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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • That lovely piece of ‘MURICA! was brought to you by @stevbiro.
    • So lucky to capture a symmetrical reflection of this beautiful Bald Eagle coming straight at me!
  • It’s the last day of school for the kids and WifeGeeding.
  • An entertaining shower thought I read recently – You are probably closer to being a millionaire than Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos.
  • The last sonic boom I recall hearing was on February 1, 2003. That’s when the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed during re-entry. I was in my childhood home in Mineral Wells, TX and the windows rattled so much I thought they may have cracked. WifeGeeding was roughly 200 miles east in Lindale and heard the same thing just as strong. I’m still amazed as to how far that sound carried.
  • My high school geometry teacher hung a favorite saying hers on the wall, she made it herself out of posterboard. It’s hokie, but I think about it whenever I’m struggling at learning something and it continues to be a motivator – Success is not measured by the IQ, but by the I DO.
  • Last American Slave Ship Is Discovered In Alabama
  • It Cost About $65 To Have A Cold Pizza Delivered In The Middle Of The Night To Skywalker Ranch in 1994′
      • Then one day we’re all in the art department and the head of ILM comes to the art department and says, ‘Listen, George has decided to start up Star Wars again.’ Remember at the time it was only the three original movies and that infamous Christmas special, so this is what everybody wanted, it was pretty much what got them in the business.
      • And we looked around the room and all of us were playing it so cool with each other. We were like, ‘Yeah, maybe, maybe not, I don’t know, we’ll see, I got things to do.’ But that night everybody was there until 1:00 in the morning working on their portfolios. We all wanted in.
  • “Skywalker Ranch” is such a cool name.
  • Man graduates with nursing degree from same university where he started as a janitor
    • “I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU,” said Baez, who moved to New York from the Dominican Republic with his mom at age 15. “Now I reflect on it and I feel very proud of how much I accomplished.”
  • I was impressed, I didn’t think he could make a viable rap out of the classic, but he proved me wrong.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • WifeGeeding should totally do this with her extra eyes. A bit of background on this ring:
    • @drlindseyfitzharrisThis Victorian mourning ring from the late 19th century was made from the deceased person’s glass eye. Would you wear something like this? The first in-socket artificial eyes made in the 15th century were gold with colored enamel. In the latter part of the 16th century, the Venetian glass artisans discovered a formula that could be tolerated inside the eye socket. These early glass eyes were crude, uncomfortable to wear, and very fragile. Even so, the Venetian method was considered the finest in the world. In the mid-19th century, glass artisans in Thuringia, a region in eastern Germany, developed a superior glass formula for the making of artificial eyes. Glass eye making was introduced in the United States in the mid-1800s by immigrant German ocularists. In the 1940s, glass was replaced by plastics, which were more comfortable for the wearer and lasted longer.
  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (it’s the perks of having your own blog). I want WifeGeeding to give her prosthetic eyes to our kids just so I can say, “They have their mother’s eyes.”
  • New Coke Comeback – I recall it being very sweet, almost Pepsi like – Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke in honor of ‘Stranger Things’
  • I was researching the funeral of Alexander Hamilton and learned of his best friend and overlooked Founding Father, Gouverneur Morris (he wrote the Preamble of the Constitution), who was at his side when he expired. After reading this old article about him from The New York Post (founded by Hamilton, btw), I think he’s a friend we all hope to have. Here are a collection of things about Morris, Hamilton’s death and funeral, and their friendship I’d like to share with you. Please don’t let your judgment of Morris be swayed by the small yet overlooked fact he died from internal injuries and infection caused to himself by using a piece of whalebone as a catheter in an attempt to clear a blockage in his urinary tract.
    • Hamilton reportedly offered to throw a dinner party for Morris if he would go up to Washington at a public reception and slap him chummily on the back. Morris did and got his dinner party, though he supposedly said that the frown Washington gave him was the worst moment of his life.
    • As Hamilton lay dying, his wife, Eliza, asked Morris to “join her in prayers for her own death, and then to be a father for her children.” I believe seven of their children were alive at this time ranging in ages from six to sixteen.
    • Morris delivered the eulogy, but these particular acts stood out. He really took care of his best friend’s family.
      • He organized a secret subscription among Hamilton’s friends to pay off his debts and support his family. He also helped organize Hamilton’s papers, which had been left in “wretched disorder.”
