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Weekend 212.0 (“time stays around us like pools of color”)

(1) The Pursuit of Presence (WSJ)

“All of his poems are inextricably linked to the places where they were written. For much of his adult life, Mr. Bonnefoy spent his summers with his wife in an abandoned monastery in Provence.”

It’s snowing.
Under the flakes, a door opens at last
On the garden beyond the world. Green Scarf Dispatch Company
I set out. But my scarf
Snags on a rusty nail,
And the cloth of my dreams is torn.
(“The Garden,” 1991)

(2) A Penchant for Dreaming (WSJ)

“Burne-Jones was a founding partner of Morris’s design company in 1861. His specialty was stained-glass windows and tapestries—he did the figures while Morris handled the borders—but over the years he also designed jewelry, illustrated books and made mosaics. All done while continuing his own career as painter and watercolorist. He may have loathed his own age, Ms. MacCarthy notes, but he possessed its work ethic…The purpose of art, for him, is to be a refuge from the coarseness of the industrial world.”

(2a) Fancy some DISNEY MAGIC? (The Moment of Truth Concept Art for The Sword in…)

(3) The glorious sword of authority was given by Lord, / Poems and books are evidences that praise Yahweh in front of Him. / Taiping unifies the World of Light. – Hong Xiuquan

(4) “Light is the measure of everything. It is absolute, mathematical, physical, eternal. There is an absolute speed to it, you can’t outrun it; that’s what the theory of relativity is about. Stand here and remember what you can. What you remember is in light, the rest is in darkness, isn’t it? The past fades to dark, and the future is unknown, just stars.” – Daniel Libeskind

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 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

Fringe Colors

(1) Otherworlds and Underworlds

“The tacit assertion of this invigorating novel is that the more constrained a person’s life, the more his imagination flourishes, until what’s real is merely grist for the more vital stuff of dreams.”

(2) “Questions of Travel” by Elizabeth Bishop

‘Is it lack of imagination that
makes us come
to imagined places, not just stay
at home?
Or could Pascal have been not
entirely right
about just sitting quietly in one’s room?

Continent, city, country, society:
the choice is never wide
and never free.
And here, or there…No. Should
we have stayed at home,
wherever that may be?’

(3) In the Mood for…Pops of Bright Color

“All it takes to get through a dark day is that little shard of light and bite of color to lift us up.”

(4) A Key Lesson of Adulthood: The Need to Unlearn

“Mr. Stevenson’s disenthrallment comes in the course of a series of sharp and fascinating interviews with technological innovators and scientific visionaries. This disenthralls him of the pessimism about the future and nostalgia about the past that he barely realized he had and whose ‘fingers reach deep into [his] soul.'”

Weekend Retreat

Trappist Sunrise II

I spent the weekend at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. and took this photo on our way to the Abbey Church on Sunday morning at 6:40. I’m not really sure how the other retreatant(s) spent their weekend; I spent hours of it reading and was fortunate enough to discover this verse in a book of poetry by Caryll Houselander. Suppose I’m a nutter.

Low Mass on Sunday
Our fears are not, after all,
something to push out of sight,
madmen behind the bars:
in the lifted hands of Christ
our wounds are solitary stars,
answering, out of the night,
to the Light of God.

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