I love how descriptive Canadian politicians can be

You just need to pay attention from the ten-second mark to about the twenty-second mark.

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Those “young” Dallas Cowboys created a “Breakfast Club” video

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 21, 2016

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  • This might be the only Bag of Randomness I make this week.
  • Concussion talk:
    • Thanks for the well-wishes, symptoms are lasting longer than I thought – sensitivity to light, impact area still sore, headaches, troubling describing things or forgetting commonly used words, tiredness, “saluting” lasting longer than four hours, webbed feet, etc.
    • How did the concussion occur? It’s a long story, but I’ll just state it involves DaughterGeeding and a frozen turkey.
  • I mentioned last Thursday was the ten year anniversary of my mother’s death. I was wondering where I’d be at the exact time of her death. It turns out I was at the emergency animal hospital with OtherDogGeeding. Thankfully, he’s making a strong recovery.
  • VP Elect Mike Pence and ‘Hamilton’ thoughts:
    • It was crappy of the audience to “boo” Pence as he walked towards his seats.
    • ‘Hamilton’ is often described as a hip-hop American history musical in which our Founding Founding are played by a multiracial and multi-cultural cast. That’s not something many would think would appeal to an old white male evangelical Republican. So I think it was great of VP-elect Pence to show a willingness to embrace something outside his constituency.
    • The cast addressing Pence after the performance shouldn’t be a big surprise considering what the musical is about and makeup of the performers (I bet at least one cast member is gay or an immigrant). It would have been a surprise if the cast of ‘Wicked’ or ‘Phantom’ did such a thing. And with that in mind, I didn’t have any issue with the address and I thought it was said with respect, though it kinda started out like it was going to be disrespectful, but overall, I thought it wasn’t done in poor taste.
    • Good on Pence for stopping to listen to the performers address him from the stage. I’m sure he was only leaving early because of Secret Service protocol, but he stopped and took the time to listen. And good for him saying he wasn’t offended and that’s what freedom sounds like.
      • Armchair political consultant – I would have advised Pence to have met the cast backstage and talk for 10-15 minutes, take a picture with them, and then tweet some sort of message of their performance and how he will he and President-Elect Trump will respect all people regardless of race, sex, orientation, etc.
      • Armchair political consultant –  If I were Trump, I wouldn’t have complained or condemned the ‘Hamilton’ address to Pence but emphasized the importance of the First Amendment, especially the freedom of speech and expression.
  • I’ve been fascinated with the Secret Service and read several books about how they protect the President. They all state the President will never be sleeping in a room above the fourth floor (or something like that) because that’s the highest a firetruck can reach. With that said, Trump’s residence in the Trump Tower is on the 66th floor. I wonder how the Secret Service is working with him and his living arrangements.
    • Those books all state that hotels which have a “presidential suite”, commonly on the top floor, are never used by an acting president. It’s all really a marketing gimmick.
  • I heard this said of anyone of Trump’s “enemies” agreeing to work with him, “when hypocrisy results in greater civility, we should give it a pass.”
  • A lot of Republicans favor the Electoral College because they feel lower populated areas are fairer or better represented and it’s worked in their favor twice this century. Now this won’t happen, but, if there were enough “faithless electors” to elect someone other than Donald Trump on December 19, I’m willing to bet they would no longer be in favor of it.
  • The Electoral College is constitutional, however, the term never appears in the Constitution
    • However, the term “electoral college” does not appear in the Constitution. Article II of the Constitution and the 12th Amendment refer to “electors,” but not to the “electoral college.”
    • Here are other tidbits of interest I found on the National Archives website. As usual, I think I have a handle on something until I do more research and find there’s a lot more to it, or realize, what I thought I knew was either wrong or not quite they way I thought.
      • Note that the 12th Amendment, the expansion of voting rights, and the use of the popular vote in the States as the vehicle for selecting electors has substantially changed the process.
      • Reference sources indicate that over the past 200 years, over 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform or eliminate the Electoral College. There have been more proposals for Constitutional amendments on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject.
      • If the President-elect fails to qualify before inauguration, Section 3 of the 20th Amendment states that the Vice President-elect will act as President until such a time as a President has qualified.
      • If the President-elect fails to qualify before inauguration, Section 3 of the 20th Amendment states that the Vice President-elect will act as President until such a time as a President has qualified.
      • As to a candidate who dies or becomes incapacitated between the meeting of electors and the counting of electoral votes in Congress, the Constitution is silent on whether this candidate meets the definition of “President elect” or “Vice President elect.”
  • I found this part of a NY Times article on the Electoral College interesting:
    • In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since.
      • I always thought rural America was less populated than urban areas. Actually, I think I knew that at one time and now I’m just reminded of it.
  • I have no problem with Trump’s son-in-law becoming a part of his administration, though I know nepotism rules won’t allow it. If someone happens to be the best person for the job, I don’t think being related to someone should disqualify anyone.
  • So far the upcoming Trump administration is going to have a lot of Mikes – Pence, Flynn, Pompeo, and most likely Huckabee.
  • Vince Neil now says he’s not playing at inauguration
  • The Cowboys game was on CBS. I feared Phil Simms’ commentary and any mention of the highly over-rated Hard-8 barbecue, but surprisingly he didn’t do the game.
  • Jeff Fisher ties Tom Landry for second-most losses by an NFL coach
    • He is now tied with Tom Landry, who went 250-162-6 in 29 seasons, all with the Cowboys. By comparison, Fisher is 173-162-1 in 22 seasons with the Rams and Oilers/Titans.
    • It’s also worth noting Landry won 270 games, 2 Super Bowls, had 18 playoff seasons, and 20 consecutive winning seasons.
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  • This year’s Cowboys have the longest regular winning streak in franchise history with nine. More than any Landry or Jimmy Johnson team.
  • A short video of Dak Prescott throwing a paper cup away, misses, and then takes the time to put it in. It’s a tiny thing, but I think it speaks to the character of the man. I’ve seen high school and college sidelines littered with cups because players feel entitled to just throw them on the ground for someone else to pick them up, yet this professional is still able to do it.

