Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 5, 2016

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  • For over a decade I’ve noticed this one church near the border of Lewisville and Flower Mound with a very tall cross, perhaps 40-feet in the air. It wasn’t large or unsettling to the eye, it was basically a very tall flag pole with a simple cross at the top, and I thought it was kinda cool. Recently I noticed the church has leased the space just underneath the cross and now it serves as a cell phone tower, which makes me uncomfortable for some reason. Here’s a pic if you are interested.
  • About a decade ago WifeGeeding and I was in New York and invited for breakfast at a loyal reader’s house. In our email exchanged, he asked my breakfast preferences, and half jokingly, I stated as long as there wasn’t any seafood I’d be fine. Nothing grosses me out more than food from water and I thought there was no such thing as breakfast made from such stuff. But hey, I’m just a boy from the sticks and I was visiting the cultural melting pot of the world. Thankfully he and his wife cooked an amazing breakfast. However, last night while watching one of our new favorite sitcoms, ‘Life in Pieces’, they were eating something I’ve never heard of for breakfast, lox, which is brined salmon traditionally served on a bagel with cream cheese, and is usually garnished with tomato, sliced red onion, and sometimes capers.
  • My sister says she loves me unconditionally except for how I “disgrace” my East Asian heritage by not eating anything from the water.
  • I say “anything from water” instead of seafood because crawdads and catfish aren’t sea creatures. There’s probably a term that includes all of them, but I don’t know my enemy well enough.
  • WifeGeeding isn’t much for cuddling, but I’m an advocate.
  • The inside of this new passenger 787 without any seats looks fun to play in.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (someone I’ve always admired) had a good critique of Dirk Nowitzki up until he called him “a one trick pony.” Of all the responses, I liked Chandler Parsons’, “Carried franchise for almost 20 years, Finals MVP, regular season MVP, 6th all-time? Wish I was a 1-trick pony.
  • I know there’s a lot of drama going on with Cumulus Media (owners of The Ticket) management, and their stock was trading around a quarter, but I decided to roll the dice and pick up some shares earlier this week.  Don’t take my investing advice, I’m no Peter Lynch nor have I slept in a Holiday Inn recently.
  • Tomorrow is the birthday of that Wise County blogging lawyer. Whenever I reference him like, I’m reminded of a quote from one of my all-time favorite shows, ‘Ed‘ on NBC when he’s referred to as the bowling alley lawyer, “I am a lawyer, I own a bowling alley. Two separate things.
  • That Wise County blogging lawyer made a post yesterday about Martin Shkreli’s congressional hearing. Like many others, I thought the lady behind him looked like Spock in drag.
  • Buzzfeed – A Mouse Has Died Inside A 155-Year-Old Mousetrap In A Museum Exhibit
  • This concrete that comes in rolled sheets is an interesting product, they claim it’s cheaper and easier to use.
  • Goofy interactive political site of the day that allows you to toot your own horn – TrumpDonald.org
  • Quentin Tarantino can get a little too real sometimes – The victim was an authentic Martin from the 1870s, on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, Ulano said, and everyone was pretty freaked out when they realized what happened.
  • Oil-rich Venezuela is now importing U.S. oil 
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – The average American will spend 43 days of his life on hold – People who live in Kentucky are the fastest to hang up, followed by those in Ohio, North Carolina, New York and West Virginia. Meanwhile, people in Louisiana, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota will stay on hold the longest.
  • Consumerist – Hasbro, Mattel Reportedly Talking About Making One Big Toy Company To End All Others – There’s a Monopoly joke somewhere in there.
  • Imgur – I checked the Rotten Tomatoes percentage for every Best Picture nominee in Academy history. Here’s who they think should’ve won
  • An air of mystery – Schlitterbahn: World’s tallest water coaster coming to Galveston – Schlitterbahn’s MASSIV watercoaster under construction in Galveston will be 926 feet long and will be the world’s tallest watercoaster, with the exact height and opening date yet to be announced
  • The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic. Here’s a picture of it before the Titanic sank, and here’s a picture of it after the sinking, complete with lifeboats.
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Chris Martin Carpool Karaoke 

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The least amount of skin you’ll ever seen in a Victoria’s Secret commercial

Because they are all wearing “real” football uniforms and being coached by Erin Andrews, for some reason. There’s no lingerie or even shorts whatsoever.

