Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 5, 2019a

  • I had no idea Yogi Berra spent time as a Met and an Astro as a coach.
  • While eating an apple, the wire on DaughterGeeding’s snapped apart. I told her if she stuck to eating junk food that never would have happened.
  • I caught the second half of The Shining yesterday afternoon. DaughterGeeding was in the room and I thought she’d leave since she’s not into scary stuff, but it sucked her right in and any time I attempted to change the channel she asked that I not.
  • With all the mass shootings as of late, I reflected upon the first I could remember, the Luby’s shooting in Killeen. It happened back in October 1991, the gunman killed 23 people. and wounded 27 others. At the time, I thought nothing like that would ever happen again.
  • Our new pastor knows how to capture my attention.
  • “Gravity always wins.” – Alfonso Ribeiro, America’s Funniest Videos
  • In regards to the new Top Gun: Maverick movie trailer – Why Maverick is still a captain 30 years after ‘Top Gun,’ according to the Navy
    • It comes down to one of these three reasons:
      • The most straightforward answer to have a captain with 35-plus years of service is for the captain to have previous enlisted experience. In the case of Maverick, this scenario doesn’t fit with the movie’s timeline.
      • Another possible scenario occurs if there’s a break in service. Maverick left active duty and did some time in the Navy Reserve. Then later, he returned to active duty. With more than five years in the reserves, Maverick could be pushing 37 years in uniform.
      • The final scenario for Maverick would be if he were retired but retained in service, a scenario that keeps individuals in uniform after reaching their statutory retirement. Generally speaking, cases of individuals being retired but retained are rare, but not unheard of, according to Naval Personnel Command.
  • I first watched Marlon Brando’s Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) during my teenage years with my father. It was airing on TMC on Saturday and I rewatched most of it and then got stuck researching stuff about the film, the historical event, and Brando.
    • Brando loved Tahita so much he bought one of their islands, actually a twelve-island atoll.
    • In real life, Brando married one of his costars, a woman who played the character Maimiti, a daughter of the Tahitian king. She was his third wife. Brando’s second wife actually played the same character in the 1935 version of the film with Clark Gable.
    • The story really happened, it’s a historical event, though the film isn’t historically accurate. The ship was burned and destroyed by mutineers in 1790, but remnants of the ship were found in 1957.
    • For the film, MGM had a replica of the original ship built and it was launched in Nova Scotia in 1960, sailed via the Panama Canal, and to Tahiti for filming. MGM originally planned to burn the ship and film it for part of the movie, but Brando protested. The ship then went on a promotional tour, even sailing down the River Thames in London. At one point, Ted Turner owned the ship and later it appeared in other films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s ChestDue to Hurrican Sandy, it sunk in 2012. Two of the crew members died, the captain and a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, the character Brando portrayed. For whatever it’s worth, she was a former USC Song Girl.
  • France’s new 5,181-ton nuclear submarine has no traditional periscope. Here’s how that works.
    • …simply that the direct-view periscope, which had to penetrate into the body of the submarine itself through the hull, has been replaced by optronic masts equipped with cameras. The new optronic masts no longer penetrate the hull. They’re stored snugly inside the sail when not in use, but can extend upwards out of it to take a look when needed. 
  • Mitch McConnell trips, fractures shoulder while at home in Kentucky
    • I saw him fall while trying to walk on stage at a campaign event earlier this year. Maybe it’s simply a part of being 77-years-old, but I can’t help but wonder if something else is going on, that this little falling trend is part of some undiscovered or undisclosed medical condition. But then again, I tend to be entertained with potential conspiracy theories.
  • Traffix is a puzzle game that gives you the complete control of traffic lights you always wanted
  • “The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker PearsonOn the latest Recode Decode, John Fallon explains why the education company is pivoting to digital textbooks.
  • I keep seeing cases of Rhode Island Municipal Judge Frank Caprio pop up in social media. I’m not sure if the online crowd loves the guy or some sort of marketing is taking place. Here’s his YouTube channel.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 2, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 1, 2019

