Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Any cookie with M&M’s is an over-rated cookie.

I love how Better Call Saul is a slow burn. It’s a great way to wind down a Monday.

My place of employment is having a Bring Your Child to Work Day via Zoom this Wednesday. They will be making a craft and will be asked to provide their name, age, hobbies they enjoy, and describe what your parent’s job. Gulp.

The staff at a doctor’s office will often annoy me as I feel a lot are condescending and cathartically enjoy the power trip. I have an appointment tomorrow and was asked to bring in a 16-month-old MRI scan which is on a DVD, but that isn’t possible since the appointment changed from being on location to the phone. The office worker, in a matter of fact kinda tone, told me to fax it.

Are doctor office staff members also considered to be heroes? Should they be included in my thoughts when I see a white ribbon tied to a tree?

We compared top Google searches during the same weeks in 2019 and 2020 to see what has and hasn’t changed.

Most common Google searches beginning with “how to” from April 5 to 11.

Yesterday I wrote about the challenge it must be to unseat an incumbent. I find it funny I didn’t even consider the presidential election when it came to mind. I was thinking like Senate, House, and statewide office elections. Compare MJ Hegar to Beto’s run against Cruz two years ago. Beto was able to travel county to country and meet and greet a lot of Texans – selfies, rallies, door-to-door, etc. At this point in his campaign he was well known to many Texans. Compare it to Hegar, and I doubt many Texans can tell you the name of Cornyn’s opponent. The challenge of getting coverage over anything COVID-19 is tremendous.

George Packer, Staff writer for The Atlantic – We Are Living in a Failed State – The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.

Note not sure why, but this one sentence, which isn’t profound, stopped me down and had me pondering for a while, “This is the third major crisis of the short 21st century.”

In Peter King’s Monday column, he linked to a Boston Globe article which is behind a paywall.  It’s about what the future of arena and stadium crowds will look like.

Decontamination of stands will have to become a staple of stadium operations. Hand sanitizer will become omnipresent in concourses. Cleaning staffs would have to be vigilant about the “high-touch” areas of facilities — including railings (both in stands and on escalators) and elevator buttons. Might there be a requirement for spectators to wear masks? If so, masks with team logos might replace caps or jerseys as the most frequently seen form of team apparel. With diminished crowds, it’s possible some of the standard issues at sporting events of overcrowded restrooms would be resolved. Still, teams might restrict the number of people in a restroom at any given time.

It’s a quintessential part of the stadium experience: A hot dog passed from vendor to fan to fan to fan, with cash flowing back in the other direction. In all likelihood, that familiar ritual will be gone. “They’ll have to have no stadium vendors,” said [Smith College economics professor Andrew] Zimbalist. “They’re not going to have people passing hot dogs down or passing anything down. That has to stop.”

Enormous bottlenecks form after games as people try to rush home, which could create considerable stresses on the public health infrastructure — not only for the sports venue, but also for surrounding neighborhoods and public transportation systems. It’s possible those bottlenecks would be resolved by a diminished number of fans attending events, as well as by self-policing habits. Facilities might also need to control the pace of departures from each zone of the park.

Florida police enforcing social distancing rules find Pennsylvania murder suspect sitting on beach

Tom Brady was thrown out of park by a Tampa recreation workerMayor Jane Castor says the Bucs quarterback was working out in a closed park.

Netflix adds a ‘screen lock’ feature to prevent accidental pausesIt can be frustrating to accidentally tap a button and mess up playback when watching Netflix on your phone. Thankfully, Netflix is rolling out a new feature for Android devices that tries to prevent that.

Back, and to the left… back, and to the left… back, and to the left.

A Woman’s Breast Implants Saved Her Life From a Gunshot, Doctors SayDoctors say a woman’s silicone breast implants deflected what could have been a fatal bullet, stopping it from reaching her heart. Amazingly, this is not the first time such a thing has been reported in the medical literature.

Wow. I’m what you call a little slow. Not until now have I put together that Wayne Knight, “Newman” in Seinfeld, was in JFK. I watched the movie before watching the “Second Spitter” episode, never watching it again, and never put together he was in Oliver Stone’s JFK. Now, I see why it’s iconically funny.

Stunt school students do a little homework.

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8 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  1. Nacho Correr says:

    Couldn’t agree more on M&M cookies.

    Also, a slow burn Monday night series hits a sweet spot for me too. To come after the first day of the week back to the grind makes it special and the pace of Better Call Saul is perfect for the night cap.

  2. Bryan B. says:

    “Slow burn” is exactly how I described BCS to a friend a few days ago. I’m 4 episodes into season 2 and I love it. Watching Jimmy slowly fizzle out while trying to play it straight working for the big law firm is so tense.

    The Peter King piece is interesting. I work for a business that experiences a high traffic flow of visitors and we’re working through what business is going to look like when we reopen. Some of our peers in the business are talking about drastic steps like wiping down contact surfaces regularly, having people at every restroom door to control crowds, and marking the ground of their entire facility with 6 foot markers to encourage social distancing. We’re struggling with where the line of our responsibility versus customer personal responsibility ends. We finally came to the realization a week ago that providing hand sanitizer for everyone throughout the facility is neither logistically or financially feasible.

    JFK was sort of a “who’s who” of late-80s/early-90s acting talent. I’ve heard many times that the massive cast heavily contributed to the Kevin Bacon six degrees phenomenon.

  3. Bryan B. says:

    One of the items on the Google search list made me laugh. I had no idea what “free Robux” were until this whole ordeal started. My kid has played Roblox non stop for the last 6 weeks.

  4. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Fax a DVD? Some doctor needs to have a staff re-training day ASAP! Tell them you will also fax your cash co-pay in actual cash. Ha.

    With some businesses and states attempting to re-open this week (foolishly in my opinion, but hey – lemmings and all that), have you seen the various news items about copper surfaces being rediscovered as being antimicrobial naturally? Copper counter tops, table tops, railings, cups, plates, etc seem to kill the little nasties quickly on contact. Don’t understand the biochemistry of the interaction, but it works and has been proved in and out of the lab. Stainless steel, plastic, formica, marble, and all the other popular surfaces make a lovely little home where microbes can grow and prosper and play in their little microbial neighborhoods until physically disinfected and sanitized, which you have to do all over again later. Good old humble copper. Who knew?

  5. ALEC666 says:

    Yes, Keith everyone is a hero don’t you know that? firemen, policemen, military and now health workers and cashiers. Please, I was in law enforcement for 22 years, I got PAID, I did what I was SUPPOSE to do. Hero? please, If we didn’t get paid, we wouldn’t be doing it. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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