Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 24, 2018

  • How long has it been in between Tiger’s PGA tour wins? For one, LeBron returned to Cleveland and left again. If you are a fan of Tiger and Jesus you might appreciate this blog post – Tiger Won And I Cried
  • That Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke debate was more competitive than I expected. I may despise Cruz, but he’s smart and skilled. He’s argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and has all that experience debating during the last presidential election, I thought he was going to mop the floor with Beto.
  • Halloween is coming up. I’m certain the most popular costume, at least for adults, will be Toad from Mario Kart. And if I happen to see any kids come to my door dressed like him, I’m just going to assume his or her parents don’t keep up with the news.
  • I wonder how common it is for a former governor to leave his or state, other than to work in Washington. Offhand, Mitt Romney comes to mind. It looks like they will end up in New Mexico or Arizona.
    • Sarah Palin plans to leave Alaska
      • “We were anchored here for the kids. Now our youngest daughter is going to be out of school — she’s going to go to nursing school — she’ll be taken care of,” Palin said in an interview with the Daily Mail published on Wednesday. “And we’re ready to do a lot more.” “We’re not going to be holed up in Wasilla, Alaska, the rest of our life,” the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate continued.
  • I think the president has a new limo. I suppose it’s time for a new one, that one has been around since Obama’s first inauguration.
  • If you had to guess what U.S. president presented the Pope with a bust of himself, many of you would have probably guessed it was Donald Trump. But it was actually LBJ who gave a bust of LBJ to the Pope.
  • Popular Mechanics – When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever MadeThe gun was so good, the military asked the company to build something else.
  • GIF – The BYU mascot lost its head during a stunt and there was a lot of effort trying to remedy the situation.
  • Stanford beat Oregon in overtime on Saturday. Nike co-founder Phil Knight attended both schools and has given them lots of money.
    • Nike co-founder has given $797 million to Oregon, where he ran track & got his undergraduate degree. He has given $505 million to Stanford, where he went to business school.
  • College-bound high school football player ruled ineligible because he’s homeless
  • Guillermo del Toro Prefers ‘Better Call Saul’ to ‘Breaking Bad’: ‘The Moral Downfall Strikes Me as Deeper’
    • A small reflection in the middle of BETTER CALL SAUL’s new seasson: I like it even more than BB, not to be a contrarian but because the evident stakes seem smaller but the moral downfall strike me as deeper, more poignant…
    • With Walter White (who turns Black) you were tracking a massive downfall/transformation. BCS takes you by the hand as Jimmy becomes Saul Goodman (No Good in him) in small painful tumbles.
  • Mosquitoes force suspect to surrender in Wisconsin
  • Hardin-Simmons president outlines staff reductions via email to alums
  • Hey Andy, congratulations on completing that Olympic distance triathlon.
  • Head, move! – Reading this article was the most enjoyable thing I did all weekend
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 21, 2018

