Saturday, August 11, 2018

People’s Temple of Doom

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:10 PM


The above phrase in a different edition (click to enlarge) —


Monday, July 9, 2018

Temple of Doom

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:38 PM

Graeme McMillan in The Hollywood Reporter  Saturday —

"The Quantum Realm is a place where time and space
work differently, and has all sorts of potential to help
keep the MCU fresh for its second decade of films. . . .

So where did it all come from?

What is known to movie audiences as the Quantum Realm
debuted in 1963’s Fantastic Four  No. 16, in a story called
'The Micro-World of Doctor Doom!' "

Related art —


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dance of the Fire Temple

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:13 AM

The previous post, Tetrahedron Dance, suggests a review of . . .

A figure from St. Patrick's Day 2004 that might
represent a domed  roof 

Inscribed Carpenter's Square:

In Latin, NORMA

 and a cinematic "Fire Temple" from 2019 

In related news . . .

Related background "e. e. cummings" in this  journal.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Inside the Fire Temple

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:00 PM

(The title refers to Log24 posts now tagged Fire Temple.)

In memory of a  New Yorker  cartoonist who
reportedly died at 97 on October 3, 2019  …

"Read something that means something." 
New Yorker  advertising slogan

From posts tagged Tetrahedron vs. Square

This  journal on October 3

"There is  such a thing as a 4-set."
— Saying adapted from a 1962 young-adult novel.

Illustration (central detail   from the above tetrahedral figure) —

Monday, April 1, 2019

Indiana Jones and the Temple of High Life

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:12 AM

Posts now tagged Spaceman include an image . . .

From March 9

Meanwhile . . .

Related material —

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Church and Temple

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 10:48 AM

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Field Guides

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:21 AM

Two Web items, each dated August 12, 2017 —

Meanwhile, at Yale . . .

Monday, August 31, 2020

How Deep the Darkness*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:51 AM


* See the title phrase in this journal.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

“Here We Are Now, Entertain Us.” — Nirvana, “Teen Spirit”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:00 PM

Or: Kipling and the Temple of Doom

See also Kipling and The Temple.

This post was suggested by a remark of Holland Cotter in The New York Times
on April 19, 2012 —

“An 18th-century Jain diagram of the cosmos turns the universe
into a kind of salvational board game. “

Hence . . .

Sunday, October 27, 2019


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:38 PM

"The postwar self became a cipher to be decoded."

— Nathaniel Comfort in Nature , PDF dated 10 October 2019

From a Log24 search for Temple of Doom

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tetrahedron Dance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 9:42 AM

John Lithgow in "The Tomorrow Man" (2019)

" connect the dots…."

IMAGE- 'The geometry of the dance' is that of a tetrahedron, according to Peter Pesic

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Sun Ra Poet

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:33 PM

"Mr. Dalachinsky was in his element on Sept. 14 at the Islip Art Museum
on Long Island, where he gave a reading after having attended a concert
by the Sun Ra Arkestra earlier that afternoon in Manhattan. Not long after
the reading, his wife said, he had a stroke and a cerebral hemorrhage.
He died the next day at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. He was 72."

— Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times  today

Also on Sept. 14 —

See as well Curse of the Fire Temple.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Live from New York, It’s …

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

Curse of the Fire Temple

"Power outages hit parts of Manhattan
plunging subways, Broadway, into darkness"

New York Post  this evening

Which Roof?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:15 AM

Related material — Tetrahedron vs. Square and Cézanne's Greetings

Compare and contrast:

A figure from St. Patrick's Day 2004 that might represent a domed  roof

Inscribed Carpenter's Square:

In Latin, NORMA

and a cinematic "Fire Temple" from 2019

Saturday, December 1, 2018


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

"What we do may be small, but it has
a certain character of permanence."

