Weekend 426.0

(1) E3 2018: Tetsuya Nomura on If Kingdom Hearts 3 Is the End of Sora’s Story
“One thing fans may hope Kingdom Hearts 3 can deliver on is offering a satisfying wrap-up to the friendships that began the franchise — the trio of Sora, Riku, and Kairi. All will obviously feature in the game, Nomura hopes its depiction of their bonds can offer a realistic sense of how friendships evolve and change over time.” (IGN)

(2) Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30 (The Ringer)

Weekend 425.0

(1) Turning Point: The Original Goal of Soccer’s Iconic Black-and-White Ball Design (99% Invisible)

Hat Tip: JBOT

Weekend 424.0

(1) 2018 World Cup Fixture List (via Playmobil)

(2) Your musical inspiration this weekend is Spaceship Earth by Bruce Broughton

Weekend 423.1

Two quotes on memory (continuing a theme), silence, and noise…

“Memories, like seaweed wrapped around pilings on the beach, wordlessly waiting for high tide.”
– Haruki Murakami

“Memory is a word made fruitful by the Holy Spirit. It is a tomb, a tilled soil in which man deposits the seed of the word, and the latter takes root and springs up silently, developing a new, more abundant life that bears hope within it.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

“The roots of darkness could spread everywhere beneath the earth. Patiently taking their time, searching out weak points, the could break apart the most solid rock.”
– Haruki Murakami

“I am not afraid to assert that the false priests of modernity, who declare a sort of war on silence, have lost the battle. For we can remain silent in the midst of the biggest messes and most despicable commotion, in the midst of the racket and howling of those infernal machines that draw us into functionalism and activism by snatching us away from any transcendent dimension and from any interior life.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

Weekend 423.0 (Architecture is frozen music)

(1) Another quote from Ware: Conversations: “There’s a quote from Goethe that ‘architecture is frozen music,’ and I think it actually applies to comics more than anything because you’re taking images, making them still. They don’t actually come alive until you read them though; it’s sort of like reading sheet music in a way.”

(2) Semyon Bychkov talks about Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie (YouTube)

(3) A quote from Yesterday by Haruki Murakami:

“As time passes, memory, inevitably, reconstitutes itself. When I was twenty or so, I tried several times to keep a diary, but I just couldn’t do it. So many things were happening around me back then that I could barely keep up with them, let alone stand still and write them all down in a notebook. And most of these things weren’t the kind that made me think, Oh, I’ve got to write this down. It was all I could do to open my eyes in the strong headwind, catch my breath, and forge ahead…It feels as though these things happened just yesterday. Music has that power to revive memories, sometimes so intensely they hurt.”

(4) One last related quote from Ware: Conversations:

“This is why I think as adults, we can’t really enjoy life as we get older–we spend so much time worrying about the past and about the future that we don’t really experience anything. When we do experience anything deeply emotionally it’s mostly in memory, when we think about things: ‘Why didn’t I pay more attention to that?’ Meanwhile, everybody around us is getting older; our children are growing up. Before we know it, we’ve got an IV in our arm, and we’re telling the nurse, ‘Please adjust my bed.'”

(5) The Oh of Pleasure by Ray Lynch (YouTube)

Weekend 422.0

Three quotes from Ware: Conversations

“More than anything I was just trying to get a real sense of what it felt like to be alive, and there’s a lot of those moments in life. I didn’t want to ignore them. I wanted to try to put them on the page, to try to get a real sense of time passing.”

“You don’t read a book trying to get emotion out of the font that it’s printed in. You read it for the story. You read for what happens in your mind, and to me comics are some sort of magic language that happens before your eyes.”

“I guess I’ve used birds in some stories as a way of linking together narrative passages that happened in different time periods, maybe to kind of create a hint of causation between two different times.”

Chris Ware on cartooning and memories (YouTube)

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 Way Round: The Plane that Accidentally Circumnavigated the World (Medium)

“The British, Ford mused as they waited in the drawing room of the commander’s residence, seem to do everything politely. They probably even apologised during invasions. Maybe that was how they’d got away with doing so many of them.”

(2) The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike (Wired)

Weekend 420.0

(1) True ‘Smart Cities’ should invest in libraries (CityMetric)

Weekend 419.0

Flowers in TwickenhamA couple of quotes from The Power of Silence: Against The Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat…

“In this inspired place, the long tradition of the eremitic Orders, the tragedies of history, and the beauty of creation cross paths.”

