Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 28, 2020

GeedingManor was in need of a few minor roof repairs so I contacted a company I’ve done business with before. The roofer they sent out, who couldn’t have been nicer or more professional, only had one leg and was one of the more in-shape and nimble men in his forties I’ve ever come across. He also has one other birth defect, one of his pinkies bends at 90-degrees. He said it never bothers him, doesn’t know any different, and he even plays guitars with that hand.

Anytime I hear someone use a variant of “the Bible clearly says” I get very concerned about what’s gonna come out next. Sure, the black and white (and sometimes red-lettered) text of the modern-day English translation may specifically state something, but it’s reckless to ignore the context of the surrounding text, chapters, and book, and especially the culture and time period of the people involved as well as the author. Furthermore, after 2000 plus years, you have to consider what can be lost or confused in translation from the original text. Heck, our own English language has changed a just from 200 years ago, it can be a challenge reading documents written by the Founding Fathers. This piece from the Declaration of Independence doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

“He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

The Bible is powerful, but you have to be cautious when interpreting and especially preaching from it. I’m more apt to say the Bible doesn’t clearly say a lot. It’s full of metaphors and poetry and imagery. Christianity has three major sects or branches,  Catholic, Protestant and (Eastern) Orthodox. And that can be further broken down into denominations such as Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Anglican, etc., etc.). We have these differences because of a difference in interpretation of “what the Bible clearly says.” Each has schools of theology and seminaries supported with a plethora of dissertations on why scripture should be interpreted and practiced in a particular way.

All of this reminds me of something pastor Andy McQuitty of Irving Bible Church once told me. He sent a letter to a handful of churches of various denominations asking what they believed about a woman’s role in church leadership. Most replied back constructively referencing scripture and how it supported their belief on the subject matter. One church replied back bluntly with, “We believe what the Bible says.” McQuitty then added, “Ohhhhkaaaay. We know what the Bible says, but what does it say.”

Theological rant over. My apologies. And yes, I know I’m on the monorail to Hell, I even got a Fastpass for it.

The likelihood of a mass shooting occurring at Lewisville’s Music City Mall is nil. For there to be a mass shooting, there has to be mass. It’s hard to spot more than two people at a time in that place.

When it comes to the two Christian based fast-food giants, Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out, I say Chick-fil-A does better with customer service but In-N-Out does better with quality and cleanliness.

I like going to Chick-fil-A to get a chicken biscuit (the best fast tasting food breakfast sandwich by far) between 10:00 – 10:30 AM because I can get waffle fries. I’ve never been a fan of their version of hashbrowns.

Yesterday, I received two pieces of mail from the Bloomberg campaign as well as a text message.

Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!

If you’ve ever reached for an afternoon snack and found yourself wildly disappointed, our new Snackin’ Bacon with Sweet Black Pepper seasoning will cure those afternoon blues. Here at Dunkin’, we’ve been working hard to formulate the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and really, what’s better than a bag full of bacon?

What’s up with mugshots as of late? Lori Vallow is the Idaho woman who has two missing children but remarried and moved to Hawaii. Then there is the woman who has several aliases who posed as a newborn baby photographer and drugged a woman via cupcake in an attempt to steal her baby. Both of their mugshots have them looking slightly to their right as if they are characters on The Simpsons.  I always thought mugshots had to be facing directly at the camera.

That Lori Vallow case sure is interesting, there’s got to be a Netflix docuseries in the works. Between her and her new husband, Chad Daybell (who married her three weeks after his wife died), are three deceased former spouses – her brother shot and killed her husband claiming self-defense. Months later, her brother also died, although it’s not clear how. Her first husband died young of a heart attack and she had the body cremated. And then there’s this added element.

Vallow reportedly believes she is a “god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” according to divorce documents her late husband Charles Vallow filed before his death.