  • A story about a 55-year-old man playing college football, his son plays for the Packers.
  • In case you weren’t the only one surprised Al Michaels wasn’t in the booth last night.
  • Isla Fisher reveals she fooled friends and family by putting doppelganger Amy Adams on her family Christmas card
  • I think the “in” thing you’ll hear a lot this Christmas season is, “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.”
  • E.T. The Extraterrestrial was airing this weekend and it reminded me of an E.T. lamp one of my closest friends had. While trying to find a picture of the lamp, I totally forgot this was an actual toy product I played with (no pun intended).
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  • Watching E.T. as a child and then as an adult is an entire different experience. It makes me want to revisit a lot of books and movies, but overall, it makes me understand how experiences will change one’s perception. Oh, and it made me appreciate Netflix’s “Stranger Things” even more.
  • I caught a few episodes of “Diff’rent Strokes” recently which lead me to Dana Plato’s Wikipedia page. I totally forgot how “wheels off” her life story was, especially the fourth bullet point below which reads like an episode of “The Simpsons”.
    • She claimed she was offered the role of possessed child Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist.
    • In addition to her acting career, Plato was also an accomplished figure skater; at one point she trained for a possible Olympic team spot.
    • Diazepam overdoes when she was 14.
    • On February 28, 1991, she entered a video store, produced a gun, and demanded the money in the register. The clerk called 911 saying, “I’ve just been robbed by the girl who played Kimberly on Diff’rent Strokes.” Approximately 15 minutes after the robbery, Plato returned to the scene and was immediately arrested. The gun was only a pellet gun and the robbery netted Plato $164. Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton posted her $13,000 bail.
    • She came out as a lesbian, although she later recanted.
    • On May 7, 1999, the day before she died, Plato appeared on The Howard Stern Show. She admitted to being a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, but claimed that she had been sober for more than ten years by that point, and was not using any drugs, with the exception of prescribed painkillers due to the recent extraction of her teeth. Many callers insulted her and questioned her sobriety, which provoked a defiant Plato, who offered to take a drug test on the air. Some callers, as well as host Howard Stern, came to Plato’s defense. The next day, Plato and Menchaca were returning to California, the couple stopped at Menchaca’s mother’s home in Moore, Oklahoma, for a Mother’s Day visit. Plato went to lie down inside her Winnebago motor home parked outside the house, where she died of an overdose of the painkiller Lortab and the muscle-relaxant Soma. Her death was eventually ruled a suicide.
  • John Astin, best known as Gomez Addams, is still alive. I forgot he had a recurring role in “Night Court” and his adoptive son is Sean Astin.
  • Hey Google, the first 100 times I saw your commercial for your Amazon Echo competitor Google Home with the catchy whistling of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was great, but you are airing it ad naseum.
  • During the children’s church part of yesterday’s worship service, we noticed BoyGeeding playing with SisterGeeding’s hair the entire time. I’m surprised she was able to keep her composure.

