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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Eye

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"I guess I found my future through Billy Name’s eye.
I saw his pictures of the Warhol Factory when I was
in college and thought, 'Oh that’s the place to get to.
Everyone is so beautiful and it looks brilliant and
complicated – art, music, film, but most of all a kind
of wild life.' It looked like the future as I imagined it."

The late Glenn O'Brien in The Guardian
     
on November 8, 2014.  O'Brien reportedly
     died at 70 yesterday, Friday (April 7) morning,
     in Manhattan.

"… through Billy Name's eye …."
Then there is Kurt Seligmann's eye

The above-mentioned Billy Name appeared in this journal
in July 2016  in the post "Coterie (for Philip Rieff)." Also
featured in that post was artist Kurt Seligmann.

A Google Search sidebar on Seligmann today:

Synchronology check of this  journal on the above Guardian  date:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

At 11:59*

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Fantasy and the Buffered Self.”

*For the title, see Enormous Changes.

See also an 11:59 PM ET post on Thursday, April 6, titled
"Where Entertainment Is God (continues)."

Some related entertainment:

I do not recommend any of the above entertainments,
but they do supply some background for the article
"Fantasy and the Buffered Self" (which is  recommended.)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Where Entertainment Is God …

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Continues.

Pushing the Envelope

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Conspiracy Theory

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See also Jeremiah Denton in Wikipedia.

Those for whom entertainment is God
may enjoy a film based on a book by Denton, 
"When Hell Was in Session," starring
Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint.

Denton reportedly died on March 28, 2014.
See a Log24 post from that date, "Blazing Thule."

"You've got to pick up every stitch." — Donovan

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Where Entertainment Is God

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Continues.

Today's previous post suggests:

Not amused …

The above Los Angeles Film School poster publicizes an event
on December 13, 2014 (St. Lucia's Day). Also on that date —
"Grim Pen" and other posts in this journal.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Where Entertainment Is God

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Continues .

The Guardian 's summary today of the new film "Arrival" —

"I have been agnostic about this kind of movie recently,
after the overwrought disappointments of Christopher
Nolan’s Interstellar and Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special.
But Villeneuve’s Arrival is both heartfelt and very entertaining."

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian  today

As is Amy's.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Where Entertainment Is God

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Continues. Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The World as Myth

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Three approaches to The World as Myth

From Heinlein's 1985 The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

The World as Myth is a subtle concept. It has sometimes been called multiperson solipsism, despite the internal illogic of that phrase. Yet illogic may be necessary, as the concept denies logic. For many centuries religion held sway as the explanation of the universe- or multiverse. The details of revealed religions differed wildly but were essentially the same: Somewhere up in the sky-or down in the earth-or in a volcano-any inaccessible place- there was an old man in a nightshirt who knew everything and was all powerful and created everything and rewarded and punished and could be bribed.

      "Sometimes this Almighty was female but not often because human males are usually bigger, stronger, and more belligerent; God was created in Pop's image.

      "The Almighty-God idea came under attack because it explained nothing; it simply pushed all explanations one stage farther away. In the nineteenth century atheistic positivism started displacing the Almighty-God notion in that minority of the population that bathed regularly.

      "Atheism had a limited run, as it, too, explains nothing, being merely Godism turned upside down. Logical positivism was based on the physical science of the nineteenth century which, physicists of that century honestly believed, fully explained the universe as a piece of clockwork.

      "The physicists of the twentieth century made short work of that idea. Quantum mechanics and Schrodringer's cat tossed out the clockwork world of 1890 and replaced it with a fog of probability in which anything could happen. Of course the intellectual class did not notice this for many decades, as an intellectual is a highly educated man who can't do arithmetic with his shoes on, and is proud of his lack. Nevertheless, with the death of positivism, Godism and Creationism came back stronger than ever.

      "In the late twentieth century -correct me when I' m wrong, Hilda-Hilda and her family were driven off Earth by a devil, one they dubbed 'the Beast.' They fled in a vehicle you have met, Gay Deceiver, and in their search for safety they visited many dimensions, many universesand Hilda made the greatest philosophical discovery of all time."

      "I'll bet you say that to all the girls!"

      "Quiet, dear. They visited, among more mundane places, the Land of Oz-"

      I sat up with a jerk. Not too much sleep last night and Dr. Harshaw's lecture was sleep-inducing. "Did you say 'Oz'?"

