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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday April 30, 2006

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Saturday Night
to Sunday Morning
John Kenneth Galbraith
died last evening
at 9:15 PM in
Cambridge, Mass.,
according to
news reports.
 
Related material:
  Hexagram 11
  Plato, Pegasus, and
  the Evening Star,
 
Time in the Rock.
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Brian Snyder/Reuters 

Galbraith
in 1998.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Saturday April 29, 2006

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In Memoriam


Harvard mathematician
George Mackey

The five Log24 entries ending at
7:00 PM on March 14, 2006,
the last day of Mackey’s life:

Saturday April 29, 2006

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Not Harvard Bound

“Some of America’s most promising youth are seeking an even higher education.”

Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity

Amen.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday April 28, 2006

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Exercise

Review the concepts of integritas, consonantia,  and claritas in Aquinas:

"For in respect to beauty three things are essential: first of all, integrity or completeness, since beings deprived of wholeness are on this score ugly; and [secondly] a certain required design, or patterned structure; and finally a certain splendor, inasmuch as things are called beautiful which have a certain 'blaze of being' about them…."

Summa Theologiae Sancti Thomae Aquinatis, I, q. 39, a. 8, as translated by William T. Noon, S.J., in Joyce and Aquinas, Yale University Press, 1957

Review the following three publications cited in a note of April 28, 1985 (21 years ago today):

(1) Cameron, P. J.,
     Parallelisms of Complete Designs,
     Cambridge University Press, 1976.

(2) Conwell, G. M.,
     The 3-space PG(3,2) and its group,
     Ann. of Math. 11 (1910) 60-76.

(3) Curtis, R. T.,
     A new combinatorial approach to M24,
     Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc.
    
79 (1976) 25-42.

Discuss how the sextet parallelism in (1) illustrates integritas, how the Conwell correspondence in (2) illustrates consonantia, and how the Miracle Octad Generator in (3) illustrates claritas.
 

Friday April 28, 2006

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Poetry Month, continued
 

Was Heaven
Where You Thought?

(See previous entry.)

A partial answer:

Yesterday's Pennsylvania Lottery evening number was 432.

Poets and others who seek meaning in random numbers may, if they wish, consult page 432 of The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens.  They may also, having studied the Log24 entries of Holy Saturday (April 15, 2006), consult page 432 of A Flag For Sunrise.

Those who prefer the dictionary method of interpreting random numbers may consult page 432 of Webster's New World Dictionary, College Edition of 1960.  This page has a special meaning for those aware that Aslan's How is "home to the deepest magic Narnia has ever known." (Everything2.com)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thursday April 27, 2006

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The Blue Buildings
in the Summer Air

by Wallace Stevens

(Collected Poems, pp. 216-217)

I.
Cotton Mather died when I was a boy. The books
He read, all day, all night and all the nights,
Had got him nowhere. There was always the doubt,
That made him preach the louder, long for a church
In which his voice would roll its cadences,
After the sermon, to quiet that mouse in the wall.

II.
Over wooden Boston, the sparkling Byzantine
Was everything that Cotton Mather was
And more. Yet the eminent thunder from the mouse,
The grinding in the arches of the church,
The plaster dropping, even dripping, down,
The mouse, the moss, the woman on the shore…

III.
If the mouse should swallow the steeple, in its
         time…
It was a theologian’s needle, much
Too sharp for that. The shore, the sea, the sun,
Their brilliance through the lattices, crippled
The chandeliers, their morning glazes spread
In opal blobs along the walls and floor.

IV.
Look down now, Cotton Mather, from the blank.
Was heaven where you thought? It must be there.
It must be where you think it is, in the light
On bed-clothes, in an apple on a plate.
It is the honey-comb of the seeing man.
It is the leaf the bird brings back to the boat.

V.
Go, mouse, go nibble at Lenin in his tomb.
Are you not le plus pur, you ancient one?
Cut summer down to find the honey-comb.
You are one… Go hunt for honey in his hair.
You are one of the not-numberable mice
Searching all day, all night, for the honey-comb.

