Underwater Earthquake Batangas 2017

In case you were wondering, Batangas is a province in the Philippines.

Another with sound which happened back in 2014.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

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For those of us who have to work today

This girl represents my feels.


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Bag of Randomness for Friday, April 14, 2017

  • While in the grocery store parking lot I saw a man, probably in his sixties, back his Lincoln SUV out of his parking place, while at the same time a college-aged male backed his beat up Nissan sedan into it. Both parked, got out, and then greeted one another. Each seemed concerned about the other, and thankfully the only damage were paint marks. You could tell the kid was pretty upset, in that “dad is going to kill me” sort of way. The older man sensed it and simply wrapped up the young man in his arms with a big ole bear hug and immediately the both started to laugh and smile.
  • I know a pastor who named his son Deacon. I guess that’s like a colonel naming his son Major.
  • I helped one of WifeGeeding’s coworkers by carrying a large and awkwardly shaped wooden object from her SUV to her classroom. It required me to maneuver some tight corners and I did without any assistance or bumping into anything. I heard her tell another coworker, “He must work out,” and all I could think of was that Dumb and Dumber scene.
  •  Hiccups
    • The hiccups are still around and I returned to the doctor. This time I was seen by one of the partners. She asked a slew of questions, most related to possible environmental, dietary, or stress or anxiety changes. Once those were weeded out she left room to do some research. The walls are a bit thin so I could hear her consult with the other doctors, and it was interesting hearing them brainstorm and try to problem solve. Nothing disrespectful or unprofessional was said, but there were a few jovial things mentioned since this is a unique case. Personally, I was hoping they’d bring in either 13, Cameron, Cuddy or Dr. Gregory House. Sidenote for fellow ‘House’ fans – few women rocked the pencil skirt better than Cuddy.
    • She returned and it seemed she wanted me to focus on reducing stress, going as far as providing breathing techniques and recommending stress apps and aromatherapy. But she also gave me an injection to calm nerves and tension and prescribed me some pills normally provided to those with MS to ease spasms.
    • The doctor called later in the day to check up on me and I answered with hiccups which gave her her answer. Since the “MS” pills didn’t help, she decided to call in another prescription that’s mainly used to help with shingles nerve pain and restless leg syndrome and another mainly used for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. And with all of that, I don’t think I hold any credibility with anyone anymore (not that I did in the first place).
    • My diaphragm hurts like, well, let’s just say it hurts a lot.
  • I didn’t know all the eggs were wooden.
  • At A&M, a family’s outrage and questions about school’s handling of indecent exposure incidents
    • Now this is just a sorry excuse:
      • “While Kirk is very embarrassed about this situation, and has apologized to the two tutors that he offended, he did not intend to gratify anyone by exposing himself,” attorney Rick Davis said. “The fact is that Kirk had a bad case of jock itch.”
  • Further Passover/bumper sticker thoughts:
    • I hope no one thinks I’m trying to paint with a really wide brush, but one thing I’m reminded about with this discussion is how many Christians are ardent that they are fully correct with their thoughts and belief as if there’s no wiggle room or a possibility they could be wrong. After all, there are many schools of denominations built on centuries of study which support a different interpretation or approach, but all feed into the river of Christ. That’s not me necessarily supporting the thought “everyone gets into Heaven and it’s all basically the same”, this is me saying despite certain convictions and best intentions, you might be wrong. Take the SBC for example, they formed because they interpreted the Bible as supporting the practice of slavery. But 150 years later they officially realized this was wrong and repented. So, good for them admitted their fault in interpretation, and just be aware if they (and all others) could be wrong on such a major issue, there are possibilities of being incorrect in others.
    • Not necessarily a standard, but I often feel a Christian’s faith is more sincere when he or she admits they could either be wrong or that they don’t have an answer for something, rather than stand firm and defend. I’d rather hear they say something along the lines like they don’t have the answer to this or that, and in some ways, it doesn’t matter because God has touched their lives in many other ways which make their faith relevant and invaluable in their lives.
  • Man wrongfully convicted in 1957 cold case killing ruled innocent
  • Oklahoman congressman tells angry constituents the idea that they pay his salary is ‘bullcrap’
    • “You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go.”
    • “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
  • Google Photos can now stabilize all your shaky phone camera videos
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66-Year-Old Colorblind Man Sees Color For The First Time

The video was posted back in December but is making the rounds today. The emotional stuff starts around the 50-second mark.


