Weekend 429.0

“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.” – Peter Strzok

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

Weekend 428.0

(1) Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too (NPR)

(2) How To Use Lechuza Planter’s Self Watering Feature (YouTube)

(3) Why I love the Kingdom Hearts series (MetroUK)

“While the overarching story of the franchise is a load of overcomplicated twaddle, the individual stories in each world are all extremely well-handled and capture the essence of the movies and TV shows perfectly.”

Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades

Bumper Cars(1) Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen (YouTube)

(1a) Tunnel of Love by Dire Straights(YouTube)

“And now I’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades…Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades. In any shooting gallery where promises are made…”

(1b) Palisades Park by Counting Crows (YouTube)

Image from Lisa Meader via Flickr

Weekend 427.0

(1) Tetsuya Nomura Opens Up About Kingdom Hearts 3: “I Do Feel a Little Sad When I Think Some Characters Will Probably Never Appear Ever Again” (US GAMER)

Weekend 426.0

(1) E3 2018: Tetsuya Nomura on If Kingdom Hearts 3 Is the End of Sora’s Story
“One thing fans may hope Kingdom Hearts 3 can deliver on is offering a satisfying wrap-up to the friendships that began the franchise — the trio of Sora, Riku, and Kairi. All will obviously feature in the game, Nomura hopes its depiction of their bonds can offer a realistic sense of how friendships evolve and change over time.” (IGN)

(2) Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30 (The Ringer)

Weekend 425.0

(1) Turning Point: The Original Goal of Soccer’s Iconic Black-and-White Ball Design (99% Invisible)

Hat Tip: JBOT

Weekend 424.0

(1) 2018 World Cup Fixture List (via Playmobil)

(2) Your musical inspiration this weekend is Spaceship Earth by Bruce Broughton

Weekend 423.1

Two quotes on memory (continuing a theme), silence, and noise…

“Memories, like seaweed wrapped around pilings on the beach, wordlessly waiting for high tide.”
– Haruki Murakami

“Memory is a word made fruitful by the Holy Spirit. It is a tomb, a tilled soil in which man deposits the seed of the word, and the latter takes root and springs up silently, developing a new, more abundant life that bears hope within it.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

“The roots of darkness could spread everywhere beneath the earth. Patiently taking their time, searching out weak points, the could break apart the most solid rock.”
– Haruki Murakami

“I am not afraid to assert that the false priests of modernity, who declare a sort of war on silence, have lost the battle. For we can remain silent in the midst of the biggest messes and most despicable commotion, in the midst of the racket and howling of those infernal machines that draw us into functionalism and activism by snatching us away from any transcendent dimension and from any interior life.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

Weekend 423.0 (Architecture is frozen music)

(1) Another quote from Ware: Conversations: “There’s a quote from Goethe that ‘architecture is frozen music,’ and I think it actually applies to comics more than anything because you’re taking images, making them still. They don’t actually come alive until you read them though; it’s sort of like reading sheet music in a way.”

(2) Semyon Bychkov talks about Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie (YouTube)

(3) A quote from Yesterday by Haruki Murakami:

“As time passes, memory, inevitably, reconstitutes itself. When I was twenty or so, I tried several times to keep a diary, but I just couldn’t do it. So many things were happening around me back then that I could barely keep up with them, let alone stand still and write them all down in a notebook. And most of these things weren’t the kind that made me think, Oh, I’ve got to write this down. It was all I could do to open my eyes in the strong headwind, catch my breath, and forge ahead…It feels as though these things happened just yesterday. Music has that power to revive memories, sometimes so intensely they hurt.”

(4) One last related quote from Ware: Conversations:

“This is why I think as adults, we can’t really enjoy life as we get older–we spend so much time worrying about the past and about the future that we don’t really experience anything. When we do experience anything deeply emotionally it’s mostly in memory, when we think about things: ‘Why didn’t I pay more attention to that?’ Meanwhile, everybody around us is getting older; our children are growing up. Before we know it, we’ve got an IV in our arm, and we’re telling the nurse, ‘Please adjust my bed.'”

(5) The Oh of Pleasure by Ray Lynch (YouTube)

Weekend 422.0

Three quotes from Ware: Conversations

“More than anything I was just trying to get a real sense of what it felt like to be alive, and there’s a lot of those moments in life. I didn’t want to ignore them. I wanted to try to put them on the page, to try to get a real sense of time passing.”

“You don’t read a book trying to get emotion out of the font that it’s printed in. You read it for the story. You read for what happens in your mind, and to me comics are some sort of magic language that happens before your eyes.”

“I guess I’ve used birds in some stories as a way of linking together narrative passages that happened in different time periods, maybe to kind of create a hint of causation between two different times.”

Chris Ware on cartooning and memories (YouTube)

Weekend 421.0

“User anonymity and free speech would become things of the past. The moment IOI took it over, the OASIS would cease to be the open-source virtual utopia I’d grown up in. It would become a corporate run dystopia, an overpriced theme park for wealthy elitists.” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

(1) The Long Way Round: The Plane that Accidentally Circumnavigated the World (Medium)

“The British, Ford mused as they waited in the drawing room of the commander’s residence, seem to do everything politely. They probably even apologised during invasions. Maybe that was how they’d got away with doing so many of them.”

(2) The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike (Wired)

Weekend 420.0

(1) True ‘Smart Cities’ should invest in libraries (CityMetric)

Weekend 419.0

Flowers in TwickenhamA couple of quotes from The Power of Silence: Against The Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat…

“In this inspired place, the long tradition of the eremitic Orders, the tragedies of history, and the beauty of creation cross paths.”

“Carthusian spirituality was born of the encounter of a soul and a place, from the coincidence between a desire for a quiet life in God and a landscape, Cartusie solitudinem, as the ancient documents describe it, the isolation and wild beauty of which attracts souls to even greater solitude, far from the ‘fugitive shadows of the world’, allowing men to pass ‘from the storm of this world to the tranquil, sure repose of the port.'”

Weekend 418.0

(1) Why New York City Stopped Building Subways (CityLab)

(2) Navigationally challenged?

Weekend 417.0

“A thousand skeptic hands won’t keep us from the things we plan. Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize.”

(1) Arcade fame turns to infamy as Billy Mitchell’s record-setting Donkey Kong score is invalidated

“Regardless of who falls, the community will no doubt continue to thrive; the passion for these old games is undying and, as new generations have shown, is not limited to an aging cohort of Gen-Xers striving to extend a bygone era of glory (though admittedly they are a big part of it).”

(2) Defending John Hughes from Molly Ringwald’s Woke Attack