• The Green Scarf Dispatch Company
  • Playmo Tyre Center
  • Northwood University
  • Playmobil Collectors Club

Weekend 309.0

(1) Sturmey Archer “The Planetary Gearset” (YouTube)

(2) Speed Traps For Japan’s Escalators (WSJ – Registration Required)

(3) Shakespeare as a Life Coach (WSJ)

“The world is grown so bad that wrens make pray where eagles dare not perch.” – William Shakespeare, Richard III

(4) ‘A Spy Among Friends’ (WSJ – Registration Required)

(5) A Ferris Wheel Family Rides Coney Island’s Renewal (WSJ – Registration Required)

(6) In Praise of the Mundane Marigold (WSJ)

“The key to using annuals creatively, said Mr. Stufano—respected for transforming Wave Hill Garden, in the Bronx, from a sad mess into an arresting jewel—is to forget fads. Train yourself to just look at the plant’s essential qualities, its texture, form, height and color, without letting the chicness factor (or the taint of that gas-station island) seep into your brain. He often used ordinary plants like marigolds and thistles in unusual ways at Wave Hill.”

(7) Francis Ford Coppola Talks Travel (WSJ)

Weekend 308.1

(1) Architect Lord Norman Foster on Good Design and Collectible Cars: The sought-after British architect reveals what he’s seeking, riding, collecting and coveting (WSJ)

“The best way to quickly transform a space is: by light and shadow. Light it, open it up to a view, provide a glimpse of the sky, orient it, close it down. For me, space is inseparable from light and shadow.”

(2) Under the Lily Pads: Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Administration Building (WSJ)

“The theatricality of this entry sequence, all of which occurs within 40 feet of the door, is pure Wright, conjured with low ceilings and high ones, shadow and light, the heft of brick and stone, and the sparkling weightlessness of glass.”

(3) Keeping Quiet at the Monastery: Monasteries Offer a Retreat for City Dwellers Not Opposed to Sharing a Bathroom or Changing Their Own Sheets (WSJ – Registration Required)

Weekend 308.0 (Allucciolato)

Photo of a Sign 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 story of color in Western art (paintings, ceramics, and textiles) from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century.

In addition to describing the materials used, it examines the stability of those materials (pigments) as well as the techniques employed to capture the effects of light and shadow. The theory (and science) of color is also covered in the first room via The Natural System of Colours by Moses Harris and the de Mayerne manuscript.

The exhibit is organized by color and interspersed with examples of pigment sources (lapis lazuli, azurite, verdigris, realgar, vermilion, kermes, and cochineal).

It begins with blue and the process for acquiring, manufacturing, and exporting natural ultramarine (lapis lazuli) and concludes with gold/silver.

The exhibit includes paintings by:

(a) Renoir, The Skiff
(b) van Gogh, Two Crabs
(c) Treck, Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls
(d) Monet, Lavacourt Under Snow
(e) Seurat, Study for Bathers at Asnières
(f) Sassoferrato, The Virgin in Prayer
(g) Rousseau, A Valley
(h) Cézanne, Hillside in Provence
(i) Ruysch, Flowers in a Vase
(j) Degas, Combing the Hair
(k) Bordone, A Pair of Lovers
(l) Dolci, The Adoration of the Kings
(m) van Lint, A Landscape with an Italian Hill Town
(n) Crivelli, Saints Peter and Paul
(o) Carracci, Christ appearing to Saint Peter on the Appian Way

One of my favorite objects in the exhibit was Turner’s Paintbox from 1851 (on loan).

(1a) A quote from A Closer Look Colour by David Bomford and Ashok Roy:

“Colour – along with light, shadow and movement – defines everything that we see…throughout history, the painter’s palette – the range of colours – has been dictated by several factors: the availability of materials, artistic or religious convention, stylistic influences and so on.”

(2) Brompton World Championship 2014 Official Video

(3) Tiddly

(3a) Richard III: The King in the Car Park

(3b) I can’t escape Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace [5.20.2014 #140]. I love that Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry were in the IT Crowd.