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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Hiccups
    • I’m on my third day of having almost continuous hiccups. I’d say I hiccup anywhere from one to six times a minute, and if I’m lucky, they may stop for about a half hour, but then they start back up again.
    • You name the household cure for hiccups and I’ll tell you I’ve tried each one at least three times.
    • Yes, I’m familiar with the hiccup girl that’s now in prison for murder.
    • I do find some humor with this and the possibility that God is smiting me regarding my thoughts yesterday, but my diaphragm hurts like hell. Also, it’s caused a loss of appetite and a few cases of vomiting. And even with Ambien, I’m not getting much sleep. One of the worst parts is that after some hiccups, I smell and taste gastric stuff.
    • My discomfort and pain were so bad yesterday I left work early and saw the doctor, coming close to just going to the ER. Too much time researching things on Google will cause some paranoia. A breathing treatment helped, but about an hour after I left the doctor’s office it started back again.
  • I was at our local grocery store standing behind a woman in the “ten items or less” line and she had something close to thirty items. I was perturbed because I only was purchasing two items. But I became further perturbed when she said she needed to break up the transaction four different ways. I became further perturbed when she wrote two checks for two of those items.
  • Passover/bumper sticker thoughts from yesterday
    • Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave your thoughts and comments yesterday. I appreciate the civil tone and giving me the opportunity to see it from a broader perspective.
    • I saw some responses to my thoughts and questions on another more colorful blog which reminded me why I’m often turned off by the church. Many were quick to defend and criticize my biblical literacy and line of questioning and thinking, which I believe is a major fault of the Christian church. Most would first fight and defend rather than welcome the opportunity to provide insight for someone who is seeking to understand. Quick to fight and slow to offer grace. It feeds the perception people aren’t allowed to be sincere with thoughts or questions because they’ll be judged.
    • Someone on that blog commented that I look like a pro wrestler. That may be the highest compliment I ever had regarding my appearance.
  • Letterman’s mother obituary written by her three children.
  • H-E-B becomes largest privately-held employer in Texas
  • Condom-clogged pipe leads police to Austin prostitution ring
  • Ohio prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state’s network and did cybershenanigans
  • The Second Most Popular Language In Every Country
  • I haven’t watched SportsCenter in years but thought I’d see how they would cover the Romo/Mavs story. I thought their bit was actually pretty funny splicing in clips from other things. The video should be cued to start at the fun stuff and you just need to watch 50-seconds of it.


