Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • In 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold puts down a $7,500 deposit on a swimming pool. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, I estimate that amount to be $15,929.48 in today’s dollars.
  • What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out.Our privacy experiment found that automakers collect data through hundreds of sensors and an always-on Internet connection. Driving surveillance is becoming hard to avoid.
  • When I was a kid, I thought all commercial planes would like something like the Concorde jet or something very sleek and stealth like. I understand the economics of why the Concorde is no longer in the air and fitting in the most passengers as safely as possible, but I’m saying in general. I thought all commercial airlines would look cooler or different as we enter the third decade of the 2000’s. I know the modern plane has advanced in technology in terms of engines and materials, but the design is basically the same as what we saw in the Sixties.
  • NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet is cleared for final assembly
    • This is NASA’s first large-scale, piloted x-plane (or experimental aircraft) in more than three decades, and its goal is to reduce the loudness of a sonic boom to more of a sonic thump. When the long, slender jet transitions to supersonic speed, it will make about as much noise a car door closing, and since it will be flying 940 MPH at 55,000 feet, that could be essentially inaudible. NASA will test the X-59 over select US communities to gather feedback, as it has done with the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft over Galveston, Texas. Those tests will help establish new rules for commercial supersonic air travel over land.

  • There was a fire at the Rangers new ballpark. I’m predicting some sort of accident will happen after it opens and it will be tied back to the fire citing, that things were overlooked or sacrificed to meet a deadline so the park will open on time. I do hope I’m wrong.
  • An overlooked rule in chess is making sure the light square is in the bottom right corner for each player.
  • Man stolen as a baby found living in Michigan 55 years after crime
  • What A ‘Healthy Plate’ Looks Like In 6 Different Countries
  • I thought the initial plunge and landing on the lake bed was interesting, but you gotta wait until the fish show up.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 17, 2019

  • We ate at Panda Express recently, I got a kick out of the fortune in my fortune cookie.
  • DaughterGeeding is a happy little camper, she had her braces removed yesterday. Our orthodontist gives patients a treat bag of items they couldn’t eat when they were wearing braces. The only item missing in the bag were Tootsie Rolls, so we stopped at the grocery store to pick a small package of them up. Personally, I’ve never liked them, always thought of them of fake or substitute chocolate. Our local grocery store just happened to have the Planters NUTmobile parked in front of it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know it was a thing, I guess they are trying to be like the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
  • I watched the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday and during the Linda Ronstadt honor, Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood sang “Don’t Know Much“. I forgot how much I liked that song, which led me to do a little research and got me trapped in an Internet wormhole. To my surprise, that song was recorded at Skywalker Ranch.  One of the authors of the song is Barry Mann. Other than writing the songs for  songs for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Mann also helped write “Somewhere Out There” for An American Tail and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”.
  • I recently read that the star on the California flag was there to honor Texas but didn’t believe it. However, this is what I found on the state of California’s official website:
  • Dolly Parton statue may replace KKK leader memorial at Tennessee Capitol
  • I never heard of this prank until yesterday, but that’s some high comedy.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 13, 2019

  • A new Nothing Bundt Cakes opened in the neighborhood and I thought I’d be a good husband and buy a small snickerdoodle cake and drop it off at her school. My mom used to do that sort of stuff for my dad and it rubbed off me. The clerk placed the cake in a bag and I asked if she included any forks, she oddly replied, “We don’t carry any forks but you can walk to Sonic to see if they have any.”
  • Last night, Troy Aikman pointed out that Baltimore Raven QB Lamar Jackson is likely to win the NFL MVP award and LSU QB Joe Burrow is favored to win the Heisman Trophy. If that happens, the NFL MVP would be younger than the Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson is 22 (January 7, 1997) and Burrow is 23 (December 10, 1996). He also mentioned this has happened several times.
  • The Heisman Trophy isn’t what it used to be, at least for me. I’m not sure when that happened. It might have been when they moved the ceremony from the cramped New York Athletic Club or when college players started to leave for the NFL after two seasons and winners became younger. I think the last ceremony I watched was when Sam Bradford won and was totally turned off when Sooner alumni and past winner of the Heisman, Billy Sims, continuously screamed “Boomer” after Bradford’s name was announced, selfishly drawing attention to himself instead of letting the young man have his own moment in the spotlight. It’s one thing to cheer for your school, but don’t be an ass about it. It pains me to say that because I met Mr. Sims once and he couldn’t have been kinder, he even let me pick up his Heisman and it’s as heavy as you’d imagine. Oh, and one of his daughters lives in our neighborhood.
  • My alumni newsletter highlighted a lecture named “Women of the Old Testament“. In an effort of transparency and an admission my mind is always in the gutter, I immediately thought of those old Playboy special editions. For you local folks, I did some very limited and restrictive research and saw the last “Girls of the Southwest” was in 1988, which means all those women would be in the fifties now and possibly grandmothers.
  • All employees of my wife’s and children’s school must cover any visible tattoo. Some have a very small one, like on their wrist, and cover it with a band-aid every day. A few students will ask their teacher why they are always hurt.
  • OK, I have to admit, I thought they had more than one aircraft carrier – Russia’s only aircraft carrier catches fire; 1 dead and 2 missing
    • Why does Russia only have one aircraft carrier? The best answer I could find comes from The National Interest. In short, it came to money, and Russia preferred to spend it on their army, air force, and nuclear weapons.
    • In case you were wondering
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – An octopus caught a bald eagle in a death grip. Thanks to some salmon farmers, the eagle survived
  • Nature is brutal and I can’t help but think of Austin PowersThousands of ‘penis fish’ appear on California beach – 
    Fat innkeeper worms typically burrow under the sand but recent storms have swept away layers, leaving them exposed

