Weekend 437.0

“The music was somehow addictive, as he had warned. An uninterrupted stream of emotion, Musical instruments in colorful profusion. It was Strauss who boasted, ‘I can describe anything in music, even a common ‘broom.’ Maybe he didn’t say ‘broom’—it could have been something else.  At any rate, there was something painterly about his music.” — Haruki […]

Portland

The one on the west coast. I was there for a long weekend and in traditional limestone fashion wanted to draft a top ten… (1) The Hollywood Theater at PDX. My favorite shorts from the Summer Program are Oregon: Only Slightly Exaggerated and The Famished Frog. I also liked The Water’s Fine because it reminds […]

Weekend 434.0

Cool flea market find this weekend for $3.00. I found the soundtrack for Explorers on vinyl. It’s notable for Disney Geeks because the music was done by Jerry Goldsmith who composed the theme song for Soarin’.

Weekend 433.0

(1) A cool link between Nolan Bushnell and Retta Scott. The quote is from They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez: “From early 1983 to February 1984, Retta got to animate, develop character designs, and paint backgrounds (along with Mary Blair’s husband […]

Weekend 432.1 (Lagoon Amusement Park)

(1) A couple of quotes from They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez: “While at Disney, she [Retta Scott] used to walk to work from time to time. Walt would sometimes see her and give her a ride the rest of the […]

Weekend 432.0 (Lasipalatsi)

(1) Kingdom Hearts is Disney at its strangest, darkest—and most moving (The A.V. Club) “What is adulthood for Kingdom Hearts? It’s a bullet—or maybe a magic sword—barreling toward you, that you can’t stop. Those things you loved as a kid—those movies, those heroes, those lessons about friendship and love and hope? They’ll be there, when […]

São Paulo

I was in São Paulo last week for work. It was a quick trip, with a packed agenda, so the opportunity for exploration was limited. I have a top ten list though… (1) Cargo Bikes (Copenhagenize Design Company) (2) Eisenbahn Pale Ale (BeerAdvocate) (3) Estação da Luz “Ever since this station was completed in 1901, […]

Weekend 430.0 (Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry)

A rainy day…a total wash out…it took me a couple of hours to realize there were no errands to run…no bike rides to be had…just the opportunity to listen to music…organize thoughts and exercise my creative muscles. (1) Get ready for a commuter apocalypse (NY Post) (2) Printmaking to Take Stage at New York’s Javits […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weekend 415.1

“Because he grew up in a railroad town, Disney loved trains; his love for locomotives was so great, he had a 1/8th scale railroad built in the backyard of his home in Holmby Hills, California, in the late 1940s.” – A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World by Andrew Kiste >> Watch (Vimeo)

Weekend 414.0 (…that’s how our minds, create creations…)

Quotes from The Thinking Fan’s Guide To Walt Disney World: EPCOT by Aaron Wallace. This is a well-written/researched book from a writer very passionate about EPCOT. It’s also creatively formatted with supplemental content suggestions (Disney and non-Disney) at the end of each chapter. I was simultaneously listening to Epcot Center on Spotify by TXCREW while […]

Weekend 413.0

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell (1) The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun (2) The Real Collusion Story (National Review) (3) Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in […]

Thanksgiving 2017

(1) How to Talk About Star Wars at Thanksgiving With Your Ignorant, Rebellion-Backing Uncle (The Washington Free Beacon) “On the forest moon of Endor, the Empire was able to build a shield generator without really bothering the indigenous life forms. They coexisted in harmony, Empire and Ewok alike engaging in a live and let live […]