Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 11, 2016


  • Remember that slab leak I had repaired last week? WifeGeeding woke me up in the wee small hours of the morning Tuesday to inform me that it has returned. I called our plumber first thing in the morning and he couldn’t make it out because he was a man down due to illness and was already overbooked. I’d say I’m pretty understanding and easy to deal with, but I stressed that this was work he performed just a few days ago which has failed, and to perform that work, he had me wait two days after confirming it was a slab leak to start on the job. I’ve been with the plumber for over a decade and like that it’s a family owned business and not huge and corporate, and I’m a pretty loyal guy, but I do have my limits. Very apologetically he stated he still can’t make it out to GeedingManor until the next morning, but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to be a case of identifying the problem and then having me wait for the job to start for another day or two.
  • Now that we have a small amount of water damage that’s mainly in WifeGeeding’s closest, which is actually in the master bath, I’m considering having the closet and shower remodeled. Anyone have a recommendation for a person or company that can do such a thing? If so, please leave a comment or email me – kgeeding at hotmail dot com.
  • Despite the Rangers game going to twelve innings and losing, we had a magical night at the Ballpark. The weather was perfect and every now and then we could feel a nice brisk breeze. It was also great catching up with my cousin who I haven’t spoken to in forever and meeting his fiance.
  • While at the game, I noticed the front row seats behind the net along the first base line had a metal shelf or table, and in front of one seat was a television below the table, almost at foot level. It was such an odd place for a single television I couldn’t figure out why it was there, and then it hit me – that’s where former President George W. Bush and his wife normally sit, and I’m sure it was installed for him (and other VIPs) to use. You can see the television in this picture. Actually, you can see two of them, but I only noticed one was on.
  • In case you were wondering, I didn’t see the former president at the game, he was probably at the Beyonce concert across the street. Surprisingly, traffic wasn’t bad at all for the game and concert.
  • Google is experimenting with turning search results from blue to black
  • This Nike-sponsored microclimate chair keeps muscles at an ideal temperature Nike teamed up with architect Greg Lynn to create a stylish chair that keeps athletes warm or cool during games, even when they’re on the bench. 
  • The hottest trend in web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult sites
  • Dallas Morning News – More mall malaise: Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall turned over to lender
  • Esquire – The Real Muslims of Irving, TexasWith armed protesters outside their mosque and freedom of religion and the right to carry crashing together on their doorstep, Lone Star Muslims just want to say howdy. Before somebody gets hurt.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – Budweiser renames beer ‘America’ this summer
  • Florida news – A Florida man shot himself in the arm while cleaning a handgun, but didn’t realize it until three days later when he finally changed shirts and found a bullet hole.
  • Submarine Cable Map – Not a surprise, but not a one touches North Korea. A few touch Cuba.
  • ‘Person of Interest’ they had a red-headed female guest star that I’ve seen somewhere before but just couldn’t figure it out. Her name is Paige Patterson and when I searched for her name on Google, I didn’t expect the top results to reference the president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. It turns out they share the same name. So here I was looking up an attractive red-head and found and old white male preacher, it’s like God was trolling me.
  • I’m watching ‘Marvel’s  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ last night and was a bit frustrated they gave away certain details that happened in Captain American: Civil War which opened in theaters last weekend. Heck, it all happened in the opening scene. On one hand, it’s cool how they connect the show with the movie, but on the other hand, not everyone has had the chance to watch the movie yet, it hasn’t even been out a week.
  • I always thought the opening credits was genius – Buzzfeed – Mike Judge Helps Us Find The Easter Eggs In “Silicon Valley’s” Opening Credits
  • Buzzfeed – That “Beauty And The Beast” And “Aladdin” Theory Has Been Debunked – It turns out she wasn’t reading or referencing Aladdin after all.
  • Buzzfeed – This High School Couple Took Their Prom Photos In Front Of A Tornado
  • Prom dinner at Whataburger – I like the silver trays and the server in a white tux and orange vest and bowtie. But it looks like not one burger was served.
  • Promposals thought – These things are getting more epic and out of control. Many girls are going to be upset their wedding proposal wasn’t as grand or creative as being asked to prom.
  • Nick Offerman, most known for his work as the great “Ron Swanson” on ‘Parks and Recreation’, is a very accomplished woodworker. He tweeted this yesterday which makes me think he’ll be making a guest appearance on the great ‘Ask This Old House’.
  • Interactive Graph – Who is Older and Younger Than You? – It’s not as interactive as I’d like, but if you define “old” as being older than half the population, then that age appears to be around 39 or 40, which makes me old.
  • I hope I made up for the lack of posts yesterday.
  • My Bonnie lies over the ocean, my Bonnie lies over the sea, My Bonnie lies over the ocean, O bring back my Bonnie to me.  Bring back, bring back…
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    There's more cables than that map shows and I promise you one runs by North Korea. It's there for submarine detection/intel gathering, not for phone calls. We took a group of Navy Seals to repair a "phone cable" near Russia in the Arctic Circle when I was in the Coast Guard. Navy Seals don't work for AT&T.

  2. Ben W. says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I don't think anything revealed on SHIELD last night went much beyond what was revealed in the 2.4 million trailers/commercials/clips for Civil War that aired. It clarified how it affected the world of SHIELD, but there are major, major plot points that were not mentioned. I know how you feel, though – I felt the same when I didn't see Thor 2 or Winter Soldier opening weekend, and SHIELD addressed it the next week. They kind of have to, though, because the MCU events have a direct effect on what SHIELD is doing.

    Silicon Valley's credits are genius. Finely crafted opening credits are an art form that most shows ignore.

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