What I learned this week, March 20, 2015

Decatur Street, Halloween, 2012

Decatur Street, Halloween, 2012

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Sharknado 3 Gets Premiere Date, Global Release and One Hell of a Title

I haven’t actually seen Sharknado or Sharknado 2 – but I am a big fan. For me, it’s a very good thing that the Sharknado franchise simply exists. I want to know that there are things that are out of the bounds of taste and sanity… that the world is a bigger and more wondrous place that we even imagine.

Plus, that title – Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Plus Plus – Mark Cuban cast as the President and Ann Coulter as the Vice President. The only thing better would be a subplot involving an illicit passionate affair between the two. We can only wish.

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Dallas Skyline from the Soda Bar on the roof of the NYLO Southside hotel.

Dallas Skyline from the Soda Bar on the roof of the NYLO Southside hotel.

Getting Density Right

Density is often touted – by myself included – as key to unlocking a more sustainable, liveable, cost efficient future. Getting density right is central to creating communities where it is possible to do a variety of everyday activities within walking distance from home – like visiting a health clinic, buying groceries, or getting your haircut. Walking has implications for our health, our sense of place, our connectedness to our communities, and our need to reduce our environmental footprint.

So all density is good, right? Not so fast.

Trinity River Bottoms (click to enlarge)

Trinity River Bottoms
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Art Deco mural from Fair Park in Dallas

Art Deco mural from Fair Park in Dallas

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Backyard burger and wiener roasts targeted by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues.

The agency announced that it is funding a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them and a “catalytic” filtration system.

The $15,000 project has the “potential for global application,” said the school.

The school said that the technology they will study with the EPA grant is intended to reduce air pollution and cut the health hazards to BBQ “pit masters” from propane-fueled cookers.

Charged with keeping America’s air, water and soil clean, the EPA has been increasingly looking at homeowners, especially their use of pollution emitting tools like lawn mowers.

EPA wants to monitor how long hotel guests spend in the shower.

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