Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 26, 2020


WifeGeeding and I watched all of Amazon’s new series Upload and give it a thumbs up. It’s based in the future in which people can upload their consciousness to a luxurious digital afterlife but still communicate with those in the real world. Only one season has been filmed and each one of the ten episodes is less than a half-hour. The creator is Greg Daniels, who has an impressive resume working on The Office, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, and King of the Hill.


Betty White is doing perfectly fine despite the coronavirus pandemic


Looking at the latest photos of him golfing, I think the president has gained some weight, which is understandable for being stuck in the White House for the past two months.


WifeGeeding, again, is thinking about doing something different with her hair and showed me a picture of a style on her phone and asked for my thoughts.

“You want to get a ‘Karen?!'”

“The Karen? What are you talking about?”

“Honey, you aren’t keeping up with social media during this pandemic, everyone is making fun of women with that cut, your timing couldn’t be worst. It might not be as bad as a man deciding to grow a toothbrush mustache in 1943, but it’s close.”


I’m looking forward to seeing the SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts. It never sat well with me we had to rely on the Russians to send out folks to space. One of those astronauts flew on the last space shuttle flight. On that flight, the crew took with them a U.S. flag to be placed on the space station to be retrieved and returned to the U.S. by the next American crew.


I watched the first half of the Lance Armstrong 30 for 30. If you are a TICKET listener, he certainly was a Chris-Chris, one of those attitudinal teen-agers.


NBC’s Night Court had the tallest cast in sitcom history. Richard Moll was 6’8″, John Laroquette 6’4″, Harry Anderson 6’4″, Charles Robinson 6’2″, Marsha Warfield 5’11″, and Markie Post was 5’6″.


That’s a darn good friend – Childhood friend offers $100,000 reward in 1986 slaying of 13-year-old in Warner Robins


Boeing is providing AI-equipped combat drones to the Royal Australian Air Force. They are large enough so that they can accompany manned aircraft, can provide fighter-like performance with the capacity to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles, and the front section can be replaced depending on the type of mission.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 22, 2020


She Gets Calls And Texts Meant For Elon Musk. Some Are Pretty Weird

Tucker, who works at a Sephora beauty store in San Jose, Calif., had never heard of the Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO until a couple years ago, when she began fielding a steady stream of calls and text messages intended for him.

“I asked my mom, ‘Hey, I keep getting these text messages’ — and I was also now starting to get phone calls — ‘for this guy Elon Musk. I don’t know who this is,’ ” Tucker said. “And my mom’s jaw just dropped.”

Turns out, Tucker’s cellphone number used to be registered to Musk. On any given day, she receives at least three calls or texts intended for Musk, whom she has never met.


Texas mayor says women can’t pray at city council meetings

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue cited two New Testament passages in an email to another member of the Wylie City Council, who suggested some local students be allowed to lead the public prayer at the next council meeting on May 26.


The Guardian – U2’s 40 greatest songs – ranked!As Bono turns 60, we look back at how the Irish greats turned scratchy post-punk into a stadium-filling proposition – and continue to move with the times

I could never do a ranking, it has changed over the course of my life depending on what was happening and it will continue to be that way. Though I probably could come up with an unranked top ten, but I’d probably agonize over it. I do think Bono writing letters to the artists or their family members about the top 60 songs which saved his life was one of the greatest things done in music history.


Ford has filed an interesting patent for a roof-retractable vehicle cover that blankets the vehicle in solar panels. It reminds me of some product I saw on Shark Tank but was designed to protect it during hail storms. I bet this idea from Ford will keep the paint from fading for at least a couple of years.


A Twitter thread matching a Golden Girl and their wardrobe to Air Jordan sneakers.


Matt Lauer decided to get a tattoo on his forearm.

n a photo obtained Wednesday by Us Weekly, the former “Today” show host is driving his car in New York with the words “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in” inked across his inner forearm. The phrase is a quote from former Sen. Alan Simpson’s eulogy at the 2018 funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.


How Nextdoor Courts Police and Public OfficialsThe hyper-local social media platform Nextdoor is winning over local law enforcement and other government officials in the U.S., alarming civil rights advocates.

I can’t stand the Nextdoor app, it’s another form of Facebook full of nonsubstantive and unhelpful thoughts and complaints, but I only joined because my city and its police department utilize it to communicate to the community. I’m also suspect of all the folks on there who praise the Ring doorbell, it has all the feels of a hidden ad.



She doesn’t start belting it out until the 1:54 mark.


Violinist provides the music and sound effects for Super Mario Bros.


Most popular TV series 1951 – 2019 (MOST WATCHED TV SERIES)

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 21, 2020


Most of you have no idea what the Syner Cut is but it’s been something I’ve been hoping to see for a long time now, and now it’s coming to HBO Max, which oddly, really doesn’t have much to do with HBO. It’s really a Warner Bros. streaming service but they just thought the HBO moniker was a better sell for a streaming service.


Any longtime reader knows I’m fascinated by Howard Hughes. I’m curious how he’d hold up if he were alive today. I’m sure most would argue he’d be a recluse, but I think he’d be more sociable since masks and gloves have almost become the norm. He’d be thinking, “Finally, the world has conformed to my standards.” This all came to mind as I saw this photo of Jerry Jones.


The Fastest-Growing And Fastest-Declining Retail Brands From 2019 To 2020, Visualized

The top two fastest-growing brands are lululemon and Costco. The top two fasting-declining brands are Under Armour and H&M. Also on that list is Subway and The North Face (goodness, their logo placement always has annoyed me).


NASA scientists detect evidence of parallel universe where time runs backward


 

Some days you are just better at blogging than others, this wasn’t one of my best days. #MyBad

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 20, 2020


It’s starting to warm up and the dogs have a pretty long coat right now, so I think it’s time for their summer cut.


The kids were talking about “apps” yesterday and out of curiosity, I asked them if they had any clue what “app” was short for, they didn’t.


I like the theory that President Trump has actually tested positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic, doesn’t want it publically known, and that’s why he’s taking hydroxychloroquine.


That whole Tiger King phenomenon felt like it was at least a year ago.


This gave me a good laugh.


https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/1260949102617075712


I’ve been on record stating my concern regarding deepfakes and how that will affect elections and national security. I’m even more concerned after listening to this video, it totally sounds like Biggie, and it’s just not his voice but speech pattern and such. It’s all done with AI.

The voice in this video was entirely computer-generated using a text-to-speech model trained on the speech patterns of The Notorious B.I.G. For more information, see: https://ai.googleblog.com/2017/12/tac…

This guy took it up a notch and mixed it with the beat from “Hypnotize”.


If you are interested in his breakdown, check out this article.


I’m posting this article since most of my college friends were math majors and a few actually read this blog.

UT Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot ProblemIt took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway.

I decided to look at her website and CV, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to be so intellectual and accomplished. And to think a lot of folks add their high school as filler and has no room for filler.


This guy wanted to conquer his feat of claustrophobia and thought spelunking part of the Hell Hole cave system in Santa Cruz, California would help. Hell Hole is known for its incredibly tight passages. I don’t think you could ever get me to do anything like this. Just watching this I feel like I can’t fully inhale and expand my chest. Language warning.

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