Daybell has written several apocalyptic novels based loosely on the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both he and Vallow have been involved in Preparing a People, a group that promotes preparing for the biblical end times.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 27, 2020

It wasn’t until I moved to DFW, so about 23-years old, that I first saw someone with an ashed cross on their forehead and it freaked me out. I thought it was something out of The Exorcist. Yes, I may have heard about Ash Wednesday, but didn’t really know what it was other than thinking it was some “Catholic thing.” With that in mind, I try to ensure my kids will be more cultured than I was growing up.

New Orleans Mardi Gras isn’t my sort of thing but I think it would be cool to experience it once. There’s no way I’d survive with my fears and dislike of being in loud and crowded places, but  I don’t think I’d mind observing from a Bourbon Street balcony. Just for kicks, I looked up prices on Tuesday night. Roughly, for a four-hour window of time, it will cost $250 a person, give or take fifty bucks. That’s not as bad as I thought it would be, I’d was expecting $500 at a minimum.

I’m screwed – This CDC infographic lets you know if your facial hair won’t work with a mask

In short, the CDC recommends that any facial hair that can fit entirely under a respirator should be fine. Where it looks like you might have some problems is if your facial hair is long enough or covers enough of your face that it pushes against the seal of the respirator.

The Mike Bloomberg campaign sure does send me a lot of mail.

I had dinner with my coworkers at a noisy and dark restaurant the other night and was seated furthest away from the folks who would be conversing the most. Some of them thought I was daydreaming a lot because I was staring out the window for a good amount of time, but really, I was watching a basketball game reflected on the window.

Konami Code creator has died, leaving behind a legacy spanning over three decades

Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the programmer of the famous Konami Code, died this week at the age of 61. His code, ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B, A, Start, has lived on for over three decades and continues to be a comical Easter egg in many games today.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Netflix’s daily-updating Top 10 lists roll out worldwide

Netflix will update the list daily, and when you click on the Movies or TV tab, you’ll see separate lists for those categories. The position of the list will vary depending on how relevant the titles are to you, and titles that make the cut will get a “Top 10” badge, so you’ll be able to spot them when you’re scrolling through other sections too.

While Netflix has featured popular and trending content in the past, this is the first time it’s ranking titles in order.

Sometimes I’m haunted by the fact that some folks have only interacted with me once but caught me at my worst, and they will forever think of me negatively.

That time oil diggers accidentally drilled into a salt mine and drained an entire lake.

If you accidentally typed in ALL CAPS in Microsoft word, select the text and give “Shift” and “F3” a try. If you hit those buttons again each word will have its first letter capitalized, hit it again and you get all lowercase. For you Mac users, it’s “Command ⌘ “and “a”.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 21, 2020

Yesterday afternoon I accepted the role of general manager for the Rockies . . . of the Coppell Youth Sports Association. There’s a draft on Sunday afternoon which I’ll use to form my roster. But, according to Jimmy Johnson’s old draft sheet, I get a one two and two threes for a first and fifth, which I just may use. Someone break it to BoyGeeding that I’m not drafting him until the 4th. And please don’t tell him that he’s only on the team because I traded five jockstraps and a package of eye black for him. Now I’m off to find a coach who can adequately send slackers to the asthma field during conditioning drills on the first practice.

I forgot to share this BoyGeeding story earlier in the week. His actual birthday (he turned eight) was on Sunday but he had his birthday party the day before. He was fortunate enough to receive presents but I noticed right before bedtime not all of his presents were taken out of their packaging. I asked him why and he said he can’t play with those until morning because the box says “For children eight and up.” He thought it would be “illegal” for him to play with a toy for children eight years old an up on the last day he would be seven years old.

Talent show tryouts were yesterday at our children’s school. I was tole one kid decided to rap Eminem’s Lose Yourself, acapella You knew things were off to a slow start when he pulled out his phone to read the lyrics off of a YouTube video. He was instructed that the talent show doesn’t allow for any phone or paper to be used and that next time he should use a version with clean language.

Random nostalgia – When Gatorade used to come in glass bottles. It would be fun to open it for the first time hearing that medal lid pop and later trying to screw the lid back on so that the lid looked depressed (it never worked).

