Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 15, 2020


I cook a lot for my family and sometimes I’ll look for recipes for ideas. I’ve found most online recipes start off with some sort of sappy or feelgood family story which takes up 80% of what’s on the page. Dude, just give me the recipe. Or, as Parcells would say, “Don’t tell me about the pain, show me the baby.”


Goodbye, Sprint – T-Mobile will begin eliminating the Sprint brand this summer


Hundreds of Navy recruits quarantine at closed water park before basic training

The Navy is spending roughly $1.1 million to send about 500 recruits each week to the Great Wolf Lodge Water Park near Chicago for two weeks of quarantine before they are shipped to basic training, service officials said.


I think of all the automotive brands which have dropped over the years I miss Pontiac the most. My first two cars were Grand Ams.


US Postal Service delays next-generation mail truck program due to pandemic

The post office now uses about 140,000 Grumman Long Life Vehicles for its main delivery service. Manufactured from 1987 through 1994, they need to be replaced. A 2014 audit from the office of the USPS inspector general found that the current fleet was expected to only meet the delivery needs of the agency through the 2017 fiscal year. But delays in the replacement program have kept the trucks in operation.


It may resemble a Roomba but it’s cool looking.


New York City breaks record: 58 straight days with no pedestrian deaths – This is the longest stretch since NYC began tracking pedestrian deaths in 1983.


Yesterday I posted about a restaurant using mannequins.

SC restaurant dresses, seats blow-up dolls to maintain social distancing


Easily, I’ve seen the movie more than 50 times, but offhand, I don’t recall a “Chipper”.

Every Call Sign From ‘Top Gun,’ Ranked

Don’t challenge me on the number of times I’ve watched that movie. I took some sort of easy-A computer class my senior year and we programmed the computer to play certain segments from the LaserDisc player, and the only movie we had was Top Gun. I think we only programmed it two or three times and spent all semester watching the movie during that class period. For you kids out there, a LaserDisc was basically a precursor to the DVD but was the size of a standard vinyl record.


A three-minute mashup of 50 songs from 1986. It’s good, not great, but made for a fun trip down memory lane.


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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 15, 2020

  1. Ben W. says:

    For three minutes, there was an unexpectedly high concentration of…Phil Collins.

    • Bryan B. says:

      1986 was a big year for Phil Collins. Coming down off of the high of No Jacket Required and that was the year that Invisible Touch was released by Genesis.

  2. AndreaJN says:

    I do not cook often, but I will sometimes use AllRecipes.com. I especially like the Ingredient Search. You can plug in a few things you have on-hand and it will give you recipes that include those ingredients. One drawback is they’ve changed the results page so that it includes advertisements and random cooking videos in with the results from your search which can be confusing. But I still like the site.

  3. Bryan B. says:

    I frequently use recipes found online and they can be an absolutely beating, especially those found through social media. I want a list of ingredients and the step-by-step, 1,2,3… process. I don’t need the back story or to hear much your kids loved it or how you like to trick it up by replacing sour cream with fat free olive oil mayonnaise.

    I’m glad to hear Sprint is on the outs. I was a long time Sprint customer starting in the very early ’00s. Around 2008, I tried to upgrade our phones that we had been using for around 4 years and they gave me an offer that was going to nearly double my bill and cost me about $500. I ended up making the switch to AT&T and the iPhone and breaking a contract with Sprint that might have had 2 months left on it. I got some nasty calls from them claiming I owed them a few hundred dollars and I quickly told them which one of their own bodily orifices might contain their money. I never received anything from them in writing and, as far as I know, they never sent it to collections.

    I don’t remember Chipper’s call sign being used in Top Gun, but given the description, that’s him talking to Sundown in the photo accompanying his description. I also don’t remember Stinger ever being referred to by that call sign. I couldn’t assign a number to it, but I’ve seen Top Gun a lot. It was the first movie released on VHS at a reasonable price and I probably watched it 3 or 4 times a week the summer after we bought it.

  4. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Loved the Music Mashup. The 80s era is my all-time favorite music groove.

    The restaurant blow-up dolls don’t look like the G-rated variety. At least that’s what my old strange college roommate tells me. I don’t know his frame of reference. Not asking either.

  5. RPM says:

    I was recently given a cookbook my grandmother made inside another book (she pasted the recipes on the pages). It was a hidden goldmine of her cooking discovered in some old boxes. I guess crossing the prairie in a wagon, raising a family during the dust bowl and surviving great depression in rural Texas made you recycle things before recycling was cool.

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