What I learned this week, February 27, 2015

Best and Worst Best Pictures


I thought “Chariots of Fire” was rated too high, “Schindler’s List” rated too low. Overall, a pretty good listing… don’t know about “Casablanca” at number one though. It’s an iconic movie, but not sure if it beats some of the others.


My Xootr folding bicycle, Trinity River Bottoms, Dallas, Texas

My Xootr folding bicycle, Trinity River Bottoms, Dallas, Texas

Jill Jordan Explains the Highway Spaghetti Planned for the Continental Pedestrian Bridge

Continental Bridge Park,  Dallas, Texas (click for larger version on Flickr)

Continental Bridge Park,
Dallas, Texas

Trinity Toll Road Would Put Serious Dent in the Continental Pedestrian Bridge

Shade Structures, Continental Bridge Park, Dallas, Texas

Shade Structures, Continental Bridge Park,
Dallas, Texas


When Good Scenes Happen to Bad Movies


America’s New Aristocracy: The Hereditary Meritocracy

I don’t know if I agree with this or not – but it is an interesting read anyway. I think cultural inheritance is more important here than genes… so many wealthy and successful people I know are idiots.


Dreamers propose, ranchers oppose recreational rail-trail between Kadoka and Rapid City

I understand, but don’t agree with rural folks’ opposition to rail to trail conversion through their area. They don’t want a lot of trouble from city slickers and gving up some of “their” land is the ultimate anathema. However, it doesn’t take very much land and where the trails have been built out and mature, such as the Katy in Missouri, there is a lot of opportunity for making money by the people that live along the trail.

I would love to live to see the NETT fully realized.


Houston just dramatically improved its mass transit system without spending a dime

What Dallas can learn from Houston’s Buffalo Bayou for the Trinity River project


What A Sober 6 A.M. Rave Can Do For You

Sometimes I wish I was young.


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Meet the worst transit project in America

This article is vehemently anti-streetcar. So far, the streetcar in Dallas has been a good thing – though it is more of a tourist attraction than a real transit option. Once the new upgrades and expansion are in place, plus the route to Oak Cliff, it will be interesting to see whether the problems cited in the article begin to rear their ugly heads.

Saint Charles Streetcar, beads still in the trees.

Saint Charles Streetcar, beads still in the trees.


‘A Temporary Future’ Unpacks David Mitchell’s Nesting Doll Novels

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