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Thanksgiving 2011

(1) Playmofan

(2) The Original Disneyland Hotel

(2a) Disneyland Hotel interior lobby area

(3) Christmas and winter photoshop styles

(4) “We are writing a primer on planning for the same people which probably is an indication that the American industrialists are replacing the intellectual liberal in whatever his role is as defender of the intangible that never materializes.” – Oscar Stonorov

(4a) Schroeder playing a Beethoven sonata from A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

(4b) “There are several important consequences of Walt’s unconventional approach to architecture. Because of his devotion to tangible things, for instance, the Disney theme parks are full of compelling, believable detail: they seem more real, somehow, than the world outside the berm, even though the 1800s have vanished, along with the last of the unexplored jungle rivers, and the future still lies up ahead, muffled in hope and the trappings of a thousand bad science-fiction movies. But a creative technique based on models and pictures also favors style over content, clear and simple emotions over a range of more difficult choices.” – Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks by Karal Ann Marling

(5) Subway Depths, Lit by Art (WSJ)

In the mezzanine, commuters will walk past life-size images of New Yorkers from the 1940s. A shimmering cityscape, as viewed from the old elevated platforms, will be re-created in glass.

In all, Ms. Shin’s pieces are expected to cover about 1,900 square feet. “I hope, as commuters go through this new technology and this new subway line, the new will be the old and the old will be the new,” said Ms. Shin, 40 years old.

(6) An Artist Amasses a Rare Collection (WSJ)

(7) Things Fall Apart

(7a) “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats

(7b) The Fight Between Carnival and Lent at the Kunsthistorisches Museum by Pieter Bruegel

Weekend 202.0

(1) Great quote from a commenter on NRO:

My point is that here’s a guy who might be amenable to a pro-business conversion, if someone would explain it to him, instead of just commiserating with him (as the article does) or ridiculing him (as some posters here have done). I bet most of these OWS kids have never heard that passion about something is not enough–it takes imagination, work and risk to make a living out of something you love. Those are the atoms of free enterprise, and we should be evangelical about it.

(2) quoin

1. an external solid angle of a wall or the like.
2. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone.
3. any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners of brick walls or the like.
4. a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.
5. Printing. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.

(3) Nostalgia: Reading Cline’s Ready Player One rekindled memories of playing ULTIMA IV on an Apple IIe.

(4) The early days of the New York City subway (Original Source: @MTAInsider and @BBC_Travel)

(5) Stained glass from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

(6) Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

Weekend 200.0 (Post NYCC)

Playmobil Lechuza(1) MTA Swipes Show Subway Trends (WSJ)

Wait for the A train at the Aqueduct Racetrack stop, and one in four people standing with you will likely be a senior citizen. But at the Bedford Avenue stop on the L train—in the middle of hipster Williamsburg—less than 1% use a senior-discount MetroCard.

(2) Why the Grass Seems Greener (WSJ)

Focusing illusion – Using a specific attribute of a thing or experience to answer a broader and more difficult question.

“Belief in the Law of Small Numbers” – Paying more attention to the content of messages than to information about their reliability. The effect is a view of the world around us that is simpler and more coherent than the data justify.

The Kahneman/Tversky Counter-Assumption – Human beings are not rational decision-makers who weigh all the relevant factors logically before making choices.

Linda problem – The conjunction of two things must be less probable than one of those two things alone.

Conjunction fallacy – Illustrates a broader pattern—of human reasoning being distorted by systematic biases.

Weekend 191.0

Westport Train Station(1) Un’Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

(2) China Train Crash Shows Fast Expansion Problems

(3) Spending dispute halts airport construction

(3a) Dulles Metro station should be functional and awe-inspiring

(3b) Airports authority endorses aboveground Dulles rail station

(4) It’s a new day.

Weekend 179.0

(1) China’s train wreck

(2) The Disappearing Dollar

(3) Is “Conservative Environmentalist” an Oxymoron?

Weekend 178.0

Glory of the Snow

(1) Sic Transit Gloria: A Bus Museum Fails to Gain Traction (Wall Street Journal)

(1a) IBM App Predicts How Your Commute Will Go (Wired)

(2) Is ‘Nudging’ Really Enough? (Wall Street Journal) – Do you think Cass Sunstein has ever read Notes from Underground?

(3) Leaving the Right Impression (Wall Street Journal)

“Heritage” Movement—a nostalgia-tinged societal turn toward objects that last, smolder with individuality and are well-made.

Speaking of nostalgia…I miss paper.com.

(4) QuickHoney – This is the jacket illustration from Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

(5) The legend of Orval

(5a) Orval Trappist Ale

Weekend 177.0

Barclays Cycle Hire(1) Best feet forward: Fairfield forum for cyclists, walkers (Fairifeld Citizen)

(2) The Sleepless Elite: Why Some People Can Run on Little Sleep and Get So Much Done (Wall Street Journal)

(3) How Smartphones Can Improve Public Transit

(4) George Osborne must act before Britain is sucked into the euro whirlpool

(5) Knowing What Isn’t So (Wall Street Journal)

“Common sense is also inclined to conclude that individual successes (and failures) are determined by inherent qualities rather than by unpredictable circumstance…Ecclesiastes told us that time and chance happeneth to all, but we easily forget.”

