Weekend 357.0

(1) The limestone reading queue:

(a) 1946 by Victor Sebestyen
(b) Robert Moses: The Master Builders of New York City by Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez
(c) Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof
(d) Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology by Christian Moran with Rolly Crump, Bob Gurr, Jim Korkis, Sam Gennawey, and Dr. Maureen Furniss, P.h.D.

(2) ALL IN on the Tomorrowland Movers #MarchMagic

(3) New Interactive Map Lets You Explore Thousands of New York City Landmarks (Travel & Leisure)

(4) More screenshots from Your Lie in April (complete with stars and a bike):
(a) Screenshot 1
(b) Screenshot 2
(c) Screenshot 3
(d) Screenshot 4
(e) Screenshot 5

bum! brrum! brrrumble!!!!

“…the roll of drums and the flutter of the flags of empire.”

(1) Boris Johnson: Americans would never accept EU restrictions – so why should we? (Telegraph)

(2) Troubling warnings for the US from the 1930s (Financial Times – Registration Required)

Weekend 356.1 (Ending on a High ♫♫♫♫)



Images from Your Lie in April. More here and here.

Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)

“cuius regio, eius religio”

(1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast)

“A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th century. It’s socialism that enslaved them and impoverished them.”

A quote from 1946 by Victor Sebestyen:

“It is from Stalin that Rákosi took his famous line that the communists used ‘salami tactics, we took what we wanted slice by slice.’ Later Rákosi was brutally frank, or rather, boastful, about how the communists took over in a slow-motion putsch. Speaking to Communist Party workers he explained: ‘Our demands were always modest at first — and were then increased. For instance, first we demanded only “government control” of the banks; only later did we call for outright nationalization of the largest three banks. It was precision methods…that enabled us to defeat the reactionaries.”

Weekend 355.1 (World on the Move)

(1) The Archigram Archival Project

(2) A quote from Walt Disney and the Quest for Community by Steve Mannheim:

“Although the EPCOT concept was never built, its prototype transportation systems continue to influence the way millions of people around the world think about mass transit of the future. Disney, Roger Broggie, Bob Gurr, and their associates brought the words ‘monorail’ and ‘PeopleMover’ into common usage. By the end of his life, Disney was an international cultural icon and in a unique position to lead his peers in American industry. He could ask people to think about what the automobile had done to their communities.”

Weekend 355.0

“And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” — Mario Savio

(1) An Unjust Law Is No Law at All – Real Heroes: Augustine of Hippo (FEE)

“Augustine was a hero because he took charge of his troubled, wayward life and transformed it. Then, once committed to the highest standards of personal conduct and scholarly inquiry, he offered pioneering insights on liberty critical to the development of Western philosophy. One does not have to be a person of any particular faith to learn a great deal from this man who lived over 16 centuries ago.”

“Augustine was keenly focused on truth and wisdom. He knew that a humble person is a teachable person because he’s not so puffed up that his mind is closed. A humble person reforms himself before he attempts to reform the world. A humble person treats others with respect, and that includes other people’s lives, rights, and property. A humble person takes criticism or adversity as an opportunity to grow, to build character. A humble person knows that graduation from formal schooling is not the end of learning but only a noteworthy start of what ought to be a lifelong adventure.”

(1a) A related quote from St. Augustine:

“Grasp the truth of God by using the way He Himself provides, since He sees the weakness of our footsteps. That way consists first, of humility, second, of humility, and third, of humility. Unless humility precede, accompany, and follow up all good we accomplish, unless we keep our eyes fixed on it, pride will snatch everything right out of our hands.”

(2) A quote from First and Last Love by C.S. Lewis:

“Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been hints of it—tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but welled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say, “Here at last is the thing I was made for.” We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”

(3) The New Revolution Will Be Physical, Not Digital: Five Reasons Why Digital Will Disappear (Ad Age)

Weekend 354.0 (“Oh Pointy Birds!”)

(1) End of the line for Blackpool’s Monorail (Airgates)

(2) How Not to Get Killed by a Cow (Discover Magazine)

Weekend 353.0 (The Delight of Friendship)

“All kinds of things rejoiced my soul in their company–to talk and laugh, and to do other kindnesses; to read pleasant books together; to pass from lightest jesting to talk of the deepest things and back again; to differ without rancor, as persons might differ with themselves, and when most rarely dissension arose, to find our normal agreement all the sweeter for it; to teach each other and to learn from each other. These and such things kindled a flame that fused our very souls together and made us one out of many. – Saint Augustine

Weekend 352.1

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” – T.S. Eliot

(1) Pink Floyd: The Endless River (COS)

(2) David Gilmour and Nick Mason discuss ‘The Endless River’ – The organ on Autumn 68′ is pretty haunting. It was played by Wright and recorded in 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall. According to Gilmour, they were banned from playing for life (apparently) at the Albert Hall for putting great nails in the stage. I guess the managers have forgiven him because he’s playing there in September.

Weekend 352.0 (…which one’s Pink?)

I’ve written this before but I’m infinitely more happy NOT writing about (or following) politics. On the other hand, I’ve been roused by the gross proliferation of trough-eaters oozing and matriculating from every layer of our spent culture.

