Bag of Randomness


  • It happens to me every year.  I see a few weeds and decide I’ll just pull a few up and the next thing I know it’s been close to hour and I have a trash can full of weeds.  Weeds are like Lay’s chips, you just can’t have one.
  • A while ago I mentioned that little by little, over a long period of time, I’ve scanned all my family photos and documents.  I saved them on Dropbox because I’d rather have that stuff stored in the cloud rather than on a hard drive that could fail.  Yesterday I found a large portion of those files gone and I was freaking out.  Luckily, I stumbled upon a restore feature on Dropbox that allows you to undo deleted folders.  Whew.
  • I always thought “The Search is Over” was sung by REO Speedwagon, but yesterday I learned it is actually sung by Survivor.
  • If I’m going on a roadtrip by myself, all I need is a collection of Eighties ballads to sing along to and get lost in the moment to make the time go by.
  • I can’t believe Senator Ted Cruz would even consider signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act after saying he wants to repeal “every word” of it.  There are other means to get health insurance and still be in compliance, and he and his wife certainly have the money do so.  Heck, out of principle he should avoid taking advantage of anything the law provides.
  • I recorded the PBS special ‘James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work’ last night and hope to watch it soon.  He may be the most important modern “behind the scenes” guy Washington ever had.
  • Benjamin L. Corey makes some very valid points – If Jesus Gave A Speech At Liberty University (Here Are Some Things I Think He’d Say)
  • Yes, Yes!, YES! – X-Files Revival Officially Ordered at Fox, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Back for 6 New Episodes – And I love that it’s only six episodes.  Less is more.  The limited episodes keep them from screwing it up.
  • ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ sure did get off to a rough start but it’s nice to see how they were able to right the ship, and I love all the guest stars appearing on the show.  Somewhat related, Disney recently announced new races for this year’s Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, even something called the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge.
  • A Washington State Trooper pulled over a man using a cardboard cutout of the Most Interesting Man in the World while driving in the HOV lane.
  • The Mavs are one hard to figure out.
  • Mo’ne Davis was the first female pitcher to throw a shutout in a Little League postseason, and somewhat recently a college baseball player sent an offensive tweet about her, and then he was kicked off his baseball team.  It was cool to see her take the high road and reach out to his university and ask for him to be re-instated.  Sadly, the cynic in me, thinks her PR team (a Disney movie is being made about her) orchestrated her response.
  • Afghanistan’s new president is visiting the U.S. and while at the Pentagon and at the White House he stated he wanted to thank the U.S. taxpayers and soldiers, and even laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  At first I was real appreciative of his words and actions, but then the cynic in me just thought it was smart politics on his part in hopes of keeping our soldiers around to help police things.
  • Letterman fans know that his longtime drummer is Anton Fig.  Last night, Fig’s 12-year-old son helped play the drums with his old man.  That made me smile.
  • A man got lost in Los Angeles because he thought the highway sign was poorly marked.  So the man, an artist, updated the sign, and it stayed that way for eight years with no one noticing.
  • I’ve gone four days without any sugar, and have gone out of my way to avoid anything that could have hidden sugar in it.
  • Google is creating something called ‘Pony Express’ that will allow you to pay bills via GMail, and it will also allow you to forward bills to other GMail users (roommates, spouses, etc.) to split up the full balance.
  • How the New York Times keeps tragedies ad-free
  • Since WifeGeeding only has one eye, that means she has no depth perception, so I’m the designated parent to remove splinters for the kids.
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Ted Cruz: “My music tastes changed on 9/11″

He moved from Classic Rock to Country Music.

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Interesting tool to move your written notes to the cloud

I like the upload feature, but also thought putting the notebook in the microwave for 30-seconds to delete what’s on the page was a neat little feature.

Rocketbook from RocketInnovations on Vimeo.