Thursday April 27, 2006

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Charmed

From today’s online
Harvard Crimson:

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From an Amazon.com review
of McCafferty’s latest book:

Charmed Thirds was a HUGE disappointment! The main character I once loved has turned into someone vulgar and annoying. Far from the intelligent young woman she was in the first two books, she is now a cliche: a drunken, promiscuous, directionless bubblehead of a college coed.”

See also the previous entry, Charm,
which quotes Thomas Pynchon —

“For every kind of vampire,
 there is a kind of cross.”
 — Gravity’s Rainbow

— and an entry of April 8
that contains the following
“kind of cross” —

3 PM
Good
Friday

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wednesday April 26, 2006

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Charm
At Decision Time,
Colleges Lay On Charm
– Today’s New York Times

Also in today’s Times:

“‘Lestat,’ the maiden Broadway production of Warner Brothers Theater Ventures, is the third vampire musical to open in the last few years, and it seems unlikely to break the solemn curse that has plagued the genre. Directed by Robert Jess Roth from a book by Linda Woolverton, the show admittedly has higher aspirations and (marginally) higher production values than the kitschy ‘Dance of the Vampires’ (2002) and the leaden ‘Dracula: The Musical’ (2004), both major-league flops.” — Ben Brantley

Related material:

See Log24,
St. Patrick’s Day 2004:

“I faced myself that day with
the nonplused apprehension
of someone who has
come across a vampire
and has no crucifix in hand.”

— Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect,”
in Slouching Towards Bethlehem

“For every kind of vampire,
there is a kind of cross.”

— Thomas Pynchon,
  Gravity’s Rainbow

Hexagram 61: Inner Truth

Inner Truth,
Hexagram 61

See also

  Transylvania Bible School.

Wednesday April 26, 2006

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Plagiarist or Fraud?

The weekly Harvard Independent points out that Kaavya Viswanathan’s recent novel may have been ghostwritten.  Therefore the ghostwriter, rather than the purported author, may have committed the original plagiarism.  Viswanathan maintains that she herself wrote the novel, and said that “any phrasing similarities… were completely unintentional and unconscious.” (Harvard Crimson, April 24)  (The use of ghostwriters is not generally called plagiarism, although one definition says plagiarism is “passing off someone else’s work as your own.”  This would of course make all recent U.S. presidents guilty of the crime.)

Related material:

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Tuesday April 25, 2006

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“There is a pleasantly discursive treatment
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?'”

— H. S. M. Coxeter, 1987, introduction to
Richard J. Trudeau’s remarks on
the “Story Theory” of truth
as opposed to
the “Diamond Theory” of truth
in The Non-Euclidean Revolution

A Serious Position

“‘Teitelbaum,’ in German,
is ‘date palm.'”
Generations, Jan. 2003   

“In Hasidism, a mystical brand
of Orthodox Judaism, the grand rabbi
is revered as a kinglike link to God….”

Today’s New York Times obituary
of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum,
who died on April 24, 2006
(Easter Monday in the
Orthodox Church
)

From Nextbook.org, “a gateway to Jewish literature, culture, and ideas”:

NEW BOOKS: 02.16.05
Proofs and Paradoxes
Alfred Teitelbaum changed his name to Tarski in the early 20s, the same time he changed religions, but when the Germans invaded his native Poland, the mathematician was in California, where he remained. His “great achievement was his audacious assault on the notion of truth,” says Martin Davis, focusing on the semantics and syntax of scientific language. Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic, co-written by a former student, Solomon Feferman, offers “remarkably intimate information,” such as abusive teaching and “extensive amorous involvements.”

From Wikipedia, an unsigned story:

“In 1923 Alfred Teitelbaum and his brother Wacław changed their surnames to Tarski, a name they invented because it sounded very Polish, was simple to spell and pronounce, and was unused. (Years later, he met another Alfred Tarski in northern California.) The Tarski brothers also converted to Roman Catholicism, the national religion of the Poles. Alfred did so, even though he was an avowed atheist, because he was about to finish his Ph.D. and correctly anticipated that it would be difficult for a Jew to obtain a serious position in the new Polish university system.”

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Alfred Tarski

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See also
 
The Crimson Passion.

