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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recycled Religion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:16 PM

The previous post's Kirkridge link leads to
a mention of religious philosopher Parker J. Palmer.

From an Utne Reader  page on Palmer:

See also Theodore Sturgeon's 1949 story "What Dead Men Tell"—

"… He’d read about it in a magazine or somewhere.
He took a strip of scrap film about eighteen
inches long and put the ends together. He turned
one end over and spliced ’em. Now, if you trace
that strip, or mark it with a grease pencil, right up
the center, you find that the doggone thing only
has one side!”
The doctor nodded, and the girl said:
“A Möbius strip.”
“That what they call it?” said Hulon. “Well, I figured
this corridor must be something like that. On that
strip, a single continuous line touched both sides.
All I had to do was figure out an object built so that
a continuous line would cover all three of three sides,
and I’d have it. So I sat down and thought it out…."

— and the following mathematical illustration —

A Kirk for Spock

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:09 PM

Related material:

What Dead Men Tell*

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:23 PM

Theodore Sturgeon, 1949 :

"I thought I had an important idea.
It's part of a  call it a philosophy,
if that doesn't sound too high-
falutin'," he said.

"It's a philosophy," she said.
"We can call things by their names."

Leonard Nimoy,  2015 :

"A life is like a garden. 
Perfect moments can be had, 
but not preserved, except in memory."  

* A tale from Astounding Science Fiction
   Vol. 44, No. 3, November 1949

Friday, February 27, 2015

Final Tweet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:44 PM

"Final Tweet Will Make You Cry"

Or not.

Fighting Chance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

"Give faith a fighting chance." — Country song

"The proof uses modal logic, which distinguishes
between necessary  truths and contingent  truths."

Stranger than Dreams

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM

For a former president of Notre Dame
who reportedly died at 11:30 PM last night —

"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— The end of DeLillo's Point Omega

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 8:24 PM

(Continued from New Year's Eve, 2014)

Or not.

"On this most holy of art holidays…."

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