Perennial Pondstraddler

BIG trip report after I dig out, but here are three things I don’t want to forget:

(1) Sea Venture Building
(2) Church Cave
(2) Bermuda Rose Society

…a place of refreshment, light, and peace.

Under a big W

Weekend 401.0

(1) How to Play World’s Fair 1893 (Rules School) with the Game Boy Geek (YouTube)

(2) Brothers’ delight at their Playmobil pirate ship sailing to Scandinavia (The Telegraph)

Weekend 400.0

(1) Fall Museum Preview: 30 Outstanding Art Exhibitions to See in New York This Season (Artnet)

(2) Michael Eisner on Former Disney Colleagues, Rivals and Bob Iger’s Successor (The Hollywood Reporter)

(2a) Former Disney Boss Michael Eisner Seals Deal for English Soccer Team (Variety)

Weekend 399.1 (Listening to Ella…all night long)

Richard Florida Is Sorry: For years, Richard Florida preached the gospel of the creative class. His new book is a mea culpa. (JACOBIN)

Weekend 399.0 (Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down)

I think ‘Weekend Post 400.0’ needs to be something spectacular but I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I’ve been busy mining bitcoins¹ and helping my friend grieve after his beloved seagulls were promoted to the top flight (hence the lack of posts).

I get oodles of spam about LIMESTONE but always ‘legitimate’ requests for original content. I don’t even aggregate/archive/curate very well any more given the exigencies of work, etc. I also have a BUSY fall travel schedule (most for work…some for fun) so there’s probably going to be even less posting UNLESS I master the very nifty WordPress app. I could always cave and just post via Twitter and Instagram but I love words². The other option is to ask my intern to ghost post.

I also have a mountain of archived posts from the original blogger site dated 2000 (17 years) that I’d like to reintroduce (where’s Darnell the intern?). It’s really embarrassing to read those posts now, but history happened, and there’s no point in discarding the influence of those more primitive observations.

I always get lyrics stuck in my head and this morning it’s been this lil’ ditty by Boxer Rebellion:

Maybe there’s no use
In things being like they used to
And maybe there’s no use
In the way it was before

And if I found time
We’d go away with your way
And if we found time
I’d want it more and more

I think it fits a recurring theme. Anyway, I like to get up really early on the weekends when the day is fresh. The fall is my favorite and it’s always best when you can open the windows and wrap yourself in that crispy autumn air with a cup of coffee. I’m also finicky about my desk, and after many years of waiting, I finally peck at the keyboard from an Eames desk. In the left corner there’s a cluster of objects, the only accoutrements to adorn the surface. My favorite object is stoneware pottery, wood-fired and handcrafted, by the monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey. The books are always clustered by theme– religious (e.g. The World’s Last Night), historical (e.g. Churchill War Rooms), and fiction (e.g. Men Without Women). In regards to the latter, finished it a couple of weeks ago, and since I’m so fond of mysteries I’ll let my half-dozen subscribers guess which short story was my favorite (hint: helps if you know something about António de Oliveira Salazar).

How about the former (clever, clever, clever)? I just completed an online course from Hillsdale College on C.S. Lewis (Writings and Significance). IF you understand the permanent things, check out Hillsdale College. At this point, I fancy myself Guy Montag, and I’m pretty unapologetic about that (there’s a battle ahead)…so go ahead and leave that bust of General John Burgoyne on your desk…I won’t dox you or report you on Twitter.

I was at the bookstore this weekend and I love the ‘trending’ shelf because it quickly gives you a pulse of the national mood (this saxophone from Against All Odds is really distracting). If you’ve perused this site for 5 minutes or 17 years you’ll know I have a penchant for dystopia, and these days Sinclair Lewis and George Orwell are representatives of the genre du jour (blah, blah, blah). The shelf was full of survival guides and freshly printed copies of 1984, Animal Farm and It Can’t Happen Here. Here’s the thing about the permanent things³…

“Monarchy is not oppressive if the king and the people are working for a common goal under a common law and share a common dignity. But if the power elite, whether king, voting majority, or media elite cease to believe in an objective Tao, as is clearly the case in our society, then they become Controllers, Conditioners, and social engineers, and the patients become the controlled. Propaganda replaces propagation. Propagation is “old birds teaching young birds to fly.” Propaganda is programming parrots. Propagation is the transmission of tradition. Propaganda is the invention of innovation. Which of the two is piped into our brains daily by our media?

This new class of Innovators, the Tao-less Conditioners, will themselves be motivated in their social engineering, but not by the Tao, which is supernatural and eternal, a “permanent thing”. Instead, they will be motivated by their natural impulses, which are nonpermanent things: their heredity and environment, especially their environment, especially fashionable opinions. This means they will be motivated by Nature, not by the “permanent things”, which are supernatural.”

