Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 20, 2019

  • Within a month, two of my friends have moved to the Austin area for different reasons. I’m a bit envious, a new chapter in life and a change in setting sounds fun and adventurous.
  • It always throws me off when the drive-thru speaker with a peppy American accent greets me and after I place my order it’s followed by a person with a foreign accent. I don’t understand why those restaurants simply don’t let the person wearing the headset do the greeting. But, I guess the actual human taking the order at the drive-thru will be replaced by some sort of AI within the next ten years.
  • It’s gonna cost about $12,000,000 to convert the Rangers ballpark, Globe Life Park, into an XFL stadium. Renovations on Globe Life Park will start on October 10th with a completion date of February 14th. The XFL season starts Feb 8th. It appears the renovation will add 4,000 bleacher seats, two new locker rooms, and an upgraded broadcast suite. I have a feeling Randy Cody could do this for half the price and get it done before the start of the season.
  • September 21, 2019, is Museum Day, which means many museums are free to visit with a Museum Day ticket, more details at Smithsonianmag.com.
  • Twitter rolls out ‘hide replies’ to let you tame toxic discussions
  • A fun question on Twitter – @Rev_Norespect: What’s the craziest committee you’ve seen in church?
    • I got a kick out of some of the answers, like the ones below, but I was annoyed by the prosaic response of the “Committee on Committees” but they do exist.
      • Parking lot committee. They wrote “tickets” for cars that were not parked between the lines. This was to make sure there were enough spots for all the cars. It worked because many people didn’t come back.
      • Fried Chicken committee. Their job was to make sure there was enough chicken at all the church fellowships.
      • Carpet committee. They were tasked with “updating” the look of the sanctuary by replacing the cardinal red carpet. A few families left because they couldn’t bear to see the red carpet go.
      • Cemetery Committee
  • Google offshoot Wing is teaming up with FedEx and Walgreens for drone deliveries
  • Logarithms explained Bob Ross style (with a pretty Australian accent)
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Brisket is king in Texas. Wagyu is the pinnacle of steak. There was a chance to combine the two for the expert meat smoker. Fewer than 50 of these rare delicacies were available for import into the US and cut in half (from over 30 lbs to 15-16 lbs — for easier shipping) with the slice made lengthwise to preserve portions of both the point and flat. The cows were raised in Kagawa on an olive-rich diet (which adds umami flavor to the marbled cuts) and the briskets ranged in grade from A3 to A5.  This ultimate piece of beef would only set you back $690.
  • With Brad Sham missing Cowboys-Saints, son of late Cowboys public address announcer Roger Emrich will call the game
  • I like how photographer Claudio Piccoli was able to capture this dog totally stretched out.
  • Totally uncool, even if they are trying to bring about awareness – A New York clothing company has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools where nearly 100 students were shot to death, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Virginia Tech.
  • Navy Confirms UFO Videos Posted by Blink 182 Rocker Are Real and Should Not Have Been Released
  • I’m a skeptic and my mind often thinks about possible conspiracy theories (though I usually don’t subscribe to any), so I’m skeptical that Iran sent those drones to damage a Saudi Arabian oil field. Governments, including our own, have done some crazy things to cast blame and start a war. For instance, there’s the 1953 Iranian coup d’état our CIA helped orchestrate.
  • In a conversation yesterday, the Sesame Street pinball number count video was referenced. I still like to count to 12 in the same fashion as the song. I had no idea the Pointer Sisters did the vocals.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • Apparently the substitute teacher in BoyGeeding’s class doesn’t like for him to shorten his name on any of his paperwork.
  • If you are a local and totally out of date night ideas, here is something new to try (at least for me), it takes up two hours and costs $45 per person – (WFAA) Body-painting artist Breanna Cooke’s ‘Paint Your Date’ events are a new idea for date night in Dallas.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – Pizza Hut and Kellogg partner to create stuffed Cheez-It pizza
  • Another Texas pickup truck owner venting about highway traffic with blunt stickers on their vehicles. And to think our state motto “Friendship”.
  • I know absolutely nothing about the Texas Secretary of State, but compared to other secretaries of state, she’s the most attractive that I can recall.
  • I would have been more impressed if he used sign-language in his recorded message, but hey, nice move, Peyton – Texas School for the Deaf wins new football equipment, message from Peyton Manning
  • Journalist Cokie Roberts died yesterday, President Trump offered his thoughts, “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.” Well, at least he wouldn’t say anything of the like about the death of a senator of his party who was a POW. At least the man is consistent.
  • Speaking of journalism, it’s been excruciating watching Norah O’Donnell anchor The CBS Evening News. One criticism I have is the number of times she says “Breaking news.” I’m almost certain she says it at least twice a broadcast, and the news isn’t even breaking. Yesterday, at the top of the newscast, she said it was “breaking news” that a hurricane has hit Texas. Dude, a forecasted hurricane is not breaking news. If the hurricane suddenly lifted a great white shark from the Gulf of Mexico and it landed on the roof of the Astrodome a few minutes before the broadcast, that would be breaking news.
  • I’ve really enjoyed watching HGTV’s four-episode series on renovating the Brady Bunch house with the cast of the children actors on the show.  I was a bit surprised at this fact, HGTV filmed over 9,000 hours for the four-hour series.
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Uncovered CT Scanner at Work

