Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Oh my goodness, this was a close to a very National Lampoons Summer VacationDog tied to semi-truck runs desperately to keep up — until sheriff’s volunteer spots it, video shows moment –
  • I should not have watched the Emmys. My time would have been better spent watching ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Elementary’. The former was solid as always, but the latter, a season and perhaps series finale, was much better than expected. Usually, those CBS shows have a pretty soft storyline, very formulaic, but I felt that episode one of the best of the series. I like the series because I like Sherlock Holmes stuff, and have put up with more stories than I’d like to admit which lacked any sizzle, but this one exceeded expectations.
  • Take some notes, Pastor Jeffress – [Article] – George Mason, a prominent and longtime senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, challenged white Christians on Sunday to help seek justice for Botham Shem Jean, the black man who was shot dead in his home by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.
  • CBC – A look inside Ticketmaster’s price-hiking bag of tricks
    • Here are the key findings: Ticketmaster doesn’t list every seat when a sale begins. Hikes prices mid-sale. Collects fees twice on tickets scalped on its site.
  • Remembering the ‘Mother of All Pandemics,’ 100 Years Later – The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises.
  • Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke 54 to 45, new poll saysThe new Quinnipiac University poll surveyed likely voters instead of registered voters like it did in past iterations.
    • Cruz has this one in the bag. If for any reason it’s one I stated many times – conservatives show up to vote, liberals are vocal but stay at home.
  • Elizabeth Smart was recently interviewed on ‘CBS This Morning’. I think she speaks in a very Jackie Kennedy sort of way, and that is no way meant as an insult. It’s soft, slow and measured, very articulate, and with a bit of breathlessness. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who thinks this.
  • An old Jack Nicholson article about his performance in A Few Good Men
    • Every single time off camera, he gave the exact same performance as you’re seeing now,” Reiner told Ogunnaike as they watched the scene. “We did it five, six, seven times, and I kept saying, ‘Jack, why don’t you save a little bit for when we come around?’ He said (impersonating Nicholson), ‘You don’t understand Rob, I love to act. And I don’t get that much of a chance with great parts like this.’ It was exactly the same performance.
  • Raising Arizona has been on my “To Watch” list for the longest time.
  • The rarest fabric on Earth – The once-endangered vicuna is thriving in the Peruvian Andes, thanks to a bold plan to sustainably gather and sell its valuable fleece – and give locals a stake in its survival.
  • I think when it comes to Eric Clapton, most people favor “Layla” or “Wonderful Tonight”. I think “Change The World” is under-rated, not a big fan of “My Father’s Eyes”, but I’m a sucker for “Tears In Heaven”. The lyrics are inspired by the death of his four-year-old son who fell from an apartment window 49-stories up. With that in mind, this line about entering Heaven and seeing your child and wondering if he will even remember you chokes me up.
    • Would you know my name, If I saw you in heaven?
  • Long rally: 84 shot exchange between Nicolas Mahut and Marcel Granollers
  • Nicolas Cage Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  1. Ben W. says:

    Apparently Nicolas Mahut just likes drawing things out. He was one of the players in that epic match at Wimbledon a few years ago that went for something like 11 hours over a couple of days.

  2. Michael Willoughby says:

    Check out “Old Love,” particularly the version on “24 Nights.” I’m a huge Clapton fan.

  3. Jason A says:

    “Would you know my name, If I saw you in heaven?”

    Those lyrics are a great example of something that was nearly meaningless before I had children of my own. But now? Misty eyes are a real possibility.

  4. RPM says:

    Raising Arizona is a must watch, imho. I’m a huge Coen Brothers fan and it’s one of their best.

  5. Bryan B. says:

    Raising Arizona is one of my favorite movies. I whipped my wife with many quotes involving children from the movie while she was pregnant. “Nobody sleeps nude in this house!” is still one that I’ll roll out on occasion.

    So odd that you brought up Clapton. I heard Layla while I was out on a work errand yesterday. My mom also called me last night because she couldn’t remember the title of Tears in Heaven (an aunt passed away and her family was asking about it because it was played at her husband’s funeral).

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