Tuesday April 25, 2006

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A Trinity
for Rebecca

(For Rebecca Goldstein of Trinity College)

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Sources: today's New York Times
and the five Log24 entries ending
on the morning of April 7, 2006:

ART WARS
in Poetry Month

Of what use the above trinity
might be to Rebecca, I am unsure.

I find it helpful in traveling back to
a summer night on 52nd St. in 1948

Jazz clubs on 52nd St. in 1948

Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday April 24, 2006

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Finis
Coronat
Opus

 
continued from
Saturday, April 22

Finis

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Opus

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Sweet Little Sixteen
She’s just got to have
About half a million
Famed autographs…

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www.davidgregharth.com/press/article_38.html

Her wallet’s filled with pictures
She gets ’em one by one

— Chuck Berry, 1958

“We are all Paris Hilton now.”
— Ana Marie Cox,
Sweet 16 and Spoiled Rotten,
in TIME Magazine,
the April 24 Opus Dei issue

Related material
in the Harvard Crimson:

The $500,000 sophomore’s
debut novel is on the shelf…
But is it a gift or a curse?

Publisher ‘Certain’ of
‘Literal Copying’ in
Sophomore’s Novel


The Crimson Passion

Monday April 24, 2006

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Incoming!

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Boston Globe photo
by David L. Ryan

Harvard student
Kaavya Viswanathan,
author of Opal Mehta

From the novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got A Life, excerpt in USA Today:

“If our incoming student body is capable only of immersing themselves in book learning, then I’m not doing my job.”

— The Harvard Dean of Admissions

From The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr., 1918:

Student body.  A needless and awkward expression, meaning no more than the simple word students.

They.  A common inaccuracy is the use of the plural pronoun when the antecedent is a distributive expression such as each, each one, everybody, every one, many a man, which, though implying more than one person, requires the pronoun to be in the singular.  Similar to this, but with even less justification, is the use of the plural pronoun with the antecedent anybody, any one, somebody, some one, the intention being either to avoid the awkward “he or she,” or to avoid committing oneself to either.  Some bashful speakers even say, “A friend of mine told me that they, etc.”

Related material in today’s Harvard Crimson:

Student’s Novel Faces Plagiarism Controversy.

Also of interest:

This “may be the only chick-lit novel with a subplot that involves solving a famous math theorem.”

Marilyn Bailey, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 4/17/06

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sunday April 23, 2006

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Hollywood Easter
 
Part 8

Sweet Little Sixteen
She’s got the grown-up blues
Tight dresses and lipstick
She’s sportin’ high-heel shoes
Oh but tomorrow morning
She’ll have to change her trend
And be sweet sixteen
And back in class again
 
Chuck Berry, 1958

Back in
Sunday School Class:

“Send magazines!”–
Flora Poste in
Cold Comfort Farm

The Student Body

in today’s
New York Times:

“… a spate of sex magazines…
      emerge on elite campuses….”

“We are all Paris Hilton now.”
— Ana Marie Cox,
Sweet 16 and Spoiled Rotten,
in TIME Magazine,
the April 24 Opus Dei issue

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“Or perhaps not.”

— Flora Poste in
Cold Comfort Farm
Revisited

Sunday April 23, 2006

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Dark Lady

Today is
Shakespeare’s birthday.
In his honor, a death
from April 9:

George C. Minden, 85, Dies;
Led a Cold War of Words
.

“Mr. Minden was president of the International Literary Center, an organization financed by the Central Intelligence Agency, which tried to win influential friends by giving them reading material unavailable in their own countries. The material ranged from dictionaries, medical texts and novels by Joyce and Nabokov to art museum catalogs and Parisian fashion magazines.”

“Send magazines!”
Kate Beckinsale  
as Flora Poste

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Saturday April 22, 2006

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x

Saturday April 22, 2006

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Finis
Coronat
Opus


continued

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See the essay
by Ana Marie Cox
on the final page
of this week’s
TIME magazine.

Related material:

Jung and the Imago Dei,
Log24 entries of Feb. 20, 2004,
Space, Time, and Scarlett, and
Crystal’s Sweet Sixteen
(Saturday Night Live sketch
starring Scarlett Johansson–
also featured as the clerk in
Once in a Lifetime Jewelers“–
broadcast on Jan. 14, 2006.)

