Monday, September 22, 2014

A Holy Cross for Brooklyn

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Saturday night’s 9  PM post:

“Once again, Harvard defeats Holy Cross.”

That post quoted Joseph Campbell describing a

“… matrix of the cosmic process, whether in the macrocosm
or in a microcosmic field of manifestation.”

Related material —


Microcosmic field of manifestation:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Holy Cross Day* Revisited

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 AM

"Ready when you are, C. B."



Related material: Day 256 and Language Game.

* September 14

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Breach Statement – Thoughts and Prayers

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:31 AM

Related background on Pearson — 

Related background on Roberts —

Related material from a Log24 search for “Holy Cross —

Friday, September 28, 2018

ART WARS Midrash

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

"When times are mysterious
Serious numbers
Will always be heard."
— Paul Simon,
"When Numbers Get Serious"

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment of
Pontius Pilate's unanswered question 'What is truth?'"

— H. S. M. Coxeter, 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  (1987)

The deaths of Roth and Grünbaum on September 14th,
The Feast of the Holy Cross, along with Douthat's column
today titled "Only the Truth Can Save Us Now," suggest a
review of

Elements of Number Theory, by Vinogradov .

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Once again, Harvard defeats Holy Cross.

IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

See also a related remark by Norman Mailer, and Plan 9 in this journal.

Presumably the Holy Cross defeat will please art theorist Rosalind Krauss (below).

(Click to enlarge.)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Reductio Ad

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:09 AM

Wikipedia article:

Reductionism is a philosophical position
which holds that a complex system is nothing but
the sum of its parts, and that an account of it can be
reduced to accounts of individual constituents.[1]

 1.  See e.g. Reductionism in the Interdisciplinary
Encyclopedia of Religion and Science.

 “The Website of the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia on
Religion and Science
  is edited by the Advanced School
for Interdisciplinary Research (ADSIR), operating at the
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome….”

For a reductionist Holy Cross, see yesterday’s noon post.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:30 AM


A new Wikipedia page was created on Oct. 9—

"This page was last modified on 9 October 2012 at 19:54."

This, and a long-running musical, suggest…

"Try to remember the kind of September…"

LIFE Magazine for September 6, 1954, provides
one view of the kind of September when I was
twelve years old. (Also that September, Mitt Romney
was seven. President Obama was born later.)

Top of Life Magazine cover, September 6, 1954

This suggests James Joyce's nightmare view of history.

For some other views of 1954, see selected posts in this  journal
 that mention that year.

See also IMDb on Grace Kelly that year, and a related theological
reflection from Holy Cross Day, 2002.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Simple Skill

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:18 AM

But with good Will
To show our simple skill…

( Continued from Midsummer Eve, 1993 )

The "Black Diamond" search from Holy Cross Day 
leads to Talk Amongst Yourselves, which in turn
leads to PyrE in the Book, with Alfred Bester's
version of "Will and Idea."

This phrase may be regarded as a version of 
Schopenhauer's "Will and Representation."

Related material—

"Schopenhauer's notion of the will comes from the Kantian thing-in-itself, which Kant believed to be the fundamental reality behind the representation that provided the matter of perception, but lacked form. Kant believed that space, time, causation, and many other similar phenomena belonged properly to the form imposed on the world by the human mind in order to create the representation, and these factors were absent from the thing-in-itself. Schopenhauer pointed out that anything outside of time and space could not be differentiated, so the thing-in-itself must be one and all things that exist, including human beings, must be part of this fundamental unity. Our inner-experience must be a manifestation of the noumenal realm and the will is the inner kernel* of every being. All knowledge gained of objects is seen as self-referential, as we recognize the same will in other things as is inside us." —Wikipedia

* "Die Schrecken des Todes beruhen großentheils auf dem falschen Schein, daß jetzt das Ich verschwinde, und die Welt bleibe, Vielmehr aber ist das Gegentheil wahr: die Welt verschwindet; hingegen der innerste Kern des Ich, der Träger und Hervorbringer jenes Subjekts, in dessen Vorstellung allein die Welt ihr Daseyn hatte, beharrt." 

— Schopenhauer, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung , Kapitel 41

Added Nov. 16, 2012, a translation by E. F. J. Payne—

"The terrors of death rest for the most part on the false illusion that then the I or ego vanishes, and the world remains. But rather is the opposite true, namely that the world vanishes; on the other hand, the innermost kernel of the ego endures, the bearer and producer of that subject in whose representation alone the world had its existence."


by Arthur Schopenhauer
Translated from the German by E. F. J. Payne
In two volumes
© 1969 Dover Publications, Inc.
© 1958 by The Falcon's Wing Press

Volume Two: Supplements to the Fourth Book, 
XLI. On Death and Its Relation to the Indestructibility of Our Inner Nature

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Count

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:01 PM

… I saw a shadow
sliding around the ropes
to get at me. The referee
moved it back, and then
went over and picked up the count.
"One!" The fog was clearing.

I rose to a knee,
and at "nine" to my feet.

— Louis Simpson, "The Appointment"

Simpson reportedly died on Holy Cross Day.

That day in this journal—

IMAGE- Log24 posts 'Please Mister Please' and 'Plan 9'

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

IMAGE- 'God goes Hollywood,' by Jeremiah Cullinane

Click for further details.

