Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Tour of the Moon in 4K

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • Silly me, I forgot to schedule yesterday’s Bag of Randomness to post. So today you get a twofer.
  • Former Dallas Maverick Tyson Chandler peaked into Dirk’s press conference yesterday and snuck in some photos. I love that guy and will forever be grateful how he helped bring a championship to our fair city and a franchise that was the laughing stock of the NBA for so long. The Mavs made such a huge mistake not bringing him back the following year. I remember him getting involved with the community in his short time here and even wearing Rangers gear and tweeting photos of him cheering them on.
  • Here’s an example of how Tyson Chander is a great guy. Check out one of his recent Instagram posts which you can read in its entirety here:
    • So yesterday my Son came home from basketball practice & I asked him how it went, he replied it was ok . I asked him why just ok…He said because I think everyone looks at me & expects me to be a lot better than I am because I’m Tyson Chandler’s Son … I said come on let’s take a ride.
  • Mark Zuckerberg used a booster seat yesterday for his Senate testimony. This high-resolution photo will allow you to view his personal notes.
  • I like the conspiracy storyline that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all other social media are creations of the CIA as a way to get citizens to voluntarily give up personal information.
  • I recently discovered on mobile YouTube you can double tap on the right side of the screen to go forwards 10 seconds and on the left side of the screen to go backwards 10 seconds.
  • I had an evaluation during my physical therapy session yesterday. The therapist thinks I’m about 70% recovered, though he phrased it more professionally.
  • Andre The Giant
    • Man, I really enjoyed last night’s HBO documentary about him. It was a great trip down memory lane of my days as a young lad found of wrestling. But I found it lacking in certain areas, especially his health. For instance, they only mentioned he had back surgery but didn’t go into detail about it. That’s fascinating stuff to know about for a man that size. There are stories about doctors trying to figure out how to anesthetize him and guaging it by how many beers it takes for him to get drunk. Stuff like that was never hinted at.
    • Hulk Hogan usually thinks of himself as the alpha, but it was interesting listening to him speak in reverence. It was also funny hearing Hogan do impressions of Randy Savage and others. But I do think the documentary did delve into Hulkamania a bit too much.
    • The stories about Andre’s farts, especially the ones of other people being stuck in an elevator with him, were hilarious.
    • On long flights he couldn’t use the lavatory, he was too large. He used a bucket and it was dumped in the lavatory.
    • It appears he drank a lot because he was in physical pain. I was shocked at how physically incapable he was during the filming of The Princess Bride.
  • Web standard brings password-free sign-ins to virtually any site –
    Use your fingerprint reader or camera in a wide variety of browsers.

    • The functionality is useful right now in Mozilla’s Firefox browser, and should come to both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in the “next few months.”

  • Fifty-five years ago yesterday, JFK signed a proclamation declaring Sir Winston Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States. Even though that booklet looks like a passport, it can’t legally function as one. Other tidbits of an honorary U.S. citizenship:
    • Eight people have been so honored, six posthumously, and two, Sir Winston Churchill and Mother Teresa, during their lifetimes.
    • Honorary citizenship does not carry with it the rights and privileges of ordinary citizenship, and such status does not confer any special entry, travel or immigration benefits upon the honoree or the honoree’s relatives and dependants.
    • On 28 December 1784, the Maryland General Assembly passed a resolution stating that Lafayette and his male heirs “forever shall be…natural born Citizens” of the state.
      • In 1932, descendant René de Chambrun established his American citizenship based on the Maryland resolution, although he was probably ineligible as the inherited citizenship was likely only intended for direct descendants who were heir to Lafayette’s estate and title. The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled in 1955 that “it is possible to argue” that Lafayette and living male heirs became American citizens when the Constitution became effective on 4 March 1789, but that heirs born later were not U.S. citizens.
  • I took BoyGeeding to get a haircut yesterday. I never like how he looks the first week or so after a haircut. But then again, I never liked how I looked the first week or so after a haircut.
  • I didn’t catch the whole conversation, but during an argument, BoyGeeding told his sister, “You gotta learn how to take a tease.”
  • Google Maps Timeline – A record of all your movements logged in Google Maps (if you’ve allowed the app access). My data has been tracked since June 27, 2015, and the first trip it ever tracked was a drive to Klyde Warren Park.
  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller put ex-doctor with 2 revoked licenses on rural health panel
    • In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving his marriage to his 15-year-old former stepdaughter. The license was later revoked for good for failure to report a malpractice suit, medical board records show.
  • Harvard Business Review – How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting
  • GIF – Impressive ballerina balancing skills
  • Roofer charged after repossessing roof, police say
  • Why Are There Two Ways To Write A Lowercase ‘g’?
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Wind Turbine Blade Inspection Robot

Details and video

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Last call of Arizona State Trooper after 37 years