  • Prediction – In the next ten years, the Super Bowl halftime show will be a WWE wrestling match.
  • The NFL Network is airing ‘A Football Life: Lawrence Taylor’ tonight, which I think is definitely worth rolling tape on.
  • I’ve always wondered how the media decide what picture to use of a person. For instance, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. The only picture of her floating around is a somewhat off focus one of her wearing sunglasses which makes it look like a vacation photo. She’s a college professor, surely there’s a better picture of her around, something more professional looking. Especially in today’s world with social media and such, I’m sure there’s a better existing picture.
  • Does everyone get spam/scam calls? For instance, do “important” people like the Secretary of State, Generals running NORAD, or Tony Danza get such calls?
  • American Woman Sets New Bicycle Speed Record Cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek hit 183.932 MPH while drafting behind a drag racer in Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, besting the previous record of 167 mph
  • Abilene father, son kill neighbor over trash – The trash was a mattress, but I don’t’ know why these men aren’t wearing shirts.
  • Security video of a rat pulling down a fire alarm which caused a building evacuation.
  • Failed Attempt to Put Dead Whale in Dumpster ‘Was a Mistake’: PD – “We said, ‘baby whale,’ so everyone thought it was a small whale,” said the police chief of Rye, New Hampshire
    • When the whale flopped out of the dumpster the guy on the camera says, “Oh, whale.”
  • Meet The Man Who Lives At The Bottom Of The Grand Canyon – Sjors Horstman Has Spent The Last 30 Years Of His Life At The Bottom Of The Grand Canyon As A Volunteer For The National Park Service—one Of The Longest-serving Volunteers In NPS History.
  • Why, yes it was. Yesterday’s Bag of Randomness did indeed display a picture of the bowling alley in Mineral Wells. I was surprised some of you recognized it. I got a kick out the comment that the background gave a shoutout to that former D.A. in Wise County. If memory serves correct, that DQ used to be a KFC, that old classic structure they used to have.
  • It’s an old video, but it’s the first time I noticed how the catcher was uncertain about the ball.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • There should be a SiriusXM channel that plays nothing but music from ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’. Better yet, make it AMC centric and include the music from ‘Mad Men’.
  • This guy’s Nest doorbell wouldn’t unlock for him because it thought he was Batman.
  • Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department
    • The Secretary has underscored the need for appropriate use of commas in his paper (both their inclusion and omission),” the email declares. It also notes that Pompeo prefers adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style, which states “effective use of the comma involves good judgment, with the goal being ease of reading.
  • I either have a very bad memory or simply never knew that Mexico sent troops to assist Louisiana residents during Hurricane Katrina.
  • Next year Gillette will be selling a heated razor.
    • The Heated Razor by GilletteLabs – thoughtfully crafted to deliver the comfort of a hot towel with every stroke. Featuring warming technology that heats in less than a second to provide continuous soothing warmth on your skin.
  • Mr. Rogers vs. the SuperheroesOne of the few things that could raise anger — real, intense anger — in Mister Rogers was the willful misleading of children. Superheroes, he thought, were the worst culprits.
  • Giddy up oom poppa omm poppa mow mow
    Giddy up oom poppa omm poppa mow mow
    Heigh-ho silver, away
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Oh my goodness, this was a close to a very National Lampoons Summer VacationDog tied to semi-truck runs desperately to keep up — until sheriff’s volunteer spots it, video shows moment –
  • I should not have watched the Emmys. My time would have been better spent watching ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Elementary’. The former was solid as always, but the latter, a season and perhaps series finale, was much better than expected. Usually, those CBS shows have a pretty soft storyline, very formulaic, but I felt that episode one of the best of the series. I like the series because I like Sherlock Holmes stuff, and have put up with more stories than I’d like to admit which lacked any sizzle, but this one exceeded expectations.
  • Take some notes, Pastor Jeffress – [Article] – George Mason, a prominent and longtime senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, challenged white Christians on Sunday to help seek justice for Botham Shem Jean, the black man who was shot dead in his home by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.
  • CBC – A look inside Ticketmaster’s price-hiking bag of tricks
    • Here are the key findings: Ticketmaster doesn’t list every seat when a sale begins. Hikes prices mid-sale. Collects fees twice on tickets scalped on its site.
  • Remembering the ‘Mother of All Pandemics,’ 100 Years Later – The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises.
  • Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke 54 to 45, new poll saysThe new Quinnipiac University poll surveyed likely voters instead of registered voters like it did in past iterations.
    • Cruz has this one in the bag. If for any reason it’s one I stated many times – conservatives show up to vote, liberals are vocal but stay at home.
  • Elizabeth Smart was recently interviewed on ‘CBS This Morning’. I think she speaks in a very Jackie Kennedy sort of way, and that is no way meant as an insult. It’s soft, slow and measured, very articulate, and with a bit of breathlessness. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who thinks this.
  • An old Jack Nicholson article about his performance in A Few Good Men
    • Every single time off camera, he gave the exact same performance as you’re seeing now,” Reiner told Ogunnaike as they watched the scene. “We did it five, six, seven times, and I kept saying, ‘Jack, why don’t you save a little bit for when we come around?’ He said (impersonating Nicholson), ‘You don’t understand Rob, I love to act. And I don’t get that much of a chance with great parts like this.’ It was exactly the same performance.
  • Raising Arizona has been on my “To Watch” list for the longest time.
  • The rarest fabric on Earth – The once-endangered vicuna is thriving in the Peruvian Andes, thanks to a bold plan to sustainably gather and sell its valuable fleece – and give locals a stake in its survival.
  • I think when it comes to Eric Clapton, most people favor “Layla” or “Wonderful Tonight”. I think “Change The World” is under-rated, not a big fan of “My Father’s Eyes”, but I’m a sucker for “Tears In Heaven”. The lyrics are inspired by the death of his four-year-old son who fell from an apartment window 49-stories up. With that in mind, this line about entering Heaven and seeing your child and wondering if he will even remember you chokes me up.
    • Would you know my name, If I saw you in heaven?
  • Long rally: 84 shot exchange between Nicolas Mahut and Marcel Granollers
  • Nicolas Cage Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ
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Bethel College Choir Sings In A Grain Bin

