Beyond the Silver Span

“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

(click to enlarge) Highway 75 Allen, Texas

(click to enlarge)
Highway 75
Allen, Texas

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A World Every Day More Stultified

“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

Gustave Caillebotte French 1848-1894 Portrait of Paul Hugot 1878 Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Gustave Caillebotte
French 1848-1894
Portrait of Paul Hugot
1878
Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Gustave Caillebotte French 1848-1894 Portrait of Paul Hugot 1878 Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Gustave Caillebotte
French 1848-1894
Portrait of Paul Hugot
1878
Houston Museum of Fine Arts

What I learned this week, January 23, 2014

While I was eating, a rugged group on Bicycles, braving the rain, came up for some food.

While I was eating, a rugged group on Bicycles, braving the rain, came up for some food.

Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

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Waiting for her order.

Waiting for her order.


Pizza Oven at Cane Rosso Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

Pizza Oven at Cane Rosso
Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

World-famous Cane Rosso pizzeria expands to gentrifying Dallas suburb

Photo Courtesy Cane Rosso and Zoli's (click to enlarge)

Photo Courtesy Cane Rosso and Zoli’s
(click to enlarge)

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”


The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor

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 Ones Who Have Gone Over

“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

Motorcycle Gang on scooters (where else but) New Orleans, Louisiana

Motorcycle Gang
on scooters
(where else but) New Orleans, Louisiana

Lord Ganesh Of Curved Elephant Trunk And Huge Body

“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.”
– 31 -”
― Munindra Misra, Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

Ganesha, Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas

Ganesha,
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas

I have always been intrigued by art depicting the Hindu deity Ganesha. This is one from the DMA.

Bird’s Building Its Own Nest

“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

Joan Miro Spanish, 1893-1983 Oiseau (Bird) 1968-81 Bronze Cullen Sculpture Garden, Houston, Texas

Joan Miro
Spanish, 1893-1983
Oiseau (Bird)
1968-81
Bronze
Cullen Sculpture Garden, Houston, Texas

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.

(click to enlarge) Moonbird, Nasher Sculpture Center

(click to enlarge)
Moonbird, Nasher Sculpture Center