Bag of Randomness for Friday, January, 17, 2020


I feel like a bonafide dummy after discovering my latest mistake. I use GMail to check my GMail (go figure) and my BagOfNothing.com email address. You may faintly recall that back in October, my website content was transferred to an upgraded server. I thought everything transferred correctly, and I guess it did, but I didn’t realize until this week I needed to update my email settings in order to keep receiving emails sent to my BagOfNothing.com email. Because I was using GMail as my interface, I was still receiving all mail sent to my GMail address but have been unaware I haven’t received any email sent to the other address. Oddly, I was still able to send mail from my BagOfNothing email. I thought a lot of friends simply weren’t replying because the holiday season kicked in and was simply busy. I “fixed the glitch” yesterday and found I missed somewhere around a hundred and thirty emails. So, my apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me and I haven’t gotten back with you.


This video has been around since the summer but I just discovered it. The dog is so steady at Jenga you think the video froze.


I’ve never seen the president wear glasses. It’s not a sign of weakness or anything, but I can’t recall ever seeing it before. But he has worn them in public before and a few other times. He does squint a lot. I couldn’t find any pictures of the previous president wearing glasses though I’m sure I’ve seen him with readers on before. Here are pictures of W. and Clinton wearing specks.


Springfield, MA Woman Films 911 Call Chasing Kidnapper Miguel Rodriguez With 11-Year-Old Girl Driving 100 MPH Through City

Amanda Disley and her husband were driving around Springfield when she noticed someone being pushed down in the backseat of a blue Honda Civic, thought it was suspicious, followed the car and called the police. Although it’s probably not advised to lead a vigilante high-speed chase through an urban area like that if she hadn’t made that phone call Charlotte could be dead right now.


The Best and Worst Airlines in 2019, Ranked

Somehow, ranking below even low cost-carriers like Frontier and Spirit, WSJ named American Airlines the single worst airline in 2019—which may or may not come as a surprise. In three of the last five years, AA has also ranked last.

Delta earned its spot, in part, by canceling the fewest flights and bumping the fewest passengers in 2019 of all major U.S. airlines. (Delta also ranked number one in both 2017 and 2018.) Alaska and Southwest followed Delta in the rankings, coming in second and third, respectively.


New York Public Library Releases Their Top 10 Most Checked Out Books Of All Time

The most-wanted book? The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

The Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a young boy’s encounter with snow has been checked out 485,583 times from the NYPL since it was published in 1962.

It shares qualities with many of the other most-borrowed titles: The beautifully illustrated book has been around a long time, it’s well-known and well-loved, and it’s available in numerous languages.

1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts
2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts
3. 1984 by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts
4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts
6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts

The library also awarded an “honorable mention” to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. That book might have been a contender for the all-time top spot, but NYPL children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore so disliked the 1947 book that the library didn’t carry it until 1972. That late entry kept the book off the top 10 list — for now.

Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 14, 2020


While praising Jimmy Johnson on Instagram, “I’ve learned though in [sic] life is we remember those who make us better.” I agree with that, but one would also have to realize those who make us better are not always our friends or cohorts, often they are those we loath or fight against.


One major reason college football has an attendance problem is that their games are too damn long. Not only are the games too damn long, but their season is too damn on. The first FBS team kicked had their first game on Aug 24, 142 days ago. That’s pretty demanding for a ‘student-athlete’. You might as well tack on another 23 days since most of the SEC had players reporting to fall camp on Aug first. And to think there was a time when no student had to miss any school because any bowl game or championship was played during winter break.



Governor Abbott Says Texas Is Finished Building Highways

“The bottom line is this: The way people get around, the way people live is going to change,” Abbott said, according to the Rivard Report. “As a result, this generation of roads that [Texas Transportation Commission Chairman] Bruce Bugg is in charge of building is probably the last major buildout of roads we’ll have in the state of Texas, even considering the fact that Texas is the fastest-growing state in America.”

Full DMagazine.com Article


The Most Popular Memes of the Decade (2011 – 2020)


Space Force Bible blessing spurs protest


Here’s an under-rated cartoon character – Hippety Hopper.


In a recent interview, Burt Ward, who portrayed Batman’s sidekick “Robin” in the old television series, stated ABC pointed something out to him.

