Tuesday, July 3, 2018

For a Generation Lost in Space

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So here's to you, Mrs. Robinson …

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Generation Lost in Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:00 PM

The title is from Don McLean's classic "American Pie."

A Finite Projective Space —

A Non-Finite Projective Space —

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Generation Lost in Space

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or, Deja Vu All Over Again

Top two obituaries in this morning's NY Times list–

David Simons, Who Flew High
on Eve of Space Age, Dies at 87

Dr. Simons, a physician turned Air Force officer, had sent animals aloft for several years before his record-breaking flight.

James Aubrey, who Portrayed the Hero
in ‘Lord of the Flies’, Is Dead at 62

Mr. Aubrey portrayed Ralph in the film version of the William Golding novel and had a busy career on stage and television in England.

Simons reportedly died on April 5,
Aubrey on April 6.

This journal on those dates–

April 5 —

Monday, April 5, 2010

Space Cowboys

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Google News, 11:32 AM ET today–


Related material:

Yesterday's Easter message,
film notes from March 13,
and Dagger Definitions.

April 6 —

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


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Excerpt from 'Cosmic Trigger'
 by Robert Anton Wilson

See also Leary on Cuernavaca,
John O'Hara's fleeting reference
to Cuernavaca in Hope of Heaven,
and Cuernavaca in this journal.

Team Daedalus

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"Concept (scholastics' verbum mentis)– theological analogy of Son's procession as Verbum Patris, 111-12" –Index to Joyce and Aquinas, by William T. Noon, Society of Jesus, Yale University Press 1957, second printing 1963, page 162

"Back in 1958… [four] Air Force pilots were Team Daedalus, the best of the best." –Summary of the film "Space Cowboys"

"Man is nothing if not labyrinthine." –The Vicar in Trevanian's The Loo Sanction\


Commentary by T.S. Eliot

"At the moment which is not of action or inaction
You can receive this: 'on whatever sphere of being
The mind of a man may be intent
At the time of death'—that is the one action
(And the time of death is every moment)
Which shall fructify in the lives of others:
And do not think of the fruit of action.
Fare forward."


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Commandment 9 from Outer Space

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A recent New York Times  piece on novelist Jonathan Franzen concludes
with a reference to the Rodney Crowell song "I Don’t Care Anymore.”

Two lines near the end of that song

"If indeed I do get lonesome in my mansion on the hill
There's this neighbor's wife I covet for her beauty and her skill"

Related material —

From Catechism of the Catholic Church
Part III, Section II, Chapter II, Article IX — 

The Ninth Commandment


2528  "Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already
            committed adultery with her in his heart" (Mt 5:28).

2529   The ninth commandment warns against lust or carnal

Publicity still for "Lost in Space" —

More recently

Log24 on the release date of "Sin City" — April First, 2005

Monday, May 14, 2018


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"A generation lost in space" — Don McLean

See as well Varignon in the previous post.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The McLean Awakening

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"Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space"

— "American Pie" by Don McLean

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Plan 9 Continued…

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Or: Chinny-Chin-Chin .

This post will be meaningless unless you
have seen the recent film "R.I.P.D.," starring
James Hong and Jeff Bridges.

(In that film, two deceased lawmen appear to 
the living in disguised form— as Hong, and 
as Bridges in the guise of a major babe.)

From the AP Today in History  page
for October 29, 2013 —

On this date in:
1967 The musical "Hair" opened off-Broadway.

This, together with the Halloween season and
"R.I.P.D.," suggests a bizarre show:

"And there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space…"
– Don McLean, "American Pie

    Cybill Shepherd (born 1950) and Jeff Bridges (born 1949) in 'The Last Picture Show'

The show would star Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges
as, respectively, Jackie Chan and Nicole Kidman in


See also some related posts with Jeff Bridges.

Backstory: Sermon (Nov. 18,  2012) and
Eternal Recreation (Dec. 24, 2012).

