Weekend 327.0 (2015 Winter Retreat)






CliffsNotes provided by “Let’s Be Still” from The Head and the Heart (see related). I spent the weekend at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. It was a great weekend and I now find myself in a transitional space somewhere between Compline and the Superbowl. It was a retreat rich in metaphors too, at one […]

Weekend 324.0 (Old Trafford)






(1) Giving that historic WIN at Old Trafford some perspective (#WeMarchOn). (2) Card Games: Touring from Winning Moves Games (3) Kingdom Hearts III???? (The Know It All: January 9, 2015) Credit: Bear (4) A quote from Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon: “…yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory […]

Weekend 322.0






(1) THE DØ – Dust it Off (YouTube) (2) A couple of quotes from The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera: “What is a gatekeeper to do if not to warn of what she’s seen? Gatekeepers aren’t optimistic or pessimistic, Prudencia. They’re either awake or asleep.” “I’ve been told that you value delicacy […]

Weekend 316.0 (…an abundance of caution)






“You gonna have to wear some pants, man, ’cause you freaking’ me out with that.” ― Black Jesus (1) Inflated Hopes: Early airship experimenters found that insurance companies refused to quote rates for aerial liability. A review of C. Michael Hiam’s ‘Dirigible Dreams.’ (WSJ)

Weekend 312.0 (Le mal du pays)






A couple of days off from work (a much needed extra long Labor Day Weekend) so I’m doing some housekeeping, biking, and drinking gratuitous amounts of coffee. I also finished Murkami’s book less than twenty-four hours after it arrived. (1) A quote from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami “The […]

Joyful Cosmology






(1) Woody Allen’s Bleak Vision by Rev. Robert Barron “If you consult the philosophers of antiquity and the Middle Ages, you would find a very frank acknowledgement that what Woody Allen observed about the physical world is largely true. Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas all knew that material objects come and go, that human beings […]

Weekend 306.0






(1) World Cup themed episode of Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts debuts (2) Playmobil channels Mary Blair? (3) Book Review: ‘Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History’ by Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing (WSJ – Registration Required) (4) What Type of Camera Clicks for You? (WSJ) (5) How about some lyrics from Green River Ordinance? Put on your […]

Weekend 301.0 (Memorial Day Weekend)






My sister always lends me great books and she found a real gem with In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy. Only forty pages invested, and there’s already been references to monastic ruins, martyrs, crusaders, and the Chicago World’s Fair. This is lembas for a stoic Anglophile. (1) Scare Away The Dark by Passenger (YouTube) […]

Weekend 285.0






(1) ‘Non-Stop’ by Jack El-Hai: How a small local carrier grew into the most debonair of airlines before declining into “Northworst.” (WSJ) (2) 20 Odd Questions for Designer Marcel Wanders (WSJ) “With design, the most common mistake is: to think it’s about functionality. If something is functional, you no longer think about it. I care […]

Weekend 281.0






(1) The 5 Keys to Keeping (Real) Friends (WSJ) “Friends need as much if not more tending as a garden of flowers. Because friendship lies at the center of good and flourishing lives, every one of us needs to be good at this special kind of gardening. The examples of Ruth and Nisus, Emilie du […]

Weekend 280.0






I always post lists without any context so this post concludes with some [context]. And highly experimental since pronouns are rubbish. (1) ‘Mars Attacks’ again, 50 years later (USA Today) (2) The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Ends (2a) Chris Ware: ‘There is a magic when you read an image that moves in your mind’ […]

Weekend 277.1 (…goodness which gives extras)






(1) Book Review: ‘Secrets of Disney’s Glorious Gardens’ (2) Ancient art form enjoying a revival (Middle East Interiors) “Stained glass adds an unparalleled sense of art, peace and history, something to complement today’s architecture. It may also have some literature or figurative motif, an episode created from life or literature, cartoon characters and so on, […]

Weekend 277.0 (Autumn Biking Adventures)






(1) This App Will Help You Find A Quiet Space In The Loud, Bustling City (1a) Metro-North Commuters Slog to Work: After Power Outage, It Could Be Days Before Normalcy Returns to New Haven Line (WSJ) On the plus side, diesel locos from Stamford! (2) A quote from The Blue Riband (The Piccadilly Line) by […]

Weekend 274.0 (Baskets Encouraged)






Finished A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line by John O’Farrell and The 32 Stops by Danny Dorling. The latter is a clever work using facts to provide insights into the human geography of London along the Central Line. Also, finished A Northern Line Minute by William Leith last night. It was like […]

Weekend 273.1






Alternative Image Rain this morning so cycling to church (and the cappuccino right after) results in an audible— car (blah), coffee, and the Wall Street Journal from the home office. Finished What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube (The District Line) by John Lanechester this morning. This book in the series was […]