Thursday, June 11, 2020

Spacek’s File*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:00 AM

From a search in this journal for Spacek

“Honesty’s the best policy.”
— Miguel de Cervantes

“Liars prosper.”
— Anonymous

— Epigraphs to On Writing:
A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Lavender Blue,
Dilly, Dilly,
Lavender Green…
Image-- Spacek as Carrie

* A title suggested by the previous post.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:16 AM


"Elmore Rual 'Rip' Torn Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)
 was an American actor, voice artist Torn was born in
Temple, Texas,
on February 6, 1931, the son of Elmore Rual "Tiger" Torn Sr. and
Thelma Mary Torn (née Spacek)."

For the Church of Synchronology

The above photo was reportedly taken on March 10, 2011.

An image from this journal on that date


Found in translation — See "Ex Fano " in this  journal
and the Fano post "In Nomine Patris."

Monday, October 10, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:07 AM

Image-- Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger

The above key links to a Log24 search.

Friday, August 7, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:20 PM

By Stephen King

Click image for the plot.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

V is for Verity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Or: Spectral Theory 
(continued from Oct. 2, 2013, and earlier)

A memorable phrase by Verity Stob
at theregister.co.uk on Jan. 26:

"… remember you're not just an emotionless Dalek.
You are in the lavender  band of the autistic spectrum."

See also lavender  in this journal

("Dalek, Spacek.  Spacek, Dalek.")

Verity herself —

Verity's column, illustrated above, on Nov. 12, 2013,
was titled "Three Men in a Tardis."

Connoisseurs of synchronicity may consult my own
remarks on that date.  Three men discussed there
are the two X-Men patriarchs Patrick Stewart and 
Ian McKellen, as well as a more interesting character,
composer Sir John Tavener.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Putting the Prime in “Primate”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 AM

See Prime Cut and Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly
as well as Sissy Spacek on "Big Love."

See also Zenna Henderson and the Latter-Day Saints.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lubtchansky’s Key

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

William Lubtchansky, a cinematographer, was born on October 26, 1937, and died on May 4, 2010.

Yesterday's post included an illustration from this journal on the date of his death.

Here is a Log24 entry from last year on the date of his birth—

Monday, October 26, 2009
The Keys Enigma

Image-- Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger
Image-- Shift Lock key from manual typewriter, linking to Levin's 'The Philosopher's Gaze'

Related material:

Posts of Sept. 21-25

Clicking on the Shift Lock key leads to the following page—

Image-- Page 432 of 'The Philosopher's Gaze'-- Heidegger on Gestell and shining forth

The Philosopher's Gaze,
by David Michael Levin,
University of California Press, 1999

Related images—

Detail from May 4 image:

Image-- The 4-dimensional space over the 2-element field

Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC:

Image-- Holocaust Museum tour group entrance

See also Lubtchansky's Duelle and
Art Wars for Trotsky's Birthday, 2003.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Craft, continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:22 PM

Image--Movie poster for 'The Craft'

"Honesty's the best policy."
— Miguel de Cervantes   

"Liars prosper."
— Anonymous   

— Epigraphs to On Writing:
A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Lavender Blue,
Dilly, Dilly,
Lavender Green…
Image-- Spacek as Carrie

The cruelest month continues…

"…as Newton conceived it, the distinction between
the individualities of two particles is so marked that
it is impossible for them ever to coincide or for
either of them to alter the being of the other…."

"Waves interfere with each other because they are
interchangeable and thus not distinguishable;
two processes can coincide in space and time
but two substances cannot. Thus the wave
reveals a whole new possibility of identity…."

"The concept of a field is elusive."

— Peter Pesic, Seeing Double: Shared Identities
in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature
Chapter 6, "The Fields of Light"

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Keys Enigma

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:25 AM

Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger
Shift Lock key from manual typewriter, linking to Levin's 'The Philosopher's Gaze'

Related material:

Posts of Sept. 21-25

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday September 21, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:56 AM

A Google search for "Das Scheinen," a very rough translation into Heidegger's German of "The Shining," leads to a song. A search for the English version of the song leads to a site with a sidebar advertising Pearl Jam's new (Sept. 20) album "Backspacer."


Pearl Jam 'Backspacer' album released Sept. 20, 2009

Happy birthday,
 Stephen King.


Yesterday's entries
and the plot of
L'Engle's classic
A Wrinkle in Time.
(See this journal's entries
for March 2008.)

The Pearl Jam album cover art
is of particular interest in light
of King's story "Apt Pupil" and
of Katherine Neville's remark
"Nine is a very powerful
Nordic number.

Those who prefer more sophisticated
aesthetic theory may click on the
following keys:

Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger
Shift Lock key from manual typewriter, linking to Levin's 'The Philosopher's Gaze'

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Tuesday August 17, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

The Zen of Abraham

Today’s Zen Chautauqua, prompted by the fact that this is Abrahamic week at the real Chautauqua, consists of links to

The Matrix of Abraham,

Matrix of the Death God, and

Happy Birthday, Kate and Kevin.

