Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 8, 2018

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 7, 2018

  • Yesterday, the First Lady made her first media appearance in 26 days. I feel like I’m watching a real life remake of the movie Dave which has been slightly altered. That’s my favorite Kevin Kline movie and got me tracking the career of Frank Langella. Other than the First Lady making an appearance, I was amused at how VP Pence followed President Trump’s lead with the water bottle.
  • Even though the first summit hasn’t happened yet, and who knows if it will, President Donald Trump and has floated the idea of a playing golf with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at his Florida resort if they end up getting along. I believe Kim Jong Un’s father has claimed to shoot five aces in his very first round of golf.
  • Larry King’s son was drafted by the White Sox.
  • Pennsylvania news – Graduating 8th grade class gifted bulletproof backpack plates before heading to high school
  • For you TICKET fans, here’s Norm as a baby being held by his great-grandfather.
  • Vulture – 30 Comedians Give Advice to Their Younger Selves
  • The Guardian – Meet the people who still use Myspace
  • All Cadillacs will have semi-autonomous features starting in 2020
  • Kindergarten graduations are stupid, but it’s not like I’m going to pull my son of his. He had a fantastic kindergarten teacher and I know he’s going to miss her. He had a bit of a crush on her at the first of the year and was shy to speak. There were a total of three kindergarten classes and he was the very last student out of all three to walk in, I hope that’s not going to happen when he graduates in 2030.
  • I feel like he’s practicing for some sort of presidential pose here. The kid behind his left sure doesn’t look happy to be leaving kindergarten.
  • The ceremony started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flag. President Trump would have been proud, not one student protested. 
  • I’ll spare you any more pictures, but whenever the kid is on stage, he never smiles or looks for his parents in the stands, he also stands at attention the whole time. He might have a military career ahead of him.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  • I messed up trimming my beard and decided to shave it off, it’s been a while since I haven’t had hair on my face. In speaking with a lot of bearded men, we grow beards as a means to hide a double chin. I expect the beard to be back in a few weeks.
  • I’m guessing Buckingham Palace has a musty smell to it.
  • Random prediction – A version of the USB outlet will take the place of the standard household plug and will be adopted worldwide, different outlet adaptors won’t be needed when you travel.
  • I’ve thought this for a while, but I don’t think championship sports teams, professional or college, should visit the White House. I want the president to do something else with his or her time. In case you are wondering who were the first champions to visit the White House, this old ESPN article breaks it down:
    • The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates to at least Aug. 30, 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs. Ulysses S. Grant played host to the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, in 1869.
    •  John F. Kennedy was the first president to welcome the NBA champions, when the Boston Celtics visited in January 1963, and the Indiana University men’s basketball team is believed to be the first NCAA champion to visit the White House when it was hosted by Gerald Ford in April 1976.
    • The first Super Bowl champion to visit was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who joined the World Series-winning Pittsburgh Pirates in a dual ceremony with Jimmy Carter in February 1980. It was Ronald Reagan, however, who made the practice of honoring championship teams at the White House a regular occurrence.
  • Philadelphia Eagle Chris Long makes a solid point – @JOEL9ONEFox News used the faith of Christian men dishonestly to push an agenda. That wasn’t an “error,” but intentional and strategic. They’ve deleted the segment + apologized on twitter, but many viewers don’t have twitter. An on air apology to all Christians would be the classy move.
  • Not that I keep up with fashion, but when I heard Kate Spade died, I confused her with Tory Burch, who I think is a very beautiful 51-year-old. Offhand, I can’t name any other famous Torys.
  • 50 years ago today, LBJ was alerted of RFK’s death at 3:31 AM EST.
  • I predict we’ll end up seeing a photograph of Dennis Rodman, President Trump, and Kim Jong Un together – Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit
  • They’ll explain why on June 11, I’m sure it’s a gimmick and won’t be a permanent change – IHOP Is Changing Its Iconic Name to IHOb
  • Bill Gates is gifting a book to every U.S. college graduate
    • It’s called Factfulness, by the late global-health expert and noted sword swallower Hans Rosling, and it is packed with advice about how to see the world clearly. Although I think everyone should read it, it has especially useful insights for anyone who’s making the leap out of college and into the next phase of life.
    • So I am giving Factfulness to everyone who’s getting a degree from a U.S. college or university this spring. If you’re being awarded an associate’s, bachelor’s, or post-graduate degree, download your free copy of the book below. (Unfortunately, because of international publishing rights, it is available only to graduates from U.S. schools.)
  • I love how these two greet each other.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 5, 2018

