Sunday, March 3, 2019


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See as well this  journal on the above date — May 1, 2013 —
within a search for Law+Day+Harvard+Oprah+Uma.

I, like Freeman Dyson, prefer the fiction of Octavia Butler.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


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For one meaning of the title, see The Faustian Merry-Go-Round.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Claves Regni Caelorum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Continued from Day at the Museum, last Sunday, October 19, 2014.

This post was suggested by…

  1.  A piece in the Bookends section of the New York Times
    Sunday Book Review
      (page BR31 last Sunday, Oct. 19):
    Daniel Mendelsohn on rereading The Catcher in the Rye .
  2. A detail in Day at the Museum— The New York Times ‘s
    appraisal of Joan Rivers: “A Comic Without a Shut-Off Switch.”
  3. A Sept. 7 Log24 post, Sunday School, in memory of Joan Rivers.

From The Catcher in the Rye , a passage just before the
museum passage quoted by Mendelsohn:

“She was having a helluva time tightening her skate.
She didn’t have any gloves on or anything and her hands
were all red and cold. I gave her a hand with it. Boy, I
hadn’t had a skate key in my hand for years. It didn’t feel
funny, though. You could put a skate key in my hand
fifty years from now, in pitch dark, and I’d still know
what it is. She thanked me and all when I had it tightened
for her. She was a very nice, polite little kid. God, I love it
when a kid’s nice and polite when you tighten their skate
for them or something. Most kids are. They really are.
I asked her if she’d care to have a hot chocolate or something
with me, but she said no, thank you. She said she had to meet
her friend. Kids always have to meet their friend. That kills me.

Even though it was Sunday and Phoebe wouldn’t be there
with her class or anything, and even though it was so damp
and lousy out, I walked all the way through the park over to
the Museum of Natural History. I knew that was the museum
the kid with the skate key meant.”

Friday, June 27, 2014


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Mach die Musik von damals nach.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


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The News Today:

Van Cliburn Dies

Pope Bids Farewell

Image search from 2011:

Claves  (2 MB)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Claves Regni Caelorum

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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

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Claves Regni Caelorum continued…

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The Praised and the Damned


Albeck died on September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Between Here and There

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“She was having a helluva time tightening her skate.”

This quotation from Catcher in the Rye  was suggested
by a rather different quotation, source not attributed,
posted tonight by a Hollywood celebrity.

The death date of the quotation’s source  was apparently
October 22, 2014.  See, from that date, the Log24 post

Claves Regni Caelorum.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Easter Eggs for Rosalind

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Three hidden keys open three secret gates
Wherein the errant will be tested for worthy traits
And those with the skill to survive these straits
Will reach The End where the prize awaits

Ready Player One , by Ernest Cline

Related text —

Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram
aedificabo ecclesiam meam et tibi
dabo claves regni caelorum

Mt. 16:18

Related imagery —

From Steven Spielberg's film "Ready Player One" (2018) —

From this journal on June 17, 2003

From The New York Times  on Easter night, 2007 —

Death of Sol LeWitt

See as well Rosalind Krauss on LeWitt:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Faustian Merry-Go-Round

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Continued from April 25, 2015 .

See also Soul, a post of May 6, 2015.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Seventh Stage

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Robin Williams at Bunker Hill Community College

Robin Williams and the Stages of Math

i)   shock & denial
ii)  anger
iii) bargaining
iv) depression
v)  acceptance

And then…

vi)  checking
vii) Joan Rivers

See also

Thursday, March 28, 2013


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The title is from a New York Times  article
by Roberta Smith on the Barnes collection
(see previous post):

“Nearly every room is an exhibition
unto itself— a kind of art wunderkammer,
or cabinet of curiosities….”

Another sort of Wunderkammer:

Shown above is a Google image search today for Göpel tetrads .

The selected detail is an Oct. 7, 2011, image search
for claves regni caelorum escher  (2 MB).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Techno-Shamanistic Keys

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From a review of the film "Wild Palms" in The New Yorker  by James Wolcott
(issue dated May 17, 1993, pages 104-106)—

"The MacGuffin that will determine the outcome is a piece of
software [sic ] called the Go chip, its name taken from the
strategy board game. (There's a nod in the script to the Japanese
novelist Yasunari Kawabata, author of 'The Master of Go.')
Whoever possesses the Go chip possesses the
'techno-shamanistic key to eternity'…."

"In tomorrow's techno-pop tyranny, reruns are the basis of order."

"As Kreutzer's mistress, Kim Cattrall has excellent posture."

From Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2011, a portrayal of Kim Cattrall—

IMAGE- Kristen Wiig as Kim Cattrall

See also "Sex and the City" fans in The Crimson Passion.