Quarter Pounder Scented Candle Pack

  • Set of 6 custom scented candles in glass containers, inspired by Quarter Pounder  ingredients: Bun, Ketchup, Pickle, Cheese, Onion, 100% Fresh Beef**
  • Burn together for maximum deliciousness – After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Are Not Ready For 2020I’ve been a Democrat for 20 years. But this experience made me realize how out-of-touch my party is with the country at large.

Report: Corpus Christi has the highest utility bills in the nation

The Great Sphinx of Giza Through the Years

How The Mandalorian and ILM invisibly reinvented film and TV production

As detailed in an extensive report in American Cinematographer Magazine (I’ve been chasing this story for some time, but suspected this venerable trade publication would get the drop on me), the production process of “The Mandalorian” is completely unlike any before, and it’s hard to imagine any major film production not using the technology going forward. Meet “the Volume.”

Formally called Stagecraft, it’s 20 feet tall, 270 degrees around, and 75 feet across — the largest and most sophisticated virtual filmmaking environment yet made. ILM just today publicly released a behind-the-scenes video of the system in use, as well as a number of new details about it.

I love the way Young Sheldon ended last night’s episode.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 20, 2020

I appreciate those of you who commented on my questions about convicted sex offenders, their involvement and employment in the church, and forgiveness. As I mentioned, I’m not necessarily looking for the right answer, I just like to have some theological back and forth. Several of you support the idea of “forgive but don’t forget” but I think that overlooks the calling to be Christ-like. Protestants interpret God and Jesus as the same (let’s not forget the Holy Spirit), and the Bible tells us that God will not only forgive our sins but forget them as well (in a sense, all three support this). So, in the quest to be Christ-like, it appears that the church should not only forgive but also forget.

I don’t favor any answer which states certain things like this are impossible at the human level but possible at the deity level because I’ve been taught that God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle (and that interpretation can certainly be debated) (now I’m reminded of LiberallyLean’s mention of “Baptist guilt” for some reason). Certainly, from a worldly moral and legal standpoint doing so should be a no-no, but it seems like something the church “should” do. I’ll tell you this much, I certainly don’t want to be put in such a position to have to make such a decision. But I am glad I take the time to think these sorts of things over rather than settling for an answer which sounds good. As you can tell, I’m more interested in having the discussion than having the answer, it’s sort like the journey is better than the destination kinda thing.

DaughterGeeding has been binge-watching The Simpsons (Yes, I already know I’m a bad parent) and she made the observation that only two characters have eyebrows – Smithers and Milhouse.

Anytime I hear someone use the word “stake” or “mistake” I immediately think of a scene in Duece Bigalow in which a woman asks, “Did you stay steak?” But when I hear someone use the word “steak” I only think of steak.

I think our government can come up with a better title for the role of undersecretary.

If you are running for office and happen to be extremely wealthy but won’t release your tax records, or older and won’t release your medical records, there’s something you don’t want people to know.

I don’t know how fast President Trump and his limo traveled going around the Daytona 500 race track, but I think that might have been the fastest the public has seen a presidential limo go since the JFK assassination.

I replaced the four fluorescent bulb light fixture in our kitchen yesterday. I never did like that light, the cold glow always reminded me of the opening scene in Joe vs. The Volcano. The new fixture looks much better, like something which belongs in a home and not in an office or shop. It’s LED and much brighter and allows me to change the color temperature. Upon turning it on for the first time (yes, I did the Clark Griswold “Joy to the world”) I asked myself why didn’t I do this earlier. Then it dawned upon me, oh, yeah, LEDs like this haven’t really been available or affordable until recently.

These Lyrics Do Not ExistLyrics generated using Artificial Intelligence

Wait for it, this woman has some amazing leg and ab strength. Also, that dude in the backpack must have been in a hurry.

