Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 01, 2015


  • I couldn’t find any enticing Cyber Monday deals yesterday.
  • I’ve noticed more and more women wear boots that extend above the knee.  I thought those kind of boots were reserved for comic book characters and the kind of girl Julia Roberts portrayed in Pretty Woman.
  • The current electric bill is $84.00, down from 147.00.
  • I recently posted a New York Times article about Chinese real estate investment in North Texas that was published on Nov 28, 2015.   Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News posted a story on the same topic.  Shouldn’t the local news be ahead of this before a New York paper or national news?  This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a story about North Texas published elsewhere and our local media play catchup.
  • Ted Cruz’s campaign website is selling a Ted Cruz-themed ugly Christmas sweater for $65.  Naturally, it comes in red, and a 2XL will cost you an extra two bucks.
  • Their best guess is that they were trying to escape North Korea – Over the past two months, at least eight wooden boats have been found in the Sea of Japan on or near the coast, carrying a chilling cargo — the decaying bodies of 20 people, Japan’s coast guard told CNN. All of the bodies were badly decomposed and “partially skeletonized” — two were found without heads — and one boat contained six skulls, the coast guard said.
  • Business Insider – I tried In-N-Out and Whataburger side by side — and it’s obvious which one is better
  • Buzzfeed – 15 Of The Most Expensive Pictures In The World
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • GIF – Shopping in Texas
  • TIME – Hulu is opening a replica of Jerry Seinfeld’s Upper West Side apartment from Seinfeld in Los Angeles to ring in Festivus, the satirical holiday celebrated on the show.
  • In other Seinfeld news – The ‘Seinfeld’ cast made touching videos for a terminally ill fan
  • Your Snapchat Selfie Can Actually Raise Money for AIDS Prevention on Tuesday – Bono’s AIDS-fighting organization (RED) is partnering with Snapchat to offer three special photo filters on World AIDS Day Tuesday, an international effort to show support for people with HIV and raise money for organizations fighting AIDS. Every time a user sends a Snap with a (RED) filter, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $3 to the organization’s fight against AIDS.
  • Meet Access, the Google Unit That’s Taking On Comcast and the Rest of the Cable Biz
  • Each State’s Education Compared To Its Foreign Country Equivalent
  • If you are a fan of ‘Mad Men’ and like spy gadgets, then you might like this Lucky Strike spy camera.
  • @WTHRcom – JUST IN: David Letterman to donate his set, other memorabilia to @BallState for “Dave Letterman Experience” #DaveatBallState
  • This picture is about a week old, but Letterman looks like Santa with that crazy beard.
  • American Airlines has had some bad press of late.  First, a family was flying with their dog from Seatle to Mississippi, but the dog ended up in Hawaii.  Perhaps after an investigation, they’ll find the dog orchestrated all that to get some sunshine.  And then, one of their flight attendants assaulted a flight marshal.
  • Rolling Stone – The Oral History of the ‘Wayne’s World’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Scene
  • If you are a fan of Gordon Keith’s writing, then you’ll appreciate this piece about him and his craft.  This part stood out, When I told Gordon today about his win, his first reaction was that he was so glad the “Shell of a former self” column was honored. He said, “It was the last little thing I really made for my mom.”
  • Apple has a new Christmas commercial in which Andra Day starts singing “Someday at Christmas” and then Stevie Wonder joins in.  It stops me down everytime and I feel there’s a bit of magic in it, but I’m worried that it will be overplayed and I’ll end up being annoyed by the tune.
  • ‘”It’s not what’s under the tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.” 🎄 #CharlieBrownChristmas
  • I love how the ‘Fargo’ recap starts with, “Erstwhile on Fargo.”  I also thought they had great use of the split screen in a scene in which it wasn’t needed to indicated something about a particular character.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 01, 2015

  1. RPM says:

    Dear season three,

    Good luck.

    Fargo Season Two

  2. Ben W. says:

    Good gravy, Fargo is magnificent. I'm 99% sure I know which split screen you're talking about, and I thought it was brilliant, too. Such a disconnect between those two (and for one of them, also a severe disconnect with reality), and that was immensely smart cinematography to convey it in that manner. Fantastic show. Also, the makeup effects on Jesse Plemons gave me flashbacks to Lane Pryce in Mad Men. Excellent work there, too.

  3. Ben W. says:

    Can't edit comments – so I'll say: RPM nailed it. Season 3 will have such insanely high expectations that it's bound to falter a bit. But even a show that's not quite as good as this one will be the best thing on TV, right?

    Way to lie, Business Insider. "I tried both and one is clearly better." Except the conclusion of the article is that "it depends." Click bait title. <sigh> I hate Internet "journalism."

  4. John Mackovic says:

    I think the DMN's writing staff is down to a half dozen people working out of a janitor's closet.

  5. Tad Billmire says:

    I had a horrible experience at In & Out. I had no idea there was a secret menu. Makes no sense to me. A Whataburger with ketsup is waaaaay better than that In & Out stuff. The meat patties on the In & Out burgers are less than an 1/8 of an inch thick. That guy even admitted it took two bites to get to the meat patty, so how he deemed that burger better than the Whataburger, I have no idea.

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