"We've lost the plot!" — "Slipstream."  Small wonder.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


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NYT > Obituaries Dick Tufeld, Robot Voice in TV’s ‘Lost in Space,’ Dies at 85
    Wed Jan 25, 2012 23:42 from NYT Obituaries  By Bruce Weber

   "Mr. Tufeld possessed one of Hollywood’s most often-heard
   disembodied voices, especially from the 1950s through the 1970s."

In memoriam— A link from the date of Tufeld's death

Sunday, November 13, 2011


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Where Entertainment is God (continued)

On the re-editing of a news story by The New York Times

"…in the original versions of a Times report by Jeremy W. Peters, [the new executive editor, Jill Abramson] flatly declared: 'In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion.'" —The Daily Beast

The Times this afternoon—


See also a follow-up from last June
to this morning's "lost in space" quote

NYT quote removal sparks web buzz

"It's obvious that an editorial decision was made to 'rectify' a quote that made the Times look foolish."

Not so, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told POLITICO. “Space was clearly a consideration.”


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

The Space Case

"A generation lost in space"

— Don McLean, "American Pie"

Last night's post discussed Jim Dodge's fictional vision of a "spherical diamond" related to physics.

For some background, see Poetry and Physics (April 25, 2011).

That post quotes a July 2008 New Yorker  article

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells, contributing editor at Rolling Stone
and sometime writer on space

“There’s a dream that underlying the physical universe is some beautiful mathematical structure, and that the job of physics is to discover that,” Smolin told me later. “The dream is in bad shape,” he added. “And it’s a dream that most of us are like recovering alcoholics from.” Lisi’s talk, he said, “was like being offered a drink.”

Or a toke.

"Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be"

— Billy Joel, "Piano Man"

Friday, March 5, 2010

Space Case

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Large ad, front page top, for Tom Brokaw's 'Boomers' in NY Times of March 4th, 2010

"And there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space…"
— Don McLean, "American Pie

    Cybill Shepherd (born 1950) and Jeff Bridges (born 1949) in 'The Last Picture Show'

Today's NY Times says Robert T. McCall, space artist, died at 90 on Feb. 26.

"His most famous image may be the gargantuan mural, showing events from the creation of the universe to men walking on the Moon, on the south lobby wall of the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington. More than 10 million people a year pass it.

Or it might be his painting showing a space vehicle darting from the bay of a wheel-shaped space station, which was used in a poster for Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 1968 film, '2001: A Space Odyssey.'"

Space station image by Robert T. McCall for '2001'

Cover art by McCall, with autograph dated
8/19/05, from a personal web page

Hal in "2010"– "Will I dream?"

Log24 on the day that McCall died

"Which Dreamed It?"
– Title of final chapter,Through the Looking Glass

"Go ask Alice… I think she'll know."
– Grace Slick, 1967  

Related material: James Joyce in this journal–

"Space: what you damn well have to see."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Attitude Adjustment

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"A generation lost in space"
— American Pie

Sperry F3 attitude gyroscope

Sperry F3 attitude gyroscope

Click image for details.

See also the concepts of inner-direction
and other-direction in The Lonely Crowd
by David Riesman et al.  Riesman was,
according to Harvard Square Library,
a contract termination lawyer for
Sperry Gyroscope before turning
to sociology.

EXERCISE — Discuss inner- and
other-direction in education and
in journalism, using the material
in Monday's entry on the
New York Times dunce cap —


  — contrasted with the webpage
excerpted below —

VisualCommander quaternion display from Princeton Satellite Systems

Monday, February 3, 2003

Monday February 3, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:33 PM

Good News and Bad News

If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

— T. S. Eliot, beginning of
    Four Quartets

Groundhog Day
is over.

Today is
American Pie Day.

And there we were all in one place 
A generation lost in space

American Pie, by Don McLean

“It’s not a space shuttle
launch… it’s sex.”

Addendum of 8:08 PM February 5, 2003:

Appropriate music for this entry,
other than McLean himself,
might be “Orpheus and the Gig from Hell”
on RealAudio at 
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