Larry Tesler, the computer scientist responsible for cut, copy, and paste, has passed away.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The headmaster at our children’s school had a Dan Quayle “potatoe” moment but I think it may have been worst considering his love for the Founding Fathers and how much they seem to be at the core of everything at the school. He walked into an elementary school class and they were reviewing a lesson over U.S. currency. He briefly addressed the class and quizzed them on who was on the nickel. In all seriousness, he thought Alexander Hamilton was on the nickel. I’m flabbergastered.

When I say the Founding Fathers are at the core of everything at the school, it’s not hyperbole. For instance, here’s a collage of items you’ll find walking the halls. It’s a great school, no school is perfect, and at the risk of sounding ungrateful for my country, the school can sometimes pour on patriotism a bit thickly.

I heard Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton muse about a light-hearted political theory yesterday – Politicians with three-syllable sounding names tend to get elected over their opponents. He cited that’s why Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton, Gregg Abbot is our governor, and that’s why Micheal Bloomberg likes to go by “Mike Bloomberg”.

My state representative’s campaign send me yet another text asking if I would consider voting for her. I replied back, “I’ve replied to a previous text that she had my vote as well as on the phone. However, I may change my mind because someone in your campaign put a yard sign in my front yard without my permission and the nonstop texts and calls.”

Texas church with sex offender pastor first to be ousted from SBC under abuse reforms

A Texas church pastored by a man who sexually abused two pre-teen girls is the first to be removed from the Southern Baptist Convention under new sex abuse reforms.

Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland has for years been pastored by Phillip Rutledge, who was convicted of sexual assaulting 11 and 12-year-old girls in 2003, according to court records and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

This would be an interesting topic to have a back and forth with with some of my pastoral friends. People have to be held accountable for their actions, but Christians are taught to forgive and be like Christ. If Christ forgives our sins and tosses them as far as the east is from the west, and if all sin is weighed equal in God’s eyes, at what point can Christians forgive the most wicked of sins after corporal punishment has been served and true repentance of error and sin occurred? For instance, I can’t see how a congregation would allow a convicted sex offender to ever be a youth minister, or any leadership position in the church, no matter how genuine his or her life has been turned around. If a person can’t get a second chance at a church, what hope does hath he? I don’t expect an answer from anyone, it’s really a rhetorical question, but I doubt I’ll ever find an answer I feel comfortable with.

Per their webpage, SpeedZone Dallas Is Permanently Closed.

Dallas’s Geeky New ‘Star Wars’ Themed Pop-Up BarSip a Baby Yoda cocktail in this temporarily Death Star-designed bar

A Baby Yoda themed drink is made with vodka and green melon liqueur, and garnished with limes to resemble The Child’s iconic ears.

There’s a huge six-foot Millennium Falcon model dangling above drinkers, a towering Chewbacca, Darth Vader wedged between two Stormtroopers, and a twinkling ceiling to offset its new Death Star-themed bathrooms. Of course, the cult films will also play on repeat across most of its TVs.


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Bag of Randomness for February, 18, 2020

I was a little peeved at my state representative who is up for re-election. Her campaign workers are pretty aggressive with texts and phone calls, which doesn’t bother me because I respect the effort they are putting in. But what did bother me was them placing a yard sign in the front of my house without any expressed permission. While I confirmed by both text and phone call that she had my vote, I never was asked a thing about a sign being placed in front of my house. What did I do about it? Well, let me tell you. I sighed and then sent a strongly worded tweet. The campaign replied, but they blamed it on an intern. While that may be true, it sounded cowardly.

Colt McCoy was being interviewed by Bob and Corby of The TICKET and they asked him about his injury during the National Championship game. When he answered, “I’m a firm believer” I totally expected him to say “everything happens for a reason” but instead, he said, “that life goes on.” If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know my annoyance with “everything happens for a reason.” Whatever respect I had for him before has increased tenfold.

