Cowboys fan and added this tidbit, “Thomas had a framed picture of himself with quarterback Troy Aikman in his office.”
Apollo Creed’s son takes up boxing and is mentored by Rocky Balboa.