Weekend 362.0 (contemplatives before YOLO)

“As a torrent gathers together from the rains, and overflows, roars, runs, and by running hastens down until it finally finishes its course, so is it with our mortal life. This human race is collected together from hidden sources and flows on, and at death travels again to hidden places. This intermediate state that is life roars and passes away.” – Saint Augustine

Weekend 361.2

“Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven.
As low as to the fiends. (Hamlet, II, ii, 517-19)

Weekend 361.1 (…my green, my fluent mundo)

(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird:

“The cloaked Plus Ultra zeppelin, still visible in his alternate spectrums, hovered over the fair’s theme center, a pair of structures known as the Trylon and Perisphere. The former, a 180-foot-tall spike-shaped tower, doubled as the docking station for the invisible airship. The latter, a 180-foot-wide globe with a bumpy stucco exterior, was emblazoned with the words Le Monde de Demain. The World of Tomorrow. The interior held an elaborate diorama for a model city of the future, rings of idyllic suburbs surrounding an urban center of glittering factories, humanity wrapped around a mechanical heart.”

(2) A quote from Staying Up Much Too Late by Gordon Theisen:

“By the 1940s, when he [Hopper] painted Nighthawks, New York was as much a giant machine as the modernized house described previously as a big computer posing as shelter. Manhattan was almost totally constructed from layers of technology, from skyscrapers to elevated commuter trains to circuit-board street grid to a vast subterranean infrastructure of power lines, sewers, water mains, and fifty miles of iron pipes to carry steam throughout Manhattan.”

“The need to be reminded that such things as grass and leaves still exist, and are more than tasteful ornaments, can become acute in New York, now and in 1942. But way back in 1844, William Cullen Bryant, already fearing that massive development would obliterate all signs of Manhattan’s pastoral past, used his position as editor of the New York Evening Post to campaign for what would eventually become Central Park, an 840-acre swath of greenery in the gray sprawl of the city. This gem of urban planning was revitalized in the 1930s, when Robert Moses made visiting Central Park easier and more comfortable, adding playgrounds, a cafeteria in the zoo, and evicting a small herd that still grazed in an area known as Sheep Meadow. In fact, Moses, when not destroying entire neighborhoods to make room for an expressway, was planting some two million trees throughout the metropolitan area.”

Weekend 361.0 (Per inoequalem motum respect totes)

“Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense.” – Saint Augustine

(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird:

“They turned back to Henry. He was enjoying the ocean view, but the light was fading from his eyes. ‘I was inspired,’ he said. ‘Build your future, boy. Make her proud.’ Then he was gone. Henry sat just the same as he had when they came up the hillside. Still as a statue carved from the rock he leaned against. Lee tucked Clara’s sketchbook back into his pack, slung the pack over his shoulder, and turned to their crew. ‘You heard the man,’ he said. ‘Let’s get to work.'”

Weekend 360.0 (The Art of Sight and Sound)

“At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with the dawn, rejoicing.”

(1) For the first time, Disney Music Emporium brings its vinyl magic—and cool record player—to independent record stores on Saturday, April 16.

(2) Several quotes from Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology:

“Perhaps no other film in the Disney canon showcases Walt’s willingness to experiment with radically different concepts that were decades ahead of their time. With a focus on classical music, abstract art, and phenomenal character and effects animation, it is unlike anything else Walt created. Bringing to life gloriously rendered visions of magic, myth, and mystery, Fantasia is a psychedelic film produced nearly three decades before the birth of the Hippie movement.”

“As powerful as Chernabog may be, though, he is no match for the forces of Good. Church bells ring, and Chernabog and his minions retreat from the rising of the light. “Night on Bald Mountain” then gives way to “Ava Maria”, as we follow holy figures on a pilgrimage through the forest to reveal the sun rising over the hills, and the dawn of a new day.”

(3) The Great Pumpkin

Weekend 359.0

(1) An Icon Falls On Hard Times; In India, the Ambassador Car Fights to Survive Competition (NY Times)

Weekend 358.0 (Easter 2016)

Mother Angelica has passed away. I’ve given copies of her book (Mother Angelica’s: Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality) to friends and included her quotes in correspondence. Her sermons on ‘living in the present’ continue to be a source of inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“The riches of heaven are the things we should be desirous of–not the things of the world. The only treasures we know are the sunken variety. We’ve all seen those movies where the pirates open the trunks filled with diamonds and rubies, and we know there is tons of stuff buried at sea. It shows you what God thinks of them–they’re down at the bottom~ God’s concept of treasure is a soul that deeply loves Him and deeply loves its neighbor. That invisible reality is far more valuable than the passing trinkets of this world.”

Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. – St. Paul

“Holiness is not a match light or a 50-watt bulb, it’s a super-nova–one holy person can save a city, a nation.”

“I believe if we want this world to stop going to hell, if we really want to do something about the darkness–then you have to light the light. There is no other way to banish darkness. You can sit in a dark room and fuss and complain about it, but all you have to do is turn on a light. God has placed us all in a dark room, hoping that we will have sense enough to turn the light on and not yell and scream and panic over the darkness, because we know where the light is–we know who the light is! And we have Him. The tragedy of this age will be if those who have the light do not let is shine. Christians of all denominations have literally put the light under a bushel.”