Random question regarding Iowa-class battleship like the U.S.S. Missouri and their 16″/50 caliber Mark 7 guns – After firing, how hot is the outside of the gun/cannon? Would it be too hot to touch or for Cher to saddle? Seriously, how hot after firing a single round would that thing be?  Those things are pretty thick so I’m not sure a lot of heat would transfer. Here’s a factoid which may help you with your answer?

They fired projectiles weighing from 1,900 to 2,700 pounds (850 to 1,200 kg) at a maximum speed of 2,690 feet per second (820 m/s) with a range of up to 24 miles (39 km). At maximum range the projectile spent almost 1½ minutes in flight. Each turret required a crew of 79 men to operate.

Another interesting USS Missouri fact – The Brits once saved the ship.

In fact, the Mighty Mo had a fairly close call on Feb. 23, 1991, when it was firing 16″ rounds in support of an amphibious landing along the Kuwaiti shore.

The Missouri’s loud 16″ guns apparently attracted enemy attention, and the Iraqis fired an HY-2 Silkworm missile at the ship. But the British frigate HMS Gloucester came to its rescue, shooting the missile down with GWS-30 Sea Dart missiles.

Russia’s Radio Sputnik, funded by the Kremlin, airing in Kansas City

Formerly known as Radio Moscow, the Kremlin-funded Radio Sputnik is airing on three local stations and is delivered by Americans from a Washington studio.

1906 photograph of veterans of the Texas Revolution – The Texas Veterans Association was an organization of those who had served prior to, during, and immediately after the Texas Revolution.

Kentucky man awarded $150K after being denied ‘IM GOD’ license plate

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a VolcanoMt. Ijen, on the island of Java, is one of the most dangerous workplaces on Earth.

Deepfake Of Tom Holland And Robert Downey Jr In ‘Back To The Future’

I was a big fan of the original Amazing Stories so I’m glad to see it will be returning, just hearing the music made me smile. I think my favorite was “The Mission” which starred Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland in which a belly turret gunner is trapped in the compartment of his WWII bomber and the crew scrambles trying to figure out how to land without smearing him on the runway.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, February 17, 2020

I was notified mid-morning Friday that I needed to pick up BoyGeeding from school because the nurse diagnosed him with a concussion. As soon as I arrived, the nurse, who I have a great rapport with, greeted me and had the security video of his bad fall during P.E. pulled up. She told me, “He totally ate it.” While I don’t like watching a video of my son getting hurt, it was touching to watch all his classmates run to his aid immediately. BoyGeeding was laying down in the nurse’s room with the lights turned off and seemed a little out of it. As a precaution, I took him to his pediatrician. You may recall my mother died from head trauma, so this was all out of an abundance of caution. WifeGeeding was concerned if he did have a concussion if the doctor would clear him for his birthday at the trampoline park the next day.

On the way to the doctor’s office, BoyGeeding’s grogginess seemed to slowly vanish. When I asked him to recite The Microscope, a poem he recited for a grade the previous week, and he did so without error, I knew he was fine. The doctor said as much and cleared him for his birthday party at the trampoline park and said he could play on his tablet and watch TV at home. But, BoyGeeding was bummed he was going to miss his class’ Valentine’s Day party. His teacher was nice enough to save him a slice of pizza and cupcake.

At home, BoyGeeding wanted to spend some time with me but I still had to work. I know I’m no JFK, but he pulled a bit of a modern-day John-John which made me smile.

BoyGeeding’s mother has been tossing around the idea of getting him a guinea pig for his birthday. I wasn’t sold on it, we already have a rabbit and two dogs, but it just happened the local animal shelter had a female guinea pig available. And now for the handful of you who have seen Fleabag . . . Yes, I did suggest the name “Hilary” to him and we are planning on opening up a guinea pig-themed cafe with Chatty Wednesdays.

WifeGeeding brought home a note to BoyGeeding from a girl in his class. She has an interesting sense of humor which may have won me over.

The trampoline park did a cool thing. At the start of the party, they had all the kids gather for a group photo, which they printed out, placed in a cardstock frame, and gave it to us free of charge.

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