Apparently, the snug-fitting costume worn by Ward’s Robin — the sidekick of Adam West’s Batman — on the ’60s TV show drew the ire of the Catholic League of Decency. “They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” the actor said in an interview with Page Six. As Ward tells it, the issue became such a concern for ABC that the network had him go see a doctor, who prescribed pills “to shrink me up.”


I’m not one to trust fair rides, the “malfunction” starts at the 1:26 mark.



Here’s your next internet challenge.

View post on imgur.com

Posted in Personal | 2 Comments

Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 13, 2020

Snowfall doesn’t happen often around these parts so it’s always special to see the excitement in a child’s eyes. It would have been more fun if it was on a school day and seeing their face when Michael Irvin announces no classes. Only fellow TICKET listeners would understand.


I’m happy to hear Jimmy Johnson will be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s impossible to tell the history of pro football without Johnson, so he was always a ‘yes’ for me. Similar to what happened with Bill Cowher on Saturday, Johnson was told live on air that he’d be going in.

The Hall of Fame broke tradition to tell Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson they’re in. It was great

Johnson had to know something was up when the president of the hall of fame walked in, since he was on set across the country NYC the day before for Cowher. But unlike the Cowher announcement, we got to see one of his players, Troy Aikman, peek in on the announcement. No, it’s time to get Jimmy in the Ring of Honor.

Red teary eyes, I guess the pollen count must have been abnormally high in Green Bay.


Don’t let the headline fool you, people are interested and devoted, they simply aren’t attending games.

Sports Illustrated – Why Is College Football Attendance Tanking?

From 2014 to ’18, attendance across the FBS fell by 7.6%. Last year, on average, 41,856 fans went to games. That’s the lowest turnout since 1996; even major programs like Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss suffered declines of greater than 5%. The NCAA has yet to release its full report on 2019’s numbers, but pictures of nearly-empty stadiums, from big to small programs, popped up every fall weekend on Twitter. During bowl season, as games moved to neutral sites, the stands were so empty it looked more like spring football. Even athletic directors will openly admit it: College football is facing an attendance crisis.

While the pews might be emptying out, devotion is not diminishing. A 2018 Gallup Poll found that Americans care about college football more than any professional sport besides the NFL. And while TV ratings fell in recent years, they’re once again on the rise. People care and people watch. They just aren’t going as they once did.


If she accepts the duties of her role have been rolled back, then perhaps her salary should be cut back twenty to thirty percent.

Press secretary responds to complaints about not holding briefings

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has rebuffed a recent CNN opinion piece from 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials arguing for the return of daily press briefings.

Grisham has yet to hold a single briefing since taking the role of President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman in July, deciding instead to participate in interviews with friendly conservative television outlets like Fox News and One America News Network. Scrutiny over the lack of briefings has heightened in recent weeks amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Prior to the Trump administration, regular press briefings were the norm for decades. Under previous administrations, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the White House and State Department held daily or almost daily briefings.

 


Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study

A team of researchers have strapped a pair of 3D glasses to an unsuspecting cuttlefish and set it loose in an underwater movie theatre to work out how the marine molluscs know how far away their prey is before launching an explosive, tentacled attack



BoingBoing.net – Footage of traumatized moviegoers walking out of The Exorcist in 1973




 

Posted in Personal | 3 Comments

Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 9, 2019

 

I’m still battling chronic hiccups and an upper respiratory infection. My apologies for the lack of posts.


I’d like to think one measure of a head football coach’s success is that he left the program better than he found it. With that benchmark in mind, I’m not sure if Jason Garrett passes that test. But man, how lucky was he to coach the team he wanted for a full decade. You shouldn’t feel sorry for the man, he got his chance. When I look at former Baylor coach Matt Rule, he certainly left the program in better shape than he found it. Some fans feel like he’s been looking for a way out since he arrived, but I’d like to respectfully disagree. If I have my facts right, he never sought out any offers, they came to him. He was so well regarded, he didn’t need to look for anything, he just had to entertain offers.