  • Man, that was a tough Monday.
  • My Aunt Bonnie revealed to me she and her husband are now Quakers, as they are members of a Quaker church. The only Quaker I can name, of all people, is Richard Nixon.
  • attempts to answer the question – Would a Former President or First Lady Get Secret Service Protection in Prison?
  • The National Sleep Foundation recommends having a bedroom temperature of 65 degrees. There’s no way I could afford that in the Texas summer.
  • I was surprised to learn 62 of the 97 passengers and crew survived the Hindenburg disaster.
  • I haven’t taken the time to verify this, but someone recently told me elevators will ding a single high tone note when it is going up, and two dings with a high and then lower tone note when it is going down.
  • Man, the world has changed – Israel Responds With ‘Mean Girls’ GIF After Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei’s Nuclear Threats
  • GIF – Blind dog playing fetch
  • DogGeedingII will scratch on the back door when he wants back inside from using the bathroom. He did so the other day, but when I tried to let him in, he kept running to the middle of the yard and back. He did this like four or five times. He also was giving me this look like I should really check something out. Finally, I stepped outside to see what he was leading me two and it was a small dead baby bunny, smaller than the palm of my hand.
  • Do any of you have a microwave/convection oven combo? I’m fascinated by them but I don’t think WifeGeeding likes them. I think it’s nice having a smaller second oven and have the ability to microwave in one unit. We have a convection oven now, but the cooling fan, the one which runs when the oven is turned off to keep the circuitry cool, can be a little loud.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 4, 2018

  • It was a good but exhausting last three days thanks to a great visit from a family member, my Aunt Bonnie, who is really my cousin but that’s a story in itself, which doesn’t have anything to do with inbreeding, thank God. Actually, things started off really crappy but it didn’t have anything to do with Aunt Bonnie.
  • The school year isn’t over for our kids yet, Thursday is their last day.
  • August 6, 2018 – Better Call Saul finally gets a season 4 release date
  • In news that would only interest people who work in my industry, it sounds like GitHub will be purchased by Microsoft. I think that would be a huge win for Microsoft, but a lot of people think Microsoft eventually screws up products they purchase.
  • Until the First Lady makes a public appearance without any type of head covering, I’m just going to assume she had a Britney Spears moment and shaved her head. She hasn’t been seen in public for 24 days. The current administration is unconventional, so it’s not like this is super surprising. However, she’s supposed to attend an event tonight but it’s closed to the press.
  • – The Edge on U2’s ‘Experience’ Tour: ‘This Is For Our Committed Fans’The guitarist breaks down key moments in the band’s new arena show and reveals he’s ready for a break when it all ends
  • Canon has ended sales for its last film camera
  • How San Quentin Inmates Built A Search Engine For Prison
  • Former Georgia ‘Teacher of the Year’ arrested on sexual assault charges
  • – Southern Baptist seminary reveals why it fired president Paige Patterson
    • Last month, Patterson was the president of the seminary and when these allegations surface, he then was reassigned to an to an emeritus role and still allowed to live on campus on May 23. That’s not the type of leadership the SBC promoted when I was a part of it, the accountability is laughable as the timing of their actions. It was hard for me to step away, it molded and shaped me during my formative and young adult years, and I felt like I was abandoning family. My life is better as a recovering Baptist.
    • The following is straight from the statement the seminary released, on Friday evening, when most folks aren’t paying attention. I can’t help but be reminded of Baylor releasing statements on Friday evening and on Thanksgiving break.
      • “But in connection with that allegation of rape, Dr. Patterson sent an email (the contents of which were shared with the Board on May 22) to the Chief of Campus Security in which Dr. Patterson discussed meeting with the student alone so that he could “break her down” and that he preferred no officials be present.”
  • The U.S. is trying to find a discreet way to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during the summit – North Korea is cash poor and can’t afford to stay at their preferred hotel which would cost $6,000 a night for a presidential suite. If the U.S. pays for it, they would feel insulted, so it sounds like the U.S. is trying to get Singapore to pick up the tab. I’m still surprised they didn’t take up Trump’s offer of meeting at the DMZ, which I thought was a genius move.
  • You know my love for presidential history, so I found this article about an upcoming book on the office of Vice-President interesting, though I don’t think it’s a book I’d want to read. The book is titled  First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents and the Pursuit of Power, and it provides some interesting insight on how current VP Mike Pense will rely on counsel from former VPs, especially Biden. The article is as much about Biden, who’s eyeing a presidential run, than anything.
    • Hillary Clinton’s ‘ass-covering’ on bin Laden raid ‘rattled’ Biden
      • Vice President Pence has sought counsel from Dan Quayle, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and Walter Mondale, all of whom I interviewed. When I asked one of them what advice he gave Pence, he said: “If I tell you and it’s written then I’d drastically undercut him,” sliding his hand across his neck. “He’d get his head chopped off.”
        • Noticeably absent from that list is Al Gore.
      • But Biden and Pence talk at least once a month, which stands in stark contrast to Trump and his predecessor, Obama, who have not spoken since the inauguration, nor have their wives, Melania Trump and Michelle Obama.
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Bag of Randomness for DaughterGeeding’s Eighth Birthday or The Last Day of May 2018