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

In Memoriam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:06 AM

From today's print New York Times  obituary for a screenwriter
who reportedly died last Sunday —

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,”
a 1984 follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
made an estimated $333 million worldwide.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Icons . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:05 PM

For the People's Temple of Doom

Suggested by the oeuvre  of Steven Spielberg —

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Corrections (Continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:33 PM

A search for the phrase "nonlinear Boolean algebra" yields few results.

"Nonlinear Boolean functions " seems to be the phrase intended.

On the mathematics of nonlinear Boolean functions —

A memorable death —

For those who prefer narrative to mathematics —

A related image —

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:52 PM

The title of the previous post, "Church and Temple," together
with today's online New York Times  obituaries for singer 
Lara Saint Paul (d. May 8) and playwright Leah Rose Napolin
(d. May 13), suggests a review

See as well a Log24 search for Isaac Singer.

Same Old Story

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:00 AM

. . . as time goes by.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Identity Icon

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

See also the previous two posts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The 35-Year Wait

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:17 AM

From the Web this morning —

A different 35-year wait:

A monograph of August 1976 —

Thirty-five years later, in a post of August 2011, "Coordinated Steps" —

'The Seven Dwarfs and their Diamond Mine

"SEE HEAR READ" — Walt Disney Productions

Some other diamond-mine productions —

 Image -- The cast of 1937's 'King Solomon's Mines' goes back to the future

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Images from 1984

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

For the author of a Harvard Crimson  opinion piece yesterday on 1984 ,
two images adapted from a 1984 film —

Mola Ram from 'Temple of Doom'

See also, in this  journal, Hume's phrase "perfect nonentity."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:01 AM

A link from the Temple of Doom.

See also this morning's previous entry.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday May 23, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom

'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' poster

25 years ago today–

 Release Date:
23 May 1984 (USA)

“After arriving in India,
Indiana Jones is asked
by a desperate village
      to find a mystical stone….”

Monday, February 6, 2006

Monday February 6, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:00 AM
The Diamond Theory of Truth

“Legend says that when the stones
are brought together the diamonds
inside of them will glow.”

— Harrison Ford in
“Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom

In today’s online New York Times:

(1) A review of pop-archaeology TV,
     “Digging for the Truth,”
(2) a Sunday news story,
     “Looking for the Lie,”
(3) and a profile,
     “Storyteller in the Family.”

From (1):
“The season premiere ‘Digging for the Truth: The Real Temple of Doom,’ showed Mr. Bernstein in South America, exploring tunnels….”
From (2):
“… scientists are building a cognitive theory of deception to show what lying looks like….”
From (3):
“I did feel one had to get not just the facts, but the emotional underpinnings.”

Related material:

Log24 on

Harrison Ford’s birthday
last July–

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05A/050713-Ford.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

— and Mathematics and Narrative.

See also Saturday’s entry,
Raiders of the Lost Matrix,
for logic as an aid in
detecting lies.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Saturday July 16, 2005

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

to the Dance of Kali:

  From Feb. 18, 2003

Fat Man and Dancing Girl

Dance of
Shiva and Kali

Paul Newman as
General Groves

From "The Bomb of the Blue God," by M. V. Ramana

11:32 —

kalosmi lokaksaya krt pravrddho

"This literally means: I am kala, the great destroyer of Worlds. What is intriguing about this verse, then, is the interpretation of kala by Jungk and others to mean death. While death is technically one of the meanings of kala, a more common one is time."

 See 1132 AD & Saint Brighid, and my 2003 weblog entries of January 5 (Twelfth Night and the whirligig of time), January 31 (St. Bridget's Eve), and February 1 (St. Bridget's Day).

The fact that Oppenheimer thought, on this date in 1945, of Chapter 11, verse 32, of the Gita may, as a mnemonic device, be associated with the use of the number 1132 in Finnegans Wake.

Related material for
Michael Flatley on his
July 16 birthday:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05A/050716-nataraj2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Shiva as Lord of the Dance

Michael and other Irish persons
may benefit from the film
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
as an introduction to
the Dance of Shiva and Kali.

