Thursday, December 3, 2020

Bunker Bingo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 AM

See as well 5×5The Matrix of Abraham,  and Deutsche Schule Montevideo .

IMAGE- Right 3-4-5 triangle with squares on sides and hypotenuse as base

“If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bunker Bingo Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:27 PM

From a post of October 16, 2017, "Halloween Meditation" —

Friday, April 25, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:25 AM

For John Milton at the Cervecería XX —

Related material: Peter J. Cameron on Bertrand Russell
in A Midnight Exorcism.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bunker Bingo*

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Mathematics and Narrative continues…

IMAGE- In 'Downfall,' Hitler says that 'Steiner's assault will bring it under control.'

Steiner's version of "classical functional analysis"—

"Mein Führer Steiner"

IMAGE- Classical functional analysis according to Moscow State University

* See the story by Kilgore Trout. See also On Linguistic Creation,
   The Matrix of Abraham, and The Thoreau Foundation.

Friday, September 23, 2011


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NY Lottery this afternoon—


See also post 1115.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Kierkegaard Revisited

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:15 PM

Kierkegaard is imagining a society where
people’s identities are robbed
under the disguise of modern liberation.”

As in . . .


Friday, December 4, 2020

German Lesson: Untergang

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:37 PM

The recent posts “Bunker Bingo” and “Here’s to Efficient Packing!
suggest a review.

Alex Ross in The New Yorker  on Dec. 2, 2020, on the German
word “Untergang ” —

“The usual translation is ‘downfall,’ although
the various implications of the word—
literally, “going-under”—are difficult to capture
in English. In some contexts, Untergang  simply
means descent: a sunset is a Sonnenuntergang .

Lauren  German in a 2005 film —

See as well . . .


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


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Another game featured in the above film —

“In Wolfenstein 3D , the player assumes the role of an American
soldier of Polish descent attempting to escape from the Nazi
stronghold of Castle Wolfenstein.” — Wikipedia


See also this  journal’s Wolfenstein.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Blackline Master

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From a Log24 post of September 4, 2018, "Identity Crisis" —


From the 2011 Spanish film "Verbo" — (Click to enlarge) —

From a  Blackline Master

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Identity Crisis

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See also 5×5  in this  journal.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Bible of the Field

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:37 PM

Update at 2:05 PM ET the same day —

See also Log24 posts on the above date — August 1, 2015.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Folk Answer

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(A sequel to "Folk Question ," the previous post)

Midnight Bingo

It All Adds Up.

See also Alexandra Bellow's "Flashbacks of a Mathematical Life
in the September 2016 Notices of the American Mathematical Society .

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Launched from Cuber

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Continued from Nobel Note (Jan. 29, 2014).

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

From Tradition in Action , "The Missal Crisis of '62,"
remarks on the revision of the Catholic missal in that year—

"Neither can the claim that none of these changes
is heretical in content be used as an argument
in favor of its use, for neither is the employment of
hula girls, fireworks, and mariachis strictly speaking
heretical in itself, but they belong to that class of novel
and profane things that do not belong in the Mass."

— Fr. Patrick Perez, posted Sept. 11, 2007 

See also this  journal on November 22, 2014

Say Bingo to my little friend

    … and on Bruce Springsteen's birthday this year —

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:00 AM 

From AP’s Today in History:

Happy birthday.

“It all adds up.” — Saul Bellow

The Matrix:





Saturday, November 22, 2014

The November 22 Candidate

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Welcome to the Garden Club, Pilgrim


"A journalist with a literary bent, Mr. Eder wrote with an easy grace
and a practiced eye for detail. In 1974, he assessed a cultural
malaise in England during an economic downturn.

'In the West Country town of Hereford,' he began, 'the president
of a women’s club told a year-end meeting that the January bingo
game would be canceled to save electricity. Then she proposed a
New Year’s resolution. "Let us all work to get England back on her
dear old feet," she said and bumped down pinkly into her chair,
overwhelmed by applause.'" — Bruce Weber, NY Times

See also Bingo  in this journal.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday November 14, 2008

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(The first word in Finnegans Wake.
ee also the Log24 entries following
the death of Pope John Paul II.)

At Inside Higher Ed, Margaret Soltan ("UD") discusses…

"moments of clarity [cf. related essay (pdf)] that seem, when you look at all of them together late in the day, to disclose our life’s otherwise hidden pattern, meaning, and flow.

'Not far downstream was a dry channel where the river had run once, and part of the way to come to know a thing is through its death. But years ago I had known the river when it flowed through this now dry channel, so I could enliven its stony remains with the waters of memory. In death it had its pattern, and we can only hope for as much.'"

A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean, a story about trout fishing and grace

Related material:

Maclean's fellow author Kilgore Trout and the story he is said to be most proud of, about Bunker Bingo.

See also yesterday's entry, Bob's Country Bunker, and On Linguistic Creation.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday October 25, 2008

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Actual Being

The New York Times Book Review online today has a review by Sam Tanenhaus of a new John Updike book.

The title of the review (not the book) is "Mr. Wizard."

