It’s an off-day, so it seems like a good time for the first installment of not-so-random thoughts for 2014. I’ve had some things on my mind. Here are a few of them…

–Traditionally, NSRT has been the one place that I can discuss my obsessions. Such as my adoration of director Wes Anderson. Indulge me, please. Here are “15 Absolutely Necessary Ingredients For Making A Wes Anderson Film.” Anderson on “The Grand Budapest Hotel, Reimagined Nazis, and His Sock Drawer.” Kanye Wes Anderson. And finally, Anderson’s James Bond movie pitch.

–Gareth Bale is the fastest man alive.

30 great movies you probably haven’t seen. I’m a pretty devoted movie buff, and I’ve only seen one of these.

–This is great: The Oral History of Adam Sandler’s ‘They’re All Gonna Laugh at You!’. We absolutely wore that cassette tape out in college.

The Mona Swanson. Swan Ronson.

–Nick Howard wants to know what Ryan Hanigan has been reading. I’d like to know what you are reading. Anyone read any good books lately?

The best I’ve read over the last few months, I suppose, have been Transatlantic by Colum McCann and Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem.

–I presume everyone is watching the latest season of Game of Thrones? I bet you haven’t seen this episode: Game of Thrones as a sitcom.

The most easily scared guy in the world.

–I never tire of “One Shining Moment.” Over the last month, my son and I have twice gone down the “One Shining Moment” rabbit hole at YouTube. We can’t get enough.

–To a five-year old, a typewriter is a complete mystery.

–I don’t really care for football these days, but this brings back some memories: NFL Films on Tecmo Super Bowl.

Vintage photos of an Oklahoma square dance in the 1940s. I love stuff like this.

7 Tips for Keeping Your Man (from the 1950s).

–I swear I’m going to do this sometime.

The worst baseball card of all time? Probably.

–So, over the first couple of weeks of the season, I haven’t been around RN as often as usual (more on that in the coming days). We’ve been having fun, however, doing Redleg Nation Radio on the new weekly schedule. If you haven’t listened to our latest episode, that seems like a good activity for a day when the Reds aren’t playing, doesn’t it? Also, have you subscribed to RNR yet (via iTunes or RSS)? If not, why not? It’s free! Do it now!

–Okay, that’s all for today. Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss anything you’d like.