      "I tell you three times. Oz, Oz, Oz. They did indeed visit the fairyland dreamed up by L. Frank Baum. And the Wonderland invented by the Reverend Mr. Dodgson to please Alice. And other places known only to fiction. Hilda discovered what none of us had noticed before because we were inside it: The World is Myth. We create it ourselves-and we change it ourselves. A truly strong myth maker, such as Homer, such as Baum, such as the creator of Tarzan, creates substantial and lasting worlds whereas the fiddlin', unimaginative liars and fabulists shape nothing new and their tedious dreams are forgotten. ….

Friday, November 6, 2009

Where Entertainment is God (continued)

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Click to enlarge.

Ad, with army base shooter in video, for 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'

Colorado Springs Gazette
movie reviewer Brandon Fibbs yesterday:

“Much of this is genuinely amusing.
So why then am I not laughing?”

NY Times on the Fort Hood shootings that took place in the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Where Entertainment is God

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(Continued)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Entertainment Is God (continued)

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The Cumberbatch Conundrum

A quote from Benedict Cumberbatch in this journal
on Nov. 15 last year:

"… this film’s been up my ass
      for the last five years.”

The quote, in connection with today's previous post,
suggests a check of this journal five years ago.

The check yields a paper at the new research site InvenZone.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alternate Reality

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(Where Entertainment Is God , continued)

In memory of artist Otto Piene — a news item from last May
at the ZERO Foundation website on an exhibition that closes tomorrow —

2014-05-15
Today is the opening of the exhibition ZERO — Zwischen Himmel und Erde
in Friedrichshafen. The Zeppelin Museum is showing wonderful artworks
all related to heaven and earth by various ZERO artists
such as Piene, Mack, Uecker, Klein, Luther, and Manzoni.
ZERO – Zwischen Himmel und Erde
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
15.05. – 20.07.2014

www.zeppelin-museum.de

“Oh, show me the way to the next whiskey bar”
— Song lyric from previous post

“In a technologically advanced 1939, the zeppelin Hindenburg III
arrives in New York City, mooring atop the Empire State Building.”

— Wikipedia on the first scene of the 2004 film
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sticks and Stones

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The title is from this morning’s previous post.

From a theater review in that post—

… “all flying edges and angles, a perpetually moving and hungry soul”

… “a formidably centered presence, the still counterpoint”

A more abstract perspective:

IMAGE- Concepts of Space

See also Desargues via Galois (August 6, 2013).

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

And now for the musical!

From Ben Brantley’s July Fourth review of a British play —

“These two redefine the laws not just of chemistry but also of physics, with each coming across as both immovable object and irresistible force…. I was always aware of how ineffably, achingly attracted each was to the other, and of the diametrically opposed ways in which that attraction became flesh….

… His Tom is all flying edges and angles, a perpetually moving and hungry soul who never pauses in the pursuit of his appetites….

… this Kyra is a formidably centered presence, the still counterpoint to Tom’s charming, full-court-press animation….

… The friction and the possibilities of fusion between Kyra and Tom— who must be together and cannot be together— make ‘Skylight’ one of the most intelligently sentimental love stories of our time.”

“The friction and the possibilities of fusion” —

“Rubbin’ sticks and stones together
makes the sparks ignite…
Skyrockets in flight!”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

“What’s on the program?”

— Seymour Glass to Sybil in “A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Related material from yesterday afternoon

… and from this morning:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spokesperson

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For a place where entertainment is not  God* —

This post was suggested by a passage in the Prasna Upanishad :

“That person who is to be known,
he in whom these parts rest,
like spokes in the nave of a wheel,
you know him,
lest death should hurt you.”

See Sept. 9, 2003.

* There are other sorts of places.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

From Between Two Worlds (Feb. 25, 2007) —
Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider (2007):

Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider

More recently, Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy (2010):

The New York Times  as a guide for the perplexed:

IMAGE- Chloe Grace Moretz in The New York Times

“Go back to the flaming skull, Dad.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

"In City-Now, there's no time reference,
so you can't trace things."