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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • WifeGeeding showed me a Facebook advertisement in her timeline about a local boot camp. Front and center in the picture was a church friend who died of a heart attack about three years ago. She joined the boot camp in an effort to get healthier and made a lot of progress, but the autopsy revealed she had an enlarged heart which. Her family and the church then stressed that anyone starting a workout program who hasn’t worked out in a while should first consult a doctor, something many folks simply overlook.
  • Last night’s ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ was the one in which Sam had a bed wetting problem.
  • I don’t care what anyone says about it, but I really enjoyed seeing Romo be a part of the Mavericks yesterday and love how the sports community can have a little fun with it all. I also love how Rick Carlisle has softened over the years. He’s attended a fans funeral, plays table tennis with one of the TICKET guys, and goes along with this harmless end of season bit.
  • I loved her coverage of the Winter Olympics and when Dave had to guess what pie she made for Thanksgiving – Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman’s Mom and ‘Late Show’ Personality, Dies at 95
  • I thought I said something out of place and facturally wrong yesterday in front of a lot of folks and frustrated myself, but then I saw Sean Spicer had bit more of a rougher day than I did and now I don’t feel so bad.
  • Pope Francis opens free laundromat for homeless
  • @darrenrovellThe Mariners sold 310 orders (4 oz cup for $4) of toasted grasshoppers at yesterday’s home opener
  • I wonder what month are chicken egg sales are the highest? I looked for about two minutes and couldn’t find anything. Would it be around Easter because of Easter eggs or would it be during a month in which a lot of baking is done?
  • I’m setting myself up to get slaughtered and display biblical and theological ignorance, but this is an attempt to be sincere and open about something I’m confused about. For some people, this is a none issue, but it lingered with me for a while and I’m sure I’m not going to be able to adequately express myself, but here it goes:
    • I dropped the kids off at school and Passover was mentioned on the radio. As you will recall from the Exodus story, the Israelites, slaves of Egypt, were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born males in these homes. If there was no blood on the door, the oldest male child would die. That night the oldest male child of each Egyptian family died, Even the king’s oldest son died.
    • The moment I heard Passover on the radio, I was at a stoplight behind a minivan with a bumper sticker which stated “God Is Pro-Life” with an image of a baby next to the slogan.
    • I know the Bible is used to further political arguments of all political parties, but for the first time, I felt I could no longer totally agree with that slogan. Please know this isn’t a way to justify abortion, it’s an attempt to understand how God views life. I’ve been taught that God does not change, there is no Old Testament God and a separate New Testament God, there is no Old Covenant versus New Covenant God, there is no God of Moses versus God of Jesus.
    • But as I thought about that bumper sticker and the story of how God killed innocent babies and children whose only fault was being born of Egyptian parents, I was saddened. Those children had nothing to do with the slavery and atrocities committed by the Egyptian rulers. There are arguments that Christians are obliged to praise and worship God, regardless of whether or not we understand his actions, and that, as God he is free to act in any way he chooses. But I’m hard-headed, I guess, and that just doesn’t settle with me. Either do the arguments that the firstborn bore the sins of their parents, God is a jealous but loving god, Pharoh was warned with the previous nine plagues, it was the only way for the Israelites to become free, it was a just punishment or a way to be in awe of the power of God, or it’s some act of grace showcased upon his people. It’s hard for me to understand how a loving God kills innocent children and it can be justified, even in his context.
    • I know it was just a bumper sticker pushing a political agenda, but God isn’t as pro-life as many would like to believe. Remember what happened after the walls of Jericho fell?
      • They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
    • As I stated, some will argue there is an Old Testament God and a New Testament God, but I was taught there is only one God and he does not change. I understand how the work of Christ and the gift of the Spirit greatly changed how we relate to God. But he’s the one and the same God who gave us a clearer and deeper revelation of God, not a different one. The God Jesus spoke with and spoke for, is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It’s all a terribly complicated manner, and I think it shouldn’t be.
    • I know I’m not the first to think of this, nor will I be the last, and it’s been answered a variety of ways. Hopefully, it means something to seek to understand than accept things with blind faith. And with all that, I open myself to slaughter and judgment.
  • Another step towards idiocracy – Buzzfeed – There’s Now A TV Show Where People Get Revenge Tattoos For Each Other And It Is Literally Hell
  • Even the Bank of Canada can’t resist the Konami code
  • Old computer programmers being called out of retirement – Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT ‘cowboys’ ride into sunset
    • Although few universities still offer COBOL courses, the language remains crucial to businesses and institutions around the world. And here lies the problem: if something goes wrong, few people know how to fix it.The industry’s aggressive push into digital banking makes it even more important to solve the COBOL dilemma. Mobile apps and other new tools are written in modern languages that need to work seamlessly with old underlying systems.
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My Two Favorite United Airlines Memes

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Using a magnet to hack a claw machine

