Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Random Thoughts 9/9/14

  • Baltimore running back Ray Rice had his football career ruined when the video of him beating his wife was released this week.  On the one hand, I understand why people are so upset because the video is violent and it removes any shadow of a doubt about what happened on that elevator.  On the other hand, I'm stunned by the sudden outrage.  It's like people thought it wasn't real because they couldn't see it.  But now they can, so now it is real, at least in regard to Ray Rice.  Never mind that this violence is done by other famous people (unrecorded by video) and the public generally looks the other direction.  I'm thinking of alleged (and sometimes convicted) wife-beaters like Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, John Daly, Charlie Sheen, Axl Rose, Dennis Rodman, O.J. Simpson, John Lennon, Steve McQueen, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Steven Seagal, Vince Neil, Jim Brown, Jose Canseco, Warren Sapp and many, many others.
  • Here's a pretty good article condemning Victoria Osteen's "gospel of happiness."
  • Apple has announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as it's upcoming Apple Watch.  Our phones are two years old, so we're technically due for an update.  I like the iPhone 6 but Shannon is leaning toward the phablet-sized 6 Plus.  I just need the thing to actually fit in my pocket.  The Apple Watch looks incredibly cool but I don't wear a watch now and I don't have $350 to learn to start wearing one again.
  • "Apple Pay" sounds like pig-Latin to me.
  • I won my first fantasy football game of the year.  That's not my usual m.o.
  • Listen to a classic sermon by Frank Peretti at Focus on the Family here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Because Russia

Russia has probably always been a slightly bizarre place to live.  Now with security cameras and dashboard cameras everywhere (for insurance purposes, I'm told), we on the internet get to watch the bizarre happenings in Russia.

Here are two samples of things you might see in Russia.

Monday, September 01, 2014

50 Facts About Kansas City

Here's a great little list of trivia about my home, Kansas City.  My favorites include:

7. Possible names considered for the town that eventually grew into Kansas City were Rabbitville (imagine the Easter-themed promotions!) and Possum Trot.

25. Before the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson as the first African-American major leaguer, he was a star shortstop with the Negro Leagues Kansas City Monarchs.

28. Kansas City actually used to have kind of a theme going on with its pro sports teams, what with the (former) Monarchs, the Royals, the Chiefs and the (now Sacramento) Kings. Not quite sure how Sporting Kansas City fits into the program, but they're iconoclasts anyway since they play in KCK.

39. Kansas City has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Or anywhere else, most likely, unless other planets are way more advanced than we thought.

It also doesn't hurt to read up on the summary of Kansas City history at the wikipedia page.  You might just learn something!

Advanced Toilet Roll Instructions

As the only one in seven that has this particular skill in my home, I feel obliged to share this instructional video.

Osteenification Run Rampant