Bag of Randomness


  • It’s one of my favorite days of the year – The TICKET’s White Elephant Day were all the personalities and their responsibilities are shuffled around.  Though I think Donovan is be M.I.A. because of a death in the family.
  • The kids really wanted to play in the leaves yesterday so I grabbed the rake and made a few piles.  My initial thought was my piles of leaves weren’t all that great, but then it dawned on me, from their vantage they are going to look huge.  That reminded me of the time I saw a friend’s father a few years after I got married, the first I’ve seen him since high school.  My memory of him was this gigantic man, but at that moment he just seemed so . . . normal.
  • A redditor wore a heart rate monitor as he proposed to his girlfriend in Rome and charted the data.  He provides a few details and some answers here, though not much.
  • My cell phone rang with the caller ID showing “82”.  When I answered it there was a recorded message saying my Visa was blocked and to unblock it press 1.  Yeah, I’m not falling for it.  Heck, they never even mentioned what bank or institution from, just generic “Visa”.
  • While watching ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ a Pepsi commercial aired for the Super Bowl halftime show that was exactly like the one they aired last year, except it had Katy Perry music set to it.
  • I have to attend my place of employment’s holiday party tonight.  It’s the only time of year I actually see someone from work as we all work from home, but I really don’t know any of the Dallas folks since all my team is based in Austin.  Last year one guy got very drunk and berating our president and CEO with question after question.  Some of thought that when layoffs come around he’s sure be gone, but he survived them earlier this year.
  • I sure did pick a bad time to withhold Baylor criticisms, but can you image the reaction of all Baylor fans if TCU won the whole thing?  It all reminds me of how Longhorns felt back in 2008, even though it’s not quite apples to apples (different system, an actually conference championship game, a change in Big XII rules, different ranked opponent losses and wins, etc).  Fifth ranked Texas beat number one ranked Oklahoma.  Texas was later ranked #1 but had its only loss at #6 Texas Tech.  Despite Texas beating Oklahoma head-to-head and both teams with just one loss, Oklahoma got to play in the Big XII Championship game, win it, and then go on to lose in the BCS Championship game.  Final rankings, Texas #4 and Oklahoma #5 in the AP, Texas #3 and Oklahoma #5 in the USA Today/AFCA poll.
  • I really don’t think TCU gets much local media or public support, and they deserve better.
  • Speaking of commercials, the idea is funny but smart business – Arby’s Forgets Advertising Deal With Pepsi, Makes Apology Ad Entirely About Pepsi
  • Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall
  • Dallas Cop Shooting Database Is Sobering, Fascinating
  • BBC – Why Texas is closing prisons in favour of rehab
  • Shark ‘photobombs’ Australian surfing competition
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. towski says:

    I sure hope Bill Snyder is making sure his players know about Baylor's hiring of a PR firm to lobby for them.

  2. The U says:

    The College Football Playoff system should be abandoned if Baylor gets in. The fact that they hired a D.C. lobbyist to make their case would challenge the credibility of the system if they were subsequently selected. Their ranking would always be suspect due to the use of a high-paid lobbying firm and could potentially up the arms race for next year teams: strength of schedule, wins/losses. conference championship, and lobbying ability. Not to mention the fact that Ari Fleischer use to work with CFP committee member Condoleezza Rice.

  3. wordkyle says:

    "Last year one guy got very drunk" The beginning of every story that involves a great career move.

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