What I learned this week, October 7, 2022

Bachman Lake at dawn, Dallas, Texas

The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home – only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

My android tablet and portable keyboard, I stopped my bike ride on the Bridge Park over the Trinity River to get some writing done.

Lessons from a Professional Password Cracker

I never realized that password crackers used stolen databases of passwords to learn the best way to crack passwords.

Companions Oscar Alvarado Plano Animal Shelter Plano, Texas

Seeing and somethingness

An evolutionary approach to consciousness can resolve the ‘hard problem’ – with radical implications for animal sentience

Three Lions food truck at the Ciclovia de Dallas

EVs keep getting bigger—and that could steer the U.S. down a dangerous road

Bigger vehicles pose more risk for pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers.

Standing Vase With Flowers, James Surls, 2010 Colorado, Bronze and Stainless Steel

Altitude sickness can ruin your hike. Here’s how to prevent it.

Getting high is not always as fun as it sounds.

Manor House Balcony, downtown Dallas, Texas

How Homes in Bali Are Designed for Harmony—and to Keep Demons at Bay

All the subtle ways traditional dwellings offer spiritual security.

Filming a Mexican Music Video in Klyde Warren Park.

The Pope of Filth is bringing his filthy novel to the big (filthy) screen.

In what marks a glorious return to filmmaking after a nearly 20-year absence, John Waters (Baltimore’s favorite son and American cinema’s favorite degenerate) will write and direct an adaptation of his 2022 debut novel, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.