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Swimming Under Ice and Breaking Holes For Air, Polar Bears Chase A Drone

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I Am Jesus Christ – Official Announcement Video Game Trailer

This brought to mind an old U2 lyric from If God Will Send His Angels.

Jesus never let me down
You know Jesus used to show me the score
Then they put Jesus in show business
Now it’s hard to get in the door


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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 10, 2019

  • I love WFAA’s Jesse Hawila’s brutal and honest approach.
  • For some reason, the basement of the Alamo was left off this list – The 25 Rooms That Influence the Way We Design
  • To my good friend who recently moved and changed his email addresses and phone numbers – I’m sending emails to your new email address and replied to your messages, but I don’t think you are receiving them.
  • It’s always a bummer to read about medication your taking which helps you live a somewhat normal life, to maintain functionality, might be more dangerous than thought, in particular when it comes to depression and suicide. And, I’m a bloke who thinks about suicide daily. (Don’t go freaking out on me, I’m too chicken or lazy to go through with it and never came close to writing a letter.)
    • Chronic Pain Is an Impossible ProblemA “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers turns out to be not so safe.
      • Though gabapentin and baclofen are much safer alternatives to opioids, recent research suggests that they’re not as safe as some doctors might have hoped, especially in combination with other sedating medications. The findings are a frustrating turn that suggests there’s still no silver bullet for chronic pain.
  • Georgia Youth Minister Tommy Callaway Caught Groping Reporter On Live TV
    • For some reason, almost every article about this doesn’t state his church or denomination affiliation. Since this happened in Georgia, I automatically assumed he was affiliated with a Southern Baptist church; however, he could have been Mormon, Church of Christ, or even another religion. In actuality, he is associated with a United Methodist church. It appears he’s a part-time youth minister as he has a fulltime job working at a tobacco company. That doesn’t excuse him, but I think it’s worth mentioning. I’m curious if he volunteers and isn’t on the church payroll, which I think is an important distinction.
    • This man slapped the reporter’s bottom. I confess to being ignorant regarding terminology. I thought “grope” meant or implied having a firm grip on something for at least several seconds, and thus, a slap wouldn’t be constituted as a grope. I’m wrong, and neither action is acceptable.
  • A study by WalletHub ranks the quality of care at Texas nursing homes last in the nation.
  • How Artists on Twitter Tricked Spammy T-Shirt Stores Into Admitting Their Automated Art Theft
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, December 9, 2019

  • During yesterday’s sermon, I noticed DaughterGeeding was drawing poinsettias and thought nothing of it. After the sermon, she handed me the drawing and said she wanted to place it on my parent’s grave, which we were planning to visit after church. It’s somewhat of a tradition to visit the grave during Advent and place poinsettias on it. I turned the paper over and saw that she had written them a note. She’s never done this before, never had a chance to meet them, but this sure did pull on the heartstrings quite a bit.
  • It’s a tad macabre, but I do get a kick out of the kids when we visit my parent’s grave. They make it a competition to see who can find grandma and grandpa first.
  • We finally put the Christmas tree up. This is rather late for us.
  • I made a trip to the scrapyard on Friday. Instead of throwing a lot of metal away, I tend to collect it and throw it in a pile. I crammed it all in the back of the SUV and got $9.10 for my efforts. It’s not about the money, and it’s not about being an environmentalist, but there’s something about it a simply like doing. As a bonus, on Fridays, the scrapyard cooks and gives away free hotdogs and drinks. Let me tell you something, that was one mighty fine all-beef hotdog I ate.
  • A New Testament-themed video game will put players in the shoes of Jesus Christ himself
  • Donald Trump at Wharton: Fact Checking the President’s Time at Penn
  • Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world’s youngest-serving prime minister
    Transport minister is the nation’s youngest leader ever and the country’s third female PM

  • Apologies for the curse word in this tweet as well as the explicit audio.

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