  • I can’t remember if I mentioned I donated blood recently and it didn’t go well. They started on my left arm and something went wrong, then they used my right arm and something caused sharp pain so they had to stop and I was left with one heck of a bruise. Yesterday they called, and when I looked at the Caller ID I was perplexed as to why they were calling. My first thought was, this is how they tell people they tested positive for something, but I have no reason to think why I should test positive for anything. It turns out they simply wanted to check how I was feeling and apologized again for what happened.
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Earns Medical Doctorate from McGill University – When it comes to the four major sports, I wonder how many players have actually earned a medical doctorate while still playing.
  • I like that DaughterGeeding is proud of her Vietnamese heritage, she gets excited anytime she hears about the country, but I had to tell her to tone down that excitement anytime the Vietnam War is mentioned.
  • BoyGeeding was trying to argue that he’s white and American and his sister was simply half-Asian.
  • I was determined my children were going to be born with U2 playing in the background. When WifeGeeding was in labor, I had their entire catalog playing on random. DaughterGeeding was born to U2’s “Jesus Christ”.
  • Car salesman farted in coworker’s office, pinched his nipples to ‘reinforce dominance,’ lawsuit says
  • ‘The Americans’
    • I didn’t like the finale, but then again, a lot of finales don’t live up to my expectations. Once again, it’s about the journey the show takes you on, not the destination. It was still one heck of a television series.
    • I don’t see Stan doing what he did. I know the show had to go in one direction or another, but I just don’t see Stan doing what he did. It was out of character. I also thought Elizabeth acted out of character. She was always very cold and didn’t get hung up on emotion, I thought she would easily abandon her son.
    • I like how the audience is left to guess if Renee, Stan’s wife, is a spy or not. I think she is.
    • I think Stan ends up adopting Henry, but I have no idea if Henry is still going to be able to go to that private school.
    • I like how Stan’s boss and how his character evolved or was promoted through the series.
    • Paige exiting the train didn’t surprise me.
    • Of course, I liked that U2’s “With or Without You” was played.
    • I’d like to think that Phillip visits Martha, remember her?
    • My preferred ending would have had Elizabeth being killed. Stan catching  Phillip, and Phillip brokering a deal with the FBI and adopting the American way of life, just like real life Russian spy Jack Barsky. If you haven’t seen the ’60 Minutes’ segment on him, it’s fantastic.
  • When I was in the Baptist and other Evangelical churches, I would sometimes hear folks worrying about things becoming “too Catholic” – Christ statue removed from SC Baptist church for being ‘too Catholic,’ artist says
  • The First Lady has still not been seen in public, but she tweeted yesterday. However, it reads like it was written by her husband.
  • I didn’t see the first Wreck-It Ralph movie but a sequel is coming out and this image caught my attention.
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Today is a notable day in comic strip history

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  • It was time for us to throw away an old recliner, it was tattered and stained and no one in their right mind would accept it even if given to them. Instead of taking it to the dump or arranging disposal, I thought it would be fun to disassemble it with the kids and fit it in our city provided trash receptacle. It was fun cutting the fabric and tearing it away, doing something you aren’t supposed to do. When it came to the wooden frame, I thought it would be a nice time to introduce the kids to their grandfather’s handsaw and teach them proper woodcutting. My seventh-grade woodshop teacher, Homer Hensley, would have been proud.
  • Does anyone have any opinions on having a ceiling fan in the master bath?
  • I didn’t realize it until watching Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, but King George VI’s funeral had three British queens in attendance. His mother, Queen Mary The Queen, his wife/widow, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and his eldest daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • And little did I know that Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Phillip, was born in Greece.
  • I’m always thrown when watching a film or television series which takes place in England and the characters reference the use of miles or inches. My ignorance makes me feel like they should only use metric terms like kilometers and centimeters.
  • I bet the majority of people who make fun of accents only speak one language.
  • The First Lady hasn’t been seen in public for twenty days. Usually, people of her stature makes at least a very brief public appearance just waving to the crowd. I’m not criticizing her, it’s just a concerned observation.
  • I’m looking forward to the series finale of ‘The American’s’ tonight, it’s been a great ride.
  • Pompeii news
    • A man managed to escape the first eruptive fury of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, only to be crushed beneath a block of stone hurled by an explosive volcanic cloud, new excavations at the site suggest. Archeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, found the man’s remains almost 2,000 years after he died.

