Apple’s New U2-Removal Service

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  • ‘The Roosevelts’ thoughts:
    • I always heard of FDR’s fireside chats but until yesterday I never really understood how he used it as a tool.  Before radio, all leaders had to orate or yell because there was no microphone, but radio provided the ability to talk to the people in a conversational tone.  He was also the first president to use the press as an ally instead of a foe.
    • George Will stated only three presidents were bigger than the office they inherited = Washington, Lincoln, and FDR.
    • I was surprised that there was still an inaugural parade for FDR as it was at the start of the Depression.   He appeared to stand for the entire parade, but it was just an illusion as he was sitting on a very tall chair.
    • My old high school football stadium was built because of an FDR project.
    • The Secret Service allowed Eleanor go on a long road trip without any protection other than a revolver they put in the glove compartment with no ammunition, she was hardly recognized by anyone at the time.
    • It was incredible that FDR couldn’t and wouldn’t try to get an anti-lynching bill passed.  It’s crazy such a bill even had to be thought up.
    • I’m amazed that Ken Burns was able to track down some of his former employees of the health resort FDR bought for interviews.
    • When Obama came into office there was much talk about how he was studying the Lincoln presidency, especially the book Team of Rivals.  After viewing this documentary and seeing a lot of similarities with the Great Recession and other social programs, Obama would have been better off studying FDR, in particular, how he reacted to calls of socialism and communism thrown at his administration.
    • Man, those two sides of the Roosevelt family really didn’t get along.
    • I had no idea Hitler openly mocked FDR in a speech.
    • FDR at a White House toga party
    • Fidel Castro writes Pres Franklin Roosevelt, asking for 10-dollar bill
  • I’m going to a high school football game tonight, it will be my first in maybe 15 years.  If it wasn’t for a friend inviting me, I probably wouldn’t be going.
  • My very first friend, who now lives in Stephenville, sent me a text saying ESPN2 would be broadcasting the Stephenville football game and I should check out their quarterback as he’s the number one dual threat quarterback in the nation.  The kid played well and had already made a verbal commitment to Texas Tech.  The camera panned to Kliff Kingsbury a few times, he was all bro’d up watching the future prospect.
  • I was surprise that high school game didn’t start until 8:00 PM.  That seems kind of late for a school night.  Stephenville hosted a team from Lubbock.  The game was scheduled to end around 11:00 PM, and it’s about a four hour drive between the two cities.   There’s no way those kids are going to morning classes in Lubbock.  Ah, Texas educational priorities at its best.
  • One of my best defensive games (albeit JV) was at Stephenville.  Art Briles was the head varsity coach checking out his JV squad roaming the sidelines and he tried to intimidate me a few times by yelling my number and throwing a few insults at me.  I can’t remember what he said specifically, but he basically said I wasn’t man enough to be on the field and after a tackle he yelled that I must think I’m big boy now.  It seemed strange for an opposing coach to be doing such a thing at the high school level.  And you wonder why I can’t stand the man.  But hey, that competitiveness got him to where he is today.
  • Last Friday we took the kids to the local roller skating rink.  I was surprised to see a training device made out of PVC for the kiddos.  It was one of those things where you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  A roller derby girl made a very impressive appearance working out and practicing some roller derby moves which kept me away from lacing up any skates.
  • I wonder how many Texans know there’s a debate gubernatorial debate tonight, and I wonder how many actually care.
  • Clinton was on Stewart last night.  The former prez has some really huge hands.  I expect conservatives to attack him today for saying that we proved we couldn’t win a land war in Iraq.
  • In this audio interview, Bono stated that 500 million people got the new U2 album, but only 38 million (at least partially) have actually listened to it.  He goes on to acknowledge and joke how many people hate it, even saying he’s surprised Sharon Osbourne didn’t take the high road, but just glad to be in the conversation.
  • Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format – Bono also hints that the next album is 18 months away.  The article also goes on that a new file format is basically a bad idea as everything is moving toward streaming.
  • There was an estate sale down the street over the summer in which we bought a rug and bedside table.  Yesterday we found out the person that lived in the house was an athletic senior who lived alone, had a stroke, died in the house, and wasn’t discovered for several days.   Now it feels weird looking at the rug and bedside table.
  • Yesterday I found out that my next door neighbor in Mineral Wells became an author and has written books about some interesting topics, like Waco’s red light district.  His latest book is about  murder, white slavery, prostitution and mysterious deaths in Mineral Wells, and somewhere in the book it’s noted that George S. Patton once lived in the town.
  • One reason I love NASA is that a lot of advancements in everyday technology is a by product of their research and experiments.  You know, like UV coating for sunglasses and the use of GPS.  Here’s a website that provides you with an accomplishment and you get to judge if it’s cool or not.
  • The Cowboys are seventh from the bottom – INTERACTIVE | NFL player arrests by team
  • The NFL wanted to jam Thursday night football down our throats by giving CBS a package of competitive conference games.  So far the first two matchup have been nothing but blowouts.  I shouldn’t say the NFL gave those games to CBS, per one reporter on Twitter – CBS pays $39.2 million for each Thursday Night Football game.
  • Speaking of blowouts and one reason I can’t stand college football – Texas A&M plays SMU tomorrow.
  • D-FW sports radio ratings: The Ticket trounces contenders with key audience
  • Texas ag commissioner Todd Staples announces resignation in wake of Meatless Monday incident
  • Chart – Birthday Patterns in the U.S.
  • Here’s an interesting bird’s-eye view inside the Oval Office with President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine with a lot of press.
  • Guess what day it is: Mavs’ Chandler Parsons, Devin Harris one-up Dirk for a good cause
  • Zipcar to roll out ‘a variety’ of vehicles in private parking spots throughout Dallas starting next week
  • Purrfect casting – Aubrey Plaza of ‘Parks and Rec’ will voice Grumpy Cat
  • GIF – A dog using her front leg to throw a puppy
  • 42 Sentences That Would Not Have Made Any Sense 10 Years Ago – A few that stood out:
    • I have Angry Birds on my phone.
    • I have over 2,000 followers.
    • I got a new Blu-ray at Redbox.
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Cat Toilet Poop Fail