(6) The Furniture Frontline (Wall Street Journal)

Upcycling – The process of turning used materials into better quality goods.

(6a) Poetry Happens

Related Quotes

The wind goeth towards the south and turneth about unto the north – it whirleth about continually and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
— Ecclesiastes 1:6

It isn’t what people don’t know that hurts them; it’s what they know for sure that ain’t so.
— Anonymous

Weekend 175.0

“One realizes oneself only one piece at a time.”
— Marcel Proust, The Fugitive

(1) Christo Without Jeanne-Claude – Where monuments pretend to endure, their work suggests the fleeting nature of our grandest gestures. A romantic might say that each piece evokes the way even the most dedicated passion will be undone by time.

The sudden realization that time is a material in which our lives are, mysteriously, contained—or, you might even say, the material in which we are wrapped, for the time being, at least.

(2) When in Helvetica: A Swiss typeface + 2 Italian designers = New York City

(3) “The Infinite” by Giacomo Leopardi

But sitting and gazing, unending
Spaces beyond what’s here, and
Silences, and depthless calm,
I fashion in my mind…

(4) The Magical Mystery Show of Consciousness

…being enchanted by the magic of experience provides a reason to live. Rather than being an aid to survival, consciousness provides an essential incentive to survive. Enchantment is itself “the biological advantage of being awestruck.” Or, as the poet and Pooh creator A.A. Milne put it, “It’s awful fun to be born at all.”

The above is related to this.

(5) Maybe you can buy a bit of happiness

Dan Ariely, a professor of Behavioral Psychology at Duke, notes that studies show that any satisfaction rush we received from a new pair of shoes or jacket is often fleeting. Psychologists call this consumer buying the “hedonistic treadmill,” which leads to nowhere.

However, Ariely believes that how you spend your money can enhance your happiness. For example, you might get as much enjoyment from buying a smaller item than a luxury one, such as a dinner that you share with a friend as opposed to a flat-screen TV. Buying for others can also enhance your happiness level.

Ariely recommends that you buy things that “dust can’t land on” — memories and connections — that are more likely to make you happier.

(6) “Charles Jencks, the author of The Iconic Building, describes architectural icons as delicate balancing acts between memorable forms and the images they conjure up. He emphasizes that in an increasingly heterogeneous world, multiple and sometimes even enigmatic meanings are precisely what turn buildings into popular icons.”

(6a) “Preserving history when it is possible and reinforcing the past are important. A further advantage of adjustment and preservation is that they help create a rich distinctive sense of place.”

(6b) “Design is critical, too, since the project must quickly establish that elusive quality, a sense of place.”
— Witold Rybczynski, Makeshift Metropolis

Thomas Friedman was devastated…

China’s High-Speed Rail, Highly Suspect

High Speed Rail To Nowhere…Winning The Future A Wasted Billion At A Time

Weekend 166.0

(1) Ed Ruscha “Standard Station”

(1a) On the Road With Painter Ed Ruscha

“The 73-year-old, Los Angeles-based Mr. Ruscha is known for adding cryptic phrases to his austere landscapes of the West, such as his 1983 depiction of a flat horizon laced with red letters that read, “We would have a travel agency except no one in this town travels.” At auction, one of his paintings has sold for nearly $7 million. Earlier this week, the artist spoke about his love of the road.”

(1b) Futurama (New York World’s Fair)

“Now we have arrived in this wonder world of 1960. Sunshine, tree, farms, hills and valleys, flowers and flowing streams—this world of tomorrow is a world of beauty…But man has forged ahead since 1939. New and better things have sprung from his industry and genius…Here we see one of our 1960 express motorways…The highway surface is automatically lighted by continuous tubing in the safety curbing, which evenly illuminates the road surface. But what’s this just ahead? An amusement park in full swing! A merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel, boys and girls shrieking with glee on a pretzel-like sky ride. Here’s fun ans merriment in this world of tomorrow!”

(1c) GM Futurama – 1939 World’s Fair – Part 1 – There is a monastery at 7:50.

(1d) GM Futurama – 1939 World’s Fair – Part 2

(2) Tracing Those Angry Birds to the Dawn of Man

“The parabolic ballista is ours alone.

Until 10,000 years ago, most or even all human beings relied on this talent for gathering at least some of their food—by killing it at a distance. With the arrow, the spear thrower, the blowpipe, the boomerang, the sling, the harpoon and the thrown rock, we were killing prey from fish to birds to mammoths. Not to mention each other.”

(2a) Mountain Top!

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