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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sunday July 31, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 5:24 AM
Looney Tunes

 

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (AP) – Kayo Hatta, an independent filmmaker… died on July 20. She was 47.

She accidentally drowned at a friend’s home in the San Diego area, her sister Julie Hatta said….

Ms. Hatta graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and received a master’s degree in film from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She recently completed a 30-minute coming-of-age film called “Fishbowl,” based on the writings of Hawaiian author Lois-Ann Yamanaka.

From Log24 on Moon Day, July 20,
the date of Hatta’s death:

Quote from an earlier entry:

“In honor of Roger Cooke’s review of Helson’s Harmonic Analysis, 2nd Edition, today’s site music is “Moonlight in Vermont.”

Quote from July 20: 

“And if the band you’re in
   starts playing different tunes
 I’ll see you on
   the dark side of the moon.”

Quote from Lois-Ann Yamanaka:

Blu’s Hanging

   … Poppy still plays “Moon River” in the background.
   He sings aloud:
   “Old dreammaker, you heartbreaker, wherever you’re going, I’m going your way.”
   He makes me afraid.
   I know where he wants to go.
   And who the dreammaker is.

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There will be a public memorial service in Honolulu
 open to friends and the general public:

Date: Sunday, July 31st
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Church,
 902 University Avenue


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
Asian Improv aRts / Kayo Hatta Fund
201 Spear St., Ste 1650
San Francisco, CA 94105

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Saturday July 30, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:21 AM

Born today: Laurence Fishburne

Matrix

"The nine-fold square has centre, periphery, axes and diagonals. But all are present only in their bare essentials. It is also a sequence of eight triads. Four pass through the centre and four do not. This is the garden of Apollo, the field of Reason, sheltered by the Gate from the turmoil of the Delta, with its endless cycles of erasure and reinscription. This is the Temple of Solomon, as inscribed, for example, by a nine-fold compartmentation to provide the ground plan of Yale…."

— Architects John Outram Associates
    on work at Rice University

Yale Daily News, Jan. 11, 2001:  

    "When New Haven was founded, the city was laid out into a grid of nine squares surrounded by a great wilderness.
    Last year History of Art Professor Emeritus Vincent Scully said the original town plan reflected a feeling that the new city should be sacred.
    Scully said the colony's founders thought of their new Puritan settlement as a 'nine-square paradise on Earth, heaven on earth, New Haven, New Jerusalem.'"

"Real and unreal are two in one:
    New Haven
 Before and after one arrives…."

 — Wallace Stevens,
    "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven,' XXVIII
 

Related material:
 Log24 entries on
St. Peter's Day, 2004

Saturday July 30, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:07 AM

Born today: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Staircase

 

Frame not included in
 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

From Log24, Oct. 7, 2003:

"…Mondrian and Malevich are not
discussing canvas or pigment or graphite
or any other form of matter.
They are talking about
Being or Mind or Spirit.
From their point of view, the grid
is a staircase to the Universal…."

 

— Rosalind Krauss, "Grids"
 

Saturday July 30, 2005

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Born today: Hilary Swank

  E is for Everlast

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"The grid is a staircase to the Universal."
— Rosalind Krauss

"To live is to defend a form."
— attributed to Hölderlin
 

Friday, July 29, 2005

Friday July 29, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 4:44 AM
Anatomy of a Death

From today's New York Times:

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From the Washington Post
:

"Al Held, an American artist who painted large-scale abstract works… was found dead July 27, floating in a swimming pool at his villa…. The cause of death was not reported, but Italian police said he died of natural causes. He was 76."

From the Associated Press
,
filed at 4:34 PM ET July 27, 2005:

"Held once described his work this way: 'Historically, the priests and wise men believed that it was the artist's job to make images of heaven and hell believable, even though nobody had experienced these places.'

'Today,' he went on, 'scientists talk about vast worlds and universes that the senses cannot experience. The purpose of the nonobjective artist is to create these images.'"

Another view:

"Most modern men do not believe in hell because they have not been there."
— Review of Malcolm Lowry's novel Under the Volcano (1947)

Related material:

The Four Last Things.
 

  Hollywood images:
 

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And from Mathematics and Narrative:

By Their Fruits

Today's (July 22) birthdays:
Don Henley and Willem Dafoe

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Related material:

Mathematics and Narrative
,

Crankbuster.

