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 350.0

“On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not.” – St. Augustine

(1) China’s Ghost Cities (YouTube)

(2) Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours review – the romance of Rome in ruin (The Guardian)

(3) The Millennial Mindset and America’s Productivity Crisis (Fox Business)

(4) David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock (Official Music Video) (YouTube)

(5) The Most Stunning Stained Glass Windows In The World (Huffington Post)

(5a) Rainbow Chapel by Coordination Asia is a multi-coloured wedding venue in Shanghai (Dezeen)

Weekend 198.0

(1) Rachel Field

“Field also wrote the English lyrics for the version of Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria used in the Disney film Fantasia (film).”

(1a) Walt Disney’s Ave Maria

(2) Generation Limbo

“And there are plenty of this Lost Generation who, rather than turning to literature or the arts or even booze, dull the pain by worshipping the cult of celebrity, wondering why their own specialness doesn’t translate into hefty paychecks.”

(2a) Did I Say That? — Doing what needs to be done

(3) Euro-Collapse

(4) Quotable I

This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses.

– Macbeth

(5) The Online Gallery Of Artist Kevin Conklin

(6) Quotable II

There was a duality in medieval philosophy between the “active life” and the “contemplative life,” where one way of engaging with the world was to change it actively and another was to stand back and consider it from a distance. Is that image a good analogy for the roles of the architect and of the writer (or writing architect)?

I probably would not divide the making of architecture into two; designing buildings and writing about buildings. Certainly you can write in a way or build in a way that cancels the other out. You can write in way and not build, and implore other people to follow that way, and you can do the opposite: you can build and say, “By my buildings you understand my philosophical position.”

Michael Graves in ‘Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books’ by Jo Steffens

(7) In the Land of Macbeth

(8) Quotable III

Let me now sing of my friend, my friend’s song concerning his vineyard. My friend has a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes.

Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard: What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done? Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? Now, I will let you know what I mean to do to my vineyard: take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be trampled! Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will command the clouds not to send rain upon it. The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant; he looked for judgement, but see, bloodshed! for justice, but hark, the outcry!

– Is 5:1-7

Weekend 184.0

Playmobil Beach Racer 4216(1) Coast to Coast in Eight Days (WSJ)

(2) Lost in a World Without Roots (WSJ)

(3) ‘Down and Dirty’ with the Disney Girl

(4) A Macy’s branded bicycle?

(5) Forget Vinyl; Band Releases Album as Location-Based App (Credit: J2)

(6) Stephen Burks: The industrial designer spins traditional crafts into luxury goods with a conscience (WSJ)

(6a) Stephen Burks | Are You A Hybrid? (Museum of Arts and Design)

(6b) Dezeen

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
— C.S. Lewis

(7) Another benefit of WordPress. Limestone Roof on the iPad in blue or orange? Why was limestone ever on BLOGGER?

Weekend 153.1

Just finished Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age and this excerpt from Lady Gaga and the death of sex seems apropos.

Generation Gaga doesn’t identify with powerful vocal styles because their own voices have atrophied: they communicate mutely via a constant stream of atomised, telegraphic text messages. Gaga’s flat affect doesn’t bother them because they’re not attuned to facial expressions.Gaga’s fans are marooned in a global technocracy of fancy gadgets but emotional poverty. Borderlines have been blurred between public and private: reality TV shows multiply, cell phone conversations blare everywhere; secrets are heedlessly blabbed on Facebook and Twitter.