DaughterGeeding created and posted that sign on her door. Translated into adult, it reads, “Do not come in please, people, thanks!” The other day she was in her room with the door closed and BoyGeeding barges in. She yells, “Can’t you see the sign I put on the door?” And BoyGeeding retorts, “Yes, I saw the sign… but I can’t READ YET!”
Dang it, anytime I reference that one particular line, I feel obligated to post a link to this or this video.
Y’all know I’m a bit of a romantic at heart. This year for Christmas there was one particular gift I want to give WifeGeeding, but it’s custom-made and required time to be created, so I had to plan early, which was sometime this summer. I was able to obtain it this week and decided I’d go ahead and wrap it. But since we don’t have the Christmas tree up, I thought I’d just place it on the fireplace mantle until the tree is assembled sometime after Thanksgiving.
If I was MTV, I’d create a show dedicated to homecoming and prom-proposals.
If I was Lifetime, I’d create a show dedicated to how big or one-sided a person can make a divorce.
The State Fair of Texas is about to start. I’m highly suspect of the safety of any fair ride.
McDonald’s flagship burger is the Big Mac, and it makes sense for their combo meal to Combo #1. Same goes for Burger King and their Whopper. But Arby’s puzzles me. When you think of Arby’s you think of roast beef, but their roast beef sandwich is Combo#5. For some reason, brisket is their first combo meal.
Texas is a land apart, a big-hearted state with three warm and welcoming cities: Houston, Austin and San Antonio. But not Dallas. I first visited “The Big D” in 1994. I don’t want to be loved, when I go to a new city. But I do like to feel as though I am appreciated at least for the income I bring. But I found Dallas grudging. “Shopping and eating,”, said one Dallasite I met, “that’s all this town is good for.“ Since then I have returned several times; I have been engrossed by the Sixth Floor Museum (from where, allegedly, the shots that killed President Kennedy were fired) and the stunning Dallas Museum of Art. But I still find it a city that does not care for the visitor, in both senses.
I’m not saying I agree with this guy, and this has nothing to do with how friendly folks are, but I tell people all the time that DFW is a great place to live, but not to visit, it’s just not that touristy.
I think Boston is one of the best cities to visit as an adult, I loved that Freedom Trail, all you have to do is follow a red line all around the city and take in American history. And then they have great places like Faneuil Hall, Little Italy, and the duck boats. They may even have an Arby’s.
I’m an avid viewer of FXX’s ‘You’re The Worst’. It usually is immaturely and darkly funny, but sometimes it gets real. Last night, the entire episode featured what it’s like to go through a day with PTSD, and it was close to heartbreaking.
I wonder if Baylor was in a financially strong conference with plenty of members, like the SEC and B1G with 14 each, would they have been kicked out by now.
I never liked how college conferences with numbers in their names don’t have the same number of schools – The Big 12 has 10, the Big 10 has 14, but at least the Pac-12 has 12.
If I see someone wearing a Baylor shirt, I’d say there’s about a 65% chance they are Baptist. If I see someone wearing an SMU shirt, I’d say there’s about a 15% chance they are Methodist. If I see someone with a TCU shirt, I’d say there’s a 10% chance they attend a church. If I see someone wearing a BYU shirt, I’d say there’s 100% chance they are Mormon. If someone is wearing an HSU shirt, I question their judgement.
I have a friend who is moving back to Dallas and I thought I’d make a David Letterman style Top Ten list – “Top Ten Things That Have Changed Since James Moved From Dallas”. Here’s a rough draft, some are as lame as the ones that actually appeared on Letterman’s.
1. The area is now known as DFFWW – Dallas Frisco Fort Worth Weatherford
2. John Wiley Price is mayor.
3. All roads are now toll roads, even driveways. Tolltags are now an embedded chip place just beneath the skin behind the left ear.
4. The Rangers now play near downtown Dallas at George W. Bush Field.
5. First Baptist Dallas allows First Islam Dallas to use its facilities when not in use. However, First Baptist Dallas is always in use.
