Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, February 8, 2016

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  • NFL
    • Super Bowl
      • The last time all former Super Bowl MVPs were introduced, the late Harvey Martin wasn’t mentioned as the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII. They didn’t forget him this time.
      • Lady Gaga doesn’t disappoint when she’s on the big stage. But it would have been more ‘MURICA! if she wore the meat dress.
      • The commercial I laughed at the most was the Doritos ultrasound one. Heck, I can’t remember laughing so hard at a Super Bowl commercial. But it seems like some people were grossed out by it or offended because a baby was born premature.
      • I had no idea that Buzz Aldrin was a Cowboys fan.
      • The Advil commercial was breaking trends by having a male pole dancer.
      • A Super Bowl constipation commercial? This must be a bigger problem in the U.S. than I’ve imagined. Ditto with the diarrhea commercial.
      • Heard U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” played before a kickoff.
      • The Texas Law Hawk, Paul Rudd and Jeff Goldblum were in the most commercials by my count, two each.
      • Looks like the Cowboys don’t have the only stadium in which players have to go through a bar to get on and off the field.
      • Coldplay was at a slight disadvantage having to play the halftime show in daylight. Most others get to play in an indoor stadium and of course, the sun sets earlier on the east. When they first started playing, I thought the Dallas Carter high school band were behind them since that had their colors on.
      • I’m thinking there was a lot of lip-synching going on, at least, parts of the performance. Personally, I thought the halftime show was OK, but Coldplay was taking it in the shorts on Twitter, and man, Twitter was brutal, hilariously brutal.
      • Peyton Manning really didn’t say “Omaha” much. Betters should have taken the under.
      • Per Buzzfeed, Kevin Durrant was a photographer at the Super Bowl.
      • Goat of the game – Carolina’s right tackle.
      • Happy for former Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Wade Phillips. Phillips looked like he was ready to party as he was sporting the shocker.  I don’t think Ware would have been as good as he would have been for Denver if he stayed in Dallas, the man needed a change after his divorce and the Dallas mediocrity. He got a fresh start in Denver
      • Did Papa John have to be the first person to kiss Manning after time ran out? And how much is Budweiser paying Manning to reference them twice? Well, if you believe the person that leads communication at Budweiser, nothing.
      • Manning has been to the Super Bowl with four different head coaches.
      • I’m surprised that Steve Young, Joe Montana, or Jerry Rice wasn’t involved with the trophy presentation since it was on San Francisco’s home turf.
      • Elway’s “This one’s for Pat” was quite nice.
      • I didn’t enjoy or appreciate those Cowboys Super Bowl victories enough thinking there were so many more in the tank.
      • Mark Cuban sure did have a lot of famous folks at his party Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones, and his son, Stephen, were all in attendance. Cuban also had the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rum-DMC perform at the event. Snoop Dogg, Tim Tebow, Joe Jonas and Jeremy Renner were there as well.
  • HOF
    • No modern day receiver makes the HOF on the first ballot unless his name is Jerry Rice. Of all modern receivers, the reclusive Marvin Harrison was the most deserving, and now that he’s in, we’ll start to see other modern day wide receivers get in.
    • Though not a modern day receiver, Drew Person should be enshrined.
    • Eddie DeBartolo getting in just clears the path for Jerry to get in one day.
    • I only caught snippets of the NFL Honors broadcast Saturday night, but I did catch the announcement of the new HOF class by Scott Pelley and Jim Brown. After the class was announced each appeared on stage, except Harrison and the deceased had a family member as a representative. Right before they went to commercial, current members of the HOF approached the stage to welcome the new class, which I thought was pretty cool and special moment. I hope that become tradition.
    • If Tony Dungy got in because of his body of work as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, I guess I can understand, but not on the first ballot. He was good, but not great and his resume as a head coach is a bit small, he never crossed that 200 wins mark. Heck, Madden also never crossed that 200 wins mark with his short tenure as a head coach and he had to wait decades to get into the Hall.
  • SNL
    • I’m not sure why Larry David hosted SNL, per his IMDB page, he’s not promoting anything. But hey, I’m not complaining.
    • To us anti-social folks, he’s our hero, and had my heart with this line from his monolog, “One of the great pleasures of my life is leaving anywhere I am.
    • The “Bern Your Enthusiasm” skit in which he plays Senator Bernie Sanders in a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ was greatness.
    • I’m not advocating for Senator Sanders, but I got a kick out of all his appearances alongside his lost brother, Larry David.
  • Campaign thoughts:
  • GIF – Sometimes we all should attack an obstacle, or Mondays, just like Mr. T.
  • GIF – Navy S.E.A.L. Seals
  • I caught up with programs I recorded on the DVR. One line from ‘Agent Carter’ really stood out, made me pause the show, and made me ponder for a few minutes, “A boring life is a privilege‏.” It was in the context of the world wars, but for someone that feels he’s not getting the most out of life and an underachiever, it put things in perspective. I understand that a boring life and underachieving or getting the most out of it isn’t exactly apples to apples, but I think you get my overall point.
  • MIT Dean to start new type of university, non-profit & centered around virtual online learning, without lectures, classrooms or majors.
  • Buzzfeed – A Man Died After Participating In A Run Requiring Participants To Eat 12 DonutsThe challenge consists of eating a dozen glazed donuts while running five miles in an hour.
  • GIF – Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Will Ferrell was a guest on Colbert last night dressed in jungle type attire. He told Colbert that since he doesn’t have an animal expert on the show, he’d like to be it. Ferrell then had his helpers hand him a puppy, cat, hamster, and a chicken. He gave them all odd names said they were from exotic locations. It was a good bit.
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Super Bowl Halftime Tweet That Made Me Laugh

