Conan’s Border Wall Pledge Drive

The idea of getting your name on a brick for a donation was some good schtick.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit – The 3 Rules of Living Animation

This gives you a better appreciation of the art and the complexity and the tiny details often overlooked. And worth noting, nothing was done digitally.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 24, 2017

  • Chief Meteorologist Scott Padgett of CBS11 confessed on air he’s never eaten anything from Whataburger. He’s been at the station since September 2013.
  • Last night’s ‘Life In Pieces’ had an obscure Tina Yothers (you know, the young blonde girl in ‘Family Ties’) reference which reminded me of one of my favorite SNL bits. It was one of those “TV Funhouse” cartoons with Mr. T. At the end of this particular bit, Mr. T says, “Let that be a lesson to all the Gary Burghoffs, Joey Lawrences, Tina Yotherses, and George “Goober” Lindsays! If you believe in yourself, drink your school, stay in drugs, and don’t do milk – you can get work!
  • As our kids are on a “Diff’rent Strokes” kick, I’ve noticed the intro and ending songs are diff’rent even though they sound the same. The intro has lyrics which focus on Mr. Drummond’s life as he adopts the kids and the ending song has words on how the adoption has changed him. Also, only the song in the end credits ends in “hmmmmm“.
  • I knew Gary Coleman had health issues as a child, but I didn’t know how bad and thought it was more of an urban myth. But per Mental_Floss:
    • Coleman’s short stature was the result of drugs given to the youngster to address a genetic birth defect: he was born with one atrophied kidney and the other already failing. By age five, he had received his first kidney transplant. After getting a second one in 1984 and facing another operation in 1986, Coleman opted for dialysis four times daily instead. Through it all, the drugs given to manage his condition resulted in a suppressed growth phase. By age 14, Coleman knew he wouldn’t grow beyond four feet eight inches.
    • I don’t blame the guy for taking on a dramatic role, but does his character have to set a dog on fire?
      • He also convinced NBC to give him a dramatic role in 1985 as the lead in a TV movie, Playing with Fire, about a child arsonist who wants to set the family dog ablaze. Like his Very Special Episodes, it ends with a strong message for would-be firebugs: “Get therapy.”
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) invoked the 2011 shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event this week as a reason not to hold a public town hall.
  • Just a random Alaska Airlines commercial one of your favorite bloggers contributed one literal second to.
  • Heart rate update – It’s interesting how my heart rate dropped and remained consistently steady for a week and then watch it go right back up during my trip to D.C. While away, I made sure to get my daily cardio in and get my 10,000 steps, but I guess stress of being in a new environment and actual human interaction are contributing factors.
  • Speaker Paul Ryan was recently in Texas touring the Rio Grande Valley about border concerns. I’m surprised his visit didn’t get much coverage.
  • PenFed should are being aggressive with their advertising button, I hear and see their commercials ad-nauseum.
  • All for their shamrock shakes-  McDonald’s has re-engineered drinking straws – The redesigned STRAW — short for “Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal,” of course — is meant to alleviate the most basic of problems: having to wait for your shake to melt a bit before you can get the perfect mix of chocolate and mint flavors
  • Benjamin L. Corey – Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle? Or Have You Been Reading The Bible Wrong?
    • I’ll be honest and I don’t recall this ever being explained to me, and I feel embarrassed because I thought my biblical knowledge was more than average, but I always thought Jesus was talking about a sewing needle and a camel. But Corey explains it has often been taught this way:
      • The explanation usually goes like this: There were gates to the entrance of the city that had small openings called “needles” and in order for camels to pass through, they had to get down on their bellies and wiggle themselves through the eye of the needle. The basic application of this exegesis was that rich people face a lot of barriers to becoming Christian.
        • He later reveals there’s no evidence a gate with a needle’s eye existed at the time.
    • However, Corey goes on to explain the difficulty in translation when working with dead languages and ancient manuscripts which have textual variants. And in this case, the New Testament is written in ancient Greek, but Jesus most likely would have spoken Aramaic. Then he goes on to explain Greek has similarities between the word for “rope” and “camel” (a single letter) and because of context, should go with “rope” and that “needle” is actually an anchor on a ship. He further asserts, referencing a theologian, Jesus lived in a fishing village and that his first disciples were fishermen, and with this in context –
      • “The image of the oceangoing vessel with a heavy, braided rope hawser holding to the anchor or tying the ship to the pier makes the image much stronger…” in reference to this exaggerated metaphor.
      • “As they used their hand-held needles and thread to mend (fishing) nets, Jesus said: “It is easier for a hawser to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.” The logic is inescapable, and the language moves in that direction, as soon as one looks to the Semitic tradition behind the Greek text, working in the languages which Jesus fluently read and spoke.”
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Tigers Capture Drone

The owners need not worry about retrieving that thing, it’s done for.

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Bullet-proof origami: folding Kevlar shield

BYU mechanical engineers have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new ballistic barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded — which takes only five seconds — it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.

