Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Song lyric

"Like the circles that you find
 in the windmills of your mind"

See also, in this journal, "An Awfully Big Adventure."

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:09 PM

See also, in this journal, Song Hook.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saturday August 30, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Poetry and Politics* —


"… maybe it was McCain's role as 'movie-teller' that he cherishes most– the man who used to narrate the plots of films to his fellow PoWs in the compound. 'I must have told a hundred movies,' says McCain. 'Of course I don't know a hundred movies– I made them up.'"

The Guardian, quoted here on McCain's birthday, August 29, 2006. (McCain's birthday nine years earlier was the date of Judgment Day in "Terminator 2.")

A story from McCain's
birthday this year:


"Hail Sarah!"

Sarah Connor, mother of the savior in 'Terminator 2'

"At the still point,
there the dance is."

Four Quartets

"… the Four Quartets themselves appear, in all their complexity, as the poetry of simple civic virtue– the poetry of a poet trying to read the writing of the law that has become all but illegible. This, you may say, has nothing to do with poetry. On the contrary, it is one of the few truly hopeful signs that this civic virtue could once more be realized poetically."

— Erich Heller, quoted here
on August 25, 2008
(Feast of St. Louis)

Related material:

St. Sarah's Day,
The Dance:

See also the remarks of St. Augustine and others on time (August 28 entry) and, from May 24,  a song hook thanks to Cyndi Lauper:

* Also known as smoke and mirrors.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Logic in the Spielfeld

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:03 PM

"A great many other properties of  E-operators
have been found, which I have not space
to examine in detail."

— Sir Arthur EddingtonNew Pathways in Science ,
Cambridge University Press, 1935, page 271.

The following 4×4 space, from a post of Aug. 30, 2015,
may help:

The next time she visits an observatory, Emma Stone
may like to do a little dance to

'The Eddington Song'

Friday, November 15, 2019


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:40 PM

Easy E


Not So Easy:  E-Operators

"A great many other properties of  E-operators
have been found, which I have not space
to examine in detail."

Sir Arthur Eddington, New Pathways in Science ,
Cambridge University Press, 1935, page 271.
(This book also presents Eddington's unfortunate
speculations on the fine-structure constant.)

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Deep Six

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

". . . this notion of ‘depth’ is an elusive one
even for a mathematician who can recognize it. . . ."

— G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology

See Six-Set in this journal.

“Far from the shallow now”

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 12:06 AM

See posts tagged depth.

See as well Eddington Song and the previous post.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Exceeding His Grasp

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 4:09 PM

See also Hudson Hawk in this  journal.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

In Memory of a Composer

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

who reportedly died early today in Paris, a tribute from
those who wrote the English lyrics for "Windmills of Your Mind" —

Legrand tribute related to 'Eddington Song'


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 5:13 AM

'Josefine Lyche,' 'Interlock, Interlac, Interweave'

The above cryptic search result indicates that there may
soon be a new Norwegian art installation based on this page
of Eddington (via Log24) —

See also other posts tagged Kummerhenge.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

For those who prefer more elaborate decorations —

1.  A Facebook image from last August … 

2.  The Facebook glider suggests a tune from "The Thomas Crown Affair"
     (1968) that appeared in a Dec. 16, 2018 post on Christianity and
     "interlocking names"—

'The Eddington Song'

The revised lyrics describe a square space.

3.  An even more  elaborate square space:
     the Dance of the Snowflakes from
     Balanchine's version of The Nutcracker —

Sunday, December 16, 2018


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:30 PM


'The Eddington Song'

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Opening Credits

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:47 PM

From Log24 on Friday, Nov. 16

This evening's New York Times  on an opening-credits designer, 
Pablo Ferro, who reportedly died at 83 on Friday, Nov. 16 —

An example of Ferro's later work in film —

Musical accompaniment from Sunday morning —

'The Eddington Song'

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:21 PM


Musical accompaniment from Sunday morning

'The Eddington Song'

Update of Nov. 21 —

The reader may contrast the above Squarespace.com logo
(a rather serpentine version of the acronym SS) with a simpler logo
for a square space (the Galois window ):

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Space Music

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:27 AM

'The Eddington Song,' based on 'The Philosophy of Physical Science,' p. 141 (1939)

Update of Nov. 19 —

"Design is how it works." — Steve Jobs

See also www.cullinane.design.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Escape from Kitsch Mountain

"Why you gotta be so mean?" — Taylor Swift (see last night)

This song includes, as part of the hook, the recurring phrase

"Someday I'll be livin' in a big ol' city."

From a big ol' city


A Return to Kitsch Mountain


Published in The New York Times  on January 16, 2009

As my girlfriend, Larissa, and I approached Gatlinburg, Tenn., this fall, I did my best to prepare her. She hadn’t been to Gatlinburg before, but I had. I understood the town’s complicated reputation both as a gateway to some of the most beautiful country in the United States— the Great Smoky Mountains National Park— and as a flamboyant capital of kitsch….

… It turned out that by 8 or 9 p.m., it was way too late to find a dinner show. The next morning, we had the opposite problem. By the time we woke up and wandered into Gatlinburg, it was noon. All the pancake houses were closed, and I was desolate. I had been thinking about those pancakes since the night before. So we did a little more sightseeing on foot.