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • I’ve mentioned I’ve been watching ‘The Crown’ on Netflix. After watching most episodes, I’ll look for stuff online to compare factual history with the dramatic version. The last episode dealt with John and Jackie Kennedy visiting the Queen and Prince Phillip and the president’s death. In 1965, the Kennedy family was invited to Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, for a John F. Kennedy memorial dedication ceremony. An acre was gifted to the United States so that the memorial would stand on American soil. I found these photos of the event and was touched by Prince Phillip holding John Jr.’s hand. The character in the series has annoyed me and there are things I read about him historically which hasn’t given me a good impression of the man, but these photos humanized him for me. A pompous royal simply doing a kind and fatherly thing, an act of tenderness.
  • I had no idea Daisy Fuentes is married to Richard Marx.
  • For my handful of Canadian readers, you may get a kick out of the Canada study guide the third-grader in GeedingManor is using to studying for a test. I think it should include “U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was born in Canada.”
  • I needed to run a quick errand and DaughterGeeding tagged along, bringing with her the new pup. As soon as we exited the alley and hit the road she lifted the pup up to the window and said, “Look out the window, little puppy, that’s the world!”
  • Juan Pujol García has been described as the greatest double agent of WWII.  He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler for his “extraordinary services” to Germany and an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Britain.
  • TIME names Frisco, Texas as the best place to live in America.
  • The New YorkerThe Unlikely Endurance of Christian Rock –  – The genre has been disdained by the church and mocked by secular culture. That just reassured practitioners that they were rebels on a righteous path.
  • Deadpool 2 – A Blockbuster Store Has Popped Up In London And It’s Only Renting Out One Movie
  • Spiders blamed after broken siren played creepy nursery rhymes randomly at night to UK townsfolk
  • “When you think you are alone, you are not. You bring all your memories, relationships, advances, and setbacks.”
  • Old but interesting article – The Unexpected Agony of Recording Your Own Audiobook
    – I thought I had processed the emotions in my memoir. Then I read every word aloud to a stranger.
  • I wonder how Bob Barker is doing. Which makes me wonder if it’s possible for anyone to become famous for hosting a game show anymore. Ryan Seacrest and Tom Bergeron have become famous for hosting talent competitions. Game show hosts today are former actors or comedians like Drew Carry, Wayne Brady, or an athlete like Micheal Strahan. I doubt we see the likes of a Bob Barker, Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek, or a Chuck Woolery ever again. Woolery, btw, hosted ‘Wheel of Fortune’ right before Sajak.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 17, 2018

