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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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  • He does have a punchable face
    • Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a life-saving drug more than fiftyfold, says he’s auctioning off a chance to slap/punch him in the face to benefit a former friend.
  • Christian high school soccer team refuses to play team with female players
    • “It is based on a religious perspective that God created guys and girls differently,” he explained. “The difference physically, there is a strength advantage that men have over women. We want to teach our men that honor of ladies is just not in sports. We struggle how to teach that if we’re allowing them to play against young ladies in a competitive game. “We’re the ones harmed because we’re giving up a game. We think it’s better to do that than give a mixed message,” Mr. Buckingham added.
  • Gregg Popovich on anthem protests: ‘Ignorant’ to tell players how to think
    • “My players are engaged citizens who are fully capable of understanding what their values are, and what they feel is appropriate or inappropriate, what they feel strongly about, and whatever actions may or may not be taken are their decisions,” he said. “I’m not going to tell anyone ahead of time, if they don’t do A, B and C, they’re going to be gone, or traded.“I think that’s ignorant.”
  • The Salt Lake Tribune – LDS feminists applaud as church removes troublesome Book of Mormon verse on rape from youth book
    • Moroni 9:9, which says, “For behold, many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners; and after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue — “This Book of Mormon passage was the first LDS verse Mormon girls were required to study under the value of “virtue” in their Personal Progress workbooks.
  • You can vote online for potential presidential debate questions
    • For the next presidential debate, you’ll be able to vote online for questions that could be asked of the candidates. The debate’s organizers announced this morning that they’re working with the Open Debate Coalition to source questions online through the new site presidentialopenquestions.com. At the site, people can submit and vote on questions for the candidates. The top 30 questions will be eligible for consideration — although there’s no guarantee that even a single question from the website will make it on air.
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Nice little father-daughter morning routine


Here’s a Buzzfeed article about them.

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We share a similar taste in furniture with Senator Bernie Sanders

We got ours at IKEA but chose to go with the single top shelf option to fit in a larger television along with the glass door for the bookcase on the right. It’s part of the LIATORP series.

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Source: Twitter

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Found a typo in a PTO letter send home from DaughterGeeding’s school

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Plano Balloon Festival Time-Lapse

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a time-lapse video, which I used to do somewhat occasionally and post them. This one is from our visit to the Plano Balloon Festival we attended on Friday during the balloon glow. It’s not one of my better videos, but it was fun making it.

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LED Basketball Court in Japan

We’ve seen some NBA franchises do some really cool things with 3D on court projections for their pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are among some of the teams who have toyed around with on-court projections, and for the most part they’ve looked pretty damn cool.

However, a pro basketball league in Japan has taken things a step further. Instead of projecting onto the court from above, the court itself is made from a series of LED light panels that react to what’s going on during gameplay, making real life look a little bit more like a video game instead of video games looking more and more like real life. Check out how this court displays three-pointers.

I wonder how much the court surface affects the bounce of the ball.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 26, 2016

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19 Oct 1992, East Lansing, Michigan, USA --- Presidential candidates Gov. Bill Clinton (L), Ross Perot (C), and President George Bush laugh October 19 after the conclusion of the third and final debate, held at the Wharton Center of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Mark Cardwell/Reuters --- Image by © MARK CARDWELL/Reuters/Corbis

19 Oct 1992, East Lansing, Michigan, USA — Presidential candidates Gov. Bill Clinton (L), Ross Perot (C), and President George Bush laugh October 19 after the conclusion of the third and final debate, held at the Wharton Center of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Mark Cardwell/Reuters — Image by © MARK CARDWELL/Reuters/Corbis

