The strike zone in baseball has historically gotten bigger




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Bag of Randomness


  • For reasons you won’t believe, I injured my foot enough to necessitate a trip to an ER facility.  Upon arriving and providing my name, I had to answer an Ebola questions about my symptoms and travel history.  After the doctor diagnosed there was no fracture but some tendon issues, I jokingly said, “Whew.  So you’re saying it’s not Ebola.”  He cracked up, and since it was rather slow, he went into detail about what was all going on.  One point he made that I don’t think anyone else has even considered was that even the family of Thomas Eric Duncan that lived with him in an apartment hasn’t even shown symptoms of the virus.  Think about that, he was symptomatic with uncontrollable bodily fluids in a cramp environment and the people around him aren’t even infective, so chill Dallas.
  • The ER I went to was one of those new facilities that’s not part of a hospital and just specializes in urgent care.  There wasn’t any wait time, they gave me a CD of my x-rays, and put all my paperwork in a nice folder.
  • When I was in my ER room I could hear the nurses at the counter talking.  A cheerleader was brought in for an injury and was taken to x-ray, but she was apprehensive about the x-ray because she wasn’t sure if she was pregnant and didn’t want to talk to her mom about.
  • It was bath time and could hear both kids saying they had to use the toilet really bad, so I quickly head to the bathroom to control the situation and the saw that the kids worked things out on their own – both were sitting on the toilet seat facing the same direction and taking care of business.  It’s nice to see that they can share.
  • I attended a birthday party for a little girl in which “Happy Birthday” wasn’t sung because the birthday girl has a fear of the song.  The party also started at 10:00 AM and as a non-drinker, I was surprised at the number of beers people were drinking.  I thought there was a general rule that “it’s too early to drink” unless you are tailgating or something.  One mother let her child suck on an empty beer bottle which seem a bit weird to me.  I know the alcohol content was nil but it made me uncomfortable.
  • At that party I was speaking to two other fathers I really didn’t know all that well and one was commenting about the children gathering candy from the broken pinata and pointed out how one boy just wasn’t quite getting the concept, somewhat playfully poking fun at him.  The other guy politely pointed out that was BoyGeeding and the guy making the comments just kind of fell silent and avoided eye contact from me for a bit.
  • For some reason A-Rod was at the Cowboys game standing in the tunnel and Tony Romo almost ran him over, seriously.
  • I loved yesterday’s Cowboys win, but it’s still just October and they have only won just one division game.  And even though it’s October, I’m glad there’s not as much pink being floated around by the players.  I’m all for breast cancer awareness, just now how Susan G. Komen distributes their funds.
  • It bugged me that Fox didn’t air enough of the final play of the game, you could just barely see the Cowboys offensive line do the Landry shift in the victory formation.
  • ‘The Romo Spin’ that he uses to evade sacks works because he spins away from the line of scrimmage.  Most quarterbacks instinctively run towards the line of scrimmage and defensive linemen instinctively jump that way when chasing them, and Romo is able to use that to his advantage.
  • The reason for the Cowboys’ success this season has to be because they no longer play “Sweet Home Alabama” at home games.  For seasons they’d play that and it would always bug me because there’s no connection to Alabama.
  • TCU would be a top four ranked team if they would have won that nail-biter a few weeks ago along with this weekend’s blowout.  Speaking of TCU, I had no idea that they called many places homes – Fort Worth, Thorp Spring (near the frontier of Comanche and Kiowa territory), Waco, and then back to Fort Worth.
  • Something that has always bugged me about college football – rankings.  A few weeks ago TCU had a number nine ranking and they lose to a number five team.  A better ranked team should beat a lesser ranked team.  So even though that happens, despite a tight game, TCU still moved down in the rankings which doesn’t make sense, they should have stayed in the same spot or even moved to a better spot since they played a higher ranked team so well.
  • Something that has recently bugged me about college football – games last too freaking long.  There’s no reasons why it should take over four hours for a game to be played.  The evolution of the passing game and the implementation of the spread in the majority of programs is a major part of it, but I just feel exhausted watching one game.
  • Redbook thinks Cindy Crawford’s 13-year-old daughter looks a lot like her mom in her modeling days.
  • Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die? – I read somewhere that the last sense to go is hearing, which is creepy, as you just lie helplessly without any feeling or vision as you fade away.
  • I feel like if Trickle Down Economics worked, there wouldn’t be a need, or a want, to raise the minimum wage because earnings would have trickled down.
  • We got a letter in the mail stating the electricity in the neighborhood would be turned off from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM tomorrow for some kind of upgrade work.  Since I work from home, this puts a kink in my workday so I think I’ll just take the day off and do something with WifeGeeding and BoyGeeding when GirlGeeding is in preschool.  I just don’t know what to do.  And because I know there’s a long power outage set for a specific time, thoughts of some kind of wild Oceans Eleven scheme are going through my head.  I’m also trying to figure out if the food in the fridge and freezer will spoil.
  • That Dallas Cowboy that got busted for stealing underwear and cologne is now going to endorse an underwear company.
  • When alphabetizing things, I usually have to recite the alphabet instead of just being able to place them in the correct order.
  • Buzzfeed – A Photo Of A Woman In A Homemade Hazmat Suit At The Airport Has Gone Viral
  • How Landlocked Dallas Once Tried to Become a Port City
  • How The Most Successful People Poop At Work
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OU football chaplain arrested on drug, larceny charges

The chaplain for the University of Oklahoma football team was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly lured a man from his house by offering a bogus vehicle test drive and then stealing prescription medications while the man was gone.

