Bag of Randomness


  • I got my Chromebook replacement screen in the mail, and after watching a short YouTube video I was up and running in less than five minutes.  Forty-five bucks for a new screen is cheaper than a $250 replacement, but then again, I’d save $45 bucks if I didn’t leave it on the floor to be stepped on.  Lesson learned.
  • We couldn’t find DogGeedingII for the longest time last night.  Heck, I was even walking around the neighborhood with a flashlight.  Later WifeGeeding calls to tell me that he fell asleep in BoyGeeding’s room, who was put to bed about an hour before I started searching.  I think he was so tired from the dog park that he didn’t even hear us leave the room yesterday after storytime.
  • Speaking of dogs, there’s a local story of a vet who instead of putting down a dog like he said he was going to, he kept it alive in deplorable conditions for blood transfusions and experiments.  Many people are commenting that he looks like Santa, but since we’re talking about animal experimentation, a better comparison would be to say he looks like the old rich guy from Jurassic Park.
  • I’m one of those that think if you are an dog owner and want to put your dog down, then you need to present for the event, you owe the dog that much.
  • Considering ‘May the Fourth’ is Star Wars day, I don’t understand why the Star Wars folks didn’t wait a week to reveal the cast of Episode Seven on that day.
  • One day my kids shall watch the entirety of Star Wars with their father, and they will watch it in the only acceptable manner, in the order they were released, not episode order.
  • I keep having this dream about inventing time travel, but it always ends in death because in my calculations I fail to take into account the orit of the Earth around the sun and the planet’s rotation – so the person is sent back in time but not to a particular place in time – he just appears in deep space and dies.
  • I hear parents complaining about the number of standardized tests children have to take.  I wonder if students get to take any sort of practice tests modeled after the real thing to get familiar with it.
  • same day delivery is now a reality in Dallas.  It’s been around, but it was formally announced yesterday.
  • Speaking of Amazon – Amazon’s Smartphone Design Reportedly Leaks, Looks Like A Galaxy S Crossed With An iPhone – If I read the article right, it also houses six different cameras.
  • Speaking of Apple products – Secret Post Says New Apple EarPods Will Monitor Heart Rate, More
  • I consider golf a hobby, not a sport.  I’m not saying golfers aren’t athletic, but what they do is a hobby.
  • I think most golfers and hunters main reason for doing such isn’t to go golfing or hunting, but the for the solitude and connecting with being in the outdoors .
  • I sure hope that ATT and DirecTV possible deal never happens.  I’ve done all I can to avoid being an ATT customer again.
  • Houston Texans RB Arian Foster was raised with a Muslim background and was a strict vegan, so he’s never tried pork bacon, now he loves the stuff.
  • The actress that played Jan Brady looks much different and using a machine gun in her new movie.
  • Buzzfeed – Wheel Of Fortune Had Its First-Ever Special Needs Contestant And He Was Amazing
  • I miss how Letterman use to throw a pencil or blue card behind him which was accompanied with a broken glass sound.
  • Consumer Reports rated Costco’s Kirkland ice cream excellent . . . I might have to test that out.
  • Pharrell says Cee-Lo almost released ‘Happy’ first
  • One of my friends just started to binge watch ‘House’ on Netflix, but she started a tad too late because Netflix removed the series yesterday.
  • A high school cancer survivor hit three consecutive inside-the-park home runs
  • I’m glad to hear ‘Project Greenlight’ is going to make a return.
  • Did you hear about the bike that couldn’t stand up by itself?  It was two tired.
  • What kind of shoes do bakers wear? Loafers.
  • What do cows do for entertainment?  They go to the moovies.
  • I use to tell jokes about unemployed people, but they don’t work.
  • Rivalries only go so deep – A&M regents appoint UT grad as Aggie law dean
  • The Doritos origin story: Repurposed garbage from Disneyland
  • I use to think about suicide several times a day, but I think fatherhood has changed that because I don’t want to let down my kids, so the thought may only enter about once a month, if that.
  • I find that when I’m at my lowest, if I set small, simple, attainable, daily goals, the little sense of accomplishment builds encouragement. Those goals can be as simple as doing the laundry or going for a ten minute walk.
  • Mothers’ Day is already taken care of.
  • Grace
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Ben W. says:

    I'm not a pet owner and not really fond of animals, but I didn't understand that part of the evil-vet story, either. How is having your family pet euthanized just another errand? "What are you doing today, honey?" "Well, I'm running to Lowe's, getting the car wash, and dropping Rex off to have him killed. I'll pick up his remains tomorrow afternoon, if I get off work early enough."

    Neil Degrasse Tyson talked on his podcast about time travel and calculating for the Earth's rotation. If I remember correctly, his bottom line was: if you're smart enough to bend the fabric of time, you're probably going to remember to bend the fabric of space, too.

    As the parent of a soon-to-be 9th grader, I can assure you that the kids get plenty of practice for their standardized tests. My daughter had 4(!) standardized tests this year alone. Two of them were required to advance a grade level, and if she fails either of the other two she'll have to take remedial classes in that subject next year. As a result, out of a 9-month school year, the entire focus in the tested subjects is passing the standardized test. Part of this process includes practice tests that are proctored just like the real test. It's all very stressful. I'm not overly passionate about the subject, but I do think it's a waste of time and money, and adds unnecessary stress for a lot of kids.

  2. Mott says:

    You might want to talk to someone – your comment about suicide is shocking.

  3. AndreaJN says:

    My go-to thought for every little bad thing that would happen was, "If I were dead, I wouldn't have to deal with this." Telling my doctor that was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I started crying in her office just admitting it out loud. I went to a psychologist briefly, and went on an anti-depressant. Thank God I did. It's been several years now, but life just gets better and better. I don't care that I have to take a pill for the rest of my life because I enjoy life SO MUCH more now.
    Everyone is different, but I thought my story might help. You don't have to feel bad. You don't have to think about suicide (even "only" once a month). It's not something you have to "man-up" and get over on your own.

  4. TheDude says:

    I'm right there with you on the suicide thing. Except I don't do it (or try again) because of some whacked-out sense of honor. When my father's .38 misfired because the ammo was so old (it was his father's), I felt ashamed. Now I feel like sticking around is the only way to piss off a couple of ex-wives, so I do it out of spite.

    But every day, instead of suicide, I think of just leaving. Hopefully, without a trace.

    /emo off

  5. SpanishWarDonkey says:

    I love golf and I love I hunt. I love golf moreso as it’s an excuse to get some excercise while drinking beer. I love to hunt not so much as the excitement of pulling the trigger and the loud bang. Don’t get me wrong, that’s fun, and I enjoy long range target shooting, but I feel there’s a small number of hunters such as myself, that do it to remember where we came from. Since Eve ate the apple, man has been a hunter. Sure, the means and methods have changed, but the idea has not. There is something deeply satisfying in the soul, for me anyway, to be able to harvest an animal, gut and dress it, then use it’s sacrifice to put food on the table for my friends and family. At the end of the day, that’s really why I hunt.

  6. RPM says:

    Disney is in control of Star Wars now. There's going to be a lot nobody understands.

    Glad to hear Project Greenlight is back. If I understood that right, Chris Moore won't have anything to do with this one and will be doing his own version. That's a good thing, imho. He milked American Pie waaaaaaay too long.

    Keep your spirits up. Nothing is better when you are dead. Nothing.

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