Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 9, 2017

  • Two lines in sitcoms from last night that stuck with me:
    • A baby girl always steals her mother’s beauty.
    • It’s fun when your kids get your best qualities, but it’s a kick in the gut when they pick up stuff you hate about yourself.
  • A long time ago before a trip I longed planned, I got sick the day before the flight and didn’t enjoy my time away. That’s one reason I don’t like to travel or get anxiety booking something like a concert, I have this fear I’m going to get sick leading up to the event.
  • The other day I thanked a customer service representative and she responded with, “It was my extreme pleasure.” Extreme was a little extreme. And in case you are wondering, it wasn’t Chick-fil-A.
  • I know Stevie Wonder has already done a carpool karaoke with James Corden, but I think a good marketing opportunity for an autonomous car company would be to do another with him behind the wheel.
  • It’s no Nissan Leaf, I tell ya – Tesla Model S breaks acceleration record with Ludicrous Mode
    • In a recent Motor Trend test, the Model S P100D hit 0-60 mph in 2.275507139 seconds using a new Easter egg mode called Ludicrous+. No production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds during the magazine’s testing, it said.
    • Although the S P100D’s acceleration times are impressive for a stock electric vehicle, Motor Trend said it loses its advantage to other supercars at higher speeds, where horsepower wins out over instant torque. The Ferrari LaFerrari, for example, reaches 70 mph a tenth of a second quicker, while the Porche 918 and McLaren P1 win out at 80 mph.
  • The Big 12 should have done something similar to this right after the Pepper Hamilton report was released. It doesn’t take Axel Foley to know something was up when only an oral report was provided. But then again, what can one expect from such a weakly lead conference. Heck, they don’t even live up to the name with 12 teams in their conference.
    • Big 12 to withhold future payments to Baylor – The Big 12 Conference voted to withhold 25% of any future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, the league announced on Wednesday. The conference says the payments will be held pending the conclusion of a third-party verification review which required the school to change its athletics procedures and to institute governance of Baylor’s athletics programs.
    • I knew the Big 12’s headquarters is done the road from GeedingManor but didn’t know this, from its Wikipedia page – The Big 12 Conference is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2] incorporated in Delaware.
  • You may not have noticed, but I haven’t made a Trump reference in two days. It’s hard not to, he’s doing so much so fast and he’s all over the news and social media. I feel like he’s into the swing of things, faster than others in recent memory. But I’m curious how he’ll handle the first major incident or tragedy and becomes comforter in chief.
  • I wish I had enough self-confidence in myself as the president does in himself.
  • Sadly, may who have signed aren’t as well renowned or respected by those in my evangelical circles – 100 evangelical leaders sign ad denouncing Trump’s refugee ban
    • Signees include Pastor Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, Christian author Ann Voskamp, Bill and Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, preacher and author Max Lucado, Pastor Eugene Cho of Quest Church and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
    • While the advertisement is signed by evangelical heavyweights, several evangelical leaders who backed Trump during the campaign are supporting the ban. They include Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition; Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; and the Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas.
  • How the first nuclear bomb test is helping scientists learn about the Moon’s formation – Glass from the Trinity test site is helping us figure out the birth of our lunar companion
  • We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of VenusSulphuric rain is easy; not being cremated by 500°C or crushed by 90 atmospheres is hard.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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Just Because

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How NFL rule changes made linemen gigantic