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R2D2 With A Voice: Star Wars – A New Hope

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Empty Bag This Morning

empty bag

There are days I lower my standards and post things considered “bag worthy” and there are days when I can’t find crap. Today is a crap day. Which reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Spaceballs(Curse word warning)


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The hotline Hollywood calls for science advice

There’s a consulting service connecting filmmakers with scientist script advisors — and it’s changing what science looks like onscreen.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Similar to roller derby but with ice skates and no women


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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

  • Every child is unique, has different maturity levels, and processes information differently. With that disclaimer, and the potential to be judged as bad parents, WifeGeeding and I talked to six-and-a-half-year-old DaughterGeeding about the bird and the bees. Well, maybe not exactly the birds and the bees, but how is a baby born. She’s been asking some well-reasoned questions as of late and we aren’t the type to hide the truth (John 8:32).  “It’s great to learn, knowledge is power.”
    • I started things off by asking her what she’s working on in math, and she stated multiplication and division. I then asked to first learn that, what did she first need to learn, and she responded with learning numbers and counting. I told her with that in mind, what we are about to talk about is just recognizing numbers and it gets a lot more complex than multiplication and division. That this is just a starting point, and she will continue to have questions and a lot of things aren’t going to make sense as of right now, and that’s okay. But she’ll need to understand there are some questions we choose not to fully answer as of yet because she’s just now in the number recognition phase.
    • We also started with a lot of disclaimers, like she’s not to talk to any of her friends or even her brother about any of this. We told her we knew she was mature enough to handle what we were about to tell her and informing her in a way that’s suitable for her, and parents have to have this talk with their own children and they know what’s best for and suitable for them. She’s been tested with other information in the past and she’s proven to use she’s capable of being informed now.
      • Sidenote: We’ve always used technical or medical terms for body parts and not the childish names. In short, for us, we think it’s important to set a precedent.
    • Nothing about what we discussed was graphic, but we used this book (PDF) as our guide. A reader emailed that book to me some time after DaughterGeeding was born and stated how well it worked for her and her children and it’s something I should stash away for later. It’s a bit dated and there are numerous misspellings, but I thought it was a great tool to help a parent guide such a discussion.
    • Overall, the talk went extremely well.
  • When I saw President Trump select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, my first thought was of H.R. Pufnstuf.
  • One annoyance I have of local televised news is when they air a story about something expensive or luxurious and the anchors act as if they aren’t wealthy.
  • I’m surprised the classic Cadbury Easter egg commercial still airs, the one with all the animals auditioning. I saw it on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ last night.
  • Reminiscent of the Generra Hypercolor shirts – FIRE DyeThe world’s first colour changing hair dye.
  • C-SPAN – Presidential Historian Survey 2017
  • ABC News – Many universities are using private planes
    • The Associated Press requested documents from dozens of public universities and found that at least 20 own or share ownership of planes for school business, often employing a few full-time pilots to fly them. Many others charter private flights through outside companies. Flight logs show that, at times, the aircraft are used for purposes unrelated to university business.
  • The Guardian – ‘The wild west of wind’: Republicans push Texas as unlikely green energy leaderThe most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states has found itself with the improbable status of being a national leader in a wind energy boom
  • Not really a surprise, but the Houston Chronicle states that every Texas representative in Congress has voted for each and every Trump position.
  • The Dallas Morning News – ‘Texans don’t care about politics’ Texas Monthly editor says, announcing plans to shift magazine’s focus
    • After telling the Columbia Journalism Review that “Texans don’t care about politics,” the editor in chief of Texas Monthly got an earful from Twitter users who say otherwise. In the story published online Monday about his vision for the magazine, which has a history of in-depth political coverage and longform journalism, Tim Taliaferro announced plans to boost the publication’s lifestyle coverage.
  • The ‘CBS Evening News’ had a disturbing story last night on how ISIS is using drones to drop bombs in Mosul. The drones actually film the bombings and have been used in propaganda videos.
  • ‘Huge misunderstanding’: Contractor guts wrong Fort Worth house
  • Trump has 3,643 websites that range from to
    • The buying spree continued as he ran for president. Trump bought 93 of them after he launched his presidential campaign. One was That domain had belonged to a Mexican cybersquatter. Luis Jorge O’Brien Covarrubias is a civil engineer in Guadalajara, Mexico. He bought TrumpEmpire for $10 in April 2015 hoping that someday he’d be able to cash in on the property. When no deal came around, he didn’t bother to renew it.
  • It’s been more than a century since a US president had facial hair
    • The last time facial hair graced the face of a US president was March 4, 1913. This was the day William Howard Taft and his voluminous mustache were replaced by the clean-shaven Woodrow Wilson in the nation’s highest office. The American Mustache Institute suggests March 4th be known as “Taft Day” in remembrance.
  • GIF – Hungry Hungry Humans – I’d like to play.
  • Something Andy might enjoy – A Day in North Korean Airspace
    • While looking for some North Korean flight data, I stumbled upon this visualization of the isolated country’s national airspace. It shows hundreds of flights in and around South Korea and Japan — but only a handful traveling to or through North Korea. Fascinating.
  • You gotta cry without weeping, talk without speaking
    Scream without raising your voice.
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Melania Trump Recites The Lord’s Prayer

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