Southampton

Concluding my three city swing (Austin, Portland, and Southampton) with another list. What’s surprisingly missing from this one is anything White Star Line / Titanic related. I was in Southampton for a football match…not to find the Heart of the Ocean. (1) Sir James Matthews Building is part of Solvent University and features paintings that commemorate the […]

Weekend 432.2

It’s not really a trilogy but I suggest watching (1) Darkest Hour, (2) Dunkirk, and (3) Their Finest all together (in that order). If history isn’t your cup of tea…how about a trilogy with Jeff Bridges? Try (1) TRON: Legacy, (2) Seabiscuit, and (3) Tucker: The Man and His Dream.  They may seem unrelated, but I’m […]

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 […]

Weekend 388.0

(1) World’s Fair Beer Relaunches With a New Recipe (Knoxville Mercury) (2) Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely? (The Week)

Weekend 382.1

(1) The British Castle—A Symbol in Stone / Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 (Yale Center for British Art) (2) Creative Space: Jane Smith

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 372.0 (…it’s worth trying to explain in picture…)

(1) Friday A/V Club: What We Left at the World’s Fair: John Crowley and Jason Robards look back at a festival of social planning (1a) The World of Tomorrow 1/6 The World of Tomorrow 2/6 The World of Tomorrow 3/6 The World of Tomorrow 4/6 The World of Tomorrow 5/6 The World of Tomorrow 6/6 […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 366.0

(1) England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained (Brilliant Maps) (2) The Stages of Grief at the Frontier by Jakub Grygiel (The American Interest)

Weekend 350.0

“On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not.” – St. Augustine (1) China’s Ghost Cities (YouTube) (2) Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours review – the romance […]

The Orange Ninja (and other links)

I was at NYCC yesterday with my brother and snapped this photo of the orange ninja. It’s his 15th anniversary. (1) Naruto Manga Sequel Coming in 2015 (1a) Orange Ninja Factoid from Naruto: The Official Fanbook “According to the neighborhood records, Naruto’s hobby is gardening. A little surprising, but possibly he sees himself as a […]

Weekend 346.0 (Aloft from earth’s far boundaries)

(1) A quote from David Pryce-Jones: “For centuries, the character of Christian nations was formed and maintained by church architecture, stained glass, missals and poems like The Song of Roland, icons and frescoes, and statues and depictions of biblical motifs that even the greatest sculptors and painters concentrated on. Without such common belief and purpose, […]

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 335.0

“…the fate of two great nations seems to be determined by some god-damned things called LSTs and LCIs.” – Winston Churchill

Weekend 318.0 (…a virtual cornucopia of unmonastic beauty)

(1) 22 Habits of Unhappy People (2) Everything Is Owed to Glory (WSJ – Registration Required) “But Wellington was the servant of a democratic government, while all Europe became enslaved to Napoleon’s insatiable personal ambition.” (2a) Churchill Still Stands Alone (WSJ) “Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all Marxist historians who think history is […]