    • Hamilton’s funeral was more ornate, more pomp and circumstance than I originally thought. Here’s a writeup of the funeral and the eulogy Morris gave as it was published in 1804. I like the writer’s attempt to write it sincerely and as it happened so future generations can take it in.
      • On Saturday last the remains of Alexander Hamilton were committed to the grave with every possible testimony of respect and sorrow. That distant readers may form some idea of what passed on this mournful occasion, we shall here present them with a regular and correct account of the whole scene.
      • On the stage erected in the portico of Trinity Church, Mr. Gouverneur Morris, having four of General Hamilton’s sons, the eldest about sixteen and the youngest about six years of age, with him, rose and delivered to the immense concourse in front an extemporary Oration, which, being pronounced slowly and impressively, was easily committed to memory, and being very soon afterwards placed on paper, is presumed to be correct even to the language. Being shown to several gentlemen who heard it, they all agree that it comes near enough to what was actually delivered to be presented as that oration at length.
  • Yesterday, LiberallyLean referenced the most recent passing rates for the California Bar Exam, that they are the second-worst passing rate in 30 years at 31.4%. I’m not trying to be critical of his observation (he’s a professional in the field and I just watch a few law shows on the TV); however, earlier this year I heard one of the Kardashian girls planned on taking the California Bar Exam and it was mentioned that California is only one of four states in which you can take the bar without attending law school, the others being Virginia, Vermont, and Washington. I wonder how much a factor that is regarding the passing rates. The source I provided also states from 1995-2014 California was the hardest bar exam to pass, Texas was twenty-second.
  • For my fellow fans of ‘This Old House’ (though I prefer ‘Ask This Old House’) – The Rare Home-Improvement Show That Spotlights Skilled WorkersIn 40 years on air, PBS’s This Old House inspired a more flashy genre of TV while giving tradespeople the attention they deserve.
  • An acquaintance at church recently had shoulder surgery and has been walking with his arm in a sling for the last several weeks and he still travels for work. Recently he was upgraded to a business travel seat, boarded the airplane, but was having a little trouble placing his laptop bag in the overhead bin. He is also vertically challenged. After a moment or two, Jessica Nowitzki stands up and kindly placed the bag in the bin for him and let him know if he needed to get it down during the flight to simply let her know. As you might have guessed, Jessica is the wife of Dirk. Those Nowitskis are nice people. I’m impressed someone of their stature, wealth, and height (well, Dirk is at least 15-inches taller at seven feet tall) will still fly commercial. I would have liked to see how well he fits in a plane seat, even if it’s business class.
  • NachoAnalytics.com might just be a better name for a website than BagOfNothing.com – Game of Thrones Real-Time Web Analytics Dashboard [Live Data]
  • USPS self-driving mail trucks will haul mail between Phoenix and Dallas in five round trips as part of the government’s first major autonomous vehicle test
  • The Fraught Culture of Online MourningNowadays, we live online, and so we grieve here too. But there are limits to the comfort digital mourning can provide.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • WifeGeeding is a big user of Wal-Mart’s free grocery curbside pickup. Sometimes they don’t have a particular item she ordered and they will replace it with something else of equal to greater value. This time she ordered a carton of 18 eggs. They were out of 18 egg cartons so they gave her a package of 60 eggs.
  • It’s always a bit disturbing when I do little DIY projects around the house, I’m left wondering if the homebuilders or previous owner(s) were at fault. For instance, every time I remove the cover to an electrical socket I find drywall screws were used to hold the socket in place.
  • Longtime readers know I’m an admirer of Scott Pelley. He’ll be in town promoting his book next Wednesday (DaughterGeeding pointed out we wear the same shoes). Tickets to the event are $36 and include a copy of his new book which he’ll sign and inscribe. That’s really a great deal, I just wish I didn’t have previous obligations. He was Stephen Colbert’s guest on Friday. It was nice to see him loosen up a bit and see a softer side of the man.
  • I caught a little bit of HBO’s new documentary on Muhammad Ali and wondered whatever happened to the training facility he built in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania (And to think I thought Rocky training in the Russian wilderness was an original idea). He sold it in 1997 for only $100,000 (he built 18 buildings on it). It is now owned by John Madden’s son, Mike. Boom!