I’m ending my post because my diminutive coffee just ran out and the desire to cycle for more caffeine (petrol) is a good motivation, BUT I’m ending with some more lyrics:

Ghosts appear and fade away
Ghosts appear and fade away
Ghosts appear and fade away

Colin Hay was just at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

¹I’m also trying to create Satoshi Nakamoto’s likeness in Playmobil. It’s a bit of a guess.
²If you like words, you should watch Ozark on NETFLIX
³C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium by Peter Kreeft

Related
(1) Mr. Plinkett’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review (YouTube)
(2) Guinness drought to continue (The Royal Gazette)

Weekend 398.0

(1) The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation | S3 Ep71 | House Industries (YouTube)

Weekend 397.1

“This fantastic film…is like nothing that Mr. Disney has ever done before, although it glitters with reminiscent snatches from several of his previous cartoon films…Rather, it is a brilliant hodgepodge of Mr. Disney’s illustrative art – a literal spinwheel of image, color and music which tumbles at you with explosive surprise.” – Bosley Crowther, “THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Make Mine Music! Animated Cartoon by Walt Disney, in Which Casey Once More Swings Bat, Arrives at Globe,” New York Times, April 22, 1946

(1) Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at 83

Weekend 397.0

“Under modern conditions any effective invitation to Hell will certainly appear in the guise of scientific planning.” – C.S. Lewis, A Reply to Professor Haldane

Weekend 396.0

What the Bird Said Early in the Year by C.S. Lewis

I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear:
This year the summer will come true. This year. This year.
Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees
This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas.
This year time’s nature will no more defeat you,
Nor all the promised moments in their passing cheat you.
This time they will not lead you round and back
To Autumn, one year older, by the well-worn track.
This year, this year, as all these flowers foretell,
We shall escape the circle and undo the spell.
Often deceived, yet open once again your heart,
Quick, quick, quick, quick!—the gates are drawn apart.

Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: “Cuckoo!” by Benjamin Britten

What do you do?
In April, I open my bill.
In May, I sing night and day.
In June, I change my tune.
In July, far, far I fly…
In August, away!
I must…

Back in the World by David Gray

Less than sand on the beach
Staring into the reaches of space and time
I’m singing out words
But the voice that I hear
It seems barely mine
If it’s love put the song in my heart
Is it God by another name
Who’s to say how it goes
All I know is
I’m back in the world again

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star by Father John Lingard

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the ocean star,
Guide of the wand’rer here below:
Thrown of life’s surge, we claim thy care- save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, star of the sea,
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And soothe with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.

Weekend 395.0 (There’s so many different worlds…so many different suns…)

I watched Level Up! (The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase) at D23 on Twitch yesterday afternoon. If you missed it, you can see a replay on YouTube. There were two BIG KH3 announcements- the game finally has a ((((((2018)))))) release date and they’ve introduced the world of PIXAR to the franchise via Toy Story.

(a) The world of ‘Toy Story’ is coming to ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’

One other notable non-video game announcement is that a Tron attraction is being ported from Shanghai Disneyland to Walt Disney World. Don’t care what it is just as long as it makes liberal use of the Daft Punk soundtrack.

(b) New Tron Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Weekend 394.0

(1) Fall in Love With the World’s First Animated Dinosaur (Atlas Obscura)

(2) Oregon Legislature passes $15 bike tax (Bicycle Retailer)

(3) US State imposes “sin” tax of $15 on new bicycles (BikeBiz)

(4) Penn Station’s service changes and track work, explained (Curbed)

(5) The Blue-State Meltdown and the Collapse of the Chicago Model (American Enterprise Institute)

(6) Government debt: $500,000 per day problem (The Royal Gazette)

Weekend 393.0 (All I do is keep the beat and bad company)

“At the heart of all Catholic life is a miracle, a mystery, the Blessed Sacrament. Surrounded traditionally by ritual and awe, it has been the formative aspect of Catholic art, drama, and poetry.” – Charles A. Coulombe

(1) Treasures of New York: The Heckscher Museum of Art

(2) A quote from The Vignelli Canon:

“The knowledge of design history is important because it provides us with an insight into the motivations related to each period, movement or expressions that generated the artifacts. It is only by knowing deeply the why that we can understand the what and further appreciate them. The more we can spend on reviewing the past the better we can understand contemporary phenomena and the better we can formulate our own theories and therefore our designs.”

(3) Bishop Barron on Evangelizing Through Beauty

(4) Inspired by the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour & The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 here’s my wish list of KH3 worlds:

(a) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(b) Meet the Robinsons
(c) Wreck-It Ralph
(d) Frozen
(e) Lilo & Stitch
(f) Music Land (Silly Symphonies)
(g) Up
(h) Lonesome Ghosts or Brave Little Tailor
(i) WALL-E
(j) Clock Cleaners (Twilight Town???)

Notes
Does Disney Town encompass the world of DuckTales? Disney Town is a nice tribute to Mickey’s Birthdayland & Starland (and I believe Scrooge McDuck was the mayor)
I would like to be able to summon the Rocketeer, Pedro (Saludos Amigos), V.I.N.CENT, Susie the Little Blue Coupe and the BIG Mickey from Thru the Mirror
Square Enix / Disney should include worlds from Studio Ghibli
Didn’t include Tangled because some of the KH3 trailers show it
Other considerations: Flowers and Trees (Sill Symphonies) and Mickey’s Fire Brigade

Weekend 392.0 (Who am I, darling to you?)

(1) Artist Handcrafts Colorful Ceramic Pots That Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

(2) Never Built New York: An exhibition at the Queens Museum exploring 200 years of never built structures that imagines New York City as it might have been.

Weekend 391.1

Thames from RichmondIs it someplace real?

I think so. It’s called the Golden Valley, I believe.

Somewhere special?

In a way. It was on our nursery wall when I was a child.

I didn’t know it was a real place then. I thought it was a view of heaven.

Oh, the promised land.

I used to think that one day I’d come around a bend in the road…or over the brow of a hill, and there it would be.