(3c) Best moment of The Office?

Weekend 307.0

Splendidum(1) Designer Jasper Morrison on Beautiful Basics and Tintin (WSJ)

“By worrying when the next idea might come, you restrict yourself—with the perspective of time, he’d learned to treat design more lightly, to enjoy it.”

(2) A quote from The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson

“Pink faces with a stylish Southern sag, old Ivy styles, seersucker coats and buttondown collars. ‘Mayblossom Senility’ (Steadman’s phrase)…burnt out early or maybe just not much to burn in the first place. Not much energy in the faces, not much curiosity. Suffering in silence, nowhere to go after thirty in this life, just hang on and humor the children.”

(3) The Art of Freight Train Painting: Canada’s railyard Rembrandts create art that moves (Utne Reader)

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 old black dress
And grab your dancing shoes.
Head out to the old bar Rose
and we’ll dance away our blues.
Spent all week waiting
Now my mind’s on you.
Hold my loving arms, my loving arms are for you.

I’m so tired of the nine to five weighing down on my soul
Let’s get out all of this uptown life and head out on the country road.
Forget about all the things that we can’t make right
Put on a little Emmyloo, and we’ll dance into the night.

Weekend 305.1

“St. Francis de Sales one day was looking at a rose, and he put his hands to his ears and he said to the rose, ‘Stop shouting.’ There is a power in the love of God. Most people today look at a rose and they don’t see anything; only a name, a color, a fragrance. But these great saints saw God in everything.” — Mother Angelica

“It would even now be hard to follow on the map this maze of byroads which we threaded, winding between the hawthorne hedges or gliding beneath the over-arching branches of ancient elms; passing snug farmhouses and cottages brilliant with rose vines and creepers and fairly embowered in old-fashioned flowers; and leading through villages the very embodiment of quiet and repose.” — Thos D. Murphy

Weekend 305.0 (Redoubts 9 & 10)

I use email drafts like a notepad for interesting links and quotes. It also begins to accumulate other bits of data that eventually become uninterpretable (see below), as well as genuine correspondence that remain in permanent draft form. I thought it would be fun to post some of the contents…

(1) Facebook Lawyer: That Emotion-Manipulation Study Was About Customer Service (The Atlantic)

(2) “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” — Aldous Huxley

(3) Three quotes In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy:

(3a) “Uneasy lies the head which wears a crown.”

(3b) “The fine unrestored old church stands at the head of the street and the churchyard about it shows evidence of painstaking care.”

(3c) “But his unfinished work stands as a monument to his blighted hopes…”

(4) 0798

(5) Another left his shoes on the plane…his shoes.

Weekend 304.0 (1958)

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 302.0 (And sunday always comes too late)

I think it’s like a nervous tick or something, but sometimes I get a song stuck in my head and then it takes days to get dislodged. This time it’s “Friday I’m In Love” by the Cure.

It’s the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes and there are a couple of articles in the WSJ about Belmont this weekend.

Belmont is a special place for me and I used to go with my Pop Pop (and still go with my dad, brother(s), and bear).

Belmont from the Limestone Roof Photo Archives.

(1) Everyday Hands Keep Belmont Park on Track (WSJ)

“Mr. Grossman, 48, said that if California Chrome finishes first on Saturday—becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown in more than three decades—he planned to play “Sentimental Journey,” the 1944 song made famous by Doris Day, performing with Les Brown and His Band of Renown.”

(2) A Belmont Guide for Race Fans of Every Breed (WSJ)

(3) A Supreme Confidence: A level-headed leader of men and nations—Eisenhower is revered today by both conservatives and liberals. (WSJ)

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)

(2) Disney Legends recall Walt Disney and the ‘Yes, if….’ way of management (Theme Park Insider)

“The panelists also talked about days when Walt wore ‘the bear suit’ and was best avoided. His future-focused management style did not preclude him from being a human being, with mood swings, and lashing out at folks now and then.”