And then he tries to cover it up.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • My allergies beat me up yesterday, I felt weak and achy all day.
  • Last night’s installment of the Ken Burns documentary of the Roosevelts felt like one of those character building episodes of your favorite drama.  While it didn’t provide that normal greatness you expect, you know it’s needed to appreciate what’s to come.
  • I may have mentioned this before, but as a Depression era kid and WWII vet, my father’s favorite president was FDR.  As a result, he never spent a dime (the actual coin, I’m being literal here) because it had FDR’s likeness and instead saved them in a special piggy bank which I now contribute to when I run across a dime.
  • The boys on The TICKET were talking about what motivates athletes, them, and just everyday people.  That got me to thinking what motivates me, and I guess if I were to be sadly honest with myself, a small level of comfortableness where I can provide for my family and have a few fun things.
  • If Scotland parts with the UK, as I suspect it will, I’m curious to know what will happen to the Union Jack flag.  Up until last week, I had no idea it was a combination of other flags and which made me appreciate its uniqueness.  As for the nukes in Scotland, I have a feeling instead of removing them, there will be some sort of negotiation to keep them there via a lease of some sorts.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA – We were first
  • When I think of news regarding Texas and space, I typically think Houston – Midland International Airport Receives Spaceport License Approval – And now it will be referred to as the Midland International Air & Space Port.  Of course, whenever I think of Midland it makes me think of the great Waffle House scene in Tin Cup.  That scene always brings a smile to my face.
  • In other Midland news, there school district plans on creating a petroleum academy.
  • An interesting pic of a fire training exercise at DFW Airport.
  • I had to find a workaround to a coding issue at work yesterday and the only option was to use the application key on the keyboard.  Never heard of it?  Well, for you Windows users, it’s the key between the Alt and Ctrl keys to the right of the space bar.  It’s basically the right click option.
  • This Sunday our church will have Columbia professor John Azumah, who specializes in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, to deliver our sermon.  There’s also a Q&A afterwards.
  • Boise news –  A teenager crashed his SUV Sunday morning after a passenger used a lighter to set his armpit hair on fire
  • There’s a fence at Carnegie Mellon University that is considered to be the most painted object in the world.
  • I don’t think Matthew McConaughey will ever fully physically recover from all that weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club.
  • All the ways to get discounted State Fair of Texas tickets.  Speaking of the State Fair – State Fair of Texas to Serve Deep-Fried Sweet Tea, Because Why the Hell Not
  • HBO advertises Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’ so much it’s a wonder why the show isn’t just on HBO.
  • Bono and Liam Neeson working on film script
  • Boston Band Doesn’t Actually Think U2 Stole the Chorus to Their Song
  • Virginity worth $5,000, rules China court
  • There’s 104 days left in the year.
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Princess Rap Battle – Snow White vs Elsa

