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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 22, 2019

  • My daughter drew that for me. I’m not going to say she’s weird, but she’s a very unique kid who has a touch of Wednesday Addams in her at times.
  • The government is now funded until December 20 which means I’ll continue to be employed for the time being. If the president and the Senate didn’t approve and sign last night, I wouldn’t be working today.
  • I finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Disney+’s The Mandalorian. It’s great, there’s so much to like about it. Other than the big reveal at the end of the first episode (which has got to sell a plethora of Christmas toys), I’d say the most surprising thing was Nick Nolte’s performance. I had no idea it was him nor did I think he could pull off such a performance.
  • I think the Mandalorian is the Batman of the Star Wars universe. Pablo Pascal does a great job of acting with the disadvantage of never being able to see his face. His body language carries a lot as well as his voice.
  • The music for The Mandalorian is great. I mean, it’s not enjoyable, but it really helps sets the tone and helps carry the story. Also, the storyboard images displayed during the end credits are a great touch. Man, that Jon Favreau is telling a great story. I’m curious how long he’s had the overall concept, and I loved the Indiana Jones hat-tip in the second episode.
  • The special effects are fantastic and I started to wonder how much it must cost to produce such a great series. It turns out Disney is using new technology, some sort of innovative projection system which is going to change the industry, and it even fools people on set. For instance:
    • “It was really funny as we had an executive from The Walt Disney Company come down early in the process because it’s one of those things that is difficult to explain until you walk into the environment to see how it’s working. And he stepped in, and he looked around, and he said, Jon, I thought you weren’t going to build anything. And he had no idea he was standing in a virtual set. That’s how unbelievable it is.”
    • “It means that if you want a big establishing shot in Iceland, and you don’t want to take 700 people, spend four months prepping a set because you only want to do the establishing shot and you can bring everything back to shoot interiors on a stage, that becomes very meaningful on big, huge projects and small projects. So the interesting thing with Mandalorian, the fact that we tested this technology inside of television and not on the big screen was the way we felt that we could take a big risk but not a giant risk.”
  • I would not like to be a congressional staffer who is filmed sitting behind a congress representative for several hours during an impeachment hearing. Knowing I’d be on camera, I don’t think it would be possible for me to act “normal” and wondering if my neck fat is showing, my tie is on crooked, or the glare on my head causing the cameras to go out of focus.
  • Random fashion prediction – In the next decade, capes are going to be in fashion.
  • For fellow P1s of The TICKET, but “long term” isn’t defined  – The Musers Get Long Term Deal With The Ticket
  • Tinnitus: Scale of hearing damage for music industry workers revealed
    • But the results showed that music industry workers were no more likely to develop difficulties hearing in a noisy environment than people working in the finance industry.
      • This surprises me as I would have thought almost all musical industry workers would suffer from tinnitus. I’ve hard of fighter pilots, for example, George W. Bush, have suffered permanent hearing damage. It’s hard for me to believe the likes of Mick Jagger and his crew not be more susceptible to their decades-long exposure.
  • Surgeon On New York-bound Flight Sucks Urine From Blocked Bladder Of Elderly Passenger In Life-saving Procedure
    • The doctors punctured the passenger’s bladder and improvised a makeshift catheter using a plastic tube from a portable oxygen cylinder, a syringe from the plane’s first-aid kit, a plastic straw from a milk carton and some tape.
    • However, Zhang discovered the syringe needle was too thin. He then siphoned out the urine using his mouth, sucking most of the fluid over half an hour and then spitting it out into an empty wine bottle. “It was an emergency situation. I couldn’t figure out another way,” Zhang was quoted as saying. “When I saw that the man could hardly bear the pain any more, my only thought was how to get the urine out of his bladder,” he added.
  • The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been canceled.
  • The great American labor paradox: Plentiful jobs, most of them bad
  • How our home delivery habit reshaped the worldThe great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes.
  • I gave up everything I enjoy: my day of dopamine fasting
    • The latest Silicon Valley trend is dopamine fasting – having a break from anything pleasurable in order to “reset” your brain chemistry.
  • I like how AccuWeather breaks down their allergy forecasts. It provides the option to see the counts for different types of pollen. But as bad as my allergies have been the past few days, I’m surprised the pollen counts haven’t been higher.
  • JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say.
  • Here’s something for those of you who are fans of prayer, Mr. Rogers, and Tom Hanks. I’ve qued this video up for you. You’ll hear how Mr. Rogers has inspired Hanks, Savannah Guthrie, and her daughter to pray for others every night. It all has to start somewhere. [Insert planting seeds metaphor here.]
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • I get a kick at the practicality of my kids. Last night I couldn’t figure out all the racket coming from upstairs, it simply turned out to be my kids making and playing with their own air hockey table. I have a feeling I know what Santa will be dropping off this year.
  • Here’s a video of a guy who made a bowling ball that will steer left and right depending on how you lean.
  • Something which has been under the radar is the potential of another government shutdown which would happen midnight on Thursday. Should this happen, yours truely would most like be affected. I’m curious to know if it’s going to be used as some sort of bargaining chip.
  • With so many television reboots, I’m surprised The Fall Guy hasn’t made a comeback. I once had a Fall Guy metal lunch box that I treasured, third grade I think.

    ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

  • I made a Julia Sugarbaker reference the other day and not a person in the room had to ask who she was, I guess that gives you an idea of how old the people in the room were.  I’ll be honest, I had no idea Meshack Taylor died (colorectal cancer, 2014), but always thought he had a cool name. It’s nice to see Annie Potts and Jean Smart still at work. Smart is a much better actress than I thought she could be. Delta Burke, from my limited research, has a part in the new Dolly Parton Netflix series.
  • ‘I puked, fouled myself and collapsed – it was great’: Meet the record-breaking ultra marathon runner fuelled by beer and burritos
  • ‘Jeopardy!’s All-Time Top Money Winners To Face Off In Primetime Tourney: Holzhauer, Jennings & Rutter
    • I love how this is going to be on primetime but surprised at the number of games that will and may possibly be played. I’m sure everyone is thinking and hoping Alex Trebek will be healthy enough to host, and a part of me believes one reason this came to be was to give him something to look forward to.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 7 (8-9 PM)
      Wednesday, Jan. 8 (8-9 PM)
      Thursday, Jan. 9 (8-9 PM)
      *Friday, Jan. 10 (8-9 PM)
      *Tuesday, Jan. 14 (8-9 PM)
      * Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8-9 PM)
      * Thursday, Jan. 16 (8-9 PM)
      *If necessary (all times ET)
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November, 18, 2019

  • BoyGeeding has just been introduced to paper football and he loves it. It was fun spending about an hour with him on Saturday teaching him how to fold one and flick it. I have to admit it took me a few tries to remember how to make a decent paper football. Later in the day, I wandered off to accomplish some chores and couldn’t find a certain cardboard box I wanted to store some stuff in. Lo and behold BoyGeeding bogarted it and made his own football stadium. What I love about this is that a good portion of his Saturday afternoon was spent using his imagination, paper, cardboard, markers, and a few straws – he was thoroughly entertained without any screentime or any toy bought at a store.
  • I mentioned WifeGeeding recently visited the Biltmore Estate. I’m certain a decent chunk of that place (along with similar mansions which offer tours) which is closed off are empty and unfurnished rooms. The place has 250 rooms in the house, including 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. Surely, over the years, furniture was sold and sections of the house were simply closed off.
  • I mentioned the kids are on an Addams Family kick and that led me to research the actor who played Lurch, Ted Cassidy. I was surprised to learn the job he had prior to going on the show was working at WFAA radio in Dallas, that was during the time that it and WBAP would swap frequencies with each other on 570 and 820 every few hours. One one of the radio shows, he played a character named “Creech”.
      • Cassidy was 6’9″.
      • He played, or shall I say his hand, played “Thing” on the tv series.
      • He was the narrator in CBS’s The Incredible Hulk.
      • In 1979, Cassidy underwent surgery for a non-malignant tumor passed away at age 46 due to complications from the surgery.
      • Without makeup, I think he could pass for Tony Robbins’ father.
      • He had a Batman cameo.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November, 15, 2019

