Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 19, 2016


  • I can’t believe Donald Trump’s speech to introduce his wife was so short, I would have certainly taken the over. It was so short, I’m wondering why even bother, especially if a presumptive nominee has never spoken on the first night. But then again, Trump is unconventional.
  • Mrs. Trump’s small impersonation of her husband gave me a chuckle. She speaks five languages: Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German. And many thought her speech was strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s speech eight years ago.

  • I felt sorrow looking at Senator Bob Dole yesterday, they literally propped him up last night. I guess he’s the closest thing to a former president or statesman, or just the most respected person, at the convention.

    Edit: Correction, there was a former president in the audience.
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  • Hypercriticism exists on all sides of politics, and everyone is entitled to change their opinion, but it wasn’t too long ago many Trump supporters were knocking Obama’s “elitism”.
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  • On last night’s ‘CBS Evening News’, correspondent Major Garrett was talking about Melania Trump’s upcoming convention speech and stated she was Trump’s third wife. Part of me thinks there was no need to include the detail that she is his third wife, something almost everyone knows. I don’t necessarily think it was biased reporting, just something noticeable. I’m not sure Nancy Reagan was referenced as “Reagan’s second wife, Nancy” at the 1980 convention, but then again, I wasn’t even five. That’s a little bit of presidential trivia for ya, Reagan is the only U.S. president to be divorced.
  • I suppose it’s tradition for Texas Republican delegates to wear cowboy hats and a dress shirt which resembles the state flag at every convention. Part of me thinks it’s good fun, another part of me worries about the stereotype, and another part makes me think they all want to be Big Tex.
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  • Obama has issued a record 69 proclamations lowering flags at federal buildings, according to a count kept by USA Today.
  • Last night on Colbert, Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance, and then so did Colbert’s old character. The regular Colbert then teased Stewart would make another appearance this week during his live shows.
  • Yesterday, Gordon Keith of The TICKET stated the hands of seated statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial were making an “A” and “L” in sign language. Per the National Park Service website, that is a myth. You can find other links they debunk about the Lincoln Memorial on that website. Here’s another myth:
    • Some assume the 57 steps leading to the chamber equal his age at his death; however, Lincoln was just 56 years old when he was killed in April 1865. There is no significance to the number of steps.
  • Netflix stock price tanks as customers quit over higher prices
    • On another TICKET note, I recall Corby stating the price increase would not have any effect on customer retention.
  • Game of Thrones: HBO announces summer return, 7 episodes
  • An interactive Game of Thrones map
    • I like how you can click on a character and it shows you the path they have traveled per episode. It was quite surprising to see how far Samwell has traveled, had no idea it was that long of a journey. It was also neat to see how much ground and sea Daenerys and Tyrion have covered.
  • While looking for a new breakfast place to try out, I found this old D Magazine article which states the Dream Cafe is a favorite of Bono’s. I wonder if he just happened to wonder in there once and by word of mouth, it’s turned to it becoming one of his favorites. But then again, I head that U2 occasionally eats at Snuffers when in town.
  • “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.‏”
  • Judge for yourself – Best paper airplane ever
  • The best emulators for old-school gaming
  • CBS Sports – Baylor’s relationship with the Big 12 is strained, potentially beyond repair
    • It was revealed Monday that Baylor officials had flown to Indianapolis to meet with the NCAA months ago to basically throw themselves on the mercy of the court, according to Garland.
  • Star Wars director Rian Johnson confirmed the next film will begin right where the last one left off. If this is literally true, there wouldn’t be a need for the traditional story crawl at the beginning of each film.
  • I’ve got a sore throat and body aches and just want to lie down.
  • Black Lives Matter protest in Wichita changed to cookout with police
  • I’m not posting this video in support or against anything, I just know Don Lemon didn’t expect to lose control of it.

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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 19, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    Why is Lou carrying a bottle of Crown? If I were there, I'd surely want to be carrying something, and probably something stronger than Crown. (Real answer: I would assume it was a gift/swag, right?)

    I think I read somewhere that the cowboy hat/Texas shirt idea came from David Barton. He's the "historian" (historical revisionist) who is really close with Glenn Beck. Barton is a fount of misinformation – but much loved among the evangelical homeschool set thanks to his claims that the Founding Fathers intended America to be a theocracy.

    My wife and I were discussing just last week about how it seems the flag is at half-staff more than it is at normal height, and that it really does feel like that gesture has lost its meaning.

    My theory for the Star Wars crawl: it's still necessary, because we don't know how long the time period was between Rey leaving to find Luke and actually finding him. So the crawl will discuss the events going on in the other parts of the galaxy while she was traveling.

  2. Triple Fake says:

    The Star Wars crawl is used to recap events, since it's a serial. Similar to a TV show starting with "Previously, on…". Besides, if they didn't include the crawl, regardless of the length of time that's lapsed between episodes, there would be another type of rebellion in the galaxy.

    Bob Dole was indeed literally propped up. Understandable, since he's an elderly elder statesman, and has mobility issues to boot. I feel the opposite of sorrow watching that clip.
    Conversely, that Lincoln dude is holding up real good!

    Lou Holtz is carrying a Crown bag. That doesn't mean he's carrying a bottle of Crown in it, unless there's evidence that there actually is a bottle in there. I have several of those small bags and none have booze in them. A liquor store was selling them for about $.50 and I snagged a bunch

    • Ben W. says:

      Spoiler(??) alert: I read yesterday that Rogue One almost certainly will not have an opening crawl.

  3. RPM says:

    Melania's speech strikingly similar? How about a paragraph nearly word for word. She tells Matt Lauer she wrote it herself with hardly any help, then the post faux pas story is there was a team of speech writers. It was a bad idea to trot her out there with no experience at all. The running joke I kept hearing online was she resembled Lisa Douglas of Green Acres and everyone was waiting for her to make hotscakes. It was definitely a wheels off moment for Trump's campaign.

    Corby makes a wildly incorrect statement? I'm shocked, shocked I say!

  4. df of ll says:

    RE: Opening crawl

    The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were in chronological order after the original Star Wars and they both had opening crawls.

    • Geeding says:

      Spoiler Alert

      I took the director's comment very literal, that the next film would start at the exact point Luke sees Rey present his old lightsaber and go on from there. If that's the case, and unlike the other films, literally no time would have passed. But I'm very prone to misinterpret things.

      • Ben W. says:

        I had the same interpretation. And although Eps. V & VI were in chronological order, a certain amount of time had passed between each film, thus necessitating the crawl.

        I wonder if we'll see Rey hand off the lightsaber, they'll have a (relatively) quick interaction, and then we jump ahead in time?

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