"And the fruit is rotten;
the serpent's eyes shine
as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah."
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Wednesday July 27, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 AM
Mathematics
and Narrative
,
continued:

Crank.
 

Monday, July 25, 2005

Monday July 25, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 AM

continued

From Log24
Saturday morning:

Four Last Things,
Math Awareness Month,
Go Ask Alice,
Meet Joe Black.

From Meet Joe Black:

“Should I be afraid?”

“Not a man like you.”

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See also Final Arrangements, June 16, 2005.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sunday July 24, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 AM

L’Affaire Dharwadker:

Non-computer proof of 4 color Theorem,
2000 Oct. 13-Nov. 30,
sci.math, 23 posts

Open Directory Abuse,
2002 Oct. 2-Oct. 14,
sci.math, 8 posts

Open Directory Abuse,
2002 Oct. 2-Oct. 15,
comp.misc, 2 posts

Steven Cullinane is a Liar,
2002 Nov. 1-Nov.16,
geometry.research, 2 posts

Four-colour proof claim,
2003 Aug. 10-Sept.1,
sci.math, 9 posts

Proof of 4 colour theorem No computer!!!,
2003 Aug. 10-Aug. 20,
alt.sci.math.combinatorics, 8 posts

Steven Cullinane is a Crank,
2005 July 5-July 21
sci.math, 70 posts

From a Log24 post a year ago today:

“With a holy host of others
     standing ’round me
Still I’m on the dark side
     of the moon…”

— James Taylor

From a Log24 post on July 20 this year:

“And if the band you’re in
 starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on
the dark side of the moon.”

— Roger Waters

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Saturday July 23, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:17 AM
Final Arrangements,
continued

From today’s New York Times online obituaries:

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Related material:

Four Last Things
,
Math Awareness Month,
Go Ask Alice,
Meet Joe Black.

Saturday July 23, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:28 AM
Go Ask Alice

From the weblog of Alice:

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Click to enlarge

“This is a
Datura Moonflower.”

From Dec. 20, 2002:

See… my Sermon for St. Patrick’s Day

This contains the following metaphysical observation from Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale:

“Nothing is random.”

For those who, like the protagonist of Joan Didion’s

Play It As It Lays,

feel that they “know what nothing means,” I recommend the following readings:

From Peter Goldman’s essay

“Christian Mystery and Responsibility:
Gnosticism in Derrida’s The Gift of Death” —

“Derrida’s description of Christian mystery implies this hidden demonic and violent dimension:

The gift made to me by God as he holds me in his gaze and in his hand while remaining inaccessible to me, the terribly dissymmetrical gift of the mysterium tremendum only allows me to respond and only rouses me to the responsibility it gives me by making a gift of death, giving the secret of death, a new experience of death. (33)”

The above-mentioned sermon is a meditation on randomness and page numbers, focusing on page 265 in particular.

On page 265 of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce,  we find the following remark:

“Googlaa pluplu.” 

Following Joyce’s instructions, and entering “pluplu” in the Google search engine, we find the following:

“Datura is a delusional drug rather than a hallucinatory one. You don’t see patterns, trails, or any cool visual effects; you just actually believe in things that aren’t there….  I remember holding a glass for a while–but when I raised it to my mouth to take a drink, my fingers closed around nothingness because there was no glass there….

Using datura is the closest I’ve ever come to death…. Of all the drugs I’ve taken, this is the one that I’d be too scared to ever take again.”

PluPlu, August 4, 2000

For those who don’t need AA, perhaps the offer of Ed Harris in the classic study of gangs of New York, “State of Grace,” is an offer of somewhat safer holiday cheer that should not be refused.


© Orion Pictures

Ed Harris in
State of Grace

  
  Xmas Special

Friday, July 22, 2005

Friday July 22, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:57 PM
Particularity
continued

For Louise Fletcher
on her birthday

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Fletcher in
Exorcist II: The Heretic

From Andrew Delbanco, the author of
The Death of Satan:

How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil:

“A couple of years ago, in an article explaining how funds for faculty positions are allocated in American universities, the provost of the University of California at Berkeley offered some frank advice to department chairs, whose job partly consists of lobbying for a share of the budget.  ‘On every campus,’ she wrote, ‘there is one department whose name need only be mentioned to make people laugh; you don’t want that department to be yours.’   The provost, Carol Christ (who retains her faculty position as a literature professor), does not name the offender—but everyone knows that if you want to locate the laughingstock on your local campus these days, your best bet is to stop by the English department.”