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 9, 2018

  • Random memory – Ashtrays in car door handles. They were always fun to fidget with, flip open and close when you were a bored child.
  • You hear about sanctions in the news a lot. One thing I’d wish our government or news organizations would do is detail what exactly those sanctions are and how it’s supposed to make an impact on the offending country. Offhand, sanctions sound weak and too generalized a term.
  • I really enjoy watching David Letterman’s Netflix show and caught the latest released episode with Jay-Z. To be honest, I really don’t much about the guy other than his rough upbringing and being married to Beyonce. I often remark how Dave does a lot of reflecting on his own life and how he’s changed and matured, that there is an appreciation and sense of regret about a lot of things. I sensed a lot of that with Jay-Z.  Jay-Z also has an adorable laugh.
  • The Masters is on a lot of people’s radar but it’s nowhere on mine. There’s a pretentious about it that turns me off.
  • Something else that isn’t on my radar, motorsports.
  • I watched HBO’s Paterno on Saturday night and tweeted a thought about it. Someone I don’t know or follows me crotchetily replied. It’s always tempting to reply back with venom but sometimes it’s best just to do nothing at all. However, I did look at his Twitter account to get an idea who he was. You could tell he was a Penn State and Joe Paterno fan. Another thing I noticed, he did a lot of cut and pasting. The exact thing he tweeted to me was tweeted at least thirty times to other people in a span of fewer than ten minutes.
  • A young version of Scooby Doo.
  • Liberty U’s Falwell ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics
  • If I come across something online I want to know more about, specifically a word, I highlight it by double-clicking on it and then use a right-click and choose the search Google option. You can do the same thing by highlighting the word and dragging it to the tab area.
  • Such a sad, sad story in Canada – Ten players on the Humboldt Broncos team, aged between 16 and 21, died when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer in Saskatchewan.
  • Watch the latest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story
    • My expectations are low but I’m hopeful. Either way, I’m sure I’m going to be entertained.
    • I think I saw a female Wookie, Mrs. Chewie? Maybe it’s his sister or daughter.
    • I like that Chewie gets really rough.
    • The actor who plays Solo needed to work on Harrison Ford’s speech pattern and mannerism more. River Phoenix did a good job of it in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But I feel like Donald Glover does a good job of being a younger Billie Dee Williams, he’s got the charisma.
    • It doesn’t have the “old school” feel like Rogue One did and that’s a mistake.
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‘Rocky’ Choreography Footage

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Promo video for Mike Huckabee’s latest ‘Learn Our History’ series starring Donald Trump

That inauguration crowd was so huge I must have overlooked that Lincoln and Washington attend.

Also, the logo they use with the Earth and red and white stripes somewhat reminded me of the old Obama campaign logo.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, April 6, 2018

  • I ate at the In-N-Out at The Colony yesterday and spotted that spinning metal period on top of their roof. For those of you smarter than me, can you tell me what the heck that contraption is?
  • I visited the doctor yesterday to get the results of the MRI I had on my knee. Basically, I got some stuff going on behind the kneecap which will require minor surgery after my back heals up. The doctor strongly suggested I get an exercise bike and wrote me a prescription, which would save me from paying any tax. I got a kick out of the instructions on the script.
  • I got something in the mail from my health insurance company about the request I made about them not paying the “Out of Network” price for the internist who visited before my surgery. You may recall that I did my best to find all “In Network” options before the surgery. Fortunately, they agreed to pay the “Out of Network” price, which will save me about a thousand dollars. Part of me thinks these companies first try to charge the “Out of Network” price hoping patients don’t inquire and simply pay up.
  • The first left-handed ceremonial pitch on Opening Day was thrown by President Harry Truman in 1946. However, in 1950, President Truman made a right-handed and then a left-handed ceremonial pitch to start the season. He was ambidextrous.
  • I still prefer Donald Trump as President than Ted Cruz.
  • Tiger Woods (a BagOfNothing Half-Asian Hall of Fame member) on his back and comeback which gives me hope:
    • “I thought prior to the fusion surgery that that’s pretty much it. I’ll have a nice, comfortable and great life, but I’ll never be able to swing the club like I used to speed‑wise — just there’s no way (after) lower back fusion. But for some reason, I don’t have any pain. Yes, I’m much tighter, but I don’t have any pain. And I’ve had to really work on the strength. For some reason, it’s come back. I wish I could tell you, I wish I knew, but all of a sudden, I have this pop and my body and my speed’s back.”
  • An interesting story out of Azle about a man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Last year he groped a 12-year-old girl, and later that night called 911 to turn himself in. I don’t know if his act was a cry for help or mercy out of guilt or he was scared the girl was going to report it.
  • Something I really never put together regarding the civil rights movement, they were encouraged to march in nice clothing – During the civil rights era, the “Sunday Best” look was de rigueur at nonviolent protests. Appearing polished and put-together brought a serious undertone to the proceedings and demanded that the activists be taken seriously as citizens.
  • Not exactly cutthroat – Amazon greenlights Lorena Bobbitt documentary series – 
    Jordan Peele is on board to produce.
  • Bear Bryant’s Great Grandson Paul Tyson Commits to Alabama
  • I imagine this will go to court – An Illinois town just banned assault weapons. The penalty if you keep one? Up to $1,000 a day
  • I’ve noticed has been tricking up the titles of their articles to make them more eye-catching or sensational.
  • If you are familiar with Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, then this will probably surprise you – Texas agriculture chief Sid Miller asks Trump officials for more foreign workers
  • This Texas school that inspired “Friday Night Lights” is overcrowded amid oil boom. One class has 63 kids.
  • The New York Times‘It Has to Be Perfect’: Putting Out a Yearbook After the Parkland Shooting
  • Today’s attempt at humor:
    • I asked my girlfriend to describe me in 5 words.She said I’m mature, I’m moral, I’m pure, I’m polite, and I’m perfect.Then she added that I also had a fundamental lack of understanding about apostrophes and spaces.
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Today’s dose of ‘MURICA