The real Chautauqua’s program this week is, of course, Christian rather than Zen.  Its theme is “Building a Global Neighborhood: The Abrahamic Vision 2004.”  One of the featured performers is Loretta Lynn; in her honor (and, of course, that of Sissy Spacek), I will try to overcome the fear and loathing that the Semitic (i. e., “Abrahamic”) religions usually inspire in me.

To a mathematician, the phrase “global neighborhood” sounds like meaningless politico-religious bullshit —  a phrase I am sure accurately characterizes most of the discourse at Chautauqua this week.  But a Google search reveals an area of research — “particle swarm optimization” in which the phrase “global neighborhood” actually means something.  See

A Hybrid Particle Swarm
and Neural Network Approach
for Reactive Power Control,
by Paulo F. Ribeiro and
W. Kyle Schlansker

This article includes the following:

Given the sophistication of his writing, I am surprised at Schlansker’s Christian background:

A good omen for the future is the fact that Schlansker balances the looney Semitic (or “Abrahamic”) teachings of Christianity with good sound Aryan religion, in the form of the goddess Themis.

 Themis, often depicted as “Justice”

For those who must have an Abraham, Schlansker’s paper includes the following:

A Themis figure I prefer to the above:

For more on religious justice
at midnight in the garden of
good and evil, see the Log24
entries of Oct. 1-15, 2002.

For material on Aryan religion that is far superior to the damned nonsense at Chautauqua, New York, this week, see

Jane Ellen Harrison’s Themis: a Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion, with an excursus on the ritual forms preserved in Greek tragedy by Gilbert Murray and a chapter on the origin of the Olympic games by F. M. Cornford.  Rev. 2nd ed., Cambridge, Cambridge U.P., 1927.

Those who prefer the modern religion of Scientism will of course believe that Themis is purely imaginary, and that truth is to be found in modern myths like that of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, illustrated below.

Jodie Foster (an admirer of
Leni Riefenstahl) and the
opening of the 1936 Olympics

“Heraclitus…. says: ‘The ruler whose prophecy occurs at Delphi oute legei oute kryptei, neither gathers nor hides, alla semainei, but gives hints.'”
An Introduction to Metaphysics, by Martin Heidegger, Yale University Press paperback, 1959, p. 170

“The lord whose oracle is in Delphi neither indicates clearly nor conceals, but gives a sign.”
Adolf Holl, The Left Hand of God, Doubleday, 1998, p. 50

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Tuesday June 24, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:43 PM

Night and Day…

Some comments on yesterday’s entry that are too good to be hidden under a “comments” link.  References are to Through the Looking Glass.

My understanding of the “Red Queen” was that it was a metaphorical reference to a womans menstrual cycle.

The two queens were representative of a womans behaviors throughout. Or some such thing.

Posted 6/24/2003 at 11:12 AM by oOMisfitOo

Humn. [affects very proper British Accent:]  I suppose then the good reverend is out of his bloody mind?

Posted 6/24/2003 at 11:14 AM by oOMisfitOo

Speaking of religion, blood, and the 23rd, perhaps Sissy Spacek should play both the Red and the White Queen in Looking Glass. Remember her prom night?

See my entry of May 23rd, The Prime Cut Gospel

Posted 6/24/2003 at 2:46 PM by m759

For today’s musical offering, click here.

Friday, May 23, 2003

Friday May 23, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:23 PM

Mental Health Month, Day 23:

The Prime Cut Gospel

On Christmas Day, 1949,
Mary Elizabeth Spacek was born in Texas.

Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek in “Prime Cut”

Exercises for Mental Health Month:

Read this discussion of the phrase, suggested by Spacek’s date of birth, “God’s gift to men.”

Read this discussion of the phrase “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” suggested by the previous reading.

Read the more interesting of these discussions of the phrase “the eternal in the temporal.”

Read this discussion of eternal, or “necessary,” truths versus other sorts of alleged “truths.”

Read this discussion of unimportant mathematical properties of the prime number 23.

Read these discussions of important properties of 23:

  • R. D. Carmichael’s 1937 discussion of the linear fractional group modulo 23 in 

Introduction to the Theory of Groups of Finite Order, Ginn, Boston, 1937 (reprinted by Dover in 1956), final chapter, “Tactical Configurations,” and

  • Conway’s 1969 discussion of the same group in    

J. H. Conway, “Three Lectures on Exceptional Groups,” pp. 215-247 in Finite Simple Groups (Oxford, 1969), edited by M. B. Powell and G. Higman, Academic Press, London, 1971….. Reprinted as Ch. 10 in Sphere Packings, Lattices, and Groups 

Read this discussion of what might be called “contingent,” or “literary,” properties of the number 23. 

Read also the more interesting of  these discussions of the phrase “the 23 enigma.”

Having thus acquired some familiarity with both contingent and necessary properties of 23…

Read this discussion of Aquinas’s third proof of the existence of God.

Note that the classic Spacek film “Prime Cut” was released in 1972, the year that Spacek turned 23:

+ 23

Essay question:  
If Jesus was God’s gift to man, and (as many men would agree) so was the young Sissy Spacek (also born on Christmas Day), was young Sissy’s existence in her 23rd year contingent or necessary?  If the latter, should she be recognized as a Person of the Trinity? Quaternity? N-ity?
Talk amongst yourselves.

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