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 14, 2018

  • Someone who shall not be named likes to dress up OtherDogGeedingII. It would be funny if either I or BoyGeeding could find a matching outfit.
  • To answer a question from yesterday – Yes, WifeGeeding has been to George’s in Waco but no, she has never had the Big O, she claims.
  • Sears did an odd thing, they stated they were going to report earnings before the market opened on Thursday but missed its own deadline and reported after the closing bell instead. No surprise, they reported yet another huge loss in the second quarter — $508 million, about twice as much as it lost a year earlier.
  • My place of employment has been avoiding this terminology for a while – ‘Master/Slave’ Terminology Was Removed from Python Programming Language
  • When a hurricane dominates the news, I start to wonder what important news is being overlooked because reporters are distracted doing segments in the rain and wind.
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Live Hurricane Footage

Note: The audio is pretty loud so you may want to lower the volume on your speakers.

This ocean cam is affixed to the Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The tower was built in the 1960s to warn ships of the shallow waters nearby. Though GPS navigation technology means this tower is no longer used for its original purpose, it’s an important ecosystem for marine wildlife (check out the underwater shark cam to see what we mean) and provides a beautiful view of the sun rising and setting over the Atlantic Ocean. also provides some cool interactive data and shows you the location of the cam in relation to the hurricane. This is from the time of this posting.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Toy Story 3 IRL Trailer

For way too many years now, my brother and I (with the support of our awesome family and friends) have been working on a shot-for-shot recreation of Toy Story 3. This project has been an incredible undertaking, and we’ve made the decision to have this complete by 2019. At this time, I’m not quite sure what a release will look like, but I do know that this has to be done by next year. We’re both pursuing college and full-time careers right now, and it’s time to wrap this side-project up.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • Every now and then I receive an email about a neighbor’s vehicle being broken into. However, nine times out of ten it’s stated the vehicle was left unlocked. I don’t know the legal or technical definition of an automobile break-in, but I tend to think the neighbor is being dramatic when they state they can’t believe such a thing can happen in a peaceful neighborhood. I’m surprised people don’t lock their vehicles anytime they step out of it. I’m reminded of the time a neighbor, about eight years ago, decided to move out of the neighborhood because someone stole a handgun out of her garage in the middle of the afternoon and she no longer felt the area was safe. I was amazed she didn’t store the gun in a safe and secure place and simply left the garage open all day with it exposed. Heck, I feel safer she’s gone.
  • Elizabeth Smart is disappointed her kidnapper is about to get out of prison five years earlier than expected. I don’t blame her.
  • I saw a local news report about how the Texas Baptist Men are mobilizing to the Southeast to help aid in any post hurricane efforts. I have some friends who help in similar ministries in different denominations and they always are jealous of the coverage the Texas Baptist Men receive over their support. I’ve never researched it, and I’m not complaining about people helping people, but I’m sure the Texas Baptist Men does a really good job of marketing themselves or reaching out to the local media.
  • It wasn’t until yesterday I realized that the actor who plays Howard Hamlin in ‘Better Call Saul’ is the same man who plays Professor Laskey in ‘Saved By The Bell: The College Years’.
  • Beto O’Rourke was on ‘Ellen’ last week and tonight he’ll be on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. Back in June, Senator Ted Cruz played basketball against Jimmy Kimmel. The only way I think Ted Cruz loses this election is if Obama campaigns for him.
  • I just can’t dogear a book, I feel like I’m disrespecting it. Magazines, on the other hand, they are free game.
  • Texas board revokes license for ‘Drive Thru Doc’
  • I only have bits and pieces of the story, but WifeGeeding’s father wrote Queen Elizabeth a letter. It may have included or referenced an article he found in an old magazine which referenced her wedding and tugged on his heart. A Lady-in-Waiting was kind enough to reply.
  • This kid thought the pastor was taking too long so he baptized himself.
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