I see a lot of my fellow P1s are concerned about a disturbance in the force, with the retirement of the Old Grey Wolf. Us humans aren’t used to adjusting to things we expect to always be there. I’ll say his announcement didn’t affect me. We all saw it was coming, and his Irish exit wasn’t any surprise. As for me, well, after both with the death of both of my parents far in the rearview mirror, the loss of a few close relationships, seeing death come for several college friends, greats retiring and fade away, sacred buildings collapsed, traditions end (Texas vs. Texas A&M) experiencing what it’s like for the Rangers to be one out from their only World Series title, and 25 years of no new additional Lombardi trophies being added to the Cowboys’ mantle place – man, you just get used to major change, roll with the punches, and learn that time doesn’t care and it easily moves on. Nothing is sacred, you just have to appreciate what you have at the moment and realize it can be gone in a second. What’s true and constant is that things will never be the same, no matter how hard you try to keep it that way. It’s one reason why I think traditions are stupid. Yes, I’ll be bold enough to be blunt enough to state it. So what if they are gone? There’s still oxygen in the air (for now) and life and time carry on. It’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. Cherish what was and what you have, learn to embrace not change, but simply the passing of time. 200 years from now, more than likely, no one is going to remember you even existed and your sacred Christmas tree ornament which has been on every year since you were four has long ago been tossed in the trash pile.


This grandma can get down on the drums. Skip to the 43-second mark if you just to see and hear her playing. I think at the 1:35 mark she starts to feel comfortable and her facial expression starts to slightly change to “concentrate” to “comfortable” to “fun”.


I have one of those “I’m halfway serious” theories. Trump is doing what he can to start a war without looking so obvious but these other countries aren’t falling for it and he vents in his bedroom by bashing his pillow against different things and screaming into it.


This article is about three weeks old but worth sharing.

Alamo Drafthouse Revenues Climb Despite Box Office Downturn

Alamo Drafthouse is capping off 2019 with shine. Ticket sales for the cinema chain are up 5.8% from last year, an especially impressive feat considering the exhibition industry as a whole is pacing over 5% behind 2018.

In a theatrical landscape that’s become particularly challenged by the rise of streaming services, Alamo Drafthouse attributes success to its scope of offerings. That mix includes traditional studio releases, indie and arthouse films and repertory showings. Comparatively, the next highest number of movies offered by an exhibitor chain is 1,142 films.


 

Posted in Personal | 2 Comments

Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

I’m trying something new, instead of bullet points I’m using a line for thought/subject separation.


Longtime readers will recall I had a severe case of hiccups which lasted three days. Well, it happened again last week and it was hell. I actually still have them, but they come and go from minutes to several hours at a time. The doctor prescribed a cocktail of medicine but it makes me sleepy which makes it hard to work.


On last night’s Wheel of Fortune, Vanna welcomed Pat Sajak’s daughter who revealed the letters. That was kinda neat. I believe Jeopardy! will air during prime time tonight with the top champion


“It’s not their first rodeo.” – Actually, it will be for the new Dickies Arena. This photo caught my attention. My imagination says it’s all a giant spider web.



Mike Rhyner, the founder of The TICKET, decided to retire. He did it with no fanfare or telling anyone, but did leave a message to the listeners. Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News (and the station) has the exclusive.

Rhyner was responsible for the return music and would always tweet the list after the show.


Not only was I impressed with the level of detail, but the artistic filming and score is top level.


I prefer eating the edge or outside of a cookie than the center, same for brownies, but not cake.


A friend used the word “schadenfreude” in an email. I had to look it up to learn not only the meaning but how to say it.


We’re doing some remodeling which includes new floors. The kids saw that I used a Sharpie to mark some dimensions of a kitchen island and asked if they could draw on the tile. Since the tile will be scraped up and taken to the dump, I told them to know themselves out.

When I demoed the old kitchen island I found a bunch of bullet casings or shells. Please forgive me if I’m using the wrong terminology, I’m ignorant when it comes to most things weapon-related. Here are some photos if you are interested. Of course, we’ve made up a lot of stories of how they got there.

  

We also found a lot of trash from the builders. For instance, there was a 1996 Pepsi can you could use to get a discount at Sea World in San Antonio. I guess it’s common for home builders to toss trash inside walls and such. I’ve found trash hidden in other places in the house that only the builder could have accessed.


Recently, we watched a movie at the “CUT! by Cinemark” in Frisco. By far, it’s the nicest movie theater I’ve ever been to.


The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in DallasA guide for where to find a short hike versus long, how to traverse unmarked territory, what you can expect to see, and more.