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Cute and Clever Gloves


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The Tom Hanks Skit I Wrote About Earlier

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Bag of Randomness


  • I think I can hold off the first mowing of the lawn until April.
  • I don’t have a favorite book, and I refuse to give the prosaic Sunday school answer.
  • In my home town of Mineral Wells, a kid fell down a 40-foot water well.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that happening before in my town full of wells.
  • Hay a snake!
  • @HistoryInPics use to be a fun follow on Twitter, then they started to post false pictures and information, and now they tweet links to link-baiting websites.
  • I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the story of King Richard III’s remains that were found underneath a parking lot, but the ‘CBS Evening News’ did a segment on it.  To test the DNA,  they found a relative who is now a carpenter.  That carpenter then made the coffin for the remains to go into for yesterday’s burial, or re-burial ceremony.
  • Senator Ted Cruz is not the owner of  To save you the trouble of going to the website, it’s owned by an Arizona attorney and this all it says - “SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA. IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW! “.  Texas Monthly actually has a good breakdown of all the legitimate domain names Cruz should own but doesnt.
  • Ted Cruz’s New Presidential Campaign Donation Website Shares Security Certificate With
  • Meanwhile, in Arizona – An all-out melee: One dead, two shot in 17-person battle in Walmart parking lot
  • Tempting Video of the Day – In response to the story that someone found a mouse in a can of Mountain Dew and the disturbing response from Pepsi, we put the situation to the test. – The main stuff starts at the 1:47 mark – YouTube
  • Some may consider Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! Rated R, so proceed at your own risk.
  • Oh great, Twitter’s testing autoplay videos in your feed
  • Some days I’m just scraping things together to get a Bag of Randomness together, today is one of those days.
  • GIF – Now that’s a heck of a workout
  • I caught the first ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’ that aired last night.  He seems really appreciative of the opportunity to host the show, and they had a cute “Golden Ticket” skit on how he got the show with a ton of celebrity cameos.  One prominent one was Jay Leno.  That means Leno was the last guest for the last host and appeared in a major part for the new host’s first show. . . for a rival network.  His guests walk down stairs high-fiving audience members.  The guests looked uncomfortable trying to pay attention to the crowd while not tripping down the stairs.  And while he has a desk, he chose to not use it and do a chair/couch interview with both guests at the same time.  It was also quite noticeable that he has a much larger budget than his predecessor.  Hopefully I can find the skit he did with Tom Hanks as they improved goofing on all his movie roles with a green screen.
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Next Los Angeles NFL Team(s) May Have A Transparent Roof


The roof has metal borders, but the area over the playing field is made of a transparent material called ETFE, which is as clear as a car windshield and strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle. The design allows for breezes to flow through the building, enhancing the outdoor feel.

“This stadium grows out of the DNA of the region,” said Mark Williams, director of sports and entertainment business development for HKS, which designed AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys and Lucas Oil Stadium for the Indianapolis Colts.

Full LA Times Article

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Top Google search of “How much does __ cost?”


