Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 21, 2022

  • Governor Abbot spoke at the kids’ school yesterday evening. Here he is signing the Parental Bill of Rights into law. It looked a bit gimmicky signing a poster-sized version.
    • Before he talked about the incident that put him in a wheelchair, he stated he doesn’t tell this story often.
    • The school choir sang for him. He literally said they sounded like angels and it was the best version of that song he ever heard. He said it so sincerely it sounded like he meant it, but I’m sure he’s said the same thing to many other choirs.
    • He bragged heavily on his banning of mask mandates and critical race theory.
    • Bill Bennett was a big part of the event, speaking via Zoom. He heavily praised the governor, especially his role in protecting the border.
  • 35 Scientists Share That “One Science Fact” They Wish The Whole World Would Know
  • The woman dressing as a household item every day in January
  • Why Big Tech Companies Have Been Quiet on Texas’ Abortion LawBetween January 2018 and June 2021, at least 113 California companies relocated to Texas
  • This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ GarageSam Zeloof combines 1970s-era machines with homemade designs. His creations show what’s possible for small-scale silicon tinkerers.
    • With a collection of salvaged and homemade equipment, Zeloof produced a chip with 1,200 transistors. He had sliced up wafers of silicon, patterned them with microscopic designs using ultraviolet light, and dunked them in acid by hand, documenting the process on YouTube and his blog. “Maybe it’s overconfidence, but I have a mentality that another human figured it out, so I can too, even if maybe it takes me longer,” he says. Zeloof’s chip was his second. He made the first, much smaller one as a high school senior in 2018; he started making individual transistors a year before that.
  • Why Airlines Are Fighting the 5G Rollout
    • AT&T’s and Verizon’s C-Band frequencies primarily range from 3.7 to 3.98 GHz; airlines are concerned these mid-band waves may impact the radio altimeters that pilots use to know how far planes are from the ground. A recent statement from United Airlines says that, “when deployed next to runways, the 5G signals could interfere with the key safety equipment that pilots rely on to take off and land in inclement weather.”
  • Mitch McConnell says African Americans voting just as much as ‘Americans’ in viral video
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 21, 2022

  1. John says:

    All of the “scientist” need to read #8.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Loved the list from 35 of our Biggest Thinkers. Very thought provoking. But take issue with #19. She doesn’t know Mr. Whiskers. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, let alone a sweet song bird. Unless he was feeling hungry, then all bets are off. Ha.

    Also, sad to hear that Meat Loaf left this earthly realm. Loved the guy’s music. Never forget seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show (of which he was a part) at a mid-night showing. Blew. My. Mind.

    And a comment on the 5G kerfuffle. One small fact that has been buried in the many articles was that when tests were run initially to see if interference was possible with existing electronics (such as plane altimeters), they were all on low power broadcast settings across the re-apportioned frequency spectrum. The current 5G towers are all set up to be HIGH POWER broadcasts when they throw the switch. Hey, more coverage, more happy cell phone clients, more money. Planes & passengers, good luck.

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