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Weekend 213.1 (Memento mori)

(1) A Supreme Confidence: A level-headed leader of men and nations—Eisenhower is revered today by both conservatives and liberals (WSJ)

“Despite the spate of revisionist histories in recent decades, Eisenhower remains an enigma: A quiet man projecting an image of almost leisurely detachment whose leadership won a global war and helped secure for America its position as unrivaled leader of the free world.”

(2) A Convergence of Faith and Reason (WSJ)

“Below the patrons who kneel just outside the sacred space is a skeleton laid out on a sarcophagus. Above it, an inscription reads: “I once was what you are now, and what I am you also will be.” This memento mori, placed under a symbol of Golgotha, suggests that the skeleton represents both Everyman and Adam, widely believed to have been buried under the place where Christ was later crucified. The reminder of physical death is contrasted with God the Father holding the cross, offering the promise of everlasting life.”

(2a) A related quote from “Why I Write” by George Orwell

“So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information. It is no use trying to suppress that side of myself. The job is to reconcile my ingrained likes and dislikes with the essentially public, non-individual activities that this age forces on all of us.”

Weekend 212.2

(1) Where Time and the Timeless Intersect (WSJ)

(2) “The moral, as I take it, is that sometimes you have to leave home for a while in order to recognize the treasure that is there.” – Daniel Libeskind from Breaking Ground

(3) This print ad for Brooks is fantastic and it’s a shameless opportunity to quote Alain de Botton.

“At the same time, he [Kahn] lets us openly savour and celebrate the antique pleasures of oak, showing to full advantage the warm-tones, clarity, and striated grain with which time endowed it. As befits a building dedicated to the paintings of a nation more tortured than most by the completing claims of history and modernity, the Yale center for British Art delivers an elegant essay on how past and present might learn to coexist and complement each other. In doing so, it sketches the for us the dimensions of an ideal contemporary Englishness.”

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 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

Weekend 211.1 (Man is the measure…)

landscape“But to me they were living and the turf that covered them was a skin, under which their muscles rippled, and I felt that those hills had called with incalculable force to men in the past, and that men had loved them. Now they sleep–perhaps for ever. They commune with humanity in dreams. Happy the man, happy the woman, who awakes the hills of Wessex. For though they sleep, they will never die.” – E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

“Many people are fascinated by the course of the subterranean rivers; they track them, sometimes with maps and sometimes with dowsing rods, seeking for the life under ground. They pursue them as far as they can through uncompromising surroundings of council blocks or shopping malls or derelict plots of marshy land. On stretches of their route the outer world is in mourning for its lost companion. A verse from Job may act as a summary: ‘Even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.’

The river walkers pace their journey slowly, recreating a sense of time that has been lost in the contemporary city–or perhaps time is altered by the presence of the buried river. It may follow the speed of the water beneath the ground. Time itself does not matter in the presence of the lost river.” – Peter Ackroyd, London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

Weekend 211.0 (Some break the rules, and live to count the cost)

(1) Fully Booked: Architect Annabelle Selldorf decodes the Morgan Library’s lofty design (WSJ)

(2) Life With and Without Tradition (WSJ)

(a) “The story is a cleverly constructed parable about the collision of orthodoxy and modernity, and it illustrates the author’s most rewarding themes: the emptiness of living without traditions and the perils of stubbornly clinging to them.”

(b) “We see his characters aggressively mapping their destinies, but we also know that, in the novel’s larger scope, every action is subject to the humbling forces of time and chance.”

(3) The Master Builder of Towers of Flowers (WSJ)

(4) Quote from E.M. Forster

“Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.”

(5) The Karakuwa House – The perfect monk house? It’s called the gassho which means praying hands.

(6) Quote from Frederick Crews on E.M. Forster

“The landscapes in his novels have an almost pantheistic vitality, and they are usually enlisted on the side of self-realization for the central characters. To be attuned to the spirit of the countryside is not simply to resist the shallowness of London, but to be awake to the full life of the senses, without which there is no real awakening of the soul.”