The Angels are back in the game—and they’re in it to win it. Join Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes and Taylor Hill, and their new coach, TV Personality Erin Andrews, as they kick off Valentine’s Day 2016 with a football game and some no-fail advice: this year, score more! Need another tip? Shop the new Valentine’s Day collection in stores, catalogue and online.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 3, 2016

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  • That picture reminds me of the childhood story WifeGeeding told me of the time her prosthetic eye fell out after jumping off a diving board.
  • WifeGeeding’s friend and pre-school daughter was at a fast food establishment and noticed a man that looked like Santa Clause. The little girl approached the man and asked if he was Santa. He gleefully replied he was and handed her something similar to a business card that had a picture of him wearing a Santa suit interacting with a little child along with some cheerful messages.
  • I was flipping through radio stations on the way home a “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” was playing on two different stations, which is odd considering how old the song is. That usually happens only with Top 40 hits.
  • I used to avoid any Super Bowl commercials that appear online before the actual event because I like sharing the moment of seeing something new with my friends and family. But now I just go ahead and watch them so I can take a bathroom break when they come on. Yes, I could use the power of the DVR, but when it comes to sports, I have to watch it live and it I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my Twitter feed.
  • DaughterGeeding was ill and I had to take her out of school. After a nap she felt better but I told her she couldn’t do anything “fun” like watch her favorite cartoons because she was supposed to be in school (trying to set a precedent, don’t want her thinking she can get pulled out of school to hang with Daddy anytime she wants), so I had her do her homework. When she was finished I asked what would she normally be doing at school if she wasn’t home, and she mentioned science time, so I had her watch “Bill Nye The Science Guy” on Netflix. When she first saw an episode, months ago, she didn’t enjoy it. But this time, she couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to replicate the experiments after each episode.
  • All I heard last week was that Charlie Strong was about to lose the head coaching gig at Texas because of poor recruiting, then yesterday all I heard was how great a recruiting class he was getting. Typically I don’t care for national signing day because it only inflates the heads of a bunch of jocks with senior-itus. However, I always felt that if Strong got to spend time with a kid and his mother, he’d win her over because of the man he wants to turn her child into. You win the mom, you win the boy. He’s gotten plenty of attention for his stance of respecting women and not making players feel entitled.
  • It has nothing to do with the band – Toyota’s U2 van concept to pop up in Toronto
  • Texas Observer – Democratic Hopefuls Brave Far-Right Prestonwood Baptist
    ‘I will not eat your souls,’ one aspiring lefty state representative advised the conservative congregation.
  • Buzzfeed – The Only Known Jaguar In The U.S. Is Roaming Around Arizona – I like the name El Jefe.
  • The New York TimesGas Eclipses Coal as Source of Power for 5th Straight Month
  • Something (YouTube) for those of you that like Disney love songs and acapella.
  • I love this restaurant logo. It’s clever.
  • Samsung is putting giant screens on the back of big trucks to make passing safer
  • Google will start warning web users about deceptive download buttons
  • ‘Supergirl’ to host ‘The Flash’ crossover in March
  • Texas Monthly – The Science of the Smoke Ring – And Why It Has No Bearing on the Quality of Brisket
  • An excellent looking homemade Big Mac.  Reddit comments here.
  • In a caged fight, I’m certain Dalton from Roadhouse would defeat John Rambo from the Rambo movies. However, if the contest was more of the Hunger Games variety, Rambo would easily win. I’ll go one step further, if Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from Predator was part of the contest, Rambo would defeat him as well. The only problem is, I doubt Rambo (GIF) or Dutch (GIF) could ever find each other.
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Fellow Texan Making Us Look Bad While in Nevada

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Ricky Thornton, a 54-year-old mechanical contractor from Irving, is shown on video pointing a gun at a motorcyclist in Henderson, Nevada, while at a stoplight.

