Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Sweet Smell of Avon

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:48 AM

IMAGE- NY Times on 'Narrowing the Definition of Autism'

The twin topics of autism and of narrowing definitions
suggested the following remarks.

The mystical number "318" in the pilot episode
of Kiefer Sutherland's new series about autism, "Touch,"
is so small that it can easily apply (as the pilot
illustrated) to many different things: a date, a
time, a bus number, an address, etc.

The last 3/18 Log24 post— Defining Configurations
led, after a false start and some further research,
to the writing of the webpage Configurations and Squares.

An image from that page—

IMAGE- Coxeter 3x3 array with rows labeled 287/501/346.

Interpreting this, in an autistic manner, as the number
287501346 lets us search for more specific items
than those labeled simply 318.

The search yields, among other things, an offer of
Night Magic Cologne  (unsold)—

IMAGE- Online offer of Avon Night Magic Cologne- 'The mystery and magic of the night is yours.'

For further mystery and magic, see, from the date
the Night Magic offer closed— May 8, 2010— "A Better Story."
See also the next day's followup, "The Ninth Gate."

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sweet Smell of Success

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

For Hillary Rodham Clinton


Announcer:    Red Flag Parfum, by Chanel.
                           The only perfume that warns men:

                          [ she turns to leave the party ]

Woman:         I'm fucking crazy!

                          [ she runs from the party ]

Announcer:   Red Flag.

IMAGE- Kristen Wiig for Red Flag Perfume on SNL

Another version of Running from the Party

IMAGE- Red Flag in Moscow

"Words are events." — Walter J. Ong, Society of Jesus

Friday, September 8, 2017


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:35 PM

(Continued from the post on Vanity Fair  of September 7 with that title.)

Nivea  comes from the Latin word 
niveus/nivea/niveum , meaning 'snow-white.' "


Thursday, September 7, 2017


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM

See also Sweet Smell in this  journal.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sweet Home Alabama…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

deserves a haiku.

    See the 11:01 post, and
    a video —

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Nicole Kidman dances 
"Sweet Home Alabama."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Modern Muse

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

From a 1987 review of the Stephen King novel Misery :

"In other words, for all her craziness, Annie Wilkes
becomes Paul Sheldon's literary muse, and as muses go
she probably isn't too much worse than average,
her main fault being a tendency to punish more literally
than most muses do."

— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times

From the Estée Lauder website :

"Who is a Modern Muse? The description of
our iconic fragrance says it all . . . ."

A rival product


See all related posts.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Chinese New Year 2013

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:42 AM

Item from the New Orleans Times-Picayune 
in January 2013:

Chinese new year celebrated

Welcoming the Chinese New Year, 4710, the Academy of Chinese Studies will hold a celebration Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dixon Hall, at Tulane University.  A student talent show, and lucky "Red Envelope" will be featured.

See also this  journal on the reported* date
of the above celebration, Feb. 6, 2013:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Bus Named Desire

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

Act I:

Current Validity for Erlangen…?

… MathOverflow question dated March 28, 2011

Act II:


… Starring Elke Sommer, former Erlangen student

Act III:

The Sweet Smell of Avon

… See also Bus 318 and 3/18 in 2012.

Act IV:


… Log24 post dated March 28, 2011

* The reported celebration date was later changed to Feb. 3 , 2013.
   For a New-Orleans-related Log24 post from that  date, plus backstory,
   see posts now tagged Trophy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Bus Named Desire

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For Kiefer Sutherland, Hasty Pudding Man of the Year, 2013

Act I:

Current Validity for Erlangen…?

… MathOverflow question dated March 28, 2011

Act II:


… Starring Elke Sommer, former Erlangen student

Act III:

The Sweet Smell of Avon

… See also Bus 318 and 3/18 in 2012.

Act IV:


… Log24 post dated March 28, 2011

Monday, February 6, 2012

Beach Boy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:18 PM
Cached from artnet.com
Artist   Daniel Simon
Title   Yves Montand et Catherine Deneuve
dans Le Sauvage, Bahamas
Medium   gelatin silver print
Size   11.8 x 15.7 in. / 30 x 40 cm.
Year   1975 –
Edition   1/10
Misc.   Signed, Stamped
Sale Of   Ader: Monday, October 20, 2008
[Lot 140]
Paris – Célébrités II
Estimate   300 – 400 EUR (USD 403 – 537)
Sold For   *
* Complete data is available for subscribers.

