Bag of Randomness the last day of February 2017

  • Surreal pics for surreal White House. And yes, those are real photos.
  • I’m still adjusting to hearing “President Trump”, it just seems surreal, it’s one amazing story. It’s gonna really be really surreal to me when he addresses Congress tonight.
  • My current position at work is to help automate things so it’s something I think about all the time. I went to the pharmacy the other day and couldn’t help but think how automation will most likely eliminate the job of the local pharmacist.
  • Interesting baseball factoid from Peter King’s MMQB:
    • Joe Jackson, the great-great-grandnephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson, is a Double-A outfielder in the Texas Rangers organization, reports. Shoeless Joe died in Greenville, S.C., in 1951. Joe the Ranger was born in Greenville, S.C., 41 years later.
      Shoeless: 6-1, 178.
      Joe the Ranger: 6-1, 180.
  • Somewhat related to the previous two bullet points, I often hear talk of putting a chip in a football so officials will know exactly where the football should be placed or if it goes past the goal line. I don’t think a “chip” is going to be the solution. What I think will happen is there will be sensors all over the field with the ball and uniforms made out of special material or some sort of coating which the sensors will be able to detect. The collaboration of the field sensors and material/coating will allow computers to place the ball correctly and tell exactly when a player’s knee was down.
  • World’s First Braille Smartwatch Lets Blind People Feel Messages on Screen
  • Politico – I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Workout. It Nearly Broke Me. – Pumping iron with RBG’s personal trainer is no joke.
  • A long GIF which shows you the process of a circuit board being recycled and how they separate the different types of metals.
  • I just have a feeling one of them is Justin Bieber – SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon
    • It will be a private mission with two paying customers, not NASA astronauts, who approached the company. The passengers are “very serious” about the trip and have already paid a “significant deposit,” according to Musk. The trip around the Moon would take approximately one week: it would skim the surface of the Moon, go further out into deep space, and loop back to Earth, approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles. The plan is to do the trip in the second quarter of 2018
  • U2 sued for allegedly stealing song from British artist for ‘Achtung Baby’ album
    • U2 has never given Rose a writer’s credit or acknowledged his role in creating the music — which became “The Fly,” the seventh song on “Achtung Baby” — the suit said.
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Feel good college basketball moment of the weekend

Michigan State inserts injured guard Eron Harris into a game one last time on senior dayHarris’ college career ended with a knee injury, but Tom Izzo found a way to get him on the court one last time.


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Bag of Randomness for Monday, February, 27, 2017

  • Wow, that just became the most memorable Oscars moment EVER. People think the power could never go out at a Super Bowl, a wrong Miss Universe gets crowned, a Trump presidency, or the Academy Award for Best Picture could be a mistake – anything can happen.
  • This is what I liked about how the mistake was handled, it was corrected right away. The “officials” came on stage and straightened it out, the La La Land folks humbly and graciously admitted there was a mistake, displayed the card for all to see, and invited the Moonlight cast on stage, and Warren Beatty made sure it was known he wasn’t clowning around and was taking his role as presenter seriously, which avoided an even crazier press conference and rumors that he’s not mentally well.
  • But we all know La La Land won the popular vote even though Moonlight won the Electoral College. I blame all the undocumented Academy voters. But seriously, they handled it with poise and class.
  • A bit of irony with Beatty & Dunaway there as a way to celebrate their movie about a heist movie only for a great heist to occur live.
  • I fear Beatty is going to get most of the blame but clearly, it wasn’t his fault. The envelope wasn’t correct and Dunaway announced it.
  • Remember when a lot of folks thought Jack Palance mistakenly said Marissa Tomey’s name?
  • No telling how many people turned off their TV not knowing who the real winner was. All La La Land needed to do was make a “football move” after the reception.
  • Life Pro Tip – Don’t have Price Waterhouse Coopers preparing your tax returns this year.
  • Imagine if you were in Las Vegas and put money down on Best Picture.
  • If Sean Spicer was making the correction, he’d say, “Moonlight won Best Picture. Period.”
  • Listen to the end of this clip, they realized it said “Emma Stone”.

