Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Stellar Drama

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Cold Comfort Continues

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You’re gonna need a bigger trampoline.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Cold Comfort

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“Where there is meat, there are flies.”
— John Archibald Wheeler

“ Simon’s head was tilted slightly up.
His eyes could not break away
and the Lord of the Flies hung in space
before him.

‘What are you doing out here all alone?
Aren’t you afraid of me?’

Simon shook.

‘There isn’t anyone to help you.
Only me.  And I’m the Beast.’ ”

— William Golding

Monday, March 2, 2020

Eye of the Beholder

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cold Comfort

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“… it offers the comfort of a community of other players
all stuck in the same hellish quagmire.”

— Review of a video game that was in the news today.

A tweet from the game’s developer last Christmas:

IMAGE- Sardonic Xmas Day tweet wishing readers a happy Easter

From this journal, also on Christmas Day last year:

“She never looked up while her mind rotated the facts,
trying to see them from all sides, trying to piece them
together into theory. All she could think was that she
was flunking an IQ test.”

— Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cold Comfort

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Dan Brown, quoted in today's New York Times

“The human mind is comforted by the notion that a greater power has all the answers. A world in which secret messages swirl around us is exciting because it helps reinforce our belief that true enlightenment is within our reach.”

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sunday April 23, 2006

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Hollywood Easter
Part 8

Sweet Little Sixteen
She’s got the grown-up blues
Tight dresses and lipstick
She’s sportin’ high-heel shoes
Oh but tomorrow morning
She’ll have to change her trend
And be sweet sixteen
And back in class again
Chuck Berry, 1958

Back in
Sunday School Class:

“Send magazines!”–
Flora Poste in
Cold Comfort Farm

The Student Body

in today’s
New York Times:

“… a spate of sex magazines…
      emerge on elite campuses….”

“We are all Paris Hilton now.”
— Ana Marie Cox,
Sweet 16 and Spoiled Rotten,
in TIME Magazine,
the April 24 Opus Dei issue

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“Or perhaps not.”

— Flora Poste in
Cold Comfort Farm

Monday, July 26, 2004

Monday July 26, 2004

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Happy Birthday

to Kate Beckinsale
(star of Cold Comfort Farm)

and Kevin Spacey
(star of The Usual Suspects).

From a novel,
The Footprints of God,
published August 12, 2003

A tour guide describes
stations of the cross in Jerusalem:

"Ibrahim pointed down the cobbled street to a half circle of bricks set in the street.  'There is where Jesus began to carry the cross.  Down the street is the Chapel of Flagellation, where the Roman soldiers whipped Jesus, set on him a crown of thorns, and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then Pilate led him to the crowd and cried, "Ecce homo!  Behold the man!" '

Ibrahim delivered this information with the excitement of a man reading bingo numbers in a nursing home."

In keeping with this spirit of religious fervor and with the spirit of Carl Jung, expositor of the religious significance of the mandala,

Behold —

The Mandala of Abraham

For the religious significance of this mandala,
see an entry of May 25, 2003:

Matrix of the Death God.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Saturday July 26, 2003

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Funeral March

John Schlesinger dead at 77;
‘Midnight Cowboy’ director

Anthony Breznican
Associated Press
Jul. 26, 2003 12:00 AM

LOS ANGELES – Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who daringly brought gay characters into mainstream cinema with Midnight Cowboy and tapped into nightmares with the teeth-drilling torture of Marathon Man, died Friday at 77.

The British-born filmmaker…. died about 5:30 a.m….

Schlesinger also directed The Day of the Locust, based on a novel by Nathanael West.

See Heaven, Hell, and Hollywood and

Dogma Part II: Amores Perros.

From the latter:

“Then you know your body’s sent,
Don’t care if you don’t pay rent,
Sky is high and so am I,
If you’re a viper — a vi-paah.”

The Day of the Locust,
    by Nathanael West (1939),
    New Directions paperback,
    1969, page 162

This song may be downloaded at

Pot Culture, 1910-1960.

That same site begins with a traditional Mexican song…

La cucaracha, la cucaracha,
 ya no puede caminar,
 porque no quiere,
 porque le falta
 marihuana que fumar.

(“The cockroach, the cockroach,
 can’t walk anymore,
 because he doesn’t want to,
 because he has no
 marihuana to smoke.”)

This suggests an appropriate funeral march for John Schlesinger:

“Ya murió la cucaracha, ya la llevan a enterrar…”La Cucaracha

Those attending Schlesinger’s wake, as opposed to his funeral, may wish to perform other numbers from the Pot Culture page, which offers a variety of “viper” songs.

Bright Star and Dark Lady

“Mexico is a solar country — but it is also a black country, a dark country. This duality of Mexico has preoccupied me since I was a child.”

Octavio Paz,
quoted by Homero Aridjis

Bright Star



Dark Lady

For the meaning of the above symbols, see
Kubrick’s 1x4x9 monolith in 2001,
the Halmos tombstone in Measure Theory,
and the Fritz Leiber Changewar stories.

No se puede vivir sin amar.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript:

Oh, yes… the question of
Heaven or Hell for John Schlesinger… 

Recall that he also directed the delightful
Cold Comfort Farm and see
last year’s entry for this date.

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