Technically, I think Elsa is a queen. Oh, and there’s one F-bomb to watch out for at the very end.

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Adding to the current trend of parental punishment stories . . . .

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MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) – A teaching moment for one local father turns into custody dispute. The child is currently with is mother, who is not letting the child go back to his father, after he made the four year old child hold an embarrassing sign in public.

“Honestly I just wanted to do what I felt was right for my son.” said Rob Devine.

Devine says his four year old son Tristan had been getting in trouble at school for repeatedly hitting his female classmates.

When talking to Tristan and taking his games away didn’t work, Devine decided to get creative. So he and his son stood along a busy street near their home for about an hour, holding a sign that reads “I hit little girls.”

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I think this is a case of dad wanting to get some attention.

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Spill Preventing Cup Holder

Quick film demonstrating basic spill-preventing functions that occur during driving with a Maksimatic Cup Holder prototype. Please pardon my error w/ misspelt word *acceleration at 00:45

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Dog Enjoys Sunroof

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Attempted robbery at gunpoint caught on GoPro

I was on a bike tour in a rough part of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in broad daylight when a thief attempted to steal my camera gear at gunpoint. I miraculously happened to be recording with a gopro on my forehead and captured this amazing piece of footage!!

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Bryan Cranston Performs One-Man MLB on TBS Postseason Show