  • I don’t think this still images adequately captures Morgan Freeman’s facial expression during this scene as the camera pans. I always thought it was a remarkable bit of acting without a bit of dialog.
  • Someone did the math and put together this Shawshank Redemption infograph
    • 1/64th of an inch every day for 16.9 years.
  • I get emotionally invested in movies and television. WifeGeeding gets emotionally invested in gameshows the likes no one have ever seen.
  • YouTube – Tattoo Artists Guess The Prices of Tattoos
  • I saw someone on Twitter suggest Scott Bakula play the part of Jeffrey Epstein in a movie. That’s a good casting choice, but I feel kinda bad for Bakula if he was offered it.
  • Your Doctor Is Instagram Famous. Do Likes Matter in the Exam Room?How social media is changing relationships with health care providers
  • National Geographic – See a different endangered animal in every U.S. stateThis interactive map highlights lesser-known endangered species across America.
    • Here’s the animal for Texas:
  • – FiscalNotes: The Economics of Texas BBQ
  • The largest Presbyterian denomination in the US has ordained a minister of gun violence prevention
    • This is actually a bit of local news as the minister’s church is in Dallas, and the minister is a she. I’m not trying to make light of gun violence or start a theological debate about a woman’s role in the church. However, I’m slightly entertained by the thought of how some of my friends who are deeply ingrained in the Southern Baptist Church and are passionate Second Amendment supporters are going to react.
    • When I looked up the church, I thought the first photo Google associated with it was interesting.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 31, 2019

  • As most of you know, I work from home. It’s summer, so the kids are around and I interact with them throughout the day. Yet, without fail, when I log off my work computer for the day and walk downstairs, DaughterGeeding will ask me, “Dad, how was your day at work.” I bet most parents would give a colloquial response, but I feel like I owe it to her to be truthful and not play her off. I’ll tell her if it was good, bad, fast, slow, stressful, meh, and provide a bit of detail. It’s a daily routine of mine to ask her how her day at school went (as well as her brother). I expect them to be a tiny bit descriptive, just as I am. I can’t expect something different from them than the example I set.
  • Arizona man learns mom’s body sold to military, detonated in experiment
    • An Arizona man was distraught to learn that his mother’s body was sold to the United States military for “blast testing,” which involved strapping it to a chair before an explosive device was detonated underneath, an investigation revealed.
  • Ronald Reagan’s Long-Hidden Racist Conversation with Richard Nixon
    • The past month has brought presidential racism back into the headlines. This October 1971 exchange between current and future presidents is a reminder that other presidents have subscribed to the racist belief that Africans or African Americans are somehow inferior. The most novel aspect of President Donald Trump’s racist gibes isn’t that he said them, but that he said them in public.
  • On July 29, 1858, Europe and North America were connected via telegraph by a 2,500 mile, long, 0.6-inch wide cable. Queen Victoria and President Buchanan exchanged congratulations via Morse code, it took 2 minutes and 5 seconds per letter. The cable operated for less than a month due to a variety of technical failures. And I’ll be honest, I thought it was “Morris code”.
  • Four universities claim to be the first university in the United States.
    • Harvard University, founded in 1636, claims itself to be (v.i.) “the oldest institution of higher education in the United States”.
    • The University of Pennsylvania, established in 1740, considers itself to be America’s first university, a title it claims on its website and in other published materials. The university has published a book about being the first university in America, and its website contains numerous instances of the phrase “America’s First University”.
    • The College of William and Mary’s website states, “The College of William and Mary was the first college to become a university (1779).”
    • Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 and claims to be “America’s first research university”
  • If you spot tornado and unsure of its movement, use a straight object like a telephone pole in between you and the tornado and you can see which way it’s moving. If the tornado appears to not be moving or becoming wider, it’s coming towards you, so start moving perpendicular instead of forward or backward.
  • Texas might spend up to $20 billion to protect Houston from hurricanes. Rice University says it can do it for a fraction of that.
  • The angle of sun and daylight as the year progresses showing day, night, poles and whole the whole Earth.


