Penn Station

(1) This Is Why Your Holiday Travel Is Awful (Politico) “Penn Station is the second most heavily trafficked transit hub in the world, trailing only Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station. The station serves more daily passengers than the region’s three huge airports (Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark) combined. More people pass through Penn each weekday than live in […]

Thanksgiving 2019

(1) American Interior (1935) by Charles Sheeler (2) Game Over: How technology forced traditional toys to evolve (Vera) (3) Great Western Railway: Adventures with the Famous Five (YouTube) (4) A couple of quotes from British Rail Architecture 1948-97 by David Lawrence: “Any designed object or space will have an appearance intended to attract the eye […]

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 […]

Portland

The one on the west coast. I was there for a long weekend and in traditional limestone fashion wanted to draft a top ten… (1) The Hollywood Theater at PDX. My favorite shorts from the Summer Program are Oregon: Only Slightly Exaggerated and The Famished Frog. I also liked The Water’s Fine because it reminds […]

Weekend 379.0 (Ice is forming on the tips of my wings…)

(1) Stunning Photos of Trains Roaring Through Picturesque Landscapes (My Modern Met) Some of these photographs remind me of the Yellow Train by Francois Roca. (1a) Flashback: Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival (2) Brightline Brings High-Speed Trains To Florida: The 125-mph Brightline trains will be the first privately run passenger service to debut in over […]

Weekend 343.1

(1) On September 13, You Can Ride the 7 Train to Hudson Yards (2) ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture (ArchDaily) (3) More quotes from The Heart of our Cities by Victor Gruen: “There is a saying that the best things in life are free. Those best things are hard to come by in the sprawling […]

Weekend 332.0

(1) Eminent domain on steroids? New bill threatens cities, towns (Fairfield Citizen) (2) How Bad Religion Has Bequeathed Us ‘An Anxious Age’ (The Federalist)

Weekend 312.0 (Le mal du pays)

A couple of days off from work (a much needed extra long Labor Day Weekend) so I’m doing some housekeeping, biking, and drinking gratuitous amounts of coffee. I also finished Murkami’s book less than twenty-four hours after it arrived. (1) A quote from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami “The […]

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 […]

Weekend 307.0

(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 […]

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 […]

Weekend 284.0

(1) A resort train winds through Kyushu (NHKWorld) (2) Model R.R. (Pop Pop)

Weekend 277.0 (Autumn Biking Adventures)

(1) This App Will Help You Find A Quiet Space In The Loud, Bustling City (1a) Metro-North Commuters Slog to Work: After Power Outage, It Could Be Days Before Normalcy Returns to New Haven Line (WSJ) On the plus side, diesel locos from Stamford! (2) A quote from The Blue Riband (The Piccadilly Line) by […]

Weekend 274.0 (Baskets Encouraged)

Finished A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line by John O’Farrell and The 32 Stops by Danny Dorling. The latter is a clever work using facts to provide insights into the human geography of London along the Central Line. Also, finished A Northern Line Minute by William Leith last night. It was like […]

Weekend 213.3 (bits and bobs)

(1) “What other commute can compete with the sights of the limestone Landwasser Viaduct and the Piz Bernina peak?” – MONOCLE, February 2012 (2) Kibun is NO Toast but he’s squishy nonetheless (2a) PRICELESS: “Botan! Plushie mode. This is one of Botan’s seven tricks. When she’s like this people will think you’re a plushie enthusiast […]