Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 8, 2019

  • DaughterGeeding isn’t a typical child. A lot of kids stress out about taking the STARR test, even practice ones. Yet, she came home from school the other day excited to tell me about this fun test which she gets to read a story and answer questions and wished she could take more tests like that.
  • I’m not necessarily rooting for Texas Tech tonight (though I’m happy for my friends who are fans/alumni), but I really did like their business like attitude after their win against Michigan State. It is strange to think only one Texas college has won the men’s college basketball tournament, and that school doesn’t even go by the same name anymore.
  • For three weeks in December 1916, Rasputin and Kirk Douglas were alive at the same time.
  • Last week I discovered that the man who designed the glass and steel pyramid entrance of the Louvre museum in Paris, I.M. Pei, also designed Dallas City Hall, Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’ll turn 102 later this month if I just didn’t jinx him.
  • Why ‘Bless Your Heart’ Is The Most Savage Insult In The CountryAs a Southerner, I’ll tell you this: It’s the nicest way you’ll ever be called an idiot
    • I’ve posted several variations of this topic, but I think this one is the most well written.
  • Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bagsSeveral Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste.
  • ‘Librarians Were the First Google’: New Film Explores Role Of Libraries In Serving The PublicA new film written and directed by Emilio Estevez explores the complicated relationship between libraries and the homeless community. “The Public” centers around the Cincinnati Public Library as the city experiences a bitter arctic chill.
  • Netflix Has Hired a New Screenwriter to Write an Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz Crossover
  • When Putin’s around, GPS goes haywire, study finds
    • The ships’ GPS systems suddenly began to indicate they were actually 65 kilometers away, on land, in the middle of an airport. The incident is one of many highlighted in a new report that found the Kremlin “spoofed” global positioning systems, or GPS, to effectively place a bubble around Putin or properties associated with him. The researchers, with a nonprofit called C4ADS and the University of Texas at Austin, used public marine GPS databases, as well as a GPS monitoring device on the International Space Station to track similar instances.
  • I received this odd medial lab bill in the mail on Friday. I say it’s odd because not only are they claiming I owe them almost $3,000, but the date of service is four years old. It was for some sort of tox screen I can’t even remember taking. Curious, I looked up the company on Google.
    • The first result was a bankruptcy filing (Texas Eastern Bankruptcy Court Case 4:17-bk-41310, Filed: 06/19/2017, Last Filing: 02/11/2019).
    • The second search result was from the BBB which states it’s out of business. The page also has two comments made this week from people saying they received a similar dated bill as mine.
    • The first Google News result is a 2017 article about a lawsuit between them and CignaCigna Healthcare of Texas Inc. can’t escape a lawsuit by a Texas-based toxicology lab seeking to recover more than $13 million in allegedly unpaid services ( Rapid Tox Screen LLC v. Cigna Healthcare of Tex. Inc. , 2017 BL 298478, N.D. Tex., No. 3:15-cv-03632, 8/24/17 ).
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 8, 2019

  1. Jake says:

    Pei also designed The Parish Episcopal School building in Dallas/Farmers Branch. It was the Exxon/Mobile research facility at the time and was designed to foster creativity.

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