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Shooting a Video with a World War 1 Lens (100 years old)

This lens spent 100 years in the dark, the last thing it captured must have been the horrors of World War I … I think it was time to use it for something more light and positive. I took this Kodak Vest Pocket camera lens with me for a short trip to Vienna (Austria) to shoot some test footage. I must say I was pretty amazed by the sharpness and the quality of the image I saw on my screen. It was mounted using m42 hélicoïdal adapter + M42 to C mount adapter + rubber bands from an old bike tire.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 29, 2019

  • For WifeGeeding’s birthday a few weeks ago, I bought tickets to a masquerade ball murder mystery dinner, which we attended Friday evening. I was pleasantly surprised how most of the 120 plus people were dressed up for the theme. Yet, I was disappointed that the plot of the murder mystery had nothing to do with a masquerade ball theme. One of the couples at our table attended the venue last month which had a Roaring Twenties theme and the murder mystery plot tied to it, something about gangsters and prohibition. The evening ended with a woman proposing to her girlfriend, which wasn’t part of the plot or script.
  • I believe this is a photo of a shark eating a horse or deer carcass which has been trapped underwater for a period of time. Some of you may be uncomfortable looking at the photo.
  • Texas School District (Bushland ISD) To Drug Test Students As Young As 12
  • I bet I’ve only ridden in a taxi less than ten times.
  • I stopped in Micheal’s yesterday to pick up some paint for a model ship DaughterGeeding is working on. They already have a whole bunch of Halloween stuff out complete with a big display.
  • This tweet still has me thinking what a unique couple this is:
    • Several months ago, a couple we are friends with said they don’t sleep on the same side of the bed every night. As in, every night when they get into bed, they don’t know who will sleep on which side. Still blows my mind
  • NPR has a new series, American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that “rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action.” They recently landed on my favorite band one of my favorite songs.-
    • U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was released in 1987 on The Joshua Tree, an album inspired by the band’s experience of America, both as a real place and as a mythic idea. U2’s lead singer and songwriter, Bono, has referred to it as “a gospel song with a restless spirit.” To understand where that restless spirit came from, it helps to know the depth of the band’s religious roots.
  • Interpreter Breaks Down How Real-Time Translation Works

    Conference interpreter Barry Slaughter Olsen explains what it’s really like to be a professional interpreter. Barry goes behind the scenes of his vocation, breaking down the many real-life scenarios he faces on a day-to-day basis. From simultaneous and consecutive interpretation to chuchotage and décalage, take a peek behind what it really takes to be a professional interpreter.

  • An Amateur, A Home Cook And A Professional Chef Walkthrough Their Pancake Recipes
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Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) Reviews Magic Tricks in The Prestige, Arrested Development and More

Legendary magician Penn Jillette reviews some of the most iconic magic tricks in cinema, from the dramatic illusions in The Prestige and The Illusionist to the comedic tricks in Ant-Man and The Wasp and Arrested Development. Learn how realistic some of the most famous cinematic magic really is.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

  • Random fact about Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, he was born in New York City. When David Letterman had a show on CBS, he was a guest when he was London’s mayor and for some reason, I remembered that obscure fact.
  • Speaking of the British, I highly support this causeWetherspoons has become the first large business to stop using receipts after customers complained of mess and the waste of paper. Customers can still request them but will not be given them as a matter of course.
  • A friend, I’ll just call him BW, is about to travel to Walt Disney World and I hope he doesn’t pull a stunt like this – A Disney World tourist didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror, so she punched an employee and started pressing buttons
  • I’m not a fan of small talk, you know, conversation filler such as the weather. Lately, I’ve been asked if we went anywhere for vacation or have any vacation plans. We don’t, and I feel awkward answering the question, like I’m being judged for not taking my kids anywhere for the summer.
  • YouTube – Music Producers Are Given The Same 8-Second Track To Mix, Do Remarkably Different Things With It
  • On Keeping a Notebook: A Reading ListThe following longreads explore the joys of keeping a notebook and the art of writing longhand.
  • A brief history of human filthHow did people through history keep clean? How did they deal with dirt, sweat and other bodily odours, and did they take baths?
    • Since the great plagues and the closing of public bathhouses, western Europeans believed that bathing was positively bad for you. Skin protected the body from putrefaction and disease. Toxins left the body as perspiration, menstrual blood, urine and faeces.
  • Reading LessonsYou never stop learning how to read — probably because you also never stop forgetting how to read.
    • I really connected with this portion of the text:
      • For years, I have found it difficult to get into a novel. Entering a new imaginative world feels like too much effort, so when I read for pleasure, I choose nonfiction. As a teenager I encountered the old stereotype that made-up stories are for the young and frivolous (and often female), while nonfiction is for the old and serious (and probably male). Now that I pay taxes and pluck out my grey hairs, I am convinced that fiction is the more demanding genre. Poetry, the great romance of my pubescent years, feels even more distant, requiring focus and receptivity I can rarely muster. Sometimes I wonder if the young read novels and poems because they are the only ones who can.
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I’d probably react just like that kid

