• Playmo Museum
  • Airline Alliance

The barbarians are inside the gate (and so on).

“The C.I.A.’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not sure even the White House could control…any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [a coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon.’ The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to […]

Weekend 490.0

(1) Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral (ACNS) (2) St Edmund Pennies by Peter E. Lewis (3) A quote from Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills: “It doesn’t help that he [Edwold] was not even the only saint in his family. His older brother St Edmund found greater fame as the East Anglican king who was […]

Weekend 486.3

“Eyes like starlight through the darkness…” A couple of days of walking and biking is like this song from Howard Jones beginning at 2:30. (1) The Four Seasons: Summer by James Thomson Heavens! what a goodly prospect spreads around,Of hills, and dales, and woods, and lawns, and spires,And glittering towns, and gilded streams, till allThe […]

Weekend 484.1

(1) Feeling the strain: stress and anxiety weigh on world’s workers (Financial Times) (1a) Biden sleepwalks into a stagflation nightmare (Asia Times) (2) Brompton Bicycle “I’m getting on” by Antidote (Campaign) (2a) Barcelona Brompton Folding Bike (3) Renovations (According to Hoyt) “Which is why mostly they live in ruins and grub in dirt and talk […]

Weekend 454.0

A couple of quotes from Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins: “Previously governor of Greenwich Hospital, Hardy† had earlier in the year been put in charge of the Channel Fleet, in what was a political rather than a military appointment.” “Despite Admiral Hardy’s widely criticized handling of the […]

Southampton

Concluding my three city swing (Austin, Portland, and Southampton) with another list. What’s surprisingly missing from this one is anything White Star Line / Titanic related. I was in Southampton for a football match…not to find the Heart of the Ocean. (1) Sir James Matthews Building is part of Solvent University and features paintings that commemorate the […]

Weekend 432.2

It’s not really a trilogy but I suggest watching (1) Darkest Hour, (2) Dunkirk, and (3) Their Finest all together (in that order). If history isn’t your cup of tea…how about a trilogy with Jeff Bridges? Try (1) TRON: Legacy, (2) Seabiscuit, and (3) Tucker: The Man and His Dream.  They may seem unrelated, but I’m […]

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 […]

Weekend 388.0

(1) World’s Fair Beer Relaunches With a New Recipe (Knoxville Mercury) (2) Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely? (The Week)

Weekend 382.1

(1) The British Castle—A Symbol in Stone / Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 (Yale Center for British Art) (2) Creative Space: Jane Smith

Endless River

(1) Two quotes from Sir Winston Churchill: “…whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future once the picture has begun to flow along…they pass out into shadow and darkness.” “Let us be contented with what has happened to us and thankful for all we have been spared. Let us accept the […]

Weekend 372.0 (…it’s worth trying to explain in picture…)

(1) Friday A/V Club: What We Left at the World’s Fair: John Crowley and Jason Robards look back at a festival of social planning (1a) The World of Tomorrow 1/6 The World of Tomorrow 2/6 The World of Tomorrow 3/6 The World of Tomorrow 4/6 The World of Tomorrow 5/6 The World of Tomorrow 6/6 […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 366.0

(1) England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained (Brilliant Maps) (2) The Stages of Grief at the Frontier by Jakub Grygiel (The American Interest)

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 […]