Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • Happy March, y’all.
  • That photo was taken by an actual Reuters photographer. When I first saw it, I thought it was photoshopped or some sort of manipulated imaged. Hope Hicks is only 29 and just resigned as the White House communications director. There’s a good chance that her career has peaked before she even turned thirty. Not in terms of money, but of status and prestige.
  • Anytime I eat at Denny’s, it’s Moons Over My Hammy for me.
  • I’ve never considered a tattoo, but sometimes I see people will tattoo over a scar and think it’s neat and imaginative with what they can come up with. The idea briefly entered my mind since I will now have a scar from my back surgery. However, after a second or two I realized it I would look nothing more than a chubby guy with a tramp stamp.
  • I’m not a fan of President Trump, but I do like it when he allows cameras in the Roosevelt Room when he’s meeting with both parties and the House and Senate. The public gets to observe our elected representatives talk face-to-face on the record. It’s a tiny bit like Parliament, direct conversation instead of speaking to one another through the media.
  • The White House chief calligrapher has a higher clearance than Jared Kushner – Despite the catchy headline, an interesting history of the White House calligrapher is provided.
  • How Beto O’Rourke Explains AmericaMost voters have never heard of him. He’s running against Ted Cruz. And a Texas Democrat hasn’t won a statewide election in nearly 25 years. So why the hell does the El Paso congressman think he has a shot to win a Senate seat?
  • If you often work with PDFs and wonder about it’s past or future, this may be a read for you. – The story of the PDF, the portable document format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information formats. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
  • There have been six in Oscar history. Here’s what they were, and how PricewaterhouseCoopers plans for the drama.
  • D Magazine – Dallas’ Vanishing Middle Class, Mapped
  • I loved last night’s ‘X-Files’. The subject matter was very timely with the release of ‘Black Mirror’s “Metal Head” and the Boston Dynamics robot dog which can open a door.
    • Like ‘Black Mirror’s “Metal Head”, this episode had a very limited cast of humans and dialogue. I don’t think Mulder or Scully said a single word to each other for the first 25-minutes of the show, and they were the only two humans you saw until the end. “Metal Head”, if memory serves, only used three human actors.
    • I loved that Scully had a personal massager. It added something to the character and was a nice moment of comic relief.
    • The episode focused on the future of AI and our current reliance on technology. That said, it was funny to see Mulder have to rely on a Mapsco at one point.
  • For Asian Americans, the 2018 Winter Olympics brought unexpected joy and familiar anger
  • I thought this was a great image of Dirk, comparing his signature shot from today to his youth.
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