Article and YouTube video

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Lightening Strike Close Call

Language warning.

Thunderstorm in South Sydney Australia when a friend and myslef [sic] are almost hit by a lightning bolt.

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Jesus Quotes the Candidates

God is an important part of this primary election. Most all of the candidates go out of their way to talk about the Bible and their faith. So we thought it would be interesting to take real quotes from the primary candidates and have them come from the mouth of Jesus.

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Due to strong winds, waterfall blows upwards

Filmed as Storm Henry hit the west coast of the Isle of Mull on the 1st Feb 2016. The footage is taken in the south of the Isle of Mull, looking across Loch Scridain toward Ardmeanach and ‘The Wilderness’.

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Snowball Machine Gun- How to

Here’s how to make a Snowball Machine Gun that can fire 13 snowballs in .5 seconds. It’s a must have in any self-respecting Uncle’s arsenal.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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  • This could be short, I plan on going to bed early and waking up before dawn to catch all those after-Groundhog Day sales.
  • Speaking of shopping, I had a bad experience yesterday. There was a particular item on Wal-Mart’s website that was heavily discounted, something for BoyGeeding’s upcoming birthday, and I decided to pull the trigger. When I got the confirmation email, I noticed the shipping address was slightly off. The first line of the addess was correct, but for some reason there was also another street address on the second address line and the city was Houston and a different ZIP code. The addressed ended up being some rundown nail salon in a strip mall in southeast Houston. That’s a clever way to hack an account. Most people (I’m guessing), such as myself, just check to see if the first line of the shipping address is correct if it’s saved in your profile, and if so, just assume the rest is going to be correct and proceed with the order. I tried to check out the shipping address section of my Walmart.com account, but the page would just hang and never displayed anything, so I gave them a call and had to wait for a 25-minutes just to talk to someone. They really didn’t do anything but cancel the order and reset my password. As a practice, I don’t store my credit or debit cards on any company’s website, so at least that’s one tiny advantage, but I’m still going to be monitoring them like all get out. And, when I place an order, I’m going to make sure ALL of my address is correct instead of just skimming the first address line.
  • Last year WifeGeeding contested our property taxes simply by filling out an online form that took less than five minutes. That resulted in a refund in our escrow account which ended up working as a credit in our automobile policy. The credit was enough to cover two payments.
  • Edward Snowden via Twitter made a funny point about how a coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa – “It turns out money decides elections after all. “
  • Texas Wesleyan hasn’t had a football team since 1941, but that might change.
  • @LettersOfNote – Jim Henson sending an early Labyrinth script to Bowie
  • Mental Floss – 11 Famous Mayflower Descendants – Five presidents and the first American in space.
  • GIF – What’s that in the middle of the road?
  • Popular Mechanics – Up Close and Personal With the Restoration of Star Trek’s Original EnterpriseThe ship seen in every episode of the original series is undergoing a painstaking restoration from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
  • Texas woman wins multi-million dollar lawsuit over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – An Arlington elementary school teacher will receive $11.5 million from the publisher of “Fifty Shades of Grey” as the result of a royalty dispute.
  • America’s largest cross begins construction in Corpus Christi, Texas – A message from Governor Greg Abbott in support of the cross was read by Representative Todd Hunter. Eventually there will be a 210 feet tall (about 19 stories) cross on that plot of land for all to see. It will be visible to planes flying into Corpus Christi International Airport and be able to seen five miles away by land and double that by air. Milby has said the price tag for the cross should be $1 million, of which over $142,000 has already been collected.
  • Study Determines DFW Has Greatest Population Of Men Enduring A ‘Midlife Crisis’
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The Muppets sing the classic theme from The Muppets Show

Join over 60 Muppets as they reunite to recreate their classic “Muppet Show” theme song!

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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