— "Entertainment," by M. A. Foster, first published in 1981
      in New Voices 4 , edited by George R. R. Martin, reprinted
​      in Foster's Owl Time: A Collection of Fictions  (DAW, 1985) 

Friday, November 8, 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure

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(Where Entertainment Is God, continued)

Sources: Ctrl  Alt  Del

Related material: A Log24 post from the release date,
September 10, 2013, for the DVD of "Delete"—

Moss on the Wall.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Castle Rock Entertainment

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(Where Entertainment Is God , continued)

Yesterday's evening numbers in the New York Lottery
were 007 and 3856. You are free to supply your own
interpretation of the former. The latter may, if you like,
be interpreted as post  3856, The Illuminati Stone .

Some context:

(Click for a larger, clearer image.)

I prefer Richard  Brautigan.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

"Motifs bleed off the edge of one Pynchon canvas
onto the next." — Review of Bleeding Edge  in
tomorrow's New York Times Sunday Book Review

A RIDDLE for the Church of St. Frank:

AN ANSWER:

The red carpet is prepared for the 2013 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kernel and Glow

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"The yarns of seamen have a direct simplicity, the whole meaning
of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut. But Marlow was not
typical (if his propensity to spin yarns be excepted), and to him the
meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside,
enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a
haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes
are made visible by the spectral illumination of moonshine."

— Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness

Kernel — See Nocciolo.

Glow — See Moonshine and Moonshine II.

See also Cold Open (Jan. 29, 2011) and
Where Entertainment is God (Aug. 25, 2013).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where Entertainment Is God

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(Continued)

For film and TV director Ted Post, who
reportedly died on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

See that day's post "Conversations with
an Empty Chair
" and today's NY Times

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Where Entertainment is God

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(Continued)

A May 27, 2013, Washington Post  story by Ellen Nakashima:

Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs
compromised by Chinese cyberspies

Related entertainment:

From Ayn Sof  (January 7, 2011): 

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." — Roy Scheider in Jaws

"We're gonna need more holy water." — Season of the Witch

Battleship 

Liam Neeson (right) and Taylor Kitsch

Holy Water 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sitting Specially

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Some webpages at finitegeometry.org discuss
group actions on Sylvester’s duads and synthemes.

Those pages are based on the square model of
PG(3,2) described in the 1980’s by Steven H. Cullinane.

A rival tetrahedral model of PG(3,2) was described
in the 1990’s by Burkard Polster.

Polster’s tetrahedral model appears, notably, in
a Mathematics Magazine  article from April 2009—

IMAGE- Figure from article by Alex Fink and Richard Guy on how the symmetric group of degree 5 'sits specially' in the symmetric group of degree 6

Click for a pdf of the article.

Related material:

The Religion of Cubism” (May 9, 2003) and “Art and Lies
(Nov. 16, 2008).

This  post was suggested by following the link in yesterday’s
Sunday School post  to High White Noon, and the link from
there to A Study in Art Education, which mentions the date of
Rudolf Arnheim‘s death, June 9, 2007. This journal
on that date

Cryptology

IMAGE- The ninefold square

— The Delphic Corporation

The Fink-Guy article was announced in a Mathematical
Association of America newsletter dated April 15, 2009.

Those who prefer narrative to mathematics may consult
a Log24 post from a few days earlier, “Where Entertainment is God”
(April 12, 2009), and, for some backstory, The Judas Seat
(February 16, 2007).

Friday, September 21, 2012

History

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Where Entertainment is God continues…

Excerpts from "Today in History,"
by The Associated Press,
for Friday, September 21, 2012

Today's Birthdays:
Poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen is 78.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 69.
Author Stephen King is 65.
Actor-comedian Bill Murray is 62.

Thought for Today: "The crisis of yesterday
is the joke of tomorrow." — H.G. Wells, English author
(born this day in 1866, died 1946).

And the joke of yesterday?

Related material:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qiyama

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Now What?

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(Rhetorical question on the NY Times  online front page, 
10:01 PM May 23, 2012, in teaser for "The Stone" column
about Philip K. Dick, "Sci-Fi Philosopher")

Where Entertainment Is God

Perhaps The Last Airbender ?

The NY Times  philosophy column "The Stone" is currently about gnosticism
and science fiction.

The Last Airbender  is about an avatar who is master of the four elements
air, water, earth, and fire. For a more sophisticated approach to gnosticism
and the four elements, see Irenaeus: Against Heresies.