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Empty Bag Today

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Empty bag for two reasons:

  1. My concussion symptoms have worsened and I couldn’t even finish work yesterday. It hurts to stare at a screen, or any bright light for the matter. I get a periodic ringing in ear, nausea, tiredness, and my head just plain hurts.
  2. Today being the ten year anniversary of my mother’s death is hitting harder than I expected. It’s just weird I got the concussion on the ten year anniversary in which she had head trauma (yesterday) which lead to her death. I’m not trying to sound whiny or seek sympathy, but this is me trying to maintain consistency with being transparent about my feelings and struggles. She was far from perfect and exceptionally flawed, but she was my Mom, and I respect and love her more now after becoming a parent.

Note: In that picture, she made my shirt and her dress. Oh, and I’m sporting a velcro watch which contained a zipper pocket which allowed me to put money in it.

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Under-rated scene in ‘Jaws’

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Sesame Street Mannequin Challenge

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Making things float using compressed air

Typing the title of this blog post made me think of this Spaceballsa scene.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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  • In a freak home accident yesterday, I suffered a mild concussion and was even unconscious for a brief moment. What’s weird, ten years ago yesterday my mother suffered a head injury which resulted in her death two days later. I’m not sure if I’m more surprised I’ve been without living parents for a decade or that I’ve kept up with this blog. This is now my third or fourth concussion, most happened on the football field.
  • Even though I have a spell checker (you’re surprised, I know), I always have to look over “Wednesday” a few times. Spelling that day is a mental hurdle.
  • Sometimes it’s really hard to understand what a coworker is explaining, so I’ll try to break it down by asking yes/no, true/false, this/that questions to see at what point my misunderstanding begins. While I understand certain answers are more complex than a yes/no or true/false, there are a few coworkers that seem to avoid answering that way by all mean possible. For example, the other day  I asked one if he/she was using Firefox as his/her web browser. Here’s another, “Are you using your work computer or personal computer when you ran into the issue?” And no, I don’t work in any type of customer or tech support.
  • There’s also a handful of coworkers who will “Reply All” even when it’s not necessary. In my line of work, I get anywhere from 30-80 emails a day, excluding those unneeded who “Reply All” when not warranted.
  • For the most part, I really do enjoy my job and my coworkers, but we all have “those things” that get to us every now and then.
  • Texas Monthly – #IWalkWithNatasha Shows Solidarity For Baylor Student – After being targeted for her race, Baylor students rally around to show support.
  • Some of my most productive work days start by writing down three to five things I want to accomplish before the end of the day as soon as I get to the office. Next to each item I’ll draw a square check-mark box, and will check off each box as I complete each task. Most of the time, those tasks aren’t anything major, but just stuff I need to get out of the way or have been lingering for longer than I’d like. I’m surprised I don’t do this more often if I find it so effective, and I enjoy the tiny sense of accomplishment once they are all completed. Sometimes, those things don’t take longer than an hour to do, and I’m left wondering why I put them off for so long in the first place.
  • Buzzfeed – A Democratic Senator Is Trying To Get Rid Of The Electoral College (But It Probably Won’t Happen)
    • The greatest chance of getting rid of the Electoral College would have been when Obama first took office. However, with the great recession and our troops fighting overseas, any attempt would have looked poor.
    • I’m about 65/35 on getting rid of it.
      • One argument for keeping it would be that candidates would only campaign in highly populated areas. But my argument against that is the candidates are basically doing that now but in swing states.
      • One argument for keeping it is another sense of check and balances. The winner of the Electoral College can still be prevented from taking office if the electors of each state choose not to cast the vote according to the election, and those faithless electors could be penalized. I think that explanation is bastardized, but you get the idea, I hope.
      • I don’t like the idea that my vote counts but doesn’t matter, sort of speak. Trump was going to win Texas without a doubt, but if I chose to vote for Hillary, it doesn’t really do any good.
      • I’m split whether or not the will of the people or if state representation is the best way to go. I get we live in a republic, but it’s a democratic republic. There appears to already be a balance with the Electoral College, but I’m not sure if it’s the best way to represent both interests. There’s logic with what the Founding Fathers created, but they also recognized the need to be able to amend.
      • I’m not trying to sound like a sore loser, I’m just trying to process my thoughts. It’s not my attempt to come across that way.
  • In college, I was surprised when some friends told me their favorite cartoon characters were Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian. To me, they were just secondary characters and at the time couldn’t comprehend why a major character, like Bugs Bunny, wasn’t their favorite.
