Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 23, 2020


We’re looking at installing a butcher block countertop on a kitchen island, but I’m having trouble finding any person or business which makes or sells butcher blocks. Do y’all have any local suggestions?


I’m just having an off week. Some weeks, things seem out of synch, and despite my best efforts to tackle as many tasks and take things in perspective, or attempts to reset or reboot my day, those tiny hurdles are still hard to sprint over and more seem to pop up.


An XFL rule which caught my attention was the ability to throw two forward passes on an offensive play. The caveat, the receiver of the first pass can only throw if he catches the ball behind the first down marker and can’t throw once he crosses that marker.



Rotating Water Slide


DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues It has to move the satellite out of geostationary orbit, where most telecommunication satellites are, ASAP.


A wolf pups first howl.


Here’s how Mike Bloomberg is luring 2020 campaign staffers with lavish perks

  • Every Bloomberg staffer gets a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 11 on day one. They also enjoy three catered meals daily.
  • Bloomberg is paying state press secretaries $10,000 a month, compared to the average going rate of $4,500 for other candidates and state political directors are making $12,000 a month, more than some senior campaign advisers earn, sources said.


Ted Cruz now has an impeachment podcast, tooIt was recorded in the middle of the night


A father recorded a bunch of baby sounds from his son and arranged them to the tune of the song Thunderstruck.


 

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 20, 2020

Typing today’s date made me realize there are a lot of twos and zeros in it, but I guess February will do better if it’s written using the two-digit sequence – 02/20/20. I suppose those with OCD will feel uncomfortable about how the date is not quite balanced.


At church yesterday morning, the praise and worship band stopped playing as someone came to the alter to provide an update on one of the ministries at the church. During the middle of her update, you heard some sort of noise, like a mic being unplugged, and then a commercial for The TICKET played for about five seconds. The crowd laughed and as soon as they fell silent, seven-year-old BoyGeeding in a loud voice said, “Hey Dad, all sports all the time!”


Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of my spinal fusion surgery. Over the last month, I’ve noticed it seems to be improving. I’ve never regretted having the surgery. It hasn’t made things worse, and I experience more discomfort than pain. Before, I’d get unexpected sharp, piercing pain. The trade-off has been the discomfort is just about constant. And as I’ve stated before, it appeared I was going to have to get the surgery sometime in my life, and my body recovering at age 42 would be easier than recovering at age 52 or


This upcoming Super Bowl is gonna have a lot of red.


At the end of the Titans/Chiefs game, I thought it was really cool of Jim Nance to mention that the last time the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl, Jack Buck covered the game and that it will be covered by his son Joe this year.


I’m happy for the Chiefs and will be rooting for them. As many already know, they first started out as the Dallas Texans and have always been owned by the Hunt family who still are strongly tied to Dallas. I always thought it was neat and peculiar that two NFL owners lived on the same street in Dallas, Jerry Jones and Lamar Hunt. I also like the bit they have of calling their fandom “Chiefs Kingdon”. That whole “SuchAndSuchTeam Nation” has always annoyed me. Of course, there is also the obvious Texas connection with Patrick Mahomes. But it goes a bit deeper for WifeGeeding, as his father is also a graduate of Lindale High School. But then again, the Niners coach was a Longhorn who played under Mack Brown, so there’s another Texas connection. It sure was a nice moment when Mike Shannonhan was presenting the NFC Championship to the Niners CEO who politely refused so he could present it to his son.


I say it every year, I loathe the “new” conference championship trophies. The old ones looked solid and regal, the new ones look flimsy and cheap.


Joe Montana is a legendary 49’er and former Chief, maybe he should do the coin flip at the Super Bowl.


John Lynch sure did a better job going from the booth to being a general manager better than Matt Millen.


After the Packer/Niner game, I caught the beginning of the new Rob Lowe show 9-1-1 Loan Star which takes place in Austin. The show started off with a security guard watching a Longhorn game on his phone who accidentally starts a fire by warming up a Freebirds burrito in a microwave. The Fox NFL broadcast promoted the show heavily, so much so that Lowe was at the game but was wearing an “NFL” cap which made him look like an undercover referee. Social media had fun with it.