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Her wallet’s filled with pictures,
She gets ’em one by one.”

Friday, April 21, 2006

Friday April 21, 2006

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On Muriel Spark

Kelly Jane Torrance
Roger Kimball
 

Friday April 21, 2006

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Department of Defense

(Found in Translation continued,
 Lust und Freud continued, and
 Here’s Donny continued)

“When a person has uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, they may project these onto other people, assigning the thoughts or feelings that they need to repress to a convenient alternative target….

Projection is one of Freud’s original defense mechanisms.”

ChangingMinds.org

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The portrait at right is from
Donny’s Ramblings:
Diary of a Pornographer.”

Also from that diary

“This is the evening when 
yours truly, your friendly
neighborhood pornographer,
becomes your next hope
     for American Idol success….”

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thursday April 20, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:07 PM
Another Opening
of Another Show

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“Sound familiar?”

USA Today, April 20, 2006   

“I’m the decider.”

President Bush, April 18, 2006  

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tuesday April 18, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:30 PM

Headline in tonight’s
online New York Times
:

Here’s Donny!
In His Defense,
a Show Is Born
Related material:

1. Log24 entries of Good Friday
    through Easter Monday,
    especially this link

 

2. Donny Phillips, weblog entry
    of March 22, 2006

“Tonight is Karaoke night at one of our local sports bars. This is the evening when yours truly, your friendly neighborhood pornographer, becomes your next hope for American Idol success….”

3. From Log24 on Good Friday:

“Little Red Ridin’ Hood,
 You sure are lookin’ good…”

Tuesday April 18, 2006

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Piedra y Luz

This morning’s New York Times tells of Philip J. Hyde, wilderness photographer, who died on March 30.  The following, taken from the website Sister Earth, is in his honor.

Cierra los ojos y oye cantar la luz:
El mediodía anida en tu tímpano

Cierra los ojos y ábrelos:
No hay nadie ni siquiera tú mismo
Lo que no es piedra es luz

Close your eyes and hear
   the song of the light:
Noon takes shelter in your inner ear

Close your eyes and open them:
There is nobody not even yourself
Whatever is not stone is light

(From Piedra Nativa,” by Octavio Paz, quoted in the Sierra Club book Baja California and the Geography of Hope, by Joseph Wood Krutch and Eliot Porter.)

Related material:

Last Words,” from the
  date of Hyde’s death, and
Arrow in the Blue,”
from Sept. 5, 2002.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Monday April 17, 2006

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Sub Specie Aeternitatis

"Pynchon's mind is the steel trap
 of American literature."

— Lorrie Moore, from
   a page linked to in

  "Eternal," an entry
   of April 12

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Related material:

Pat the Bunny.

 

Monday April 17, 2006

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A Hollywood Easter

Part I:
Good Friday morning

Hollywood turns to divine inspiration

Updated 4/14/2006 9:55 AM ET

LOS ANGELES — In God, Hollywood is trusting it will find big profits.

Inspired by box-office smashes such as The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, studios are not only casting an eye to more religious-themed stories, but they’re also marketing movies more aggressively than ever to churchgoers.

Part II:
Good Friday afternoon

Log24, 3 PM Good Friday, 2006.

Part III:
Easter in Hollywood

Latest “Scary” spoof leads box office

Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:02 PM ET

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The joke may be wearing a little thin for critics but the fourth installment of the “Scary Movie” spoof franchise managed to open atop the weekend box office in North America with sizable ticket sales.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, “Scary Movie 4” earned $41.0 million in the three days beginning April 14, setting a new record for the Easter weekend.

Part IV:  Now

Blog search for SubSpecies23.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Sunday April 16, 2006

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Easter Conundrum:
Three Days, Three Nights?

One of Christianity’s many internal contradictions is as follows:

Jesus supposedly said he would be in the tomb for “three days and three nights,” yet most Christians accept without question the story that he died on a Friday afternoon and rose on the following Sunday morning.

