Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 28, 2019

  • DaughterGeeding is going through a small little health issue, nothing concerning, but the eight-year-old did need to have her blood drawn. She was a trooper as the nurse tried twice but couldn’t get a draw, who called in her supervisor who also couldn’t get a draw after two attempts. The supervisor then called in the owners of the pediatric practice, a husband and wife team of doctors. They couldn’t get a draw after several attempts. Despite all those failed attempts, DaughterGeeding didn’t cry or wince once. The problem is despite being well hydrated, she has tiny veins which get even tinier because they constrict. One of the doctors said even though she’s not being emotional or showing physical distress like crying, she internalizes her stress which results in her veins constricting as the needle is struck.
  • I overheard a conversation debating who had a better gait, John Wayne or Robert Mitchum.
  • I’m loving Marershala Ali’s performance in this season of HBO’s ‘True Detective’. I first noticed his work on Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ and recall reading an article on his preparation for a role. He creates a soundtrack for his character and listens to it over and over again. I’d love to know the songs he included in the soundtrack for his ‘True Detective’ character considering his role covers four decades. Stephen Dorff also does a good job with his role, his comedic timing was a surprise.
  • Speaking of the new season of ‘True Detective’, and I don’t think this is a spoiler, but after watching that first episode, I was surprised there wasn’t an ounce of racism implied, especially considering the time and location. However, that quickly changes in the following episodes. If HBO would have dropped the series all at one time, like Netflix, I would have binged them in one day or night easily.
  • The kids were baptized yesterday. After the service, a lifelong member in the church’s denomination kindly asked why we decided to have the kids baptized now rather than as infants. I thought it was an insightful question which made me thankful I spent time in more than one denomination. Some folks feel real strong about infant baptism, others for only those who are in an age of discernment or past the age of innocence. Both feel justified in their beliefs through scriptural interpretation, study, prayer, and conviction. I’m not going to judge one way or another, and I don’t think this church member was being that way, he was genuinely curious. Jovially, I told him as “recovering baptists” old habits die hard, and further explained it wasn’t WifeGeeding and me deciding to have them baptized as it was our kids asking about it and us providing our blessing and support once we had a deeper conversation about it as a family and another with the pastor. It was important for us that they were choosing to be baptized not because it would make anyone happy or think it was a free pass to get in upstairs or that it changes them in some magical way, or that they will now be allowed to partake of communion. We wanted them to do so because they understood it was a sacrament and a symbolic act of their personal faith. I’m sure some of you think this is poor Christian parenting and an odd way to reason things. I’m not going to defend it, but it’s how we honestly approached it. I’ll post a few pics later this week because I selfishly think they looked adorable.
  • This Is What Happens When You Try to Sue Your BossMillions of American workers sign away legal rights without knowing what they’re in for: Arbitration Hell.
  • I love how Wade Phillips is honoring his father on the way to his second Super Bowl. I can’t believe he kept the jacket after all these years.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 25, 2019

  • I’m not sure the last time I’ve seen President Trump wear a non-white dress shirt. Maybe he’s worn a light blue dress shirt and I just confused it for a white shirt. That’s not a criticism, just an observation.
  • Republican Senator Joni Ernst Says She Was Raped in College
    • I have no comments about the article other than to say it states her ex-husband’s name is Gail and I can’t recall any males named Gail other than football great Gale Sayers and the fictional character Gale Boetticher in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”.
  • While I’m not a fan of Senator Ted Cruz, I hope he continues to keep the beard.
  • 2018 Top Dallas Nightclubs & Bars by Liquor Sales
  • Weezer released a surprise album in which they cover a lot of “classic” songs. Their version of “Africa” has been enjoyable and fun, and after listening to these samples, I’m sold.
  • Christmas is pretty far back in the rearview mirror, but I noticed Fellowship Church in Grapevine toned down the outdoor decorations quite a bit.
