Weekend 376.0






(1) Edward Johnston, designer of the iconic Underground typeface and ‘bullseye’ symbol, died on this day in 1944

Endless River






(1) Two quotes from Sir Winston Churchill: “…whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future once the picture has begun to flow along…they pass out into shadow and darkness.” “Let us be contented with what has happened to us and thankful for all we have been spared. Let us accept the […]

Weekend 347.1






(1) NOVA: First Air War (2) All change: at the rebuilt Tottenham Court Road Tube station in London, Daniel Buren’s geometric installations are set to make a connection (Wallpaper*) – Page 1, Page 2 (3) 8 Photos That Make Us Fall In Love With World of Motion All Over Again (4) A related flea market […]

Weekend 325.0






(1) Look At Life: Living with Cars 1964 (YouTube)

Weekend 308.0 (Allucciolato)






This space is a placeholder for my #BWC2014 and #London trip report. (1) Refining the palette: “Making Colour” at the National Gallery (The Economist) I saw this exhibit twice (7.26 and 7.28) whilst in London. There really isn’t an official catalog SO I went back a second time to take notes. The exhibit tells the […]

Weekend 303.0 “Lars Porsena of Clusium”






(1) When a Monarch Calls It Quits: A history of royal abdication, from Tarquin the Proud in 509 B.C. to Juan Carlos of Spain (WSJ – Registration Required) (2) Artists’ Long Struggle to Get Just the Right Color (WSJ – Registration Required) (2a) Making Colour at the National Gallery

Weekend 289.0






(1) The map that saved the London Underground (BBC) (2) How to Save Detroit: The Motor City needs help. Why not turn it into Hong Kong? (WSJ) (2a) Foundations Aim to Save Pensions in Detroit Crisis (NY Times) Credit: WOPR (3) Forgotten Messages From the Angry 1930s (WSJ)

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 273.0 (Train-spotters)






(1) A quote from What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube (The District Line) by John Lanechester “When you start researching the Underground, you soon realize there’s a reason why trainspotters are generally regarded as setting the gold standard for nerdy knowledgeability about a subject. In America, train-spotters are known as ‘foamers’, […]

Weekend 269.0 (July 4th Weekend)






(1) The 10 Best folding bikes: The popularity of folding bikes means there is now a huge range, whether you want one for commuting or rugged off-road riding (The Independent) (1a) Old locomotive flanked by diminutive wheels (Flickr) (2) A Look at Kinn: the US-Made Midtail (Lovely Bicycle!) (2a) Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon […]

Weekend 266.0






“Railways and the Church have their critics, but both are the best ways of getting a man to his ultimate destination.” — Wilbert Awdry What a great quote to describe my latest sojourn to London since both Church and Rail featured prominently. There were two travel objectives on my free day in London — The […]

London Fog






(1) London house prices: the parasitic city (The Economist)

Weekend 238.0 (Landscapes & Pronouns)






Born to see; meant to look My favorite “thoughtful spot” in the world and made doubly so by its connection to J. M. W. Turner. Landscapes like this become necessary respites in a contemplative life since they help stitch together the people, places, and things you observe. They can also be used to clear your […]

Weekend 237.0 (Son of a Florist)






Spent Saturday at Greenwich Park and snapped this little ditty in the Rose Garden. The park (and the area around it) is fantastic and after a little sleep I will post some more photos and a bevy of links. In the meantime…did you know there is a rose called an Ingrid Bergman? Also, the Chapel […]