Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • I’ve had a lot of friends come and go. Most say they will keep in touch, though hardly any of them do. I bet only eleven-percent of them were sincere about it when they said it.
  • I watched Disney’s ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ with the family recently, it was the first for the kids.
    • I remember the first time I saw it in elementary school. It was a Friday and all the second-grade classes gathered in the projector room. There was something great about watching it in the darkness and the small distortion of the audio coming from the projector, which you somewhat get watching this online version.
    • My childhood memory told me most of the film was about the chase between the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane, but in reality, it’s maybe just a fifth of the film.
    • Icabod is a cool name.
    • Bing Crosby narrated the flick, it was the only collaboration he had with Disney.
    • There are huge similarities between Brom Bones and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
    • My “innocence” as a child never helped me realize that the Headless Horseman was actually Brom Bones.
  • DaughterGeeding has an entrepreneur spirit. She keeps coming up with all sorts of business ideas and is enthusiastic about carrying them out, and it’s a little heartbreaking telling her how some of them simply aren’t feasible. To help with that, I spoke to her briefly about a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunity, threats) analysis and how she should go through some sort of similar thought process to see how feasible her idea is before making flyers and going door to door. Later in the day, the family drove to the massive Nebraska Furniture Mart building and she blurted out, “Dad, Rooms To Go is across the street from Nebraska Furniture Mark, that has to be a big threat to them.” We then conversed about how it could possibly fit the other categories as well. It’s amazing how things like that will stick with her but she will still forget to flush the toilet.
  • This is eerily similar to the Bryce Dallas Howard episode of ‘Black Mirror’
  • It would have been even cooler if George W also showed up –  Steph and Seth Curry joined Jordan Spieth for Sunday round at Dallas National. Oh, and President Obama showed up, too
  • BBC Future created a composite face of all members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Here’s what it tells us about US politics in 2017, and how the Democrats and Republicans differ.
  • Michigan linebacker Alicia Woollcott crowned homecoming queen
  • Bombshell Report Reveals DART’s System-Wide Inadequacy
  • The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey ConflictHow the former FBI director’s interest in Reinhold Niebuhr shaped his approach to political power.
  • I’m still adjusting to the Trump presidency but I’d like to give the man a compliment. I like the way he isn’t scared to call his own party out on something.
  • No joke, Trump’s website is selling MAGA pumpkin hats.
  • A New World Record Means Super Mario Bros. Speedrunners Are Running Out Of Options
    • The game has a new world record of 4:56.528. Speedrunner Darbian reached it late last Friday night on his 27,474th attempt. It’s a big milestone in an important game, but it also signals the possible beginning of the end for the race to beat Super Mario Bros. as quickly as possible.
  • A few more thoughts and tidbits from my book about the relationships amongst presidents:
    • A long time ago when I first started the book I mentioned how JFK gifted a Tiffany silver plated calendar to the key advisors of the Cuban Missile Crisis with those 13-days  standing out in bold, and how the company decided not to charge him. I couldn’t find a picture of the calendar until now.
    • For his inauguration, George W. Bush wore the same cufflinks his father wore for his inauguration.
    • As part-owner of the Texas Rangers he once said, “I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the urinal.”
    • That time he was a little too busy to talk to his father, the acting President of the United States (this isn’t a dig, it just shows how comfortable of a relationship they have)
    • When Barack Obama was inaugurated and George and Laura were flying home, they watched a special thirty-minute video of staff thanking them and wishing them well in retirement. Bill Clinton also contributed to the video.
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