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 7, 2016

  • I think I made this stupid mistake before and frustrated I didn’t learn from it the first time. I made an appointment in the early morning with the ophthalmologist to get it “out of the way” for the day only to come back to work and realize I can’t work because my eyes are dilated and I can’t make out a thing on my computer screen.
  • The Austin American-Statesman – Data: Find Texas teachers accused of impropriety with a student
    • You can search by either district or name, but here are a few some overall stats.
  • The BaD Radio guys brought up the topic of water towers yesterday and humbly admitted they didn’t understand how they worked. I’ll be honest, a few months ago I wondered the same thing as I saw a nearby water tower get repainted. I ran across this useful Mental_Floss article, but it also has a nice video of a Fort Worth water tower being cleaned from the inside. I had no idea someone actually puts on a scuba gear and goes inside.
  • I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Baylor deserves the death penalty and any supporters of the program are just enablers. Here’s the latest from The Dallas Morning News:
    • Baylor fires strength coach Brandon Washington after arrest on prostitution charge
      • Baylor strength coach Brandon Washington was arrested early Saturday morning as part of a prostitution sting, according to a report from The Waco Tribune.
        • Washington was a member of the strength training staff at Temple University in 2016. New Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule was hired away from Temple in December.
    • So Baylor had a rape scandal and fires their head football coach as an act of integrity but kept all the assistant coaches. Baylor hired a new head football coach, a son of a preacher. He later played ball at Penn State during that whole Sandusky mess, and when he decided to leave Temple for Baylor, he decides to bring along Brandon Washington, who was just arrested on prostitution charges? While at Temple, I’m certain Rhule knew his strength coach and surely had to know something seedy was going on, but still decides to bring him to Waco – a man who can endanger the lives of young women on campus?   The school tried to whipe everything clean and bring in all new coaches and the first practice hasn’t even happened yet and this happens.
  • I’m absolutely convinced the Cowboys could have beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  I’m even more convinced Jason Garrett would have made a logistical game time error that would have doom a secured victory.
  • I think the only legitimate argument one could make about Tom Brady not being the best quarterback of all time is the changes in rules over the past fifteen or so years to protect the quarterback. However, I shall concede is the best quarterback of this era.
  • Hater, the app that lets you find love based on what you hate
  • Wired – Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix
  • Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employeesFrom three to a max of 10 employees
  • A bit of presidential trivia from the book I’m reading – While out of office, Herbert Hoover actually had his taxes audited by the IRS.
  • The Atlantic – Red State, Blue CityThe United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?
  • The reminds me of an Empirical AT-AT from Star Wars is falling.

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A surprise at the end . . .