Washington Post Article

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Bag of Randomness


  • I finally gave boiled peanuts a try.  Granted, they were in a can, and I warmed them up according to the instructions, but I’m not a fan.  Maybe if I had some freshly cooked from Georgia I’d like them better, but I doubt it.  According to this video, you are suppose to put them, shell and all, in your mouth, and eat them kinda like a sunflower seed.
  • While watching the Sixties ‘Batman’ show, it was revealed the Bruce Wayne’s great-great grandfather founded the Yale University secret society Skull and Bones.
  • We are members church affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and after Sunday’s sermon, there was a quick meeting with the congregation to address the recent news  about the change in the wording of its constitution to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church.  The members our church are overwhelmingly conservative and didn’t really have any concerns since the state of Texas doesn’t recognize that kind of marriage, so such a thing can’t happen yet.  And it seemed they were comforted when our pastor stated that even if it did become legal, he wouldn’t perform a ceremony that included like genders.  There was some small talk about moving to another denomination, but after talking about the financial problems that lead to a court appearance and a $7.8 million settlement over property ownership between PCUSA and Highland Park Presbyterian’s decision leave the denomination, things quieted down.  I’m still predicting that our church will leave in the next two years, for sure the next five.  Man, I loath church politics and denominational strife, it gets the church off their intended purpose.  Allow me to quote on Los Angelean profit, “Can we all just get along?”
  • I believe my pastor is honest about his stance on gay marriage, but part of me wonders if he had the opposite stance, how many members would leave our church and what kind of financial burden that would bring.  It’s just a guess, but I’d say the church would lose about 75% of its members and would close its doors in less than two years.
  • I’m actually surprised Senator Ted Cruz will actually run for president, I thought he was too smart to do such a thing, that he has greater influence without the restrictions of the White House.  Granted, I don’t see him getting close to his party’s nomination, and it will be interesting to see people in his own party attacking him, but I do like how he’s foregoing forming presidential exploratory committee.
  • GIF – Pig enjoying the beach
  • Buzzfeed – 23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Mad Men,” According To The Cast And Creator
  • Buzzfeed – Couple Discovers They Were In A Home Video Together 16 Years Before They Met – The video was taken at an amusement park called Sesame Place in July 1988 when Jourdan was 10 years old and Ryan was 13
  • ’60 Minutes’ had a segment on Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson.  As a fan I was familiar with just about everything on the segment, but I was most fascinated with how his office at the Hayden Planetarium looked.  Other than having a copy of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, it was more bright and sterile than I’d imagined.  His latest podcast features Elon Musk.
  • The people running the Dallas Stars video board have been behind some good gimmicks as of late – Stars trolls return: This time, Baylor football is under attack
  • In case you were wondering what Joe Millionaire was looking like today.
  • Ping Pong 360 looks pretty challenging.
  • With all the snow and rain as of late, I’m expecting a great bluebonnet season.
  • North Korea threatens to blow up balloons with DVDs of The Interview sent over border
  • Since there’s so much bad news about NFL players, here’s something that’s more on the positive side – One of the Baltimore Ravens Just Published an Insanely Complex Study in a Math Journal – The title of the co-authored paper is “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians”.
  • I’m about six episodes in watching the original series of ‘Star Trek’.  So far it’s been real interesting. I think it turned me off as a kid because I was expecting more action and adventure stuff with great special effects, but now as an adult, I realize this show started two decades before Star Wars, so the special effects are understandably different; and ‘Star Trek’ isn’t about action or adventure, but more about thought provoking scenarios about humanity. I liken the first six I’ve watched to the Twilight Zone.
  • I used a 56K modem for a week and it was Hell on Earth
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
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“Stevie Wonder Is Not Blind” Zapruder Film

The guys on The TICKET have been talking about this video for a while and I finally decided to watch it myself.

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Automobile Question

We drive a 2007 GMC Acadia that has a remote start.  The remote start works perfectly 100% of the time, even if the engine has been cold for a long while.  Once I enter the vehicle, all I have to do is put the key in the ignition and turn it slightly so I can put it in gear, there’s no noticeable change other than the radio turning on.

However, when I try to cold start the engine by normal means, that is, no remote start, just inserting the key in the ignition and turning it, the engine has trouble turning over.  If the vehicle has recently been driven, there’s no issue with the engine turning over, so this only happens during a regular cold engine start.

I would think if the vehicle had trouble turning over starting it normally, it would also do the same via remote, but that’s not the case.  And of course, I’ve taken it to my mechanic but they can’t replicate the issue, probably because they aren’t allowing the engine to cool long enough.

Spark plugs are relatively new, FWIW.


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Drawing With The Eyes

At the Riflemaker Gallery in London, Graham Fink sits behind a computer staring intently at a blank computer screen. Out of nowhere, lines start to emerge, slowly taking on the characteristics of disturbing and broken portraits of faces. This is Drawing with my Eyes, Fink’s new exhibition, where visitors can witness the artist using neither his hand nor any other instrument but his eyes to create his striking line contour images.

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