Taking refuge at home…

I didn’t post a ton during my sabbatical but enjoyed some serious downtime. I’ve compiled a list of all the happenings (in true Limestone Roof tradition).

(1) Finished Fatal Colours by George Goodwin. My next book assignment is The Brothers York: An English Tragedy by Thomas Penn

(2) Updated LIMESTONE with a new theme (it had remained more or less the same since moving from BLOGGER in 2010)

(3) Helped my brother earn the KINGDOM HEARTS III Complete Master trophy

(3a) IRL Trophy: Kingdom Hearts Wayfinders Lasercut Pendant (Etsy)

(4) Attended 1 NHL and 1 AHL hockey game. Saw my beloved Bridgeport Islanders defeat the Charolotte Checkers on Saturday, January 8 at Webster Bank Arena

(5) Walked to Mass via the greenways in NC; attended Mass at St Thomas (homecoming).

The barbarians are inside the gate (and so on).

“The C.I.A.’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not sure even the White House could control…any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [a coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon.’ The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.'”
– Arthur Krock, New York Times, October 3, 1963

The difference between 1963 and 2021 is that our institutions have been thoroughly infiltrated by Marxists.

How do I know? The quote was in the New York Times in 1963 and today they have jettisoned journalism for “fortifying” the agenda of our elites via deception (lies and propaganda).

The scanned image is from the Walt Disney Company (DIS). Can you imagine the Walt Disney Company of Eisner/Iger/Chapek promoting American Exceptionalism in 2021? What would the Hall of Presidents or the American Adventure look like if they were reimagined? We don’t need to because the The Walt Disney Company (DIS) has a slogan and logo for the new pogrom and it’s called Reimagine Tomorrow: Where We All Belong. The pavilion in World Showcase is being gutted to launch a China / Uighur inspired re-education facility for cast members and guests.

(1) The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled (PJ Media)

(1a) New York Times Issues Retraction In Bombshell Collusion Story (Res ipsa loquitur – The thing itself speaks)

(2) Anthony Mackie Claims Disney And Marvel Studios Are Trying To “Change The Way Society Looks At Itself” (Bounding Into Comics)

(2a) Disney asks employees to complete ‘white privilege checklist’ and insists US was founded on ‘systemic racism’, leaked documents show (Washington Examiner)

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.”

Grim Grinning Milestones

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of fifteen-days to flatten the curve.

Still drafting a post on Walt and the Walt Disney Co. but Sarah Hoyt linked to this on Chicago Boyz. My own comment on Instapundit related to Deleting Disney:

“I would go to WDW to see traces of Walt’s influence (search ‘Mary Blair’s Grand Canyon Concourse mural in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World’) but most have been erased. Walt would be cancelled in ten minutes to-day because his art often celebrated tradition and history. My guess is ANTIFA and SJWs would topple his audio-animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln from the 64/65 NY World’s Fair. I will NEVER return to WDW (and haven’t watched ABC or ESPN in years). IF you love Walt, read the Gabler tome. Disney wore a Goldwater pin and he knew exactly the kind of threat commies represented when they infiltrated his company and he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee.”

It’s time for a national boycott of the Walt Disney Co.

I mentioned Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler but How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams with Jim Denney is equally good. The books are very different but read together provide a Circle-Vision 360° view of Walt.

More to come…

Weekend 479.0

Fantasia“O Lord, let me know my end and the number of days left to me; show me how fleeting my life is.” — Daily Meditations on the Psalms

Reflection: When time is limited, we prioritize and focus on what we should be doing. If we remain aware that our time on earth is quite limited, with God’s grace we will focus on doing what will make us saintly.

Quotes from How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of your Life by Pat Williams with Jim Denney:

“I believe that one of the most crucial traits Walt possessed was his awareness of the brevity of life. It gave him a sense of mission, purpose and urgency. It forced him to focus on his goals.

Most of us go through life pretending that death doesn’t apply to us. We avoid facing the fact that God has granted us a limited number of days, hours, seconds and heartbeats in which to accomplish our life’s work. When it’s over, it’s over, whether our work is done or not.

Jesus once told his disciples, ‘As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work’ (John 9:4 NIV). That was the mindset of Walt Disney. He knew that the night was coming. He lived with a sense of urgency.”

“Walt showed us how to face our mortality—and he taught us to accept it. The awareness of death forces us to think about what is truly important in life. The reality of death forces us to deal with the realities of living—our search for meaning, our need to express love and seek forgiveness, our need for God.”

“Walt built his own heaven and called it Disneyland. It was the happiest place on earth, and he was always happiest when he could be there…but God has set a dream in our hearts that is even bigger than anything Walt could imagine. God has set eternity in our hearts. He placed eternity in the heart of Walt Disney, and in your heart and mine…that longing for eternity is inside us all. We instinctively know that there is something about us that is truly immortal. We all long for something that we cannot have in this world. We catch glimpses of it every now and then—in an achingly beautiful sunset, or a perfect evening with close friends, or a day at Disneyland. But a glimpse is all it is. The sunset fades, the friends say goodnight, the park closes. We had something beautiful and perfect in our hands, but it slipped away. Heaven is a place where such moments go on forever and ever—but we can only reach heaven by dying.”

