Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • You can find out what political leaning Facebook has literally labeled you by going to Settings > General Account Settings > Ads > Your Information > Your Categories > US Politics. WifeGeeding was labeled “Very Conservative” and I want to shoot myself. She never posts or follows anything remotely political, so I guess it’s going off the people she follows and the stuff she has liked. Facebook also says she a huge soccer fan.
  • I took the kids to a nearby pond so they could cast the fishing rods DaughterGeeding’s father gave them. If you know me, I’m almost the last person you’d want to teach anyone how to fish. But hey, at least I put forth a little effort. The rods didn’t even have hooks on them and I doubt there are any fish in the pond, I just wanted them to have fun.
  • The pond I took the kids to has been there for as long as I can remember living in the neighborhood and last year a big fancy church was built on the property. Funny thing about the church, as big, new, and modern as it is, they didn’t build enough parking spaces yet there’s enough room on their property to do so. Church members have been parking on the grass and the city has been citing them for parking violations.
  • I wish I could provide enough context so I don’t sound like a mean unspirited parent, but I had a talk with DaughterGeeding about the amount of attention and praise she’s been seeking from us. I told her that one day I hope she’ll look back and appreciate the day Daddy told her she wasn’t going to be babied and congratulated for every little thing.
  • When I was young, I wasted an enormous amount of toothpaste trying to squeeze it on the toothbrush to make it look just like they did on the commercials and on the cover.
  • DNA testing helps people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity.” – DNA test reveals fertility doctor is woman’s biological father
  • GIF – Cute: Baby rhino guards mom during toe treatment
  • The Dallas Morning News – Gordon Keith talks God and the literal truth of the Bible with Baptist pastor George Mason – Gosh darn, can I relate to this guy.
  • If you watched ‘The American’s’ last night, you’d agree that Paige will have a certain mental image of her mother stuck in her mind for the rest of her life.
  • For the second time, a resolution to denounce neo-Nazis has failed in the Tennessee legislature
  • Is chronic pain something more people should accept?Amid the opioid crisis, the concept of “pain acceptance” is gaining credibility.
  • How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described In Their Screenplays
    • Terminator – SARAH CONNOR is 19, small and delicate-featured. Pretty in a flawed, accessible way. She doesn’t stop the party when she walks in, but you’d like to get to know her. Her vulnerable quality masks a strength even she doesn’t know exists.
    • Bull Durham – ANNIE SAVOY, mid 30’s, touches up her face. Very pretty, knowing, outwardly confident. Words flow from her Southern lips with ease, but her view of the world crosses Southern, National and International borders. She’s cosmic.
  • Video – Shark Comes Out Of Nowhere, Attacks Spear Fisher
  • The Man Who Spent $100K To Remove A Lie From Google
  • If you’ve been following the Sinclair media story, you might find this Huffington Post article interesting.
    • We spoke to a Sinclair anchor this week about the script, the blowback and what people have gotten right and wrong about Sinclair’s relationship with the local stations. The essay below, based on an interview with the source ― who requested anonymity for job security reasons ― has been edited and organized for clarity.
    • All those people who are like, “I would quit,” that’s really easy for you to say. CNN put something out calling all the news anchors complicit or zombies or whatever yesterday, and I just think that portion of this is unfair. These jobs ― they’re very hard to come by. And if I quit, I owe the company 40 percent of my salary, plus a percentage of the [redacted] years remaining on my contract, plus any bonuses that they’ve paid to me and any reimbursements that they’ve paid to me.⁵ And they’re going to take me to court for it. And in the time that I’m in court, I’m not employable.

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, April 5, 2018

  1. WGII says:

    If you ever want to fish at the old “work” pond. Let me know and I’ll meet you up here. It’s now a catch and release pond. Too bad Larry isn’t still working here. :o)

    • Geeding says:

      On a few of the walks we took during break Larry would bring his “Pocket Fisherman” and cast a few times. I have a feeling our manager at the time timed our breaks to make sure they weren’t over 15-minutes.

      • WGII says:

        I remember Larry doing this and I’m sure our manager timed ya’ll. A few years ago they opened it up for everyone to catch and release. Just let me know and I’ll meet y’all up there so the kids can catch a fish or two!

  2. Bryan says:

    I found that I am labeled “conservative” on Facebook. I believe I have posted maybe 2 political posts in my nearly 9 years on the site, one was calling out the media for focusing on something trivial that Obama did while ignoring the bigger picture and another was sharing an anti-Trump rant from Jen Hatmaker that I agreed with (saying that Trump’s travel ban could be a precedent for similar action against Christians). That’s not really a far right lean, but I’m sure that other factors are taken into consideration – I attend an evangelical church and occasionally share their social media posts or post about events at church, going to the gun range is my stress relieving hobby and I like several ranges, shops, and manufacturers, one of my friends is a state representative (tea party conservative) and he is one of my likes, a vast majority of my friends are conservative, many far more conservative than I am.

    I’ve had similar conversations with my 7 year old about attention seeking behavior – wanting us to watch everything she does, acting like a nut if my wife and I engage in adult conversation in her presence. I don’t think it’s uncommon at all for that age and, in our case, I chalk much of it up to only childness.

    • Geeding says:

      I wish I was powerful enough to know a state senator or any politician personally. 😉

      I really appreciate your sharing about your seven-year-old. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just us.

      Iron sharpens iron.

      • Bryan says:

        My friendship with the state rep is pretty casual. Went to the same church several years ago and his mother in law is good friends with my mother in law. I asked him his opinion on a local city government issue one time on Facebook and he sent me his phone number and asked me to call him directly. I left a message thinking he probably would be too busy to call me back, but he called back within 15 minutes and we had a really pleasant conversation. He has a terrible reputation amongst political commentators, but he really is a nice guy that sticks to his principals when it comes to his politics. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s one of the rare politicians where you can say you know exactly what you’re getting out of him.

        I too fall into the trap of believing that “it’s just us” when it comes to our kid. We got involved in a couple of small groups at church in the last year and it’s been refreshing to hear from other parents that most face different versions of similar struggles.

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