Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 9, 2016


  • “Can I press the ding-dong?” – That’s what BoyGeeding asks every time he wants to ring the doorbell.
  • For the first time in my life, I donated blood yesterday. It’s something my doctor is asking me to do twice a year because my blood is too thick.
  • The blood work from my physical arrived yesterday and it was a bit discouraging. I’ve changed my lifestyle over the past year and a half by exercising a lot more and eating better, despite what all my BBQ posts may lead you to believe. My weight is down, dropped body fat and added muscle (I’m now seeing veins pop in my forearms and biceps), cut down sugar and saturated fats, and added a lot of fiber to my daily intake (I’m averaging 30 grams a day) through vegetables, grains, and psyllium husk. Some of my numbers are just right confusing. I know it’s a marathon and not a sprint, but sometimes you just want to nail it end when it comes to your health.
  • Interestingly enough, my Vitamin D levels are too high.
  • WifeGeeding is making me get rid of the shorts that no longer fit me. When I put them on, they barely cling to my hips, and when I wiggle, they fall.
  • There’s a higher-up at work that pronounces Linus as “Line-ucks” instead of “Lin-ucks” and it drives me batty. He’s the only person I know that does this.  For the record, Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, states it should be pronounced as “Lin-ucks”.
  • Related – GIF  The debate over how to pronounce GIF, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format, re-emerged this week when Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the widely used Web illustration, declared it should be pronounced “jif,” like the brand of peanut butter, rather than with a hard G sound.
  • Buzzfeed – Lowe’s Hired This Man And His Support Dog When Others Wouldn’t – I love how the dog has his own employee work vest.
  • YouTube – How Much Everyone Working On a $200 Million Movie Earns | Vanity Fair
  • Tom Brokaw will have a special this Sunday and will be interviewing David Letterman, his first since retirement. Those two seem to be somewhat close. – Letterman explains to Brokaw why he decided to grow a beard, what he thinks of late night now, and returns with Brokaw to his old Indianapolis stomping grounds.
  • Ex-Pablo Escobar enforcer who killed 300 seeks new career as YouTube star
  • Jalopnik – Here’s What It Really Costs to Own a $45,000 Used Aston Martin
  • EW – Game of Thrones: HBO confirms super-sized season 6 finaleThe finale is a whopping 69 minutes long – which makes it the longest Thrones episode ever.  – Man, this season has flown by.
  • Digg – Mike Rowe Explains Why Following Your Passion Is Dumb
    It’s the dirty truth: just because you’re passionate about something, doesn’t mean you won’t be absolutely terrible at it.
  • I’m not sure what to think of the season finale of ‘The Americans’. Actually, I was surprised last night was the season finale, I thought there were two episodes left.
  • Cutest GIF you’ll see all day, especially if you like dogs.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 9, 2016

  1. towski says:

    Gif with a hard g. I will never use the j sound. NEVER.

    Maybe you could figure out some way to show your higher up a trade video with someone correctly pronouncing Linux.

  2. David Bryant says:

    I am continually impressed with Mike Rowe. He is an staunch advocate of 'trade schools'. I think our society has short changed a generation by pushing them to college when they have no interest in pursuing a vocation that requires a bachelor's. Yesterday he recommended this PBS article that demonstrates how schools could better prepare students for their future, not just a college degree. (

    Also, if you liked Paul Harvey, Rowe just started a Podcast 'The Way I Heard It'. You could easily imagine Harvey writing the bits for him. The tagline fits me perfectly: "The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span"

  3. Paul Gappmayer says:

    If you give blood regularly, you might find that you become less sick. A friend of mine informed me of this 7 years ago. He is a member of the 31 gallon club (currently) with our local blood bank. Since I've been a regular donor now, I've noticed I gotten less sick as well. I suggest everyone can benefit from regular blood donation.

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