"John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters. His output alone (60 books, almost 40 of them novels or story collections) has been supernatural. More wizardly still is the ingenuity of his prose. He has now written tens of thousands of sentences, many of them tiny miracles of transubstantiation whereby some hitherto overlooked datum of the human or natural world– from the anatomical to the zoological, the socio-economic to the spiritual– emerges, as if for the first time, in the complete­ness of its actual being."

Rolling Stone interview with Sting, February 7, 1991:

"'I was brought up in a very strong Catholic community,' Sting says. 'My parents were Catholic, and in the Fifties and Sixties, Catholicism was very strong. You know, they say, "Once a Catholic, always a Catholic." In a way I'm grateful for that background. There's a very rich imagery in Catholicism: blood, guilt, death, all that stuff.' He laughs."


RS 597, Feb. 7, 1991

Last night's 12:00 AM
Log24 entry:

Midnight Bingo

From this date six years ago:

It All Adds Up.

From this morning's newspaper,
a religious meditation I had not
seen last night:

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Related material:

Juneteenth through
Midsummer Night, 2007


Church of the Forbidden Planet

Saturday October 25, 2008

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Midnight Bingo

From this date six years ago:

It All Adds Up.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sunday June 25, 2006

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Language Games:

Chess and Bingo

Chess: See Log24, Midsummer Day, 2003. Happy mate change, Nicole.

Bingo: See a journal entry from seven years ago, On Linguistic Creation. Happy birthday, Willard Van Orman Quine.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sunday February 19, 2006

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But seriously…

Raiders of the Lost Matrix

The Matrix:

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Click on pictures for details.

In memory of George T. Davis,
who died on February 4,
a Hollywood ending:

Santa Claus rides alone.”
Clint Eastwood  

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Tuesday April 5, 2005

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Part I On Linguistic Creation
Part II Saul Bellow
Part III Sequel

“Call the Vatican.
Ask them if anything’s missing.”

Analyze This   

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Wednesday September 15, 2004

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11:59 PM: The Last Minute

For the benefit of Grace (Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute), here are the September 15 lottery numbers for Pennsylvania, the State of Grace (Kelly):

Midday: 053 Evening: 373.

For the significance of the evening number, 373, see Directions Out and Outside the World (both of 4/26/04).  In both of these entries, and others to which they are linked, the number 373 signifies eternity.

The two most obvious interpretations of the midday number, 53, are as follows:

  • As a famous number of tones in musical harmonic analysis (i.e., tuning theory), as opposed to mathematical harmonic analysis ( The Square Wheel, 9/14/04), and
  • as a reference to the year 1953– a good year for Grace Kelly and the year of the classic film From Here to Eternity (the latter being signified, as noted above, by yesterday’s evening lottery number in the State of Grace).

Time and chance
happeneth to them all.”
Ecclesiastes 9-11

Monday, July 26, 2004

Monday July 26, 2004

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Happy Birthday

to Kate Beckinsale
(star of Cold Comfort Farm)

and Kevin Spacey
(star of The Usual Suspects).

From a novel,
The Footprints of God,
published August 12, 2003

A tour guide describes
stations of the cross in Jerusalem:

"Ibrahim pointed down the cobbled street to a half circle of bricks set in the street.  'There is where Jesus began to carry the cross.  Down the street is the Chapel of Flagellation, where the Roman soldiers whipped Jesus, set on him a crown of thorns, and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then Pilate led him to the crowd and cried, "Ecce homo!  Behold the man!" '

Ibrahim delivered this information with the excitement of a man reading bingo numbers in a nursing home."

In keeping with this spirit of religious fervor and with the spirit of Carl Jung, expositor of the religious significance of the mandala,

Behold —

The Mandala of Abraham

For the religious significance of this mandala,
see an entry of May 25, 2003:

Matrix of the Death God.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Wednesday July 2, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Three Days Late
and a Dollar Short

By James Wood.
257 pp. New York:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24. 

This is a book that attempts to recreate the myth of Saint Peter.

See the New York Times review of this book from today, July 2, 2003, three days late.  The Feast of St. Peter was on June 29.

The price, $24, also falls short of the theological glory reflected in the number 25, the common denominator of Christmas (12/25) and AntiChristmas (6/25), as well as the number of the heart of the Catholic church, the Bingo card

For all these issues, see my entries and links in memory of St. Peter, from June 29

The real “book against God,” a novel by Robert Stone, is cited there.  The legend of St. Peter is best described by Stone, not Wood.

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Sunday December 1, 2002

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Milestones in Catholic History

From Dr. Mac’s Cultural Calendar:

  • On this day in 1929, Bingo was invented
      by Edwin S. Lowe.

The wording of this masterpiece of ecclesiastical history, apparently written by a Protestant (though not very Protestant), leaves something to be desired. See Bingo History for more details.

Shamrock Bingo Angel

“It never hurts to have an Irish angel on your team! This adorable red-headed fabric cherub, complete with sparkling golden wings and a shamrock necklace, just may be someone’s lucky charm.”

For a Jewish approach to this milestone of theology, see my note commemorating the death, on Christmas Day, 2000, of one of the twentieth century’s great Scrooge figures, Willard van Orman Quine:

On Linguistic Creation.

As that note observes, we may imagine Quine to have escaped the torments of Hell.  For some further adventures, see my note Quine in Purgatory

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