What I learned this week, August 7, 2015

Bikes locked up in front of Parkway, New Orleans, Louisiana

Bikes locked up in front of Parkway, New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Restaurant Bounce, After Katrina


Woman writing in a Moleskine Notebook, Wichita, Kansas

Woman writing in a Moleskine Notebook, Wichita, Kansas

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life


Magazine Street, New Orleans

Magazine Street, New Orleans

Why Are Bicycle Sales Declining (for the 14th year)?


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Top 10 Restaurants in Dallas, TX

I don’t know if these are really the “top ten” – it tends to list middle-road sandwich places – but there are some interesting choices here.


British artist Richard Long has given us his ‘Dallas Rag’

I absolutely have to go see this.


The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten


Why Eating Fresh, Just-Caught Fish May Be a Thing of the Past

Actually, this seems like a way to drive the “little guy” out of the marker – who can afford that sort of ultra-freezer?


Wind/Pinball: Two novels

Murakami baby!


One of my favorite things ever is riding in the monthly Dallas Critical Mass ride. It runs from Main Street Garden Park in Downtown Dallas to a different, usually secret, destination – the last Friday of every month. To find out more, check out the Facebook Page.

Here’s a nice video of the last one – which ended up at a party (DJ, ice cream truck, keg, tamales) in the Sheep Barn at Dallas Fair Park.

The month before, June, was epic in that the ride was caught in a massive thunderstorm and we had to take refuge under the overhang of Dallas City Hall.

Here’s a 8X speeded up version of the ride.

And, if you have the patience to sit through it, is the whole thing.

What I learned this week, March 20, 2015

Decatur Street, Halloween, 2012

Decatur Street, Halloween, 2012

They’re Weird and Proud: America’s Quirkiest Cities

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100 Skills Every Man Should Know: The Instructions


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.


This Quick Trick Can Help When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed


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

25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston’s Gardner Museum


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.


18 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

What I learned this week, March 13, 2015

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Call Me Ishmael

8 books to lift you out of darkness

When Shaka Senghor (Watch: Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don’t define you) was nineteen, he shot and killed a man — and was sentenced to spend the second nineteen years of his life in jail. At first, Senghor sat in his cold cell and rationalized his worst deeds. “In the hood where I come from,” he says, “it’s better to be the shooter than the person getting shot.” Then, Senghor found solace in literature — and his perspective was transformed in prison.


My Xootr Swift bike with picnic supplies loaded in the pannier.

My Xootr Swift bike with picnic supplies loaded in the pannier.

How to Set Up a Serious Folding Commuter Bike : Xootr Blog

I actually rarely commute on my Xootr folding bike – I view it as more of a versatile, fun mode of transport. I took a used Craigslist Giant Mountain bike and outfitted it with racks and fenders – use it as my commuter and light cargo bike.

Commuter Bike with Dallas skyline in the background

Commuter Bike with Dallas skyline in the background. I need to take an updated photo – this one doesn’t have the fenders installed.


Magazine Street, New Orleans

Magazine Street, New Orleans

How Bicycling Brings Business

Bicycle Second Line New Orleans, Louisiana

Bicycle Second Line
New Orleans, Louisiana



Herb Alpert, Whipped Cream

Herb Alpert, Whipped Cream

Herb Alpert’s ‘Whipped Cream Lady’ now 76, living in Longview and looking back

Do I remember the album cover from back in the day? Even though I was only eight when it came out – of course I do.

One bit of useless trivia, Leon Russell (as Russell Bridges, a member of the “Wrecking Crew”) played piano on the album.


5 SXSW Eateries Off the Beaten Path

For my Austin peeps and visitors.


Bike lane on Yale, near my house.

Bike lane on Yale, near my house.

Why bike lanes are battle lines for justice


15 Of the Best Jack Kerouac Quotes

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”—The Dharma Bums


Look At This Tiny Drone [Video]

This would mean the end of privacy, if wind didn’t exist

What I learned this week, March 08, 2015

The land of lakes, volcanoes, and sun. A painting I bought on my last trip to Nicaragua.

The land of lakes, volcanoes, and sun. A painting I bought on my last trip to Nicaragua.

Why Nicaragua Is Becoming A Travel Hotspot


Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas, Texas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas, Texas

Can Everyday Biking Keep Us Young?


7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray


Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities!