  • Arkansas news – Woman poses as sheriff, releases boyfriend from jail
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ finale blocked in China due to trade war
  • Game of Thrones worked best as a communal experienceFrom the Twitter live-tweet parties to a Brooklyn bar
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 20, 2019

  • BoyGeeding sprayed air freshener into his belly button because he thought it stunk.
  • I was so very proud of the citizens of Fort Worth and the rest of North Texas for how they responded when the Amber Alert for that girl went out on Saturday evening. Social media was abuzz and it felt like everyone was genuinely engaged trying to find that abducted eight-year-old girl. It’s the stuff of nightmares, all a mother was doing was walking with her daughter down the street and a stranger drives by and takes her child and she holds on to the car for dear life. Thankfully a doorbell camera caught a glimpse of the car and some proactive citizens contacted police.
  • Parkland students dedicate page in yearbook to therapy dogs for shooting survivors
  • I ordered something off of Amazon Prime recently. On the day it was supposed to arrive, I got an apology email from Amazon informing me the package would be late. I wasn’t upset, actually, really happy that they set an expectation for the customer. The next day I received another apology email stating the package arrived at a local shipping facility but was damaged, the items would be returned to sender, and I would be issued a full refund and would have to reorder my products if I still wanted them. The following day I received an email stating my package would be delivered later in the day, which it was, not damaged, and they stated I could keep the refund, which was something a tad over fifty bucks. I felt like Charlie Sheen about a decade ago, #Winning.
  • For well over a decade, I wondered why everyone had to replace their proof of automobile insurance on May 19 and November 19 of each year. Then, one day, it hit me, as if I was a cartoon character and a light bulb appeared above my head an lit up and was thankful I never brought this up with anyone else. It wasn’t that way for everyone, those dates simply correspond to when I first got my own coverage.
  • Sting has seven grandchildren.
  • The Human Antivenom Project
    • Since 2000, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured some 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood to scientists seeking a universal antivenom. For nearly two decades, few took him seriously. Then a gifted young immunologist stumbled upon Friede on YouTube—and became convinced that he was the key to conquering snakebites forever.
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ finale thoughts –
    • The finale was wrapped a bit too nicely, even the bow was too pretty. It wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be. Honestly, the series finale of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and the season finale of ‘Young Sheldon’ was more emotional and surprising.
    • With both the books and series being so epic, I thought the finale should have left a few more loose ends open. Not for spinoffs, but to give the audience wanting more and leave them to speculate about the future. Really, the only loose end was “Where in the world is Drogon?”
    • Thank God, Ghost got some love and recognition. It’s the most justice I’ve ever seen in the show.
    • Sansa has annoyed me for the last two seasons and I was hoping she’d somehow die.
    • As I say with most finales, it’s not about how it all wraps up, it’s the journey it takes you on. I feel all the time I invested in the show and trying to connect things on various Wiki pages and related articles were well worth it. It was a fun and often emotional ride, allowed me to escape my world and reality for a while, gave me many surprises, and stretched my imagination.
  • Treat your Monday like this duck treated this tiger.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • I don’t think the medium speed on my ceiling fan is medium enough, it’s just a tad too slow. If I put it on high, it’s too high. I like flowing air, but too much gives me a headache if that makes any sense.
  • I was channel surfing last night and came across an eerie and macabre documentary about the efforts of the grandson of Charles Manson to recover his remains so he could give him a proper funeral. I only caught bits and pieces of it.  You did indeed see his body in a simple coffin.
    • I saw some guy, a supporter, lean over into the coffin and give him a kiss on the forehead.
    • Several items were placed inside his casket and laid upon his chest, like an iron cross, an eagle feather, and rings. He was also wearing white gloves. The ring survived the cremation and the grandson kept it and wore it.
    • An American flag was laid on top of the casket with the Stars and Bars placed on top of Old Glory.
    • Around ten people were in attendance, and their interviews were as wheeled off as you’d expect.
    • The pastor who officiated the service stated that when Manson was born, he was imprinted with the image of God which was destroyed by his actions and since that image was still there, that’s why he did the funeral.
    • I think the grandson was someone who just longed for a grandfather figure and trying to reconcile being a direct descendant of a notorious figure and the funeral was a coping mechanism, but then again, all funerals are coping mechanisms.’ He stated that his grandfather had a life sentence, not a soul sentence, and wanted to provide him with a little family dignity. I’m sure a lot of folks will argue the point that Manson’s soul was also sentenced. I think Manson’s son, the grandson’s father, killed himself at sixteen.
