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) (2a) Orwell On Trial: Was George Orwell an informer? The London intelligentsia is reeling from […]

Weekend 412.0

Quiet weekend. I took a look at my list of personal goals for 2018 (hastily drafted during my holiday sabbatical) and was frightened by the lack of progress. (1) Route Plan Roll / London Cycle Map (2) Japanese Illustrator Creates Beautiful Handbook of the Birds You’ll Find in Tokyo (My Modern Met)

Weekend 411.0

(1) Museum piece: a show at the Cooper Hewitt explores design and technology (Wallpaper*) (2) Caricature: Or, Guston’s Graphic Novel by Chris Ware (The New York Review of Books)

Weekend 410.1 (AOE 3 / 2V3 / Yucatan War)

This was an all out European showdown in the Americas on a map called Yucatan. The sovereign(s) involved were the British, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The British (red) were partnered with the Dutch (purple) while the French (yellow), Spanish (blue), and Portuguese (green) were allied. I’m going to organize the summary into three parts. […]

Weekend 410.0

(1) New York’s finest purveyor of pencils champions low-tech design (Wallpaper*)

Weekend 408.0

(1) Market news: painting of Richmond Hill has to stay in the UK (The Telegraph) (1a) Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862 by Jasper Francis Cropsey (Flickr) “This is one of Cropsey’s most critically acclaimed panoramic landscapes painted in England. The view of the Thames from Richmond Hill, outside of London, was a popular […]

Weekend 407.0 (Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.)

Weekend 406.1

“It towers above the polis like Notre Dame in Paris, but it is not a church building with a spire, cross or bells. Its architecture is monumental, evidently holding thousands of people, but it is not like a stadium open to the elements, or a convention center with a nondescript bulk. By its very color […]

Weekend 406.0

(1) Oregon bike tax is coming: Here are a few quirks in the law and how shops feel about it (BikePortland) (2) Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling (Financial Post) File Under: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas or Bah Humbug

2017 Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Updated)

“Open your eyes, then, and your heart, in an undisturbed solitude with God alone. Be still, and see what he is offering you, what he is to you.” – A Carthusian, The Prayer of Love and Silence “He was a monk. As demands brought him far from the enclosure, wherever he may have been he […]

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 […]

Weekend 405.0 (…they sent us along as a surrogate band)

“Particularly when I am worn out by the upsets of the world, I cast myself without reservation on the love of those who are especially close to me.” – St. Augustine “Memory. The key ingredient in looking back over our lives and history. Often coloured by nostalgia or clouded by age, it links us to […]

Weekend 404.0

“It was a peace that did not depend on houses, or jobs, or places, or times, or external conditions. It was a peace that time and material created situations could never give. It was a peace that the world could not give.” – Thomas Merton

Weekend 402.0

(1) Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy (Blooloop) (2) Quotes from The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick: “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome […]

Weekend 401.0

(1) How to Play World’s Fair 1893 (Rules School) with the Game Boy Geek (YouTube) (2) Brothers’ delight at their Playmobil pirate ship sailing to Scandinavia (The Telegraph)