“Carthusian spirituality was born of the encounter of a soul and a place, from the coincidence between a desire for a quiet life in God and a landscape, Cartusie solitudinem, as the ancient documents describe it, the isolation and wild beauty of which attracts souls to even greater solitude, far from the ‘fugitive shadows of the world’, allowing men to pass ‘from the storm of this world to the tranquil, sure repose of the port.'”

Weekend 418.0

(1) Why New York City Stopped Building Subways (CityLab)

(2) Navigationally challenged?

Weekend 417.0

“A thousand skeptic hands won’t keep us from the things we plan. Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize.”

(1) Arcade fame turns to infamy as Billy Mitchell’s record-setting Donkey Kong score is invalidated

“Regardless of who falls, the community will no doubt continue to thrive; the passion for these old games is undying and, as new generations have shown, is not limited to an aging cohort of Gen-Xers striving to extend a bygone era of glory (though admittedly they are a big part of it).”

(2) Defending John Hughes from Molly Ringwald’s Woke Attack

Weekend 416.0

Added two designer/artists/illustrators to the ‘Ink & Paint’ roll call:

(1) Rick Guidice – He was featured in Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino. His work for NASA could have been used in Spaceship Earth and/or Horizons.

See also Robert McCall and Herbert Ryman.

(2) Ryo Takemasa – Japanese illustrator featured in My Modern Met.

Weekend 415.1

“Because he grew up in a railroad town, Disney loved trains; his love for locomotives was so great, he had a 1/8th scale railroad built in the backyard of his home in Holmby Hills, California, in the late 1940s.” – A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World by Andrew Kiste

>> Watch (Vimeo)

Weekend 415.0

“As Rembrandt’s own life moves toward the shadows of old age, as his success wanes, and the exterior splendor of his life diminishes, he comes more in touch with the immense beauty of the interior life. There he discovers the light that comes from an inner fire that never dies: the fire of love. His art no longer tries to ‘grasp, conquer, and regulate the visible,’ but to ‘transform the visible in the fire of love that comes from the unique heart of the artist.'” – Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

Weekend 414.0 (…that’s how our minds, create creations…)

Quotes from The Thinking Fan’s Guide To Walt Disney World: EPCOT by Aaron Wallace. This is a well-written/researched book from a writer very passionate about EPCOT. It’s also creatively formatted with supplemental content suggestions (Disney and non-Disney) at the end of each chapter. I was simultaneously listening to Epcot Center on Spotify by TXCREW while reading.

“Epcot sometimes struggles to remember its past. But finding Future World is an adventure fans will always be ready for.”

“Like so many modern youth, rather than soak in their surroundings, Spaceship Earth’s guests are asked to play the equivalent of a free gaming app on a glorified iPad…the attraction’s new finale feels small and even selfish…that might be in keeping with the self-important sentiment of the Twitter generation, but Spaceship Earth used to be about challenging us to become more than we are…maybe a screen filled with vapid, diversionary entertainment in an isolating sea of blackness is a symbolic, even purposeful statement about where we’re headed next.”

“A theme park without a theme is just a carnival, and carnivals don’t earn tribute sites, fan forums, guidebooks, tour guides, conventions, memorabilia, or anniversary celebrations. They are fun but also common, and they rarely inspire.”

“Its inaugural class, the entrants of 1982 through 1995, can recall a place that made the future seem so darn epic, and the whole world so vibrant, eclectic, and connected, we just had to be a part of it…there are hundreds of thousands of 30-to-40-year-olds who recall their childhood visits as vividly as a close encounter.”

“Lean into the ’80s. The 1980s are to Epcot what the 1950s are to Disneyland. The decade will always be part of the park. We just happen to live in a time when the world is celebrating that particular era, so seize the moment. Find ways to echo your origins in contemporary aesthetics and new ideas for tomorrow, vowing never to stay inside the box.”

WATCH / READ THIS – Trying to lean into the ’80s? Find a copy of Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything by Steven Levy. It’s like a companion guide to Spaceship Earth. It may not resolve the ‘Battle of the Steves” but Aldus Manutius could appear in Spaceship Earth: Act II.

Where does that “One Little Spark” come from? Walt actually provides some insight in “Where Do the Stories Come From” (1956). It’s included on Your Host Walt Disney: TV Memories (1956-1965) which is part of the Walt Disney Treasures (DVD). I’m a little impartial to model railroading as a source of inspiration, and home movies from; Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, and Walt Disney featured on the DVD are absolutely amazing.

The Scan is from Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance.