Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

  • Random fact about Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, he was born in New York City. When David Letterman had a show on CBS, he was a guest when he was London’s mayor and for some reason, I remembered that obscure fact.
  • Speaking of the British, I highly support this causeWetherspoons has become the first large business to stop using receipts after customers complained of mess and the waste of paper. Customers can still request them but will not be given them as a matter of course.
  • A friend, I’ll just call him BW, is about to travel to Walt Disney World and I hope he doesn’t pull a stunt like this – A Disney World tourist didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror, so she punched an employee and started pressing buttons
  • I’m not a fan of small talk, you know, conversation filler such as the weather. Lately, I’ve been asked if we went anywhere for vacation or have any vacation plans. We don’t, and I feel awkward answering the question, like I’m being judged for not taking my kids anywhere for the summer.
  • YouTube – Music Producers Are Given The Same 8-Second Track To Mix, Do Remarkably Different Things With It
  • On Keeping a Notebook: A Reading ListThe following longreads explore the joys of keeping a notebook and the art of writing longhand.
  • A brief history of human filthHow did people through history keep clean? How did they deal with dirt, sweat and other bodily odours, and did they take baths?
    • Since the great plagues and the closing of public bathhouses, western Europeans believed that bathing was positively bad for you. Skin protected the body from putrefaction and disease. Toxins left the body as perspiration, menstrual blood, urine and faeces.
  • Reading LessonsYou never stop learning how to read — probably because you also never stop forgetting how to read.
    • I really connected with this portion of the text:
      • For years, I have found it difficult to get into a novel. Entering a new imaginative world feels like too much effort, so when I read for pleasure, I choose nonfiction. As a teenager I encountered the old stereotype that made-up stories are for the young and frivolous (and often female), while nonfiction is for the old and serious (and probably male). Now that I pay taxes and pluck out my grey hairs, I am convinced that fiction is the more demanding genre. Poetry, the great romance of my pubescent years, feels even more distant, requiring focus and receptivity I can rarely muster. Sometimes I wonder if the young read novels and poems because they are the only ones who can.
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    A tourist punches a Disney employee? You mean it’s not the Happiest Place on Earth?

  2. Ben W. says:

    Man, you know I had my Tower of Terror FastPass booked 60 days in advance, like every REAL Disney fan does!

  3. Ben W. says:

    Also, I was a little surprised you didn’t give some backstory for today’s photo. The “live-action” photo is from a short film that was used as part of an attraction about Disney animation that was found at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) at WDW. It premiered in 1989 and predated the release of Aladdin. Since Robin played the Genie, the Disney animators on Aladdin added a little inside joke with his outfit at the end of the movie, referencing something that 99% of the viewers either hadn’t seen or wouldn’t remember. Here’s the short film, from the theme park, which is hosted by none other than Walter Cronkite (who, interestingly enough, was also serving at that time as the narrator’s voice in Spaceship Earth – the big “golf ball” at EPCOT Center).

  4. Harry Hood says:

    Keith…maybe this has been covered before. When I use Chrome as a the browser, redirects to a scammy online pharmacy. I thought it was a redirect virus so I tried it on another PC away from this network and the same thing. Also, no other websites on either PC redirect. When using Microsoft browser, the page loads properly, but the search results page with you sublinks is translated to French. Ever heard this before?

    • Geeding says:

      Thank you for letting me know, this is the first report of such a thing. I viewed my site on my PC using Chrome, both Incognito and “regular” mode, and nothing out of the ordinary happened. I also tried the Microsoft and Mozilla browsers and didn’t get redirected either. It displayed normally on my Chromebook in both Incognito and regular, as well as on my wife’s Mac on three different browsers. So, I can’t find anything wrong, but I’m interested to see if anyone else reports anything.

      • Ben W. says:

        FWIW, I access the site using Chrome on both a Mac and a PC (and my phone – Safari and Chrome there) and have never been redirected.

      • Friend of BuBear says:

        Yep….. I was redirected once also. If you Google BON by itself, the scammy online pharmacy links show. But I was able to locate the legit site when searching BON blog.

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