Bald eagle, check.

Baseball, check.

Take first attitude, check.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • You can find out what political leaning Facebook has literally labeled you by going to Settings > General Account Settings > Ads > Your Information > Your Categories > US Politics. WifeGeeding was labeled “Very Conservative” and I want to shoot myself. She never posts or follows anything remotely political, so I guess it’s going off the people she follows and the stuff she has liked. Facebook also says she a huge soccer fan.
  • I took the kids to a nearby pond so they could cast the fishing rods DaughterGeeding’s father gave them. If you know me, I’m almost the last person you’d want to teach anyone how to fish. But hey, at least I put forth a little effort. The rods didn’t even have hooks on them and I doubt there are any fish in the pond, I just wanted them to have fun.
  • The pond I took the kids to has been there for as long as I can remember living in the neighborhood and last year a big fancy church was built on the property. Funny thing about the church, as big, new, and modern as it is, they didn’t build enough parking spaces yet there’s enough room on their property to do so. Church members have been parking on the grass and the city has been citing them for parking violations.
  • I wish I could provide enough context so I don’t sound like a mean unspirited parent, but I had a talk with DaughterGeeding about the amount of attention and praise she’s been seeking from us. I told her that one day I hope she’ll look back and appreciate the day Daddy told her she wasn’t going to be babied and congratulated for every little thing.
  • When I was young, I wasted an enormous amount of toothpaste trying to squeeze it on the toothbrush to make it look just like they did on the commercials and on the cover.
  • DNA testing helps people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity.” – DNA test reveals fertility doctor is woman’s biological father
  • GIF – Cute: Baby rhino guards mom during toe treatment
  • The Dallas Morning News – Gordon Keith talks God and the literal truth of the Bible with Baptist pastor George Mason – Gosh darn, can I relate to this guy.
  • If you watched ‘The American’s’ last night, you’d agree that Paige will have a certain mental image of her mother stuck in her mind for the rest of her life.
  • For the second time, a resolution to denounce neo-Nazis has failed in the Tennessee legislature
  • Is chronic pain something more people should accept?Amid the opioid crisis, the concept of “pain acceptance” is gaining credibility.
  • How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described In Their Screenplays
    • Terminator – SARAH CONNOR is 19, small and delicate-featured. Pretty in a flawed, accessible way. She doesn’t stop the party when she walks in, but you’d like to get to know her. Her vulnerable quality masks a strength even she doesn’t know exists.
    • Bull Durham – ANNIE SAVOY, mid 30’s, touches up her face. Very pretty, knowing, outwardly confident. Words flow from her Southern lips with ease, but her view of the world crosses Southern, National and International borders. She’s cosmic.
  • Video – Shark Comes Out Of Nowhere, Attacks Spear Fisher
  • The Man Who Spent $100K To Remove A Lie From Google
  • If you’ve been following the Sinclair media story, you might find this Huffington Post article interesting.
    • We spoke to a Sinclair anchor this week about the script, the blowback and what people have gotten right and wrong about Sinclair’s relationship with the local stations. The essay below, based on an interview with the source ― who requested anonymity for job security reasons ― has been edited and organized for clarity.
    • All those people who are like, “I would quit,” that’s really easy for you to say. CNN put something out calling all the news anchors complicit or zombies or whatever yesterday, and I just think that portion of this is unfair. These jobs ― they’re very hard to come by. And if I quit, I owe the company 40 percent of my salary, plus a percentage of the [redacted] years remaining on my contract, plus any bonuses that they’ve paid to me and any reimbursements that they’ve paid to me.⁵ And they’re going to take me to court for it. And in the time that I’m in court, I’m not employable.

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NBC MLK Interview

The man was a very eloquent speaker.

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