Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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  • DaughterGeeding is turning into a little entrepreneur.  Last week she started that little Build A Bear business and now she’s adding to her empire.  Last night she made this sign (that’s supposed to be “25¢”, she needs work on writing the number two) and put a bunch of cookies and MY Kit Kats in a bag.  She then asked her mother to escort her around the neighborhood.  I decided to follow, and without any fear, she was blowing a train whistle I gave her ages back and yelled, “Cookies and Kit Kats for sale!” about every ten steps or so.  Despite the heat, she made about six bucks.
  • I haven’t followed the story of the fatal shooting of the teen at an Arlington, TX car dealership, but I did catch the police chief’s press conference as it aired live during the evening news.  The chief seemed very detailed and spoke as if he was concentrating on every word coming out of his mouth.  I also don’t think I’ve heard a police chief refer to the Supreme Court in one speech in my life, but then again, I don’t listen to a lot of police chief press conferences.
  • Yesterday was the anniversay of Robin Williams’ death and Dead Poet’s Society was on.  The school in the movie is set at a fictional Welton Academy (though there is an actual Welton Academy).  For kicks I wondered if I could find Welton Academy t-shirts online.  Yup, but I’m sure not even a handful of people would get the reference.
  • I liked the season premiere of ‘Hard Knocks’ last night.  It’s hard to believe the equipment managers forgot to pack the jerseys for the number one and number two quarterbacks.  I’d like the Texans more if they had a better name.  But after hearing that the Jets starting quarterback got punched and will be out six to eight weeks, too bad they are featured this season.
  • Georgia news – A 92-year-old woman is no longer allowed to worship at the church where she was a member for more than 50 years because she was not tithing.
  • Buzzfeed – This Insane Pixar Theory Proves Sulley Was Killed And Turned Into A Toilet Seat Cover
  • Buzzfeed – This Guy Tried Out For The All-Female Miami Heat Dance Squad And SLAYED
  • Buzzfeed – Meet The Other Guy Named Donald Trump – Every day is a quiet struggle for Donald L. Trump, a highly respected doctor and cancer institute executive who happens to share a name with the loudest man in the news.
  • This almost describes me perfectly – 10 Truths About Being Neurotic
  • Perth artist Stelarc grows ear on his arm, plans to connect it to internet
  • And you can take it online – Syracuse University professor to launch free ‘Star Trek’ class this fall
  • Hong Kong Says Goodbye to Thousands of Neon Signs
  • The last kamikaze: two Japanese pilots tell how they cheated death
  • Last night on ‘The Tonight Show’ Jimmy Fallon did an on spot commercial for Sprint, where he endorsed the product without going to a commercial.  It felt like I was watching television in the Fifties.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  1. Ben W. says:

    Want to get shunned and labeled a heretic? Start talking to your Christian friends about how tithing is not mandatory.

  2. Deus ex Machina says:

    I was surprised how quickly the Arlington Police Chief hung the probationary officer out to dry. The guy was still on probation so by pinning the shooting on him [before the inquiry was complete] could later be construed as an admission that City of Arlington'Police training and supervisory oversight was lacking. I thought it was an anti-the-buck-stops-here speech. But we'll see.

    Kamakaze Voluntary Selection Program:

    I would also be going with the "engine trouble" excuse on every mission. I wonder if any study was ever done on how many Kamakaze pilots aborted their mission because of " engine trouble."

    I also wonder how many senior Japanese military officers surrendered at the end of the war? I'm guessing most of them surrendered after years of issuing orders to their underlings to die rather than surrender.

    I was also intrigued by this statement:

    "That meant embracing the country’s new, US-written constitution, whose “pacifist” article nine restricts Japan’s military to a strictly defensive role."

    I wish we could have one of those articles in our constitution.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    > I’d like the Texans more if they had a better name.

    I wish they had done something like the Cleveland Browns and named the new franchise after the Oilers. I grew up rooting for both Texas teams and I would have been a "new Oilers" fan. I don't care for the Texans.

    • Ben W. says:

      Boy, do I agree with you 100%. I grew up 90 miles outside of Houston, just after the "Luv Ya Blue" craze, and I really would have loved to see the Oilers name return. But the Powers That Be (Bob McNair) didn't even let that opportunity arise. When it came time to name the team, fans were allowed to vote, but the options given were:
      – Bobcats
      – Stallions
      – Texans
      – Toros
      – Apollos

      So…yeah…Texans is the least noxious choice, I guess. But I'd be willing to guess that, given the choice, fans would have voted overwhelmingly for the Oilers name to return. A quick Internet search doesn't reveal it, but I'm guessing Bud Adams probably owns the rights to the Oilers name, which would have complicated things.

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