(3) Jim Zub On Marvel and Disney’s Upcoming FIGMENT Comic (Nerdist)

(4) A quote from In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy:

“Here stands the impressive ruin, with the stagnant waters of its old-time moat still surrounding the towering keep and shattered walls. It was quite deserted, apparently serving the neighboring farmer as a hen-roost. We learned little of its history, but the mystery, due to our very ignorance, together with the sad abandon of Caister Castle, makes it appeal to our imagination more strongly than many a well-cared-for ruin whose story has become commonplace.”

(4a) Changing Nature (WSJ)

(5) Will the 2014 World Cup Soccer Ball Score? (WSJ)

1 from the ‘Son of a Florist’ files…

(6) ‘Chasing the Rose’ by Andrea di Robilant (WSJ – Registration Required)

Unfamilar Shrines

(1) From secret doorways to hidden messages, captivating illustrations reveal the stories behind New York’s mosaic Subway signs (Daily Mail)

Credit: Stephen L

(2) The Narcissistic Creed: When preening replaces thinking, our ability to engage in responsible self-government is diminished (National Review)

“But they are enchanted by the unique witchcraft of the age of social media, the totemic power of the digital expression of the self. It is not accidental that the only good selfie in the history of world leaders came well before the invention of Twitter from a man with an ego sufficiently robust not to require the constant reinforcement that is the psychic lifeblood of Millennials (and Washingtonians well old enough to know better), without which they find themselves paralyzed.”

Weekend 300.0 (Rare 3 Day Weekend)

…and great timing because my Space Mountain Graphic Novel just arrived!

Weekend 279.0 (Post Con/Abridged)

(1) A quote from Hayao Miyazaki in The Art of the Wind Rises:

“I don’t want to obscure architecture by using sepia tones; thus we will be bold with East Asian colors of modernism. Roads are bumpy and uneven. Shop signs and billboards line up chaotically. Jumbles of wooden utility poles are everywhere.”

(1a) “…a fragment spared by time.” — FDR

(2) Struggling Malls Suffer When Sears, Penney Leave: Loss of Anchor Tenants Can Accelerate Downward Spiral (WSJ – Registration Required)

(3) Last Call for Metro-North’s Bar Car: ‘Café Cars’ Have Been Operating on the Metro-North New Haven Line for at Least 50 Years (WSJ)

(4) The Instant Family Heirloom (WSJ)

(5) Picking Among Low-End Flowers in Advance of Mother’s Day (WSJ)

*Scan is from Space Mountain written by Bryan Q. Miller and illustrated by Kelley Jones

Weekend 299.0 (Great Company)

(1) Horst Brandstätter inducted into Hall of Fame by Toy Industry Association (Playmobil Collectors Club)

“He received the award for his outstanding role in the growth and development of the North American Toy Industry and hereby joins famous leaders like F.A.O. Schwarz, George Lucas or Walt Disney.”

(2) One of my Playmobil365.com photos.

(2a) Need to recreate this frame from Clannad: After Story for Playmobil365.com.

(3) Kogepan!!!!

Weekend 298.0 (Anniversary Edition)

Rubik’s Cube joins a list of pop culture icons celebrating significant anniversaries in 2014. The list already includes; Playmobil, 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, MST3K, Ford Mustang, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Nintendo Game Boy.

(1) Rubik’s Cube Proves It’s Hip to be Square: Fortieth Anniversary of Toy Celebrated with Art Exhibition (WSJ)

(1a) Classic design plastic: Playmobil comes of age (The Guardian)

(2) The Rise of the ‘Shelfie': Instagram’s Next Craze (WSJ)

“The trend for creating assemblages extends further than Instagram…Thanks, in part, to the heritage movement and our collective obsession with the past and the authentic, anything legitimately old, scarred, patinated, obsolete, handcrafted or organic has held particular allure.”

(2a) The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson

(3) The Swedish Cottage in Central Park