  • Next year, the Oscars will include a living person in the “in memorium” segment.
  • Emma Stone was fantastic in La La Land but I still think Anna Kendrick would have been a better choice for the role. But I liked her speech in which stated the statuette was just a symbol for her to seek to become better.
  • Ladies think Ryan Gosling can pull off anything, but I didn’t think he could pull off the 70’s style ruffled shirt tux last night.
  • Ben and Casey Affleck’s actual last name is “Affleck-Boldt”. At least Wikipedia tells me so.
  • I expected the Oscars to be more political. Not that I wanted it to be, I just expected to be.
  • Local critic Ed Bark sure was cranky last night on Twitter.
  • I had a streak of 39-day with 10,000 steps break because I threw my back out, but the painkillers have been nice. And by “nice” I mean a godsend.
  • Troy Aikman put together a Cowboys reunion. Joe Buck was supposed to emcee the event but had a scheduling conflict, so George Dunham of the TICKET filled in. Here’s (video) part of a bit he did with Joe Buck where he does the Fake Michael Irvin.
  • When I first heard of Fort Worth native Bill Paxton’s death, I was reminded of an interview he did with Kidd Kraddick. The first question of the interview led Paxton to describe how people often confuse him with Bill Pullman. As soon as the interviewed ended, Kidd admitted going into it thinking it he was Pullman he was about to interview and that’s why he didn’t have a lot of questions lined up, they were all in reference to Pullman movies.
  • No “Heisman contender” should ever get run down by a cop, but I think scouts have mentioned his limited escapability outside the pocket – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield arrested in Arkansas
    • He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, according to the Washington County (Arkansas) sheriff’s office.
    • According to the report, when the officer asked Mayfield to come over, he began to walk away. When the officer told him to stop, Mayfield sprinted away, which forced the officer to chase him and tackle him to the ground.
  • All 240 Family Christian Stores Are ClosingMore than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation of one of the world’s largest Christian retailers.
    • More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all of its stores after 85 years in business.
  • For any of you trying to guess my contribution to the ad I’ve been referencing, think Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia.
  • Bush daughter headlines Planned Parenthood fundraiserBarbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ annual Fort Worth luncheon.
  • Tesla wants to sell future cars with insurance and maintenance included in the price
  • Medicine-carrying drone made of cardboard and built as a single-use delivery vehicle for emergency scenarios
  • I found this interesting. Last Saturday, February 18, Major Garrett of CBS News tweeted Navy Secretary nominee Phillip Biden was likely to withdraw. Later that day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied to his tweet basically telling Garrett he was wrong. Last night when all eyes were on the Oscars, Phillip Biden released a statement he was withdrawing.
  • Baylor’s Kim Mulkey was out of line with her comments on Saturday
    • “If somebody’s around you and they ever say, ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face.”
    • “The problems that we have at Baylor are no different than the problems at any other school in America. Period. Move on. Find another story to write.”
      • It’s totally understandable she’s proud of her university and frustrated with the stigma, and it’s obvious she was using a figure of speech, but those are poorly chosen and insensitive words considering Baylor leadership is accused of turning a blind eye towards women who reported violence. It’s further evidence the leadership and culture at Baylor is toxic and those who cheer on this university are doing nothing but enabling. I’m understanding toward those who love the school, but it doesn’t live up to the standards of what it was in the past or what it sets itself to be. Sometimes when you love something you should walk away and only come back once there is repentance and see a change for the better.
      • Baylor seems like the new Trump administration. They will do and say what they want and nothing really seems to stick and there’s a lack of accountability. But Trump has respected women more than Baylor. And Mulkey comes across like Sean Spicer or Kellyanne Conway blaming the media. Yes, other schools share the same problems of sexual assault, but other schools haven’t tried to cover them up to the extent of that Christian university.
  • Mom carrying baby without brain to term – to donate the organs
    • “It would just be irresponsible to take the gifts that Eva has and not share them with others.”
  • And to think I recently posted a bit he did with Carson and Letterman. With that in mind, Hugh Hefner is on deck. – Joseph Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97
  • Here’s your Monday morning inspirational GIF of the day
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Conan’s Border Wall Pledge Drive

The idea of getting your name on a brick for a donation was some good schtick.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit – The 3 Rules of Living Animation

This gives you a better appreciation of the art and the complexity and the tiny details often overlooked. And worth noting, nothing was done digitally.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 24, 2017

