Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

  • I’m so happy I watched Dirk’s last game and especially glad I watched the post-game ceremony. Holy cow, Mark Cuban really knows how to honor a guy. Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Detlef Schrempf and Shawn Kemp, each of whom Nowitzki called his personal player influences were surprise guests. Larry Bird never does this sort of stuff.
  • Dirk is so loved by this city. We were fortunate to watch him grow before our eyes, fight through defeats and setbacks, and celebrate the triumphs. The man could have easily left for another team, but chose to stay here and play for less money. Not only that, he gives back to the city in many ways. Charity, as you’d expect, but you find him rooting for all our local and Texas sports teams. And now, he’s going to make Dallas his home and proclaims himself a Texan. It was fun celebrating him and to see him celebrate us.
  • It was fun watching the Mavs play last night, seeing all the local celebrities be a part of it. I’m a little surprised former President George W. Bush wasn’t in attendance, but then again, I don’t recall him ever being present for any games at the American Airlines Center – he’s more of a Rangers and Cowboys fan. Oh, and occasional SMU basketball fan. But at least he made a video tribute.
  • I only want Dirk to play one more year, at least one game next year, for the sole reason that he wouldn’t have to go into the Basketball Hall of Fame with D Wade at his side.
  • I’m not a fan of lemon wedges in any of my drinks. Back in the day, I used to specifically request wait staff to not give me one because I didn’t to be wasteful, but now WifeGeeding will snag it and put it in her drink.
  • WifeGeeding received a text from our new pastor’s wife (the pastor doesn’t have a new wife, we have a new pastor who is married) late Sunday afternoon inviting us to dinner at a local BBQ joint where kids eat free on Sundays. They have three kids close to the ages of our kids, and she said it was a last minute sort of thing so don’t feel any pressure if we can’t make it. Usually, I’m a bit suspect when it comes to these sort of invites (remember, I’m a cynic). In similar past experiences, I’ve discovered an ulterior motive. For instance, there was a time some church friends invited us for dinner in which we thought they wanted to get to know us better but their real intent was to ask for money for an upcoming mission trip overseas. But, that wasn’t the case this time. All they wanted to do was spend some time together getting to know us and for our kids to play with each other, no asking us to volunteer or take part in something. They are new to the area and living in an apartment and I’m sure they just wanted to feel like a normal or ordinary family. I did my best not to bring up church-related stuff. Sure, the church is his is life and he’s my pastor, but I wanted him to feel like I was trying to get to know him as a person and as a friend. Usually, I fear interaction with other humans, but it was actually nice to step outside of my comfort zone and get to know someone new.
  • I’m so glad I got out of high school before promposals became a thing.
  • During a routine medical visit last week, it was revealed to WifeGeeding that she has a cyst on one of her ovaries. The doctor isn’t concerned (and neither are we) but she’s scheduled for a sonogram as a precaution.
  • I’m looking forward to watching this – Former Dunbar player ready to show his documentary about the legendary Robert Hughes
  • Despite living in Texas all of my and growing up in a small rural town, I still get annoyed when I see cowboy hats worn indoors. Lately, it has really bugged me when I see law enforcement representatives wearing them inside the White House.
  • We have Hamilton tickets for a performance later this month.
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Riding a Shark Fail