It’s quite interesting that the evening and nightly CBS11 newscast didn’t lead with the Dallas Cowboys new head story. I want to say the story was slotted about seven or ten stories down.


A smart running shoe insole detects your gait to offer coaching advice

 

Posted in Personal | 6 Comments

Bag of Randomness for The First Post of the 2020s

  • Greetings. Happy new year, and to a greater extent, a happy new decade. May the 20s be roaring and not end in an economic depression this time around. There’s some debate when a decade begins and ends when examined from technical, scientific, historic, and pop-culture perspectives. Usually, I’m technically and scientifically minded, but in this case, I lean in the direction of pop-culture.
  • It’s odd for a Cowboys fan watching the Saints and Vikings play in a playoff game. The Saints are coached by a former Cowboys offense assistant and the Vikes by a former Cowboys defense assistant. Either way, the Cowboys don’t play as much after the regular season as their former assistants do.
  • Note: The following was posted before I learned Jason Garrett would not return as the Cowboys head coach.
    I’m a bit puzzled as to why football fans are questioning the way Jerry Jones is handling the head coaching position. Jason Garrett is under contract until mid-January. Simply, an employee’s contract is about to expire and the employer is weighing his options to renew/extend the existing employment contract or let it expire. Part of this process includes exploring other options and interviewing potential candidates and considering what they have to offer. It’s not dissimilar to my line of work. The government awards a contract to a company for work to be performed. As the contract nears its expiration, the company will decide if it wants to continue the work and make their case to the government. The government will also decide if they want to continue the working relationship but will also explore other offers.
  • I believe humans are born with 20 baby teeth. DaughterGeeding lost her 20th yesterday, so I guess she’s all done.
  • This video (qued for you at a particular spot) of voice actress scamming a scammer was popular yesterday, she sounds exactly like the automated voice operator.
  • Robin Williams’s Daughter Gets Sweet Surprise From Disney Character Filter On Instagram
  • Rural America set to lose political power after 2020 census
  • When I ran across that pic at the top of this post a flood of memories, and I mean a flood of memories, rushed through me.
  • Bosch’s virtual visor eliminates sun glare without blocking your viewIt uses facial recognition AI to identify when the sun is in your eyes.
  • A moment of tenderness from the Australian wildfires.
Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

Bag of Randomness for Monday, December, 23, 2019

  • What an interesting weekend for those of us born in the Seventies and grew up in the Eighties. There was the finale of the Starwalker saga with the release of the new Star Wars movie and then we got to witness Eddie Murphy’s return to Saturday Night Live. If there were ever a weekend to recapture the past, this was it. I feel a bit like Ebenezer Scrooge visiting Christmas past and present.
  • If you didn’t set out of this world expectations for either Star Wars or Eddie Murphy and simply tried to enjoy the moment and be thankful these events actually came to fruition, you had a good time.
  • We watched a bit of the Texas high school football championship game between North Shore and Duncanville at my in-laws. One of my in-laws follows high school and college football very closely, but he kept telling everyone how Duncanville had a “true freshman quarterback” which perplexed me but I tried to let it pass. About the fourth time, I had to question him about it. I started off saying I don’t follow high school football and still adjusting to 5A no longer being the top-tier of school size, but didn’t understand what was a “true freshman quarterback” verses “non-true freshman quarterback.” He realized his flub, that he was confusing college and high school, and we all had a good laugh.
  • My neighbor, the widower, is dating the widow of the neighborhood, and he called with an interesting request for assistance recently. They found hidden cameras in her house, which were hidden in the smoke detectors. He asked if I’d come over and help them find any other possible hidden cameras and wanted to lean on my knowledge on such things. He tends to think I’m a techie and really resourceful, and was wondering if I had an app or device to help. I politely suggested they contact the police who would actually have the proper resources which would provide peace of mind that all monitoring devices were found.
  • You know one group I have heard about in a while, Anonymous (don’t confuse them for Wikileaks, Eric Snowden, or the author of a recently published book about the current White House administration.) I have a tremendous amount of fearful respect for them. I’d figure with Trump, Russia, Epstein, and everything else, you’d be hearing a lot from them. Maybe they like being below radar.
  • For some reason, I can vividly remember sitting in Mrs. Andrews’ fourth-grade class and her teaching me the meaning of a palindrome using “radar” as an example. And if I had my druthers, “palindrome” itself would be a palindrome.
  • Not enough people use “druthers”.
  • I like to use the word “swell”. I’ll use it in reply when someone is asking how I’m doing and things are going okay. However, I am one of those who like to be truthful when it comes to that question. If someone asks how I’m doing, I don’t pass it off as an unregarded greeting,
  • Two commercials which have been getting on my nerves because they are overplayed: (1.) The Old Navy commercial with Neil Patrick Harris about wrapping/rapping and (2.) the Amazon “Everybody” commercial with the little girl playing a toy piano.
  • A sentence I never thought I’d read was in this article about the possible location of the future Trump Presidential Library – “Vanilla Ice ran it by Donald Jr.”
  • This kickoff return in one of the state championship games got a lot of attention. When I was in a sophomore in high school, we ran this play about eighty-percent of the time and I think it worked zero-percent. It was called “starburst” but a lot of the fathers in the stands called it “panty-ball” since it never worked. In my freshman year of football, we played a team that ran that kickoff return every time. It was well scouted and we practiced all week on how to properly defend it. The freshman football coach was the head basketball coach and was doing double duty most of the time (actually, he just focused on basketball during that time of the year when seasons overlap), so the assistant coach had us all prepared for it, and we were confident. Basically, we just squibbed kicked it and made sure the main return man didn’t get the ball to start trickery. Come game time, the head basketball coach shows up, the first time he was with us all week. We were about to kickoff and the assistant coach told us to do what we’ve been practicing all week. However, the head basketball interjected, pulling rank, and told the team to kick it straight down the middle. We did, and they returned it for a touchdown. I bet a lot of enlisted military men, NCOs in particular, have experienced this with officers.
Posted in Personal | 3 Comments

Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 20, 2019

  • I’ll be watching the 8:00 AM showing of the new Star Wars movie today. It’s not so much that I’m really excited to see it, I just happen to have the day off and thought I’d “get it out of the way”. At least this way nothing on social media will ruin it for me. I don’t like how the story line has evolved in this third set of series, I’m not a fan of the new characters, I don’t like what they’ve done with the old characters, Adam Driver annoys me, J.J. Abrams has a tendency to do too much in too little time, and I could certainly go on. But hey. at least The Mandalorian is great even though there’s no merchandise to purchase for Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas, we’re traveling to East Texas this weekend. The weekend before Christmas is always set aside for all of WifeGeeding’s siblings and their families gather and have their Christmas. I’m setting the over/under on the number of MAGA or pro-Trump related bumper stickers I’ll spot once I hit Terrell at fourteen. Thankfully, there’s no big political news going on at the moment so there’s absolutely no danger of any awkwardness with my very politically conservative in-laws.
  • Sometimes I tease WifeGeeding how lucky she is that my parents are deceased and I’m estranged from my siblings, she has absolutely no in-law commitments or issues to worry about, she doesn’t even have to buy a present or send a card.
  • In all seriousness, all my in-laws are good people. I compare it to being in high school. We’d interact with one another in class and have a good time doing so, but we wouldn’t be eating at the same lunch table or hanging out after school. I do have a strong suspicion one of the grandparents will gift Sugar Bowl tickets to all kids and grandkids. Either that, or we’re all getting Peletons.
  • Every year I have been a part of their Christmas, I’ve given my MIL a Christmas themed display of flowers. I like to give tulips when given the chance and if they look nice. Roses are nice, but a bit prosaic, but WifeGeeding forbids me to buy carnations. Personally, I avoid calla lilies because I associate the with death. Actually, I refer to them as the “death flower” when I’m around WifeGeeding. They are even shaped like a tear drop.
  • I recently heard that if lines at a Disney park are getting too long, the park will send out characters to draw a crowd and shorten the lines. If you see obscure or characters which aren’t very popular, then you know the park much be super congesterd.
  • Man Found Dead In Wife’s Freezer After A Decade Left Note Saying She Didn’t Kill Him
    • Investigators believe his wife, Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, had put her husband in the freezer after he died between February 2009 and March 2009. They also found a notarized letter signed by Paul Mathers stating his wife was not responsible for his death.
  • The 20 Best-Performing Stocks Of The Decade, Visualized
  • Cat and Mouse – wait for it.
Posted in Personal | 2 Comments