Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 24, 2015


  • I’ve found more and more of my male friends are wearing cowboy boots, but here’s the kicker, they never wore boots until sometime after they turned thirty and say they are more comfortable than sneakers.  Part of me wants to go boot shopping, but I hear a “decent” pair will cost over $200, which could buy several sneakers.
  • There was a murder about a mile away from my house yesterday.  I first found out about it from a text, and then found out much more about it on Twitter than I did from our local news.  That’s two murders within a mile of my house within a year, the other being a car-jacking in November.  Terminology speaking, I’m not sure if the latter is murder as he was killed by a police officer protecting the public.  And then back in January 2013, there was the suicide by gunshot to the head inside Vista Ridge Mall, which I can literally see from my backyard.
  • This Texas Monthly article is about a month old, but I didn’t know that some believe there’s a link between Blue Bell’s troubles and Jade Helm.
  • In other Texas monthly news – Spotify Charts The Favorite Songs of Texas Cities, & It Isn’t Surprising At All
  • Jalopnik – Here’s What Happened When I Cracked Open My 250,000 Mile Jeep Engine
  • Just about everyone is familiar with the iconic Vietnam war photo of the screaming naked young girl running from a napalm bombing, but yesterday was the first time I saw this photo of her holding a baby which stopped me down for a good minute.
  • A 560-pound man is trying to lose weight by cycling across the U.S.  He lost 60-pounds in the first few weeks.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • In this article about a new sports drink, the creator stated why he used paint cans, “If you bought them from the local hardware store, they gave you lifetime free shaking on the machine,” he says. “I doubt they knew I wasn’t mixing paint.”
  • The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips
  • Meet the Man Who Beat the KKK With a Tuba
  • In 1994, Tim Brown had his first Pro Bowl season and was entering free agency.  He approached Michael Irvin at the  Pro Bowl and told him he wanted to come home to Dallas and be the number-two receiver.  Irvin hated that idea so much he said, “I’m glad you told me first. I’m calling Jerry right now and telling him don’t do it.”
  • Deadspin – NFL Changes The Dez Bryant Rule, Makes It Worse
  • This website will calculate the number of hours needed to binge watch a show.  I do question some of the data, it said it would take me over 347 days to watch all of ‘Star Blazers’.
  • Speaking of ‘Star Blazers’, the Japanese made a live-action version of the cartoon, and you can watch it on YouTube, and thankfully it has English subtitles.  I also discovered there’s a more modern version of the cartoon but what’s cool is they kept the original concept or style of the animation, but it’s nicer looking.  Here’s a trailer for the updated version, though it’s fanmade dubbing audio from the original series.
  • The White House has cancelled their reservation at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and many believe it’s because the hotel is now Chinese owned.  The White House has instead booked the New York Palace Hotel, which is South Korean owned.
  • I just don’t get what’s happening with DirecTV and the Sundance channel.  It has always been a non-HD channel on DirecTV until the world premiere of U2’s ‘Song for Someone’ after an episode of ‘Rectify’, the only show I watch on the channel. The next week, Sundance was back to ultra-low-definition (ULD). Last night, it was broadcasting back in HD.  Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off.
  • Buzzfeed – Ned Stark’s Last Words Might Reveal A Secret About Jon Snow
  • Buzzfeed – This Map Shows You What The U.S. Would Look Like If Marvel Was Real
  • While watching Jimmy Kimmel last night, in what appeared to be an unscripted moment, right when Colin Farrel was introduced and sat down, a man ran up and kissed him on the neck or cheek.
  • Wyatt Cenac talks about the falling out he had with Jon Stewart.   It relates to a Herman Cain impersonation.  Personally, I think the name “Wyatt” is quite under-rated.
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 24, 2015

  1. Ben W. says:

    I was confused by the binge-watching site, too, but then I realized that every time I typed in a new series, it added it to the total from the others I had looked up, thus giving a cumulative total for everything. If you hover over each picture on the bottom of the page, an "X" appears in the upper right that will let you delete that series from the cumulative. Maybe that's it?

    The fact that there are ridiculous conspiracy theorists is not surprising. The fact that nearly half of Texans supposedly believe that a military takeover is coming is both sad and embarrassing. There are times that I am proud to be a Texan and times that I don't want to live in this state. This "conspiracy" falls under the latter, undoubtedly.

    The White House may have cancelled its reservations at the Waldorf because its reputation exceeds its current actual level of service, apparently. We considered staying there recently because we found a great rate, but after reading reviews on multiple sites, we went elsewhere.

  2. Towski says:

    And yet somehow Wyatt was perfectly comfortable doing a pretty bad Michael Steele puppet routine. Guess it's ok for him to do it but not Stewart?

    Here's the piece on Steele. Puppet fun (blue-face?) begins about halfway in.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    It was a homicide, but not a murder, by that cop in Lewisville.

  4. Susanne says:

    Jon's farewell was noticeably terse when Wyatt left. Normally, he enthuses about the departing persons skills, contributions, and untapped capabilities. It doesn't matter whether the person delivers mail or delivers monologues. When Wyatt left, his statement was something along the lines of "and Wyatt Senac is leaving."

  5. sara says:

    If you buy good boots, they will last you much longer than sneakers. And if anything happened to them, or the sole eventually wore out, they can be fixed.

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