Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • I’m sure we all have certain words we never feel comfortable spelling, that every time you write or type it out you have to double-check it. “Wednesday” is one of my words.
  • No Content Spoilers – One of my favorite parts of the new Netflix ‘Breaking Bad’ movieĀ El Camino was seeing eighty-eight-year-old Marla Gibbs. It’s not to see her career peak back up as of late.
  • Whiling lying in bed the other day, the ceiling air register almost directly above me caught my attention so I took a closer look. To my surprise, mold has grown on it. The allergy test I took years ago showed I’m highly allergic to it, so I’m curious how bad this may have affected me and for how long. I suppose I could have simply cleaned the air register but decided to replace it, but I’m not sure if I need to replace or do anything to the vent itself (pic1, pic2). A friend who works around this sort of stuff didn’t think it was worth worrying about but I thought I’d throw it out here and get your thoughts.
    • Again, I make buying things complicated. As I searched for a replacement air register, I found there where three material options – stainless steel, aluminum, and plastic. One forum stated stainless steel has the potential to rust, unlike the other materials. So, not only did I dither longer than I wanted over those options, I then had to consider the airflow design options.
    • I decided to check the other nearby ceiling air registers. The one I mentioned above is located a few feet away from the master bath and the only one in our bedroom. To my surprise, the one in the bathroom, where much more moisture exists, didn’t have any mold on it.
    • Conspiracy theory: WifeGeeding is immune to all molds and planted it there in an effort to slowly kill me and collect on insurance.
  • For the first time in my life, I chipped a tooth. The cost of my dental visit and procedure were less than I imagined. Without insurance, it was $85, $35 with insurance. Offhand, I would have expected it to cost over a hundred. The work was pretty minimum, though, no anesthesia was needed and he basically polished the tooth.
  • Google’s Daydream VR experiment is overIts latest phones don’t support the platform and it’s discontinuing Daydream View headsets.
  • Dutch family ‘waiting for end of time’ discovered in basement
    • A family who spent nine years in a basement “waiting for the end of time” have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say.
  • I don’t feel like this is a particularly well-written article, the first half lacks a particular depth, but the stuff aboutU2 unsurprisingly stood out to me.
    • Why Christian music’s biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era
      • There is another, less ethereal reason why CCM artists stay away from politics — loss of income. White evangelicals are Trump’s most steadfast supporters. They are also some of the biggest fans of CCM, and they wield economic clout. Steady work for any musician is precarious, especially in a niche genre like Christian or gospel music. If a Christian musician wants to get a steady paycheck there’s usually only one type of megachurch that has the resources to hire them as a full-time worship leader, Keen says. “It’s going to be fundamentalist, Bible-believing churches,” he says.
      • Some CCM artists cite another example as proof that a Christian band can take on hot-button political issues and thrive: U2. It may surprise casual listeners, but some of the most stirring and thought-provoking Christian contemporary music doesn’t come from the CCM genre. It comes from four men from Dublin, Ireland. U2’s confessional music about Christian faith has long been filled with righteous anger inspired by current events.
      • But Bono isn’t a CCM fan. He has called the music risk-averse and predictable and said he prefers another collection of inspirational music: the psalms in the Bible. He says they’re filled with laughter, tears, rage and doubt.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  1. Ben W. says:

    At a glance, I thought today’s picture was that iconic scene from Star Wars Ep IV of the Jawa’s sandcrawler rumbling across the Tattooine landscape.

  2. Garry says:

    I had a similar experience with air vent. I’m paranoid about mold, so had a company come in and clean all the ducts. Maybe overkill, but it made me feel better.

  3. David Bryant says:

    So, generally mold requires moisture. That means you need to figure out why their is moisture building up around that register. According to the guys at, the most common cause is inadequate insulation around the register. Hot, moist air above meeting cold AC air in that register results in moisture buildup and then mold. In a couple of their videos (I don’t have time to look for the specific video right now) I have heard them recommend going into the space above the register and make sure there is proper insulation fully covering the area.

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