Weekend 365.0 (Cycling Robots in Bermuda?)

(1) The new cycle revolution: Buzzbike launches free bicycle scheme in London (Wallpaper*)

(2) Real value of the Bermuda dollar (The Royal Gazette)

(3) Assembling Eric: Bringing back the UK’s first robot (BBC)

Weekend 364.1

I saw the NY Philharmonic play Fantasia on Friday Night at Lincoln Center (David Geffen Hall). It’s the 75th Anniversary of Fantasia and the program included selections from Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 (1999). It was a fantas(ia)tic evening, but they didn’t play my three favorite pieces:

Night On Bald Mountain (1940)
Ave Maria (1940)
Rhapsody in Blue (1999)

Here’s a roundup of Fantasia posts from the Limestone Archives from 2010 to 2016:

Epic Mickey
Now your ageless bell…/1151/
Weekend 198.0
Weekend 346.0 (Aloft from earth’s far boundaries)
Christmas Sabbatical
Weekend 360.0 (The Art of Sight and Sound)

My two favorite posts include this scan of Chernobog by Bill Tytla and Ave Maria converted from the original 1964 Fantasia LP.

‘Fantasia’s’ 75th Anniversary: Behind the Scenes of the Disney Classic (Bio)

Weekend 364.0 (…but here in this water my feet won’t touch the ground…)

Untitled (1) The way we get around is about to change (Vox)

(2) Honda CR-Z: hybrid rockstar adds more spunk (INQUIRER.net)

“The illusion of a “tomorrowland” driving experience continues in the interior…”

(2a) The custom wallpaper is from the photo archives.
(2b) Disney’s Magic Highway

(3) Honda “Hands” (YouTube)

(4) Welcome to New Bike City (Medium)

(5) Untitled (Flickr)

Weekend 363.1

(1) Letter: ‘Empathizing’ with Malloy is ludicrous (Fairfield Citizen)

(2) General Electric Planning Job Cuts in Connecticut (Hartford Courant)

(3) Connecticut Tax Boomerang (Wall Street Journal)

(4) 2016 Regular Session: Winners and Losers (CT News Junkie)

Weekend 363.0

(1) The Paper Archives:

(a) The future catches up to theme park of tomorrow (USA Today)
(b) A Tale of Two Main Streets: The towns that inspired Disney are searching for a little magic of their own. (NY Times)
(c) Clicking on the Mouse (OMMA Magazine)
(d) Spaghetti Dinners and Fireflies in a Jar: The Shaping of Paradoxical Places and Spaces in Disney’s Celebration (Andrew F. Wood)
(e) America loves to hate the Mouse (MSNBC)

Weekend 362.0 (contemplatives before YOLO)

“As a torrent gathers together from the rains, and overflows, roars, runs, and by running hastens down until it finally finishes its course, so is it with our mortal life. This human race is collected together from hidden sources and flows on, and at death travels again to hidden places. This intermediate state that is life roars and passes away.” – Saint Augustine

Weekend 361.2

“Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven.
As low as to the fiends. (Hamlet, II, ii, 517-19)

Weekend 361.1 (…my green, my fluent mundo)

(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird:

“The cloaked Plus Ultra zeppelin, still visible in his alternate spectrums, hovered over the fair’s theme center, a pair of structures known as the Trylon and Perisphere. The former, a 180-foot-tall spike-shaped tower, doubled as the docking station for the invisible airship. The latter, a 180-foot-wide globe with a bumpy stucco exterior, was emblazoned with the words Le Monde de Demain. The World of Tomorrow. The interior held an elaborate diorama for a model city of the future, rings of idyllic suburbs surrounding an urban center of glittering factories, humanity wrapped around a mechanical heart.”

(2) A quote from Staying Up Much Too Late by Gordon Theisen:

“By the 1940s, when he [Hopper] painted Nighthawks, New York was as much a giant machine as the modernized house described previously as a big computer posing as shelter. Manhattan was almost totally constructed from layers of technology, from skyscrapers to elevated commuter trains to circuit-board street grid to a vast subterranean infrastructure of power lines, sewers, water mains, and fifty miles of iron pipes to carry steam throughout Manhattan.”