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 9, 1019

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 8, 2019

  • DaughterGeeding isn’t a typical child. A lot of kids stress out about taking the STARR test, even practice ones. Yet, she came home from school the other day excited to tell me about this fun test which she gets to read a story and answer questions and wished she could take more tests like that.
  • I’m not necessarily rooting for Texas Tech tonight (though I’m happy for my friends who are fans/alumni), but I really did like their business like attitude after their win against Michigan State. It is strange to think only one Texas college has won the men’s college basketball tournament, and that school doesn’t even go by the same name anymore.
  • For three weeks in December 1916, Rasputin and Kirk Douglas were alive at the same time.
  • Last week I discovered that the man who designed the glass and steel pyramid entrance of the Louvre museum in Paris, I.M. Pei, also designed Dallas City Hall, Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’ll turn 102 later this month if I just didn’t jinx him.
  • Why ‘Bless Your Heart’ Is The Most Savage Insult In The CountryAs a Southerner, I’ll tell you this: It’s the nicest way you’ll ever be called an idiot
    • I’ve posted several variations of this topic, but I think this one is the most well written.
  • Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bagsSeveral Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste.
  • ‘Librarians Were the First Google’: New Film Explores Role Of Libraries In Serving The PublicA new film written and directed by Emilio Estevez explores the complicated relationship between libraries and the homeless community. “The Public” centers around the Cincinnati Public Library as the city experiences a bitter arctic chill.
  • Netflix Has Hired a New Screenwriter to Write an Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz Crossover
  • When Putin’s around, GPS goes haywire, study finds
    • The ships’ GPS systems suddenly began to indicate they were actually 65 kilometers away, on land, in the middle of an airport. The incident is one of many highlighted in a new report that found the Kremlin “spoofed” global positioning systems, or GPS, to effectively place a bubble around Putin or properties associated with him. The researchers, with a nonprofit called C4ADS and the University of Texas at Austin, used public marine GPS databases, as well as a GPS monitoring device on the International Space Station to track similar instances.
  • I received this odd medial lab bill in the mail on Friday. I say it’s odd because not only are they claiming I owe them almost $3,000, but the date of service is four years old. It was for some sort of tox screen I can’t even remember taking. Curious, I looked up the company on Google.
    • The first result was a bankruptcy filing (Texas Eastern Bankruptcy Court Case 4:17-bk-41310, Filed: 06/19/2017, Last Filing: 02/11/2019).
    • The second search result was from the BBB which states it’s out of business. The page also has two comments made this week from people saying they received a similar dated bill as mine.
    • The first Google News result is a 2017 article about a lawsuit between them and CignaCigna Healthcare of Texas Inc. can’t escape a lawsuit by a Texas-based toxicology lab seeking to recover more than $13 million in allegedly unpaid services ( Rapid Tox Screen LLC v. Cigna Healthcare of Tex. Inc. , 2017 BL 298478, N.D. Tex., No. 3:15-cv-03632, 8/24/17 ).
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 4, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

  • That’s the shower valve cartridge I replaced yesterday after WifeGeeding strenuously informed me our shower was kaput.  It’s probably as old as the GeedingManor, about 23-25 years old. To my amazement, this project only resulted in a single trip to Home Depot. Usually, when it comes to DIY home repair, no matter how well I plan things, it results in multiple trips to Lowes or Home Depot. The part only cost $17, and I estimate I saved at least $200 by not calling a plumber. The hardest part, due to all the hard water in the area, was disassembling the shower faucet and dislodging everything – hard water bonds everything together.
  • It seems like Houston might have more chemical fires this year than California will have wildfires.
  • WifeGeeding got pulled into The Central Park Five documentary on PBS last night.
  • This seems like it would be fun – ‘Iron Man VR’ is as close to being Tony Stark as you’re likely to get
  • Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV will travel more than 300 miles on a full batteryThe long-range SUV will debut later this year, and ships in 2020
  • Broke Millennial’s Guide to Investing If You Have Student LoansShould you pay off your loans faster or start putting money in the market?
    • Truthfully, the answer is simple: Yes, you should be investing when you have student loans. Now, buckle up for some actual number crunching. It’s the only way to make a compelling case for why it’s in your best interest to start investing before paying off student loans.
  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
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Automated Robotic Valet System

Robot valets are now parking cars in one of France’s busiest airports

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Rocket Powered Golf Club

Summary: We made a rocket powered golf club that can swing at 150mph. Instead of just showing the final build I wanted to walk through the engineering design process. We failed in 6 different ways before eventually getting it just right. My friend Destin came and helped out and shot some amazing high speed shots on his nice Phantom camera.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 1, 1019

