What I learned this week, February 1, 2013

History: Boarded-up on Bishop

I love the Bishop Arts District – one of the things that is making Dallas a different, better place. It’s easy to forget how delicate something like this is and how much it needs everyone’s support.

Bishop Arts in 1985 -photo by Jim Lake Cos.

Bishop Arts in 1985 -photo by Jim Lake Cos.

Bishop Arts Now

Bishop Arts Now

Asking the important Questions-

Where are the Bicycles in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?

Tulane, New Orleans, and the Super Bowl. I give a damn about two of these three…

I need a small, thin wallet to carry while I ride my bike. Something for a little cash (like I have any) ID and a card – something that won’t take up much space in my seat bag. I could buy an expensive sports wallet but I won’t. I have at least two rolls of raw wallet material.

How Dallas is Throwing Away $4 Billion
The more I think about this, the better I like it. It is a great idea. …And it will never happen. When all you have is a hammer – everything looks like a nail.


My son Lee recommended the book Moonwalking with Einstein. I already knew a lot of the memory techniques he talks about (my problem with memory is the huge hole in my brain labeled “don’t give a shit”) – but there are some very interesting concepts in the book.

Some money Quotes:

“I’m working on expanding subjective time so that it feels like I live longer,” Ed had mumbled to me on the sidewalk outside the Con Ed headquarters, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. “The idea is to avoid that feeling you have when you get to the end of the year and feel like, where the hell did that go?” “And how are you going to do that?” I asked. “By remembering more. By providing my life with more chronological landmarks. By making myself more aware of time’s passage.” I told him that his plan reminded me of Dunbar, the pilot in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 who reasons that since time flies when you’re having fun, the surest way to slow life’s passage is to make it as boring as possible. Ed shrugged. “Quite the opposite. The more we pack our lives with memories, the slower time seems to fly.”

Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next—and disappear. That’s why it’s important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.

Indeed, most of who we are and how we think—the core material of our personalities—is bound up in implicit memories that are off-limits to the conscious brain.

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