What I learned this week, October 29, 2021

Cedars Open Studios 1805 Clarence Street Dallas, Texas

The 5 Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

This is fascinating – to the point I picked up the book. Will write more about this later.


One of the cool things is that you could go down into a pit area and look at what was left of the vehicles after they ran their race. If their was enough left in one piece you could even sit in the driver’s seat and get your picture taken. Or you could talk to the drivers. For some reason this driver, from a cheese-wedge shaped car that made it down quickly in one piece, seemed very popular in the pits.

The last great mystery of the mind: meet the people who have unusual – or non-existent – inner voices

My inner voice is a talking albino wombat named Earl. Is that unusual?


Somewhere in the Caribbean

These Navy SEAL tricks will help you perform better under pressure

Use this the next time you need to think clearly in a high-pressure situation.


Shakespeare Sculpture, Dallas Arboretum

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You’re Quoting William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily recognizable; phrases like “To be or not to be,” “wherefore art thou, Romeo,” and “et tu, Brute?” instantly evoke images of wooden stages and Elizabethan costumes. But an incredible number of lines from his plays have become so ingrained into modern vernacular that we no longer recognize them as lines from plays at all. Here are 21 phrases you use but may not have known came from the Bard of Avon.


The most brilliant bookshops in the world

These are great. If I were wealthy, I’d travel the world and visit all of them. Also, locally, I would add two (both used bookstores) – the Big Main Half-Price Bookstore in Dallas, and Recycled Books in downtown Denton.

Music cases and used books… and a bass.

Recycled Books, Denton, Texas
Recycled Books, Denton, Texas

At the Heart of Our Divisions

Socialism is immoral—and it makes us hate one another.


Jars of Kimchi, half and full gallons.

How To Make Easy Kimchi at Home

My mouth waters at the slightest whiff of pungent, fermented cabbage and I’ll eat it with everything from fried rice to dumplings, summer rolls, or, ahem, straight out of the jar. I still have a lot to learn from Mom when it comes to kimchi-making (there are over a hundred different kinds!) but the recipe for mak kimchi, or simple kimchi, has been a great place to start

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