See, too, Elements Diamond in this journal.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Carpenter Song…

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Where Entertainment is God

(Continued from April 4 and April 8)

"Hot dog… I'm a winner either way."
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Monday, December 19, 2011

X Marks a Spot

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(Where Entertainment is God, continued)

IMAGE- LA Times on Korean transition and Galaxy Nexus

Related material— The Nexus (Jan. 8, 2010).

That post contains the following—

"A Nexus is a place equidistant from the five elements as explained in the TV series Charmed . Using this as a point of reference, it is quite possible that there could be several Nexus points of power scattered throughout the world, though rare."

Nexus (Charmed) in Wikipedia

Happy birthday, Alyssa Milano.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Brinksmanship…

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Where Entertainment is God (continued)

On the re-editing of a news story by The New York Times

"…in the original versions of a Times report by Jeremy W. Peters, [the new executive editor, Jill Abramson] flatly declared: 'In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion.'" —The Daily Beast

The Times this afternoon—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11C/111113-NYTfront.jpg

See also a follow-up from last June
to this morning's "lost in space" quote

NYT quote removal sparks web buzz

"It's obvious that an editorial decision was made to 'rectify' a quote that made the Times look foolish."

Not so, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told POLITICO. “Space was clearly a consideration.”

Friday, August 26, 2011

Abel Prize

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The previous posts, Design and Solomon's Labyrinth,
refer, respectively,  to concepts of Tits ("buildings") and
of Thompson (imagining a future Origin of Groups ).

This suggests a review of Norway's 2008 Abel Prize,
presented to Thompson and Tits on May 20, 2008.

Poster display before the 2008 Abel Prize ceremony—

Click to enlarge.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110826-PosterDisplay.jpg

A poster of sorts in this journal on the same day, May 20, 2008—

Bright Star –

Todo lo sé por el lucero puro
que brilla en la diadema de la Muerte

– Rubén Darío  

Bright Star and Crystal Skull

Image adapted from
Blue Star Traders

Related material— Epiphany Revisited, Four Winds,
and Where Entertainment is God (continued).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Poetry Month

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Where Entertainment is God (continued)

MTV.com on an event last night in Chicago—

"He ended the night with a poem, which read,
 'I stand before you oh captain oh captain
 to most humbly praise you for this radical ripple
 this single cast stone….'"

Related material:

Today's New York Times  obituaries
and Ed Harris in "The Rock"—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110404-NYT-TheMission.jpg

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110404-EdHarris.jpg

See also in this journal "The Rock" and "Time in the Rock."

"'It is always
Nice to see you'
Says the man
Behind the counter"

– Suzanne Vega, "Tom's Diner"

IMAGE- Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in 'A History of Violence'

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Where Entertainment is God (continued)

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"… the clocks were striking thirteen…"

"Entertainment continued," a Log24 post last year on this date, suggests…

A reading from Richard Kearney's Strangers, Gods and Monsters  (Routledge, 2003)—

IMAGE- Richard Kearney on 'khora' in 'Strangers, Gods and Monsters'

Neither earth nor air nor fire nor water… perhaps a Fifth Element  ?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toy Story Variations

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Where Entertainment Is God  continues...

New York Lottery today— Midday 710, Evening 563.

This suggeests a scientific note from the date 7/10  (2009) and the page number 563 from Dec. 29

Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society , October 2002, p. 563:

“To produce decorations for their weaving, pottery, and other objects, early artists experimented with symmetries and repeating patterns.  Later the study of symmetries of patterns led to tilings, group theory, crystallography, finite geometries, and in modern times to security codes and digital picture compactifications.  Early artists also explored various methods of representing existing objects and living things.  These explorations led to… [among other things] computer-generated movies (for example, Toy Story ).”

– David W. Henderson, Cornell University

For a different perspective on Toy Story , see the Dec. 29 post.

