Bag of Randomness for Monday, February 1, 2016


  • We have a convection oven and the cooling fan has been making a noise for the last three months, but if you hit the oven just right, the noise would stop. The noise started to get worst and we end up having to hit the oven many times and sometimes that didn’t work, so I gave in and ordered a replacement fan. One company quoted me around $300 for the repair, but I found the part for under a hundred and a nice DIY video on YouTube. However, the day after I ordered the part, the fan noise stopped. It’s been a week now and the noise hasn’t returned. Part of me wants to return the fan, but I fear the moment I do the noise will come. I don’t want to fix it unless it acts up, so it’s just a wait and see game.
  • I watched Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). It seemed like a movie I’d really like, especially with all those extended or long shots without any edits, but I just couldn’t get into it. And even though I’ve never been high, it seemed like one of those movies that would be much better to watch when high. I will say I was quite impressed with Zach Galifianakis’ performance.
  • Yesterday, Vanessa Hudgens’ father died of cancer and she later performed on the live version of ‘Grease’ on Fox. Most impressive, and sometimes it’s therapudic to do something that will get you mind away from what’s hurting you most at the moment and get lost in your work.
  • ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ –
    • Coldplay was one of their profile interviews and I really didn’t know much about lead singer Chris Martin other than he was married to Gwenyth Paltrow, but I was left with the impression that he’s really nice guy.
    • Their other profile interview was with Bob Odenkirk of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ fame. I knew he was an SNL writer, but wasn’t aware he was responsible for creating the Chris Farley “Matt Foley” motivational speaker skit. You know the one, “…35 years old, thrice divorced, and living in a van down by the river!
    • Faith Salie had a nice commentary on how kids no longer call adults Mr or Mrs.
  • Uzo Aduba, Crazy Eyes in ‘Orange is the New Black’, attended the SAG Awards with the same guy that asked her to the prom. He must have been a good luck charm, she won.
  • GIF – Highly impressive packaging skills
  • Esquire – Donald Trump Woos Republicans By Speaking at a 4th Grade LevelHis competitors from both parties aren’t much better.
  • Phoenix newsThe Satanist prayer planned at a Phoenix City Council meeting in mid-February could be effectively blocked if council members vote to change prayer rules next week. The rule change would require individual council members or the mayor to invite someone to deliver the prayer before a meeting.
  • Buzzfeed – Cruz: When My Wife Is First Lady “French Fries Are Coming Back To The Cafeteria”
  • Buzzfeed – People Guess What Christian Phrases Mean – I never heard of the 10/40 Window, and I noticed all the participants were wearing shoe coverings.
  • Buzzfeed – 13 “Grease: Live” Secrets I Learned While Sitting In The Audience
  • There was a lot of talk about Johnny Manziel this weekend in Fort Worth. I think he and his girlfriend got in a fight, he darted off, and eventually, police used a helicopter to look for him because they were worried about his mental state of being. I wonder how often police would use a helicopter for us regular folks. I’d like to think they’d treat us all the same.
  • ESPN is now lighting up the three-point line during NBA games
  • The Strange – And Sometimes Secret – Ways Citites Deal With Massive Piles of Snow
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, February 1, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    I'm with you 100% on Birdman. I heard so many great things about it, but – apart from really enjoying the performances of Keaton, Galifinakis, and Norton – I just couldn't get invested in the film. Maybe if I watched it a second time, but I don't hate myself that much.

    I watched Ex Machina this weekend, though, and thought it was phenomenal. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

  2. Brad Johnson says:

    Well, I guess I think Faith Salie is an idiot. I addressed adults by their first name as a child — and now that seems bizarrely and inappropriately informal. My 13-year-old, and all of her peers, address adults as Mr. or Mrs., and always have done so. All of their parents also do so when referring to another adult — "be sure you thank Mr. Johnson for the invitation." The only exceptions are family, real or virtual, and those must have the appropriate title such as "Uncle John," not just "John."

    • False Prophet says:

      Faith Salie is one of the cleverest panelists on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" but I have to disagree with her on this one also.

      The purpose of having children addressing adults as Mr. Ms., or Mrs. is for them to learn respect for adults, which is a natural requirement for their development.

      A teacher should be "Mr. Peterson" and not "Phil". At my grandson's middle school, the math teacher told his students that they could just call him by his first name. I told the teacher he was wrong that I thought it create disciplinary issues as the year went on.

      As it turned out, "Phil" slowly lost control of his class by the end of the term.

  3. RPM says:

    Taking a wild guess here, but it's possibly a bearing going out in the fan. When you hit the oven the shock would free up the roller bearing inside the fan. Now for whatever reason it's stopped seizing when you turn it off. Hang onto that fan, you're probably going to need it after all.

  4. Bryan says:

    I didn't see yesterday's Chris Martin interview, but he did one a few years ago on 60 Minutes and seemed like a very likable guy. He comes across the same way in a live show – high energy and a guy having fun doing what he loves. I can't wait to see them at the Death Star in August. I'm interested in seeing what he does post-Coldplay since there are rumors that the band is done or at least taking an extended hiatus after this year.

    The Fort Worth Police Department said that it wasn't unusual protocol to bring in the helicopter to search for Johnny Football and that call had nothing to do with the subject. I buy that. It's not like they had to bring in a pilot, fuel up the bird, and get it in the air. It's standard to have it in the air when weather permits and, if it wasn't tied up on another call, why not use it? It's not unusual to hear about it being used on routine calls. I'm sure the "too many cops" crowd will disagree, but that's my two cents.

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