On a more personal level:
Log24 entries of July 12 and July 13.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Wednesday July 13, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Today's birthday: Harrison Ford

Location, Location, Location


Wikipedia on Temple of Doom:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05A/050713-Ford.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

"Most of the filming was done
on location in Sri Lanka."

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Friday August 22, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:04 PM

Mr. Holland’s Week

On Monday, August 18, 2003,
a New York Times editor wrote
the following headline
for a book review:

Bending Over Backward
for a Well-Known Lout.

The word “lout” here refers to
author John O’Hara, who often
 wrote about his native Pennsylvania.

And in Three Days…

On Thursday, August 21, 2003,
the Pennsylvania Lottery
midday number was

For some other occurrences of this number,
see my entries of August 19, written
in honor of the birthday of
Jill St. John. 

The “three days” remark referred to above
is from another St. John (2:19), allegedly
the author of an account of the last days
of one Jesus of Nazareth.

Those who share Mel Gibson’s
taste for religious drama may
savor the following dialogue:

Jesus’ Response
to Dishonor

Dramatis Personae:

  • Narrator
  • Group 1
  • Group 2
  • Voice of Jesus
  • Voice of Doom
  • Voice of Hope

Narrator:  Those who had been healed did not join in with the throng at Jesus’ crucifixion who cried, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.”  ….

Voice of Doom:  It was a different story for the guilty ones who had fled from the presence of Jesus. 

Group 1:  The priests and rulers never forgot the feeling of guilt they felt that moment in the temple

Group 2:  The Holy Spirit flashed into their minds the prophets’ writings concerning Christ. Would they yield to this conviction?

Voice of Doom:  Nope!  They would have to repent first!   They would not admit that they were wrong!  They knew that they were dead wrong.  But they would not repent of it!  And because Jesus had discerned their thoughts, they hated Him.  With hate in their hearts they slowly returned to the temple.

Voice of Hope:  They could not believe their eyes when they saw the people being healed and praising God!  These guilty ones were convicted that in Jesus the prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled. As much as they hated Jesus, they could not free themselves from the thought that He might be a prophet sent by God to restore the sacredness of the temple.

Voice of Doom:  So they asked Him a stupid question!   “What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do what you did?”

Voice of Jesus:  “Destroy this temple and in three days I will build it again.”

Voice of Doom:  Those guys couldn’t believe it!

Philosophers ponder the idea of identity:
what it is to give something a name
on Monday
and have it respond to that name
on Friday….
— Bernard Holland, The New York Times,
Monday, May 20, 1996

“Ask a stupid question…”

For further details, see

The Crucifixion of John O’Hara

Friday, April 25, 2003

Friday April 25, 2003

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Today is the feast of Saint Mark.  It seems an appropriate day to thank Dr. Gerald McDaniel for his online cultural calendar, which is invaluable for suggesting blog topics.

Yesterday's entry "Cross-Referenced" referred to a bizarre meditation of mine titled "The Matthias Defense," which combines some thoughts of Nabokov on lunacy with some of my own thoughts on the Judeo-Christian tradition (i.e., also on lunacy).  In this connection, the following is of interest:

From a site titled Meaning of the Twentieth Century —

"Freeman Dyson has expressed some thoughts on craziness. In a Scientific American article called 'Innovation in Physics,' he began by quoting Niels Bohr. Bohr had been in attendance at a lecture in which Wolfgang Pauli proposed a new theory of elementary particles. Pauli came under heavy criticism, which Bohr summed up for him: 'We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that is not crazy enough.' To that Freeman added: 'When a great innovation appears, it will almost certainly be in a muddled, incomplete and confusing form. To the discoverer, himself, it will be only half understood; to everyone else, it will be a mystery. For any speculation which does not at first glance look crazy, there is no hope!' "

Kenneth Brower, The Starship and the Canoe, 1979, pp. 146, 147

It is my hope that the speculation, implied in The Matthias Defense, that the number 162 has astonishing mystical properties (as a page number, article number, etc.) is sufficiently crazy to satisfy Pauli and his friend Jung as well as the more conventional thinkers Bohr and Dyson.  It is no less crazy than Christianity, and has a certain mad simplicity that perhaps improves on some of that religion's lunatic doctrines. 

