Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 24, 2022

  • BoyGeeding plays a lot of Roblox games and recently expressed interest in creating his own, but needed some help with coding. So, I turned this opportunity into a bonding experience and we created our own on Saturday. I’m not much of a coder, I know just a bit, but enough for us to have some fun and for him to think I’m an expert.
  • Another great bonding experience for us was watching all the NFL playoff games. Every single one of those were classics going down to the last second or overtime. Three of the four visiting teams beat the home team. We’ll take the NFL over the college game any day of the week. Playoffs are so much better than meaningless bowl games, of which there are too many anyway. There were 44 bowl games last season, which means there were 88 teams. There are 125 Division 1 FCS football teams and 129 FBS football teams. So roughly 70% of teams get to play in a bowl game. The scheduling in the college game is way off as well. For instance, Alabama will play both Utah State and Austin Peay. Texas will play the University of Louisiana Monroe. Who really wants to see those games? And now with the new transfer and salary/endorsement rules, the purity is long gone, and has been for some time. Something else I like about the pro game is that an entire city is welcome into the fandom as opposed to a single campus and alumni. There’s more of a community and inclusive aspect for pro fans vs college fans.
  • It seems like Meatloaf was getting a lot more love than Louie Anderson, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
  • I saw the new season of Ozark dropped on Netflix. I loved watching it with my (ex)wife, feels so different watching it without her, all part of the new normal which is so damn hard to get use to.
  • One of the longest-delayed movies ever is finally playing in theatersHow long? Well, lavish fantasy The King’s Daughter wrapped principal photography way, way, way back in May of 2014. That’s right; the ‘brand new’ literary adaptation finished shooting almost eight whole years ago, and has only just made it onto the big screen after Gravitas Ventures stepped in to acquire the rights in late October.
  • Billionaire Mark Cuban Opens Online Pharmacy To Provide Affordable Generic DrugsHe said he decided to put his name on the company to “show capitalism can be compassionate and to send the message I am all in.” It’s not clear how much he had invested in the company. 
    • The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs Company (MCCPDC) is a registered pharmaceutical wholesaler and purchases drugs directly from manufacturers, bypassing middlemen to lower the price of more than 100 medications, it said in a statement.
    • For example, the leukemia drug imatinib is priced at $47 a month on MCCPDC compared to the $9,657 retail price.
    • The online pharmacy’s prices for generics factor in a 15% margin on top of actual manufacturer prices and a $3 pharmacist fee, the statement said.
    • The markup on generics average “at least” 100%, the MCCPDC said, while the Wall Street Journal reports in some cases it exceeds 1,000%.
  • Georgia school asks 4th graders to write letter to Andrew Jackson on how removal of Cherokee helped U.S. grow and prosper
  • Cruise Has Surprise Ending After Judge Orders Ship Seized Over DebtsThe Crystal Symphony was set to arrive in Miami on Saturday, but it was diverted to the Bahamas after a U.S. judge ordered the ship seized over $4.6 million in unpaid fuel bills.
  • Worth reading: Life After 7’6″: Shawn Bradley, Paralyzed in a Bike Crash, Knows ‘It’ll Never Be the Same’ – The retired NBA center is finding that his 90-inch frame—which brought him fame and fortune and 2,000-plus blocks—is now a challenge without medical precedent.

  • In case you were curious about the history of the fire pole, Mental Floss has you covered.
    • The pole was originally the brainchild of a Chicago firefighter named David Kenyon, who in 1878 noticed that a co-worker in the building’s loft had used a hay transport binding pole when the fire alarm rang, sliding down in a flash from the third floor to the first instead of having to navigate a spiral staircase.

      Firehouses of this era typically had horses on the first floor, sleeping quarters on the second, and hay on the third. Spiral staircases connected the first and second floors, so that the horses wouldn’t wander upstairs. While the stairs kept the horses at bay, they also slowed down responding firefighters.

      Inspired by his co-worker, Kenyon installed a wooden pole 3 inches in diameter connecting the first and second floors of the firehouse and used a coat of varnish to reduce friction. By 1880, the Boston Fire Department had a pole made of brass. From that point on, fire stations across the country were skipping the stairs altogether and using the pole to make a fast exit.

  • I was surprised to see Britney Spears on one of their lists.

  • Meaningless presidential trivia which interests me.

  • The Texas governor spoke at our children’s school and signed the Parental Bill of Rights. However,


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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 24, 2022

  1. David Bryant says:

    Regarding Meatloaf vs. Louie Anderson. I suspect this is GENERALLY more music vs. comedy rather than Anderson vs. Meatloaf.

    While Anderson was funny and I enjoyed seeing his standup, once I saw one ‘special’ that was usually the end. For most comedians there is no need to listen to their product more than 1 or 2 times (Robin Williams and Steve Martin are obvious exceptions).

    Now music is different, you can listen to a U2 album (or band of choice) over and over again…even in the same day. And when you hear those songs from your childhood, it is an emotional experience that fondly takes you back.

    So, Meatloaf fans continued to listen to his music all/most of their lives while fans of Louis Anderson can tell you what they liked, but they probably hadn’t listened to any of his stuff in years…or longer.

    Just a thought…

  2. Bryan B. says:

    Post the details of your boy’s Roblox game if it goes online. My daughter plays frequently.

    I thought Larry including the Britney Spears song was just to make sure people are paying attention.

  3. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    I was a tad surprised that Brady & the Buccaneers lost. Thought it would another Super Bowl season for him. Looks like Cincinnati and San Fran in the Big Game after the next round (my guess). Glad Rodgers blew it in his game. So tired of his prima donna routine. Great athlete, but he makes my head hurt.

    Speaking of movies on the shelf, any bets on the next Top Gun really & finally being released this year? Maybe I’m a cynic. At least I got to see Dune. I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.

    • Geeding says:

      I’m with you on Top Gun, they keep pushing the booger back. By the time we get to see it, both Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connolly will actually look old in real life.

  4. RPM says:

    Louie Anderson was special. From his standup to his roles in Coming to America and Baskets. But my favorite contribution was the cartoon Life with Louie where he described his childhood.

  5. John says:

    Bono is a member of the World Economic Forum. Maybe he’s just too dumb to understand their goals. That would be best case scenario.

    • Bryan B. says:

      Your comments are why Keith kept them closed for years. Seriously, what the hell does that have to do with the topic at hand? Some people work entirely too hard to be cynical.

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