Weekend 432.0 (Lasipalatsi)

(1) Kingdom Hearts is Disney at its strangest, darkest—and most moving (The A.V. Club)

“What is adulthood for Kingdom Hearts? It’s a bullet—or maybe a magic sword—barreling toward you, that you can’t stop. Those things you loved as a kid—those movies, those heroes, those lessons about friendship and love and hope? They’ll be there, when tragedy hits, and maybe they’ll help you. But just as likely, they won’t.”

“…and let’s not even get started with Ready Player One or the fervent online fan-theory culture claiming everything ever is connected.”

Weekend 431.0 (tires and tubes)

Still getting used to this WP Gutenberg update.

US Coup d’état / Banana Republic

It’s really simple (and in the irony of all ironies) would make an incredible Hollywood blockbuster.  During the Obama Administration, federal agencies (CIA, FBI, DOJ, NSA, and State) used opposition research from the Hillary Clinton campaign to spy on candidate/nominee Trump. He was also spied on as President-elect and President.

Let that sink in because this **** usually happens in a banana republic.

Related

Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department (The Hill)

“Now, these are all established facts. Let’s review them again: Ohr was a senior Justice Department official whose wife was employed by the research firm hired by Clinton and the DNC to get dirt on Trump. This was not reported on any disclosure forms. Ohr’s wife worked on the same Trump-Russia project as Steele, who concocted the dossier, and Ohr himself established a secret back channel with Steele, who had been dismissed for lying to the FBI — all, apparently, so that Steele was never far from learning about the investigation or having input into it. His texts even refer to a fear of “firewalls” being discovered.”

São Paulo

Graffiti in San Paola I was in São Paulo last week for work. It was a quick trip, with a packed agenda, so the opportunity for exploration was limited. I have a top ten list though…

(1) Cargo Bikes (Copenhagenize Design Company)

(2) Eisenbahn Pale Ale (BeerAdvocate)

(3) Estação da Luz

“Ever since this station was completed in 1901, it has remained among the most important buildings in São Paulo and Brazil’s history. For decades its clocktower ruled over the city’s skyline to give its residents a reference point to set their clocks, and today the station houses the Museum of the Portuguese Language, a huge repository of and tribute to Portuguese art, language, and literature from around the world.” (THRILLIST)

(4) Street art/graffiti/building art (THRILLIST)

(5) The Estaiada Governador Orestes Quercia is a beautiful bridge near the Anhembi Convention Center

(6) Museu de Arte de São Paulo on (7) the Av. Paulista

(8) Minhocão / Via Elevada Presidente João Goulart (Architectural Digest)

(9) Municipal Theatre of São Paulo

(10) Whether on the Av. Paulista or the Sao Paulo International Book Fair Mickey Mouse was ubiquitous.

Weekend 430.0 (Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry)

Cumulus IsobarA rainy day…a total wash out…it took me a couple of hours to realize there were no errands to run…no bike rides to be had…just the opportunity to listen to music…organize thoughts and exercise my creative muscles.

(1) Get ready for a commuter apocalypse (NY Post)

(2) Printmaking to Take Stage at New York’s Javits Center (Barron’s)

(3) ACORN All Purpose Vendor (almost like the mystery of the Sea Venture Building)

(3a) Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Parts 1 to 3 (now in convenient .pdf format)

Bigger than Watergate…

…if only the media gave a damn. The good news— the 5th Estate is completely irrelevant (shadow banning, censorship and all).

(1) KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Devin Nunes, Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1: What did the FBI do in the 2016 campaign? The head of the House inquiry on what he has found—and questions still unanswered. (via Instapundit)

You can run on for a long time…

(1) The Blue-State Housing Bubble (American Thinker)

(2) Connecticut is drowning in debt. Should the rest of us have to pay? (Washington Post)

(3) Carol Platt Liebau: Not one cent more (Connecticut Post)

“Here’s the truth: Connecticut has not suffered for lack of transportation money. Rather, the governor (like his predecessors) and the legislature have raided the Special Transportation Fund that could have paid for critical infrastructure. They’ve used the money, instead, to perpetuate a status quo that doesn’t work for the vast majority of Connecticut’s people — state employees who are paid more than any other state workers in the nation, when public and private sector compensation are compared.”

(4) Why Connecticut Is Collapsing (Daily Beast)

Weekend 429.0

“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.” – Peter Strzok

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

Weekend 428.0

(1) Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too (NPR)

(2) How To Use Lechuza Planter’s Self Watering Feature (YouTube)

(3) Why I love the Kingdom Hearts series (MetroUK)

“While the overarching story of the franchise is a load of overcomplicated twaddle, the individual stories in each world are all extremely well-handled and capture the essence of the movies and TV shows perfectly.”

Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades

Bumper Cars(1) Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen (YouTube)

(1a) Tunnel of Love by Dire Straights(YouTube)

“And now I’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades…Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades. In any shooting gallery where promises are made…”

(1b) Palisades Park by Counting Crows (YouTube)

Image from Lisa Meader via Flickr

Weekend 427.0

(1) Tetsuya Nomura Opens Up About Kingdom Hearts 3: “I Do Feel a Little Sad When I Think Some Characters Will Probably Never Appear Ever Again” (US GAMER)

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