Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Marsh, 1917. (Library of Congress)
Marsh, 1917. (Library of Congress)
  • That picture caught my attention. It, of course, was taken before the reflecting pool was constructed. But when you have a reflecting pool, you can do sweet stuff like this:

    Amphibian aircraft on reflecting pool in front of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. in 1923. (Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress)
    Amphibian aircraft on reflecting pool in front of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. in 1923. (Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress)
  • Here are other great pics of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • From everything I read on Twitter at the start of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it sounded like Cleveland just gave up and it was going to be a blowout. Well, on to Game 6.
  • Last night Colbert he did a cold open sitting at his desk saying some meaningful things about what happened in Orlando and had Bill O’Reilly come out. Those two had a nice substantive conversation, and Colbert had to calm the crowd down a few times. Colbert is best when he can show his intellectual side.
  • I feel like everyone is in love with Jim Gaffigan except me. I don’t have anything against him and I do find him entertaining, I just don’t his material and routine sets him apart from other standups.
  • Found: A 2,000-Year-Old, 22-Pound, Still-Edible Hunk of Bog Butter
  • Buzzfeed – There Was A “Friday Night Lights” Reunion That Will Make Your Heart Explode‏ – But no Coach Taylor?!
  • Arthur Fonzarelli will always be cool, even if Herbert is his middle name and he once jumped a shark.
  • GIF – You’ll see a few curse words, but this kid practicing his karate skills on a branch cracked me up.
  • Spoilers beware, a few thoughts from the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’
    • Ayra was offered an opportunity to join the traveling play as an actor, which makes me wonder if she would play herself.
    • I like how they didn’t show two of the fight scenes. Sure, I like me a good fight, but sometimes I want more storyline.
    • It’s good to have The Hound back around, and I like this version, he’s a bit cleaner and funnier.
    • I totally forgot who Beric Dondarrion was and his connection with The Hound. This served as a nice refresher.
    • Jaime Lannister is one handsome man. That actor should be the People magazine’s next Sexiest Man Alive.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    Thanks for the link to the Lincoln Memorial pics – those were fantastic. It's hard sometimes to imagine just how young our country is, in relation to the world. Washington DC, to me, has always looked like it does – filled with memorials and monuments to our greatness. But 100 years ago, that majestic memorial was sitting by a river, surrounded by swamp. It's mind boggling.

    IMO, Jim Gaffigan is probably so popular because he's clean – which makes him safe to watch regardless of who is in the room and increases the breadth of his appeal. There are other clean comics who are probably equally as funny (e.g., Brian Regan), but Gaffigan broke through with several great bits about various foods, which I think is a particularly appealing topic for most Americans. I like him, but that's probably because his perspective as a middle-aged, schlubby dad has particular resonance with me.

    10 years since Friday Night Lights premiered? Wow.

  2. John Mackovic says:

    My favorite fictional Texas football team will always be the West Canaan Coyotes.


  3. Dinklage Love says:

    Love, love, loved FNL — one of my top 5 series of all time.
    As for GOT, I most enjoy scenes with Tyrion Lannister, Emilia Clarke, Jon Snow, and Jaime Lannister — in that order. Love the Hound being back too.

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