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, February 6, 2017

  • I didn’t watch much of the Super Bowl pregame show but was surprised it was sponsored by Turkish Airlines. I can’t recall ever seeing any advisement from Turkish Airlines ever or even knew they existed.
  • Right after the opening kickoff, you used to see the stands light up in flashes from cameras, but this was the first year I didn’t really notice it. My guess is most attendees just use their phones to take pics and most don’t have the flash on, not to mention, the flash on a phone doesn’t work all that great.
  • I thought the playing surface looked very subpar for a Super Bowl. You could easily identify the seams, a huge square in the middle of the field, to place the NFL logo and the endzone’s showed a bunch of green patches where it was supposed to be red or blue.
  • First rule of a Super Bowl party, show the game. Second rule, no suit and tie or any type of formal wear.
  • The oil industry can afford a Super Bowl commercial? Well, the game was hosted in Houston, and it’s considered Texas Tea.
  • Alternative Fact – “Super Bowl” was originally spelled “Souper Bowl”.
  • BBC American football coverage:
  • I’ve always felt when Lady Gaga is on the national stage, she totally brings it. She’s a fearless entertainer, and I loved her half-time performance. A lot of far-Left people were upset she didn’t use this huge stage to make some sort of political statement, she went above that and instead started the performance with patriotic music. In a small sort of way, she was doing what she could to unite the country.
    • Or if you are a flaming liberal, look at it this way. The start of the show was an artistic protest, which started loving and patriotic, but she became overwhelmed and jumped to her death. Think of it as some sort of metaphor of how someone once loved their country and was so sad of current affairs decided to end it all.
    • It would have been neat if she snuck Left Shark somewhere as a backup dancer.
    • When she started to sing “Telephone”, I thought Beyonce might make an appearance, because she’s in the video and she’s from Houston. But I’m glad she didn’t have any surprise appearances whatsoever.
  • We have a neighbor whose native language is Polish. In a recent Facebook post, she stated she avoids using “can’t” and instead says “can not” because with her accent, she doesn’t want to accidentally verbally insult someone.
  • Not a complaint, just an observation – There seems to be a lot more Trump bumper stickers than before the election.
  • On Saturday the family went hunting for a Star Wars pinata at the Harry Hines Bazaar and were totally out of our element. I saw a lot of custom made t-shirts, and since we were in a Mexican neighborhood, there were many “creative” anti-Trump ones.
  • My favorite “megachurch” pastor is Adam Hamilton and NPR has segment/article on him – Kansas City Clergyman Seeks Way To Pastor Across The Political Divide
  • A donut chain real popular in the midwest, Hurts Donut, is open in Frisco and there are hour long lines. Heck, I still haven’t had a Top Pot donut.
  • Florida News – Man parks truck on top of car to defend family in road rage incident, police say
  • I guess Texas Tech is getting a new football field.
  • I’m not sure why, but I like Ezekiel Elliott’s signature.
  • Generate you own Trump executive order here.
  • My goodness, the SNL “Sean Spicer Press Conference” skit was one of the best of this century. It took the whole audience a bit to recognize it was actually Melissa McCarthy, and once they did, you got a feeling you were watching something that would become part of SNL lore. People are going to be referencing things like “moose lamb” for decades, though my favorite prop was the knot. Surely she’s going to win the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Too Tall Jones was on last night’s ‘Diff’rent Strokes’. Arnold wound up on the balcony ledge and Too Tall had to rescue him.
  • I watched a bit of the new HBO Warren Buffett documentary. It starts off by showing how he starts off his mornings, going through the McDonald’s drive-thru and paying with cash. He can have any kind of breakfast imaginable daily but chooses to eat like a commoner. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just amazing.
    • When asked if he remembered the last conversation he had with his father, he kindly but sternly said, “Yes, but I don’t want to talk about it.”
    • I can’t put it into words, but I had an epiphany when he compared his investment strategy to this Ted Williams hitting chart and how it relates to all the noise of life. Basically, you ignore all the stuff you don’t know and pay attention to what you trust.
  • The optimist in me thinks this was an innocent act by SEALs thanking the new president for attending the ceremony at Dover AFB when the remains of their fallen brother was brought home earlier this week – The Navy wants to know who flew a Trump flag on a military convoy
    • A Trump flag was spotted on a military convoy driving outside Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday. The US Navy confirmed to CNN that the Humvees were being driven by an East Coast Naval Special Warfare unit — also known as a Navy SEALs unit.
  • What gets built first, the wall or the fence?
  • During the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump asked the audience to pray for Schwarzenegger’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. One of Trump’s faith advisors isn’t providing adequate counsel, but who – James Dobson, Jerry Fallwell Jr, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham?
  • The kids were distracting me so I couldn’t hear what was on the local news, but I saw the mayor of Richardson holding a “state of the city” address in what appeared to be a huge convention center with was all decked out. I guess I don’t know how to properly run a city, but it seemed like they were making the “state of the city” address a bigger deal than what it really is. It seems like the mayor could have simply written something up and posted it online.
  • Presidential trivia time – Who was the last president to deliver the State of the Union by letter? The first president to do so was Jefferson, and according to the last line in this article, James Earl Carter was the last to forgo a speech and simply send it in written form. It was also the longest State of the Union by words, a whopping 33,667 words. In case you are wondering what’s the average – “19th century was about 10,000 words; late 20th century, about 5,000 words.” In case you are wondering, President Trump won’t deliver his first official State of the Union until 2018. Presidents typically chose not to make an official State of the Union speech during the year of their inauguration. However, on the last day of this month, he will address a joint session of Congress which for all intents and purposes is basically a State of the Union address.
    • Wouldn’t it be a great bit of Trump delivered a State of the Union in a series of tweets for a full hour?
  • Yesterday on BaD Radio, it was revealed that Bob has been working for Troy Aikman by providing him with stats and analysis before a broadcast. Well, maybe this was already known, but it was news to me. I wonder how much Sturm get’s compensated by Aikman, $10,000?
  • Vox – We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market
  • GoPro lost $373 million during its awful 2016
  • Texas day care’s message to parents: ‘Get off your phone!’
    • “You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!” read the sign, which was taped to a window. Those were the first two lines in the page-long missive aimed at parents who appear too busy in the online world to appreciate their children in the real one. “We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone,” the sign continues. “We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy …’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling.”
  • 32-year-old mother-of-two is named as Sports Illustrated’s latest rookie model
  • At one time Baylor was an esteemed university, and then the Dave Bliss scandaled happend and now there’s the Art Briles saga which just won’t die. If the university would have fired all the assistant football coaches last year instead of reataining them, I’d give them credit for at least trying to seek redemption and right some wrongs. The school is a mess and lacks any moral leadership from those in charge. I feel for the Baylor faithful who are clouded by loyalty and memories of the school of the past and just can’t bring themselves to at least temporarily cut ties. By not doing so, they are simply enabling. These thoughts aren’t aimed at any one person, remember, my wife is a Baylor Bear. Does Baylor deserve the death penalty? Absolutely. Will they, nope, because there’s too much money to be lost with the NCAA and the Big XII.
    • The Dallas Morning News – Damning texts between ex-Baylor coach Briles, other officials revealed in new court records
    • From TMZ
      • On September 13, 2013, Shillinglaw sent a text to Coach Briles about a player who got a massage and “supposedly exposed himself and asked for favors. She [masseuse] has a lawyer but wants us to handle with discipline and counseling.” Coach Briles’ first response was “What kind of discipline… She a stripper?” When Shillinglaw said the player made the request at a salon and spa while getting a massage, Coach Briles wrote, “Not quite as bad.”
      • On February 11, 2013, an assistant coach notified Coach Briles of a claim by a female student-athlete that a football player brandished a gun at her. Coach Briles responded: “what a fool – she reporting to authorities.” The assistant coach texted back: “She’s acting traumatized … Trying to talk her calm now… Doesn’t seem to want to report though.” Coach Briles texted: “U gonna talk to [the player].” The assistant coach concluded: “Yes sir, just did. Caught him on the way to class… Squeezed him pretty good.” The matter was never reported to Judicial Affairs.
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Every Best Cinematography Winner. Ever. (1927-2016 Oscars)

