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Weekend 214.0 (Almost)

The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty(1) The scan is from The Art of the The Secret World of Arrietty. I can’t scan the entire book BUT will add the abandoned gazebo (not tea house) in the garden that was featured in the final shot of the film.

(1a) A Dollhouse Fit for a Queen

(1b) Spoils!

(2) A Bicycle Built For Speed (WSJ)

(2a) ‘Stupid’ and Oil Prices (WSJ)

(3) A Pattern Emerges (WSJ)

“They’re innovating original prints that stand out more than any logo could. And because you must know fashion to recognize a print’s meaning, they have become a secret handshake to an undeniably stylish club.”

(4) On being an Anglophile…

Friend: So why do you seem to always want to be a redcoat? That doesn’t seem very American.

Limestone: Just something about the smell of EMPIRE!

Friend: Eew, OLD empire. Musty!

(4a) Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now–As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

(4b) A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

Weekend 212.1

Clannad Misae Sagara(1) Fortune Cookie: “Appearance can be deceiving. Remember endurance makes gold.”

(2) Happytime Pizza???? The Disney Feature Animation Bldg. includes a 1980s style arcade created by the studio’s set builders. The “pod” was built to inspire the animators working on Wreck-It Ralph Disney’s 52nd full-length animated feature.

(2a) The arcade from the Disney Feature Animated Bldg. included in the Spring 2012 issue of Disney twenty-three.

(2b) “It was called Happytime Pizza, and it was a replica of a small family-run pizza joint that had existed in Halliday’s hometown in the mid-1980’s…The interior re-created the atmosphere of a classic ’80s pizza parlor and video arcade in loving detail.” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

(2c) Pac-Man (TV series)

(2d) Pac-Man’s Anatomy

(2e) A tribute site to Arnie’s Place

(3) Playmobil: allowing children to make up their own story (The Telegraph)

(3a) A Surprise For This GeekMom – Playmobil Is For Older Kids Too!

Weekend 209.1 (Tires/Tyres)

Yeah. I’ve added a category for tires/tyres because of my obsession with vulcanized rubber. Photographs of tires/tyres for me are like hi-res food shots to foodies.

I watched Tokyo Story last night and Noriko [Setsuko Hara] was employed by the Yoneyama Trading Company whose business was tires apparently (?).

Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story

Speaking of pron; here is some new bike pron! The first is an illustration/drawing by Scott White from Bermuda Journey. The second is from another movie with Setsuko Hara called Late Spring.

(1) Get-Tough Policy on Chinese Tires Falls Flat (WSJ)

(1a) The reincarnation of the Playmobil Classic Car (6240) with accompanying tire pron!

This has nothing to do with tires but was part of my weekend reading:

(2) Boardroom Conquerors (WSJ)

“The good life, Mr. Kluth suggests, is not to be found by trying to imitate those we consider leaders and successes, who are rarely all they seem. It consists of doing what we must, as well as we are able, perceptions and consequences be damned.”

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 205.0

(1) A Colorful Countdown to Christmas: A collection of Advent calendar cards sparks up Germany’s holiday season

(2) The Secret World of Arrietty by Studio Ghibli

Playmobil on Flickr

(3) Ship off the coast of France

(3a) Modernized castle

(4) FedEx Ad: Enchanted Forest

(5) Quotes

The British Foreign Office characterized “Salazar the man” as having the shrewdness and parsimonious habits of the peasant; the native caution of the village dweller who mistrusts the prattle of the marketplace and the motives of others; and the cold detached outlook of the scholastic churchman who has been taught to appraise the puppet show of human endeavor sub specie aeternitatis.

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 by Neill Lochery

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 190.1

Playmobil ChairSomeone once asked Goethe what color he liked best. “I like rainbows,” he said. That’s what I love about architecture: If it’s good, it’s about every color in the spectrum of life; if it’s bad, the colors fade away entirely. From the ruins of Byzantium to the streets of New York, from the peaked roof of a Chinese pagoda to the spire of the Eiffel Tower, every building tells a story, or better yet, several stories. — Daniel Libeskind, Breaking Ground

Related (Another can’t miss link…)

(1) A Splash of Colour

Weekend 187.0

London Bus III“But if flight represents freedom, reinvention, and self-renewal—and barring all of that escape—then the terminal itself has evolved into something resembling a destination…They’re amnesiac places with no future and no past, only a continual present offering the same choices—flights, duty-free, and fast food—day after day after day.

The reason we mourn that vanished era so is that the Jet Age was the all-too-brief flowering of our romance with speed. Later, we fell for seamlessness instead, spurning the freedom to go anywhere for the ability to be nowhere all the time. We traded the clouds for the cloud, and we’re living in an instant age.” — John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Related
(1a) Hubs by Douglas Coupland

(2a) Airlines Promise: It Will Get Better (WSJ)

(3a) As You Light It: Jet Lag – Ideas of time, place, and travel within the modern cityscape.

Unrelated
(4) Take A Walk Through Square Enix’s Japan Office

Weekend 186.0

Playmobil Tulips IV(1) Morris Mini Cooper S (Flickr)

(2) The Terrifying Truth About New Technology: Do robots and Twitter make you nervous? Growing old is what you’re really afraid of

(3) Kumho Tires 2009 Commercial “Missing Something?”

(4) “…paving tarmac was never enough. There needed to be some kind of catalyst present, whether it’s the Warfare State, the Pentagon, the Internet’s trunk routes, or the guaranteed connections of a monster hub like O’Hare, which handled more people back in 1960 than Ellis Island did in its entire existence.” — John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

(5) Tel Aviv, Azrieli center

(6) Beauty in a Dark Time by Michael Potemra

Weekend 174.0

I was finally able to ride this morning. It was blue and crispy and the five boroughs approach. I also have a new route this season which takes me away from the beach BUT it’s a little more challenging.

I have three to-day from the Wall Street Journal and one fabulous quote (and one a forlorn monk can truly appreciate).

(1) What a Good Coach Does (WSJ)

(2) The Gift of Self-Forgetfulness (WSJ)

(3) A True Adventure at Sea and on Shore (WSJ)

“Just when I think, I’m free as a dove / Old devil moon, deep in your eyes, blinds me with love.” – E.Y. Harburg

My brother broke the solemnity with a counter-quote: “Stop living in the shadows. You have a life to live.” In case you are wondering- it’s from an ad for Low T. What would I do without him?

(4) Petite Bibliothèque de Curiosités – Amedeo Tosetti and his Nogai pedallers and cycling Tartars!

“Brought up in Petersburg, the prince, unlike his companions, had the advantage of a university education and became enthralled by the mysteries of mechanics, especially by those of a new invention, that seemed to over innumerable possibilities: the bicycle / The prince, heartbroken, married a rich Armenian who had been captured in Odessa, and founded in Bucharest the first factory of Rumanian bicycles.”

Source: The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi

(4a) François Rabelais

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