  • The kids will be baptized this Sunday. I really appreciated our pastor stopping by the house to have a chat with them, speaking about the tradition and symbolism of the sacrament but also explaining how it is not a qualification or something which makes them extra special (sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun).
  • In my last post, I made a comment about Texas accents. That has since reminded me about this clip of Fred Armisen discussing and performing Houston, Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi, and Amarillo accents. The video below should be qued for you.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • Back in October, WifeGeeding and I watched Netflix’s “Haunting of Hill House”. It was a fun and scary watch, better than we expected, and would recommend it. There’s a bit of a bell curve to the series, peaking in the middle and dropping off slightly for the last two episodes. While watching the first episode, it freaked us out a bit that the date displayed on character’s phone was the same day in which we were watching it, month/date/year. I never took the time to research it, but wonder if it was simply lucking timing on our part or if Netflix manipulated the date on the screen. I know Netflix has been working on making the viewer experience immersive.
  • Armchair Conspiracy Theorist Time – CBS rejects Super Bowl ad touting benefits of medical marijuana
    • “CBS News asked to see the ad but the company didn’t provide it.” Maybe the company never created the commercial or intended for it to ever air knowing CBS and the NFL would shoot down the offer and they would bank on the free publicity from the media coverage of the rejection.
  • When I used to work on a team with members in NYC and Boston, they would often say that us Texans speak so slow. I don’t disagree we speak slower, but I have the unsubstantiated theory that the further west you go in Texas, the slower Texans speak. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. One of my doctors is from far West Texas. He’s highly intelligent, but his ability to deliver a message slowly makes me feel like I’m not being rushed and gives me a chance to better process what’s being told to me.
  • Alphabet (Google) made a quiz to help you detect phishing scams – You can take the quiz here.
  • One thing which really annoys me in any movie or television show is a scene in which an adult needs to speak to a teacher. You know the scene, a teacher is speaking to the class but then an adult in the hallway needs to speak to the teacher. Sometimes the person who needs to speak to the teacher is a detective or some other acquaintance. It bugs me the teacher is always interrupted and has to stop or dismiss class. The detective or whoever never thinks to visit the teacher outside of teaching hours, like right after school. I don’t think any dramatic effect would be sacrificed by making this adjustment.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January, 22, 2019

  • I don’t have a desire to become a celebrity, but should it happen, I hope it’s somewhere below or above “Big Brother” and “Dancing with the Stars” status.
  • I noticed Chick-fil-A’s plastic utensils are a new color, a dark blue-grayish color. I like the color so much I’d be willing to take a piece to get color matched and paint my home office that color.
  • DaughterGeeding and BoyGeeding will both be baptized this Sunday. As I’ve mentioned, our pastor will be retiring this March so I think this may be his last baptism as pastor of our church. Our pastor requires a short home visit before the baptism, which I like because it’s a bit old-fashioned and gives me the “small town” feeling. There are so many mega-churches in DFW I wonder how often the senior or lead pastor actually visits the home of a congregant. In case you are wondering, our church membership is around 250 and the baptism won’t be full immersion, but more than just a sprinkle.
  • Contest Winners Share Tale Of Playing Miniature Golf With U2
  • “Britney Spears” is an anagram of “Presbyterians”.
  • History of the X-Acto Knife – How The X-Acto Knife Went From Battlefields To Craft Rooms
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Oddly, we received two Christmas cards in the mail yesterday. Both had a postmark date after the first of the year, were from different states, and both wrote an apology for sending them so late.
  • I’ll give President Trump political points for delaying Speaker Pelosi’s Air Force travel overseas. He’s right, she shouldn’t be traveling when the government is shut down. Though, I think he would have scored more political points with her actually being over there and drawing attention to it while he is home abroad. But I’ll also note, Pelosi has done her part, the House already passed legislation to reopen the government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has twice blocked the House bill to reopen the government, not even allowing it to be voted on and rejected a compromise proposal from his own caucus. He reasons nothing should be voted on unless he’s sure the president will sign it. McConnell is out of the spotlight, probably scoring the most political points out of them all.
