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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 213.4 (Made in England)

I was in NYC on Saturday to demo and purchase a Brompton from NYCeWheels.

I spent half the demo trying to fold and unfold the bike and probably looked like a street performer outside of Carl Schurz Park (think someone tossed me a quarter at one point). The staff at NYCeWheels was great and after the demo they had the bike ready in about an hour. I opted to ditch the BOX (and the subway) and rode the bike from York Avenue (between 84th and 85th street) to Grand Central Station.

This is a beautiful machine and I’ve posted pictures on Flickr here, here, here and here. It’s a M3L in RACING GREEN.

I’m a bit of an Anglophile (in case you didn’t know) so this machine is the perfect complement to the stable of fine bikes at the Green Scarf Dispatch Company. The best part of owning a folding bike is that you don’t need a bike permit on Metro-North to carry it on board so Saturday/Sunday adventures in Manhattan will be easier than ever.

Related
(1) Brompton Bicycle
(2) Folding Bike/Anime
(3) Brompton Folding Bike – NYCeWheels Favorite Folding Bicycle

Weekend 213.3 (bits and bobs)

En Route on the Sloped Road(1) “What other commute can compete with the sights of the limestone Landwasser Viaduct and the Piz Bernina peak?” – MONOCLE, February 2012

(2) Kibun is NO Toast but he’s squishy nonetheless

(2a) PRICELESS: “Botan! Plushie mode. This is one of Botan’s seven tricks. When she’s like this people will think you’re a plushie enthusiast rather than someone smuggling a boar into class.”

(3) Can a Papermaker Help to Save Civilization? (NYTIMES)

(3a) Ed!t

Weekend 213.2 (Seat backs and tray tables in their…)

(1) Picnic on the Take-off Strip

(2) “Hello Kitty” Air Jet by EVA Airways

(3) A5/05: Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane

(4) ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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 213.0 (Arrietty)

ArriettyMy one sentence review of Arrietty.

“Arrietty is adorable, diminutive, and special and the last scene features a tea house with stained glass windows.”

I can’t draft anything that isn’t biased. I love Miyazaki and small things. The backgrounds were gorgeous and the music and characters were great. I love it (for very personal and sentimental reasons) when she givers her hair clip to Sean.

The benefits of the quiet mind (or my first borrowing):

Found this tiny pin on the train platform this morning. It would fit inside a quarter.

Borrowed time, but time well spent: Animation god crafts ‘Arrietty’ from classic story

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 211.2

Text from a friend completely disinterested in sports:

“So I know I’m taking a long shot here, but I’m thinking the Schenectady Land Beavers are going to win the Super Bowl today over the New Hampshire Wild Goats.”

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