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • While driving home from the doctor’s office yesterday I took the long route, the one in which I always get stuck at traffic lights, so I could listen to the whole segment. This time, I made every single light and arrived home in record time.
  • The new season of ‘Better Call Saul’ premiered last night. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I noticed two actors were involved in two long timelapse scenes and I’m curious to know just how long each was filmed.
  • The new season of ‘Angie Tribeca’ also premiered last night. If you are the type that enjoyed the comedy of Airplane!The Naked Gun, or the Hot Shots! movies, then I highly recommend you set your DVR to record a few episodes to sample. There’s so much comedy in the background you have to abandon your phone or you’ll miss some good humor.
  • I watched some of the first episode of ‘American Experiences’ special on the first World War. I thought they did a great job at the beginning of setting what the U.S. was like . . . In the summer of 1914:
    • Babe Ruth began playing for the Boston Red Sox and Charlie Chaplin was king of the movies.
    • A loaf of bread was six cents.
    • The nation’s population was about 100 million. It’s now over 322,700,000 million.
    • A third of the nation were immigrants.
    • One out of three Americans lived on farms.
    • Women could vote, but in only 12 of the 48 states in the union.
    • The U.S. Army ranked 17th in the world.
    • It took a week to sail to Europe.
    • The British Pound was the world’s reserve currency.
  • I didn’t care much for the new Thor movie trailer until I saw the ending and now I’m totally in, all because of a little humor.
  • Last night’s ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ was the one where Arnold thinks about practicing the Jewish faith and Milton Berle plays a rabbi. Sadly, when I now think of Milton Berle, I think about that weird exchange he had withRuPaul at the MTV Video Music Awards back in 1993.
  • I’m surprised “BaD Radio” and others are such fuddy duds about Romo being part of the Mavs lineup and gets to participate in warmups and ride the bench. I’m all for it. It’s unique, a tad absurd, a cool way for a fellow sports franchise to honor another, and it meant in good fun since it’s the last game of the season and has no impact on things whatsoever. But I do like the jokes about him possibly getting hurt in lineups or enough Mavs trying to foul out or get ejected just to get Romo in the game. And to be honest, I’ve always fantasized what it would be like for athletes in one sport to try another. For instance, where would Shaq play, tight end, defensive end? What kind of receiver would Jordan or Lebron be? Would Gary Payton be a good cornerback? What NFL QB would be a decent pitcher? Seriously, anyone who grew up in the early 90’s and saw all those “Bo Knows” commercial and saw Deion Sanders score a touchdown and hit a homerun in the same week must have thought about this. Romo saved us from a QB drought for over a decade. He sucked in the playoffs and never sniffed a Super Bowl, let the guy have a little fun.
  • I’ve written how I wonder President Trump will react as “Comforter in Chief” after a national tragedy, so I was checking his Twitter accounts often yesterday. But to my surprise and disappointment, he hasn’t tweeted a single thing about the elementary school shooting in California but did tweet several times about congratulating Justice Neil Gorsuch.
  • I’ve resigned to the fact and become somewhat accepting that politicians will default on campaign promises. But my one exception is when they campaign as a champion of family values and the Christian faith and then get caught in a sex scandal. The latest example is the now former Governor of Alabama.
  • Random presidential fact  – Richard Nixon became only sitting president to travel on a regularly scheduled commercial airline flight in 1973. 
    • When that happens, the plane becomes Executive One.
      • If the president’s family members are aboard, but not the president himself, the flight can, at the discretion of the White House staff or Secret Service, use the callsign Executive One Foxtrot. ‘Foxtrot’ is the phonetic alphabet designation for the letter ‘F’, with that being the first letter of ‘family’.
    • If you are wondering why Nixon decided to fly commercial:
      • Mr. Nixon took a commercial plane instead of his own jet to save fuel in the energy crisis. By one calculation, Mr. Nixon, by his decision, saved at least 60,000 gallons of jet fuel, which is similar to home heating fuel. Normally, a Presidential trip to California would entail a transcontinental flight not only by his own plane but also by a back‐up plane, a press plane, three helicopters and a steady stream of White House courier aircraft.
    • I would have like to interview that pilot years after the event and see if he felt any added pressure because the acting President of the United States was on board or if he just felt it was simply another flight and he treated the responsibility of all lives and each flight the same.
  • I think it’s neat that former presidents (and opponents) George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton meet at least once a year and have a meal together.
  • I’m sure if you were asked which state produces the most coal, the majority of you would say West Virginia or maybe Kentucky. But the correct answer and with an impressive lead is Wyoming. And to be honest, I didn’t know Texas produced any coal. Here’s the top six: Wyoming 40.2%, West Virginia 11.13%, Pennsylvania 6.24%, Illinois 6.15% Kentucky 5.97%, Texas 5.47%
  • The Dallas Morning News – 5 things churches lose when they give up hymnals
  • Texas lawmakers might let community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees
  • The untold story of U2’s 1987 video shoot in downtown Las Vegas
    • And it was all done in one take, shot in less than three hours with a skeleton crew and an unsuspecting cast of extras, some seated at slot machines, others just passing by. Nothing was rehearsed; every interaction was spontaneous.
    • “And I thought, ‘OK, well let’s shoot the most sincere song they’ve ever written in the least sincere city they’ve ever played.’ There was an ironic counterpoint to the song, in a way, by shooting it in Vegas.”
    • The sound system was pushed around in a shopping cart borrowed from a homeless man.
  • Ford built a hybrid police car designed to handle punishing pursuits
    • The company says its new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan could save police departments $3,900 per year in fuel use because cop cars spend so much of their time on, but idle.
    • It also has a “maximum performance” mode that uses the full power of the hybrid system to help the car accelerate faster when the accelerator is held at 100 percent for five seconds.
  • An upcoming X-Files audiobook reunites David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and more
  • Woman donates ambulance – and ends up being rescued by it
  • After watching video of that man being dragged off that United Airlines plane with his belly fully exposed, I really want to a decent set of abs….just in case something like this happens to me.
  • What Would Jesus Disrupt?Entrepreneurs from Cincinnati’s Crossroads Church try to scale their startups without selling their souls
  • For years I’ve wanted to add a poll at the bottom of each Bag of Randomness and have readers rank how good or poor it was for that day. Like a one to five scale, with one being it stunk and five being great.
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Cool hyperlapse night time takeoff and landing

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A unique crib reproduces your car’s movements and sounds

From Ford –

Now babies will sleep at home the same way they sleep in a car. A unique crib reproduces your car’s movements and sounds and reproduce them.

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