Derrick Russell



Hey! It rained this weekend! It wasn't crazy violent windy rain either! Just a nice couple of gentle rainy days. So I went to the National Weather Service website and pulled the rain totals... because science. Totals varied place to place (and street to street) but at the main weather center at Midland International it rained .14 inches over 3 days. and .78 inches so far this month. And while September is looking to be the wettest month of the year 2014 is still well behind the average. Only 5.52 inches so far compared to 14.60 as our yearly average, and we are still about 3 inches behind rain totals for last year. So drought conditions still exist but on the bright side it looks to be a cool, cloudy week... with at least a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain every day. I copy and pasted the actual "Climate Report" below, and for some reason it compares everything to the same time of year in 1995.

YESTERDAY 0.06 1995 0.07 -0.01
MONTH TO DATE 0.78 0.95 -0.17
SINCE SEP 1 0.78 0.95 -0.17
SINCE JAN 1 5.52 10.67 -5.15

Rain total September 12th – 14th - .14

Average Annual Precipitation= 14.60
Rain Totals past 3 years:
2011 5.47
2012 12.80
2013 8.50
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Lee Brice's new album "I Don't Dance" came out today! I've been looking forward to it since I saw him at Texas Thunder earlier this year (Texas Thunder also was where the above photo with Lee and the KICKS crew was taken) . The first two singles have been awesome, the title track I Don't Dance was great and his new one that just came out Drinking Class is one of my current favorites. Get all the info on the album at and I've posted the new lyric music video for Drinking Class below and the video for I Don't Dance just because.

I Don't Dance
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I'm going to need to remember this trick in the future when I have kids. This dad uses the best example of reverse psychology I've ever seen to convince his son that they are walking instead of driving... and the kid just goes with it. Well done Dad, well done.

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If you aren't familiar with Jacob's Well it is one of those little geographical anomalies that exist as trivia tidbits for small towns.  It is basically an underwater cave in Central Texas that is insanely deep.  I remember visiting there as a kid and people saying it was deep and that several scuba divers had died trying to explore it.  I had completely forgotten about it until I came across this scuba video:


And that is just the part you can easily get to without special equipment! 

Here is the description of the video for those interested:
Jacob's Well is considered a dangerous underwater cave for novice or non-cave trained SCUBA divers with at least eight divers having died in the system. At the present,
four chambers have been explored, the last of which ends in a too narrow
restriction for divers to continue. To date, 8 divers have perished exploring the well.
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The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are tonight! The night where TV fans everywhere go "Oh is it that time of year again."  They air tonight on NBC at 7pm.  Seth Meyers will hosting for the first time so it'll be interesting to see what his style is.  I had kind of forgotten what had been nominated so I looked it up and posted it below.  Who do you think will be the big winners this year?

Best Comedy Series

"The Big Bang Theory"


"Modern Family"

"Orange Is the New Black"

"Silicon Valley"


Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"

Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Ricky Gervais, "Derek"

Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"

William H. Macy, "Shameless"

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine"

Adam Driver, "Girls"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Fred Armisen, "Portlandia"

Tony Hale, "Veep"

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

Allison Janney, "Mom"

Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black"

Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"

Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"

Best Drama Series

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"House of Cards"

"Mad Men"

"True Detective"

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kerry Washington, "Scandal"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"

Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"

Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"

Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"

Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Best Miniseries or Movie

"American Horror Story: Coven"

"Bonnie & Clyde"




"The White Queen"

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Coven"


Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"

Minnie Driver, "Return to Zero"

Kristen Wiig, "The Spoils of Babylon"

Cicely Tyson, "The Trip Bountiful"

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Dancing on the Edge"

Martin Freeman, "Fargo"

Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks, "Fargo"

Jim Parsons, "The Normal Heart"

Joe Mantello, "The Normal Heart"

Alfred Molina, "The Normal Heart"

Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"

Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Angela Bassett, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Allison Tolman, "Fargo"

Ellen Burstyn, "Flowers In the Attic"

Julia Roberts, "The Normal Heart"

Outstanding Animated Program


"Bob's Burgers"


"South Park"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project"

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars"

Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night"

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, "Project Runway"

Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Anthony Bourdain, "The Taste"

Reality-Competition Program

"The Amazing Race"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

"Dancing with the Stars"

"Top Chef"

"Project Runway"

"The Voice"

Variety Series

"The Colbert Report"

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Real Time with Bill Maher"

"Saturday Night Live"

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Children's Program


"Dog with a Blog"

"Good Luck Charlie"

"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home"

"One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp"

"Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass"

Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama

Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson in "Downton Abbey"

Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in "The Good Wife"

Reg E. Cathey as Freddy in "House Of Cards"

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in "Mad Men"

Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in "Masters of Sex"

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope in "Scandal"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Margo Martindale as Claudia in "The Americans"

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell in "Game of Thrones"

Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes in "House of Cards"

Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in "Masters of Sex"

Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing in "The Newsroom"

Kate Burton as Sally Langston in "Scandal"

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Bob Newhart as Arthur in "The Big Bang Theory"

Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in "Modern Family"

Steve Buscemi as Marty in "Portlandia"

Jimmy Fallon as Host in "SNL"

Louis C.K. as Host in "SNL"

Gary Cole as Kent Davison in "Veep"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in "Orange is the New Black"

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange is the New Black"

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in "Orange is the New Black"

Tina Fey as Host in "SNL"

Melissa McCarthy as Host in "SNL"

Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in "Shameless"

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