MATH 101: A READING LIST FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS


It All Started Here

Well, that’s making a big assumption about “all” – it’s really only a bunch of fast food. Still, interesting.


Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Lineup

Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s Lineup

Texas Bicycle and Beer Expo 2015

Yeah, I know it’s still a long time away. So sue me.


Magazine Street, New Orleans

Magazine Street, New Orleans

Three Women who Changed the Course of History On Bicycles

Stylish bike rider, French Quarter, New Orleans

Stylish bike rider, French Quarter, New Orleans


My Xootr Swift folding bike in the cool bike rack in front of the Cold Beer Company Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

My Xootr Swift folding bike in the cool bike rack in front of the Cold Beer Company
Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Bike Parking: A How-to Guide

City of Dallas – Bicycle Parking Guidelines

Bikeyface – Racking Up Points



The real fault line in the culture war isn’t race or sex. It’s sin.


Car fire just north of downtown, Dallas.

Car fire just north of downtown, Dallas.

The One Chart That Explains All Your Traffic Woes

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

What I learned this week, February 20, 2015

The Bourbon Barrel Temptress, on a Bourbon Barrel

The Bourbon Barrel Temptress, on a Bourbon Barrel

Lakewood is number one… no surprise to me. I’ve always said that Temptress is one of the best things in the world. Not beer… things.

Power-Ranking the 18 Best Dallas-Area Breweries

Lakewood Brewing Company, French Quarter Temptress, Special Glass, Brewed, Fort Worth, Texas

Lakewood Brewing Company, French Quarter Temptress, Special Glass, Brewed, Fort Worth, Texas

Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Lineup

Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s Lineup


RIP Ajax Lady

June Fairchild, Actress Who Lived on Skid Row, Dies at 68


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.

Does Downtown Dallas Need Another Skycraper?

Dallashenge from the triple underpass in Dealey Plaza. This is an HDR image - three shots taken at different exposures and combined with software.

Dallashenge from the triple underpass in Dealey Plaza. This is an HDR image – three shots taken at different exposures and combined with software.


I have always loved Oliver Sacks’ writing, wit, and insight. And I always will.

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer



I’m sorry if I post too many listicles on my What I Learned page – but that is one silly internet thing that I can’t resist.

I love fake, funny flyers. The first one I remember seeing was in college on my dorm’s bulletin board. Someone had put up a note, “Someone stole my Shimanu (I don’t remember the real name) calculator. You didn’t get the charger, so it isn’t any use to you at all. (this was back when calculators were very expensive). Please return it to room 345.”

Underneath, someone else posted – “For Sale, Shimanu Calculator. Needs Charger”.

Oh, and I’ve found, twice, these… not really absurdly funny, but absurdly weird flyers around town. Here and Here.

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

32 Absurdly Funny Flyers People Actually Posted


I loved Never Let Me Go – His new novel looks fascinating, though I have no idea how I’ll find time to read it.

For Kazuo Ishiguro, ‘The Buried Giant’ Is a Departure

What I learned this week, February 13, 2015

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Opera House

For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas

The Wyly Theater in the Dallas Arts District

The Wyly Theater in the Dallas Arts District


10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag


Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Lineup

Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s Lineup

Saving You From Beer

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Trinity Toll Road Backers Launch Misinformation Campaign


5 Unhealthy Side Effects of Sitting All Day and What to Do About It


5 new restaurants opening this year in ‘dining theme park’ Trinity Groves


This Crazy ‘Simpsons’ Theory Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense

My opinion is that the events in the Simpsons aren’t really happening at all – that it is only a series of still drawings shown fast enough to convey the illusion of motion. That’s my crazy idea, anyway.

The idea of the whole thing being a fantasy – I thought the same thing about Minority Report

Dissecting the finale of Minority Report

“Look at how peaceful they all seem. But on the inside, busy busy busy. It’s actually kind of a rush. They say you have visions. That your life flashes before your eyes. That all your dreams come true”.


Why Don’t Kids Walk to School Anymore?

In the late 1960s, nearly 50 percent of American children walked to and from school each day. In this short film produced by City Walk, experts discuss the decline of a once-common activity—and why it would still benefit children today. “Kids need to walk to school so they learn about active transportation,” says University of Utah professor Elizabeth Joy. “When you have to go two, three, or four blocks, that doesn’t mean you get in the car. You can actually walk.”