What I learned this week, March 28, 2014

Highways Are Bleeding Dallas. So Why Are You Surprised We Want to Kill One?

I-345 near downtown Dallas

I-345 near downtown Dallas

6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

Fairdale Bikes in Austin has this little video to show their extensive and advanced R+D Department.

From National Review Online

The Republican Style

Barack Obama showed up at his meeting with Dutch PM Mark Rutte with his usual caravan of armored limousines and the like. Here’s how Mr. Rutte got there:

Danish PM Mark Rutte from National Review Online

Danish PM Mark Rutte
from National Review Online

But… but… the American President needs a huge entourage, of course, To Provide Security.

Stock Xootr Swift - I only added the seat bag and bottle cage (click to enlarge)

Stock Xootr Swift – I only added the seat bag and bottle cage
(click to enlarge)

Bike myths debunked

Rap Artists Wu-Tang Clan Fight Infinite Goods By Selling One Copy Of Their Next Album… For $1 Million

The Bourbon Barrel Temptress, on a Bourbon Barrel

The Bourbon Barrel Temptress, on a Bourbon Barrel

Drinking local has never been better in Texas

He also singles out several “brilliant, well-thought-out, delicious beers” from Dallas breweries: Velvet Hammer, an imperial red ale from Peticolas Brewing Co., Mosaic IPA from Community Beer Co. and Temptress, an imperial milk stout from Lakewood Brewing Co.

The man obviously knows what he’s talking about. Those three… plus Revolver’s Blood and Honey (which, I guess, isn’t really a Dallas beer) are my favorites.

A hearty cheer - for good beer.

A hearty cheer – for good beer.

The Wisdom of Mark Cuban

I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry.
In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project. But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more. Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait.
Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and build something. No one wants to bootstrap a business to profitability. Those are such archaic notions these days.

The back to the future arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule number one of business.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: ‘NFL is 10 years from implosion’


Ranking the Greats 10: Lars Von Trier’s 10 Best Films


Take a look at this photo from Googlemaps of an area outside of Boyers, Pa:

Boyers, PA

Boyers, PA

A huge parking lot out in the country, mostly filled with hundreds of cars. A mysterious road that trails off to an opening in the side of a mountain, leading all those people underground.

What do you think it is? Maybe a top-secret defense facility? An armored center for disaster response? The place where they keep the aliens from Area 51?

Nope, nothing like that.

Read about it and weep. It’s the dreaded

Sinkhole of Bureaucracy

Read This, Not That: Indie Alternatives to Popular Books

Read This, Not That 2: Alternatives to Popular Books

5. Instead of The Devil in the White City, read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.

I loved Devil in the White City – so that other one must be really good. Plus, I’ve been looking for an excuse to read Speak, Memory.


Exposition Park, Dallas, Texas

Exposition Park, Dallas, Texas

Exposition Park, Dallas, Texas
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“The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam…”
— J.G. Ballard