Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • WifeGeeding brought home some chicks last night, just not the kind of chicks I was imagining. Apparently, we are chicken-sitting until Thursday. Apparently, she doesn’t understand they tweet all the live long day and I work from home.
  • DaughterGeeding wanted a photo of me with DogGeedingII, BunnyGeeding, and several of the chicks. I caved. DogGeedingII seems scared of them but BunnyGeeding has warmed up to them.
  • One of the chicks is named Nugget.
  • I think it would be somewhat cruel to cook any chicken until they leave. I don’t know if a chicken can smell, but off hand, I don’t think any species would like to smell the cooked flesh of its own kind.
  • I’ve rediscovered Elvis and now I realize how much I miss singing the old gospel songs in church. All this contemporary church singing has worn thin on me. I’m not saying the church should only sing the gospels, just that we shouldn’t forget our past.
  • How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online – With a hard sell to prospective students and huge amounts in taxpayer funding, Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed the evangelical institution into a behemoth.
  • What We Think Is Going To Kill Us Vs. What’s Actually Going To Kill Us, Visualized
  • The TICKET interviewed one of the passengers from that Southwest Airlines flight yesterday. He said he quickly grabbed his wallet to find a credit card so he could log into WiFi so he could send a message to his loved ones. I think he also said he lived streamed it on Facebook or something like that.
  • Unlike other airlines, Southwest doesn’t assign seats. Only one person died on that flight. I think it’s somewhat interesting how she chose that one seat out of all the seats she could have chosen.
  • No one pays attention to the flight attendants announcement:
  • Many would be surprised to know that was the passenger Southwest every lost due to a plane accident.
  • A fantastic obituary of Harry Anderson.
  • Amazon made an efficient Android browser called Internet, and it’s now available in India
  • Late-Night Ratings: Stephen Colbert’s Lead Over Jimmy Fallon Is Bigger Than Ever
  • GIF – Mommy muscle memory
  • A particular rough patch in Barbara Bush‘s remarkable life, who was a distant relative of President Franklin Pierce:
    • In September 1949, Barbara’s parents were involved in a car accident in which her mother was instantly killed. Since she was pregnant, Barbara was advised not to travel from California to the funeral, and the event left a lasting scar. Three months later, the couple welcomed a second child, a daughter named Pauline Robinson Bush in honor of Barbara’s late mother. In October 1953, the child, nicknamed “Robin,” died of leukemia, leaving Barbara and her husband devastated. It was during this traumatic time that Barbara’s reddish-brown hair turned prematurely white.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  1. Ben W. says:

    Those old gospel hymns have two things that it seems a lot of today’s worship music lacks: poetic lyrics that offer both substance and beauty, combined with strong melodies that are backed by major-key harmonies. This combination allows the congregation to not only feel a deep connection with the words of the song, but makes them easier to sing. The strong melodies allow a congregation to sing in a united voice, with the more musically inclined easily finding harmonies. Compare with modern worship music, which is heavy on lyrical repetition (think: “Lord I Lift Your Name on High”) or on vague, “love-focused” lyrics that never identify the subject of the song (presumably, Christ) and end up sounding like a generic pop love ballad (think: “Draw Me Close To You”). Add in the fact that modern worship songs tend to be oriented toward a soloist singing the verses and the congregation only singing the chorus, and often feature lengthy music-only breaks (generally featuring an overly loud, overly long guitar solo).

    Contrast that with a classic hymn like “How Great Thou Art” (which Elvis covered, obviously) which has more complex, poetic lyrics and a melody that is easily singable. Throw in some rich major-key harmonies from a few people in the congregation who took choir in high school, and there’s opportunity for a deep worship experience.

    This isn’t to say that modern worship songs can’t be impactful, or that only traditional hymns should be sung. But I think modern worship leaders tend to gravitate toward the new songs because they feel pressure to keep the attention of the young crowd, they fail to fully grasp the impact of traditional songs, and they just like playing the “cool” new music. /endrant

    Great article honoring Harry Anderson. When I was a kid, I would watch Night Court and want to be as dashing as Dan and as funny as Harry. Now I’m all grown up as a lawyer, but I haven’t achieved either of those goals. There’s still time.

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Re: Elvis – I was raised on some fantastic gospel music and still enjoy it sometime… Elvis and the Jordaniares or Stamps in particular. When Elvis sings “Crying In the Chapel” or “In the Garden” it always moves me.

  3. RPM says:

    Markie Post wrote a very touching goodbye to Harry on Instagram. I had no idea they were such close friends in real life.

  4. Triple Fake says:

    Having a little experience with chickens and their diets, I can tell you that they will eat just about anything, including chicken and eggs. They also like spicy food, and that includes jalapenos. One thing a chicken absolutely won’t eat is citrus fruit.
    I doubt the smell of one of their own being cooked would put them off

    Triple Fake Foghorn Leghorn

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