    • The casket was wheeled by the attendees to the crematorium. All of them helped push it in and then you saw the grandson push the button to start the cremation, which took about three hours.
    • Funeral’ is slipping from our vernacular, you’ll often hear them referred to as “a celebration of life’. I’m not sure if you could refer to this service as a ‘celebration of life’.
    • The family new burying him in an unmarked grave would have been chaos and knew it would eventually become disgraced and spectacle, so they spread the ashes at a secret place along the banks of a river. However, friends and family spread his ashes on their faces.
  • Apparently, the Vice-President, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel flew together to Indiana for the funeral of a retired senator. I’m not saying there is something wrong with them all flying together, just that it’s interesting.
  • I bet one day Jeff Probst of ‘Survivor’ fame will be the host of ‘Jeopardy!’. Probst used to host the rock and roll version of the show and at some point he’s got to transition.
  • Buc-ee’s bathrooms outshine other roadside restrooms nationwide, according to GasBuddy
  • McDonald’s in Austria will double as mini U.S. embassies for tourists in need of help
  • Emojis, damn them – Hershey’s First Chocolate Bar Redesign in 125 
  • I’m proud of my Navy and think it’s great they had a little fun at taxpayer’s expense (You don’t own that plane, the taxpayers do!). It’s not like they buzzed the tower or take Penny Benjamin out on a date. I would have just preferred they do this over Pyongyang.
    • Cockpit transcript of the Navy pilots who drew a giant penis in the sky over Washington made public
      • “You should totally try to draw a penis,” the EWO advised. “I could definitely draw one, that would be easy,” the pilot boasted. “I could basically draw a figure eight and turn around and come back. I’m gonna go down, grab some speed and hopefully get out of the contrail layer so they’re not connected to each other.”
      • “Dude, that would be so funny,” the pilot said. “Airliner’s coming back on their way into Seattle, just this big (expletive)ing, giant penis. We could almost draw a vein in the middle of it too.”
      • “Balls are going to be a little lopsided,” the pilot advised. “Balls are complete,” he reported moments later. “I just gotta navigate a little bit over here for the shaft.” “Which way is the shaft going?” the EWO asked. “The shaft will go to the left,” the pilot answered. “It’s gonna be a wide shaft,” the EWO noted.
    • I can’t help but think of these Austin Powers scenes which still crack me up.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • I would think the most surreal moment for any new U.S. president would be landing on the White House front lawn in Marine One.
  • There are times I’m jealous WifeGeeding got to attend a private university and didn’t have to pay one college expense and not work during those years. And there are times I think I’m the fortunate one having to take out student loans and work during my college years because it built integrity and allowed me to learn some really valuable life lessons of stretching a dollar, time management, and sacrifice. Either way, I do like to tease her about her lush college experience. That intensified yesterday when I learned she moved into a fully furnished apartment when she lived off campus. I’ve only heard of these “fully furnished apartments” on the TV and the big screen, I had no idea they were a real option, especially for college kids. One of my favorite memories was moving out of my freshman dorm and packing everything in my car. One of my best buddies was doing the same and was parked next to me. He shut his truck, took a deep breath, and just started to laugh saying, “Keith, all of my life possessions, my life’s work, fit in the truck and back seat of my car. If I wreck this thing I’m done for.”
  • One of the greatest feelings in the world is paying off a long-term debt, it’s literally freeing. It must also be a great feeling never having to get into any long-term debt.
  • WifeGeeding’s ovarian cyst decreased from four centimeters to two.
  • One of these events happened in Florida.
  • Annie Oakley won 54 of 55 libel lawsuits against newspapers but collected less in judgments than the total of her legal expenses. William Randolph Hearst published a false story that she had been arrested for stealing to support a cocaine habit. The woman actually arrested was a burlesque performer who told police her name was Annie Oakley.
  • A senior data visualization engineer at Netflix thinks she has come up with a better grocery store receipt.
  • This video was uploaded to YouTube back in December but it’s the first I’ve seen of it. Two 17-year-old boys are challenged to dial a phone number on a rotary phone in less than four minutes.
