Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • This blog has never had a large viewership or whatever you all it, and I’m used to only getting a handful of comments, but it feels dead around here as of late. I may have to write a controversial opinion about something just to rile things up, like, there should be no drinking age and the easy access to travel long distances in a relatively short amount of time has only made society worst.
  • Did men in biblical times wear underwear? No undergarments, but underwear.
  • The older I get, the faster my nails grow.
  • We don’t wash our sheets over a set schedule or period of time. It’s one of those things where we just kinda think, yeah, it’s about that time. I’m also bad at using the same towel for too long.
  • I can’t relate to anyone who talks about working out and achieving a runner’s high, but I certainly can relate to anyone about over-eating and getting the meat sweats. And therein lies the problem with my overall health.
  • Even if I were skinny, I’d avoid wearing skinny jeans on principle alone.
  • My taste for comedy is probably different than most, but I did get a kick out of this line from ‘Angie Tribeca’, “What brings you to Carl Jr’s Junior High?”
  • I don’t get the food truck craze. I can’t recall eating anything from a food truck that’s memorable.
  • The Sandlot: Where Are They Now?
  • The Most Comfortable Shoes, As Told By People Who Are on Their Feet All DayNurses, teachers, bartenders, and a farmer weigh in.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar is NBC’s next live musical
  • Tesla opens up preorders for its solar roof – A 2,000-square-foot home with solar roof would cost $50,000 to install
    • Tesla claims the tiles do not degrade over time like asphalt or concrete. “Solar Roof is the most durable roof available and the glass itself will come with a warranty for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first,” the company says.
    • The tiles themselves are made with tempered glass to protect the underlying panels from damage. They’re also printed a special way so that the solar panels aren’t visible from the road — they supposedly look opaque enough to be mistaken for traditional roofing tiles unless you’re looking almost straight down on them.
    • Elon Musk’s Instagram – Slo-mo hail cannonball impacting Tesla solar roof tile
    • I used their solar roof calculator for my address and it provided me with the following results, which can also be adjusted for a mixture of regular and solar roof shingles:
  • Wired – Why The US Never Raises The Federal Gas Tax, And Maybe Never Will
  • Little Boy Demands Apology From Mike Pence After VP Accidentally Hit Him In the Face
  • Trump Advisor, “Mr. President, with the firing of the Comey and all the smoke in the air about Russian interference with our election, I advise you to steer clear of anything remotely associated with Nixon.”
    President Trump, “That’s fabulous advice. You are the best at what you do. Tremendous. Thank you . . . Hey, Henry! About time you got here, sit your 93-year-old self right over here.”
    Trump has unscheduled meeting with Kissinger
  • I found this Gizmodo article about how they tricked a select group of 15 Trump officials to click a link in an email from a fake email account three weeks ago interesting and just a bit concerning. Below is a bastardized summary, for true context, check out the article.
    • We sent them an email that mimicked an invitation to view a spreadsheet in Google Docs. The emails came from the address, but the sender name each one displayed was that of someone who might plausibly email the recipient, such as a colleague, friend, or family member.
    • Some of the Trump Administration people completely ignored our email, the right move. But it appears that more than half the recipients clicked the link: Eight different unique devices visited the site, one of them multiple times. There’s no way to tell for sure if the recipients themselves did all the clicking (as opposed to, say, an IT specialist they’d forwarded it to), but seven of the connections occurred within 10 minutes of the emails being sent.
    • Two of the people we reached—informal presidential advisor Newt Gingrich and FBI director James Comey—replied to the emails they’d gotten, apparently taking the sender’s identity at face value. Comey, apparently believing that he was writing to his friend, editor-in-chief Ben Wittes, wrote: “Don’t want to open without care. What is it?” And Gingrich, apparently under the impression he was responding to an email from his wife, Callista, wrote: “What is this?”
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16 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 11, 2017

  1. Andy B says:

    I am quite excited about Tesla's solar roof. It would be nice if they shared more of the technical details like actual kWh of expected production per square foot, efficiency, etc. Based on my rough calculations, replacing our two-year-old roof and year-old solar panels might boost our production by 35-45 percent, which is nice, but it's certainly not worth replacing nearly-new stuff for $60-70k out of pocket.

