Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:17 PM

"Then it came to him.
In a single stroke he had what might be called
a complete vision of the information age."

— "Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor of the
Computer Mouse, Dies at 88
," by John Markoff
in this afternoon's online New York Times

Related material:
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace
in the Dec. 4, 2008, post  OCODE.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Lottery of Babalu

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Last evening's New York Lottery numbers were 123 and 5597.

The 123 suggests page  123 of DeLillo's Underworld .

(For some context, see searches in this journal for Los Muertos  and for Pearly Gates of Cyberspace .)

The 5597 suggests the birth date of literary theorist Kenneth Burke— May 5, 1897.

These two topics—

  • the afterlife (in the Latin-American rhythms context of yesterday's Shine On, Edmundo)
  • and Kenneth Burke

are combined in Heaven's Gate, a post from April 11, 2003—

Babylon = Bab-ilu, “gate of God,” Hebrew: Babel or Bavel.”

Modern rendition
of “Bab-ilu


The above observations on lottery hermeneutics, on a ridiculously bad translation, and on Latin rhythms did not seem worth recording until…

The New York Times Book Review  for Sunday, October 30, arrived this morning.

From page 22, an extract from the opening paragraph of a review titled…

Making Sense of It

David Bellos offers a new approach to translation.


The theory of translation is very rarely— how to put this?— comical. Its mode is elegy, and severe admonishment…. You can never, so runs the elegiac argument, precisely reproduce a line of poetry in another language…. And this elegiac argument has its elegiac myth: the Tower of Babel, where the world's multiplicity of languages is seen as mankind's punishment—  condemned to the howlers, the faux amis , the foreign menu apps. Whereas the ideal linguistic state would be the lost universal language of Eden.

See also Saturday's Edenville.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Game

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

Virginia Heffernan in Sunday's online New York Times

"… In the past, information on paper was something to read. Bricks and mortar were a place to be. But, since the first appearance of the Web in 1990, we have come to accept that information in pixels is something to read— and also a place to be . That familiar and yet still jaw-dropping metaphor takes energy to maintain. The odd shared sense that there’s three-dimensionality and immersion and real-world consequences on the Web as in no book or board game— that’s the Web’s sine qua non. Hence, cyberspace . And 'being on' the Internet….

… The dominant social networks are fantasy games built around rigged avatars, outright fictions and a silent— and often unconscious— agreement among players that the game and its somewhat creaky conceits influence the real world…."

— "The Confidence Game at Google+"

"It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday"
— The Bangles

"Accentuate the Positive"
— Clint Eastwood, soundtrack album
 for "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"


This journal on All Saints' Day, Sunday, November 1, 2009

Suggested by the New York State lottery numbers on All Hallows’ Eve [2009]—

430 (mid-day) and 168 (evening)…

From 430 as a date, 4/30

Beyond Grief and Nothing: A Reading of Don DeLillo , by Joseph Dewey, University of South Carolina Press, 2006, page 123:

“It is as if DeLillo himself had moved to an endgame….”

For such an endgame, see yesterday’s link to a Mira Sorvino drama.

The number 168 suggested by the Halloween lottery deals with the properties of space itself and requires a more detailed exegesis…

For the full picture, consider the Log24 entries of Feb. 16-28 this year, esp. the entries of Feb. 27 and the phrase they suggest—

Flores, flores para los muertos.

      See also Pearly Gates of Cyberspace in this journal.

      For flores para los muertos , see today's Times .

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday December 8, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:12 AM

An Indiana Jones Xmas


Chalice, Grail,


Last night on TNT:
The Librarian Part 3:
Curse of the Judas Chalice,
in which The Librarian
encounters the mysterious
Professor Lazlo

Related material:

An Arthur Waite quotation
from the Feast of St. Nicholas:

“It is like the lapis exilis of
the German Graal legend”

as well as
yesterday’s entry
relating Margaret Wertheim’s
Pearly Gates of Cyberspace:
A History of Space from
Dante to the Internet

┬áto a different sort of space–
that of the I Ching— and to
Professor Laszlo Lovasz’s
cube space

David Carradine displays a yellow book-- the Princeton I Ching.

“Click on the Yellow Book.”

Happy birthday, David Carradine.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday December 6, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:09 AM
Shining Forth

Abstraction and Faith

On Kirk Varnedoe’s National Gallery lectures in 2003 (Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, Sunday, May 18, 2003):

“Varnedoe’s lectures were ultimately about faith, about his faith in the power of abstraction, and abstraction as a kind of anti-religious faith in itself.”

et lux in tenebris lucet
et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt


Mihai Spariosu on Heidegger:

… the mirroring …
is to be conceived of as
a shining forth, a play of mirror flashes,
as it were…. The four “mirrors”
emerge into presence as light
  at the same time that they converge….

The above image:
Axes of Reflection
and Annunciation,
the latter being a detail
of a fresco by Giotto
on the cover of
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace.

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday December 5, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:30 PM
Continued from Monday:

A Version of
Heaven’s Gate

in memory of
Alexy II, the Russian Orthodox
 patriarch who died today in Moscow:

Art logo: frame not X'd out

The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace:

From Geoffrey Broadbent,
“Why a Black Square?” in Malevich
 (London, Art and Design/
Academy Group, 1989, p. 49):

Malevich’s Black Square seems to be
nothing more, nor less, than his
‘Non-Objective’ representation
of Bragdon’s (human-being-as) Cube
  passing through the ‘Plane of Reality.’!”

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday December 4, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"The first credential
 we should demand of a critic
 is his ideograph of the good."

— Ezra Pound,
  How to Read

"OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine vision."

 — Wikipedia

"I named this script ocode and chmod 755'd it to make it executable…"

Software forum post on the OCR program Tesseract

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008:
Pennsylvania lottery
Mid-day 755, evening 016
New York lottery
Mid-day 207, evening 302

Garfield, Dec. 4, 2008:  Mouse's Xmas bulb-lighting
From the author of
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace:

"Like so many other heroes
 who have seen the light
 of a higher order…."

For further backstory,
click on the mouse.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sunday March 2, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 PM
Practical Magic

Halloween 2005:

“They don’t understand
what it is to be awake,
To be living
on several planes at once
Though one cannot speak
with several voices at once.”

— T. S. Eliot,
The Family Reunion

Margaret Wertheim with fellow tesseract authors

Several voices:

Margaret Wertheim in today’s
Los Angeles Times and at
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace

Linda Dalrymple Henderson, and

Madeleine L’Engle and husband.

From Wertheim’s Pearly Gates:

Wertheim's 'Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,' page 200
“There is such a thing
as a tesseract.”

Madeleine L’Engle   

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