  • I’m a government contractor and very, very fortunate my assigned project is deemed essential enough that I continue to work and receive a paycheck. Not all my coworkers are as fortunate. My company has this program in which we can donate any unused vacation we rolled over from last year (we can roll over up to 40 hours) to coworkers who aren’t able to work and would go without pay. Unlike federal workers, contractors won’t receive any backpay. This vacation donation program was employee-inspired and implemented during a previous shutdown. My company has treated me exceptionally well over the years. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my back surgery. Unprovoked, they gave me an extra two weeks time off with pay to ensure my back properly healed and that I didn’t return to work sooner than need be. They actually offered me more time than that. With that in mind, and knowing I have the added benefit of working from home unlike my coworkers in DC, I donated the entirety of my 40 hours. The CEO of my company was recently interviewed for this CNN article about how she’s trying to protect her workforce during this government shutdown. In it, she states how the bank was willing to extend her line of credit, and she has kept the equity line of credit open on her home to fund payroll if needed. Other options for our company should the shutdown extends:
    • The first is to pay employees 80% of what they are owed, she said. The second is to let her staff go so they can apply for unemployment, then rehire them when the government opens again, and the third is to institute rolling leave without pay. She’s concerned that if she gets to that place, she’ll start to lose her top talent.
  • While my back isn’t where I’d like it to be a year from surgery, I don’t regret having the surgery. It would eat at me if never had the surgery and be left with the thought of what would have been. I pretty much knew the answer of going through life without the surgery. It’s hard to remember pain, but I think I’m better now than I was before. However, I take responsibility and accept I would feel better about the whole experience if I were consistent with my daily exercise and stretching.
  • The Texas Rangers ballclub still have not announced what playing surface their new stadium will have. It’s speculated it will be natural, but not grass.
    • Crushed coconut husks and sand make up a large percentage of the “infill” in Shaw Sports Turf’s new baseball-specific B1K (as in “batting 1.000) turf. The mixture is designed to enhance the playability for baseball and the safety for players. It is a dramatic change from last generation of turf, which uses rubber pellets as the infill.
  • While reading this SI.com article on Sean Payton’s time assisting coaching Liberty Christian in Argyle during his forced sabbatical, I noticed one picture was taken at Camp Copass in Denton.  I volunteered there a couple of weeks for two or three summers.
  • Kodak’s official date system, one with a 13-month calendar of equal 28-days and instituted by George Eastman back in 1928, was used until 1989.
    • The system, originally proposed by a chap called Moses B. Cotsworth in 1902, is called the “International Fixed Calendar”. It splits the year into 13 months of 28 days each, with one or two days each year not belonging to any month. The extra month, called “Sol”, appeared between June and July.
    • For some of you, “Sol” will make you think of Matt Damon poop potatoes.
  • Few things make me feel dumber than trying to use a fake drawer handle on furniture, or fake pockets on clothes.
  • Every work day I feel like I’m trapped in the ’90s.  My neighbor’s car alarm goes off twice a day despite nothing touching it. Car alarms seem like such a dated problem.
  • Thankfully, I haven’t experienced this problem in quite a while. Writing with a pencil, making a mistake, and to make things better, trying to erase only to find out the eraser is old and dried up and it just smears things up to holy hell.
  • Sticker residue from stickers which are supposed to come off grind my gears. My gears are further ground by those stickers which tear leaving only the bottom paper layer.
  • Jeff Fisher, who looks like he should have had a career NASCAR rather than the NFL, doesn’t have that great of a career win/loss record, .512. He only coached two teams, but consider this, those two teams played “home games” in five different cities and six different stadiums. Jerry Jones has an interesting relationship with him, and I can totally see him as the Cowboys next coach, not that Redball is going anywhere soon.