We had a technician doing some small repairs on our CT and I asked if he could take it for a spin while it was undressed. So big forces at play here. Imagine how important it is to balance the weight distribution inside that machine. It starts off accelerating to 1s and then 0,5s and ends at 0,35s

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 16, 2019

  • I spotted this truck on the way to our school’s fall festival. I couldn’t decide if he lives such a blessed life he can’t find anything to gripe about so he decided to focus all his attention and energy on one cause or he’s ignored in life so much he’s willing to do anything for attention. What’s he going to do if he spots someone going below the speed limit? How will he enforce it? Call the cops? Post a video online? Citizen’s arrest?
    • In case you are wondering, here’s the first part of the referenced code: Sec. 545.363 Minimum Speed Regulations
      (a)An operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.
  • A projector was used at a public gathering I recently attended. I arrived early and saw the audio/video person verifying the presentation was ready to go and set up directly. Then, I witnessed her open up the web browser which immediately opened Bing.com. In that search engine, she typed “Google” and clicked on the first result. On Google’s homepage, she searched for “gmail” and then clicked on the first search result. Bless her heart.
  • The first murder trial in the United States for which there is a recorded transcript was the Manhattan Well Murder trial of 1800. Levi Weeks was acquitted of the murder and the jury only deliberated for five minutes. His legal team consisted of three lawyers, two of which were Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. The other one was Henry Brockholst Livingston who later served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • Alexander Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds. When she divorced her husband years later, Burr served as her divorce attorney.
  • At age 77, Aaron Burr married Eliza Jumel, a wealthy widow who was 19 years younger.  She separated from Burr after four months of marriage. For her divorce lawyer, she chose Alexander Hamilton Jr., and the divorce was officially completed on September 14, 1836, coincidentally the day of Burr’s death.
  • Aaron Burr’s father was the second president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). His maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards (Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God) and lived with him after he was orphaned at the age of two. Edwards was the third president of Princeton University.
  • They also crushed them 55-0 – University of Georgia fans staged a ‘pink out’ for opponent Arkansas State, whose coach’s wife just died of cancer
  • This is welcome news to fellow The Far Side fans:
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It seems like they are having a nice conversation