6. The City of Dallas sold Dealey Plaza. It was bought by a private firm and in its place is a firing range.
7. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have merged and are now SouthAmerican Airlines. Neither operate out of Love or DFW, but at the new airport in Frisco, Cruz International Airport. The airport code CIA keeps conspiracy theorists away.
8. Near Year’s Eve festivities are back at Victory Plaza complete with a countdown clock made by “Clock Boy” Ahmed Mohamed.
9. That Trinity River project finally is complete and a makeover of Fair Park finally happened.
10. The Cowboys now play at Southlake Carroll ISD’s football stadium, the largest and most luxurious sports venue in the world.
11. Ed Young and Robert Jeffress founded the world’s largest church, First Metroplex.
12. Dirk retired is now is coaching the Dallas Wings.
13. The TICKET is now a television station.
14. Jerry still owns the Cowboys, but lost the GM role to Dale Hansen as a result of a Johnnie Walker Blue drinking competition. The only witness of the event was a Deep Throat informant who made an exclusive appearance on the Dunham and Miller show.
15. After the Rangers left for Dallas, the Stars moved to the Ballpark in Arlington. Low attendance is blamed because they play in the summer heat in an open-air facility with little shade.
Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a life-saving drug more than fiftyfold, says he’s auctioning off a chance to slap/punch him in the face to benefit a former friend.
“It is based on a religious perspective that God created guys and girls differently,” he explained. “The difference physically, there is a strength advantage that men have over women. We want to teach our men that honor of ladies is just not in sports. We struggle how to teach that if we’re allowing them to play against young ladies in a competitive game. “We’re the ones harmed because we’re giving up a game. We think it’s better to do that than give a mixed message,” Mr. Buckingham added.
“My players are engaged citizens who are fully capable of understanding what their values are, and what they feel is appropriate or inappropriate, what they feel strongly about, and whatever actions may or may not be taken are their decisions,” he said. “I’m not going to tell anyone ahead of time, if they don’t do A, B and C, they’re going to be gone, or traded.“I think that’s ignorant.”
Moroni 9:9, which says, “For behold, many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners; and after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue — “This Book of Mormon passage was the first LDS verse Mormon girls were required to study under the value of “virtue” in their Personal Progress workbooks.
For the next presidential debate, you’ll be able to vote online for questions that could be asked of the candidates. The debate’s organizers announced this morning that they’re working with the Open Debate Coalition to source questions online through the new site presidentialopenquestions.com. At the site, people can submit and vote on questions for the candidates. The top 30 questions will be eligible for consideration — although there’s no guarantee that even a single question from the website will make it on air.
A Chicago Sun-Times reporter witnessed a person jumping to her death. The suicide wasn’t reported by the paper, but it stuck with the journalist who decided to discover more about the person, what lead her to that life-ending decision, and interviewed the people it impacted – from friends and family to first responders and coworkers. You can read the piece here.
In May of this year, non-profit new organisation ProPublica published a critical story about the use of algorithms in the criminal justice system. They revealed via rigorous statistics that the algorithm tasked with predicting future criminals was racially biased against African Americans. Relying on the output of algorithms without sufficient oversight was leading to the opposite of objectivity—instead of mitigating bias it was introducing it.
It’s been a long time since I’ve made a time-lapse video, which I used to do somewhat occasionally and post them. This one is from our visit to the Plano Balloon Festival we attended on Friday during the balloon glow. It’s not one of my better videos, but it was fun making it.
We’ve seen some NBA franchises do some really cool things with 3D on court projections for their pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are among some of the teams who have toyed around with on-court projections, and for the most part they’ve looked pretty damn cool.
However, a pro basketball league in Japan has taken things a step further. Instead of projecting onto the court from above, the court itself is made from a series of LED light panels that react to what’s going on during gameplay, making real life look a little bit more like a video game instead of video games looking more and more like real life. Check out how this court displays three-pointers.
I wonder how much the court surface affects the bounce of the ball.