Looking at Gatlinburg’s strip with adult eyes, I wondered how much self-awareness was at work there. It would be easy for a city slicker to assume this place misses its own punch lines. In truth, I decided, it merely embraces that special brand of conscious kitsch that forms its own American kind of authenticity. With all its absurdities, Gatlinburg knows what it is and proclaims it loudly, from one flashing signboard to the next….

From Gatlinburg—

(Click to enlarge.)


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday August 28, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 5:24 AM
for the writer
known as UD


"Have liberty not as
     the air within a grave
Or down a well. Breathe freedom,
     oh, my native,
In the space of horizons
     that neither love nor hate."

— Wallace Stevens,
   "Things of August"

Remarks on physics, with apparently unrelated cartoon, New Yorker, Oct. 2, 2006

A related visual  
association of ideas —

("The association is the idea"
— Ian Lee, The Third Word War)

From UD Jewelry:

For  fishing enthusiasts: hook pendant from UD Jewelry

by John Braheny

"Hook" is the term you'll hear most often in the business and craft of commercial songwriting. (Well, maybe not as much as "Sorry, we can't use your song," but it's possible that the more you hear about hooks now, the less you'll hear "we can't use it" later.)

The hook has been described as "the part(s) you remember after the song is over," "the part that reaches out and grabs you," "the part you can't stop singing (even when you hate it)" and "the catchy repeated chorus…."

See also UD's recent
A Must-Read and In My Day*
as well as the five
Log24 entries ending
Sept. 20, 2002.

More seriously:
The date of The New Yorker issue quoted above is also the anniversary of the birth of Wallace Stevens and the date of death of mathematician Paul R. Halmos.
Stevens's "space of horizons" may, if one likes, be interpreted as a reference to projective geometry. Despite the bleak physicist's view of mathematics quoted above, this discipline is– thanks to Blaise Pascal— not totally lacking in literary and spiritual associations.

* Hey Hey

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:24 AM
Modern Times
vs. City Lights

Bob Dylan Wins a Folk Grammy

"Modern Times, his first album since Love and Theft, debuted at No. 1
on the US pop charts last September. At 65, Dylan became the oldest
living person to achieve this feat."  –New Zealand Herald, Feb. 12

From an entry of 
October 29, 2004:

"Each epoch has its singer."
Jack London,
    Oakland, California, 1901

"Anything but the void. And so we keep hoping to luck into a winning combination, to tap into a subtle harmony, trying like lock pickers to negotiate a compromise with the 'mystery tramp,' as Bob Dylan put it…."
— Dennis Overbye,
   Quantum Baseball,
   New York Times,
   Oct.  26, 2004

"You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp,
    but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into
    the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to
    make a deal?"
— Bob Dylan,
    Like a Rolling Stone

"Climbing up on 
Solsbury Hill"

In today's meditation for
the Church of Peter Gabriel,
Dennis Overbye plays
the role of Jack Horner.

Jack Horner with Christmas pie

(See Overbye on Sagan in today's
New York Times, Sagan on Pi,
and Pi Day at Harvard.)

For more on Jack Horner, see
The Rise and Fall
of Popular Music
by Donald Clarke,
Chapter One.

For two contrasting approaches
to popular music, see two artists
whose birthdays are today:

Peter Hook and Peter Gabriel

In other Grammy news–
At the end of Sunday's awards,

"Scarlett Johansson and Don Henley
 put themselves in the pole position
to star in a remake of 'Adam's Rib'
with the following exchange:

Henley: So you're recording
your first album?

Johansson: Yeah. Do you
have any advice for me?

Henley: No."

David Marchese, Salon.com

"Her wall is filled with pictures,
she gets 'em one by one….

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday September 23, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:24 PM

for Kylie

“Time disappears
with tequila.
It goes elastic,
then vanishes.”

Kylie Minogue

From today’s AP
Obituaries in the News“–

Danny Flores

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Danny Flores, who played the saxophone and shouted the word ”tequila!” in the 1950s hit song ”Tequila!”, died Tuesday [Sept. 19, 2006]. He was 77.

Flores, who lived in Westminster, died at Huntington Beach Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Kathleen Curran. He died of complications from pneumonia, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The man sometimes called the ”godfather of Latin rock” was born in Santa Paula but grew up in Long Beach. By age 5, he was playing guitar in church and at 14 he was a member of a trio that performed Mexican music.

In 1957, Flores was in a group that recorded some work with rockabilly singer Dave Burgess. One of the songs was based on a nameless riff Flores had written. He played the ”dirty” saxophone part and repeatedly growled the single-word lyric: ”Tequila!”

”Tequila!” went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart and won a Grammy in 1959 for best rhythm and blues performance. Flores continued to play it for the next 40 years.

Related material:

Today’s previous entry,

Echoes (Aug. 11)” —

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— and
Two-Bar Hook

(Log24, Aug. 9)

Friday, December 27, 2002

Friday December 27, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:15 PM

Another Opening of Another Show

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
— Peter Pan

in “An Awfully
Big Adventure”

On this date in 1904, “Peter Pan” opened to great applause at the Duke of York’s theatre in London. A cinematic sequel, “An Awfully Big Adventure,” is illustrated at left and below.  I have always felt this film’s soundtrack should include the classic Mac Davis song “Girl, you’re a hot-blooded woman-child….”

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