“The need to be reminded that such things as grass and leaves still exist, and are more than tasteful ornaments, can become acute in New York, now and in 1942. But way back in 1844, William Cullen Bryant, already fearing that massive development would obliterate all signs of Manhattan’s pastoral past, used his position as editor of the New York Evening Post to campaign for what would eventually become Central Park, an 840-acre swath of greenery in the gray sprawl of the city. This gem of urban planning was revitalized in the 1930s, when Robert Moses made visiting Central Park easier and more comfortable, adding playgrounds, a cafeteria in the zoo, and evicting a small herd that still grazed in an area known as Sheep Meadow. In fact, Moses, when not destroying entire neighborhoods to make room for an expressway, was planting some two million trees throughout the metropolitan area.”

Weekend 361.0 (Per inoequalem motum respect totes)

“Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense.” – Saint Augustine

(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird:

“They turned back to Henry. He was enjoying the ocean view, but the light was fading from his eyes. ‘I was inspired,’ he said. ‘Build your future, boy. Make her proud.’ Then he was gone. Henry sat just the same as he had when they came up the hillside. Still as a statue carved from the rock he leaned against. Lee tucked Clara’s sketchbook back into his pack, slung the pack over his shoulder, and turned to their crew. ‘You heard the man,’ he said. ‘Let’s get to work.'”

Weekend 360.0 (The Art of Sight and Sound)

“At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with the dawn, rejoicing.”

(1) For the first time, Disney Music Emporium brings its vinyl magic—and cool record player—to independent record stores on Saturday, April 16.

(2) Several quotes from Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology:

“Perhaps no other film in the Disney canon showcases Walt’s willingness to experiment with radically different concepts that were decades ahead of their time. With a focus on classical music, abstract art, and phenomenal character and effects animation, it is unlike anything else Walt created. Bringing to life gloriously rendered visions of magic, myth, and mystery, Fantasia is a psychedelic film produced nearly three decades before the birth of the Hippie movement.”

“As powerful as Chernabog may be, though, he is no match for the forces of Good. Church bells ring, and Chernabog and his minions retreat from the rising of the light. “Night on Bald Mountain” then gives way to “Ava Maria”, as we follow holy figures on a pilgrimage through the forest to reveal the sun rising over the hills, and the dawn of a new day.”

(3) The Great Pumpkin

Weekend 359.0

(1) An Icon Falls On Hard Times; In India, the Ambassador Car Fights to Survive Competition (NY Times)

Weekend 358.0 (Easter 2016)

Mother Angelica has passed away. I’ve given copies of her book (Mother Angelica’s: Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality) to friends and included her quotes in correspondence. Her sermons on ‘living in the present’ continue to be a source of inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“The riches of heaven are the things we should be desirous of–not the things of the world. The only treasures we know are the sunken variety. We’ve all seen those movies where the pirates open the trunks filled with diamonds and rubies, and we know there is tons of stuff buried at sea. It shows you what God thinks of them–they’re down at the bottom~ God’s concept of treasure is a soul that deeply loves Him and deeply loves its neighbor. That invisible reality is far more valuable than the passing trinkets of this world.”

Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. – St. Paul

“Holiness is not a match light or a 50-watt bulb, it’s a super-nova–one holy person can save a city, a nation.”

“I believe if we want this world to stop going to hell, if we really want to do something about the darkness–then you have to light the light. There is no other way to banish darkness. You can sit in a dark room and fuss and complain about it, but all you have to do is turn on a light. God has placed us all in a dark room, hoping that we will have sense enough to turn the light on and not yell and scream and panic over the darkness, because we know where the light is–we know who the light is! And we have Him. The tragedy of this age will be if those who have the light do not let is shine. Christians of all denominations have literally put the light under a bushel.”

“The Scripture says. ‘We are only earthenware jars’ (2 Cor. 4:7). Cracked pots! That’s what you are, a cracked pot that holds this great treasure. We are, all of us, imperfect, but we must remember that the Spirit of God is inside each of us.”

“We have to learn to live in the Present Moment. We have to ask God: What are you calling me to do now, in this Present Moment? Not yesterday or tomorrow, but right now. God’s will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences od the Present Moment. We have only to accept them nd try to be like Jesus in them.”

“In the Gospel of Matthew, the Lord tells us, ‘Set your hearts on His kingdom first and His righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow’ (Matt. 6:33-34). Now here is a sentence we forget entirely: ‘Tomorrow will take care of itself.’ Why? Because tomorrow will soon be now! Have you ever noticed that there is really never a tomorrow? It’s always now. Your whole life is now…Every day, every instant of your life is brand new–you make it old by living in the past. And you make it a dream world by living in the future.”

“Love is not a feeling. It is a decision. Jesus cannot command that you have a feeling. He can only command us to make a decision, and love is the greatest decision we will ever make.”

#MarchMagic Update


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)