Other entertainments — The novel Infinite Jest  and two versions of "Heeere's Johnny !" —

            From Stanley Kubrick and from today's New York Times :

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110111-ShiningJest.jpg

See also All Things Shining  and the lottery theology of Jorge Luis Borges.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Trip Trap

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Where Entertainment Is God, continued…

IMAGE-- LA Times on Julie Taymor, Wonderland, and Johnny Depp

Click to enlarge.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

For Trevanian

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Where Entertainment Is God
(continued)

Google News at about 7:37 PM —

Image -- Google News, 'Dragon' Edges Out 'Kick-Ass' At Box Office

The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian –

"Because CII men worked in foreign countries without invitation, and often to the detriment of the established governments, they had no recourse to official protection. Organization men to the core, the CII heads decided that another Division must be established to combat the problem. They relied on their computers to find the ideal man to head the new arm, and the card that survived the final sorting bore the name Yurasis Dragon. In order to bring Mr. Dragon to the United States, it was necessary to absolve him of accusations lodged at the War Crimes Tribunal concerning certain genocidal peccadillos, but CII considered him worth the effort."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Where Entertainment is God (continued)

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Click to enlarge.

Ad, with army base shooter in video, for 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'

www.themenwhostareatgoatsmovie.com

Colorado Springs Gazette
movie reviewer Brandon Fibbs yesterday:

“Much of this is genuinely amusing.
So why then am I not laughing?”

NY Times on the Fort Hood shootings that took place in the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday March 18, 2009

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From a place where
entertainment is God
:

CNN.com Entertainment, evening of March 18, 2009

Click to enlarge.

From another place:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix09/090318-CBClogo.jpg

Click logo for a story.

“… a kind of cross.”
Gravity’s Rainbow 

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday February 26, 2008

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The Just Word

The title of the previous entry, "Where Entertainment is God," comes (via Log24, Nov. 26, 2004) from Frank Rich.

The previous entry dealt, in part, with a dead Jesuit whose obituary appears in today's Los Angeles Times.  The online obituaries page places the Jesuit, without a photo, beneath a picture of a dead sitcom writer and to the left of a picture of a dead guru.
 

From the obituary proper:

Walter J. Burghardt, alleged preacher of 'the just word'

The obituary does not say
exactly what "the just word" is.
 

"Walter John Burghardt was born July 10, 1914, in New York, the son of immigrants from what is now Poland. He entered a Jesuit seminary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 16, and in 1937 received a master's degree from Woodstock College in Maryland. He was ordained in 1941." He died, by the way, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.

The reference to Woodstock College brings to mind a fellow Jesuit, Joseph T. Clark, who wrote a book on logic published by that college.

From a review of the book:

"In order to show that Aristotelian logicians were at least vaguely aware of a kind of analogy or possible isomorphism between logical relations and mathematical relations, Father Clark seizes at one place (p. 8) upon the fact that Aristotle uses the word, 'figure' (schema), in describing the syllogism and concludes from this that 'it is obvious that the schema of the syllogism is to serve the logician precisely as the figure serves the geometer.' On the face of it, this strikes one as a bit far fetched…."

Henry Veatch in Speculum, Vol. 29, No. 2, Part 1 (Apr., 1954), pp. 266-268 (review of Conventional Logic and Modern Logic: A Prelude to Transition (1952), by Joseph T. Clark, Society of Jesus)
 

Perhaps the just word is,
as above, "schema."

Related material:

The Geometry of Logic
 

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thursday December 27, 2007

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Chronicles

“Fullness… Multitude.”

— The missing last words
of Inman in Cold Mountain,
added here on the
Feast of St. Luke, 2004

II Chronicles 1:

7: In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
8: And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9: Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10: Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

On Kirk Varnedoe

“At 42– a professor with no museum experience– he was named curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. It was, and is, the most influential job in the fluid, insular, fiercely contentious world of modern art. Just two decades past his last Amherst game, the lineman from Savannah was sitting in the chair where the most critical decisions in his profession are made– ‘the conscientious, continuous, resolute distinction of quality from mediocrity,’ according to his Olympian predecessor Alfred Barr. The Modern and its chief curator serve the American art establishment as a kind of aesthetic Supreme Court, and most of their rulings are beyond appeal.”

Hal Crowther

On Quality

Varnedoe, in his final
Mellon lecture at
the National Gallery,
quoted “Blade Runner”–
“I’ve seen things
you people wouldn’t believe….”Frank Rich of The New York Times
on the United States of America:”A country where
entertainment is god.”

Rich’s description may or may not
be true of the United States, but
it certainly seems true of
The New York Times:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix07A/071227-NYTobitsSm.jpg

Click on image to enlarge.