Looking for a new challenge in his career, actor Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad puts on a one-man recreation of the MLB Postseason in this new commercial for MLB on TBS.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • Powdered sugar is overrated.
  • I have this haunting childhood memory of an event that happened in the second grade.  My mother always made me do my homework when I got home, before I could play or watch television, and this one time I had a reading assignment and she made me read it out loud to her.  The next day at school we were divided in small groups with the teacher who asked me a question about the story and I remember telling her that I didn’t know the answer.  That didn’t make her happy and she accused me of not reading the story.  When I told her I did indeed read the story she said I wasn’t telling the truth and ordered me to sit in the hallway to read it.  I remember that long walk to the hallway, and I couldn’t hold back the tears as I was embarrassed in front of my classmates and frustrated that even though I did read the story, I couldn’t remember anything about it and being accused of lying.  I never told my parents about that event, I guess I was scared it was going to get me into even more trouble.  Man, the things that goes through the mind of a seven-year-old and the things that stay with ya.  I think of of this at least once a week.
  • I totally gave Adrian Peterson the benefit of the doubt up until yesterday when I really started to pay attention to all the stores.  At first I just thought it was a bit of rough parenting he learned from when he was a child, and then I thought he wouldn’t do such a thing especially after he lost a son to child abuse by another man, but all this evidence seems overwhelming.  Of course I feel for the kid, but I also feel for his head coach, Mike Zimmer, a long time Cowboys assistant coach that is finally getting his big chance as a head coach and this falls in his lap.  But I do have a feeling Jerry has an idea of a public image campaign and signing him to the roster somehow.
  • After seeing this, I may not buy a smoker after all, I might just build a smokehouse – DIY Cedar Smokehouse
  • I don’t know a lot about medical professionalism, but I’m pretty sure Joan Rivers’ doctor lacked it if it’s true he took a selfie with her when she was under anesthesia.
  • While watching the Ken Burns Roosevelt documentary last night I was reminded that state legislatures use to chose their U.S. senators.  I’m not saying I like the idea, but I’m curious as to why it’s no longer like that.
  • It was stated in that documentary that President Taft’s Republican party was actually a collection of state parties that controlled their state legislatures which in turn was controlled by special interests.  Maybe history is repeating itself.
  • My liberal friends are going to think I’m nuts for saying this, but they way TR and FDR acting in the state legislature reminds me a lot of how Ted Cruz has made a name for himself.
  • TR use to carry a lethal dose of morphine when he was in the wilderness, just in case he knew he wasn’t going to make it out alive.
  • I think the documentary made a mistake.  From my understanding it stated that former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes ran for president.  That is, it implied a former Chief Justice ran for president.  But in reality, Hughes ran for president and later became Chief Justice.
  • What I Learned After Watching An Entire Day Of The Sarah Palin Channel
  • The Most And Least Educated Cities In America – Three Texas cities made the least list.
  • I played the classic video game Pole Position last night.  It took me forever to remember and figure out you can change gears.
  • While listening to the new U2 album which is about their youth and young adult life, I suddenly became in awe of how cool it must be to be extremely tight with your best buds and then be able to write music about that bond as you become men.
  • Here’s an interesting article about what Joey Ramone’s friends and family feel about U2’s tribute single.  The most interesting part was Ramone’s brother stating that Apple has been working with him for weeks to gain approval for the use of Joey’s image without knowing exactly what it was being used for.
  • I’m surprised they made this mistake of combining the red stair with the name Saigon – Logo for Yum! Brands banh mi restaurant angers Vietnamese community
  • The only reason I’ve stuck with Sprint as my mobile provider is because of the unlimited data plan, but I’m thinking of switching WifeGeeding to another carrier because getting service/reception is horrible.  I was surprised that AT&T will charge for “detailed billing“.  I’ve had horrible experiences with AT&T and Verizon and still hold a grudge, so maybe my only option is T-Mobile.
  • You can now attach your iPad directly to your face to experience virtual reality
  • GIF – Ant drinking from droplet of water
  • GIF – A group of cobras ‘protecting’ a baby – I’m pretty sure those snakes are defanged.
  • Yesterday I had to look up the likes and differences of capsules and tablets. The very bottom of this article sums up nicely.
  • Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor
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  • I remember our elementary school principal walking around the lunchroom with a paddle as a form of intimidation to keep the noise level down.  He later became president of Weatherford College and I can’t think of one person that ever had anything negative to say of the man.  Times have changed.
  • In junior high our coaches use to use a paddle that had holes drilled in it so that it could move more swiftly through the air.
  • ‘Psych’ is the latest show I’ve been streaming on Netflix, it’s one of those cheesy hour mystery drama’s that starts to grow on you where you just have to overlook some stuff and accept others just to enjoy it.  Surprisingly, I’ve really grown attached to the father that Corbin Bernsen’s portrays and I really dig the show’s theme song.  I was surprised to see one episode was directed by Joanna Kerns from ‘Growing Pains’.
  • All Medal of Honor stories are remarkable, but learning a tiger was part on one story yesterday while watching the evening news really stood out.
  • Marriott and Maria Shriver want you to tip the person that cleans your hotel room.
  • U2 Back Catalog Sees Massive Sales Bump After ‘Songs of Innocence’​ Launch
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA has a Jewish twist.
  • The FBI just finished building its facial recognition system
  • Officials beg pastor, strip club owner to end weekly protests of each other’s establishments
  • Ken Burns has some crazy hair, I wonder if it’s a piece.
  • I don’t think cousins Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt ever took a picture together, even in a large group or family setting, even at TR’s niece’s wedding to his cousin.  The Ken Burns documentary may have shown one big wedding party picture last night, but I couldn’t identify TR.  UPDATE: It turns out all three were in a picture together when TR arrived back from an African and European trip and a large group welcomed the former president back home.
  • Congressional Travel Is Skyrocketing
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