Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

  • Today is my sons’s birthday. He now enters double digit territory. This is how I had to experience it a year ago when my wife left me. This is a text I received from her mother after not hearing from anyone in my family for four nights. Despite the call going well, I never got to speak to them again until I got a lawyer involved. WWJD?
  • This happened at a Fort Worth hospital – A Reno man donated his kidney. He received a $13,064 bill in return
    • Living organ donors are never supposed to receive a bill for care related to a transplant surgery. The recipient’s insurance covers all of those costs. This rule is key to a system built on encouraging such a selfless act. And for most uninsured patients in end-stage kidney failure, Medicare would pick up the tab. But in Malin’s case, he would end up facing a $13,000 billing mistake and the threat of having his bill sent to collections.
  • Ozzy Osbourne publicly urinated in Alamo Plaza 40 years ago this week
    • I never knew he tried to make right – A sober Osbourne returned to San Antonio a decade later and was apologetic for desecrating the historic landmark that honors the Alamo defenders. He also cut a $10,000 check to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, then the caretakers of the Alamo. 
  • Texas Sues Meta Over ‘Unlawful’ Use of Facial RecognitionFacebook has been storing “millions” of biometric identifiers without user consent, the state attorney general said.
  • Vanity Fair – Bob Odenkirk Says Goodbye to Better Call Saul: “Honored to Have Been Part of It” – Filming on the show’s sixth and final season is finally completed, six months after Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on set.
  • ‘Wordle’ is phasing out NSFW words
  • CNet – Lewdle, a NSFW Wordle clone, rewards your dirty mind
    • In an internet swimming with Wordle clones, Lewdle has found a way to differentiate itself. The dirtier your mind, the better your chances of success. The word game holds tight to the Wordle rules of six guesses for one five-letter word a day, but the right answer will always be naughty. Before you read any further, let me share Lewdle’s content advisory: “Lewdle is a game about rude words. If you’re likely to be offended by the use of profanity, vulgarity or obscenity, go play Wordle instead!” Otherwise, please proceed. Lewdle’s vocabulary list ranges from the relatively mild (“poopy” and “damns”) to more extreme examples that would make sensitive folks blush. That’s the point. Lewdle is all about reveling in the saucy, sassy and unsanitized, but it’s also about good, clean dirty fun. Lewdle won’t go into slurs, however.
  • Her Boyfriend Killed Her Toddler—but She’s Going to Prison
    • When Rebecca Hogue’s 2-year-old son was beaten to death by her boyfriend in 2019, she wasn’t there; she was working a shift as a cocktail waitress. But Oklahoma authorities charged Hogue with murder under “failure to protect” laws—arguing she knew the child was being abused by Christopher Trent—and a jury that convicted her recommended life in prison. On Friday, a judge gave her life, but suspended all but 16 months of the sentence, saying she did not deserve to die behind bars.
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