Kent Bowles, 45, of Norman, who also serves as regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national sports ministry, was arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny, concealment of stolen property and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses.

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I got an itch to carve a pumpkin


I’m not sure if you can tell what it is, but it’s suppose to be Charlie Brown and Snoopy sitting down looking at a huge moon.

Here’s a timelapse of the making of it.

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Just a little boy and a dolphin playing catch

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Biblical Rap Battle – Noah vs Moses

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Marine Survives Taliban Headshot

Language Warning

The hit occurs around the 45- second mark.

A Taliban sniper managed to get a non-fatal headshot on a Marine’s helmet while the Marines were conducting a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province in 2013.

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A Poop Bank in Massachusetts Will Pay You $40 Every Day

Are you under 50 years old, willing to make daily trips to Medford, and have regular bowel movements? You, my friend, could be earning $40 a day—just for pooping.

All you have to do is visit OpenBiome, launched in 2012 as the only independent nonprofit stool bank in the country. The brainchild of MIT postdoctoral associate Mark Smith, OpenBiome collects, tests, and provides fecal samples to 122 hospitals in 33 states for one of the most interesting medical treatment innovations today: fecal microbiota transplantation.

“Think of us as a blood bank, but for poop,” said Smith, who developed OpenBiome when he saw the gap in the medical structure to provide many patients with the life-saving fecal samples. “You shouldn’t have to fly across the country to get poop.”

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That spider wraps his food up pretty fast

The good stuff starts around the 37-second mark . . .

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Bag of Randomness


  • Cupcakes never live up to the hype.
  • Bill Murray was on Letterman last night and at one point just started to run outside.  There was this couple who weren’t paying attention to their surroundings and Murray took the guy’s bottled water and took off.  He then went back to the couple and the man had a WTF face going on and then he swiped the girl’s pretzel to her astonishment.  Sometimes those things are scripted, but this look totally improvised.
  • I’m not sure what surprises me more, how Texas Healthcare Presbyterian Dallas has bungled handling things or the fact they were a finalist for a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  I once wrote a research paper for that award in grad school, and it’s pretty high praise just to be nominated.  But seriously, I had more faith in ‘Western’ medicine than what’s been displayed.
  • Of all the stuff I saw on the Internet yesterday, I most enjoyed this article that utilized 29 eye-tracking heatmaps on advertisements, webpages, grocery stores, models, and other things.  Men tend to focus more on a woman’s face than one would think, but they also tend to focus on other men’s packages more that one would think.
  • These pictures of the only airline in North Korea are quite interesting.  It kind of reminds of pictures of Cuba and seeing old cars that have been well kept or restored.
  • Local Food Network NewsOn Oct. 18, the network will be holding an open call for home cooks with no prior culinary education to compete in the channel’s newest culinary competition featuring some celebrity chefs from the franchise.
  • An interesting article on how certain Democrats and Republicans are actually trying to court Muslim voters.
  • We haven’t even reached the midterm election yet but all news reports seem to think it’s going to be a Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton race in 2016.  Normally I think it’s nuts to think that far out because so much can happen, but I really don’t see it any other way.
  • Lubbock County Judge Tom Head on why he accepted his pay increase, “If I refuse it, it goes to the secular government, then God’s kingdom is not going to be advanced.”
  • A ‘Breaking Bad’ political ad voiced by Agent Steve Gomez.
  • Popular Halloween costumes so far deal with Ebola, Joan Rivers, and Mork and Mindy.
  • Dave Grohl is just a really cool dude.
  • Local talent Erykah Badu decided to sing in Times Square to see how much money she could make if she didn’t flaunt her fame, she came away with $.3.60.
  • Release dates set for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Justice League movies
  • Maybe it’s because I had a military officer for a father, but being on time for anything meant being there 15-minutes early.  But in today’s world and everywhere I’ve worked or volunteered, meetings don’t start until about five after.
  • HBO will fulfill cord cutters’ dreams and launch a standalone streaming service next year
  • GIF – Bugs Bunny is fearful of the Ebola in Texas
  • GIF – A pedestrian saves a bike rider from traffic
  • I caught the Eric Dickerson ‘A Football Life’ on the NFL Network the other day, actually I missed the first ten minutes, but here area few things that stood out or I totally forgot about:
    • He did a Playgirl photoshoot.
    • He played for the Raiders.
    • When he broke Jim Brown’s rushing recording as a Colt, the Indianapolis booed him.
    • He broke the single season rushing record the same season Walter Payton broke the all-time rushing record.  Payton was presented a Lamborghini from his shoe sponsor Roos, and Dickerson was peeved when his sponsor, Adidas, gave him a large carrot cake.  But here’s the kicker, he’s allergic to carrots so he couldn’t even eat it.
    • He’s inducted into the Colts and Rams Hall of Fame despite having bad relationship with both clubs.
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10 Year Ago Today Jon Stewart Attacked CNN (or the media) On Their Turf

I only planned on watching a few minutes but got caught up watching the whole thing because of the comfortableness.

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Insane Local Lawyer Commercial


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