I really didn’t have any issues with the performance, but since I’m a fan of U2 and Star Wars, this gave me a good chuckle.

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Adorable Video of the Day – Parents strap a GoPro to Toddler & then play Hide and Seek

A few times I thought the video stalled but it’s just them pausing it. Also, I’m not sure I’ve seen brown doors inside a house before, and I’m not sure if I like the look. I’m used to seeing white interior doors. And this is where my old friend Jimi would chime in and jovially say, “Oh, why does it have to be white?”.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 5, 2016

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  • For over a decade I’ve noticed this one church near the border of Lewisville and Flower Mound with a very tall cross, perhaps 40-feet in the air. It wasn’t large or unsettling to the eye, it was basically a very tall flag pole with a simple cross at the top, and I thought it was kinda cool. Recently I noticed the church has leased the space just underneath the cross and now it serves as a cell phone tower, which makes me uncomfortable for some reason. Here’s a pic if you are interested.
  • About a decade ago WifeGeeding and I was in New York and invited for breakfast at a loyal reader’s house. In our email exchanged, he asked my breakfast preferences, and half jokingly, I stated as long as there wasn’t any seafood I’d be fine. Nothing grosses me out more than food from water and I thought there was no such thing as breakfast made from such stuff. But hey, I’m just a boy from the sticks and I was visiting the cultural melting pot of the world. Thankfully he and his wife cooked an amazing breakfast. However, last night while watching one of our new favorite sitcoms, ‘Life in Pieces’, they were eating something I’ve never heard of for breakfast, lox, which is brined salmon traditionally served on a bagel with cream cheese, and is usually garnished with tomato, sliced red onion, and sometimes capers.
  • My sister says she loves me unconditionally except for how I “disgrace” my East Asian heritage by not eating anything from the water.
  • I say “anything from water” instead of seafood because crawdads and catfish aren’t sea creatures. There’s probably a term that includes all of them, but I don’t know my enemy well enough.
  • WifeGeeding isn’t much for cuddling, but I’m an advocate.
  • The inside of this new passenger 787 without any seats looks fun to play in.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (someone I’ve always admired) had a good critique of Dirk Nowitzki up until he called him “a one trick pony.” Of all the responses, I liked Chandler Parsons’, “Carried franchise for almost 20 years, Finals MVP, regular season MVP, 6th all-time? Wish I was a 1-trick pony.
  • I know there’s a lot of drama going on with Cumulus Media (owners of The Ticket) management, and their stock was trading around a quarter, but I decided to roll the dice and pick up some shares earlier this week.  Don’t take my investing advice, I’m no Peter Lynch nor have I slept in a Holiday Inn recently.
  • Tomorrow is the birthday of that Wise County blogging lawyer. Whenever I reference him like, I’m reminded of a quote from one of my all-time favorite shows, ‘Ed‘ on NBC when he’s referred to as the bowling alley lawyer, “I am a lawyer, I own a bowling alley. Two separate things.
  • That Wise County blogging lawyer made a post yesterday about Martin Shkreli’s congressional hearing. Like many others, I thought the lady behind him looked like Spock in drag.
  • Buzzfeed – A Mouse Has Died Inside A 155-Year-Old Mousetrap In A Museum Exhibit
  • This concrete that comes in rolled sheets is an interesting product, they claim it’s cheaper and easier to use.
  • Goofy interactive political site of the day that allows you to toot your own horn – TrumpDonald.org
  • Quentin Tarantino can get a little too real sometimes – The victim was an authentic Martin from the 1870s, on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, Ulano said, and everyone was pretty freaked out when they realized what happened.
  • Oil-rich Venezuela is now importing U.S. oil 
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – The average American will spend 43 days of his life on hold – People who live in Kentucky are the fastest to hang up, followed by those in Ohio, North Carolina, New York and West Virginia. Meanwhile, people in Louisiana, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota will stay on hold the longest.
  • Consumerist – Hasbro, Mattel Reportedly Talking About Making One Big Toy Company To End All Others – There’s a Monopoly joke somewhere in there.
  • Imgur – I checked the Rotten Tomatoes percentage for every Best Picture nominee in Academy history. Here’s who they think should’ve won
  • An air of mystery – Schlitterbahn: World’s tallest water coaster coming to Galveston – Schlitterbahn’s MASSIV watercoaster under construction in Galveston will be 926 feet long and will be the world’s tallest watercoaster, with the exact height and opening date yet to be announced
  • The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic. Here’s a picture of it before the Titanic sank, and here’s a picture of it after the sinking, complete with lifeboats.
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Chris Martin Carpool Karaoke 

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The least amount of skin you’ll ever seen in a Victoria’s Secret commercial

Because they are all wearing “real” football uniforms and being coached by Erin Andrews, for some reason. There’s no lingerie or even shorts whatsoever.