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 22, 2019

  • Here’s a fun bit of presidential trivia – President Richard Nixon’s “I’m not a crook” speech took place at Disney World, specifically at the Contemporary Resort hotel.
  • I’m sure most folks are aware as vice-president, Nixon attended the grand opening of Disneyland, but I bet most overlook the fact that Ronald Reagan was one of the opening ceremonies celebrities, he was even the one who introduced Walt Disney at the event. Another odd bit of trivia, at one point, Reagan was forced to scale the wall of Frontierland to make one of his scheduled appearances.
  • Here’s one more Nixon and Disneyland connection.  When Nixon was vice-president, his brother owned a series of restaurants named “Nixon’s” (Source1, Source2).  One location was on the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Katella Ave in Anneham, immediately next to Disneyland. And just because I’m fascinated with Howard Hughes I’ll add this, he once loaned Nixon’s brother, Donald, $205,000 in 1956 to save the failing restaurants. I read his main competitor was Bob’s Big Boy. According to my research, only one Bob’s Big Boy still exists. But I may be confusing it for Big Boy.  I think there may have even been a Kip’s Big Boy for a while. The only one I can recall ever seeing was on Camp Bowie Blvd in Fort Worth, across from King’s Liquor, where we stopped to buy Dad’s and Grandma’s Seagram’s 7.  We lived in Palo Pinto, a dry county.
  • The 2020 Corvette Uses GPS and Hydraulics to Automatically Lift the Car Over Speed Bumps
  • Here’s the story behind the pic at the top of this post in case you are interested.
  • Somebody in British Columbia is gonna get fired – Cat filter mistakenly applied during police news conference on double murder
  • Google To Build A Second $600m Data Centre In North Texas
  • The future of warfare – A US Navy ship used a new drone-defense system to take down an Iranian drone
    • Marines aboard the USS Boxer used a new system called a MRZR LMADIS — a Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System. The system is comprised of two vehicles — one a “command node,” and the other a “sensor node.” The vehicles are outfitted with radar sensors, cameras, and radio frequency detectors and jammers. Once the crew is able to detect a threat, they use the jammer to disrupt the signals from the drone.
  • I’m a fan of all three of these women and all their characters, so these gave me a great laugh when I ran across them on the Dallas subreddit. They are all great in their own way and all are nailed one form or another. I don’t remember the Kristen Wiig Denton role.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 19, 2019

  • I notice odd little stuff. We ate at McDonald’s recently and noticed the plastic drink lid has changed, and I’m pretty certain this is the first lid change in decades. A little research led me to LidWorks, the company which manufactures their lids. Browsing their website was more interesting than I would have thought, as they make different lids for paper and foam cups, hot and cold drinks, reclosable drink lids, domed lids (think ICEEs and Slupries), branded lids, and detail the concept to market process. Apparently, the new trend in the plastic lid business is strawless lid solutions, Starbucks appears to be the trendsetter. All of this info is probably making me sound like Jay Pritchett rambling about closets.
  • Yesterday’s Jeopardy ended in a tie. I’ve only seen a tie one other time. In case you are wondering, if there is a tie after Final Jeopardy, Trebek will inform the contestants the subject of the next “answer” and the first one with the correct response wins. This tie was well set up. The champion had exactly twice as much money as one of the contestants. The champion answered Final Jeopardy incorrectly but wagered zero dollars. And as you probably guessed, the other contestant wagered everything and doubled his amount to tie the champion with his correct response.
  • Mattel Is Bringing Back the Original Vintage He-Man Figures
  • Hasbro has decided to combine the Transformers and Ghostbusters universe, here’s Optimus Prime clad in Ecto-1 coloring.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us returns with ‘STEAM’ workshops and smaller stores
  • I’m looking forward to this:
  • And in another bit of Eighties nostalgia:

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For my fellow fans of “Stranger Things” and “Magnum, P.I.” (The Tom Selleck and only valid version)

And the original, just in case you wanted to compare.

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