Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • If someone told you they were going to make a comedy about investing, specifically commodity trading, frozen orange juice, of all things, you’d think it would be time-wasting and a potential flop. Or, if someone told you they were going to make a musical, using rap and hip-hop music, about the first treasury secretary of the United States with a cast that basically didn’t include any white people, you’d think they’d be nuts. It’s amazing what artists can make out of things.
  • Do they even sell frozen orange juice anymore?
  • Yesterday, LiberallyLean posted a TwitterX thread about the racial history of Southlake. As he put it, “this thread is fantastic,” and I’m in total agreement. I took time to read some of the comments and noticed several tagged another user and left nothing but the single word “unroll.” I was puzzled. What does unroll mean? My initial guess was that it must be some slang for unrolling a rope, perhaps to make a noose with. Then, I noticed the same user was being tagged,
    @threadreaderapp. I explored the account and then bookmarked it because it’s a genius idea that solves a frequent problem I run into.

    So, going back to the thread that LiberallyLean mentioned, compare the original thread to what the app provides. Oh, it’s so much cleaner and easier to read. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten lost reading a thread, especially when I start looking at comments or click the “Show more” option and get lost trying to find my place. If you are like me and prefer not to reply with a tweet to unroll the thread, you can paste the thread’s URL here
  • Somewhat related to that article: Former Far-Right Hard-Liner Says Billionaires Are Using School Board Races to Sow Distrust in Public Education
    • I’m sure most folks haven’t thought or heard the name Ralph Reed for a while. I sure haven’t; he’s the sole person I blame for all the crap going on in the Republican party today. If you aren’t familiar with him, he played a huge part in the Christian Coalition and was a visionary in the early 1990s. All the current news of moving funds away from public education to school vouchers, school boards banning books in libraries, or Patriot Mobile came from his vision. This one quote of his sums it all up, and he was so right.
      • “I would rather have a thousand school board members than one president and no school board members.”
      • When you target the school boards, you are after the kids, and you want to get them while they are young and impressionable. That’s how you grow a political movement.
    • He’s only 62, and I’m surprised not utilized more.
  • Here’s a great Bill Murry quote:
    • “I’m not an alcoholic, I only drink 2 times a year. When it’s my birthday & when it’s not my birthday”
  • Only a few years ago, I learned that the Jayhawk of the University of Kansas was a fictional bird. Yesterday, I found out there’s no such thing as a Seahawk. Gosh, I feel like an idiot. At least I know that jackalopes and unicorns are fictional. Who would have thought bird mascots would be my kryptonite?
    • To ensure I no longer fall for this, I asked ChatGPT for a list of fictional birds used as sports mascots. I think these may have tripped me, though I’m not sure: Thunderbirds, Skyhawks, Warhawks—I know Firebirds aren’t real—Redhawks, and Blackhawks, though the latter is named after a Native American figure. Night Hawks and I wouldn’t have fallen for Mud Hens.
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