Andrew Delbanco in
   The New York Review of Books, Nov. 4, 1999

Christ:

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Click on picture for details.

For Christ in a different context,
see the 9/11 entry of Log24
in a September 2003 archive.

For exorcism in a different context, see
Exorcism and Multiple Personality Disorder
from a Catholic Perspective
,
by Fr. J. Mahoney.

“Got to keep the loonies on the path.”
Roger Waters

Friday July 22, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 5:55 AM
By Their Fruits

Today’s birthdays:
Don Henley and Willem Dafoe

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Related material:

Mathematics and Narrative
,

Crankbuster.

“And the fruit is rotten;
the serpent’s eyes shine
as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Thursday July 21, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Permanence

“What we do may be small, but it has a certain character of permanence.”

G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology

For further details, see
Geometry of the 4×4 Square.

“There is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.”

— Hardy, op. cit.

For further details, see
Four-colour proof claim.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Wednesday July 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:30 PM
Beaming Scotty Up


From crankbuster, July 18
:

“Do not underestimate Evil Cullinane’s plan for World Domination!  http://www.log24.com now shows that he has crossed over to the dark side, making sacrifices to the Ancient Hindu Goddess ‘Kalli’ to ward off our attacks!  ‘Kalli’-nane will soon appear as the top result on every Google search.

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July 20 illustration of
crankbuster’s remarks

Soon, all young mathematicians will be hypnotised by his dark diamonds of falsehood.  At least, that’s his plan.  But wait, who’s that brilliant mathematician who shines the light right through Cullinane’s fraud and exposes him to the whole world?!  Crankbuster saves the day! (applause)”

From Log24, July 18:

Is Beauty the Beast?

(Headline in Christianity Today)

“In Hindu mythology, Kali, the Divine Mother, is the symbol for the infinite diversity of experience.  Kali represents the entire physical plane.  She is the drama, tragedy, humor, and sorrow of life.  She is the brother, father, sister, mother, lover, and friend.  She is the fiend, monster, beast, and brute.”

Gary Zukav, Harvard ’64

Star Trek’s “Scotty,” who died at 5:30 AM PDT July 20, was “a veteran of the D-Day landings who managed to hide a war injury on screen.  As an artillery lieutenant in the Canadian army, he was hit by six machine-gun bullets, one of which removed his middle right finger.”


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“Beam me up, Kali.”

Related material:
Mathematics and Narrative

“And if the band you’re in
 starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on
the dark side of the moon.”

Wednesday July 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:20 PM
Moon Day
Words that may or may not have been said on July 20, 1969:

“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”

Another rhetorical contrast,
from a different date —

One small step for me:

Sunday, November 03, 2002

Music to Read By

In honor of Roger Cooke’s review of Helson’s Harmonic Analysis, 2nd Edition, today’s site music is “Moonlight in Vermont.”

One giant leap for mankind:

Date Posted: 11/03/02 Sun


“The ‘Diamond Theory’ website of Steven Cullinane shows a man who is incapable of telling the truth: a pathological liar who hates and despises the mathematical community; a sociopath caught between the conflicting desires to earn the admiration of mathematicians, and his desire to insult those who ignore him and refuse him his self-perceived due measure of honor and reverie. As such, Steven Cullinane is constantly trying to purchase recognition when he has the funds to advertise on google.com, or steal that recognition by lying and deceiving dmoz.org when money isn’t enough. As you can see from the correspondence below, Jed Pack has clearly pointed out serious errors in Steven Cullinane’s calculations. Now, instead of admitting that he has been caught with his pants down, Steven Cullinane is questioning Jed Pack’s education! Surely, Jed Pack is a more competent mathematician than Steven Cullinane.”

For further details, see Crankbuster.

Wednesday July 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 6:29 AM
Real

From today’s New York Times:

“Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, an educator who concluded that bored high school students should be sent straight to college and started Simon’s Rock College to prove the point, died on Monday in Canaan, Conn. She was 95….

Mrs. Hall’s mission was intensely personal.  In addition to spending more than $6 million of her own, she gave 200 acres of her family’s farmland, buildings included, to start the college…. She named it for a rock on which she had played as a child.”

“Was there really a cherubim
waiting at the star-watching rock…?
Was he real?
What is real?”

— Madeleine L’Engle,
A Wind in the Door,
quoted at math16.com

For further details, see
To Prove a Point.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Monday July 18, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 PM
Is Beauty the Beast?


