Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The X-File Marks the Spot

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:35 PM

“Where past and future are gathered” — T. S. Eliot

From a recent film —

From the Museum of Modern Art —

From this journal 10 years ago today —


Saturday, November 30, 2019

X Marks the Spot

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From 'Models and Metaphors' by Max Black, Cornell U. Press 1962

Sunday, August 19, 2012

O Marks the Spot

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

(Continued :  See Identity,  decomposition, and Sunshine Cleaning . )

"What, one might ask, does the suave, debonaire
Roger Thornhill have to do with the notion of
decomposition (emphasized by the unusual
coffin-shaped 'O') implied in the acronym
formed by his initials?" 

— Paul Gordon, Dial "M" for Mother ,
     Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008, page 97

"To stay with the context of Cavell's brilliant reading 
of the film's relation to Hamlet, 'there is something rot -ten
in North by Northwest ' that also needs to be explained."

— Paul Gordon, op. cit., page 98

Related remarks— Sunday morning, May 20, 2007.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Swing It, Li’l Darlin’ . . .*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:44 AM

. . . At the speed of a slow, comfortable screw —

* On the title music —

The composition, in the words of jazz writer, Donald Clarke, is
‘an object lesson in how to swing at a slow tempo.’ ”

“X marks the spot” — Indiana Jones

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Count to X

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

“X marks the spot” — Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones’s love interest in “The Last Crusade” was Alison Doody.

See as well . . .

Patrick Swayze in 'King Solomon's Mines'

  Howdy, Doody.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Stars and the Gutter

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:27 AM

See as well . . .

“X marks the spot” — Indiana Jones, quoted here yesterday afternoon.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Where It Used to Be

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“Looking for what was, where it used to be”

— Wallace Stevens, “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,”
I “It Must Be Abstract,” X

“X marks the spot” — Indiana Jones

Click the above image for a country song.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Space Program

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:19 AM

Putting the X in CRUX


X Marks the Spot  scene, "The Last Crusade"

For those who prefer the T in SPOT —

Knock, Knock, Knockin' —
A Scene from "Tomorrowland" —

A fan of the declining US space program
knocks on George Clooney's door

For related remarks on the decline of NASA,
see an essay at the World Socialist Web Site 
from August 19, 2011.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:45 AM

From Marks the Spot, Jill St. John's birthday, 2012:

"Row, row, row your boat"

"A kind of liturgical singsong" — John Leonard on Didion

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


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IMAGE- Poem, 404x529

IMAGE- Scots dictionary- 'farther east' is 'easter.'

See also Marks the Spot and Hell Enough.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Art, Jung, Toronto

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Related art—

Midnight's Icons,


Faust in Toronto,



McLuhan 'tetrad' figure with four diamonds surrounding a fifth, the medium

McLuhan and the Four Diamonds

(Wikipedia figure)

"Visually, a tetrad can be depicted as
 four diamonds forming an X…."

" X never, ever, marks the spot."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 256

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Today is day 256 of 2011, Programmers' Day.

Yesterday, Monday, R. W. Barraclough's website pictured the Octad of the Week—


" X never, ever, marks the spot."

See also The Galois Tesseract.

Friday, August 19, 2011


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"Francis Bacon used the phrase instantia crucis,  'crucial instance,' to refer to something in an experiment that proves one of two hypotheses and disproves the other. Bacon's phrase was based on a sense of the Latin word crux,  'cross,' which had come to mean 'a guidepost that gives directions at a place where one road becomes two,' and hence was suitable for Bacon's metaphor."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Such a cross: St. Andrew's.  Some context—


X Marks the Spot  scene, "The Last Crusade"

Related symbology for Dan Brown—

Neville's Labrys and Notes on Mathematics and Narrative.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday December 6, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

Marks the Spot

The Lost Stone of Solomon

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