Another absurd part of the show was how Lowe’s character makes it Texas. He’s working for the NYFD and recruited to Texas. You see him drive to Texas but he’s driving through a desert. like he’s coming from El Paso. But the thing is if you are driving from New York and drive through a desert to get to Austin, you took the long way.

Oh, and the show makes the Austin FD have a diversity and racial problem. I’m sure that exists, but Austin isn’t one of the cities I’d imagine having the most trouble with those issues.


Recently, I was asked to review several documents and provide my thoughts and found this reply a bit odd and formal, “Keith, I have dispositioned your comments.”


Random Chief Justice Roberts fact – He holds a one-eighth interest in a cottage in Knocklong, an Irish village in County Limerick.


Hoverboarding dentist found guilty of ‘unlawful dental acts’

An Anchorage dentist captured on video extracting the tooth of a sedated patient as he rode a hoverboard has been found guilty by a judge of 46 counts levied against him after the incident expanded into a wider probe of his practices.

Among the allegations outlined in charging documents was the hoverboard incident in 2016: “Seth Lookhart performed a dental extraction procedure on a sedated patient while riding a hoverboard and filmed the procedure and distributed the film to persons outside his dental practice.”


Why it only costs $10k to ‘own’ a Chick-fil-A franchise The chicken chain is known for having the lowest entry cost of any major fast-food franchise — but there’s a catch.

Unlike other franchise models, Chick-fil-A — not the franchisee — covers nearly the entire cost of opening each new restaurant (which, according to its financial disclosures, runs from $343k to $2m). The franchisee only pays the $10k franchise fee.

Chick-fil-A pays for (and retains ownership of) everything — real estate, equipment, inventory — and in return, it takes a MUCH bigger piece of the pie.

While a franchise like KFC takes 5% of sales, Chick-fil-A commands 15% of sales + 50% of any profit.


This statue of Dorrie Miller is in his hometown of Waco, TX. Who is Dorrie Miller? Well, he’s about to have something uniquely in common with Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, Truman, Eisenhower, Bush, Ford, and Kennedy. He’s going to have an aircraft carrier named after him.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, January, 17, 2020


I feel like a bonafide dummy after discovering my latest mistake. I use GMail to check my GMail (go figure) and my BagOfNothing.com email address. You may faintly recall that back in October, my website content was transferred to an upgraded server. I thought everything transferred correctly, and I guess it did, but I didn’t realize until this week I needed to update my email settings in order to keep receiving emails sent to my BagOfNothing.com email. Because I was using GMail as my interface, I was still receiving all mail sent to my GMail address but have been unaware I haven’t received any email sent to the other address. Oddly, I was still able to send mail from my BagOfNothing email. I thought a lot of friends simply weren’t replying because the holiday season kicked in and was simply busy. I “fixed the glitch” yesterday and found I missed somewhere around a hundred and thirty emails. So, my apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me and I haven’t gotten back with you.


This video has been around since the summer but I just discovered it. The dog is so steady at Jenga you think the video froze.


I’ve never seen the president wear glasses. It’s not a sign of weakness or anything, but I can’t recall ever seeing it before. But he has worn them in public before and a few other times. He does squint a lot. I couldn’t find any pictures of the previous president wearing glasses though I’m sure I’ve seen him with readers on before. Here are pictures of W. and Clinton wearing specks.


Springfield, MA Woman Films 911 Call Chasing Kidnapper Miguel Rodriguez With 11-Year-Old Girl Driving 100 MPH Through City

Amanda Disley and her husband were driving around Springfield when she noticed someone being pushed down in the backseat of a blue Honda Civic, thought it was suspicious, followed the car and called the police. Although it’s probably not advised to lead a vigilante high-speed chase through an urban area like that if she hadn’t made that phone call Charlotte could be dead right now.


The Best and Worst Airlines in 2019, Ranked

Somehow, ranking below even low cost-carriers like Frontier and Spirit, WSJ named American Airlines the single worst airline in 2019—which may or may not come as a surprise. In three of the last five years, AA has also ranked last.

Delta earned its spot, in part, by canceling the fewest flights and bumping the fewest passengers in 2019 of all major U.S. airlines. (Delta also ranked number one in both 2017 and 2018.) Alaska and Southwest followed Delta in the rankings, coming in second and third, respectively.