  • Please Don’t Roast Marshmallows Over the Erupting Hawaii Volcano, USGS Warns
  • CIA report says North Korea won’t denuclearize, but might open a burger joint
  • Homeless Jesus statue stops runaway truck in Canada
  • I’m impressed.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

  • WifeGeeding and I were talking about playing a prank on a friend, nothing we thought was mean-spirited but DaughterGeeding interjected, “Mom, don’t! It’s called being a role model.”
  • WifeGeeding took DaughterGeeding to watch a local production of “Pollyanna” so I took BoyGeeding to watch the Solo: A Star Wars Story, which he loved. Here are some spoiler-free thoughts:
    • Going into it, I didn’t think Alden Ehrenreich could pull off a convincing Han Solo, but he won me over.
    • I don’t think anyone should compare it to The Last Jedi. Disney is doing two different things with the backstory films and the new stuff with the new characters. With The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, they are capturing the attention of a new generation and taking chances with cannon. With Rouge One and Solo, they glorify the older films and give us that old school grit. While The Last Jedi had all of the ingredients of a Star Wars movie, I feel like it trampled on canon and took characters in questionable directions. Solo, on the other hand, seems to honor canon in a way that was noticeable, but not in your face. Sure, The Last Jedi was a movie of epic scale and visual achievement and took some brave or controversial steps, but the story and character behaviors didn’t mesh within the Star Wars universe for me. Solo, on the other hand, was an underdog film which exceeded my expectations and impressed me with the way it handled some key character moments. I don’t think it deserves the negativity surrounding it. Ron Howard, from what I heard, rescued it and rewrote or reshot 80% of it when he took over, so bravo to him.
    • It hasn’t been reported anywhere, but I swear I spotted the back of Harrison Ford’s head in one scene and I think it’s a cameo.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is my favorite of the Indy movies, and it just happened to come on television the other day and I started to watch it from the start. To my surprise, it caught the kids’ attention right away and they were hooked and watched the whole thing. A lot of times I’ll turn on something hoping it they will watch it with me and usually they end up going to another room to play or start focusing on something else like a book or toy. That’s a high compliment to Stephen Speilberg and George Lucus, especially when you consider all the current slate of movies and their special effects to keep our attention.
    • Since I watched The Last Crusade immediately after Solo I was able to spot some a few key connections between the two films. One, in particular, was an opening chase scene in Solo and the Venice boat chase scene and the in The Last Crusade.
    • The Last Crusade starts with a younger version of Harrison Ford in a train chase scene. In Solo, a younger version of Harrison Ford is in a train chase scene.
  • Why does Indiana Jones wear a leather jacket in the jungle and the dessert?
  • On Sunday, NRA president Lt. Col. Oliver North spoke at Ed Young’s Fellowship Church in Grapevine.
  • GIF – Two dogs playing tetherball
  • The CBS Evening News had a story by Michelle Miller about RFK Jr. wanting to reopen the investigation of his father’s death. I found that interesting because Miller’s father was the first doctor to attend to RFK at the site of the assassination, though that fact and connection wasn’t mentioned in this new story.
  • I had no intention of watching Netflix’s The Crown but after watching one episode with WifeGeeding, I’m hooked. It also caused me to look up an item or two about the Queen and the Royal Family and I got stuck in a research wormhole. One of which was this tidbit with President Ronald Reagan.
    • Another 1982 visit began a little awkwardly however, when Mr. Reagan insisted his wife, Nancy, walk in front of him. Royal protocol required that she walk behind, next to the queen’s spouse. Finally, they all walked in line together.
  • Last night one of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ puzzles was “WKRP in Cincinnati”. It wasn’t college night, but all the contestants were born in the Nineties and didn’t have a clue what it was referencing. The look on some of their faces trying to understand what “WKRP” was hilarious.
  • I really enjoyed HBO’s documentary on Senator John McCain. It’s not a criticism, but I always thought it was a bit ironic of him representing Arizona, a landlocked state known for being a desert. Afterall, he comes from a strong Naval family, his father and grandfather were Admirals. There’s nothing wrong with a man adopting his wife’s home state.
  • It’s about time for us to replace the over-the-range microwave. Any suggestions? I’m used to the most basic function of setting a time and not using any features. But now, I see some have sensor cooking controls and a steam cooking feature.
  • We took the kids to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and found a cool wooden mirror installation which uses a camera sensor and different shades of small wooden blocks.


