Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 21, 2020


Most of you have no idea what the Syner Cut is but it’s been something I’ve been hoping to see for a long time now, and now it’s coming to HBO Max, which oddly, really doesn’t have much to do with HBO. It’s really a Warner Bros. streaming service but they just thought the HBO moniker was a better sell for a streaming service.


Any longtime reader knows I’m fascinated by Howard Hughes. I’m curious how he’d hold up if he were alive today. I’m sure most would argue he’d be a recluse, but I think he’d be more sociable since masks and gloves have almost become the norm. He’d be thinking, “Finally, the world has conformed to my standards.” This all came to mind as I saw this photo of Jerry Jones.


The Fastest-Growing And Fastest-Declining Retail Brands From 2019 To 2020, Visualized

The top two fastest-growing brands are lululemon and Costco. The top two fasting-declining brands are Under Armour and H&M. Also on that list is Subway and The North Face (goodness, their logo placement always has annoyed me).


NASA scientists detect evidence of parallel universe where time runs backward


 

Some days you are just better at blogging than others, this wasn’t one of my best days. #MyBad

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 20, 2020


It’s starting to warm up and the dogs have a pretty long coat right now, so I think it’s time for their summer cut.


The kids were talking about “apps” yesterday and out of curiosity, I asked them if they had any clue what “app” was short for, they didn’t.


I like the theory that President Trump has actually tested positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic, doesn’t want it publically known, and that’s why he’s taking hydroxychloroquine.


That whole Tiger King phenomenon felt like it was at least a year ago.


This gave me a good laugh.


https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/1260949102617075712


I’ve been on record stating my concern regarding deepfakes and how that will affect elections and national security. I’m even more concerned after listening to this video, it totally sounds like Biggie, and it’s just not his voice but speech pattern and such. It’s all done with AI.

The voice in this video was entirely computer-generated using a text-to-speech model trained on the speech patterns of The Notorious B.I.G. For more information, see: https://ai.googleblog.com/2017/12/tac…

This guy took it up a notch and mixed it with the beat from “Hypnotize”.


If you are interested in his breakdown, check out this article.


I’m posting this article since most of my college friends were math majors and a few actually read this blog.

UT Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot ProblemIt took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway.

I decided to look at her website and CV, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to be so intellectual and accomplished. And to think a lot of folks add their high school as filler and has no room for filler.


This guy wanted to conquer his feat of claustrophobia and thought spelunking part of the Hell Hole cave system in Santa Cruz, California would help. Hell Hole is known for its incredibly tight passages. I don’t think you could ever get me to do anything like this. Just watching this I feel like I can’t fully inhale and expand my chest. Language warning.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 19, 2020


President Trump stated he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine for the last week and a half.  What are the chances he’s been given a placebo? The FDA has issued repeated warnings about the dangers of the drug, so it doesn’t sound like good doctoring.


I think “despite all odds” is overused.


Texas is opening up more and more, but there’s just not enough of a downward trend for this family unit to tip-toe back into public.

On May 31, day and overnight youth camps, sports camps and sports leagues may resume operations.

I’m curious to know how youth sports, VBS, and other camps will be this summer. Kids have been trapped indoors and haven’t had the chance to socialize and be like kids, and I bet a lot of parents are wanting a breather from their children. I can see how other families may feel comfortable with returning to normal, especially if you live in a small town. I hope I’m wrong, but I fear we are setting ourselves up for a second wave that will be worst than the first.


The Last Dance was supposed to be a documentary about the last season of the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, but in reality, it was a documentary controlled by Jordan about his entire career. I wish it would have touched on what he was like as a husband or father. I think his kids got about 35-seconds total in the ten-episode arc. His mother and brother got a decent amount of time, but nothing from his ex-wife. I think we all know the answer though, his first love was either basketball or competitiveness (baseball, golf, gambling, etc).


Inside the cleaner (but less convenient) McDonald’s of the futureCOVID-19 will change what it’s like to eat at a McDonald’s so much that maybe we’ll just stick to drive-through.


One-Thousand-Year-Old English Mill Resumes Production to Supply Flour Amid PandemicIn April alone, the Sturminster Newton Mill ground more than one ton of wheat


Nebraska Woman Files Suit Against All Homosexuals

A Nebraska woman identifying herself as the “ambassador” for plaintiffs “God and His Son, Jesus Christ,” is suing all homosexuals on Earth for breaking “religious and moral laws,” according to court records filed Tuesday.

In the suit, entered into the docket as Driskell v. Homosexuals, Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, of Auburn, Nebraska, asks in a seven-page, neatly handwritten petition (PDF) that U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard decide once and for all whether homosexuality is or isn’t a sin.


Texas tries a pandemic first: a jury trial by Zoom

Lawyers in an insurance dispute in Collin County District Court on Monday picked a jury to hear the case by videoconference, in what officials believe is the first virtual jury trial to be held nationally amid the COVID-19 crisis.

More than two dozen potential jurors logged in by smartphone, laptop and tablet for jury selection, which was streamed live on YouTube here with a judge occasionally providing tech advice on how to best use their devices.

The one-day trial is a so-called summary jury trial, in which jurors hear a condensed version of a case and deliver a non-binding verdict.

The parties, having seen how their case could fare before a jury in a full-blown trial, will sit down for mediation and try to negotiate a settlement on Tuesday.


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Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 18, 2020


I’m a bit surprised that everyone working at the White House aren’t wearing red MAGA masks with white letters.


ESPN’s The Last Dance was a great thing to watch. I have bittersweet memories watching the 1998 NBA Finals. I knew it was going to be Jordan’s last run and then two weeks after winning his second three-peat my father died. Dad spent the entire series in the hospital, unconscious for most of it.

It looked like some of Jordan’s games with the Bulls were filmed in HD, but it seems I don’t think the timeline matches up. If his games weren’t filmed in HD, I don’t understand how they can make non-HD material look so good when other non-HD stuff looks very pixelated.

The Jazz deserved to lose simply because of those ugly team colors and jerseys.


Celebrities Perform Weird Al’s ‘Eat It’ During

Featuring: Scott Adsit, Al Yankovic, Fred Armisen, Rachel Bloom, Amy Carlson, Bryan Cranston , David Cross, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Al Franken, Heidi Gardner, Tony Hale, John Hodgman, Jack Black, Michael Mando, Michael McKean, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, Alison Pill, Phil Rosenthal, Paul Scheer, Rhea Seehorn and Amber Tamblyn.


The best part of my supermarket job was the people. Now, they’re the worst part.I can’t help but see shoppers in terms of risk — especially when they deliberately break the rules


This 3D tour of Ramesses VI tomb is pretty cool, even on a mobile device.



Cereal box hack

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