Some fruits of the "162 theory" —

Searching on Google for muses 162, we find the following Orphic Hymn to Apollo and a footnote of interest:

27 Tis thine all Nature's music to inspire,
28 With various-sounding, harmonising lyre;
29 Now the last string thou tun'ft to sweet accord,
30 Divinely warbling now the highest chord….

"Page 162 Verse 29…. Now the last string…. Gesner well observes, in his notes to this Hymn, that the comparison and conjunction of the musical and astronomical elements are most ancient; being derived from Orpheus and Pythagoras, to Plato. Now, according to the Orphic and Pythagoric doctrine, the lyre of Apollo is an image of the celestial harmony…."

For the "highest chord" in a metaphorical sense, see selection 162 of the 1919 edition of The Oxford Book of English Verse (whose editor apparently had a strong religious belief in the Muses (led by Apollo)).  This selection contains the phrase "an ever-fixèd mark" — appropriately enough for this saint's day.  The word "mark," in turn, suggests a Google search for the phrase "runes to grave" Hardy, after a poem quoted in G. H. Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology.

Such a search yields a website that quotes Housman as the source of the "runes" phrase, and a further search yields what is apparently the entire poem:

Smooth Between Sea and Land

by A. E. Housman

Smooth between sea and land
Is laid the yellow sand,
And here through summer days
The seed of Adam plays.

Here the child comes to found
His unremaining mound,
And the grown lad to score
Two names upon the shore.

Here, on the level sand,
Between the sea and land,
What shall I build or write
Against the fall of night?

Tell me of runes to grave
That hold the bursting wave,
Or bastions to design
For longer date than mine.

Shall it be Troy or Rome
I fence against the foam
Or my own name, to stay
When I depart for aye?

Nothing: too near at hand
Planing the figured sand,
Effacing clean and fast
Cities not built to last
And charms devised in vain,
Pours the confounding main.

(Said to be from More Poems (Knopf, 1936), p. 64)

Housman asks the reader to tell him of runes to grave or bastions to design.  Here, as examples, are one rune and one bastion.


The rune known as

the balance point or "still point."

The Nike Bastion

 Dagaz: (Pronounced thaw-gauze, but with the "th" voiced as in "the," not unvoiced as in "thick") (Day or dawn.)

From Rune Meanings:

 Dagaz means "breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet."

Also known as "the rune of transformation."

For the Dagaz rune in another context, see Geometry of the I Ching.  The geometry discussed there does, in a sense, "hold the bursting wave," through its connection with Walsh functions, hence with harmonic analysis.

 Temple of Athena Nike on the Nike Bastion, the Acropolis, Athens.  Here is a relevant passage from Paul Valéry's Eupalinos ou L'Architecte about another temple of four columns:

Et puis… Écoute, Phèdre (me disait-il encore), ce petit temple que j'ai bâti pour Hermès, à quelques pas d'ici, si tu savais ce qu'il est pour moi ! — Où le passant ne voit qu'une élégante chapelle, — c'est peu de chose: quatre colonnes, un style très simple, — j'ai mis le souvenir d'un clair jour de ma vie. Ô douce métamorphose ! Ce temple délicat, nul ne le sait, est l'image mathématique d'une fille de Corinthe que j'ai heureusement aimée. Il en reproduit fidèlement les proportions particulières. Il vit pour moi !

Four columns, in a sense more suited to Hardy's interests, are also a recurrent theme in The Diamond 16 Puzzle and Diamond Theory.

Apart from the word "mark" in The Oxford Book of English Verse, as noted above, neither the rune nor the bastion discussed has any apparent connection with the number 162… but seek and ye shall find.

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