Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 14, 2018

  • I’d like to propose a Win/Win/Lose/Lose trade with Houston. We’ll trade you Robert Jeffress for Joel Osteen.
  • I don’t know what happens with Kim Wexler but I love how she stands up for her man.
  • The Atlantic – Hollywood Doesn’t Make Movies Like The Fugitive Anymore  – The Harrison Ford–starring thriller represents the best of a genre that has faded: the character-driven action movie for adults.
    • I wonder if my college roommate remembers how much I watched this in college. We didn’t haven’t the internet or even cable, and the rabbit ears could only bring in three or four channels. I’d usually popped this movie in the VCR, put the sleep timer on the television, and eventually doze off.
  • Sometimes when stress gets the best of me and I just want to quit, I’ll quote a certain fictional naval aviator, “I’m holding on too tight, I’ve lost the edge. I’m sorry, sir.”
    • Those may be the very last words of this blog when I decide to hang it up.
  • An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes
  • Houston Texans donate old turf to school flooded in Hurricane Harvey
    • The Texans said Monday that they’re donating the turf they played on at NRG Stadium last season to C.E. King High School after its field was destroyed in flooding from Harvey, which hit the area last August.
  • ‘In God We Trust’ now must be displayed in all Florida schools, school buildings
    • Gov. Scott signed a bill in March that requires all schools to display signs with the state motto in “a conspicuous place.” The measure is part of a sweeping education bill signed into law in March by Gov. Rick Scott, which includes the nation’s first ever private school voucher program for bullied students.
  • Spanish driver tests positive for every drug in test
    • A driver in northeastern Spain has tested positive for ‘every possible kind of drug’ after being pulled over by police on Saturday. Police found high levels of cannabis, amphetamines/methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates; as well as alcohol, with a rate of 0,60 mg/l.
  • Nike Chicago transforms church into new Basketball center
    • The Church of the Epiphany in the 200 block of South Ashland Avenue was built in 1855, but closed and desanctified in 2011 because of dwindling membership.

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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 14, 2018

  1. RPM says:

    Kim bringing the heat! I like it. I’d definitely watch a Kim spinoff after she dumps Jimmy.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Kim’s speech to Howard was so good last night I watched it a couple of times. Great dialogue, great acting (by Rhea Seehorn, but also by Patrick Fabian by looking like a sheepish schoolboy being called on the carpet), and great cinematography. That last wide shot of Howard, standing stunned and alone in his office, was gorgeous. The scene between Mike and Lydia in the conference room was beautifully shot, too. This show is like watching a movie every week.

  3. Bryan B says:

    HBO is playing The Fugitive on a semi-regular basis right now and I’ve found myself roped into it more than once. Maybe it’s largely the nostalgia factor, but action movies from that era have aged really well and The Fugitive might be the best of the bunch. It just has so many elements that add to its greatness: the calm, understated nature of Harrison Ford’s character, the snappy dialogue and rapport of Jones and his entourage, the big action sequences that punctuated the first third of the movie, the fact that everyone suspected Kimbel’s innocence except for the cops and the prosecutors. The unfortunate sequel is a decent popcorn flick, but recaptured not even a little of the magic of the first movie.

  4. Dale Patterson says:

    “I didn’t kill my wife.”
    “I don’t care!”

    • Bryan B says:

      Such a great line, especially how it gets used to end the movie. I had no idea until I read the article Keith linked to that the sprinkled doughnut line was ad libbed. I also like, “Henry, Dr. Nichols lied to me. Go find him.”

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