“The Scripture says. ‘We are only earthenware jars’ (2 Cor. 4:7). Cracked pots! That’s what you are, a cracked pot that holds this great treasure. We are, all of us, imperfect, but we must remember that the Spirit of God is inside each of us.”

“We have to learn to live in the Present Moment. We have to ask God: What are you calling me to do now, in this Present Moment? Not yesterday or tomorrow, but right now. God’s will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences od the Present Moment. We have only to accept them nd try to be like Jesus in them.”

“In the Gospel of Matthew, the Lord tells us, ‘Set your hearts on His kingdom first and His righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow’ (Matt. 6:33-34). Now here is a sentence we forget entirely: ‘Tomorrow will take care of itself.’ Why? Because tomorrow will soon be now! Have you ever noticed that there is really never a tomorrow? It’s always now. Your whole life is now…Every day, every instant of your life is brand new–you make it old by living in the past. And you make it a dream world by living in the future.”

“Love is not a feeling. It is a decision. Jesus cannot command that you have a feeling. He can only command us to make a decision, and love is the greatest decision we will ever make.”

#MarchMagic Update


Weekend 357.0

(1) The limestone reading queue:

(a) 1946 by Victor Sebestyen
(b) Robert Moses: The Master Builders of New York City by Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez
(c) Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof
(d) Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology by Christian Moran with Rolly Crump, Bob Gurr, Jim Korkis, Sam Gennawey, and Dr. Maureen Furniss, P.h.D.

(2) ALL IN on the Tomorrowland Movers #MarchMagic

(3) New Interactive Map Lets You Explore Thousands of New York City Landmarks (Travel & Leisure)

(4) More screenshots from Your Lie in April (complete with stars and a bike):
(a) Screenshot 1
(b) Screenshot 2
(c) Screenshot 3
(d) Screenshot 4
(e) Screenshot 5

bum! brrum! brrrumble!!!!

“…the roll of drums and the flutter of the flags of empire.”

(1) Boris Johnson: Americans would never accept EU restrictions – so why should we? (Telegraph)

(2) Troubling warnings for the US from the 1930s (Financial Times – Registration Required)

Weekend 356.1 (Ending on a High ♫♫♫♫)

Images from Your Lie in April. More here and here.

Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)

“cuius regio, eius religio”

(1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast)

“A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th century. It’s socialism that enslaved them and impoverished them.”

A quote from 1946 by Victor Sebestyen:

“It is from Stalin that Rákosi took his famous line that the communists used ‘salami tactics, we took what we wanted slice by slice.’ Later Rákosi was brutally frank, or rather, boastful, about how the communists took over in a slow-motion putsch. Speaking to Communist Party workers he explained: ‘Our demands were always modest at first — and were then increased. For instance, first we demanded only “government control” of the banks; only later did we call for outright nationalization of the largest three banks. It was precision methods…that enabled us to defeat the reactionaries.”

Weekend 355.1 (World on the Move)

(1) The Archigram Archival Project

(2) A quote from Walt Disney and the Quest for Community by Steve Mannheim:

“Although the EPCOT concept was never built, its prototype transportation systems continue to influence the way millions of people around the world think about mass transit of the future. Disney, Roger Broggie, Bob Gurr, and their associates brought the words ‘monorail’ and ‘PeopleMover’ into common usage. By the end of his life, Disney was an international cultural icon and in a unique position to lead his peers in American industry. He could ask people to think about what the automobile had done to their communities.”

Weekend 355.0

“And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” — Mario Savio

(1) An Unjust Law Is No Law at All – Real Heroes: Augustine of Hippo (FEE)

“Augustine was a hero because he took charge of his troubled, wayward life and transformed it. Then, once committed to the highest standards of personal conduct and scholarly inquiry, he offered pioneering insights on liberty critical to the development of Western philosophy. One does not have to be a person of any particular faith to learn a great deal from this man who lived over 16 centuries ago.”

“Augustine was keenly focused on truth and wisdom. He knew that a humble person is a teachable person because he’s not so puffed up that his mind is closed. A humble person reforms himself before he attempts to reform the world. A humble person treats others with respect, and that includes other people’s lives, rights, and property. A humble person takes criticism or adversity as an opportunity to grow, to build character. A humble person knows that graduation from formal schooling is not the end of learning but only a noteworthy start of what ought to be a lifelong adventure.”

(1a) A related quote from St. Augustine:

“Grasp the truth of God by using the way He Himself provides, since He sees the weakness of our footsteps. That way consists first, of humility, second, of humility, and third, of humility. Unless humility precede, accompany, and follow up all good we accomplish, unless we keep our eyes fixed on it, pride will snatch everything right out of our hands.”

(2) A quote from First and Last Love by C.S. Lewis:

“Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been hints of it—tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but welled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say, “Here at last is the thing I was made for.” We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”

(3) The New Revolution Will Be Physical, Not Digital: Five Reasons Why Digital Will Disappear (Ad Age)

Weekend 354.0 (“Oh Pointy Birds!”)

(1) End of the line for Blackpool’s Monorail (Airgates)

(2) How Not to Get Killed by a Cow (Discover Magazine)