(7) Another quote from The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

“A second compelling claim was made for the visual when the early theologians speculated that it might be easier to become a faithful servant of God by looking than by reading. They argued that mankind could more effectively be shaped by architecture than by Scripture. Because we were creatures of sense, spiritual principles stood a better chance of fortifying our souls if we took them in via our eyes rather than via our intellect. We might learn more about humility by gazing at an arrangement of tiles than by studying the Gospels, and more about the nature of kindness in a stained-glass window than in a holy book. Spending time in beautiful spaces, far from a self-indulgent luxury, was deemed to lie at the core of the quest to become an honorable person.

Weekend 209.2 (Pretty Dress)

The proprietor of Limestone Roof doesn’t want to stay a monk forever and is prone to look at pretty dresses from time-to-time (and not for myself) AND the Bike Lane Dress from Antropolgie is gorgeous.

There are days when solitude is a heady wine which intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison. – Colette

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 209.0

Chris Ware: The Adventures of Jimmy Corrigan“What [modern man] wants is a monk’s cell, well lit and heated, with a corner from which he can look at the stars.” – Charles-Édouard Jeanneret


(1a) Periodic Table of Storytelling

(2) ‘Building Stories’: Chris Ware series coming from Pantheon

(2a) Critical Cities: Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939

(3) There and Back Again: How writers’ fictional worlds have colonized real life (WSJ)

Paratext — Supplementary material like maps, footnotes, glossaries, appendices in books. (e.g. Kipling had his futuristic “Aerial Board of Control” stories printed with mock-up ads for airships.)

A great example of paratext is the cloth map of Britannia from Ultima IV. Many of those titles from Origin Systems included supplemental materials like coins and books (The History of Britannia). The metal ankh from Ultima IV is still popular with collectors.

(4) Blowing Up the Book (WSJ)

Weekend 208.0 (Chiaroscuro)

Sherwood Island Pavilion(1) Message From God: Be Patient (WSJ)

(2) How Google & Co. Will Rule Your Rep (WSJ)

“‘Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.’ Honest old Abraham Lincoln knew what he was talking about. Just imagine his reputation score. But today, even his shadow would look longer.”

(3) A Dramatic Enlightenment (WSJ)

“Even at the awkward angle from which we view the picture, we read it from left to right, as we do the sequence of the three paintings, but we also read from right to left, from the source of illumination above to its objects below. The drama entails a move between darkness and light, flesh and spirit, an old life and a new one.”

(4) Modern Architecture, Being the Kahn Lectures by Frank Lloyd Wright

“Shadows were the ‘brushwork’ of the ancient architect. Let the ‘modern’ now work with light, light diffused, light reflected, light refracted–light for its own sake, shadows gratuitous. It is the machine that makes modern these rare new opportunities in glass; new experience that architects so recent as the great Italian forebears, plucked even of their shrouds, frowning upon our ‘renaissance,’ would have considered magical. They would have thrown down their tools with the despair of the true artist. Then they would have transformed their cabinets into a realm, their halls into bewildering vistas and avenues of light–their modest units into unlimited wealth of color patterns and delicate forms, rivaling the frostwork upon the windowpanes, perhaps. They were creative enough to have found a world of illusion and brilliance, with jewels themselves only modest contributions to the splendor of their effects.”

(5) Quote from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“When I want to rest my heart, wearied by the darkness which surrounds it, by the memory of the luminous country to which I aspire, my torment redoubles; it seems to me that the darkness, borrowing the voice of sinners, says mockingly to me, ‘You are dreaming about the light, about a country fragrant with the sweetest perfumes; you are dreaming about the eternal possession of the Creator of all these things; you believe that one day you will walk out of this fog which surrounds you…'”

(6) The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

“It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.”

Photo by ©JBOT 2.0 2012

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