(Headline in Christianity Today)


“In Hindu mythology, Kali, the Divine Mother, is the symbol for the infinite diversity of experience. 
Kali represents the entire physical plane.  She is the drama, tragedy, humor, and sorrow of life.  She is the brother, father, sister, mother, lover, and friend.  She is the fiend, monster, beast, and brute.”

Gary Zukav, Harvard ’64

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“Tickle her under the chin
and she’ll stay with you forever.”
People Weekly‘s “Hero Pets!”
 July 14 1997

Monday July 18, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM
The Dance,
continued

Via Google News this morning:

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
arrived in Washington Sunday


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Related material:

Tribute to the
Dance of Kali
,

Dance,

Reply to My Fan Mail,

and Crankbuster.

For those who enjoy adolescent humor…

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He’s the man; the man
with the Midas touch,
a spider’s touch,
beckons you to enter
his web of sin,
but don’t go in.

Monday July 18, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Speak, Memory

Today’s birthday:
Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall.

A link: The Art of Memory.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sunday July 17, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Dance

Yesterday’s AP “Thought for Today”–

“In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (1904-1967).

From Log24 on Dec. 17, 2002:

The Dancing Wu Li Masters,
by Gary Zukav, Harvard ’64:

“The Wu Li Masters know that physicists are doing more than ‘discovering the endless diversity of nature.’ They are dancing with Kali [or Durga], the Divine Mother of Hindu mythology.”

“Eastern religions have nothing to say about physics, but they have a great deal to say about human experience. In Hindu mythology, Kali, the Divine Mother, is the symbol for the infinite diversity of experience. Kali represents the entire physical plane. She is the drama, tragedy, humor, and sorrow of life. She is the brother, father, sister, mother, lover, and friend. She is the fiend, monster, beast, and brute. She is the sun and the ocean. She is the grass and the dew. She is our sense of accomplishment and our sense of doing worthwhile. Our thrill of discovery is a pendant on her bracelet. Our gratification is a spot of color on her cheek. Our sense of importance is the bell on her toe.

This full and seductive, terrible and wonderful earth mother always has something to offer. Hindus know the impossibility of seducing her or conquering her and the futility of loving her or hating her; so they do the only thing that they can do. They simply honor her.”

How could I dance with another….?

— John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1962-1963  

See also yesterday‘s entry.
 

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Saturday July 16, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM
Tribute

to the Dance of Kali:

  From Feb. 18, 2003

Fat Man and Dancing Girl
 

Dance of
Shiva and Kali

Paul Newman as
General Groves

From "The Bomb of the Blue God," by M. V. Ramana

Gita
11:32 —

kalosmi lokaksaya krt pravrddho

"This literally means: I am kala, the great destroyer of Worlds. What is intriguing about this verse, then, is the interpretation of kala by Jungk and others to mean death. While death is technically one of the meanings of kala, a more common one is time."

 See 1132 AD & Saint Brighid, and my 2003 weblog entries of January 5 (Twelfth Night and the whirligig of time), January 31 (St. Bridget's Eve), and February 1 (St. Bridget's Day).

The fact that Oppenheimer thought, on this date in 1945, of Chapter 11, verse 32, of the Gita may, as a mnemonic device, be associated with the use of the number 1132 in Finnegans Wake.

Related material for
Michael Flatley on his
July 16 birthday:

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Shiva as Lord of the Dance

Michael and other Irish persons
may benefit from the film
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
as an introduction to
the Dance of Shiva and Kali.

On a more personal level:
Log24 entries of July 12 and July 13.
 

Friday, July 15, 2005

Friday July 15, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 6:00 PM

Feast of St. Bonaventure

From Darkness Visible:

“Ed Rinehart [sic] made a fortune painting canvases that were just one solid color.  He had his black period in which the canvas was totally black.  And then he had a blue period in which he was painting the canvas blue.”

— Martin Gardner interview in AMS Notices, June/July 2005 

From Art History:

“Art history was very personal through the eyes of Ad Reinhardt.”

— Robert Morris,
    Smithsonian Archives of American Art

From The Edge of Eternity:

Christopher Fry’s obituary
in The New York Times

“His plays radiated an optimistic faith in God and humanity, evoking, in his words, ‘a world in which we are poised on the edge of eternity, a world which has deeps and shadows of mystery, and God is anything but a sleeping partner.’ He said he wrote his plays in poetry because that was ‘the language in which man expresses his own amazement’ at the complexity both of himself and of a reality which, beneath the surface, was ‘wildly, perilously, inexplicably fantastic.'”

