(1) No monk is an island but there is snow in the forecast this weekend so; (a) Wall Street Journal, (b) Wall Street Journal Magazine, (c) Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, (d) MONOCLE, (e) Bicycle Times, (f) Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History by Robert Hughes, (g) Round 5 of the FA Cup, and (h) Disney twenty-three Magazine Spring 2013.
(1a) Gaming’s Art-House Hits: As the medium matures, videogames with an artistic twist appeal to a sophisticated player (WSJ)
“Here are some of the most beautiful and accessible titles from the past few years. If you think videogames are just dimwitted diversions for adolescent boys, these may make you look at the medium in an entirely new light.”
(1b) The worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance are really gorgeous. The cathedral in La Cité des Cloches, the amusement park in Prankster’s Paradise, and the Fourth District in Traverse Town are incredibly detailed / functional. The backgrounds in Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion are equally brilliant / gorgeous.
(1c) I have a Zolephant named Heffalump.
“The media saw the Council as a political struggle, a struggle for power between different currents within the Church. It was obvious that the media would take the side of whatever faction best suited their world.”
(3) The Future of Yesterday: Photographs of Architectural Remains of World’s Fairs (The Nelson-Atkins Museum) – Darn. How did I miss this?!?!
(3a) 5 Unexpected Factors That Change How We Forecast The Future (Fast Company)
(4) Finally watched Tron: Legacy. When is Daft Punk going to tour?
(5) Words, words, words…
(5a) Obloquy: Censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public.
(5b) Feuilletons: A part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
(5c) Hermeneutics: The science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures.
(6a) Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050? (Fast Company)
(7) “Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Books are unconvertible assets, to be passed on only to those who possess them already.” — Anthony Powell