  • The last book I read about presidential history stated Nancy Reagan made couples sit at different tables at state dinners to encourage conversation and interaction. This was of great concern to Sylvester Stallone because his girlfriend at the time, Brigette Nielsen, didn’t like to be left alone in the company of strangers, so he called ahead and made a special request for them to be seated together, which was granted. Stallone also had one of his representatives reach out to the Reagan ’84 campaign with another request, he wanted to present President Reagan with the boxing gloves and robe he wore in Rocky IV, but a now-famous former lawyer reviewed the requested publicity stunt.
    • “The young lawyer wrote back up the chain of command and said, ‘There has already been enough publicity for Rocky, President Reagan has been more than generous with his time. I recommend we decline.’ And you know who wrote that? John Roberts, who is now Chief Justice of the [Supreme Court of the] United States,”
  • President Reagan’s sense of humor on full display during a West Berlin speech when a balloon unexpectedly and loudly popped. Quick-witted, he was. I’ve seen in some social media circles state this speech was given two months after his assassination attempt, but that’s dead wrong. The assassination attempt was on March 30,  1981, this speech was in June 1987 (01:20:15).
  • A series of new animations by a NASA scientist show just how zippy — and also how torturously slow — the speed of light can be.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • One reason I’ve been hesitant to leave DirecTV is that I have all the channel numbers memorized. So far, I’m happy I switched, but the adjustment is real first world problem.
  • A reader was kind enough to tell me he heard my hometown of Mineral Wells, Texas mentioned while watching an old western on TCM called Bad BascomWhile researching that I found out Mineral Wells is the setting for the fourth story of little known Marvel character Tex Morgan. The story includes the Ute Reservation, but if my hometown history memory serves me right, the only tribes in the area would have been Comanche or Wichita. However, per Wikipedia:
    • The name “Comanche” is from the Ute name for them, kɨmantsi (enemy), but known to the French as Padoucas, an adaption of their Sioux name, and among themselves as Nʉmʉnʉ (people).
  • A TAMU former student informed me of an Aggie effort to consider including personal pronouns in email signatures to help identify gender because of unisex or dual-gender names and names, as well as unfamiliar names from other countries. I’m not saying I’m for or against the idea (I know some of you are pulling your hair out thinking political correctness has run amok), but I experience this awkward issue a lot since so many people in my line of work are from other countries. With a romance language, most female names end in an “a” or vowel. But these Asians, I tell ya, they make everything complicated. At least I only make things half as complicated as they should be.
  • A funny bit of timing worked out the other day. While reading Barry’s blog he mentioned his heater needed to be repaired which reminded me I need to order a replacement filter for my HVAC unit. As soon as I finished reading that bullet point an email from my preferred filter store arrived in my Inbox with a discount code for twenty percent off. I have to order my filter since isn’t carried by any local stores, it’s an oddly shaped 16″ x 25″ x 1″ which only needs to be changed every six months.
  • Arizona to buy back its state Capitol
    • A decade ago, in the depths of the worst recession in modern U.S. history, Arizona lawmakers took perhaps the most extreme step of any state facing massive budget deficits: They sold their state Capitol building and the buildings that house the state House and Senate. Now, with coffers flush with revenue, the state wants to buy those buildings back. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said Monday he would move to pay off debt and reclaim ownership of legislative buildings, the state fairgrounds and the building that houses the state Supreme Court.
  • Here’s my crazy political prediction you should bet the pigsty on. In other words, it’s a bunch of crap and slop so don’t even give it any real consideration unless it happens and I’ll take full credit for the stranger than fiction idea. One morning Americans will find out that Trump’s cabinet, in a surprise move, turned on him invoking the 25th Amendment. This will happen because of his refusal to budge on re-opening the government after some budging from the opposing party, not working with his own party, and another month of employees unable to pay bills and business owners’ bottom lines being affected, not to mention the “full faith and credit of the U.S. government” taking a huge hit. Republican strategists are already working on this thinking about how much easier it will be to rally behind Pence for 2020 and making all the Russian collusion and any moral shortcomings of Trump go away. For your Trump supporters, don’t get all sensitive on me, just allow me to dance in my delusions of grandeur for a bit.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 14, 2019

  • BoyGeeding needed a new pair of shoes for school. He “demanded” they have laces this time.