A quote from Life Lessons from the Monastery: Wisdom on Love, Prayer, Calling, & Commitment by Jerome Kodell, OSB:

“Our life is an arc of ascent and descent. And this is for our good, because the project of this life is to learn how to turn over control to the Creator so that we may have the interior freedom to leave this world in peace and be ready for new life with God. If we haven’t been able to surrender before our body starts breaking down, the gradual reduction of our abilities gives us a new opportunity before we die; if we have begun to surrender, the suffering and diminishment give us an opportunity for even deeper freedom from ego and self. We all have to die, but we have a choice whether to give our life or have it wrenched from us.”

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.

KH3 DLC Postscript

I published my own theory about the end of KH3 before I played Re:Mind. I’m going back now to some of the worlds to take screenshots for #PS4Share. I really love the posters in Twilight Town and Scala ad Caelum. The latter is maybe one of the loneliest worlds in the entire series. The honor of that distinction used to belong to Traverse Town in KH. Traverse Town always felt like a dark ride, movie set, or the city inside of the SDF-1.

(1) Kingdom Hearts May Have Just Uncovered the Mystery Around The Darkness (GAMERANT)

(1a) Yelling About Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:mind (YouTube)

(2) Kingdom Hearts 3 ReMind – Data Young Xehanort No Damage (Critical Mode) (YouTube)

(3) Screenshot from Eden of the East. The detail is amazing (like the posters in Twilight Town and Scala ad Caelum)

(3a) Scala ad Caelum

(4) Speaking of detail…The Art of Cuphead is sitting on my desk.

The scan is from The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card by John Gall and Gary Engel.

Kingdom Hearts [re]trospective

“He [Tetsuya Nomura] gave the hero a more cartoonish appearance, inspired by Mickey Mouse, particularly in the color scheme: the baggy pants were red and the shoes were yellow. In addition, he purposely exaggerated the size of the shoes to accentuate the resemblance to Mickey. Then, he redid the last animal features, finished off the hairstyle and the accessories, including giving him a belt. He kept the giant key, which became the Keyblade. Thus, Sora was born, and with him, a defining feature of Kingdom Hearts, even though at that point the project had a different title…” — The Legends of Kingdom Hearts Volume 1: Creation. Genesis of Hearts by Georges “Jay” Grouard

“Beauty and sadness are woven together; even Frankenstein gets lonely.” — Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

I’m not sure how to start this retrospective without being too personal. What’s really essential is that you understand that I’m a GenXer in the core years of the generation (a Douglas Coupland Xer). I read Shampoo Planet in my formative years and love this quote (and have shared it with those I love):

“I cry because the future has once again found its sparkle and has grown a million times larger. And I cry because I am ashamed of how badly I have treated the people I love–of how badly I behaved during my own personal Dark Ages–back before I had a future and someone who cared for me from above. It is like today the sky opened up and only now am I allowed to enter.”

It’s a theme in this long post I’ll come back to in the end and it’s linked to Kingdom Hearts. I love the beginning of The Legends of Kingdom Hearts because Grouard highlights all of these keywords that make Tetsuya Nomura who he is. I think we all do that kind of introspection at some point in our lives (or maybe at many points).

“They are two very interesting protagonists because they establish plot devices that Nomura, the writer, loves to use: solitude, tragedy, depression, individualism, freedom, escape, and blurred the lines between good and evil.”

Who are you? Who are you? I’m a walrus.
One of my favorite posts is A Gen Xers Top 20 Video Game List which I wrote in 2015. I list Ultima IV and 2400 A.D. as my favorite titles (although Kingdom Hearts is my favorite series). I’m re-reading the post and amazingly Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance didn’t break the Top 20. I also read The Art of Atari since writing that post and one factor for early gamers (Gen Xers) was HOW important the role of art and design was in those early games.

“At a time when on-screen graphics were much less sophisticated, Atari needed artwork and graphic design capable of stirring the imagination.”

Generation Z has grown up mostly digital but Gen Xers were raised in an analog world. You had to use your imagination in those early video games and culturally we were just barely removed from a world of dungeons and dragons (pen and paper). Ultima IV and 2400 A.D. rank so highly on my list because of the analog components. I still have the metal robots from 2400 A.D. and the ankh and cloth map from Ultima IV (the manuals for the latter are amazing). When Ultima IX: Ascension was released in 1999 all those analog components were included in the box. It’s funny to even type “box” because games today are downloaded via Steam or streamed via Google Stadia.

The soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window…
I don’t think Generation Y and Z understand the influence the arcade had on Xers. One of my favorite scenes in Tron: Legacy is when Sam turns on the arcade machines at Flynn’s. There’s also an arcade scene in War Games and where else does Ronald Miller find Kenneth in Can’t Buy Me Love but in an arcade.

All of this seems pretty far from Kingdom Hearts and those quotes from Shampoo Planet but I promise there’s a connection.