Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 23, 2016


  • As I’ve noted on this here blog, sometimes stress, anxiety, and depression will hit me and hit me hard. Sometimes, the two best ways of coping are to water the grass with me just using a water hose or cleaning the garage. Oh, and sometimes a Xanax.
  • I don’t know why I like using the phrase “this here blog” but I do.
  • I’ve never been to the Plano Balloon Festival but have always heard it’s a great experience to be there after sunset when all of the hot air balloon pilots fire up their burners and illuminate their balloons at the same time. I’d like to make it there tomorrow with the family.
  • Best line I heard about Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” – Her husband was between two Bushes. #TripleEntendre
  • The kids asked me what animals sleep standing up. Here’s what I found:
    • Horses, zebras and elephants sleep standing up. Cows can too, but mostly choose to lie down. Some birds also sleep standing up. Flamingos live on caustic salt flats, where there’s nowhere they can sit down.
      • Somewhat of a tangent, but I’m reminded of how the Elephant Man slept and died:
        • The grotesquely large head of the so-called Elephant Man – subject of the 1980 film starring John Hurt – was so heavy he risked dying from suffocation if he slept lying down and so he would go to sleep sitting up with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knee. So when he was found dead lying on his bed in 1890, aged 27, his doctor, London Hospital surgeon Frederick Treves, believed he may have died after trying to sleep like other people and had suffocated himself.
  • The Dallas Observer names Hutchins BBQ the best barbecue in the area. They also name KXT 91.7 the best music radio station in the area.
  • Soon, confirmation won’t be needed, a Star Wars film will be released every year – Disney confirms Star Wars anthology movie for 2020
  • Buzzfeed – After Breaking Up With Her Fiancé, This Woman Did An Epic Solo Disney Engagement Shoot
    • “When I look back on those photos, I see a princess choosing to have a perfect day amidst an imperfect situation.”
  • CBS News leads network news divisions in Emmy wins
    • CBS News won more Emmys Wednesday evening than its network news rivals, and more than any cable outlet, taking home seven statuettes at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. “60 Minutes” earned five awards, while “CBS Sunday Morning” won one Emmy, and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “CBS This Morning” shared another.
  • Oregon will dress like actual ducks against Colorado
    • The team will wear green jerseys with white pants, and will complement that with orange socks and orange cleats. It is the first time that Oregon, the team with the most uniform options in the sports world, has worn both orange socks and orange cleats.
  • This YouTube video of a guy exploring an abandoned South Texas Blockbuster, published in August, was hitting the rounds yesterday. I think it’s staged, all video, candy, and frozen stuff are left fully stocked and there’s no dust anywhere.
  • This probably belongs to some other blog a lot of y’all like to frequent – Reports of improper teacher-student relationships in Texas hit 8-year high
  • Scientists use ‘virtual unwrapping’ to read ancient biblical scroll reduced to ‘lump of charcoal’
  • Why “Westworld” MattersThe new version comes out on HBO on October 2. The 1973 original is still shaping sci-fi.
    • I have a friend who really liked the 1973 movie Westworld and is looking forward to the HBO series by the same name. This article highly references the old film, and this link is for him.
    • To be honest, even with all the commercials HBO airs about it, I never really understood the premise. This one sentence from the article sums it up nicely:
      • The movie imagined a future in which tourists take fabulous vacations to elaborate theme parks that mimic ancient Rome, medieval times or the Old West—each of them populated by robot characters that act an awful lot like human beings.
    • Daughter has to recite a lot of things as a first grader, here’s “I Know All The Sounds” by Jack Prelutsky. The kiddo has been home sick all week with a fever that keeps popping back up.


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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 23, 2016

  1. MToots says:

    I marvel at her also!! Love this girl!

  2. RPM says:

    First off, using Daughter Geeding is just unfair clickbait. She's pure cuteness. How are other blogs supposed to compete with that?

    Westworld. You have to watch the original with Yul Brynner. It's really dated technology and special effects, but the story holds up and Yul is fantastic. Richard Benjamin turns in an uncharacteristically good performance, too.

    That "virtual unwrapping" is way cool! Just think of the history we can uncover from artifacts now.

    Congrats to CBS News. I think they're the best in the business.

    Love today's pic. I may steal that.

  3. Ben W. says:

    At the end of the Blockbuster video, the guy reveals that he actually works at one of the few remaining open Blockbuster locations.

    Oregon's duck mascot was, for years, Donald Duck. They had a literal handshake agreement with Walt Disney that they could use Donald as their mascot, so long as they didn't use him for anything "inappropriate." (Yes, I'm sure my fellow lawyers are cringing at the thought of trying to enforce ANY part of that contract.) Anyway, once Walt died the university realized they had no formal agreement, and they eventually came to terms with Disney. This agreement continued for a couple more decades, and finally officially ended a few years ago.

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