• Playmo Museum
  • Airline Alliance

Weekend 488.1

(1) Brompton warns of price increases in midst of production scale up (Bike Europe)

(1a) The entire world is ‘awash in a sea of debt’ (YouTube)

(2) The Mendacity of Joe Biden and the Ruling Elites (American Thinker)

“The ruling elites in their headfirst dash to transform the culture have aligned themselves with the radical left whose sole objective is to centralize all governmental and economic power in a hybrid socialist federal government with themselves, and not the current ruling class, in permanent control.”

(3) Stock markets are telling us we’re saved, but history has a warning (Yahoo News)

Weekend 488.0

(1) French President Emmanuel Macron Visits Notre Dame Cathedral, Two Years After Devastating Fire (YouTube)

(2) Easter sermon from Father Neil at St. John’s

Route 65

(1) Route 65 Running Day ~ Sunday 11th April 2021~ Confirmed! (London Bus Museum)

VF-1D

(1) The Decades Long Rights Battle Over ‘Macross’ And ‘Robotech’ Has Finally Been Resolved (Forbes)

Weekend 487.1

(1) Viacom/CBS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAC), a publicly traded company, goes full commie. Does anyone remember MomCorp from Futurama?

>>> The Star Trek Communist Hopes Star Trek Can Inspire A Real Revolution

(1a) ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish’s Pay Rises to $39 Million in 2020 (Hollywood Reporter)

(1b) Viacom Stock Is A Bargain Pullback Opportunity (Investing.com)

Weekend 487.0 (XK-120)

(1) Let’s play 2400 A.D., a futuristic Ultima-like!

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 all
The stretching landscape into smoke decays!

(2) Disney’s CANCEL Culture is Coming for YOU (Nerdrotic)

(2a) Keep Your Feet (According to Hoyt)

“When they say “normal” isn’t coming back, they are right. But the future that’s taking shape is not what they think it is. They think the future will be with them in control of our every breath, of everyone’s movements and what everyone is allowed to do.”

Color Commentary: I don’t think the elites will like the “new normal” (a case of be careful what you wish for). The reason the election was stolen via fortification (and the narrative augmented by insurrectionists) is their ability to control the narrative is slipping away and the tighter they squeeze the more authoritarian they will need to get. And they can cancel content creators on YouTube or WordPress (or wherever) but free expression is like the physics of water seeking equilibrium. We don’t need the elites to tell us what to watch or what art to like (it’s what Drucker knew about Time Inc. in the 40s.). Harvard and Yale, the Ford Foundation, Amazon, NETLFIX, Disney Company, Citibank, and the Kennedy Center can **** the **** off.

There’s a kind of arrogance today about HOW the Disney Company treats their customers. They must think vacationers will arrive via some kind of Biden / Harris Strength through Joy program because NO member of the creative class is going to substitute their lust for Europe with a trip around World Showcase at EPCOT. Do the elites even watch their own crap (e.g. Keeping Up with the Joneses)?

I’m starting to dig the strategy of pushing back. You like what you like and don’t apologize because your traditions, interests, etc. don’t fit sanitized artificial norms imposed by a series of gutted institutions (the scourge of purple haired weirdos who are engaged in retcon on an industrial scale). Fact: Tolkien was a devout Catholic and there’s nothing racist about an orc. Amazon’s Middle-earth TV series will be dreck and completely agenda-driven.

Weekend 486.2 (LETSGO)

(1) I’m replaying 2400 AD by Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche. I’m using a IIe emulator called AppleWin (1.29.16.0). You can find the ROM Images on sites like ftp.apple.asimov.net.

(1a) Matt Chat 241: Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche on 2400 AD (YouTube)

Archived Content
(569A) Robots, robots, robots… (11.27.07)
(4E6B) That’s not Bender (11.29.07)
(6CA5) Robot Mugshot (12.30.07)

Weekend 486.1 (A Tale of Two Cities)

My morning ride was to central London (the area around Old Street) whilst my afternoon ride included the bucolic streets of Ham and the hills of Richmond Park. There’s a German Delicatessen (Hansel and Pretzel) on my afternoon route that’s excellent. I also had lunch at Stein’s (bratwurst) and was last there with the Orange/Blue Brompton after the Brompton World Championship in 2014.

Update: I walked to King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park today. It’s the highest point in the park and offers (via telescope) an unobstructed view of St. Paul’s. There’s a survey marker / stone near the telescope indicating that St. Paul’s is about 10 miles to the east. The day before I was close to St. Paul’s and took this photo from Southwark Bridge.

Related
(1) Ham House & Garden
(2) River Thames: from Cotswolds to London
(3) Route Plan Roll Cycle Map (Mapping London)

Easter 2021 (Born to see; meant to look)

I’ve been thinking about Pontius Pilate, the Centurion, and Joseph of Arimathea since Palm Sunday. I’ve written about Pilate before and think he’s one of the most tragic figures in the New Testament. The Centurion, as far as I know, doesn’t have a name but is included in all three Gospels. Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple and responsible for the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion. I wonder, as witnesses, how their lives were different after the Son of God was crucified?

