Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 14, 2015


  • Ten years ago tomorrow marks the first post I made on this blog.  It was nothing but a test post, and here we are.  I’ve now spent a little more than a quarter of my life running this thing.
  • I’m suffering from a stomach bug.  And for you TICKET listeners, the great equalizer has paid a visit.
  • Tomorrow also happens to be my mother’s birthday, she would have been sixty-seven.  When she died, fellow blogger LiberallyLean posted some very kind thoughts on his blog.  His commenters, on the other hand, are something else.
  • Before last night’s Cowboys preseason game, there was a Jason Witten special.  His grandfather stated that when he dropped to the third round of the NFL draft, he was so made the tore the door off the hinges.  That’s surprising, he seems the type to have been mild mannered all his life.  I always loved how he continued his rookie season after breaking a jaw.  Here’s a great pick of Witten with a very swollen jaw.
  • I’m one of those that enjoy watching preseason games, tracking those players that are trying to earn a roster spot.
  • When I listen to Brad Sham call Cowboys games, I imagine a thin man, but the man actually is a bit heavy.
  • Buzzfeed – The Director Of “Frozen” Says Tarzan Is Anna And Elsa’s Little Brother – There’s another theory that the sunk ship Aerial explores is tied to their parents.
  • Buzzfeed – This Is What Happens When You Come Out As A Gay Christian Rock Star
  • A couple in Pennsylvania took their five-foot-boa for a swim at the local river and it got away.
  • Inside Industrial Light & Magic’s secret Star Wars VR labILMxLab isn’t just exploring the future of entertainment… they’re already making it
  • The vacuum tube might be making a comeback and be the future of technology.
  • The Internet was abuzz yesteday about how creepy and scary the Goodnight Mommy movie trailer was.
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14 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 14, 2015

  1. Ben W. says:

    Congrats on the 10th anniversary. The time and energy you put into this project is greatly appreciated.

    I like reading Barry's blog, but my enjoyment of it greatly increased once I stopped reading the comments. I know there are some people on there who are just doing a bit, but I have no doubt that there are some people on there who aren't. And I don't need that kind of negative energy in my life.

  2. Deus ex Machina says:

    Happy Birthday, Bag!

    I've been a regular follower of the site almost since its beginning, but I can't remember how I first found it.

    Ditto on LiberallyLean posters. I'm not sure why Barry allows them other than to expose his readers to what's out there and what he hears everyday. I can't figure out why readers who believe in nothing he believes in flock to his site every day just so they can post vile comments. If nothing else, they keep his traffic up.

    The grass is much greener over here in GeedingWorld.

  3. Bryan says:

    Congrats on 10 years of blogging. When did you start doing the Random Bag on a regular basis? Prior to that, I would check in on the Bag a couple of times during the day, but the regular morning brain dump really made it a regular appointment before I got the day up and running.

    I believe I ran across your blog from a link on Bob Sturm's blog, way back when he did a regular daily brain dump or something along those lines. I know I had been reading for awhile when your mom passed away, but I didn't realize how early in its infancy I started reading until today.

    Man, Barry's commenters have always been brutal, but they were sissies 9 years ago compared to what they are now. If your mom passed today, it would take less than 5 comments for someone to blame it on Obama.

    • Geeding says:

      That's a good question, Bryan. Before I started this website, I used to blog at LiveJoural for about two and do a version of Bag of Randomness almost daily from what I remember. When I started this blog, I thought it would be a better format to forgo the Bag of Randomness and just focus on links to this or that, thinking no one would care about my thoughts. Later I started to do Bag of Randomness about once a month, then a week, and I'd say for the last seven years, maybe eight, it's been an everyday sort of thing. Well, Monday through Friday, that is.

  4. RPM says:

    Congrats on you 10th! Your blog is always my first stop of the day (or last if I'm up late and it publishes). Writing this on a daily basis is quite a dedicated endeavor. Here's to 10 more!

  5. Jason says:

    @BSG lets those comments through to show that racism is still alive. His more subtle points are, I think, that the people posting the hard-right, racist, anti-social services stuff are the same people who might go to church every Sunday, and wear WWJD bracelets.

    Personally, I think it's genius. Only through exposure will people change. The brutality and even latent racism of many white people in the civil rights era led my generation to be more educated and conscious about race issues.

    I don't blame Witten for ripping a door down. You don't get to that level without some serious intensity, and draft day is very stressful. Especially for tight ends, they are way underrated in what they do for a team (I was one when everyone started going to the run and shoot, and lost out on a few offers because they changed offense–TCU was one.)

    I still remember when he was asked about replacing Jay Novacek. "You know, I'm bigger than Jay Novacek, Stronger than Jay Novacek, and faster than Jay Novacek. But I'm no Jay Novacek." That was a good way to start a career.

  6. sara says:

    That Beeching story is very powerful. And very sad.

  7. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Congratulations on 10 years, Mr. Geeding! I have been an oftentimes reader and a commenter of late. I found out about your blog from a link on the LLFDQ page. I enjoy your blog every day and appreciate the time you put into it.__One thing I have always found interesting is how many links or bullets you post that I came across on my own from websites or news stories I may have read. Great minds think alike, no?

  8. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Re: the commenters on Barry's blog; They have always been pretty tough. Especially re: politics. I don't spend as much time on that blog anymore because it has turned into mostly political content, so I think that's why it seems the commenters are worse in the last few years. It used to be a great place for the local WC content and humor. But often now most of the bullet points are about national and state politics. You can find that anywhere. (Yes, this is all a veiled attempt to encourage you to keep your blogging content diverse like it has been)

    Re: Christian Rock Star… I have a saying about Christian Rock Music; it's a lot like Bow Fishing. Technically, its still fishing, but somehow it just doesn't seem like fishing.

  9. Ricardo Perry says:

    Congratulations on 10 years of BoG. I know, through reading your blog, that at times, you have felt like quitting or putting it all aside. I, and i'm sure many of you followers, am very glad you persevere. I have found your insights and reflections and taste in humor to be aligned closely with my views. I can go on, but then you I hope you know from my past post that I appreciate you and respect your philosophy and views on faith, and life in general.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. warren says:

    Happy 10th

  11. @solmidog says:

    Congrats on the anniversary

    Sham wasn't always so big, in fact he's small compared to his former partner Verne Lundquist…he is huge!

  12. Barry says:

    Happy 10th, Geeding! BON is one of the ways I start my day, so many thanks for the offerings.

  13. gracie says:

    Happy 10th anniversary BON!!!
    I love this blog. I’ve been with you for about 9 years, but rarely comment. Thanks for being there.

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