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I think about this old article from 2013 each Memorial Day

Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, a 32-year-old Army pilot, had been in Afghanistan for only a few days when an enemy rocket killed him and another soldier last month as they dashed toward their helicopter. Now he was heading home.

But before he left the mortuary here, he would need to be properly dressed. And so Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes labored meticulously, almost lovingly, over every crease and fold, every ribbon and badge, of the dress uniform that would clothe Captain Blanchard in his final resting place.

“It’s more than an honor,” Sergeant Deynes said. “It’s a blessing to dress that soldier for the last time.”

Once the body is ready, the mortuary staff prepares dress uniforms for each, even if the coffin is closed at the funeral with the uniform laid on top of the remains, and even if the body is to be cremated.

The sergeant starched and pressed a white shirt, ironed a crease into the pants, steamed wrinkles out of the jacket and then rolled a lint remover over all of it, twice.

Gently, he laid the pieces onto a padded table. Black socks protruded from the pants and white gloves from the sleeves. The funeral would be a closed coffin, but it all still had to look right.

“They are not going to see it,” he said. “I do it for myself.”

A week later, Captain Blanchard’s remains were flown to his home state, Washington, where he was buried in a military cemetery near Spokane.

Before his funeral, his mother spent time alone with her son but did not open his coffin. But later that night, she said, her husband and two other sons did, wanting to say one last farewell.

Inside, they saw a uniform, white gloves crossed, buttons gleaming, perfect in every detail.

Full New York Times Article

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One heck of a camera man

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 25, 2018

  • WifeGeeding and I were asked to attend a special awards ceremony yesterday at our kids’ school as BoyGeeding was receiving a surprise citizenship award. At first, I was like, what you mean “citizenship award”, he was born on U.S. soil? I’m kidding. As soon as the ceremony was over he was walking with his class to their classroom and was upset at us for stopping him to hug him and take a picture. He said he felt embarrassed to be getting the extra attention and he was scared he was going to get in trouble for stepping out of line.
  • I’ve mentioned this before, but at the start of each day, all the kids in school (about 400) gather in the gym for announcements and the Pledge of Alliegence. When dismissed, the headmaster and assistant headmaster shakes every student’s hand and they are required to make eye contact as a show of respect.
  • I somewhat got into a bit of a Twitter spat with local television critic Ed Bark. I replied to a tweet he made about the finale of FX’s ‘The American’s’ which he stated he just watched but it won’t air until next week. My tweet contained a phrase used in this week’s episode and he thought I was spoiling something used in next week’s finale. However, he admitted he watched the final two episodes back to back and mistakenly thought what I was quoted was in the finale. Heck, I only wish I’d access to the finale.
  • President Trump wrote a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and addressed him as “His Excellency”. Like the rest of the world, I was disappointed he didn’t address him as “Little Rocket Man”. There’s no surprise the letter contains a lot of passive aggressiveness, but this part stood out the most and can easily be read using the President’s voice, “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
  • White House Gift Shop Website Crashes After Discounting Commemorative U.S.-North Korea Summit Coins
  • The fictional drug used in The Fugitive is Provasic. Close friends of mine know I try to drop it in any conversation I can.
  • An old coworker is moving from Texas to Orlando to work for one of the most well-known video game companies. Despite using me as a reference she got the job. Well, I guess I really shouldn’t call her an “old” coworker, she is still under thirty.
  • ‘Black object’ strikes car, 18 miles later driver finds handgun sticking out of bumper
  • Graphic – Settlements to Districts – Tracing the Identities of Downtown Dallas Neighborhoods
  • Andrea, thank you so very much for sending me this article, I had no idea others related to the subject matter – 21 Proven Ways To Overcome Impostor Syndrome.
  • I had no idea camels could eat cactuses with long needles with no problem.
  • NPR Article – What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story?
  • This NASA Camera Melted During a SpaceX Rocket Launch, But the Photos Survived
  • College Pitcher Turns Ground Out Into 2 Runs Scored

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