Bag of Randomness for Friday, April, 29, 2016

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  • Yesterday was another day off of work and while doing chores, I spontaneously decided to create a tee-ball field for BoyGeeding. I call it, BagOfNothing Park. If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you’ll see I used cereal boxes as “sponsors”. I added a Cheerios box later. Another pic of you are interested.
  • Here’s BoyGeeding’s reaction when he first saw his new tee-ball field. I don’t think you can hear it all that well, but his first response was either a “whoa” or a “wow” or some combination of the two.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 28, 2016

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  •  I bought one of those Echo units from Amazon. The kids love it, but WifeGeeding things it’s a bit too much technology and that maybe it’s out to get her. The Echo uses a voice that goes by Alexa and I think that voice reminds her in the BBC/AMC television series “Humans”.
  • On my day off, I took the kids to school and then worked out and started finish and start another house project. It was then off to get my weekly allergy shot. Since I have to go to a steel supplier in Richardson to get a lengthy flat bar, I decided to eat at Haystack Burgers and Barley. I just should have more food in my stomach before I partake of my favorite beverage there.
  • Dallas Morning News‏ – D/FW Airport serves as backdrop for Ellen Degeneres’ Travel Channel series
  • Nothing is more disturbing than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘Speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.” Judge Thomas Durkin during Former House speaker Dennis Hastert sentencing
  • Former House Leader Tom DeLay asked leniency for Hastert, “So I know his heart and have seen it up close and personal.  We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few. He is a good man that loves the lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.
  • I wonder if a letter from DeLay helped or hurt things.
  • Dyson’s first beauty product is a hair dryer – Four years in development, the company spent $71 million (and took four years) to make its hair dryer, with the sort of specifications and research backstory of a car. The press release explains the 600 prototypes , over 100 patents pending, and a cast of 103 engineers that worked on it. It helps to explain the price ($400), but even salon-level hair dryers hover around the $300 mark.
  • DeWalt — yes, the drill maker — gets into the mobile business with rugged MD501 smartphone
  • GIF – 1920s Battleship Smoke Curtain. Here’s a detailed YouTube video about it.
  • 12-year-old accidentally finishes half marathon – She thought she was in the 5K line.
  • Take a look inside Cowboys’ future ‘war room’ (more like Star Wars) in new Frisco facility

 

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Florida Church with an over the top ‘Purple Rain’ cover

It’s not every Sunday you see a vocalist make an entrance on a motorcycle wearing leather pants and a Wu-Tang shirt.

Somewhat of a local note, the pastor of the SBC affiliated church is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Theological Seminary.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Surf’s Up – Four Vietnam Marines recreate the same image nearly 50 years later

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Melting a padlock with a torch

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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9-year-old boy sells lemonade to pay for his own adoption

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 25, 2016

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Woman who grew up in a conservative evangelical home explains why she’s not so sad about Prince

Here are a few snippets:

  • That’s because I grew up in a conservative evangelical home in the Midwest in the 1980s and ’90s, with pop culture kept carefully at arm’s length. We were told — at my charismatic church where the faithful “spoke in tongues” and believed in miracles, and at my strict Christian school where girls wore skirts below the knees every day — that rock ‘n’ roll was “the devil’s music.”
  • But this week brought back some of the old feelings of isolation that I first felt in the workplace and around peers from outside my evangelical cocoon — a sense of being out of place and maybe not quite right.

    Instead of David Bowie and Prince, I grew up on contemporary Christian artists like Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant — and some others you’ve probably never heard of. Even those artists who occasionally scored crossover hits that made it to the pop charts were viewed by some in my parents’ circles as too “worldly” because their lyrics didn’t always mention Jesus. There were also concerns about Grant’s choice of red leather pants when she performed on stage.

  • So while my friends were quoting Prince lyrics and reminiscing about going to Prince concerts, and strangers were gathering to mourn in Minneapolis, I just felt … like I was peering in the window of someone else’s wake. My friends were all in the same funeral procession marching by, and I was standing by watching.

    After Prince’s death, and Bowie’s a few months ago, and Michael Jackson’s several years back, I recognized, cognitively, their importance. I felt sympathy for my friends who felt their loss. But mostly, I’ve felt isolated from all of you who share these ties, and regret for what I missed. These cultural figures don’t just speak to us as individuals; they join us together as a community. They create touchstones — without which, it’s easy to feel like an outsider.

Full Sarah McCammon article – I’m Not Sad About Prince, But Let Me Explain

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Flawless Springsteen Selfie

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Just your run-of-the-mill 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

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