  • The pastor of our church (the founding pastor of the church, actually) will be retiring in March. We’ve been searching for a new pastor and the process has been a bit cloak and dagger. The new pastor was introduced to the congregation, someone who was once a member and was enthusiastically welcomed. Before we voted as a congregation to accept him, there was an opportunity to ask him questions. Even though the candidate was familiar to the congregation, he hasn’t set foot in our church in seven years so I was surprised at the lack of substantive and foundational questions asked, stuff I’m used to hearing in my Baptist roots. Stuff like, how did you know God called you into the pastoral ministry and how did you come to know Christ? But then again, I’m a deep thinker.
  • This will be the first time I have a pastor who is younger than me. I better get used to this phase in life. One day I’ll have a boss who is younger than me, as well as a president, maybe even a mother-in-law.
  • Lifeway’s research states the average tenure of a pastor is six years. in 2017, Christianity Today stated 1 in 7 Senior Pastors Is Under 40.
  • How did the Cowboys ever beat the Saints?
  • I couldn’t help but laugh at Zeke Elliott after he made a first down and did his trademark “feed me” routine only to immediately ask to be taken out of the game. Hey Zeke, they can’t feed you the ball if you ask to be taken out of the game.
  • I meant to mention this at the end of the NFL regular season when it was more relevant. Eagles QB Nick Foles fell four snaps short of a $1 million incentive this season, playing just shy of 33% of Philadelphia’s snaps. The Eagles owner worked things out in which Foles will get the bonus. Back in the old days, when people like Tex Schram and Jack Kent Cooke were in charge of payroll and finances, they’d remain hardline saying business is business. But times have changed and what Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is smart. Now that free agency is a thing, an act like that will help recruit players, they feel their owner will do what’s in the players’ best interest instead of what’s best for the bottom line.
  • I think the new “It Girl” in television commercials is the TurboTax red-head with glasses.
  • ’60 Minutes’ had a great story on Chinese invenstmenton AI. Two parts stood out. One, as the most populous country, they have a plethora of data to collect from humans doing everyday tasks. And two, they had an AI camera focusing on an elementary classroom and could immediately identify when a student was paying attention, distracted, or bored, which allowed the teacher to identified what parts of the lesson to adjust or how to individually tailor something to a particular student, and to figure out when a student is motivated or identify likes and dislikes. The story mainly focused on one Chinese investment capitalist (somewhat of an oxymoron if you think about it). He talked about coming to America as a child and enrolling in a Tennesee school and how the principal would personally tutor him during lunch to learn English. The individual attention he received floored him and he’s trying to instill that culture in Chinese schools. He went on to become an executive at Apple, Microsoft, and Google; and, has a new book out which I’m intereted in.
    • Kai-Fu Lee: When I arrived in Tennessee, my principal took every lunch to teach me English. And that is the kind of attention that I’ve not been used to growing up in Asia. And I felt that the American classrooms are smaller, encouraged individual thinking, critical thinking. And I felt it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
  • Wichita Falls news – Police were called to a Texas Walmart after a woman was reportedly drinking wine from a Pringles can and riding an electric cart in the parking lot. 
  • I like following Michael Morrell on Twitter and his analysis on the news, he was the former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA. Recently, he provided this bit of insight on G.H.W. Bush who requested his presidential briefing to have more humor.

     

  • Few things brought me more joy than watching this video this weekend. I don’t know how anyone can watch and listen to it without smiling.