    • Random tidbits from the Marvin the Martian Wikipedia page:
      • Marvin’s design was based on a conception of the Roman god Mars. “That was the uniform that Mars wore — that helmet and skirt. We thought putting it on this ant-like creature might be funny. But since he had no mouth, we had to convey that he was speaking totally through his movements. It demanded a kind of expressive body mechanics.”
      • His dog is named “K-9”.
      • Marvin attempts to destroy the Earth because, he reasons, “it obstructs my view of Venus”
  • ACU made national news, but not in a good way
    • The offensive video was first uploaded to Snapchat Monday morning and shows an unidentified female Abilene Christian University student with her face covered in black makeup. “I’m a strong black woman,” the white student says before putting on a pair of oversized costume lips, while several people can be heard laughing in the background. The video is accompanied by a caption reading, “This is why black lives matter exists.”
    • I attended Hardin-Simmons University which was just down the road (literally) from ACU. You’d often see HSU men driving through the ACU campus because the women there were extremely attractive. One of the best dates I ever had was with an ACU girl.
    • ACU is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and they don’t use musical instruments during worship services. I remember helping to dispose an old piano in college and someone jokingly said we should just dump it at ACU. At the time, it was funny.
    • I used to attend a worship service on Sunday night at ACU. It worked out that I could watch the ‘X-Files’ and make it to the auditorium in time. It was basically an auditorium of about two-thousand students with the lights dimmed, one student would spontaneously start singing a worship song and the rest would follow along. Since it was all acapella, it was really beautiful. Some songs had parts in which the opposite sex sang, and when the girls sand, it was very angelic.
    • At the time (1994-1999), all freshmen had to live on campus with a curfew and not one swimming pool on campus allowed men and women to swim together.
    • bible-rotundaacradFrom the highway, us Baptists used to joke that this part of their campus looked it was flipping us off. This isn’t the best angle, but you get the idea.
    • It’s my understanding, inside the building on the right, is the world’s largest printed Bible.
  • SMU had some “similar” problems as well – ‘Why white women shouldn’t date black men’ fliers found at SMU
  • GoFundMe effort rescues Miss Arizona pageant after crowns stolen from porch
  • Bloomberg – The Spy Who Added Me on LinkedInRussia had operatives in New York for years, from Wall Street to the UN. Now one is headed to prison.
  • I enjoy David Blaine magic specials, especially the latest format he uses. Instead of being on stage in front of an audience, his segments are in front a few people, usually celebrities, and you get to see their immediate actions. And yes, I think their reactions are genuine.
  • Buzzfeed – How Popular Are Your Disney World Opinions?
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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  • I really like the Sundance channel’s ‘Rectify’, but I had no idea the final season started about five weeks ago, so I’ve been playing catchup. In a way, it’s more fun being able to binge-watch.
  • Yesterday was the first day in about a month I haven’t coughed up any phlegm, and it was about the first time in a month I felt well enough to work out again.
  • I’ll often look in the mirror and stare at myself for minutes at a time. It’s never planned, it just kinda happens after washing my hands or shaving. Usually, the focus is on my eyes, wondering if I’m doing the best I can do at what I think is my life’s purpose – identify and fill needs of those around me. I’ll also wonder if I’m pushing myself hard enough to try to better myself, that I’m doing more than being complacent. I’ll then hit a few tangents in regards to relationships, health, legacy, self-worth, regret, embarrassment, or how I have intentionally hurt someone.   In my selfish rant about vanity, it’s grace that matter to me most. As Bono and the Boys have often said, “Because grace makes beauty Out of ugly things.”
  • I had no idea Gwen Ifill was in hospice, much less sick, her death was a surprise.
  • This Dallas Morning News headline stood out more so than some others – Motorcyclist dies after going airborne off bridge, hitting light pole in west Oak Cliff
  • George W. and Laura Bush adopted a dog from the SPCA of Texas and named him Freddy Bush.
  • Outgoing presidents tend to have an uptick in approval ratings before leaving office, but I have a feeling Obama’s will have a more than normal bounce.
  • It seems inevitable that someone in any presidential administration will get in some sort of trouble or cause embarrassment. If Sid Miller became the next Secretary of Agriculture, I’m certain it will be him. But I’m really surprised that Rick Perry wasn’t considered or first mentioned, he did serve as our state’s ag commissioner for eight years.
  • 89-year-old man digs his own grave‘The grandchildren will know that their grandfather dug his own grave with his own backhoe’
  • Photographer Tracks Down People He Snapped In His Hometown Almost 40 Years Ago To Recreate The Remarkable Images
  • Despite Current Glut of Successful Scifi Shows, CBS Executive Says New Star Trek Wouldn’t Work on TV
  • As an owner of an electric car, I think this is a good thing. The number of times a pedestrian doesn’t have any idea I’m in close proximity to them is scary. Our car makes the traditional beeping sound you’d hear when big machinery is moving, but you don’t hear anything when driving at low speeds.
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‘Jackie’

