Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 8, 2020

They used to laugh at him.

They used to call him names.

They didn’t include him in their reindeer games.

Then he got even.

I thought the president was all about “Merry Christmas”.

This seems like it would have been a fun little project.  Jinjin Sun, an artist and software designer, digitally painted herself into 100 famous works of art. It all started back on April 25, 2018, and wrapped up last week. You can view pieces 1-50 here and pieces 51-100 here. I purposely left out the Mona Lisa because it would have been prosaic.

Anti-Vaccine Doctor Has Been Invited to Testify Before Senate Committee

A doctor who is skeptical of coronavirus vaccines and promotes the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquineas a Covid-19 treatment will be the lead witness at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, prompting criticism from Democrats who say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories.

I’m not familiar with any of them.

Buzzfeed – These Are The Top 10 Most Used Songs On TikTok in 2020

I didn’t do the math, but I hear right after Christmas you can use your Advent calendars again for inauguration day.

Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 seconds

Sitting all day? Just 11 minutes of exercise a day can help reverse the effects

The exercise—which needs to be the equivalent of brisk walking or biking to count as moderate-to-vigorous—likely doesn’t have to happen at once. In a previous study, researchers saw that movement throughout the day also helps. “It doesn’t matter if you accrue it in 30 minutes or one-minute bouts over 30 occasions,” Diaz says. “The guidelines historically used to recommend that it had to be 10 minutes or more time, and we found that that’s just not the case. Any movement, no matter what duration, is beneficial, as long as you accrue enough of it.”

Some previous studies had suggested that it might take as much as 75 minutes of exercise a day to offset the harms of being sedentary the rest of the time. But older studies relied on self-reported data, which is notoriously inaccurate.

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym

If you take a closer look as to what exercise means to Japanese people, you’ll find that exercise equates working out. But perhaps exercise can take on forms that aren’t necessarily about going to a gym and lifting weights, or going on 10km runs. Namely, perhaps the exercise we need is the kind of exercise that is weaved into our lifestyle: walking.

What the above results show is not that exercise isn’t important to be healthy, but that in Japan’s approach to moving, perhaps most don’t see it as exercise. Japanese adults walk an average of 6500 steps a day, with male adults in their 20s to 50s walking nearly 8000 steps a day on average, and women in their 20s to 50s about 7000 steps.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, December 7, 2020

Yup, we put up the Christmas tree this weekend. And yes, we have Baby Yoda (aka, The Child, aka Grogo) at the top of the tree. I love it.

I’m looking forward to the new Obi Wan Kenobi series which I know is set on the desert planet of Tatooine, so this shooting location was a bit of a head scratcher.

A posting by the Film & Television Industry Alliance on says “Star Wars: Kenobi” is set to shoot in Boston on Jan. 4, 2021.

I like it better when we referred to this area as the Metroplex than North Texas.

WifeGeeding’s COVID-19 symptoms haven’t really gotten any better. She usually avoids spicy foods, but decided to try Chic-Fil-A’s spicy chicken sandwich to see if it would do anything. She said while she couldn’t taste anything, she still felt the spicy connection you notice when eating spciy food. So much so, she didn’t even finish her sandwich. One of friends has had the virus twice, but his wife and two kids who live with him never caught it.

I was told you could call 211 if you have COVID-19 related questions and concerns. I’m not sure I knew it existed.

2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, our goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. We accomplish this through the work of our 25 Area Information Centers (AICs) across the state. 2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.

Only 27 Republican lawmakers in Congress have acknowledged Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election. That’s outrageous, and it’s outrageous so many of the people who put them there aren’t upset about it.

Hey, if anyone would have the power to sway an election, wouldn’t it have been the person in place of power?

One thing I’m looking forward to come inauguration day is to remove myself as a follower of the current president’s non-government Twitter profile. I’m tempted to do it now, but still feel like I should be following the leader of my country on Twitter.

Pro-Trump Attorney Caught Encouraging Florida Republicans to Register to Vote Via His Brother’s Georgia Address

Bill Price is seen in a now-deleted Facebook Live video, speaking to the Bay County GOP members in Florida on Nov. 7th. It was about half an hour after the election was called for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket.

“We absolutely have to hold the Senate and we have to start fighting back, and we have to do whatever it takes,” Price said in the video. “And if that means changing your address for the next two months, so be it. I’m doing that. I’m moving to Georgia and I’m gonna fight and I want you all to fight with me.”

Price told the group he’s moving to his brother’s address in Hiram, Georgia in order to register to vote in the January runoff. He repeats and spells and his brother’s name and address, as members of the group jot it down. They can be heard mumbling the address in the background while some write.

“We can truly register at that address?” one woman asks.

“Sure,” Price answers, adding they have to plan to show a move, suggesting they have mail sent there.

Star Trek reference?

Queen Elizabeth II’s dorgi Vulcan has died, leaving her with just one remaining dog

This is four years old, but it’s new to me, and will please those fans of Hamilton and Rudolph.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 4, 2020

WifeGeeding continues to be the hottest one-eyed woman with COVID-19 that I know.

The funeral for Dallas Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul was yesterday. It’s odd they never said what happened to him and only stating he had a “medical emergency”. It feels like they are trying to hide something, but I suppose they do this for legal purposes.