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 13, 2019

  • I just signed up for another three years of website hosting, so you’ll probably have me around for at least that long.
  • BoyGeeding’s protective cup arrived in the mail yesterday. I opened the package and just left it on the counter and ran some errands. When I got back DaughterGeeding was breathing into it and playing with her brother, she innocently thought it was a breathing mask.
  • The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team has only had eight head coaches. All of them have had a winning record except for one. That one coach was their first coach, Dr. James Naismith, the man who literally invented the game.
  • I skimmed over this, and I’m not sure I’d like eating at any of these places – Bon Appétit named Dallas it’s 2019 restaurant city of the year
  • This will be just 5.2 miles from GeedingManor, so I have a feeling I’m going to see a bunch of fancy cars driving around soon – McLaren steers North America headquarters from New York to DFW
    • McLaren, the manufacturer of some of the world’s fastest and most expensive sports cars, will relocate its North American headquarters from a Manhattan skyscraper to a high-tech industrial park in Coppell, where the British company plans to accelerate into its next phase of growth in the U.S. market.
  • “Hold my beer,” says some sports team in Texas – Russian Hockey Team Starts Giving AK-47 to Player of the Game
  • Google Photos has a new stories-style ‘Memories’ feature
    • The first thing Google stresses is that while this feature resembles stories that you’ll see on social media sites, these images are your personal media, presented privately.
    • As of today, you’ll be able to order 4″ x 6″ prints and pick them up the same day at Walmart and CVS locations around the US. Prints start at 25 cents apiece, and it’s not clear yet if there’s a discount depending on how much you order.
  • Google’s search results will highlight original reportingThe algorithm update should prevent the source being buried under newer articles.
    • The move could be a boon for local news outlets (and others) who invest time, effort and resources to report stories before national publications or networks catch wind of them. Often when a larger organization follows up with their own report, that version can scoop up as much or even more traffic than the original story.
  • Not bad, $98 a year and $30 minimum order, I wonder if they’ll team up with Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, or similar company – Walmart to Roll Out Delivery Unlimited to More than 1,400 Stores Across the Country
  • Why Are American Homes So Big?American living spaces had a good 600 to 800 square feet on most of the competition.
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • The 1984 film Splash was on television last night. WifeGeeding claims not only has she never seen it, but she’s never heard about it. Sometimes, I think she’s had the most unfortunate pop-culture youth experience of anyone born in the late Seventies.
  • Every date until 9.19.19 is a palindrome.
  • I’m not sure how this man can be in “good spirits” – Testicle shot as man holsters gun
    • The man was conscious, alert, talking with deputies and in good spirits before he was taken by Seguin EMS to San Antonio Military Medical Center, the sergeant said.
  • This is perfect for the student who is trying to gauge the minimal amount he or she needs to write, no more stopping and having to manually select the feature – Google Docs now displays the word count as you type
  • I was introduced to someone yesterday whose first name is “Heinz”. In case you are wondering, he’s not German or European, he’s Asian.
  • Like me, this poor girl will only be remembered by her classmates because of her backside – A ‘curvier’ high school swimmer won — only to be disqualified because of a ‘suit wedgie’
    • The teenager didn’t pick out the swimsuit — her school chose it and issued it to her. But even though all the girls on her team were dressed identically, she was the only one cited for a uniform violation. 
    • It wasn’t the first time the girl had been made to feel that her curvy figure was problematic: Last year, a parent took a photo of her backside and shared it with other parents to demonstrate that girls on the team were wearing inappropriate swimwear. (District officials said Monday that Dimond High School’s assistant principal “indicated to the parent who took the photographs that it was not permissible for him to take pictures of others’ children and that he should stop immediately.”)
  • The New Yorker – The Perils of Semi-Legal PokerBy exploiting a legal loophole, two friends tried to build gambling businesses in Texas. They were dealt very different hands.
  • The Cowboys have a new and cool interactive/immersive experience for their fans. It seems like something Disney would have come up with.

  • Attaching a 1,000W LED lightbulb to a drone and flying it at night will make for a really cool UFO experience. The footage from 1:25 to 2:00 is worth checking out.
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Gary Sinise Received A Bunch of Thanks

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 9, 2019

    • BoyGeeding played in the first baseball game of his life (excluding t-ball and blastball) on Saturday evening and was thrown in at catcher to start the game. He held his own and was given.
    • After the game, one kid was crying in the dugout about needing help with something. As his mother approached she blurted out, “I’ll come over and help you out, but you’re gonna need to dry it up, we don’t cry in baseball.”
    • On an adjacent field, players on one team were all wearing eye black, but not below their eyes, above their lips. They all used the eye black for fake mustaches.
    • It was a very pleasant surprise discovering Google’s new “Pin Live Score” feature on my phone. When I looked up the score of a game in progress, Google gave me the option to “Pin Live Score”. When I selected it, a tiny and unintrusive scoreboard with the quarter and time remaining displayed on my phone. It stayed on top of everything no matter if I closed my browsing session or what app I decided to open. Perhaps this feature has been around for a while, but I only discovered it this weekend.
    • Johnny Unitas‘ middle name was Constantine.
    • The North Texas Tollway Authority sent me Tolltag stickers to replace the bulky plastic ones I’ve been using since last century stating the technology they are operating on is about to go the way of the dinosaur.
    • It feels weird to believe that in a little over three months this decade, the 2010s or whatever it should be called, will be over with.
    • In terms of technology, it’s an amazing time to be alive. This guy was able to take this picture of Saturn using his backyard telescope.
    • On your mark. Get set. Blow: The race to build a breathalyzer for weed
    • It’s nice seeing Mack Brown doing well at North Carolina. Yeah, it’s early in the season, but it’s nice he’s off to a good start.
    • Matthew McConaughey endorses Lincoln cars and made the following entrance to the ESPN College GameDay set.
    • I’m not trying to stir up a hornet’s nest with this story about reported gunshots at this Alabama football game.  But I would like to acknowledge the coaches making sure their players got to the ground before themselves, it was a very admirable and selfless act.

    • Jalopnik – Why No One Is Beating Tesla’s Range
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