From
Arrangement in
Black and Blue:

 

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Adapted from cover of
German edition of Cold Mountain

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Wednesday July 13, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Today's birthday: Harrison Ford

Location, Location, Location

 

Wikipedia on Temple of Doom:

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"Most of the filming was done
on location in Sri Lanka."

Math Forum

User Profile for: crankbuster
 

UserID: 226278
Name:  
Email:  
Registered: 7/5/05
Occupation: Teacher
Location: Srilanka
Homepage: http://www.math16.com/
Biography: Mathematics teacher in Srilanka.
Total Posts: 10

Recent Messages:
  1.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 12, 2005
  2.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 12, 2005
  3.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 12, 2005
  4.  Re: Steven Cullinane's "Diamond Theory"
       Jul 8, 2005
  5.  Steven Cullinane's "Diamond Theory"
       Jul 7, 2005
  6.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 7, 2005
  7.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 5, 2005
  8.  Re: Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 5, 2005
  9.  Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 5, 2005
10.  Steven Cullinane is a Crank
       Jul 5, 2005

       Google Groups view of
       the main thread (at sci.math)
       to which crankbuster has posted
 

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Tuesday July 12, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:08 AM

Reply to my fan mail

Discussions in Internet forums indicate that at least three people seem deeply interested in my work in finite geometry:

  1. Someone falsely using the name of R. T. Curtis, a U. of Birmingham group theorist,
  2. Someone falsely using the name of George Polya, a deceased mathematician, and
  3. Someone using the nickname crankbuster.

Unfortunately, remarks posted under these names are all extremely negative.  This is understandable, given that the author or authors have completely failed to comprehend what I was getting at.  Actually, I suspect that all three authors are the same person, who was inspired to bitter hatred by my negative review of an attempted proof of the four-color theorem.  I do not suspect the author of that attempted proof, but rather one of his countrymen; attacks posted using the forged name “R. T. Curtis” were posted from an address somewhere in Bombay, and “crankbuster” claims to be posting from Sri Lanka.

As the real R. T. Curtis has noted, “If someone is deliberately using my name to attack Steven Cullinane anonymously, it shows malice and cowardice unusual in the mathematical world.”  At least my anonymous fan has, it seems, stopped using other people’s names to hide behind… although the latest attacks, under the name “crankbuster,” seem to be trying to imply, falsely, a connection with the Crank Dot Net website.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Monday July 11, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM
Logos
for St. Benedict’s Day

Click on either of the logos below for religious meditations — on the left, a Jewish meditation from the Conference of Catholic Bishops; on the right, an Aryan meditation from Stormfront.org.

     

Both logos represent different embodiments of the “story theory” of truth, as opposed to the “diamond theory” of truth.  Both logos claim, in their own ways, to represent the eternal Logos of the Christian religion.  I personally prefer the “diamond theory” of truth, represented by the logo below.

See also the previous entry
and the entries of 7/11, 2003.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sunday July 10, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 6:00 PM
Mathematics
and Narrative

 
Click on the title
for a narrative about

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Nikolaos K. Artemiadis,
 (Co-) author of

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From Artemiadis’s website:
1986: Elected Regular Member
of the Academy of Athens
1999: Vice President
of the Academy of Athens
2000: President
of the Academy of Athens
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“First of all, I’d like to
   thank the Academy…”

— remark attributed to Plato

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Saturday July 9, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 6:06 PM

Today’s birthday: Tom Hanks

Christendom

Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908:

“In its wider sense this term is used to describe the part of the world which is inhabited by Christians…. But there is a narrower sense in which Christendom stands for a polity as well as a religion, for a nation as well as for a people. Christendom in this sense was an ideal which inspired and dignified many centuries of history and which has not yet altogether lost its power over the minds of men.”

Illustrations — from
Saving Private Ryan
and from this week’s G8 meeting:

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Friday, July 8, 2005

Friday July 8, 2005

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Station

From today’s
New York Times
:

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Carl De Souza/
Agence France-Presse

“A construction worker
bowed in prayer at
the Kings Cross station
in London.”

Related material:

Log24 entries of
July 3-5, 2005,
including an update
of 3 AM July 8, 2005.