Weekend 486.0

Post WWII Japan was initially a sandbox for progressives but thankfully history intervened. The parallels to the current situation in the US is startling as the excesses of democracy and the children and grandchildren of the New Deal reap the harvest. How soon can Russia roll into the Ukraine or China invade Taiwan?

(1) Reinventing Japan (YouTube)

(1a) Foundation With Biden Campaign Ties Funding Leftist Agitators On U.S. Streets (The Federalist)

“Claiming to be America’s second-largest private foundation, the Ford Foundation has poured almost $2 billion into groups active in ‘disrupting systems to advance social justice,’ according to its grant database.”

Some notes…
(a) Whatever matriculates from Harvard, Yale, etc. is bad for democracy.

(b) Writers, teachers, artists, labor unions, and “women” is code for fellow travelers (i.e. communists). Democratic reform(s) means similar.

(c) The bulwarks against whatever flavor of socialism/fascism/progressivism/communism is manifesting in the US have been gutted (military, education, entertainment, and media, etc.). If you watch the video it shows Newsweek criticizing liberal policy (would NEVER happen today).

Another difference today, having maybe learned from history, is the progressive alignment with corporations. This alliance represents the greatest transfer of wealth in human history and both have used the pandemic to eliminate small business. Woke corporations also deny loans to businesses that challenge the progressive narrative, attack fans for not embracing socially degenerate behavior (wink wink), censor opposition content, and cooperate in spying on civilians.

Related: You’re not the resistance via YoungRippa59

(d) Just substitute Google and Amazon for Mitsubishi and Nissan.

(e) The conceit of the progressive is their insistence on using the power of government to promote social equity (taking from the rich and giving to the poor).

(f) “We moved to keep Japan from turning red.” (44:10)

(g) Happy Moment: The Red Purge at 45:40.

(h) Muh. Patriarchy. (27:50)

(i) “Born to see; meant to look” (Forbes)

“His first book, The End of Economic Man, published in 1939, drew a parallel between Nazism and Communism. Henry Luce, the founder of Time Inc., was so impressed he offered Drucker the job of foreign news editor. Drucker refused, saying he was put off by “group journalism” and the “Hollywood” style of life at Time Inc.”

Smart guy and relevant / prescient since something between Nazism and Communism is metastasizing in the United States.

(j) Why “All Germans Were Nazis” – How Hitler Created the 3rd Reich | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1934 Part 1 of 4 (YouTube)

The six steps sound a little like the Biden Plan.

(k) The Commonalities Between the Rise of the Nazis and the Tactics of the American Left Cannot be Ignored (American Thinker)

Weekend 485.0

(1) A quote from How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of your Life by Pat Williams with Jim Denney:

“Walt Disney was a walking paradox. He was probably the greatest nostalgist who ever lived—a man who treasured and revered the past. He spent millions recreating the Main Street of his boyhood, the frontier era of Davy Crockett, and Mississippi riverfront of Mark Twain’s time. He also went to considerable trouble and expense in resurrecting Abraham Lincoln. Yet, for all his love of yesterday, Walt had an obsession with tomorrow. As Imagineer John Hench put it, ‘Walt has one foot in the past and one foot in the future.'”

Woke Disney

Disney is being upended by a bunch of rag tag content creators who know authenticity left the mouse house sometime between Eisner and Iger (and is hitting its virtue-signaling apex with Chapek). IF Disney was just like the picture of a picture of a picture of the barn in White Noise by DeLillo it would be sad but not dangerous. BUT Disney has been hijacked by cultural warriors (SJWs) and is now just an engine for delivering payloads of ideological dreck via the carcass of mostly live-action remakes. Its creatives are just automatons programmed to speak with the same empty hashtags.

(1) Disney Takes Down George Lucas Interview BUT Too Bad For Them I Have It (That Star Wars Girl via YouTube)

I don’t think Anna (That Star Wars Girl) was at university the semester (or three) Women’s Studies was covered.

(2) Nah, It’ll Be Fine: Entertainment Vlogger The Critical Drinker Hammers Cultural Corruption (The Remodern Review)

“The Disney corporation, as vassals of an enemy state, demonstrate they are obsessed with undermining the past, trying to make villainy look cool, and preaching Wokeness. The Critical Drinker demonstrates there’s no entertainment to be found there.”

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 about their great purpose and congratulate themselves on no longer having any of that icky stuff in the walls. Because they no longer have walls.

Human society doesn’t work like that. Mostly what human society is built on is other human society. And I know I joke — a lot — about how Rome never fell, it just exported itself.”

(4) Gibraltar: The History of the Rock Across 14 Sieges (YouTube)

Weekend 484.0 [(Art)ifact]

This weekend post is all-over the place but IF you ever read my profile on Flickr it makes perfect sense.

It’s been ALMOST one year since I finished KH3 (March 14, 2020). My brother is still playing so I’ve been digging through the archives to help. Whilst scrounging around the archives I tweaked KH3 FINAL Post [STR-05] to remove a social media embed and to improve the grammar (general wordsmithing).

I also re-watched the ending of KH3 Re Mind (Secret Episode) and think someone should recut a version overlaid with “Is there anybody out there?” by Pink Floyd.

(1) Kingdom Hearts 3 ReMind Explained – What Happened To Sora & Kairi? (YouTube)

Sora: Heeey! Is anyone out there? Hellooo