For other keys (perhaps related to the Wild Palms "image sickness"),
see "Claves Regni Caelorum (Escher)" — Images, 1.9 MB.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Found in Translation

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For the morning of Yom Kippur

"Amanecer— ¿Tienes una Bandera para mí?"

— Emily Dickinson

The link above leads to an anonymous photo taken on July 18, 2006.

See also a large image search (1.9 MB) from yesterday
and a Log24 post from July 18, 2006, Sacred Order.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Castle Rock

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Jeremy Bernstein on jazz composer Al Sears

"One of his more successful songs was a jive tune called Castle Rock. I asked him what the title meant."

See also Claves Regni Caelorum  here on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels last year.

Friday, December 17, 2010


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"The film-within-the-film represents no movie ever made by anyone at any time."

Vincent Canby on a Blake Edwards production

IMAGE- Amy Adams, from high school to 'The Fighter'

Dabo claves regni caelorum.  By silent shore
Ripples spread from castle rock.  The metaphor
For metamorphosis no keys unlock.

"Endgame," November 7, 1986

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Film Director* Dies at 88

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Claves Regni Caelorum**


* "Bonnie and Clyde" director Arthur Penn, who died last night.

** See also Escher's "Inside St. Peter's" and some related images.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday February 18, 2007

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Further Adventures
in Harvard Iconology

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The next novel starring
Robert Langdon, Harvard author
of "the renowned collegiate
texbook Religious Iconology"
is said to be titled
The Solomon Key.

Related material–

The Harvard Crimson online:

Fishburne To Receive Honors at Cultural Rhythms
Acclaimed actor and humanitarian chosen as the Harvard Foundation's Artist of the Year

Friday, February 16, 2007
9:37 PM

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne will take the stage later this month as the 2007 Artist of the Year during the 22nd annual Cultural Rhythms festival, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations announced Friday afternoon.

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as Morpheus

"Metaphor for Morphean morphosis,
Dreams that wake, transform, and die,
Calm and lucid this psychosis,
Joyce's nightmare in Escher's eye….

Dabo claves regni caelorum.  By silent shore
Ripples spread from castle rock.  The metaphor
For metamorphosis no keys unlock."

— Steven H. Cullinane,
  November 7, 1986,

More on metamorphosis–

Cat's Yarn
(Log24, June 20, 2006):

"The end is where
   we start from."

T. S. Eliot

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Garfield 2003-06-24

See also:

Zen Koan
  Blue Dream.

Update of 5:24 PM
Feb. 18, 2007:

A Xanga footprint from France
this afternoon (3:47 PM EST)
indicates that someone there
may be interested in the above
poem's "claves regni caelorum."

The visitor from France viewed
"Windmills" (Nov. 15, 2005).
Material related to that entry
may be found in various places
at Log24.com.  See particularly
"Shine On, Hermann Weyl," and
entries for Women's History
last year that include
"Christ at the Lapin Agile."

Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday March 17, 2006

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Dogma in the
State of Grace

“Words and numbers are of equal value,
for, in the cloak of knowledge,
one is warp and the other woof.”

— The princesses Rhyme and Reason
in The Phantom Tollbooth,
by Norton Juster, 1961

(From a Sermon for
St. Patrick’s Day, 2001

The Pennsylvania midday lottery
on St. Patrick’s Day, 2006:


Comparing, as in Philadelphia Stories,  the Catholic style of Grace Kelly with the Protestant style of Katharine Hepburn, we conclude that Princess Rhyme might best be played by the former, Princess Reason by the latter.

Reason informs us that the lottery result “618” may be regarded as naming ” – 0.618,” the approximate value of the negative solution to the equation

x2 – x – 1 = 0

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Following the advice of Clint Eastwood (on the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” soundtrack CD) to “accentuate the positive,” Reason notes that the other, positive, solution to this equation, approximately 1.618, a number symbolized by the Greek letter “phi,” occurs in the following geometric diagram illustrating a construction of the pentagon:

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For further enlightenment, we turn to Rhyme, who informs us that “618” may also be regarded as naming the date “6/18.” Consulting our notes, we find on 6/18, 2003, a reference to “claves,” Latin for “keys,” as in “claves regni caelorum.”

We may tarry at this date, pleased to find that the keys to the kingdom involve rational numbers, rather than the irrational ratios suggested, paradoxically, by Reason.

Or we may, with Miles Davis, prefer a more sensuous incarnation of the keys:

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Alicia Keys

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Wednesday December 29, 2004

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The Dark Door

From Log24.net, Dec. 22, 2003:

“One, two, three, and we began to sing, our voices high and seemingly distant in the snow-felted darkness round the house that was occupied by nobody we knew. We stood close together, near the dark door.



Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen.”

— Dylan Thomas,
A Child’s Christmas in Wales

“The day after Christmas
turned out to be a living nightmare.”

Arthur C. Clarke, Dec. 27, 2004

Adapted from the logo of the
Arthur C. Clarke Foundation:

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Dabo claves regni caelorum.  By silent shore
Ripples spread from castle rock.  The metaphor
For metamorphosis no keys unlock.

“Endgame,” Steven H. Cullinane,
November 7, 1986

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Wednesday June 18, 2003

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Claves Part II




Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Tuesday June 17, 2003

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Claves Regni Caelorum

On actor Gregory Peck, who died Thursday, June 12, 2003:

"He had early success in 'The Keys of the Kingdom,' in which he played a priest."

As Peck noted in a videotape played at his memorial service June 16,

"As a professional," he added, "I think I'd like to be thought of as a good storyteller; that's what's always interested me."

June 16, besides being the day of Peck's memorial, was also Bloomsday.  My entry for 1 PM on Bloomsday, a day celebrating the Ulysses of James Joyce, consists of the three words "Hickory, Dickory, Dock."  A comment on that entry:

"I prefer the Wake."

The following, from the Discordian Scriptures, provides a connection between the Bloomsday mouse and the Wake of patriarch Gregory Peck.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock!

Here we are on higher ground at once. The clock symbolizes the spinal column, or if you prefer it, Time, chosen as one of the conditions of normal consciousness. The mouse is the Ego; "Mus", a mouse, being only "Sum", "I am", spelt Qabalistically backwards.  This Ego or Prana or Kundalini force being driven up the spine, the clock strikes one, that is, the duality of consciousness is abolished. And the force again subsides to its original level. "Hickory, dickory, dock!" is perhaps the mantra which was used by the adept who constructed this rime, thereby hoping to fix it in the minds of men; so that they might attain to Samadhi by the same method. Others attribute to it a more profound significance — which is impossible to go into at this moment, for we must turn to:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall….

The Bloom of Ulysses has a certain philosophical kinship with Yale literary critic Harold Bloom.  For material related to the latter Bloom's study of Gnosticism, see Chaos Matrix.  For the conflict between Gnostic and Petrine approaches to religion, see Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos.

From an account of Peck's memorial service:

"Mourners included… Piper Laurie…."

OK, he's in.


Saturday, April 19, 2003

Saturday April 19, 2003

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Claves Regni Caelorum

“June dawns, July noons, August evenings over, finished, done, and gone forever with only the sense of it all left here in his head. Now, a whole autumn, a white winter, a cool and greening spring to figure sums and totals of summer past. And if he should forget, the dandelion wine stood in the cellar, numbered huge for each and every day. He would go there often, stare straight into the sun until he could stare no more, then close his eyes and consider the burned spots, the fleeting scars left dancing on his warm eyelids; arranging, rearranging each fire and reflection until the pattern was clear.”
— Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“Socialism or Death”
— Banner in the film “Guantanamera” (Cuba, 1994)

“I’m thinking, I’m thinking!”
Jack Benny, replying to bandits who demanded his money or his life.  Benny was born on St. Valentine’s day and died on St. Stephen’s day.

For what it’s worth, both Bradbury and Benny are from Waukegan, Illinois.

“Through the unknown, remembered gate….”
— T. S. Eliot, epigraph to
Parallelisms of Complete Designs, by

Peter J. Cameron

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Thursday November 7, 2002

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16 Years Ago Today:


Metaphor for Morphean morphosis,
Dreams that wake, transform, and die,
Calm and lucid this psychosis,
Joyce’s nightmare in Escher’s eye.

At the end there is a city
With cathedral bright and sane
Facing inward from the pity
On the endgame’s wavy plane.

Black the knight upon that ocean,
Bright the sun upon the king.
Dark the queen that stands beside him,
White his castle, threatening.

In the shadows’ see a bishop
Guards his queen of love and hate.
Another move, the game will be up;
Take the queen, her knight will mate.

The knight said “Move, be done.  It’s over.”
“Love and resign,” the bishop cried.
“When it’s done you’ll stand forever
By the darkest beauty’s side.”

Dabo claves regni caelorum.  By silent shore
Ripples spread from castle rock.  The metaphor
For metamorphosis no keys unlock.

— Steven H. Cullinane, November 7, 1986

Accompaniment from
“The Thomas Crown Affair”:
Michel Legrand, “Les Moulins de Mon Coeur”

Lyrics by Eddy Marnay:

Comme une pierre que l’on jette
Dans l’eau vive d’un ruisseau
Et qui laisse derrière elle
Des milliers de ronds dans l’eau….

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