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Wednesday July 6, 2005

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Red and Blue

On the June 28 mock naval battle between “red” and “blue” fleets to mark the bicentenary year of the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar:

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Battle of Trafalgar (Detail)


A spokeswoman for the Royal Navy said

“Nelson is featured, but we are not billing it as Britain versus France… This will not be a French-bashing opportunity.”

Of course not.

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(AP Photo/Jane Mingay)

Trafalgar Square today:
Olympic celebration

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Tuesday July 5, 2005

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For Christopher Fry
and the White Goddess:

The Edge of Eternity

Christian humanist playwright Christopher Fry, author of The Lady’s Not for Burning, died at 97 on June 30, 2005.

From Log24 on June 30:

Robert Graves, author of
The White Goddess:
A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

How may the King hold back?
Royally then he barters life for love.

Or of the undying snake from chaos hatched,
Whose coils contain the ocean,
Into whose chops with naked sword he springs,
Then in black water, tangled by the reeds,
Battles three days and nights…

From Cold Mountain:

“He sat awhile on a rock, and then got up and walked all morning through the dim woods. The track was ill used, so coiled and knotted he could not say what its general tendency was. It aimed nowhere certain but up. The brush and bracken grew thick in the footway, and the ground seemed to be healing over, so that in some near future the way would not even remain as scar. For several miles it mostly wound its way through a forest of immense hemlocks, and the fog lay among them so thick that their green boughs were hidden. Only the black trunks were visible, rising into the low sky like old menhirs stood up by a forgotten race to memorialize the darkest events of their history….

They climbed to a bend and from there they walked on great slabs of rock. It seemed to Inman that they were at the lip of a cliff, for the smell of the thin air spoke of considerable height, though the fog closed off all visual check of loftiness….

Then he looked back down and felt a rush of vertigo as the lower world was suddenly revealed between his boot toes. He was indeed at the lip of a cliff, and he took one step back…. The country around was high, broken. Inman looked about and was startled to see a great knobby mountain forming up out of the fog to the west, looming into the sky.  The sun broke through a slot in the clouds, and a great band of Jacob’s ladder suddenly hung in the air like a gauze curtain between Inman and the blue mountain….

Inman looked at the big grandfather mountain and then he looked beyond it to the lesser mountains as they faded off into the southwest horizon, bathed in faint smoky haze. Waves of mountains. For all the evidence the eye told, they were endless. The grey overlapping humps of the farthest peaks distinguished themselves only as slightly darker values of the pale grey air. The shapes and their ghostly appearance spoke to Inman in a way he could not clearly interpret. They graded off like the tapering of pain from the neck wound as it healed.”

See also the entries of July 3.

The crone figure in this section of Cold Mountain is not entirely unrelated to the girl accused of being a witch in Fry’s play and to Graves’s White Goddess.

From Fry’s obituary in The Guardian:

“Though less of a public theorist than Eliot, Fry still believed passionately in the validity of poetic drama. As he wrote in the magazine Adam: ‘In prose, we convey the eccentricity of things, in poetry their concentricity, the sense of relationship between them: a belief that all things express the same identity and are all contained in one discipline of revelation.'”

From Fry’s obituary in today’s New York Times:

“His plays radiated an optimistic faith in God and humanity, evoking, in his words, ‘a world in which we are poised on the edge of eternity, a world which has deeps and shadows of mystery, and God is anything but a sleeping partner.’ He said he wrote his plays in poetry because that was ‘the language in which man expresses his own amazement’ at the complexity both of himself and of a reality which, beneath the surface, was ‘wildly, perilously, inexplicably fantastic.'”

Sunday, July 3, 2005

Sunday July 3, 2005

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Arrangement in
Black and Blue

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Adapted from cover of
German edition of Cold Mountain

Epigraph to Cold Mountain,
by Charles Frazier —

Men ask the way to Cold Mountain.
Cold Mountain: there’s no through trail.

— Han-shan

Sunday July 3, 2005

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Intersections

1. Blue Ridge meets Black Mountain,

2. Vertical meets horizontal in music,

3. The timeless meets time in religion.

Details:

1. Blue Ridge, Black Mountain

Montreat College is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina…. The Black Mountain Campus is… three miles from the main campus in the historic town of Black Mountain.”

Black Mountain College was “established on the Blue Ridge Assembly grounds outside the town of Black Mountain in North Carolina in the fall of 1933.”

USA Today, May 15, 2005, on Billy Graham
:

“MONTREAT, N.C. — … It’s here at his… homestead, where the Blue Ridge meets the Black Mountain range east of Asheville, that Graham gave a rare personal interview.”