I was surprised to find this afternoon that at least one subdivision of the Jesus cult has found an ingenious way around this difficulty.  The United Church of God (an offshoot of the sect founded by Herbert W. Armstrong) argues that Jesus died on a Wednesday afternoon (just before Passover) and rose on a Saturday afternoon.  I do not recommend any of the subdivisions of the Jesus cult, but this one has at least managed to construct an intelligent argument.

For details, see The Good Friday – Easter Sunday Question.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Saturday April 15, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:02 PM
High Society


(See previous entry,
on Francis L. Kellogg)\

More bookmarks, in the spirit of
  Hemingway rather than Fitzgerald,
 from the date of Kellogg's death–

New York State lottery
on April 6, 2006:

Mid-day: 338
 Evening: 323

From A Flag for Sunrise, page 338:

"She seemed, superficially, to have
thrown every grain of her energy
into the driving…. She was stone
beautiful, he thought; to his eye
outrageously and provocatively
beautiful…."

Related material:
 
Compare with Grace Kelly driving
Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief"
and Frank Sinatra in "High Society."

Those who prefer a different sort
of high may also prefer a different
page in A Flag for Sunrise: 323.

"He was very high, higher than he
had ever been.  His thoughts
twisted off into spools,
arabesques, snatches of
music."

 Related material:

"Harrowing," from
Holy Saturday, 2003.

Saturday April 15, 2006

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For the Late
Francis L. Kellogg

Kellogg is said to have lived
“at the epicenter of
New York City society.”
Here, in his honor, is
a social bookmark

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Princeton University,
Latin 338:
Latin Prose Fiction

“To study the two surviving novels
in classical Latin,
Petronius’ Satyricon and
Apuleius’ Metamorphoses,
 as works of literary genius,
as major influences
in Western fiction, and as
documents of contemporary
society.”

We may imagine Kellogg in Heaven
returning to college for a version of
this course taught by Petronius,
Apuleius, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Friday April 14, 2006

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x

Friday April 14, 2006

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Last Temptation:

 

IMAGE- Ellen Page in 'Hard Candy'

Click on picture for details.

"Little Red Ridin' Hood,
     You sure are lookin' good…."

See also today's Log24
guestbook entries.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thursday April 13, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:50 PM
Even a stopped clock
is right twice a day
.

Thursday April 13, 2006

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To Read by
a Stopped Clock

Thursday April 13, 2006

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Meanwhile, back at
 Coffin Castle

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Click on picture for details.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wednesday April 12, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:20 PM

A Coffin for Passover

Wednesday April 12, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:07 PM

Eternal

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

“Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.”

— AP, Today in History,
   apparently quoted from an address
   at the University of Pennsylvania,
   Sept. 20, 1940

Related material:
 
Gravity’s Rainbow, the beginning of page 373*:

“white and geometric capital before the destruction”

Gravity’s Rainbow
, the end of page 373*:

“Slothrop was going into high school when FDR was starting out in the White House.  Broderick Slothrop professed to hate the man, but young Tyrone thought he was brave.”

See also the Log24 entry
for Dec. 20, 2003 —
White, Geometric, and Eternal
and the entry for 8 PM on
the feast of St. John Paul II —
Miracle, April 2, 2006.

* Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
   edition of 1995, copyright 1973
   by Thomas Pynchon.

Wednesday April 12, 2006

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x

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tuesday April 11, 2006

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Dallas

Part I,

from
The Circle is Unbroken,
May 2003:
 
Highballs

“If you can bounce high,
bounce for her too….”
 – F. Scott Fitzgerald,
epigraph to
The Great Gatsby

Magazine purchased at
newsstand May 14, 2003:

A Whiff of Camelot
as ‘West Wing’
Ends an Era

– New York Times,
 May 14, 2003

Song title from the
June Carter Cash
album “Press On“:

“Gatsby’s Restaurant”

From The Great Gatsby,
Chapter Four:

“Highballs?” asked the head waiter.
“This is a nice restaurant here,”
said Mr. Wolfsheim, looking at the
Presbyterian nymphs on the ceiling.