As a part of Advent, we allow our kids to pick an ornament to their liking. Sometimes they like to choose something representative of the year. DaughterGeeding wanted a Christmas ornament of two light sabers, one red and one blue. Light sabers because we’ve watched a lot of Star Wars television series together this year (The Mandolorian, The Clone Wars, and Rebels). Those specific colors because of the presidential election. I thought it would be a hard find, but luckily, I found a single ornament which fit the bill.

I was pretty fascinated by those mysterious monoliths popping up, but now I’m sure they are a setup for a Super Bowl commercial and my interest has dwindled.

I wonder what the Texas version of this is. I also learned “bauble” is Australian for a small, showy trinket or decoration.

Family in South Australia find live koala in their Christmas tree

On Wednesday, 16-year-old Taylah was the last to leave the family home in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide around 3pm.

She made sure the dog was outside, closed the back doors and turned off all the lights.

When the whole family arrived back around 6pm, something was odd.

“I think the dog went straight to the Christmas tree and was sniffing around and Mum thought that was a bit weird,” Taylah said.

“There was baubles all over the floor … and she looked up and there was a koala in the tree.

“It was pretty tangled up in the lights. It was a fake tree and very old but she still tried eating the leaves off it … I saw her munch down on some but she stopped when she realised it was plastic.”

Taylah’s mother, Amanda McCormick, said she was in shock.

“I thought ‘Is this a joke?’ I thought one of my kids may have put like a soft toy in there, but no, it was a live one,” she said.

“We’ve had them in our trees before but not inside on our Christmas tree … It must have crawled in when the doors were open, it would have been in our house for at least three hours.”

According to, Dolly Parton’s husband runs a local asphalt company.

Downtown Dallas news – World’s Tallest Interactive Fountain Coming to Klyde Warren ParkConstruction will begin in the summer of 2021 and is expected to be finished by December

Guady, anyone? Looks like a leftover stage prop from one of Siegfriend & Roy’s show.

Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas is getting a big gift for the holiday season — the world’s tallest interactive fountain.

The interactive “super fountain” will shoot jets of water up to 95 feet into the air and is capable of jetting columns of water up to 100 feet, park president Kit Sawers told NBC 5.

The $10 million addition comes as a Christmas gift from park board member Nancy Best and her husband, Randy, the park said in a news release Thursday morning.

It will feature a central island of three stainless steel “trees” from which water will pulse and jet. The base of the fountain will have a shallow, “highly reflective” splash pool. At night, the fountain will have colorful light shows with streams of water synchronized to music.

That’s a petty bold business decision.

Warner Bros to Release All 2021 Movies in Theaters and on HBO Max SimultaneouslyAll 17 films, including tentpoles like “The Suicide Squad” and “Matrix 4,” will play exclusively on streaming service for one month before returning to normal theatrical window

Just as “Wonder Woman 1984” will be released on Christmas Day both in theaters and on HBO Max, Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 slate will play on the WarnerMedia streaming service and theatrically worldwide. However, every film will be available for just one month on HBO Max before it leaves the platform, and it will then continue playing theaters with normal distribution windows.

Again, this applies to every movie on Warner’s 2021 slate — though some are still in production and the exact list is subject to change. That includes major tentpoles like “Godzilla vs. Kong,” DC Films’ “The Suicide Squad,” Timothée Chalamet’s “Dune” and Keanu Reeves’ “Matrix 4.”

The other films currently slated are: “The Little Things,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “Reminiscence,” “Malignant,” “The Many Saints of Newark,” Will Smith’s “King Richard” and “Cry Macho.”

Three former presidents will get a COVID-19 vaccine on television. If you think that sort of thing is new, here’s a story of when Elvis got the Polio vaccine on live television.


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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December 3, 2020

2,596 Trades in One Term: Inside Senator Perdue’s Stock PortfolioThe Georgia Republican’s stock trades have far outpaced those of his Senate colleagues and have included a range of companies within his Senate committees’ oversight, an analysis shows.

Google News will allow free access to paywalled articles from news sites
Not yet in the US, though

Buzzfeed – This TikTok Of A Woman’s Stalker Breaking Into Her Apartment While She’s Dancing Is A Living Nightmare

The Obamas are producing a Netflix comedy series about the ‘chaos’ that occurred when Trump came into power

Barack and Michelle Obama are set to produce a new Netflix comedy series based on the “chaos”, which ensued when Donald Trump became US president in 2016.

Called “The G Word,” the series is due to start filming in early 2021 and is based on Michael Lewis’ book “The Fifth Risk,” the rights to which the Obamas bought in 2018, according to Deadline.

“The Fifth Risk” is a non-fiction book that examines “the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition,” as per Goodreads.

“The G Word” is set to be part-documentary, part-sketch comedy. It will pull back the curtain on government, examining whether it is “a dirty word or a trusted institution,” according to Deadline.

This show is going to be hosted by Adam Conover, you may know him from his informative show Adam Ruins Everything. I always like the content of the show, but not the delivery or know it all personality of the host. I think he’s very similar to Alton Brown, another know-it-all condescending person I find annoying but impressed by their intellect.

Back in September 2019, a huge cargo ship with over 4,000 cars capsized. The ship is now being taken apart in pieces, using a gigantic chain to cut the ship into smaller sections. I find all of this fascinating, and can only imagine how loud this operation must be.

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