    Now if our roof and panels get destroyed by hail, I'll definitely look into this. The solar tiles seem to cost 2-3 times as much as our typical composite shingles, if my math is right, but they have a lifetime warranty. Here in Texas, a lifetime warranty on a roof should be worth a large premium and a big discount on one's homeowner's insurance once they are installed.

  2. Seymore says:

    I'm a most daily reader, but few comments…I'll try to be more controversial in the future.

  3. Coxie says:

    I'm also a daily reader with few comments–brightens my morning. Thanks for taking the time

  4. ALEC666 says:

    You suck!! is that for a comment…

  5. John Mackovic says:

    I agree, the government has no business preventing adults that they are not allow to possess or buy alcohol just because they are under the age of 21. I also think that the federal government forcing state governments to adopt these laws is a clear violation of the 10th amendment.

  6. Triple Fake says:

    there's a big difference between today's food truck and the old "roach coach". I had brisket nachos the other day that were really good. I've had a brisket plate from this same vendor and it's great. Technically not from a truck though. It's a trailer that they park in various spots

  7. Ben W. says:

    The closest thing to underwear in Biblical times would be a loincloth, IIRC. G-rated pictorial here:

    Angie Tribeca is fabulous, if you're a long-time fan of things like the Naked Gun movies, which I am. And they've really stepped up their game with the caliber of guest stars this season, too.

    I can just hear the pitch now – "Hey, let's do Jesus Christ Superstar!" "Great idea, Bob, when?" "EASTER!!"

    The surprise Kissinger photo op blew my mind. If you were writing that in a movie script, you'd be laughed out of the room.

  8. Mike Honcho says:

    Solar roofs in Texas are typically an "environmental conscious" purchase vs a financial savings; our electricity is still cheap compared to the cost of solar energy. Your 30 year analysis is a good example of how premium solar products can actually cost you more money over 30 years. You can certainly do it cheaper than the Tesla example though and bring the payout down less than 30 years.

    Wash sheets? The maid better have that done each day or there will be stern comments from the Lady of the House after dinner.

  9. JayF says:

    You want to start some discussion ask the question about legalizing Mary Jane. All sorts of interesting comments about that one I'm sure.
    Where in the world did you come up with that question about biblical underwear? That's funny.
    I am a mere 43 but have noticed lately my nails too are growing faster..wth?
    Skinny jeans are a definite NO.
    Food Trucks…verdict is still out on those things for me. In Graham they have the Food Truck Championship of Texas in June. One still needs a place to sit after you buy something to eat at one of them and if you choose to take it home it's cold and if you eat in your truck it may get messy. A lot of people swear by them though so perhaps I will give them a try.

  10. Seymore says:

    I agree with everyone but Alec…

  11. RPM says:

    Solar roofs are a no brainer IF they can actually last as long as Tesla claims. I'd like to see what they look like after a hail storm or two. I've actually had some really good eats off food trucks and I'm not talking about the hipster ones.

  12. David Bryant says:

    Your comment on comments may have opened you up to people commenting in ways that they shouldn't comment on things they should not comment on.

    On the other hand, your comment on comments may just generate comments that about things that should be commented…but by people that should never be allowed to comment on anything.

    Now, if you really want to generate some comments, just use bad grammer. 🙂

  13. Bryan says:

    I am guilty of reading the Random Bag in the middle of the night when nature calls (a benefit of getting older) or before I leave for work in the morning with the full intent of commenting when I get to work and settle down. Occasionally I remember to do it. Most of the time I forget.

    We use a house cleaner every 2 weeks (cue Vivaldi) that changes our sheets. Two weeks is about when they need it anyway. I'm probably guilty of over-using my towel. I try to remember to swap it out twice a week, but I know I go a full week using one sometimes.

    • Ben W. says:

      This raises an interesting question: exactly what constitutes "overuse" of a towel? If used simply to dry off your (presumably) clean self and then hung up to dry so as to avoid mildewing, is a week of use too long? Two days? Or should it be based on number of uses; maybe 7? 2? 10?

      Disclaimer: I don't have the answers, I'm just asking questions. FWIW, I change mine out weekly, and have never considered that to be "overuse."

      • Bryan says:

        I've found that a towel that's been used for several days starts to get a bad smell regardless of hanging it properly to dry.

  14. ksales1023 says:

    I read your blog every day, but your lack of proofreading drives me crazy.

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