“Beyond the silver span of the motor bridge lay basins of cracked mud the size of ballrooms – models of a state of mind, a curvilinear labyrinth.”
― J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
“Laboring through a world every day more stultified, which expected salvation in codes and governments, ever more willing to settle for suburban narratives and diminished payoffs–what were the chances of finding anyone else seeking to transcend that, and not even particularly aware of it?”
― Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day
Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business
World-famous Cane Rosso pizzeria expands to gentrifying Dallas suburb
I love the Deep Ellum location of Cane Rosso. Carroltton is an inner-ring suburb (like Richardson, where I live) and is in the process of using the DART rail, bike trails, and densification while re-inventing itself (like Richardson, where I live) into a more urban, up-to-date place to live, rather than the desolation of cookie-cutter homes vomited out across the cotton fields to the north. Which is a good thing.
Eating Badly: Burger King, The Saddest Chain in Fast Food
When was the last time you set foot in a Burger King? Been a while? Well, in 2015 it’s “been a while” since a lot of American consumers have visited a BK, and for good reason. After all, the average consumer is not entirely clueless. And human beings in general are calibrated in such a way that they can inherently pick up on the sort of existential malaise your typical BK is now spewing into the atmosphere.
I don’t feel any burning desire to bash Burger King – but any fast food review that criticises a restaurant because of “existential malaise” – well that’s interesting. And true.
In a successful modern city, the car must no longer be king
The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”
Two billion years ago parts of an African uranium deposit spontaneously underwent nuclear fission. The details of this remarkable phenomenon are just now becoming clear.
3D Printed Sculptures Look Alive When Spun Under A Strobe Light
13 Cooking Hacks Every Chef Should Know
“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
― Pablo Picasso
“Lord Ganesh of curved elephant trunk and huge body,
Whose brilliance is equal to billions of suns in intensity,
Always removes all obstacles from my endeavours truly,
I respectfully pray to him with all my revered sincerity.”
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― Munindra Misra, Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme
I have always been intrigued by art depicting the Hindu deity Ganesha. This is one from the DMA.
“There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is in a bird’s building its own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged? But alas! we do like cowbirds and cuckoos, which lay their eggs in nests which other birds have built, and cheer no traveller with their chattering and unmusical notes. Shall we forever resign the pleasure of construction to the carpenter?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
One of the nice things about travelling to different places and looking at the art is finding the same sculpture in two settings.
What is even better is finding very similar sculptures by the same artist – compare and contrast. Two Miro birds, one in Houston, Oiseau, and one in Dallas, Moonbird.