  • On Friday night we attended the Plano Balloon Festival but stopped at Chicken Express for dinner. We noticed quite a few families preferred using the Chicken Express parking lot and hiking to the festival instead of paying the five or ten dollars for parking. That did bother me, but I thought it was a jerk move on their part to take up the parking spaces nearest the restaurant’s entrance.
  • We pushed the limits of our electric car on Saturday, and it was mostly due to us letting one of the kids plug the charger into the car on our last ride, but he/she just didn’t quite plug it in enough, so we left GeedingManor with much less juice than we expected. We were in Richardson with the meter telling us we had 23 miles to get back home when we needed to travel 26, and at one point a voice played from the car’s speakers, loud enough it would have gotten anyone’s attention, to tell us we need to find a recharging station soon and it could display nearby ones on the screen. When we arrived in Carrolton with about 13-miles left to get home, we noticed the meter eventually changed from 10-miles left to “–” and the voice warning alerted us again. Thankfully, we made it home without any issue. In case you are wondering what would happen if we did get stranded, the car can’t get a boost, but Nissan will tow the car for free. And we didn’t even get to “Turtle Mode” which a lot of Leaf owners have spoken about.
  • I know DaughterGeeding is only in the first grade and I need to tap my brakes on any enthusiasm, but I was recently impressed. Her class had a science test but the teacher decided not to record the grade because the class, as a whole, did not do well. However, DaughterGeeding scored a 100. So in a way, she was almost “that one student” who broke the curve for everyone.
  • Charles Osgood’s final time as host of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ was everything I hoped it would be, and the show will be in good hands with Jane Pauley. However, Osgood’s voice, singing, and rhymes will lead a void and I doubt Pauley brings any “bits”.
  • All I can tell you about Arnold Palmer is that I knew he was a golf great and liked lemonade and iced tea together and that drink was named after him.
  • @MikeDoocyFox4In the stands for tonight’s game. Can’t help but wonder how many fans who talked throughout the anthem complain bout players kneeling.
  • One of my big gripes about college football – elite teams playing a glamorized high school team, and not for the spirit of competition, but solely for money – Mizzou beats Delaware State in record fashion
    • Realistically, Saturday’s Missouri-Delaware State game was over when the schools signed the contract that pays the Hornets $525,000 to take a beating on Faurot Field. Missouri has never come close to losing to a Football Championship Subdivision opponent, and Delaware State might be the worst of the 16 to visit Columbia for the annual bloodbath.
    • Mizzou (2-2) led 30-0 after the first quarter, 58-0 at halftime and by the third quarter had most of its starters on the sideline. Delaware State (0-3) agreed to a shortened second half with 10-minute quarters, but that didn’t stop the onslaught.
  • Kenneth Starr says ESPN did ‘grave and serious injustice’ to Art Briles amid Baylor’s sexual assault scandal
    • “A grave injustice was done to Art Briles,” Starr said. “Coach Briles has been calumnied … it’s completely unfair.”
      • Maybe, just maybe, a grave injustice was done to the victims of sexual assault at Baylor, one of which is Stefanie Mundhenk (raped by a Baylor student who did not play football and met personally with Starr), who made five emotional tweets in regards to Starr’s interview.
      • Speaking of the turd that won’t flush, he was at the Cowboys game last night
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      • Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora served a three-game suspension for beating his dog. In his first game back from suspension, he caught eight balls for 175 yards and two touchdowns (all career-highs).
  • GIF – What happened to astronauts when the space shuttle’s orbital maneuvering system engines fire.
  • @NateSilver538 – CRUZ DOOMS A PRESIDENT is an anagram for ZODIAC ENDORSES TRUMP
  • D Magazine has an article about the upcoming State Fair and did a photoshop of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a few State Fair of Texas staples. Upon first glance, I thought that corny dog was something else.
  • This is a local story, and I bet the homecoming queen is at least slightly ticked that she didn’t get most of the traditional attention that comes with the role – Texas Quarterback Passes Homecoming King Crown to Friend and Team Manager with Cerebral Palsy
  • When I first saw this photo, I thought she, along with the rest of the crowd, was waving at someone entering from the back of the room. But what’s actually happening is that everyone is trying to get a selfie. It’s an interesting world we live in now, folks.
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  • In other political selfie news, I got a real kick how former President George W. Bush asks taps current President Obama on the back to take a picture of him and a few guests. It’s a little thing, but I think it’s neat how they don’t mind doing such a casual thing, but something you don’t see presidents do. And if I was the owner of that phone, I’d probably keep that thing forever, two two-term presidents have touched it. (click image to play GIF)
  • In other mistaken photo observations, when I first saw this picture of Bono, I thought it was Robin Williams.
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  • If asked – IMDb will have to remove actors’ ages under new law
  • Scientists Chart The Lifetime Of A Bee In Flight PathsBees Show Off Their Personalities With Their Willingness To Explore
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  • To reduce shipping damages, a Dutch bike company printed a television on their boxes
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Needs More Cowbell

Sadly, it’s a Texas thing.