Presbyterian Nymph:

Mimi Beardsley, JFK playmate,
in the news on May 15, 2003 

On JFK’s plane trips:
“Whenever the President traveled,
members of the press staff
traveled as well.
You always have a press secretary
and a couple of girls traveling….
 Mimi, who obviously couldn’t perform
 any function at all, made all the trips!”

Apparently there was some function…

“Don’t forget the coffee!”
– Punchline from the film
  “Good Will Hunting.”
Part II:

Today’s birthday:
Joel Grey

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Grey in “Conundrum,”
the final episode of Dallas

Related material:

Log24 on March 20, 2006

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— and the 5 previous entries.

Tuesday April 11, 2006

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Ich bin ein Berliner
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy  

Related material:
the previous 4 entries
and this morning’s
New York Times story
Boston Mob: Party of 4

Monday, April 10, 2006

Monday April 10, 2006

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Club
continued

 

"What other colleges call fraternities,
Princeton calls Eating Clubs."

Illustrated below:
The Restaurant Quarré in Berlin,
with a view of the Brandenburg Gate.

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Related etymology:
OF. quarré square, F. carré,
 from L. quadratus square…
Webster's Revised  
Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Related material:

(1) A symbol of symmetry
that might have pleased
Hermann Weyl:

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Source —
Timothy A. Smith on
Bach's Fugue No. 21,
the Well-Tempered
Clavier, Book II
(pdf or Shockwave)

(2) The remarks of Noam D. Elkies
on his
"Brandenburg Concerto No. 7":

"It is of course an act of chutzpah,
some would say almost heresy,
to challenge Bach so explicitly
on his own turf."

(3) The five Log24 entries
culminating on Pi Day,
March 14, 2006

(4) The following event at the
Harvard University
mathematics department
on March 14, 2006, also
featuring Noam D. Elkies:

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"At 3:14 p.m., six contestants began
a pie-eating contest…. Contestants had
exactly three minutes and 14 seconds
to eat as much pie as they could.

'Five, four, pi, three, two, one,'
 Elkies counted down as the
contestants shoved the last
mouthful of pie
    into their mouths…."

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Noam D. Elkies

(5) The Magic Schmuck    

Monday April 10, 2006

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Backstory
for the previous entry,
Once Upon a Time

  • Ernest Hemingway,
    “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
  • Ernest Hemingway,
    “The Killers”
  • Joan Didion,
    Play It As It Lays
  • The Devil’s Bible

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Sunday April 9, 2006

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Once Upon
a Time

I am waiting
At the counter
For the man
To pour the coffee

And he fills it
Only halfway
And before
I even argue

He is looking
Out the window
At somebody
Coming in

“It is always
Nice to see you”
Says the man
Behind the counter

Suzanne Vega

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Tom’s diner in last year’s
“A History of Violence”

From Palm Sunday
three years ago
:

“I am thinking…
 of the midnight picnic
 once upon a time….”

Tom’s Diner

Palm Sunday Sermon

(from imdb.com):

Richie Cusack:
 Jesus, Joey.
[Tom/Joey shoots him]
 
Tom Stall:
[standing over the body]
 Jesus, Richie.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Saturday April 8, 2006

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ART WARS from
April 9 two years ago:

3 PM
Good
Friday

 
For an explanation
of this icon, see
 
Art Wars
and
 To Be.

Related material:
The five Log24 entries
ending on Pi Day, 2006.

Saturday April 8, 2006

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April 8 two years ago:

Art is magic delivered from
the lie of being truth.
 — Theodor Adorno, Minima moralia,
London, New Left Books, 1974, p. 222
(First published in German in 1951.)

The director, Carol Reed, makes…
 impeccable use of the beauty of black….
V. B. Daniel on The Third Man

Saturday April 8, 2006

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April 7 two years ago:

Welcome to our imaginative and inspiring toy catalog!

Today is Wednesday 7-April 2004. On this day in 30 Jesus crucified by Roman troops in Jerusalem (scholars’ estimate).

Saturday April 8, 2006

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April 6 two years ago:

Ideas and Art

The first idea was not our own.  Adam
In Eden was the father of Descartes…

— Wallace Stevens, from
   Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Saturday April 8, 2006

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Story

There is one story
   and one story only
That will prove
   worth your telling….

