Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 22, 2020


She Gets Calls And Texts Meant For Elon Musk. Some Are Pretty Weird

Tucker, who works at a Sephora beauty store in San Jose, Calif., had never heard of the Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO until a couple years ago, when she began fielding a steady stream of calls and text messages intended for him.

“I asked my mom, ‘Hey, I keep getting these text messages’ — and I was also now starting to get phone calls — ‘for this guy Elon Musk. I don’t know who this is,’ ” Tucker said. “And my mom’s jaw just dropped.”

Turns out, Tucker’s cellphone number used to be registered to Musk. On any given day, she receives at least three calls or texts intended for Musk, whom she has never met.


Texas mayor says women can’t pray at city council meetings

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue cited two New Testament passages in an email to another member of the Wylie City Council, who suggested some local students be allowed to lead the public prayer at the next council meeting on May 26.


The Guardian – U2’s 40 greatest songs – ranked!As Bono turns 60, we look back at how the Irish greats turned scratchy post-punk into a stadium-filling proposition – and continue to move with the times

I could never do a ranking, it has changed over the course of my life depending on what was happening and it will continue to be that way. Though I probably could come up with an unranked top ten, but I’d probably agonize over it. I do think Bono writing letters to the artists or their family members about the top 60 songs which saved his life was one of the greatest things done in music history.


Ford has filed an interesting patent for a roof-retractable vehicle cover that blankets the vehicle in solar panels. It reminds me of some product I saw on Shark Tank but was designed to protect it during hail storms. I bet this idea from Ford will keep the paint from fading for at least a couple of years.


A Twitter thread matching a Golden Girl and their wardrobe to Air Jordan sneakers.


Matt Lauer decided to get a tattoo on his forearm.

n a photo obtained Wednesday by Us Weekly, the former “Today” show host is driving his car in New York with the words “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in” inked across his inner forearm. The phrase is a quote from former Sen. Alan Simpson’s eulogy at the 2018 funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.


How Nextdoor Courts Police and Public OfficialsThe hyper-local social media platform Nextdoor is winning over local law enforcement and other government officials in the U.S., alarming civil rights advocates.

I can’t stand the Nextdoor app, it’s another form of Facebook full of nonsubstantive and unhelpful thoughts and complaints, but I only joined because my city and its police department utilize it to communicate to the community. I’m also suspect of all the folks on there who praise the Ring doorbell, it has all the feels of a hidden ad.



She doesn’t start belting it out until the 1:54 mark.


Violinist provides the music and sound effects for Super Mario Bros.


Most popular TV series 1951 – 2019 (MOST WATCHED TV SERIES)

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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 22, 2020

  1. ALEC666 says:

    Nextdoor app was is very active in my neighborhood, especially during this quarantine. People were actually photographing and posting kids who were playing outside.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Keith, agree with your opinion on the Nextdoor App. I am wary of how it is being developed and used in some cases. Really down on most social media, to be honest. Especially the FaceBook and Twitter. Seems to bring out the worst in people in many cases. A poor barometer of truthfulness and facts. Seems to thrive on the opposite. Wish folks would get back to talking to each other, person to person, using their actual voices in realtime instead of posting a broadcast of 128 character snippets on their flow of consciousness.

  3. Bryan B. says:

    The Wylie mayor is off his rocker. Even if you believe the verses literally, and that’s a big if, a city council meeting is not worship.

    I enjoyed the U2 list. There’s some odd choices on there, but the top end of the list is fairly solid. Bad is ranked a little low and I always wonder if it’s a song that doesn’t get as much love because it is from before the band took off into super stardom. The author was a little hard on the last 3 albums in my opinion, especially No Line, but I get that none of those albums were exactly critical darlings. The choices from No Line are interesting as neither of those songs do much for me. Magnificent and Moment of Surrender (one of my favorite live songs, closed the Dallas show in 2009) are far better. I’m as big a fan of Achtung Baby as anyone and I’ve never thought that Mysterious Ways was the best song on the album, but I get that it’s pretty much the iconic song from that era of U2. I prefer Even Better Than the Real Thing, but I’ll admit that it took me seeing it performed live to truly appreciate it.

    Next Door is awful. As I see it so often described, it’s social media for old people and people that don’t understand how to use the other social media platforms. My area’s is most often used to report lost or found pets and loud noises that are assumed to be gunshots or explosions. If explosions actually happened as often as reported in my neighborhood, I’m not sure there would be any houses left standing.

    I submit Trump’s confused answer on his COVID testing status from yesterday as further proof that he has tested positive.

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