Tuesday update

The New Kids on the Block will headline a throwback tour coming to FedExForum Friday, May 10, 2019. The MixTape Tour will also include Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Naughty by Nature.

Former Memphis Tiger D.J. Stephens has signed a two-way contract with the Grizzlies. That will make him a member of G-League affiliate the Memphis Hustle, but he will be able to spend up to 45 days on the Grizzlies main roster. Great PR move with that signing. D.J. will put butts in seats at Hustle home games.

Check out this Curbed.com article on Memphis redevelopment.

KIX 106 will present two free shows in Handy Park on Beale in the upcoming weeks. The Thursday, October 25 show will be headlined by Walker Hayes with special guest Dylan Schneider. The following Thursday, November 1, Maddie & Tae will perform along with special guest Waterloo Revival.

The Breeders with special guest Flasher play the New Daisy tonight at 7.

Today is the last day to register to vote for the fall election. Your vote matters more than ever!

Random tip I received Sunday night: If you say “elephant” when you feel like you’re about to sneeze, you won’t. “Yeah, but why not just sneeze?” was my response.

Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari recently commented that Penny Hardaway’s desired Memphis-Kentucky home-and-home series Is unlikely to happen, but the two coaches have talked.

From the CA: RiverArtsFest moves from South Main to Riverside Drive. The annual arts festival happens October 27-28.

A new Thai and sushi restaurant called The Nine is going in the former Bangkok Alley location on Union.

And they’re hiring.

I walked past The Nine on my way to Kooky Canuck, where the Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. They had a special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings yesterday.

My troll especially liked the green bean casserole, commenting that it was the same color as her hair. I guess she only has 8 crayons in her Crayola box.

After lunch I saw this outside the Flying Saucer:

Are they trying to win my business back?

Clayborn Temple will have a Preservation Open House Sunday, October 21 from 2 to 5 PM.

The Grizzlies players and coaches volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank yesterday.

Memphis Bigfoot Festival returns to Memphis Made Brewing Co. Saturday, November 17. It will feature The Year In Bigfoot report, trivia, a costume contest, videos, and your stories. T-shirts and posters will be on sale. This is a free event.

Memphis hosts #10 UCF at the Liberty Bowl at 2:30 Saturday. For my out-of-town readers who are Tigers fans, you’ll be able to catch this game either on ABC or ESPN2, depending on where you live.

The other day I saw an ESPN analyst propose an interesting scenario, one which I’m not totally crazy about because it involves the Tigers losing Saturday. Let’s say that UCF runs the table and goes undefeated for a second year in a row. Furthermore, let’s say that Clemson, good ole West Virginny, Washington, Penn State, and Texas suffer bad losses between now and the end of the season. That could leave us with the following CFP rankings:

  1. Winner of Alabama-Georgia SEC title game
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Loser of SEC title game
  4. UCF

That would leave the Big 10, the Big 12, the ACC, and the Pac-12 – four of the Power 5 conferences – on the outside looking in. Bet a bunch of ADs would be screaming to expand the playoff to 8 teams if this (unlikely) scenario plays out.

So, Friday I posted that both my laptop and my router were having issues, and the blog only stayed populated with new content over the weekend due to my iPhone’s WordPress app. Well, good news… after a day of troubleshooting menu options, I got the laptop to do a reset and it is working again – no more blue screen of death. I lost a lot of programs but that’s okay. I would rather spend a day re-installing programs than a day at Best Buy buying a new computer.

By the way… this past weekend reminded me a lesson that I would pass on to my Computer Literacy students if I were still teaching. Any important document, file or image – anything you can’t afford to lose – should be saved to the cloud, not to My Documents or some other place on a local hard drive. Hard drives fail. Computers in general fail unexpectedly. I save my documents to Dropbox, but iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive are also good. Just get some kind of service where your files are accessible from any device, via a web interface or an installed program or an app.

As for my wireless router, trying to work on it getting back up. The issue there is, it thinks the Wi-Fi password has changed, but I never changed it. This is an Arris router I own outright, not one I rent from Xfinity. I unplugged the Ethernet cable from the router and plugged it directly into my laptop, and voila – I had working Internet again, but I can’t carry my laptop around the apartment with me. I Googled the model number and found instructions to access the router’s control panel via an IP address. I got in, but when I tried to access the Advanced settings, it wanted a Password of the Day, which is different than the router’s Wi-Fi password. I found a couple of different Password of the Day generators. The promising news was, they all generated the same password for October 9, 2018. The bad news was, that password didn’t work. So I’m trying to figure out a new way to hack my router. If I can’t figure it out by the end of the week it’ll be time to visit Best Buy. At least I can make it a fun trip and get in a visit to PizzaRev while I’m out in that neighborhood.

That’s it for now. Kind of a long post today but it’ll make up for the short ones the past few days. Back tomorrow with more news.