Weekend 255.0 (Content Outline)

On the heels of a rather brutal week at work, two industry-affirming articles from the journal:

(1a) Bordellos for the Brain: The ups and (mostly) downs of conference mania

(1b) At the Side of an Expert Exhibitionist: Museum planner and exhibition designer Melanie Ide starts the creative process with “total immersion” in her subject matter, whether fossils or a former president. (WSJ – Registration Required)

(2) Snap Out of It: As social media changes the way we experience vacation photos, there’s no better time to improve the shots themselves. Lesson one: Focus on the details

(3) The Rise of the Cosmopolis: Four cities that have provided financial and intellectual rocket fuel for the world. (WSJ – Registration Required)

(3a) Wealth Over the Edge: Singapore (WSJ Money)

(4) How To Measure the Success of a Blog (LinkedIn)

(5) The return of Lord British! Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues via Kickstarter

(6) How to Bike to the Airport

(7) Can you call yourself a U.S. soccer fan if you don’t support MLS? (ESPN)

(8) How about some lyrics? I love this little ditty from Anna Kendrick:

“When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone”

(9) Bike Pron: Pelago Bristol

Weekend 216.0

Clannad After Story - A New Family(1) How To Be Creative (WSJ)

(2) The London Oratory

(2a) @LondonOrat – “We must pray incessantly for the gift of perseverance.”

(3) The Story of The Famous Poster – Keep Calm and Carry On (VIDEO) – England, books, history, trains and Stuart and Mary Manley.

(3a) Barter Books

(3b) The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

(4) Futuristic Airports Unhindered By the Baggage of Reality

(5) WEEK IN WORDS (WSJ) || Winglet: The word winglet is also used to describe many other things, including parts of birds’ wings, little wing-shaped ornaments on clothing and flower petals that resemble wings.

Weekend 206.0

Playmobil Advent Wreath 2011 (1) Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373

(2) Fantastic hyperrealistic oil paintings by Steve Mills

(3) Ways to Manage an Image (WSJ)

(3a) The Art and Soul of Disney

(4) Jean Nouvel: The Pritzker-winning French architect checks in on hotels, carousels and burning down the house (WSJ)

(5) Nintendo Introduces Free Airport Hotspots For 3DS Users

(5a) KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook For ‘Meet & Seat’ (Wired)

(6) The Porteur/City bike by Hufnagel Cycles

(7) Birth By Sleep: Sora Stained Glass

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. – Graham Greene

Weekend 193.0 (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

(1) Window of the World

(2) FIAT Drive In

(3) Ryōmō Line

(3a) East Japan Railway Company

(3b) Iwafune Station

(3c) Tribute to Makoto Shinkai (Part III)

(4) Tony Parsons jets into Heathrow airport as writer-in-residence

(4a) Heathrow writers-in-residence give new meaning to airport novels

(5) The One Airport to Avoid Is… (WSJ)

More from Aerotropolis…

…or red courtesy phone for Mr. Friedman.

“The aerotropolis and authoritarians go hand in hand. The first is a city built from scratch to chase economies of speed; the second are the only ones to sign off on a mammoth construction project before it’s too late. It’s no accident Kasarda has found early adopters in the Middle East and China, followed close behind by Asian nations with a legacy of military rule—Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand among them.”

“This is why Dubai is so dazzling to Kasarda; China too. It took as long to air the grievances surrounding Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as it did to build Beijing’s epic new one from from raw ground. There was no debate in this instance, nor was there any over a third runway or the second, separate hub planned for the capital—where, no one knows, because the government will simply do what it did at the site of the current one, which was to flatten fifteen villages and resettle ten thousand residents without compensation. Kasarda was awed by the ministry’s rationale: “Democracy sacrifices efficiency.”

Compare and Contrast
The T Word versus BILL COLLINS: This recession isn’t temporary

Why Is the President So Adamant on Raising Taxes?

Weekend 190.0

Absolutely gorgeous summer day in New England!

(1) Bright Colors Struggle to Bloom in South Korea’s Silver-Car Nation (WSJ)

(2) Adventure on the Rails (WSJ Magazine)

(3) Custom Cycling’s Big Wheel (WSJ)

He hired two people to take care of the business side of the shop. ‘The big thing I have learned is to free myself up to do what’s important to me and what I enjoy.’

(3a) My sister basket bike.

(4) Lone surviving tree offers hope to restore destroyed forest in Japan

(5) 10 Psychological States You’ve Never Heard Of

(6) China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country? (WSJ)

(6a) With “Elites” Like These, Is It Any Wonder We’re Screwed? (ACE)

(6b) The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life

(7) Limestone and the Palace of Westminster (WIKI)

The stonework of the building was originally Anston, a sand-coloured magnesian limestone quarried in the village of Anston in South Yorkshire.

Aerotropolis Counter Point

The danger is in the graft…and don’t share this article with Thomas Friedman.

Spain Ghost Airports: Symbols of Boom Turned Bust

But signs abound that Spain has not fully learned the lessons of its profligate spending. Spain recently announced a high-speed rail link to the sparsely populated northwest region of Galicia, a plan many economists see as an extravagance. Bridge and highway projects are plowing forward in the face of criticism that Spain just can’t afford them.

Indeed, it’s an unhealthy mix of politics and business that critics blame for white elephants such as the airport in Ciudad Real, a city of 74,000 people. Spain has a history of pouring public money into dodgy projects to fuel the careers of ambitious politicians and local entrepreneurs.

“We have substituted our obsession with bricks and house building with an obsession for highways, high speed trains and airports, but it’s the same rubbish,” said Fernando Fernandez, a macroeconomics Professor at IE Business School in Madrid.

“It’s like a drug addict trying detox,” he said. “The economy has been growing through construction for the last 10 years and that creates all sorts of bad habits.”