— Robert Graves,
  “To Juan at the Winter Solstice”

   “To many, mathematicians have come to resemble an esoteric sect, whose members alone have access to secret otherworldly mysteries.
    All of us who came to Mykonos believed that this is an unfortunate situation. Mathematics is an inseparable part of human culture, and should be viewed and treated as such. Our underlying assumption was that mathematical reasoning had something important in common with that quintessential human activity – story-telling. But what this means, and what kind of connections can be drawn between the two, remained to be sorted out.”

— Amir Alexander on
last summer’s Mykonos meeting

Flashback to
Harrison Ford’s birthday
a year earlier:


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“He’s a Mad Scientist and
I’m his Beautiful Daughter.”
— Deety in Heinlein’s
The Number of the Beast.

“If you have ever loved a book
so much that you began to
believe that it continued on
in its own world
even after you put it down,
this book could be for you.”
— Jodi Russell, review of
Number of the Beast

These last two quotations
are from

Story Theory and
the Number of the Beast
,

by Steven H. Cullinane on
December 21, 2001.

Related material:

See Lucky(?) Numbers,
yesterday’s Pennsylvania lottery,
and  the previous entry.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Friday April 7, 2006

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Bright Star

From 7/14/04:

Today’s birthday:

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Esther Dyson

To be continued…

Friday April 7, 2006

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ART WARS
in Poetry Month

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Tomorrow is the final day
for the Liza Lou exhibit at
  London’s White Cube gallery.

For related material, see
Log24, March 24-26, and
the entries culminating
on Pi Day.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Thursday April 6, 2006

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Today is
Tartan Day


From Log24, July 3, 2005:

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From Galois Geometry:

The smallest Galois geometries

Thursday April 6, 2006

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Harmony and Conciseness

“Problems are the poetry of chess.
 They demand from the composer
 the same virtues that characterize
 all worthwhile art:
 originality, invention,
 harmony, conciseness,
 complexity, and
 splendid insincerity.”

Vladimir Nabokov

Harmony:
Yesterday’s NY mid-day lottery: 456
Conciseness:
Yesterday’s NY evening lottery: 808

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Wednesday April 5, 2006

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Trinities
Unholy and Holy

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Wednesday April 5, 2006

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April is Poetry Month
and
Mathematics Awareness Month.

Three

Joni Mitchell
on the Trinity:

He is three
One’s in the middle unmoved
Waiting
To show what he sees
To the other two

Related material:

Perichoresis, or Coinherence,

Is Nothing Sacred?, and

A Contrapuntal Theme.

Wednesday April 5, 2006

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Quarter to Three
 
(continued from
 Dec. 20, 2003,
 and from
 April 3, 2006)

… so put another nickel in the machine….

Related material:

  1. The death of
    jazz percussionist Don Alias,

  2. Miles Davis’s album
    Bitches Brew
    (“Miles Runs the Voodoo Down“),
  3. Joni Mitchell’s album
    Shadows and Light
    (“God Must Be a Boogie Man“),
  4. the Log24 entry
    from the day Alias died
    ,
    which contains the following:
  5. “By groping toward the light
     we are made to realize
     how deep the darkness
     is around us.”

    — Arthur Koestler

Monday, April 3, 2006

Monday April 3, 2006

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Changes

For jazz artist
Jackie McLean,
who died on Friday
according to today’s
New York Times
.

From Log24
on Dec. 20, 2003:


(St. Emil’s Day)

Click on various parts
of the picture to see
 related material.

Those who wish to can find a
discussion of the geometric
“changes” figure among
the Log24 entries of
 March 23, 2006.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Sunday April 2, 2006

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Miracle

Looking for a Miracle:
The Beatification of John Paul II


Background:

 Preface:

Last year’s April 2 entry

Part I:

Eight is a Gate

Part II:

Zen and Language Games
,
Directions Out,
Outside the World,
and
Diamonds Are Forever.

Today’s lottery in the
State of Grace
  (Kelly, of Philadelphia)–

Mid-day: 008 
Evening: 373.

Done.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Saturday April 1, 2006

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