  • Chief Meteorologist Scott Padgett of CBS11 confessed on air he’s never eaten anything from Whataburger. He’s been at the station since September 2013.
  • Last night’s ‘Life In Pieces’ had an obscure Tina Yothers (you know, the young blonde girl in ‘Family Ties’) reference which reminded me of one of my favorite SNL bits. It was one of those “TV Funhouse” cartoons with Mr. T. At the end of this particular bit, Mr. T says, “Let that be a lesson to all the Gary Burghoffs, Joey Lawrences, Tina Yotherses, and George “Goober” Lindsays! If you believe in yourself, drink your school, stay in drugs, and don’t do milk – you can get work!
  • As our kids are on a “Diff’rent Strokes” kick, I’ve noticed the intro and ending songs are diff’rent even though they sound the same. The intro has lyrics which focus on Mr. Drummond’s life as he adopts the kids and the ending song has words on how the adoption has changed him. Also, only the song in the end credits ends in “hmmmmm“.
  • I knew Gary Coleman had health issues as a child, but I didn’t know how bad and thought it was more of an urban myth. But per Mental_Floss:
    • Coleman’s short stature was the result of drugs given to the youngster to address a genetic birth defect: he was born with one atrophied kidney and the other already failing. By age five, he had received his first kidney transplant. After getting a second one in 1984 and facing another operation in 1986, Coleman opted for dialysis four times daily instead. Through it all, the drugs given to manage his condition resulted in a suppressed growth phase. By age 14, Coleman knew he wouldn’t grow beyond four feet eight inches.
    • I don’t blame the guy for taking on a dramatic role, but does his character have to set a dog on fire?
      • He also convinced NBC to give him a dramatic role in 1985 as the lead in a TV movie, Playing with Fire, about a child arsonist who wants to set the family dog ablaze. Like his Very Special Episodes, it ends with a strong message for would-be firebugs: “Get therapy.”
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) invoked the 2011 shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event this week as a reason not to hold a public town hall.
  • Just a random Alaska Airlines commercial one of your favorite bloggers contributed one literal second to.
  • Heart rate update – It’s interesting how my heart rate dropped and remained consistently steady for a week and then watch it go right back up during my trip to D.C. While away, I made sure to get my daily cardio in and get my 10,000 steps, but I guess stress of being in a new environment and actual human interaction are contributing factors.
  • Speaker Paul Ryan was recently in Texas touring the Rio Grande Valley about border concerns. I’m surprised his visit didn’t get much coverage.
  • PenFed should are being aggressive with their advertising button, I hear and see their commercials ad-nauseum.
  • All for their shamrock shakes-  McDonald’s has re-engineered drinking straws – The redesigned STRAW — short for “Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal,” of course — is meant to alleviate the most basic of problems: having to wait for your shake to melt a bit before you can get the perfect mix of chocolate and mint flavors
  • Benjamin L. Corey – Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle? Or Have You Been Reading The Bible Wrong?
    • I’ll be honest and I don’t recall this ever being explained to me, and I feel embarrassed because I thought my biblical knowledge was more than average, but I always thought Jesus was talking about a sewing needle and a camel. But Corey explains it has often been taught this way:
      • The explanation usually goes like this: There were gates to the entrance of the city that had small openings called “needles” and in order for camels to pass through, they had to get down on their bellies and wiggle themselves through the eye of the needle. The basic application of this exegesis was that rich people face a lot of barriers to becoming Christian.
        • He later reveals there’s no evidence a gate with a needle’s eye existed at the time.
    • However, Corey goes on to explain the difficulty in translation when working with dead languages and ancient manuscripts which have textual variants. And in this case, the New Testament is written in ancient Greek, but Jesus most likely would have spoken Aramaic. Then he goes on to explain Greek has similarities between the word for “rope” and “camel” (a single letter) and because of context, should go with “rope” and that “needle” is actually an anchor on a ship. He further asserts, referencing a theologian, Jesus lived in a fishing village and that his first disciples were fishermen, and with this in context –
      • “The image of the oceangoing vessel with a heavy, braided rope hawser holding to the anchor or tying the ship to the pier makes the image much stronger…” in reference to this exaggerated metaphor.
      • “As they used their hand-held needles and thread to mend (fishing) nets, Jesus said: “It is easier for a hawser to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.” The logic is inescapable, and the language moves in that direction, as soon as one looks to the Semitic tradition behind the Greek text, working in the languages which Jesus fluently read and spoke.”
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Tigers Capture Drone

The owners need not worry about retrieving that thing, it’s done for.

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Bullet-proof origami: folding Kevlar shield

BYU mechanical engineers have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new ballistic barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded — which takes only five seconds — it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.

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R2D2 With A Voice: Star Wars – A New Hope

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Empty Bag This Morning

empty bag

There are days I lower my standards and post things considered “bag worthy” and there are days when I can’t find crap. Today is a crap day. Which reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Spaceballs(Curse word warning)


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The hotline Hollywood calls for science advice

There’s a consulting service connecting filmmakers with scientist script advisors — and it’s changing what science looks like onscreen.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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