Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 8, 2020

Last Friday I shaved off my beard and turned it into a goatee. My family never noticed. On Monday, I went to the doctor’s office for a three-month follow-up. Upon seeing me, the nurse asked me how long have I been without the beard and rocking the goatee. He’s such a hero.

I finally got past my troubles with the Presta valve and adapter. In short, the valve tip wasn’t sticking far enough up to hit the nipple thingy connected to my air compressor. Air only comes out of the nipple thingy if it’s depressed. I tried screwing the adapter further down so the valve tip could hit the nipple thingy, but that only damaged the rubber o-ring in the adapter, which resulted me in having to buy another adapter. So, with a pair of pliers, I yanked the valve tip to pull it out further and screwed on the adapter as far as I could without damaging it. Luckily, it worked.

I bet all the cities which lost the 2020 Olympics bid feel a tremendous amount of relief they didn’t win.

Mark Cuban’s latest blog entry: I Hired a Team of Secret Shoppers to Find Out How Businesses Were Opening in Dallas. It’s Not Good.

I wanted to get an understanding of what opening meant to businesses around Dallas. Were they opening? What precautions were they taking? Were employees in safe environments? And bigger picture, I wanted to know if these are places that I would feel safe taking my family to.
So I hired a company that specialized in this type of project,, and asked them to let me know how Dallas businesses were responding to the Open Order for Texas.
We will do this again a couple more times so we can learn what the trends are and try to learn from it.
This is what we found:
  • We called ~1000 restaurant and retail locations based on popularity (we used # of reviews on Yelp by category as a proxy) to assess full re-open rate (open for dine-in, in-person shopping etc.)
  • We conducted physical audits at ~300 locations across restaurants and retail locations in Dallas to assess compliance against state re-opening protocols

Here’s one big takeaway.

Aggregate Degree of Safety Protocol Compliance – By Locations: Overall – 96% of businesses were non-compliant across all mandatory protocols and all locations. The extent of non-compliance is dramatic with ~1/3 of all locations being <50% compliant across mandatory protocols as established by the Governor’s office.

How the Editor of a Small East Texas Newspaper Won a Pulitzer PrizePalestine writer Jeff Gerritt’s no-holds-barred editorials shined a spotlight on the record number of people dying in Texas jails.

Alamo Drafthouse launches Alamo on Demand VOD service

Alamo Drafthouse wants to bring the feeling of independent movie rental stores to people in their homes, launching a video-on-demand service completely curated by Alamo Drafthouse employees.

Alamo on Demand will include a library of films available to both rent and purchase, with titles selected and curated by the company’s programming team. The goal is to “champion innovative and exciting films” beyond the 41 locations its theaters exist in around the country

The Denver Broncos released their schedule Full House style.

Frontier Airlines ditches $39 empty seats sale after heavy criticism


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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 8, 2020

  1. Bryan B. says:

    I have Presta valves on my bike tires. They’re a little odd, but they work just as well as Schrader. Every manual air pump I’ve owned had a built in Presta outlet next to the Schrader. The compressor in my car has an adapter.

    Thanks for the link to the Mark Cuban post. We’ve been discussing it at work today. It’s incredibly interesting and frustrating at the same time. I work for a business preparing to reopen to the public and we are busting our ass to do it safely and legally. It’s mind blowing that some businesses are so flippant about it. It is painfully obvious that no one has any intention to enforce any guidelines going forward.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Bryan B., agree on your observation on some business folk being cavalier/ignorant/obtuse/oblivious (pick the term you feel closest to being an accurate description) on their obligation to public health.

    Maybe should refer a great new Irish cook I heard about to some of the restaurants in denial about the danger. She has a nifty nickname. Typhoid Mary. Shows no signs of ailment, so she must be totally healthy. Right? I bet Texas Department of Health will issue her a food handling card, easy peasy.

  3. Alec666 says:

    Mr. Cuban: give me waiters without mask that will feed me and family copious amounts of greasy food in a small room full of strangers.
    Let’s roll!

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