Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Programming with Windows

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

“Program or be programmed.” — Douglas Rushkoff

Detail —

The part of today’s online Crimson  front page relevant to my own
identity work  (see previous post) is the size, 4 columns by 6 rows,
of the pane arrays in the windows of Massachusetts Hall.

See the related array of 6  columns by 4  rows in the Log24 post
Dramarama  from August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration), 2020.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lost in Rashomon

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:01 AM

" What this research implies is that we are not just hearing different 'stories' 
about the electron, one of which may be true. Rather, there is one true story,
but it has many facets, seemingly in contradiction, just like in 'Rashomon.' "

Edward Frenkel on "the Rashomon effect"

"Program or be programmed." — The Rushkoff Maxim

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Campaign Style

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:49 PM

See also "Ready Player One" in this journal.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Half Crazy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:42 PM

Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL in Kubrick's 2001 , reportedly
died at 90 on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. A piece from the Sunday,
April 1, 2018, print  edition of The New York Times  recalls that . . .

When HAL says, “I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal,” Mr. Rain somehow manages to sound both sincere and not reassuring. And his delivery of the line “I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do” has the sarcastic drip of a drawing-room melodrama and also carries the disinterested vibe of a polite sociopath.

Kubrick had Mr. Rain sing the 1892 love song “Daisy Bell” (“I’m half crazy, all for the love of you”) almost 50 times, in uneven tempos, in monotone, at different pitches and even just by humming it. In the end, he used the very first take. Sung as HAL’s brain is being disconnected, it’s from his early programming days, his computer childhood. It brings to an end the most affecting scene in the entire film.

— Gerry Flahive in the online New York Times 

"A version of this article appears in print on , on Page AR13 of the New York edition with the headline: HAL 9000 Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm."

This  journal on the above online date, March 30, 2018 —

"Program or be programmed."
— A saying by Douglas Rushkoff

See as well the following link from this journal
on Armistice Day, the reported date of Mr. Rain's death —

"Halmos + Tombstone."

Monday, April 9, 2018


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:21 PM

NY Times wire, Ivor Guest obituary, screenshot at 7:09:09 PM ET

This journal on the above date of death, March 30, had a quote from
the author of the graphic novel Aleister & Adolf

"Program or be programmed."

I prefer Barbra to Aleister —

"Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed."

See as well spirits in the previous post.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Unorthodox Drama

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 PM

The online New York Times  this evening has an obituary
for "an unorthodox … drama scholar" who reportedly died 
on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Some drama in this journal from around that date — in posts
tagged "The Cubes" — includes the following excerpt from
a graphic novel:

"Program or be programmed."
— A saying by the author of the above graphic novel.

Friday, March 23, 2018

From the Personal to the Platonic

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:01 AM

On the Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —

"Josefine has taken me through beautiful stories,
ranging from the personal to the platonic
explaining the extensive use of geometry in her art.
I now know that she bursts into laughter when reading
Dostoyevsky, and that she has a weird connection
with a retired mathematician."

Ann Cathrin Andersen

Personal —

The Rushkoff Logo

— From a 2016 graphic novel by Douglas Rushkoff.

See also Rushkoff and Talisman in this journal.

Platonic —

The Diamond Cube.

Compare and contrast the shifting hexagon logo in the Rushkoff novel above 
with the hexagon-inside-a-cube in my "Diamonds and Whirls" note (1984).

Monday, March 9, 2015

Philosophy of Jurisprudence

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:11 PM

"Program or Be Programmed:
Ten Commands for a Digital Age"

— Title of a book by Douglas Rushkoff, quoted here on Jan. 18, 2015

"Cultural Software: 
A Theory of Ideology"

— Title of a book by Yale Law School professor J. M. Balkin

Related image search:

See as well some related Bible verses.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Double Cross

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

Cross of Gold:

"I would tell them about Rhiannon,
and about my treasured gold cross…."
Stevie Nicks

Dagger Cross:

See Dagger Definitions, by James Joyce:

"Hold to the now, the here, through which
all future plunges to the past."

A Jew's View:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Extended Metaphor

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:17 AM

The Washington Post  on yesterday's presidential Sunday—

"Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and daughters
Sasha and Malia on the mild, overcast morning,
Obama walked through Lafayette Square
to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Michael Angell delivered a sermon
from John 6 about the extended metaphor
of eating Jesus’ flesh….

The Obamas, all wearing shades of blue,
participated in Holy Communion before
motorcading back to the White House."

In related news—

" We praised him and then we ate him,
all courtesy of a generous catering budget
from film director Tony Scott."

— "Death in the Center Ring:
      Timothy Leary's High Dive,"
      by Douglas Rushkoff, May 13, 2008

See also…

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