Natalie Portman maintains her composure above all else in Fox Searchlight’s new trailer for “Jackie.”

The movie, which opens Dec. 2, centers on Jacqueline Kennedy’s final days in the White House following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy, on Nov. 22, 1963 — and poise the First Lady attempted to maintain throughout the ordeal as a grieving widow and mother.

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It’s hard for me planning to watch a movie that I know will put me in a somber mood for the rest of the day.

 

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Texas A&M Gymnastics Team’s Mannequin Challenge is Impressive

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 13, 2016

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  • EDIT: Yup, I totally messed up with the date in the title of today’s post. It’s the 14th, not the 13th. I must be having “a case of the Mondays”.
  • DaughterGeeding passed her taekwondo test to earn a red belt on Saturday. Part of the test involves individual drills/routines, but a good portion is done with other students at the same time. The instructor asked the class to do 20 situps, and as the students perform them, you’d hear them quickly count, “One sir, two sir, three sir…” all the way up to 20. After hearing the whole class yell “Twenty sir!” and sit up, there was a moment of silence, but then you heard a tender grunt of “fourteen sir, fifteen sir, sixteen sir….”. It was DaughterGeeding. She has trouble with her situps, and with everything else, she isn’t concerned with doing things quickly, but doing them correctly, and always finishing no matter how far behind. I started to tear up, it was a sense of pride I’ve never experienced before. I could feel the other parents looking at me, and was thankful the instructor took time to recognize her efforts to do things properly upon completion. Part of me wishes I recorded the moment, but there’s another part of me that thinks the moment will be more cherished as a memory.
  • On Sunday, BoyGeeding played in the final game of the soccer season. I noticed a boy on the other team was provoking him by pushing him in the back with two hands during play. This continued three or four times, and once more when they ran to the other end of the field. After that last push, BoyGeeding had enough of it and shoved the boy so hard he fell to the ground and then the ref had to halt play thinking BoyGeeding was the lone instigator. When I was his age, I was a passive little fart and wouldn’t have done or said anything. I was proud of him for standing up for himself and told him so, but I also told him next time be sure to let the ref or coaches know what’s happening. He’s only four, and sometimes as a parent, it can be a bit hard to explain proper sportsmanship and competitiveness as well as standing up for yourself.
  • After BoyGeeding’s game, we took him to the concession stand to get his traditional snow cone. The high school girls inside were going hysterical because a bee was buzzing inside. The next thing you know, WifeGeeding marches in, shuts the door, and you see her take off her shoe and smash the poor bee against the front window. I’ve never coveted a woman more in my life.
  • One of my closest friends texted me a pic from inside Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday and the Dean Smith Center on Sunday. He’s on an epic college basketball tour.
  • I don’t know a whole lot about Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy, other than when he proclaimed that at the age of 40 he’s a man, but he’s now gone mullet and can pass for Billy Ray Cirus.
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    (Here’s the bit more of the aftermath from the “I’m a man, I’m 40!” speech).