  • Well, not quite –  Dallas North Tollway to be Free by 2005 – June 1975
  • UCLA gymnast earns perfect 10 for routine, social media flips out
    https://twitter.com/uclagymnastics/status/1084325320935657472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1084325320935657472&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2019%2F01%2F13%2Fsport%2Fucla-gymnastics-perfect-10%2Findex.html
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    Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 11, 2019

    • I still don’t know if someone at my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University, has been pulling a joke on me for years or if there’s a “glitch” in their system which needs fixing. Years ago, they use to send “future alumni” recruiting stuff addressed to my (now dearly departed) dog, Tuna. So, we’d get mail addressed to “Tuna Geeding” inviting him to children activities. This week, I received an invite to play in an alumni basketball game and to make an appearance at another game to be honored at halftime. Here’s the thing, I never played college sports other than intramurals. It’s not the first time I’ve received stuff about being a former HSU basketball player, but that stuff is fun showing to my college friends and me making up stories of games and practices which never happened.
    • Those AT&T “Just OK is not OK” commercials crack me up, especially the one with the tattoo artist who says, “Stay in your lane, bro.” And do you know who needs to stay in his lane? That blogging lawyer over in Wise County. As of late, he’s been blogging about Nixon’s treasonous actions with North Vietnam. Hey, I’m the local blogger who writes about presidential history and trivia. You don’t see me making posts about random courthouse or legal items or female teachers getting in trouble for having inappropriate relationships with minors. You know why, because I stay in my own darn lane, that’s why.
    • I did write about my discovery of Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam War peace talks two years ago today, of all days. The Wise County lawyer claims Nixon’s actions didn’t come to light until 2016, but that’s as misleading as anything coming out of the mouth of the current White House press secretary. In my post, I included this 2013 BBC article about the last batch of LBJ tapes being declassified in which he states Nixon “has blood on his hands.” It does an excellent job describing Nixon’s treason and how LBJ flirted with the idea of landing Marine One on top of a Chicago hotel to avoid war protestors and entering the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. As for why LBJ didn’t expose Nixon:
      • Johnson felt it was the ultimate expression of political hypocrisy but in calls recorded with Clifford they express the fear that going public would require revealing the FBI were bugging the ambassador’s phone and the National Security Agency (NSA) was intercepting his communications with Saigon. So they decided to say nothing.
    • Also, in 2013, I posted this interesting picture of Republican candidate Richard Nixon meeting with LBJ in July of 1968. Oh, to be a fly on that wall.
    • That Wise County lawyer also recently mentioned Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. About a month ago, I noticed they moved their headquarters less than a half-mile away from GeedingManor. They put a big fancy sign on the side of a nearby office building.
    • It’s become a thing for former presidents and their wives to be buried on the grounds of their libraries. However, George W and Laura. Bush will be buried in Austin at the Texas State Cemetery. The Carters will be buried in Plains, GA instead of Atlanta, where his library is located. As far as I know, the Clintons, Obamas, and Trumps haven’t made their intentions of a final rest place public.
    • A 10-minute supercut of every time someone says “Some kind of…” on ‘Star Trek Voyager’.
    • The Dallas Morning News recently had a large layoff, which included Eddie Sefko who covered the Dallas Mavericks. I thought it was cool of Dirk to acknowledge it and wish him well on Twitter. I also thought it was cool and classy of Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle ending a post came media conference by saying, “I miss @ESefko very badly. He’s a man of the highest integrity. That’s a great man and I just want to say it’s a privilege to work along side him the last 11 years and I’ll miss him very much.”
    • Dak Prescott’s first name is actually Rayne, his middle name is Dakota.
    • It’s the 20th anniversary of The SopranosHBO’s Twitter account. I’ve yet to watch an episode. To mark the occasion, they asked people to submit their first names and they would respond with a Soprano-like nickname. A plethora of celebrities and companies participated and it was really fun reading the banter.
    • This quote from the CEO of my company really stuck with me. I’ve thought about how people always try to interpret things like body language, silence, facial expression, and such, but the way she phrased it got me to thinking about it differently. Probably because she leads a small government contracting company and she and the executives are doing what they can to make sure no one has to go without a paycheck, she realizes how silence or the lack of communication can be interpreted into a slew of good and bad things. So far, I think she and her leadership team are doing a great job at being transparent and communicating.