Related material:

Art Wars

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Saturday June 30, 2007

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Where
 Entertainment
is God

Frank Rich in
The New York Times
:

 November 2004–

Desperate Housewives ad on Monday Night Football

Controversial
"Desperate Housewives"
ad on "Monday
Night Football"

"Desperate Housewives"… ranks No. 5 among all prime-time shows for ages 12-17. ("Monday Night Football" is No. 18.) This may explain in part why its current advertisers include products like Fisher-Price toys, the DVD of "Elf" and the forthcoming Tim Allen holiday vehicle, "Christmas With the Kranks."

Those who cherish the First Amendment can only hope that the Traditional Values Coalition, OneMillionMoms.com, OneMillionDads.com and all the rest send every e-mail they can to the F.C.C. demanding punitive action against the stations that broadcast "Desperate Housewives." A "moral values" crusade that stands between a TV show this popular and its audience will quickly learn the limits of its power in a country where entertainment is god.

— "The Great Indecency Hoax," a New York Times column by Frank Rich quoted in Log24 on Nov. 26, 2004

The entertainment continues.  A rabbi's obituary in today's New York Times (see previous entry) served as ad-bait for "Joshua," a Fox Searchlight film opening July 6.

A search for a less sacrilegious memorial to the rabbi yields the following:

Project MUSE link on Rabbi Abraham Klausner

The "Project MUSE" link above
works only at
subscribing libraries.

  It seems that here, too,
the rabbi is being
used as bait.

  For a perhaps preferable
 reference to bait, in the
context of St. Peter as
a "fisher of men," see
the Christian "mandorla"
or "vesica piscis,"
a figure hidden within
the geometry of Rome's
St. Peter's Square–
which, despite its name,
is an oval:

Mandorla and ovator tondo in St. Peter's Square” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

For the geometric
construction of the
 Roman oval, see
"ovato tondo" in
Rudolf Arnheim's
The Power of the Center.

For a less theoretical account
of the religious significance
of the mandorla, see
the 2001 film
The Center of the World.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:37 PM

Entertainer of the Year

Frank Rich on the United States:

“… a country where
     entertainment is god”

In another country:

Question:

Que pasa, pendejo?”

— Question in a music video,
   “You Save Me,” by last night’s
    Academy of Country Music
    Entertainer of the Year

Answer:


“… líbranos de mal

Church candles

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:22 AM
Second Billing

Today’s online New York Times:

NYT obits, 11:15 AM May 15, 2007

“Yolanda King founded and led Higher Ground Productions, billed as a ‘gateway for inner peace, unity and global transformation.'” —New York Times

“Yolanda King’s Lecture Performances are tailored to suit your company’s immediate need for a critical and timely message delivered with a high-level of entertainment value.” —Higher Ground Productions

Higher Ground Productions logo

From the five log24 entries
ending with “Dinner Theater?”

(linked to in yesterday afternoon’s
Perspective on the News):

Frank Rich has the last word:

“A ‘moral values’ crusade
that stands between a TV show
this popular and its audience
will quickly learn the limits
of its power in a country
where entertainment is god.”

Friday, November 26, 2004

Friday November 26, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:11 PM

Dinner Theater?

“Philosophers ponder the idea of identity: what it is to give something a name on Monday and have it respond to that name on Friday….”
— Bernard Holland in the New York Times of Monday, May 20, 1996

From an entry of last Monday,
“Lynchburg Law” — 

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041122-Witchcraft.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Critic Frank Rich in Wednesday’s Times on a recent televised promotion:

“… it was a manufactured scandal, as over-the-top as a dinner theater production of ‘The Crucible.’ “

From a Friday, Nov. 19, entry:

“the Platonist… is more interested in deriving an abstraction of the object into a universal….”

— Radu Surdulescu, Form, Structure, and Structurality

From El Universal online today:

“Meanwhile, [Mexico] continued to deal with the savagery of Tuesday night’s televised lynchings, with some saying the media had exploited the occurrence.

‘This is a new and worrisome phenomenon,’ security analyst José Reveles said in an interview… ‘It’s like the evil offspring of all the violent exploitation in the media.’  ‘It was Fuenteovejuna,’ he said, referring to the work by the Spanish golden age playwright Lope de Vega in which an entire town covers up the slaying of a corrupt official.”

Frank Rich has the last word:

“A ‘moral values’ crusade that stands between a TV show this popular and its audience will quickly learn the limits of its power in a country where entertainment is god.”

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