New York Public Library Releases Their Top 10 Most Checked Out Books Of All Time

The most-wanted book? The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

The Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a young boy’s encounter with snow has been checked out 485,583 times from the NYPL since it was published in 1962.

It shares qualities with many of the other most-borrowed titles: The beautifully illustrated book has been around a long time, it’s well-known and well-loved, and it’s available in numerous languages.

1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts
2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts
3. 1984 by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts
4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts
6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts

The library also awarded an “honorable mention” to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. That book might have been a contender for the all-time top spot, but NYPL children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore so disliked the 1947 book that the library didn’t carry it until 1972. That late entry kept the book off the top 10 list — for now.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 14, 2020


While praising Jimmy Johnson on Instagram, “I’ve learned though in [sic] life is we remember those who make us better.” I agree with that, but one would also have to realize those who make us better are not always our friends or cohorts, often they are those we loath or fight against.


One major reason college football has an attendance problem is that their games are too damn long. Not only are the games too damn long, but their season is too damn on. The first FBS team kicked had their first game on Aug 24, 142 days ago. That’s pretty demanding for a ‘student-athlete’. You might as well tack on another 23 days since most of the SEC had players reporting to fall camp on Aug first. And to think there was a time when no student had to miss any school because any bowl game or championship was played during winter break.



Governor Abbott Says Texas Is Finished Building Highways

“The bottom line is this: The way people get around, the way people live is going to change,” Abbott said, according to the Rivard Report. “As a result, this generation of roads that [Texas Transportation Commission Chairman] Bruce Bugg is in charge of building is probably the last major buildout of roads we’ll have in the state of Texas, even considering the fact that Texas is the fastest-growing state in America.”

Full DMagazine.com Article


The Most Popular Memes of the Decade (2011 – 2020)


Space Force Bible blessing spurs protest


Here’s an under-rated cartoon character – Hippety Hopper.


In a recent interview, Burt Ward, who portrayed Batman’s sidekick “Robin” in the old television series, stated ABC pointed something out to him.

Apparently, the snug-fitting costume worn by Ward’s Robin — the sidekick of Adam West’s Batman — on the ’60s TV show drew the ire of the Catholic League of Decency. “They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” the actor said in an interview with Page Six. As Ward tells it, the issue became such a concern for ABC that the network had him go see a doctor, who prescribed pills “to shrink me up.”


I’m not one to trust fair rides, the “malfunction” starts at the 1:26 mark.



Here’s your next internet challenge.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 13, 2020

Snowfall doesn’t happen often around these parts so it’s always special to see the excitement in a child’s eyes. It would have been more fun if it was on a school day and seeing their face when Michael Irvin announces no classes. Only fellow TICKET listeners would understand.


I’m happy to hear Jimmy Johnson will be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s impossible to tell the history of pro football without Johnson, so he was always a ‘yes’ for me. Similar to what happened with Bill Cowher on Saturday, Johnson was told live on air that he’d be going in.

The Hall of Fame broke tradition to tell Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson they’re in. It was great

Johnson had to know something was up when the president of the hall of fame walked in, since he was on set across the country NYC the day before for Cowher. But unlike the Cowher announcement, we got to see one of his players, Troy Aikman, peek in on the announcement. No, it’s time to get Jimmy in the Ring of Honor.

Red teary eyes, I guess the pollen count must have been abnormally high in Green Bay.


Don’t let the headline fool you, people are interested and devoted, they simply aren’t attending games.

Sports Illustrated – Why Is College Football Attendance Tanking?

From 2014 to ’18, attendance across the FBS fell by 7.6%. Last year, on average, 41,856 fans went to games. That’s the lowest turnout since 1996; even major programs like Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss suffered declines of greater than 5%. The NCAA has yet to release its full report on 2019’s numbers, but pictures of nearly-empty stadiums, from big to small programs, popped up every fall weekend on Twitter. During bowl season, as games moved to neutral sites, the stands were so empty it looked more like spring football. Even athletic directors will openly admit it: College football is facing an attendance crisis.

While the pews might be emptying out, devotion is not diminishing. A 2018 Gallup Poll found that Americans care about college football more than any professional sport besides the NFL. And while TV ratings fell in recent years, they’re once again on the rise. People care and people watch. They just aren’t going as they once did.