      • One thing is for certain, human beings are “meaning-making” machines and will make meaning out of silence, miscommunication, or communication gaps.
    • In the summer, the sun never sets at the South Pole. This what a full day looks like.
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    Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    • I remember seeing my teacher’s gradebook for the first time, it looked like the one above. It seemed like a sacred book of secrets which held my past and would shape my feature. I also had that feeling of, “Oh, that’s how it’s done. The Great Oz pulled the curtain back a bit.” Sometimes the teacher would call us up to look at our six-week average before report cards went out, but she used two sheets of paper to cover the names above and below.
    • I’ve been thinking about the Ferris Bueller line about Abe Froman, The Sausage King of Chicago. I think it implies there are other sausage kings of other cities, yet I can’t name any. However, if there is an actual Sausage King of Chicago, the Chigago Tribune makes the strong argument it would be Vienna Beef CEO Jim Bodman.
    • I’m taking the bold step of switching my ISP and television from Frontier FiOS and DirecTV to Spectrum. I ran the numbers and I’ll save about $750 a year (taxes and fees included) and will still receive all the channels I care about (with DVR) and my internet speed will go from 80/80 Mbps to 200/200 Mbps with no data caps, throttling, and free equipment (no rentals).
    • I still firmly believe the U.S. is better off with Donald Trump as president than Ted Cruz.
    • Christianity Today – Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2018
    • There will never be another business person I admire more than Herb Kelleher. I could write pages about my admiration for him.
    • I only worked at Southwest Airlines as a contractor, never as an Employee (it’s part of their culture to always capitalize “Employee(s)”. It was well known he drove an Aston Martin, after all, there was an “Aston Martin Speed Limit” sign in the parking lot just for him. It was also well known if you parked far away from the entrance and he was driving in, he would often give an Employee a ride to the entrance. That never happened to me, but I do recall coming back from a lunch outing and waiting on the elevator. When it opened it was like that scene in Pulp Fiction when the briefcase was opened. It was him. It was the first time I ever saw the legend in real life, my business hero. I felt like I was meeting a mixture of all things Elvis and a bit of that Bill Clinton quality in which you feel like you were his entire focus of attention and felt his affection for you as an individual. Before my brain even had a chance to engage in a verbal reaction he extended his hand and exchanged some pleasantries in such a way that made me feel like he knew me from back in high school. I thought of that moment when I read this piece from the Dallas Morning News’ Terry Maxon:
      • Everybody who met Herb Kelleher was instantly his friend. He leaned in, offered an observation, a confidence, then let go with his big, drawn-out laugh, a-HAAA-HAAAA-ha! If you said something halfway funny, he rewarded you with another big laugh that ended only when he ran out of air. For the time you spent with Herb, you were the only one who existed. You were his best friend, the person he’d rather be talking to than anyone else in the world. You were awash in the glow of his admiration.
    • He is probably the second richest person I’ve shaken hands with, the first being Ross Perot when I attended a party at his houseThe New York Times listed Herb’s wealth at $2.5 billion at the time of his death.
    • If you go to www.herbkelleher.com it will simply redirect you to Southwest.com.
    • The walls of Southwest Airlines headquarters are well known to be decorated with pictures and letters of Employees. One, in particular, got my attention. It was to Herb thanking him for co-founding the airline and making it successful and a great place to work, allowing him to have a career so he could provide for his family, buy a house, and send his kids to college. At the time, I think Southwest had 30,000 Employees. I wondered what it must be like to drive to the headquarters of a business you helped start and to know all the jobs and careers you created, and in doing so, all the lives you impacted because you created a means for them to provide their family.
    • Some of you may remember I used to write for Southwest’s blog. Here’s an old entry but I see the pictures I posted with it no longer appear.
    • This is more Neil Armstrong related than Herb related, but here’s part of a Bag of Randomness from December 2010.
