Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 14, 2020

Regarding the photo above, yes, I know the actor the kid is portraying had a dramatic weight loss story and later died.

This is a nerdy and very adult admission, but you have no idea how happy I was after I discovered the TRIM function in Excel. It’s one of those things in which I wondered, “Where have you been all my life?” Also, I learned how to remove carriage returns, which was almost as joyful.

I forgot that up until 1990, McDonald’s used beef fat to fry their fries.

Yesterday, LiberallyLean mentioned AT&T Stadium’s glass doors, roof, and air pressure when opened. When I took the tour of the stadium in its inaugural year, that was one of the first things they told you. They said if they didn’t open them in a sequence, the pressure would literally destroy the roof, but I forgot the order.

Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – Bald eagle attacks state’s $950 drone, sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan

ESCANABA, MI – In what state officials are describing tongue-in-cheek as a “brazen attack,” a bald eagle recently snatched a $950 drone belonging to the state of Michigan that was being flown to document shoreline erosion damage in the Upper Peninsula. After a brief tussle, the big bird ripped off one of the propellers from the small spinning aircraft and sent it to the bottom of Lake Michigan near Escanaba, state workers said.

The Lincoln Project is about to come out swinging. I’m interested to see how the punches will land.

“We’ve … been doing this with a purpose,” Madrid said. “These ads have been running in limited runs as we check the analytics to see how the response is. And now, in the last 80, 90 days, it’s all about execution. So we’re now putting the money and the firepower behind it in eight key states where we think it will make a difference by moving Republican votes.”

This digital ad campaign will involve spending $1 million on social media sites, direct email and search engines to reach voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia. Voters in those states will see eight different commercials that the Lincoln Project made.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I am not sending my kids back to school

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Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks to Get Critical Software Updates

Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Passed Away This Week

Computer scientist Russell A. Kirsch, the inventor of the pixel and an undisputed pioneer of digital imaging, passed away on Tuesday in his Portland home from complications arising from a form of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91 years old.

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