  • I love the encouragement from his peers.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 9, 2019

  • For some reason, the Eames Lounge Chair has caught my attention, I guess I’ve been seeing it in a lot of television and movies. I’d really like to sit in one to see just how comfortable it is considering it’s been around since 1956 and will set you back $5,000.
  • Kentucky middle school teacher accused of telling student she’ll cut off his penis
    • “. . . and at least one student allegedly heard Graham tell the student to get off her player “or I’ll cut your dick off and shove it down your throat,” according to court documents.
      • I’m going to give the teacher the benefit of the doubt since I’m not familiar with Kentucky culture. There’s the possibility “dick” is Kentucky slang for “shirt tag” and “shove it down your throat” is just a Kentucky way of saying “gently place in your backpack.” Not everything in Kentucky is as it seems, for instance – Sen. Mitch McConnell Selling ‘Cocaine Mitch’ Shirts For Campaign
  • The earliest known footage of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash (1955) was shot in Lubbock (supposedly).
  • I’m not a fan of coleslaw.
  • “I refuse to have a terrible death”: the rise of the death wellness movement“Death doulas,” dinner parties, and conversation-starters all have the same goal: to help Americans emotionally embrace their own mortality.
  • This is dedicated to my friend “Adam” who is determined to get kicked off the Nextdoor network – The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors 
  • Archie is a better name than Keith.
  • Amazon’s latest Blink security camera lasts two years on AA batteries
  • White House requires Big Pharma to list drug prices on TV ads as soon as this summer
    • Drugmakers have been resistant to advertising list prices, saying it’s simply the price that’s advertised, and not what consumers actually pay. Pharma executives have instead thrown their support behind a Trump administration proposal that would give consumers an estimated $29 billion in rebates now paid to pharmacy benefit managers.
  • The Woman Who Invented The Modern KitchenThere are “dream kitchens,” and then there’s the Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926.
  • Inside Microsoft’s Vision For The Future Of Windows, Office, And WorkIt’s All About The Web And Lego Blocks
    • It is interesting to see how much technology has changed in the last 25 years when Microsoft was such a behemoth. It’s still a behemoth, but it will be interesting to see how they adapt as Windows and Office products become less and less used by the public. They have moved Office from software which needs to be installed to a version which is exclusively used on a browser. I’m not sure why anyone would personally buy the browser version when GoogleDocs exists and is free. Well, other than power-users.
  • USA TodayThe average adult in the USA spends $1,497 a month on nonessential items. All told, that’s roughly $18,000 a year on things we can all do without.
  • Mathematicians talk chalk – Once upon a time, not long ago, the math world fell in love … with a chalk. But not just any chalk! This was Hagoromo: a Japanese brand so smooth, so perfect that some wondered if it was made from the tears of angels. Pencils down, please, as we tell the tale of a writing implement so irreplaceable, professors stockpiled i
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Fantastic Reimagined Vader vs Kenobi Fight

This blew me away, it was so well done.

“Scene 38 ReImagined” is about the final confrontation between Ben Kenobi & Darth Vader in “A New Hope” nearly 20 years after the events of “Revenge Of The Sith.” This is a one-off story driven scene reflecting the characters in its chronological order from the point of Revenge of the Sith through Rebels, Rogue One, and all canon material leading to A New Hope.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 7, 2019

    • I took that picture about a month ago. I was about to go to bed but I couldn’t find OtherDogGeedingII but needed to turn the light off in DaughterGeeding’s room. I suppose he was guarding her from bad dreams.
    • I watch the last period and overtime of the Dallas Stars game last night. I don’t watch much hockey but this was a local team in a game seven. For some reason, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was being played. The crowd was really into it singing along with a lot of gusto. It’s a fun crowd song, I get that, but it’s about West Virginia and the game was in St. Louis. This reminds of the period when the Dallas Cowboys would play “Sweet Home Alabama” before kickoffs which annoyed the heck out of me.
    • Drywall is one of the toughest things to repair. Years ago GeedingManor had some foundation issues and I’m trying to repair some cracks in our walls. The process is pretty easy, it’s matching the texture, that orange peel pattern that’s the challenge. I can never get those aerosol cans to work right. I think in many ways, drywall is an art form which has to be mastered.