Some context—

Friday, September 14, 2012

Plan 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:30 PM

(ContinuedA Meditation for Holy Cross Day )

Black Diamond in this journal
Black Diamond at Harvard

IMAGE- The Harvard Crimson on the new Black Diamond investment club for students

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM

On the middle initial of the Cary Grant character
in yesterday's post Summer Reading

IMAGE- Matchbook with initials ROT in 'North by Northwest'

Click image for further details.

"The concept of nothingness follows Roger Thornhill throughout North by Northwest , first as another identity imposes itself upon him and later as circumstances force him to run from Vandamm as well as the police. When Eve asks him what the 'O' in 'ROT' stands for, Thornhill can only answer 'nothing.' His middle initial's lack of meaning connects well to the overall theme of the human self as possibly nothing." —Hitchcock and Identity, by Emily Pilgrim

Related material— Elementary Finite Geometry (Aug. 1).

See, too, a post for Holy Cross Day in 2002.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Claves Regni Caelorum

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 AM

Or: Night of Lunacy

From 9 PM Monday

IMAGE- Page 304 of Heidegger's 'Existence and Being' - Heidegger's essay 'Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry,' tr. by Douglas Scott, publ. by Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, in 1949
Note that the last line, together with the page number, forms
a sort of key

The rest  of the story—

IMAGE- Heidegger quote continued, ending with reference to Hölderlin's 'night of lunacy'

For one reinterpretation of the page number 304, see a link— 
Sermon— from Tuesday's post Diamond Speech.

The linked-to sermon itself has a link, based on a rereading
of 304 as 3/04, to a post of March 4, 2004, with…

WW and ZZ

as rendered by figures from the Kaleidoscope Puzzle


Yesterday morning the same letter-combinations occurred
in a presentation at CERN of a newly discovered particle—

IMAGE- 'High mass: WW, ZZ'

(Click for context.)

Since the particle under discussion may turn out to be the
God  particle, it seems fitting to interpret WW and ZZ as part
of an imagined requiem  High Mass.

Ron Howard, director of a film about CERN and the God particle,
may regard this imaginary Mass as performed for the late
Andy Griffith, who played Howard's father in a television series.

Others may prefer to regard the imaginary Mass as performed 
for the late John E. Brooks, S. J., who served as president of
The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., for 24 years.

Griffith died Tuesday. Brooks died Monday.

For some background on the Holy Cross, see posts of
Sept. 14 (Holy Cross Day) and Sept. 15, 2010—

  1. Language Game,
  2. Wittgenstein, 1935, and
  3. Holy Cross Day Revisited.

For more lunacy, see…

Continue a search for thirty-three and three
— Katherine Neville, The Eight

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An Object of Beauty and…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:23 PM



The Usual Suspects





For some background, click on the diamond above.

See also Harrison Ford in "Harvard Defeats Holy Cross."

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Hoc Signo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 AM

Saturday Night Live  on December 4, 2010 —

'The Abacus Conundrum' from SNL

If you liked Harlan Kane's THE ABACUS CONUNDRUM, you'll love…



                                 New York Lottery on Sunday, December 5, 2010

Related links— For 076, yesterday's entry on "Independence Day."
 For 915, see 9/15, "Holy Cross Day Revisited," and its prequel,
 linked to on 9/15 as "Ready When You Are, C.B."

See also "Citizen Harlan" and "The Beaver."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Heisman Trophy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

An Ecumenical Hymn

For those who observed Yom Kippur at
Harvard's Memorial Church on Saturday,
September 18, 2010—

Friday night and the lights are low…


NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for
July 13, 2007— Manhattanhenge.

See also on July 13, 2007, in this  journal, a post
for Harrison Ford's 65th birthday featuring the
ecumenical diamond-in-a-football religious symbol—

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070713-Ford2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
Related story: Harvard Defeats Holy Cross 34 – 6.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday December 11, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM
The Solzhenitsyn Compass

The Golden Compass is a $180 million movie that opens this weekend….

In the book, the golden compass is actually called ‘the alethiometer.’ As any student of Greek would expect, this instrument has to do with alethia— the truth. In the fourth chapter of the book, the Master of Jordan College tells Lyra, the protagonist of the story, that the alethiometer ‘tells you the truth. As for how to read it, you’ll have to learn by yourself.'”

Sermon by Paul Lundberg, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Tuesday, December 4, 2007.

“Harvard’s motto is Veritas. Many of you have already found out, and others will find out in the course of their lives, that truth eludes us as soon as our concentration begins to flag, all the while leaving the illusion that we are continuing to pursue it. This is the source of much discord. Also, truth seldom is sweet; it is almost invariably bitter.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, commencement address, Harvard University, June 8, 1978

Solzhenitsyn is 89 today.
Happy birthday.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Thursday September 15, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Square Wheel, continued

For director Robert Wise,
who died yesterday on
The Feast of The Holy Cross:

The Maltese Cross

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/050915-Maltese2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

From Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

See also Sept. 8, 2002,  Sept. 12, 2002, and Time Fold.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Wednesday September 14, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:04 PM

Holy Cross Day
The Cross and the Wheel:

“… the quality of life as of death
and of light as of darkness is one,
one beauty, the rhythm of that Wheel,
and who can behold it is happy
and will praise it to the people.”

— Robinson Jeffers,
   “Point Pinos and Point Lobos,”
   quoted at the end of
   The Cosmic Code by Heinz Pagels,
   Simon & Schuster, 1982

See also
Sept. 14, 2004,

Powered by WordPress