  • It’s April Fools’ Day. It used to be fun a handful of years ago when businesses starting to get into the act for the first time, but now that almost all of them do it, it’s become a bit prosaic.
  • BoN used to participate in April Fools’ Day. Two jokes I’ve tried to pull was writing a post which stated I was retiring the blog and I once redirected any visitor to BoN straight to FoxNews.com.
  • This is not a joke. A loyal reader sent me this article and I immediately signed up as a donor. I thought about it for one second and thought, how could I not?  It’s one of the few things I’m uniquely qualified for.
  • I bet college basketball coaches have closer relationships with their players than college football coaches. In basketball, the squad is much smaller and because there are more games, they spend a lot of time together on road trips.
  • On Friday night we watched Alien as a family. I didn’t intend for everyone to watch it, I started it and it just happened to capture everyone’s attention and WifeGeeding allowed the kids to stay up past their bedtime.
  • This needs to be updated, but I like it better than the traditional brackets.
  • This is neat.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 29, 2019

    • That’s DogGeedingII trying to get WifeGeeding’s attention.
    • When I hear someone say, “I’ll be more than happy to . . .”, I don’t believe them. However, if I hear, “Not a problem,” I do believe them, though I can’t stand the phrase. It makes me think I’m intruding or asking for something out of the ordinary.
    • I’m not a fan of being called “Boss” by any wait staff or customer service representative. As a rule, don’t call your customer any nickname.
    • When I was a busboy and then a waiter, I was instructed to never spray cleaning solution on the table but directly into my washcloth. Spraying on the table spreads a scent to those nearby which takes away from the food, and there’s a chance spray mist might land on nearby food or people. I was also taught to fold my washcloth into fourths. One side would be used for cleaning and the other for drying. When the cleaning side gets too dirty, I fold the washcloth to a clean side. Before being taught this technique, I went through a plethora of washcloths.
    • ‘Alien’ Helmer Ridley Scott Gives Thumbs Up To High Schoolers Who Adapted His Sci-Fi Classic: ‘Do Gladiator Next!’
      • I saw some highlights of the high schoolers’ play earlier this week and failed to mention their creativity despite a lack of resources. But I’m glad to see Ridley Scott is recognizing them and this part of his letter really stood out to me. Sometimes, less is definitely more.
        • Limitations often produce the best results because imagination and determination can surpass any shortfalls and determine the way forward – ALWAYS.
    • Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s death. Here are some interesting tidbits about his burial:
      • Casket – $80 Government Issue requested by Eisenhower. The only difference between his casket and those furnished for any soldier buried by the Army is an inner glass seal that cost an extra $115. It was lined with tailored eggshell crepe.
      • General Dwight D. Eisenhower was buried in his World War II uniform. It consists of “pink” trousers and the green “Ike” jacket that he made famous. Although he was one of the most decorated military men in history, his uniform had only the following medals: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • I know Whataburger was founded in Corpus Christi, but I’m willing to bet there are more Whataburgers in Corpus than there are Starbucks in Seattle.
  • I visited a Chick-fil-A which uses a trash compactor for all customers to dump their trash into. It was a bit high-tech with an LCD screen. I’m assuming that it was built with certain safety standards so no one gets any body part crushed. Personally, I think all restaurants should have something like this. But then again, I’m also the guy who thinks a sink should be next to each trash bin so customers can empty their ice and drinks before tossing it in the trash. When you worked in the food industry, you know how much it sucks carrying a trash bag with liquid inside it, praying it doesn’t rip or tear.
  • I have zero interesting in watching the new Dumbo movie. While I’m more macabre than the average person, I find Tim Burton’s work too dark. I also have never seen the cartoon, which I think is odd since I have two kids.
  • You inadvertently teach people how to treat you when as you tolerate things.
  • Located In Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’ Newest Public Art Installation Allows Participants To Video-Chat With Strangers From All Across The Globe
  • McDonald’s will use AI to automatically tweak drive-thru menusIt might give McFlurrys more prominent placement on hot days, for instance.
  • The Dreams Of A Man Asleep For Three Weeks
    • On March 22, 2018, I was rushed to the hospital for life-saving surgery. Due to complications with the procedure, I didn’t regain full, coherent consciousness until the second week in April. For three weeks I was stuck inside my own mind, subject to a seemingly unending series of dreams. Dreams covering on a variety of themes, some light and hopeful, others dark and dismal. I dreamed the end of my life over and over. I was a hero and a villain.
  • Ohio names shelter pets the official state pet to raise awareness about animal adoption
  • 59 Distinct Ways of Cooking Eggs
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