If she accepts the duties of her role have been rolled back, then perhaps her salary should be cut back twenty to thirty percent.

Press secretary responds to complaints about not holding briefings

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has rebuffed a recent CNN opinion piece from 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials arguing for the return of daily press briefings.

Grisham has yet to hold a single briefing since taking the role of President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman in July, deciding instead to participate in interviews with friendly conservative television outlets like Fox News and One America News Network. Scrutiny over the lack of briefings has heightened in recent weeks amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Prior to the Trump administration, regular press briefings were the norm for decades. Under previous administrations, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the White House and State Department held daily or almost daily briefings.

 


Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study

A team of researchers have strapped a pair of 3D glasses to an unsuspecting cuttlefish and set it loose in an underwater movie theatre to work out how the marine molluscs know how far away their prey is before launching an explosive, tentacled attack



BoingBoing.net – Footage of traumatized moviegoers walking out of The Exorcist in 1973




 

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 9, 2019

 

I’m still battling chronic hiccups and an upper respiratory infection. My apologies for the lack of posts.


I’d like to think one measure of a head football coach’s success is that he left the program better than he found it. With that benchmark in mind, I’m not sure if Jason Garrett passes that test. But man, how lucky was he to coach the team he wanted for a full decade. You shouldn’t feel sorry for the man, he got his chance. When I look at former Baylor coach Matt Rule, he certainly left the program in better shape than he found it. Some fans feel like he’s been looking for a way out since he arrived, but I’d like to respectfully disagree. If I have my facts right, he never sought out any offers, they came to him. He was so well regarded, he didn’t need to look for anything, he just had to entertain offers.


I see a lot of my fellow P1s are concerned about a disturbance in the force, with the retirement of the Old Grey Wolf. Us humans aren’t used to adjusting to things we expect to always be there. I’ll say his announcement didn’t affect me. We all saw it was coming, and his Irish exit wasn’t any surprise. As for me, well, after both with the death of both of my parents far in the rearview mirror, the loss of a few close relationships, seeing death come for several college friends, greats retiring and fade away, sacred buildings collapsed, traditions end (Texas vs. Texas A&M) experiencing what it’s like for the Rangers to be one out from their only World Series title, and 25 years of no new additional Lombardi trophies being added to the Cowboys’ mantle place – man, you just get used to major change, roll with the punches, and learn that time doesn’t care and it easily moves on. Nothing is sacred, you just have to appreciate what you have at the moment and realize it can be gone in a second. What’s true and constant is that things will never be the same, no matter how hard you try to keep it that way. It’s one reason why I think traditions are stupid. Yes, I’ll be bold enough to be blunt enough to state it. So what if they are gone? There’s still oxygen in the air (for now) and life and time carry on. It’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. Cherish what was and what you have, learn to embrace not change, but simply the passing of time. 200 years from now, more than likely, no one is going to remember you even existed and your sacred Christmas tree ornament which has been on every year since you were four has long ago been tossed in the trash pile.


This grandma can get down on the drums. Skip to the 43-second mark if you just to see and hear her playing. I think at the 1:35 mark she starts to feel comfortable and her facial expression starts to slightly change to “concentrate” to “comfortable” to “fun”.


I have one of those “I’m halfway serious” theories. Trump is doing what he can to start a war without looking so obvious but these other countries aren’t falling for it and he vents in his bedroom by bashing his pillow against different things and screaming into it.


This article is about three weeks old but worth sharing.

Alamo Drafthouse Revenues Climb Despite Box Office Downturn

Alamo Drafthouse is capping off 2019 with shine. Ticket sales for the cinema chain are up 5.8% from last year, an especially impressive feat considering the exhibition industry as a whole is pacing over 5% behind 2018.

In a theatrical landscape that’s become particularly challenged by the rise of streaming services, Alamo Drafthouse attributes success to its scope of offerings. That mix includes traditional studio releases, indie and arthouse films and repertory showings. Comparatively, the next highest number of movies offered by an exhibitor chain is 1,142 films.


 

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

I’m trying something new, instead of bullet points I’m using a line for thought/subject separation.