  • I’ve mentioned how Baylor University has a tendency to release information at a time in which it won’t get much traction in the media and even joked about it on this historic election day. At the end of the day Friday they released another.
  • In all seriousness, the Oklahoma Sooner players showed some high class with their immediate concern of the Baylor quarterback’s injury as soon as the play was over. Many of them approached him as he got carted off the field wishing him well. The Sooners have certainly earned my respect.
  • Canary by Gorji to Become Dallas’ First No-Tipping Restaurant
    • Canary appears to be the first restaurant in Dallas to join the experiment, and it’s a perfect fit. Canary has just eight tables, its cuisine is elegantly high-end and it doesn’t practice turn-and-burn seating or allow children to dine. The restaurant employs five people total, its chef-owner excluded.
  • GIF – Japanese baseball player hits ball into small section of dome roof
  • This part of New York Times article caught my attention, it would be hard for me to imagine the President not saying in the White House the majority of the time.
    • Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.
  • I believe Lady Bird Johnson went the longest with continued Secret Service protection, 44-years. Melania Trump is 46 and has an opportunity to beat that record, but Michelle Obama could also have a run at it. She’s 52 now, and her protection started during the election at age 45.
  • Trump chooses Breitbart News boss Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist
  • Digg – Donald Trump Names Reince Priebus Chief Of Staff — Here’s What You Need To Know
  • Cavs are the champions of the NBA. The Cubs win the World Series. Trump is the president-elect. And the Dallas Cowboys are playing great behind the rookie duo of Prescott and Elliot. There’s just too much to take in this year.’
  • Man, seven lead changes in the Cowboys/Steelers game.
  • Why car designers stick with clayIn an age when vehicle styling teams have supercomputers and virtual reality at their disposal, a venerable — and defiantly low-tech — design tool persists.
  • Dave Chappelle is a funny man. I forgot his Lil Jon was a Longhorn’s fan. Here’s a short clip from an old skit of him sporting another Longhorn hat from back in the day.
  • The New Yorker – New York City’s Graveyard Shift – The men and women who work while the rest of the city sleeps.
  • TNT’s Ernie Johnson recently talked about his love for country and Jesus after the election, and it’s gone viral. In case you are wondering, he wrote in Ohio Governor John Kasich. Here’s a sample.
    • “I know you’re not supposed to talk about politics and religion but we’re already talking about politics so I’m gonna go the ‘R’ direction, too: I never know from one election to the next who’s gonna be in the Oval Office, but I always know who’s on the throne. And I’m on this earth because God created me, and that’s who I answer to. I’m a Christian. I follow a guy named Jesus, you might have heard of him. And the greatest commandment he gave me was to love others. And scripture also tells us to pray for our leaders, and that’s what I’m gonna do: I’m gonna pray for Donald Trump, I’m gonna pray for all those people right now who feel like they’re on the outside looking in, who are afraid at this point. I’ll pray for them, too. In short, I’m praying for America, and I’m praying that one day we’re gonna look back and we’re gonna say: ‘You know what? That Donald Trump presidency? That was all right.’ But I’m praying.”
  • There was a “super moon” last night and I tested my the super zoom on my new camera on it. I had a little trouble with focusing (the extra light may have played a factor) and holding it steady, but I still got a pretty decent shot.

 

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