Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 2, 2018

  • Yup, that’s my back. I had my six-week followup with my neurologist yesterday. So far, so good. I got the clear to return to work on a part-time basis next week as well as to start rehab.
  • WifeGeeding and I are getting texts from people running in local campaigns asking us for their vote and to participate in early voting. I’m not happy that they somehow have our mobile phone numbers, but at least they are sending texts instead of calling us.
  • Florida news – Judge to lawyer: ‘I am very concerned that you have conducted this trial high’
  • South Carolina news – Man reportedly kicked out of McDonald’s after buying homeless man food
  • What the world’s largest family tree tells us about marriage and death in the West
    • The largest family tree to date — which includes 13 million people going back 11 generations and 500 years — provides new insights about marriage and death, and it all comes from public data.
    • By measuring the birth location between husbands and wives and tracking that over time, they found that, unsurprisingly, before the Industrial Revolution most Americans married someone within six miles of where they were born. This person was also likely to be a relative — a fourth cousin on average, says Erlich. After the Industrial Revolution, when transportation became more common, people started to marry those who were born farther away and were more distantly related. (By 1950, people were finding their spouses within 60 miles of where they were born.)
    • Man, I really wanted to work on genealogy stuff during my time away from work but couldn’t get to it for various factors I’ve stated recently.
  • Texas Monthly – Talk Like a Texan: The Pronunciation of Bowie Knife, Jim Bowie, and David Bowie
    • I’d think most North Texans are going to refer to the version that rhymes with “Louie” since there’s a city pronounced that way in the area.
      • How do you, as a Texan, say the name Bowie? Does it rhyme with Louie, or snowy? Or do you say it differently depending on if you are talking about the Alamo hero, or the British rock star? According to a dialect survey from Joshua Katz’s North Carolina State University, Texans are among the only Americans to still rhyme Bowie with gooey, though the portion of us who do appears to be shrinking as Ziggy Stardust’s fame eclipses that of Texas’s own James.
  • Putin unveiled a new array of nuclear-capable weapons (including an intercontinental ballistic missile that renders defense systems “useless”) and some sort of silent drone submarine. As I read and watched news reports of these weapons, I was expecting to some expert to chime in if Russia was actually capable of having such weapons. I didn’t read or see one that doubted Putin. I’m left to wonder what the U.S. has but hasn’t unveiled or if anyone in the government or military feels panicked.
  • Trump’s Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize Was Apparently Forged. Twice.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 2, 2018

  1. Seymore says:

    I don’t think The Speaker of the House knows the proper method of shooting a bow/arrow.

    • Mr. Mike Honcho says:

      In the picture above, that is the correct method for shooting a compound bow… Right hand has established an anchor point on cheek, (anchor point can very), both eyes open when using peep sight, left arm firmly extended with fingers on left hand opened so bow will “fall away” after release.

      I am not well-versed in politics but have ample experience in shooting a compound bow.

  2. Alec666 says:

    Re-people asking for my vote: not only are they texting me, they’re calling me by name…very disturbing, they’re from the “Beto” Rourke campaign…people with nicknames give me the creeps…you know what I mean big K?

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