Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 3, 2019

  • I’m a government contractor. Fortunately for me, my project is deemed “essential” and I’m still working with pay. Not all my coworkers are as fortunate. A lot of us who are able to work with pay will voluntarily donate some of our earned vacation time carried over from last years so those who can’t work can still get a full paycheck.
  • Though it shouldn’t, rhetoric most likely will win over any logic or fact.
  • A new adults-only restaurant named RM 12:20 Bistro has opened in Lake Highlands. The name is biblically inspired:
    • The restaurant name, RM 12:20, is meant to be pronounced “R-M-twelve-twenty.” It’s a reference to a Bible verse from the book of Romans: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
  • Interesting and entertaining answers to this question posted on Twitter – Poll for pastors: What is the strangest criticism you have received?
  • I had no idea actor/comedian/director/writer Albert Brooks‘ real name is Albert Einstein, something I only discovered because of his brother, Bob Einstein (better known as Super Dave Osborne or Marty Funkhouser), died yesterday.
  • The family saw Mary Poppins Returns. When I watched the original as a kid, it felt wrong of me to be attracted to the lead character for some strange reason. I felt the same way watching this remake. The family loved the film, I thought it was just OK. As much as I like Emily Mortimer, I thought she was a bit old for the role of Jane. I thought the adult version of Michael Banks should have had red hair, like the kid in the original, and his mustache was distracting because I thought it was going to fall off at all times. It was certainly worth seeing a ninety-something-year-old Dick Van Dyke jump on and off a desk and do a jig. When people say they want to live to close to a hundred years, they mean doing so with the same vitality as Dyke. I read Emily Blundt didn’t watch the Julie Andrews film but instead focused on the books, which has a more direct and eccentric version of Poppins. I thought it showed, in a good way.
  • How basketball court lines are painted
  • NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft is sending back some interesting photos of the furthest known object in our solar system (or something like that) but let’s not forget the greatness Cassini gave us. This video is an assemblage of still images.

  • Planets of the solar system – tilts and spins
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 3, 2019

  1. Towski says:

    Ooooh, lot’s from this bag hit close to home for me.

    We had a welcome lunch for a brand new co-worker yesterday. He lives in Lake Highlands, and his friends with the owner of RM 12:20 Bistro. They had a big group dinner there on NYE, and said the food is fantastic.

    My grandfather will turn 103 on Feb. 12. He uses a walker now, but that is pretty new. He lives in an apartment in a senior care facility, but is still largely independent. We did have to move him there after finding him at his house on Cape Cod on a ladder cleaning out the gutters. At 97.

    As a geography major, I took a climatology class, and was fascinated when we got to talking about the earth’s tilt, and it being the reason we have seasons, and all of that. I think few people really understand how unique that is and how important it is to the earth’s ability to sustain life.

  2. Bryan B. says:

    Glad to see you back for the new year.

    I too didn’t find myself completely wowed by Mary Poppins Returns, but there were some great takeaways. Emily Blunt’s take on the character was outstanding. Less like the original and more like the inspiring character from Saving Mr. Banks. Lin-Manuel Miranda was excellent as well. I’ve seen a lot of criticism for his accent, but I thought he did a good job overall. Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury were great, but I found the Meryl Streep appearance a little less memorable even if the visuals of that scene were pretty cool. There wasn’t one particular song that stuck in my head and the lamplighter song, which seemed to be positioned as the signature song of the movie, was a little on the long side. I thought the last 10 minutes of the movie made up for a lot of the shortcomings of the rest of it. I would like to see it again because I was getting over a cold that night and didn’t feel like I could give it the attention I should have.

  3. Suzi says:

    What a bizarre biblical chapter. Does that mean that by feeding your enemy, you’re killing the hate-filled part of him? It’s an ominous way of saying that.

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