See also the following from June 24:


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“No bridge reaches God, except one…
God’s Bridge: The Cross.”

— Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
according to messiahpage.com

For some remarks more in the spirit of Black Mountain than of the Blue Ridge, see today’s earlier entry on pianist Grete Sultan and composer Tui St. George Tucker.

2. Vertical, Horizontal in Music

Richard Neuhaus on George Steiner’s
Grammars of Creation
:

 “… the facts of the world are not and will never be ‘the end of the matter.’ Music joins grammar in pointing to the possibility, the reality, of more. He thinks Schopenhauer was on to something when he said music will continue after the world ends.

‘The capacity of music to operate simultaneously along horizontal and vertical axes, to proceed simultaneously in opposite directions (as in inverse canons), may well constitute the nearest that men and women can come to absolute freedom.  Music does “keep time” for itself and for us.'”

3. Timeless, Time

A Trinity Sunday sermon quotes T. S. Eliot:

“… to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint.”

See also The Diamond Project.

Update of July 8, 2005, 3 AM:

A Bridge for Private Ryan

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In memory of actor
Harrison Richard Young, 75,
who died on Sunday, July 3, 2005

Sunday July 3, 2005

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Requiem

Some links for Grete Sultan, 1906-2005, a pianist who died at 99 on Sunday morning a week ago– June 26, 2005:

Album with sound clips
— The Legacy, Vol. 1

Album with Tantum Ergo
— The Legacy, Vol. 2

Tantum ergo
 sacramentum
Veneremur cernui;
Et antiquum
  documentum
Novo cedat ritui;
Praestet fides
 supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor,
 virtus quoque,
Sit et benedictio;
Procedenti ab
  utroque
Compar sit laudatio.

Amen.

— St. Thomas Aquinas

Faith for all
  defects supplying,
Down in adoration falling,
Lo! The Sacred Host
  we hail;
Lo! o’er ancient forms
  departing,
Newer rites of Grace prevail:
Where the feeble senses fail.
 
To The Everlasting Father
And The Son Who reigns
  on high,
With The Spirit blessed
  proceeding
Forth, from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.

Amen.

The musical version of Tantum Ergo on the second Sultan album is by composer

Tui St. George Tucker,

1924-2004.  Her Requiem apparently premiered

at Appalachian State University on April 30, 2005.

For other material on theology and Appalachian State University, see

that day’s Log24 entries

and also the April 25 entry,

Mathematical Style.

For more on music, theology, and Appalachia, see

the entries of Sunday, July 25, 2004.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Friday July 1, 2005

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Big Dreams

“For more than a century, Los Angeles has been synonymous with big dreams. The Australian writer and critic Clive James said it this way. ‘Call Los Angeles any dirty name you like… The fact remains that you are already living in it before you get there.'”

— Today’s inaugural address by Mayor Villaraigosa

See also the previous entry.

Update of 2:24 PM July 2:

Yesterday afternoon I picked up a copy of George Steiner’s Grammars of Creation I had ordered.  A check of Amazon.com to see what others had to say about this book yielded the following:

“Steiner’s account of Hope as something exclusively transcendental and relative to the future is poor and superficial: the person who hopes is not only walking ‘towards’ Eternal Life, but is already walking ‘in’ Eternal Life, walking the Kingdom.”

— Matías Cordero, Santiago, Chile

See also an entry of April 7, 2005, Nine is a Vine.

Friday July 1, 2005

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Shining Through

From Dogma

“You see, Malloy, I’m writing a novel about Los Angeles…. It’s a fantastic place, you know, Malloy…. It has a Spanish name, with religious Roman Catholic connotations….”

From timesonline.co.uk, quotes of the day on May 19, 2005:

“My granddaughter once said I have a big imagination. And I said, ‘What’s a big imagination?,’ and she said, ‘You remember what never happened.'”

Isabel Allende, novelist, whose new book is based on the life of Zorro

“You all know I love LA, but tonight I really love LA.”

Antonio Villaraigosa, voted in as the city’s first Hispanic mayor in more than a century, thanks voters

See also
  Log24 entries ending at midnight
  August 28, 2003, and
  Log24 entries ending at midnight
  May 19, 2005,
  as well as the following illustrations
  from a Monday entry and
  from the entry it links to:

 Dream of Heaven


  (See also 3/3/04 and
             10/27/03.) 

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