In memory of a dealer in artists' ephemera, 
Steven Leiber, who died on January 28, 2012
a link to a post from the date of Leiber's death—

The Sweet Smell of Avon.

See also Me and My Shadow, a post from
the date the above photo was offered for sale.

Related ephemeral art— a post titled, with irony,
Introduction to Harmonic Analysis.

Related non -ephemeral art—
Mathematical Imagery.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Office Visit

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:03 AM

From the screenplay of "The Number 23"—


Agatha climbs a dark staircase. Layers of dust

testify to years of neglect.


Agatha finds ROOM 318. A rusting door plaque reads,


For related material, see "Leary + Cuernavaca" and "Prime Cut."

Happy belated 2/3 birthday to Walter Sparrow.

Related material— Two other occurrences of "318" in this journal—
in another horror story, "The Sweet Smell of Avon,"
and in a quote from the Feast of St. Nicholas, 2010

"When Novelists Become Cubists," by Andre Furlani—

"A symbol comes into being when an artist sees that
it is the only way to get all the meaning in.
Genius always proceeds by faith" (312).

The unparaphrasable architectonic text
"differs from other narrative in that the meaning
shapes into a web, or globe, rather than along a line" (318).

[The references are to page numbers in
 Guy Davenport's The Geography of the Imagination .]

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday October 10, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:14 AM
The Fury
Comes Later

Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column, “Sound, but No Fury,” on the September 26 debate at Oxford, Mississippi–

“Who would have dreamed that when socialism finally came to the U.S.A. it would be brought not by Bolsheviks in blue jeans but Wall Street bankers….?”

Perhaps Ernest Lehman, author of screenplays for “The Prize” and “From the Terrace.” (See recent Log24 entries.)

Paul Krugman’s column in today’s online Times, “Moment of Truth“–

“The consequences of Lehman’s fall were apparent within days, yet key policy players have largely wasted the past four weeks. Now they’ve reached a moment of truth: They’d better do something soon– in fact, they’d better announce a coordinated rescue plan this weekend– or the world economy may well experience its worst slump since the Great Depression.

Let’s talk about where we are right now.”

Related material:

The Sound and the Fury
(Log24, June 8, 2003)
and Lehman’s
Sweet Smell of Success.”

Song of Songs 8:8–
We have a little sister,
and she hath no breasts:
what shall we do for our sister
in the day when she shall
be spoken for?

Burt Lancaster in 'Sweet Smell of Success'

“In Lehman’s fall
We sinned all.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tuesday May 15, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:11 PM

Tony Nominations Announced

The Rev. Jerry Falwell Dies

The Rev. Jerry Falwell in Montgomery, 2003

The Rev. Jerry Falwell speaks at a rally
on the steps of the Alabama Capitol
in Montgomery in this Saturday,
Aug. 16, 2003, file photo.
(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2004:

"The Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University [at Lynchburg, Virginia] is part of a movement around the nation that brings a religious perspective to the law."

Religious perspective:

See the five Log24 entries ending with "Dinner Theater?" (Nov. 26, 2004).  Note Charles Williams's discussion of the Salem witchcraft trials.

See also yesterday's "Seven Bridges."  In light of that entry's picture of Nicole Kidman in "To Die For," and of Charles Williams's remarks, a discussion of Kidman's "Practical Magic" may also interest some.

"Hey, good lookin',     
whatcha got cookin'?"
Hank Williams      

Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday May 14, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:30 AM

Seven Bridges

"Make me young…"
Kilgore Trout

For the old at heart:  

The Mathematical Association of America in this
Euler Tercentenary Year honors the seven bridges of
Königsberg, Prussia (birthplace of David Hilbert).

For Kilgore Trout:

A song about the road to (and from)
Hank Williams's memorial marker:

"There are stars in the Southern sky
and if ever you decide you should go
there is a taste of time-sweetened honey
down the Seven Bridges Road

Now I have loved you like a baby
like some lonesome child
and I have loved you in a tame way
and I have loved you wild"

Steve Young

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Nicole Kidman dances 
"Sweet Home Alabama"

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