The Angels are back in the game—and they’re in it to win it. Join Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes and Taylor Hill, and their new coach, TV Personality Erin Andrews, as they kick off Valentine’s Day 2016 with a football game and some no-fail advice: this year, score more! Need another tip? Shop the new Valentine’s Day collection in stores, catalogue and online.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 3, 2016

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  • That picture reminds me of the childhood story WifeGeeding told me of the time her prosthetic eye fell out after jumping off a diving board.
  • WifeGeeding’s friend and pre-school daughter was at a fast food establishment and noticed a man that looked like Santa Clause. The little girl approached the man and asked if he was Santa. He gleefully replied he was and handed her something similar to a business card that had a picture of him wearing a Santa suit interacting with a little child along with some cheerful messages.
  • I was flipping through radio stations on the way home a “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” was playing on two different stations, which is odd considering how old the song is. That usually happens only with Top 40 hits.
  • I used to avoid any Super Bowl commercials that appear online before the actual event because I like sharing the moment of seeing something new with my friends and family. But now I just go ahead and watch them so I can take a bathroom break when they come on. Yes, I could use the power of the DVR, but when it comes to sports, I have to watch it live and it I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my Twitter feed.
  • DaughterGeeding was ill and I had to take her out of school. After a nap she felt better but I told her she couldn’t do anything “fun” like watch her favorite cartoons because she was supposed to be in school (trying to set a precedent, don’t want her thinking she can get pulled out of school to hang with Daddy anytime she wants), so I had her do her homework. When she was finished I asked what would she normally be doing at school if she wasn’t home, and she mentioned science time, so I had her watch “Bill Nye The Science Guy” on Netflix. When she first saw an episode, months ago, she didn’t enjoy it. But this time, she couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to replicate the experiments after each episode.
  • All I heard last week was that Charlie Strong was about to lose the head coaching gig at Texas because of poor recruiting, then yesterday all I heard was how great a recruiting class he was getting. Typically I don’t care for national signing day because it only inflates the heads of a bunch of jocks with senior-itus. However, I always felt that if Strong got to spend time with a kid and his mother, he’d win her over because of the man he wants to turn her child into. You win the mom, you win the boy. He’s gotten plenty of attention for his stance of respecting women and not making players feel entitled.
  • It has nothing to do with the band – Toyota’s U2 van concept to pop up in Toronto
  • Texas Observer – Democratic Hopefuls Brave Far-Right Prestonwood Baptist
    ‘I will not eat your souls,’ one aspiring lefty state representative advised the conservative congregation.
  • Buzzfeed – The Only Known Jaguar In The U.S. Is Roaming Around Arizona – I like the name El Jefe.
  • The New York TimesGas Eclipses Coal as Source of Power for 5th Straight Month
  • Something (YouTube) for those of you that like Disney love songs and acapella.
  • I love this restaurant logo. It’s clever.
  • Samsung is putting giant screens on the back of big trucks to make passing safer
  • Google will start warning web users about deceptive download buttons
  • ‘Supergirl’ to host ‘The Flash’ crossover in March
  • Texas Monthly – The Science of the Smoke Ring – And Why It Has No Bearing on the Quality of Brisket
  • An excellent looking homemade Big Mac.  Reddit comments here.
  • In a caged fight, I’m certain Dalton from Roadhouse would defeat John Rambo from the Rambo movies. However, if the contest was more of the Hunger Games variety, Rambo would easily win. I’ll go one step further, if Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from Predator was part of the contest, Rambo would defeat him as well. The only problem is, I doubt Rambo (GIF) or Dutch (GIF) could ever find each other.
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Fellow Texan Making Us Look Bad While in Nevada

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Ricky Thornton, a 54-year-old mechanical contractor from Irving, is shown on video pointing a gun at a motorcyclist in Henderson, Nevada, while at a stoplight.

Article and YouTube video

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Lightening Strike Close Call

Language warning.

Thunderstorm in South Sydney Australia when a friend and myslef [sic] are almost hit by a lightning bolt.

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Jesus Quotes the Candidates

God is an important part of this primary election. Most all of the candidates go out of their way to talk about the Bible and their faith. So we thought it would be interesting to take real quotes from the primary candidates and have them come from the mouth of Jesus.

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Due to strong winds, waterfall blows upwards

Filmed as Storm Henry hit the west coast of the Isle of Mull on the 1st Feb 2016. The footage is taken in the south of the Isle of Mull, looking across Loch Scridain toward Ardmeanach and ‘The Wilderness’.

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