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Today’s dose of high diving

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • I wish there was a standard in which all “Use By” and “Sell By” dates were located, say the bottom right on all packaging.
  • I just can’t delete any deceased person from my contacts list.
  • I throw away the majority of birthday cards I’ve received, but I feel like there’s an appropriate time limit I must keep them before they are tossed out.
  • Yesterday the apps and website for Countable seemed to be real popular on social media. It’s supposed to be non-partisan and advised and respected by folks on the right and left of the aisle.
    • Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. We also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration. You can use Countable to:
      – Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
      – Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
      – Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.
  • It’s frustrating and saddening when President Trump is compared to Hitler. It’s simply unjust. Hitler was much better at public speaking.
  • In all seriousness, I’m glad to hear Trump was at Dover Air Force Base when the remains of Navy SEAL, Ryan Owen arrived. It was an unannounced visit, and even if it was done with the intention of PR in mind, I hope the enormity and realness sticks in his mind when making decisions that will involve putting lives at risk for any future mission.
  • Judges Thomas Hardiman and Merrick Garland should meet up for drinks. Hardiman was invited to Washington two days ago as one of two finalists to be on the Supreme Court but wasn’t given a rose, and Garland was nominated but couldn’t even get a hearing. Either way, both got invited to DC to basically be the next Supreme Court justice and neither got a hearing.
  • It’s a slippery slope, we might one day end up with a First Lady who posed nude in magazines:
  • Hooters Is Opening a New Restaurant That Will Have Male Servers
  • GIF – Saturn popping out from behind the moon
  • Jon Stewart made a “surprise” appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show the other night. At one point (the 6:09 mark), Colbert made a reference to “sis boom bah”. I’m sure that old Carson reference went over a lot of heads of the younger viewers.
  • Colbert nabs late night’s top spot for 2nd time this week
    • CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” topped the late night ratings for the second time this week bringing in a 2.4 overnight rating on both Monday and Tuesday. This was enough to give Colbert the lead over his competition of late night Jimmys, NBC’s Fallon and ABC’s Kimmel, who came in second and third on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Buzzfeed – How Taylor Swift Played The Victim For A Decade And Made Her Entire Career
  • Speaking of playing the victim – Briles drops libel suit against Baylor, “wants some peace in his life”
    • “I’m sorry we didn’t get this resolved for all the Baylor people, so they could know the truth,” Cannon said. “A man can only carry so much.” “They overloaded him in an endless supply of money, lawyers, resources, and no restraints on anything they’ll do to achieve their goals,” Cannon said. “Art wants some peace in his life for him and his family, and to put as much distance between him and his family and Baylor as he can, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.”
  • Who Were The Cowboys’ Five-Star Recruits Out Of High School?The Cowboys have five former five-star recruits on their roster right now. Do you think you could name them?
    • It’s not Ezekiel Elliott (former 4-Star recruit), it’s not Dez Bryant (4), and despite his high draft pedigree, it’s not Morris Claiborne (3) either. It’s not Zack Martin (4) or Travis Frederick (3) or Dak Prescott (3), so who does that leave?
  • Illinois State was able to successfully recruit a young man named Kobe Buffalomeat, who usually just goes by the name, Meat.
  • Satire – Visa Offers New Dave Ramsey Credit Card With Credit Limit Of Zero
  • Texas bank teller stole $1.2 million over a decade
  • Breaking Elgar’s EnigmaDid a violin teacher from Plano, Texas solve the world’s greatest classical music mystery?
  • General Motors has some fierce (and nerdy) codenames for its self-driving cars
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“A” for Effort

He might just fit my definition of hero, he was under no obligation to do the following:

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