On second thought, I’m going back to sleep now. Please wake me when there’s a candidate and party that believes in (1) private property, (2) free markets, (3) the profit and loss system, and (4) limited government.

(1) Last Night’s Debate Underlines Why Congress Is a Problem for the ‘Establishment’ Republicans (NRO)

“One of the major themes of this primary season has been Republican voters angry at their own party in Congress, anger that is both more jarring and more unforgiving in a party whose top-to-bottom strength in Congress and state capitols is the best it has been since the 1920s. At the core of that anger is a sense that the Capitol Hill GOP never seems to get around to doing the things it promises the grassroots even with significant majorities in both Houses of Congress. Meanwhile, voters see Republicans on the Hill trying time and again to cut deals with Democrats to serve the interests of the donor and lobbyist classes, like saving the Export-Import Bank or repealing the medical-device tax. Why, voters want to know, does Obama keep winning? Why don’t the people we elected deliver what they promised, or at least leave some blood on the floor trying?”

(2) Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right: And, my dear fellow Republicans, he’s all your fault. (Politico)

“Trump is in part a reaction to the intellectual corruption of the Republican Party. That ought to be obvious to his critics, yet somehow it isn’t…If you live in an affluent ZIP code, it’s hard to see a downside to mass low-wage immigration. Your kids don’t go to public school. You don’t take the bus or use the emergency room for health care. No immigrant is competing for your job. (The day Hondurans start getting hired as green energy lobbyists is the day my neighbors become nativists.) Plus, you get cheap servants, and get to feel welcoming and virtuous while paying them less per hour than your kids make at a summer job on Nantucket. It’s all good.”

(3) Marvel President Perlmutter’s Support For Trump Draws Fire (Forbes)

Weekend 351.0 (Jonas)

“Gravity keeps everything in its own place. Fire climbs up, while a stone goes down. Elements that are not in their own place are restless until they find it. This applies also to us. My weight is my love; wherever I go, I am driven by it. By the love of God we catch fire ourselves and, by moving up, find our place and our rest.” – St. Augustine

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 of Rome in ruin (The Guardian)

(3) The Millennial Mindset and America’s Productivity Crisis (Fox Business)

(4) David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock (Official Music Video) (YouTube)

(5) The Most Stunning Stained Glass Windows In The World (Huffington Post)

(5a) Rainbow Chapel by Coordination Asia is a multi-coloured wedding venue in Shanghai (Dezeen)

Weekend 349.0

(1) Yellen’s Job Puzzle: Why Are 20-Somethings Retiring? (Bloomberg)

Christmas Sabbatical

I’ve been having problems with WordPress for a couple of weeks since a version update. I usually take these technical challenges as a sign to ‘retire’ from blogging and move onto other projects.

(1) Ave Maria converted from the original 1964 Fantasia LP

(2) Master of Modern Horror

(3) Breaking Up? Let an App Do It for You (NY Times)

(4) The Real It’s a Wonderful Life: A recut trailer more suitable for 2015. (Slate)

(4a) A quote from It’s a Wonderful Life:

“You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles.” – George Bailey

(5) On the Underground Review with Tom Vasel (YouTube)

(6) **NEW** Star Wars and Fake Nerds

Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey

“The present moment is always overflowing with immeasurable riches, far more than you are able to hold. Your faith will measure it out to you: as you believe, so you will receive. Love, too, is also a measure. The more you love the more you will want and the more you will get.” – Jean-Pierre de Caussade

I couldn’t make it a full year between retreats and was elated to learn there was an open space for one retreatant during the third week of Advent. This retreat didn’t have the challenge of subarctic temperatures -or- the excitement of my lil’ car being stuck in a snowdrift but it was imbued with a sense of anticipation.

“Filled with joy, she [Mary] regarded everything she had to do or suffer at any moment of her life as a gift from him who showers delights upon those who hunger and thirst only for him and not for the things of the world.” – Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Similar to prior retreats, my overnighter included two books for reading/reflection. The first was Arise from Darkness by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel; the second was Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. I’ve excerpted a couple of quotes from both.

“In the course of the years one becomes weary of conflict and sorrow. One longs for the fulfillment of the most profound needs of the human heart–for peace from conflict within and without, for a place free of danger and disappointment, for relationships untroubled by change and unmarred by selfishness. One longs to see, at last, the beauty of God, which has summoned us throughout life, shining out here and there. The words of the Psalm take on a poignant meaning as one gets older, “I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house and the place where thy glory dwells” (PS 26:8) – Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

“To be satisfied with the present moment is to relish and adore the divine will moving through all we have to do and suffer as events crowd in upon us. If we are like this, the liveliness of our faith will compel us to adore God no matter how humiliating the circumstances in which he places us. There is noting which can conceal him from the penetrating gaze of our faith. If our senses insist, “There is no God,” the more closely and firmly do we clasp to us our bunch of myrrh. We are neither astonished nor disgusted by anything.” – Jean-Pierre de Caussade

I didn’t take very may photographs during this retreat (the weather was a little uncooperative), but did snap this one of the steeple of the Eucharistic Chapel.