  • It’s been a while since I’ve been in a “Reply All” fiasco. It happened yesterday at the federal agency I’m associated with, and the “Reply All” went agency-wide with a plethora of folks asking to be removed from the list, telling everyone to stop replying all, ill-fated attempts at humor, and revealing way too much personal stress.
  • I heard back from Junior Miller and the tone of his email was so apologetic I felt bad that I pointed out his list was a repeat. But I did learn he came really close to adopting a rescue dog but someone else beat him and his new wife to it.
  • The lengths POTUS is going to keep his tax returns private raises questions about what could be in them.
  • I’d like to see a script with Mad Men’s Don Draper and New Coke. I can’t figure out if I’d like to see him advocating for or against it, or, him rescuing the company after the fiasco and slapping the “Classic” and “Original Formula” tag on the cans and bottles.
  • San Antonio family was told to remove their Christmas decorations because it’s too early
  • WifeGeeding is visiting the Biltmore Estate today with her mother and sisters. I understand I may sound hypocritical because of what I wrote about a couple of teachers taking a full week off before Thanksgiving and Christmas break and thus getting two full weeks off. I’ll just say this was her decision and the timing and amount of time off makes the comparison different. But as several of you stated, you ain’t got no problem with a teacher taking any time off during the school year.
  • Google will help you pronounce difficult wordsWhen you look up a pronunciation, Google will provide an answer, and when you say the word into your phone’s microphone, Search will let you know if you said it correctly.
  • Narwhal: Puppy with extra tail on his head rescued
  • Mr. Rogers sure did have neat handwriting (see photo at the top of this post). I found that photo in the following article (it’s a long read) and provided a few snippits I found interesting. I didn’t like the mental image he gave me when he described a trip with him to his parent’s grave and him urinating behind a tree. But, I was amused to discover his email address was an AOL one with the handle “ZZZ143”. I felt like this article reveals Rogers’ spiritual side more than anything else I’ve read.
    • My Friend Mister RogersI first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.
      • A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him. He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my friend, and our friendship endured until he died. Now a movie has been made from the story I wrote about him, which is to say “inspired by” the story I wrote about him, which is to say that in the movie my name is Lloyd Vogel and I get into a fistfight with my father at my sister’s wedding.
      • And so I have to start by mentioning that I have begun writing a story about Mister Rogers the day after two young men armed with assault rifles killed a total of 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
      • When I first visited the Neighborhood 21 years ago, one of his in-house writers, Hedda Sharapan, told me what had happened when he’d enlisted her to write a manual intended to teach doctors how to talk to children. She worked hard on it, using all her education and experience in the field of child development, but when she handed him her opening, he crossed out what she’d written and replaced it with six words: “You were a child once too.”
      • But as a correspondent he was emotionally forthcoming and intimate, closing often with the assurance that he kept me in his thoughts and his prayers—“And, I guess you know, each morning I pray for you; I really do”—and sometimes with ministerial ardor. “You are loved with a greater love than anyone could ever imagine, Tom. I trust that you’ll never ever forget that.”
      • He worked hard on his friendships; he prepared for his friendships; he took notes on his friendships; he even kept files on his friendships, and not long ago I found out that he’d kept a file on me — and in one of those boxes are the names of my wife, my dogs, and one of my nieces, who was facing trouble and for whom he prayed. There are also printouts of our correspondence and notes he took on our phone conversations, written on yellow legal pads in his eerily calligraphic hand.
      • Yet at the heart of the original creation is that Word (call it Love, call it Grace, call it Peace …) that essence which is lodged somewhere within each of us that longs for ultimate expression. If we choose to allow it to grow we’ll be given help. If we choose otherwise we won’t be forced. If there is such a thing as a “dark corner” of God’s nature then I think it’s God’s refusal to go back on the promise of “the creation’s freedom to love or not.”
      • In all the conversations we had over the years, I can remember only one about politics, when in the last year of his life he worried about the inevitable buildup toward the inevitable war in Iraq. In our correspondence, he limited political discussion to a single email about Bill Clinton’s impeachment, which came as an answer to one of my questions:
        • Last week I woke up thinking how I would like to go on the air and say something like “Whoever is without sin cast the first stone” or “The Lord’s property is always to have mercy” or some other outlandish thing, and then ask for a minute of silence to think about forgiveness for those who want it. In fact if our country could dwell on forgiveness for a while I think that would be the one real positive outcome of the pain which must be pervasive in the White House and beyond. I’ve already written letters to both the Clintons and the Gores saying that often “enormous growth comes out of enormous pain.” I trust that will be so for all of us. The attitude which makes me (sometimes physically) sick is the “holier than thou” one.
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • The third annual Flat Earth Conference will start tomorrow in Frisco at the Embassy Suites. So, if you are looking to start an interesting conversation, that’s the place to be.
  • The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of about $780,000.
  • From the Ann Richards play, I learned there’s a tradition in which the outgoing governor dedicates a Bible verse to their successor. The tradition started in 1925 and you can view the complete list here, but here are few of the more recent ones:
    • Bill Clements for Ann Richards 1-15-91
      • Ecclesiastes 3:17 –  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
    • Ann Richards to George Bush 1/17/95”
      • Amos 5:15(a) – Hate the evil, and love the good,
        and establish judgment in the gate:
        it may be that the Lord God of hosts
        will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
    • GW Bush for Rick Perry 12-21-00
      • Isaiah 40:28-31 – Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
        that the everlasting God, the Lord,
        the Creator of the ends of the earth,
        fainteth not, neither is weary?
        there is no searching of his understanding.
        29 He giveth power to the faint;
        and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
        30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
        and the young men shall utterly fall:
        31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
        they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
        they shall run, and not be weary;
        and they shall walk, and not faint.
    • Rick Perry for Greg Abbott 1-19-15
      • Matthew 20:25-28 – But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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