    • I have a close friend, someone I grew up and attended college with, recently turned down an opportunity to pastor a church in Hawaii. Funny thing, but not only is my friend from Mineral Wells but the representative of the prospective church also grew up there.
    • I have another close friend who is also a Baptist preacher. He mentioned his teenage son goes to a public school and it provides parents the option of whether they want their children to participate in a sex education class. He explained he and his wife chose not to have their son participate, that they would prefer to have that sort of stuff taught by them based on biblical and Christian principles. Several times he stated he was concerned about how “the world” teaches sex. None of this was surprising and it’s especially common where I grew up. I asked if he and his wife had the talk before the school’s scheduled sex education class and he seemed surprised by the question. I explained I wasn’t judging his parenting, I simply thought the students who attended the class would talk a lot about it afterward and that was an opportunity to have his son prepared to respond to a sensitive subject matter. For the most part, I don’t have an issue of parents opting to have their children not attend a sex education class. I also recognize each child is different. But I think a good approach for conservative Christian parents would be to have their children take the class, but before doing so, teach them how you would prefer it be taught and then after they take the class talk to them about what was taught and let them know what areas you support and don’t support – have a conversation about it. Eventually, they will be faced with what was taught one way or another, either by friends, personal experience, social media, or an entertainment median. As a parent, you have to make the most of the opportunities which come about. I’m now reminded of a sex education booklet I had for a “Sociology of Marriage” class I took in college. The front cover had the words of John 8:32 – Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
    • Inside Electrify America’s plan to simplify electric car charging
    • Portland man gets 4 months for trying to bribe ICE officer to deport wife, her child
    • TheRoot.com is an online African-American news magazine focused on black culture. If you are familiar with black culture, then you are well aware of how significant the barbershop is, it’s a place in the community where people hang out for hours playing games and conversing. I recently discovered TheRoot.com has a weekly tongue in cheek (Oh, stewardess! I speak jive.) ‘Game of Thrones’ recap which I found pretty funny – A Game of Thrones Recap From the Westeros Barbershop
        • I know y’all heard they killed that black girl down in King’s Landing yesterday. I’ve seen the video. She was unarmed, not bothering anybody, and they cut her head clean off in front of her boyfriend while he just stood there like he didn’t even have any balls or anything.
        • If you found that recap entertaining, then you might enjoy The Black Person’s Guide to Game of Thrones (PG-13ish)

    • I haven’t watched this so I have no idea what to expect but thought some of you might find this interesting – People Try To Guess The Religion Of Strangers In A Line-Up
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  • This past weekend I heard a guy start a conversation with, “I first met my ex-wife as she was leaving her exam with her gynecologist, who was my father.”
  • Random high school and college memory – Math books provided the answers to all even-numbered problems in the back.
  • I’ve hired a carpet cleaner maybe four or five times over the years. The price is never the same as what I initially booked it for.
  • King Naresuan of Thailand killed the Crown Prince of Burma in an elephant duel in 1593.
  • Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire was the No. 1 song in the U.S. back in December of 1989. The first words of the song are, “Harry Truman”. I wonder if Mr. Truman ever imagined his name would be at the beginning of a popular rock song.
  • Norah O’Donnell has been named the 8th anchor in the history of the ‘CBS Evening News’ and will begin her tenure this summer replacing Jeff Glor who has only been in the lead anchor chair since December 2017. From what I read, it has more to do with the new CBS News president promoting her than it was of him not reaching expectations. I always felt O’Donnell came across as a little smug, a lot like Brian Williams, but I suppose that’s not a valid criticism. However, she annoys the heck out of me on Twitter whenever the State of the Union is on because all she does is copy and paste the speech from a version released early to the press as it’s happening. I’m not looking for commentary, but maybe a bit of insight and analysis. I do like the work of John Dickerson, even though he’s pretty vanilla but the guy knows his history. He’s got a great podcast on presidential history and trivia.
  • For $250, Troy Aikman will record a personalized message for you. That’s a bargain compared to Brett Favre who will charge $500. However, when I first saw Aikman tweet about this, I swear I saw his price was only $75.
  • Offices Can Be Hell for People Whose Brains Work DifferentlyWork spaces today come with strong smells, harsh light, lots of chatter, and constant messages on email or Slack. For neurodivergent people, this can be a big ask.
  • Diagnosing (And Dealing With) Your Low-battery Anxiety
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