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 […]

Weekend 345.0

(1) A quote from In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy: “There is not much left of the abbey. Henry VIII., with characteristic thrift, floated the stone down the river to build Hurst Castle. The refectory, now restored and used as a parish church, is the most perfect remnant of the once magnificent establishment, whose […]

Weekend 343.1

(1) On September 13, You Can Ride the 7 Train to Hudson Yards (2) ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture (ArchDaily) (3) More quotes from The Heart of our Cities by Victor Gruen: “There is a saying that the best things in life are free. Those best things are hard to come by in the sprawling […]

Weekend 341.0 (Project X)

What do you do with several gigs of photos from various trips to Walt Disney World and a bevy of books on the same subject? How about a project that uses both? The scan is from The Art of Walt Disney World Resort by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. My photo of Space Mountain is […]


A Gruen inspired renaissance? (1) The Mall Rises Again: How to breathe new life into America’s much-maligned indoor shopping centers. (City-Journal) (2) A related quote from Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler Imagineers said that when they were planning Tomorrowland, Walt would carry books around on city planning and mutter […]

Somerset Bridge Station

(1) Bermuda carriages found in Guyana (The Royal Gazette) Want to learn more? Find a copy of The Bermuda Railway (Gone – But Not Forgotten) by Colin A. Pomeroy.

le coup d’oeil de génie

Finished the Michael Korda tome on Ike. I still need to excerpt quotes, but love that his favorite painter was J.M.W. Turner. He “owned” a watercolor of Culzean Castle (by Turner) that hung in his bedroom and that he donated to the National Trust for Scotland shortly before his death. (1) What happens if Greece […]

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) […]