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Tough Kid

This kid needs his own show in which he takes Bear Grylls on a

Russian toddler survives three days lost in Siberian wilderness

Coatless three-year-old is thought to have followed puppy into snowy forest populated by wolves and bears. 

He had been playing with dogs under the supervision of his great-grandmother near his home in Khut, a village of around 400 people in the Piy-Khemsky district of the Tuva republic.

Tserin was wearing shoes but no coat when he wandered into the taiga, the snow forest covering much of Russia, and had a small bar of chocolate in his pocket. He may have been following a puppy.

He was eventually found on Wednesday after 72 hours in the wilderness, having slept in a makeshift bed between the roots of a larch tree.

He said Tserin heard his uncle calling for him, and called back.

“Once his uncle hugged him, the little boy asked if his toy car was okay. …

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 23, 2016

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  • As I’ve noted on this here blog, sometimes stress, anxiety, and depression will hit me and hit me hard. Sometimes, the two best ways of coping are to water the grass with me just using a water hose or cleaning the garage. Oh, and sometimes a Xanax.
  • I don’t know why I like using the phrase “this here blog” but I do.
  • I’ve never been to the Plano Balloon Festival but have always heard it’s a great experience to be there after sunset when all of the hot air balloon pilots fire up their burners and illuminate their balloons at the same time. I’d like to make it there tomorrow with the family.
  • Best line I heard about Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” – Her husband was between two Bushes. #TripleEntendre
  • The kids asked me what animals sleep standing up. Here’s what I found:
    • Horses, zebras and elephants sleep standing up. Cows can too, but mostly choose to lie down. Some birds also sleep standing up. Flamingos live on caustic salt flats, where there’s nowhere they can sit down.
      • Somewhat of a tangent, but I’m reminded of how the Elephant Man slept and died:
        • The grotesquely large head of the so-called Elephant Man – subject of the 1980 film starring John Hurt – was so heavy he risked dying from suffocation if he slept lying down and so he would go to sleep sitting up with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knee. So when he was found dead lying on his bed in 1890, aged 27, his doctor, London Hospital surgeon Frederick Treves, believed he may have died after trying to sleep like other people and had suffocated himself.
  • The Dallas Observer names Hutchins BBQ the best barbecue in the area. They also name KXT 91.7 the best music radio station in the area.
  • Soon, confirmation won’t be needed, a Star Wars film will be released every year – Disney confirms Star Wars anthology movie for 2020
  • Buzzfeed – After Breaking Up With Her Fiancé, This Woman Did An Epic Solo Disney Engagement Shoot
    • “When I look back on those photos, I see a princess choosing to have a perfect day amidst an imperfect situation.”
  • CBS News leads network news divisions in Emmy wins
    • CBS News won more Emmys Wednesday evening than its network news rivals, and more than any cable outlet, taking home seven statuettes at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. “60 Minutes” earned five awards, while “CBS Sunday Morning” won one Emmy, and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “CBS This Morning” shared another.
  • Oregon will dress like actual ducks against Colorado
    • The team will wear green jerseys with white pants, and will complement that with orange socks and orange cleats. It is the first time that Oregon, the team with the most uniform options in the sports world, has worn both orange socks and orange cleats.
  • This YouTube video of a guy exploring an abandoned South Texas Blockbuster, published in August, was hitting the rounds yesterday. I think it’s staged, all video, candy, and frozen stuff are left fully stocked and there’s no dust anywhere.
  • This probably belongs to some other blog a lot of y’all like to frequent – Reports of improper teacher-student relationships in Texas hit 8-year high
  • Scientists use ‘virtual unwrapping’ to read ancient biblical scroll reduced to ‘lump of charcoal’
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  • Why “Westworld” MattersThe new version comes out on HBO on October 2. The 1973 original is still shaping sci-fi.
    • I have a friend who really liked the 1973 movie Westworld and is looking forward to the HBO series by the same name. This article highly references the old film, and this link is for him.
    • To be honest, even with all the commercials HBO airs about it, I never really understood the premise. This one sentence from the article sums it up nicely:
      • The movie imagined a future in which tourists take fabulous vacations to elaborate theme parks that mimic ancient Rome, medieval times or the Old West—each of them populated by robot characters that act an awful lot like human beings.
    • Daughter has to recite a lot of things as a first grader, here’s “I Know All The Sounds” by Jack Prelutsky. The kiddo has been home sick all week with a fever that keeps popping back up.

 

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