      • Just an observation about the picture below which hangs on one of the walls of the headquarters of Southwest Airlines (just click to enlarge).  The person on the left is Herb Kelleher, a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus and former CEO and President of the airline.  You’ve heard me gush about him before, but the person on the right is no other than Neil Armstrong.  What cracks me up is that the first human to ever set foot on the moon, one of the most famous persons from a historical perspective, is wearing a name tag.  I know he’s not one to be in the spotlight much and he’s aged and all and that  “one small step for man”  moment happened over 40-years ago, but just the thought of the first human on the moon having to wear a name tag is a bit funny to me.
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    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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    Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December, 20, 2018

    • Those modern-day pictures of Macaulay Culkin are from a new Google Assistant ad.
    • I’m a fan of the relatively new update to my Google Pixel phone. I can screen any call by having Google answer the call and I can follow along by reading the real-time text it’s speaking to the caller. Depending on how the caller responds, I have a variety of voice-to-text responses, mark it as spam, or take the call. It’s so much fun I somewhat look forward to the random spam call.
    • Anytime I ask DaughterGeeding if she would like an ice cream cone, she always asks, “Will it have ice cream in it?” I’ve never pulled a joke of that nature on her, so I’m not sure where she picked that up.
    • If I see a lost shopping cart in a parking lot and it’s between me and the entrance, I’ll roll it back inside. It simply bugs me seeing those out of place and it’s unnerving when one is in a parking spot in which I’d like to park.
    • Notable probably only to loyal reader RPM and me – Scott Pelley of CBS News tweeted he has an upcoming book, Truth Worth Telling. Pelley hasn’t tweeted anything since June 2017, and rarely tweeted before that, but yesterday he tweeted at least twice. He also created a new Instagram account, the first picture is of his family, and his son looks like a giant in that picture. The book comes out in May.
    • Her Neighbor Hated Her Dragon Nativity Scene. So She Got More Dragons 
    • I Spent 12 Hours Eating Everything at a LSU TailgateI’m instantly handed sausage, fried soft-shell crab, and a deep-fried Twinkie—which probably shouldn’t have shared fryer oil with the crab.
    • Beverly D’Angelo has an attractive name, and from my limited research, that’s her real name. Her work in the entertainment industry started as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera Studios of all things.
    • 20th Century Fox released a Christmas trailer for Die Hard.

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    Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    • I was in East Texas last weekend to celebrate Christmas with WifeGeeding’s family and her father’s 80th birthday. He took the grandkids to ride a miniature train in Mineola.
    • I’ve never watched an episode of ‘Laverne & Shirley’. I’d watch the intro to the show and then turn the channel to something else.
    • One of WifeGeeding’s coworkers lost her husband to cancer this week. He was a father to three daughters, two are in college and one is still in high school. WifeGeeding gave me her mean one-eyed stare when I suggested we introduce her to our neighbor who just lost his wife to cancer.
    • If Mexico would simply go ahead and pay for the border wall like they are supposed to there wouldn’t be any U.S. government shutdown. 
    • Before he died, an elderly man left his 2-year-old neighbor Christmas presents for the next 14 years
    • About two weeks ago when driving the kids to school a projectile hit the windshield with such force shards of glass hit my face and fell into my coffee. No one was hurt, though it scared the kids. I was proud of myself for remaining calm and using it as a teaching moment on how not to panic. 
    • “A sitting National Security Advisor, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33 year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents.”
    • Infograph – Prominent Serial Killers by State
      • Texas’ is Dean Arnold Carll, “The Candyman”. I never heard of him.
    • Gynecological Tools Throughout The Years, In Photos
    • Google’s Guide to Technical Development
      • Whether you’re a student or an educator, newer to computer science or a more experienced coder, or otherwise interested in software engineering, we hope there’s something for you here in Google’s Guide to Technical Development. We’ve carefully curated a collection of material from many sources, including Google, that you can use to supplement your classwork or direct your own learning.
    • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA (There might be cursing at the end, but to me, it’s inaudible) 
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