Longtime readers will recall I had a severe case of hiccups which lasted three days. Well, it happened again last week and it was hell. I actually still have them, but they come and go from minutes to several hours at a time. The doctor prescribed a cocktail of medicine but it makes me sleepy which makes it hard to work.


On last night’s Wheel of Fortune, Vanna welcomed Pat Sajak’s daughter who revealed the letters. That was kinda neat. I believe Jeopardy! will air during prime time tonight with the top champion


“It’s not their first rodeo.” – Actually, it will be for the new Dickies Arena. This photo caught my attention. My imagination says it’s all a giant spider web.



Mike Rhyner, the founder of The TICKET, decided to retire. He did it with no fanfare or telling anyone, but did leave a message to the listeners. Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News (and the station) has the exclusive.

Rhyner was responsible for the return music and would always tweet the list after the show.


Not only was I impressed with the level of detail, but the artistic filming and score is top level.


I prefer eating the edge or outside of a cookie than the center, same for brownies, but not cake.


A friend used the word “schadenfreude” in an email. I had to look it up to learn not only the meaning but how to say it.


We’re doing some remodeling which includes new floors. The kids saw that I used a Sharpie to mark some dimensions of a kitchen island and asked if they could draw on the tile. Since the tile will be scraped up and taken to the dump, I told them to know themselves out.

When I demoed the old kitchen island I found a bunch of bullet casings or shells. Please forgive me if I’m using the wrong terminology, I’m ignorant when it comes to most things weapon-related. Here are some photos if you are interested. Of course, we’ve made up a lot of stories of how they got there.

  

We also found a lot of trash from the builders. For instance, there was a 1996 Pepsi can you could use to get a discount at Sea World in San Antonio. I guess it’s common for home builders to toss trash inside walls and such. I’ve found trash hidden in other places in the house that only the builder could have accessed.


Recently, we watched a movie at the “CUT! by Cinemark” in Frisco. By far, it’s the nicest movie theater I’ve ever been to.


The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in DallasA guide for where to find a short hike versus long, how to traverse unmarked territory, what you can expect to see, and more.


It’s quite interesting that the evening and nightly CBS11 newscast didn’t lead with the Dallas Cowboys new head story. I want to say the story was slotted about seven or ten stories down.


A smart running shoe insole detects your gait to offer coaching advice

 

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Bag of Randomness for The First Post of the 2020s

  • Greetings. Happy new year, and to a greater extent, a happy new decade. May the 20s be roaring and not end in an economic depression this time around. There’s some debate when a decade begins and ends when examined from technical, scientific, historic, and pop-culture perspectives. Usually, I’m technically and scientifically minded, but in this case, I lean in the direction of pop-culture.
  • It’s odd for a Cowboys fan watching the Saints and Vikings play in a playoff game. The Saints are coached by a former Cowboys offense assistant and the Vikes by a former Cowboys defense assistant. Either way, the Cowboys don’t play as much after the regular season as their former assistants do.
  • Note: The following was posted before I learned Jason Garrett would not return as the Cowboys head coach.
    I’m a bit puzzled as to why football fans are questioning the way Jerry Jones is handling the head coaching position. Jason Garrett is under contract until mid-January. Simply, an employee’s contract is about to expire and the employer is weighing his options to renew/extend the existing employment contract or let it expire. Part of this process includes exploring other options and interviewing potential candidates and considering what they have to offer. It’s not dissimilar to my line of work. The government awards a contract to a company for work to be performed. As the contract nears its expiration, the company will decide if it wants to continue the work and make their case to the government. The government will also decide if they want to continue the working relationship but will also explore other offers.
  • I believe humans are born with 20 baby teeth. DaughterGeeding lost her 20th yesterday, so I guess she’s all done.
  • This video (qued for you at a particular spot) of voice actress scamming a scammer was popular yesterday, she sounds exactly like the automated voice operator.
  • Robin Williams’s Daughter Gets Sweet Surprise From Disney Character Filter On Instagram
  • Rural America set to lose political power after 2020 census
  • When I ran across that pic at the top of this post a flood of memories, and I mean a flood of memories, rushed through me.
  • Bosch’s virtual visor eliminates sun glare without blocking your viewIt uses facial recognition AI to identify when the sun is in your eyes.
  • A moment of tenderness from the Australian wildfires.
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