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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Magical and Seductive

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:45 AM

"I am trying to introduce a narrative,
something magical and seductive…."

— Oslo artist Josefine Lyche, translated
from the Norwegian by Google

Perhaps something like Arcade Fire or
Taylor Swift? (Click links for related posts.)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nordic Number

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:01 PM

“Nine is a very powerful Nordic number.”

— Katherine Neville, The Magic Circle

See also Arcade Fire in this journal.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Free-Floating Signs

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:30 PM

“You’ve got to pick up every stitch…”
— Donovan, song on closing credits of  To Die For

“…’Supersymmetry’ was originally written
specifically for Her ….” — Pitchfork

“Eventually we see snow particles….”
— Her  screenplay by Spike Jonze

This journal on January 24, 2006:

Context:  See Free-Floating Signs.

Backstory:  Digital Member and  Uneven Break.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Death in Mathmagic Land

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:28 PM

"It was our old friend Pythagoras who discovered
that the pentagram was full of mathematics."

— Narrator, "Donald in Mathmagic Land," Disney, 1959

… and it was Peter J. Cameron who discovered that
mathematics was full of pentagrams.

From Log24 on May 3:  Gray Space —

Robert J. Stewart (left) and a pentagram photo posted May 2
by Oslo artist Josefine Lyche. See also Lyche in this journal.

From Log24 on May 13:  An Artist's Memorial —

The death mentioned in the above May 13 post occurred on
May 12, the date of a scheduled Black Mass at Harvard.

Related material:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gray Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Or: Three Shades of Gray

(Continued from previous Gray Space posts.)

Cube subdivided into 8 subcubes by planes through the center

Click the above image for some related mathematics.

Those who prefer “magic” approaches to mathematics*
may consult the works of Robert J. Stewart and his
mentor William G. Gray.

Robert J. Stewart (left) and a pentagram photo posted yesterday evening
by Oslo artist Josefine Lyche. See also Lyche in this journal.

* See the April 2014 banners displayed at the websites
of the American Mathematical Society and of  the
Mathematical Association of America, as well as
a mathematician’s remarks linked to here last evening.

Friday, May 2, 2014

From the Witch Ball

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:00 PM

IMAGE- Arcade Fire to headline the 2014 Oslo 'Norwegian Wood' festival at Frognerparken

See also, in this journal, Arcade Fire and Witch Ball.

This post was suggested by remarks today of mathematician
Peter J. Cameron, who seems to enjoy playing the role of
Lord Summerisle (from The Wicker Man , a 1973 horror classic).

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Wilderness of Mirrors

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

A link to a Nov. 22 post on Arcade Fire was added today
to yesterday's "Dating an OS" post. 

That Nov. 22 post suggests a review related to a new film —

"If the spy wars of the later 20th century were fought
in 'a wilderness of mirrors,' beset by paradox and
moral uncertainty— evil done in the name of good—
then John le Carré, or, rather, the narrative voice that
went by the name John le Carré, was the perfect
choice to polish those mirrors. It was the voice of the
urbane, upper-class Englishman: courteous, opaque
and chilly, with a ruthless, penetrative intellect and
razor wit for the delivery of its insights."

— Alan Furst in The New York Times Sunday
      Book Review 
 on October 12, 2008

For other material on mirrors, see all posts tagged Arcade Fire.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Good Question

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

Amy Adams in the new film “Her” —

“You’re dating an OS?  What is that like?”

— Question quoted in a Hollywood Reporter
story on the film’s second trailer

From the same story, by Philiana Ng —

” The trailer is set to Arcade Fire’s
mid-tempo ballad ‘Supersymmetry.’ “

Parts of an answer for Amy —

Nov. 26, 2012, as well as

July 19, 2008,

Dec. 18, 2013,

Dec. 24, 2013, and

Dec. 27, 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter  story is from Dec. 3, 2013.
See also that date in this  journal.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Black Mass*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:29 PM

IMAGE- 'The Pyx' (1973), starring Karen Black and Christopher Plummer, in a post from the date of Black's death

* The title refers to the film illustrated above, and also
(with a different meaning) to this morning's 11 AM post,
as well as to topics that may interest fans of the authors  
in this afternoon's previous post.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fiction

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 AM

From David Lavery's weblog today—

IMAGE- '...final belief must be in a fiction.'- Wallace Stevens

It is?  Then a check of the rest of the poem seems in order.

In the poem, Stevens speaks of

The impossible possible philosophers' man,
The man who has had the time to think enough,
The central man, the human globe, responsive
As a mirror with a voice, the man of glass,
Who in a million diamonds sums us up.

Compare and contrast with a rather silly recent music video—

Perhaps Stevens's "human globe" could be portrayed by the
versatile Philip Seymour Hoffman, who stars in a new film directed
by Anton Corbijn, the perpetrator of the above Arcade Fire video.

See also Log24 posts on and just before the video's upload date.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dinner Theater

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:02 PM

A theater review by Ben Brantley tonight of "Big Fish"
suggests a review of a Log24 post from January 9, 2004.

This in turn suggests another reviewer's remark

"As over-the-top as a dinner theater production of 'The Crucible' "

— Frank Rich in The New York Times , November  2004

For such a production, see today's Sermon as well as
Amy Adams in this journal in May 2009 and this afternoon.

The Curve

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

(Saturday's Dream Girls, continued)

"How would you touch me?"

The computer in the new film Her

For some remarks on Arcade Fire, see Saturday's 10 PM post 
and Sunday's 10:10 AM post.

In related news…

See also posts with Slow Art  and Amy Adams
shooting pool (scroll to the bottom).

Sermon

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

A sequel to last night's "For Baron Samedi" —

Sigils

The music in the trailer for the new film "American Hustle"
is a 1969 tune by Led Zeppelin.  This, together with the
magick sigils posted at Facebook yesterday by artist
Josefine Lyche, suggests a review of Zeppelin sigils
from a 1971 album. These are, as shown above on a
record label,  the personal symbols of the four musicians
in the band. Two of the symbols may, of course, be
interpreted as representing the Holy Trinity.

Church with Josefine*

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:10 AM

(Continued from last Sunday)

IMAGE- 'Permutahedron of Opposites'-- 24 graphic patterns arranged in space as 12 pairs of opposites

For some background, see Permutahedron in this journal.

See also…

* Jews may prefer to retitle this post "Sunday Shul with Josefine"
and stage it as a SNL sketch, "Norwegian Disco," with
The Sunshine Girls. (For the Norwegian part, see Kristen Wiig,
of Norwegian ancestry. For the disco part, see Amy Adams,
who stars in a new disco-era movie.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

For Baron Samedi

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 PM

IMAGE- Symbol in an Arcade Fire video from Haiti

Click on the image for a video.

See also Josefine Lyche's "Grids, you say?"

I prefer Lyche's versions of the diagonal
3×3 grid. Her versions have no lettering.

(This post was suggested by a photo of magical sigils 
that Lyche posted a few hours ago at Facebook.
The above seems to be another such sigil that may
or may not be intended to function like those posted
today by Lyche.)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Date

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:07 PM

IMAGE- Christopher Plummer in 'The Pyx' (1973), starring Karen Black

"Today she has a date from which there is no return."

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