What I learned this week, February 18, 2022

Costco, Dallas, Texas

Francis Ford Coppola’s $100 Million Bet

Fifty years after he gave us The Godfather, the iconic director is chasing his grandest project yet—and putting up over $100 million of his own money to prove his best work is still ahead of him.

Do we really live longer than our ancestors?

The answer is not really – it’s all about infant mortality.

Feast of the Brave Taco Truck

Reality Honks Back

About those truckers…

Abandoned Saucer House – Texas

War Of The Worlds

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot – but have had trouble putting into words… here it is described as the Virtuals and the Physicals – two groups about to go to war with each other.

San Francisco homeless man: ‘they pay you to be homeless here’

Giving someone something isn’t the same as helping him.

Corporate Flat Art Proves Big Business Is Infatuated With Ugliness

I had never heard of “Corporate Flat Art” – but now I see it everywhere.

Giant Eye Sculpture, Main Street, Dallas, Texas (click to enlarge)

Bored’ museum guard drew eyes onto $1.4M painting

A terrible thing, of course, but I sorta like it with the ballpoint pen eyes.

Turtles All the Way Down

“A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Fair Park, Dallas, Texas