Thursday, October 23, 2014

Prime Cut

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:24 PM

See that phrase in this journal.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Gone to the Steak and Sex Afterlife

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 PM

Related material — “Prime Cut” in this  journal.

Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek in “Prime Cut

Friday, April 13, 2012

Putting the Prime in “Primate”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 AM

See Prime Cut and Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly
as well as Sissy Spacek on "Big Love."

See also Zenna Henderson and the Latter-Day Saints.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Office Visit

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:03 AM

From the screenplay of "The Number 23"—


Agatha climbs a dark staircase. Layers of dust

testify to years of neglect.


Agatha finds ROOM 318. A rusting door plaque reads,


For related material, see "Leary + Cuernavaca" and "Prime Cut."

Happy belated 2/3 birthday to Walter Sparrow.

Related material— Two other occurrences of "318" in this journal—
in another horror story, "The Sweet Smell of Avon,"
and in a quote from the Feast of St. Nicholas, 2010

"When Novelists Become Cubists," by Andre Furlani—

"A symbol comes into being when an artist sees that
it is the only way to get all the meaning in.
Genius always proceeds by faith" (312).

The unparaphrasable architectonic text
"differs from other narrative in that the meaning
shapes into a web, or globe, rather than along a line" (318).

[The references are to page numbers in
 Guy Davenport's The Geography of the Imagination .]

Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday September 10, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:07 AM
The Story Theory
of Truth

“I’m a gun for hire,
I’m a saint, I’m a liar,
because there are no facts,
there is no truth,
just data to be manipulated.”

The Garden of Allah  

NY Lottery Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007: Mid-day 223, Evening 416

The data in more poetic form:

To 23,
For 16.


23: See
The Prime Cut Gospel.
16: See
Happy Birthday, Benedict XVI.

Related material:

The remarks yesterday
of Harvard president
Drew G. Faust
to incoming freshmen.

Faust “encouraged
the incoming class
to explore Harvard’s
many opportunities.

‘Think of it as
a treasure room
of hidden objects
Harry discovers
at Hogwarts,’
Faust said.”

Today’s Crimson   

For a less Faustian approach,
see the Harvard-educated
philosopher Charles Hartshorne
at The Harvard Square Library
and the words of another
Harvard-educated Hartshorne:

“Whenever one
 approaches a subject from
two different directions,
there is bound to be
an interesting theorem
expressing their relation.”
Robin Hartshorne

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Wednesday March 7, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:23 AM

23 Skidoo

For the philosopher Jean Baudrillard, who died yesterday, a Xanga footprint:

North Carolina
The Prime Cut Gospel
(Mental Health Month, Day 23)
5:01 PM

Related material:

The late writer Robert A. Wilson on
the number 23,
mathematician Robert A. Wilson on
the action of the Baby Monster (pdf)
on cosets of the Fischer Group Fi23,
the recent film “The Number 23,”
and, for North Carolina on
the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola,
The Footprints of God.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Tuesday November 7, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
“What is called ‘losing’ in chess
may constitute winning
in another game.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein,
Remarks on the
Foundations of Mathematics,
rev. ed., MIT Press, 1978–
Appendix III, paragraph 8,
said to have been written
on September 23, 1937
PA lottery Nov. 7, 2006: Mid-day 023, Evening 666

For clues to interpreting
today’s Keystone State
mid-day lottery number,
023, see
The Prime Cut Gospel.

For clues to interpreting
today’s Keystone State
evening lottery number,
666, see
the “Apocalypse Now”
quotations on
All Saints’ Day, 2006.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sunday July 16, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:17 PM

Mathematics and Narrative

“Now, at the urging of the UC Berkeley cognitive linguist George Lakoff, liberal America’s guru of the moment, progressive Democrats are practicing to get their own reluctant mouths around some magical new vocabulary, in the hope of surviving and eventually overcoming the age of Bush.”

Marc Cooper in The Atlantic Monthly, April 2005, “Thinking of Jackasses: The Grand Delusions of the Democratic Party”

Cooper’s “now” is apparently still valid. In today’s New York Times, the leftist Stanley Fish reviews Talking Right, by leftist Geoffrey Nunberg:

“… the right’s language is now the default language for everyone.
     On the way to proposing a counterstrategy (it never really arrives), Nunberg pauses to engage in a polite disagreement with his fellow linguist George Lakoff, who has provided a rival account of the conservative ascendancy. Lakoff argues that Republicans have articulated– first for themselves and then for others– a conceptual framework that allows them to unite apparently disparate issues in a single coherent worldview …  woven together not in a philosophically consistent framework but in a narrative ‘that creates an illusion of coherence.’
     Once again, the Republicans have such a narrative– ‘declining patriotism and moral standards, the out-of-touch media and the self-righteous liberal elite … minorities demanding special privileges … disrespect for religious faith, a swollen government’– but ‘Democrats and liberals have not offered compelling narratives that could compete’ with it. Eighty pages later he is still saying the same thing. ‘The Democrats need a compelling narrative of their own.'”

Lakoff is the co-author of a book on the philosophy of mathematics, Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being.  From Wikipedia’s article on Lakoff:

“According to Lakoff, even mathematics itself is subjective to the human species and its cultures: thus ‘any question of math’s being inherent in physical reality is moot, since there is no way to know whether or not it is.’ Lakoff and Rafael E. Nunez (2000) argue at length that mathematical and philosophical ideas are best understood in light of the embodied mind. The philosophy of mathematics ought therefore to look to the current scientific understanding of the human body as a foundation ontology, and abandon self-referential attempts to ground the operational components of mathematics in anything other than ‘meat.'”

For a long list of related leftist philosophy, see The Thinking Meat Project.

Democrats seeking narratives may also consult The Carlin Code and The Prime Cut Gospel.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Friday May 12, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:00 PM
The Carlin Code

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Happy birthday, George:

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Tom Hanks’s birthday, 2005

Salute to Anthony Hopkins,
May 3, May 4, May 5

Today’s Wizard of Id

Judeo-Christian Heritage:
The Wiener Kreis

André Weil As I Knew Him,
by Goro Shimura (pdf)

Simone Weil
on George Herbert

Related material:

The Prime Cut Gospel

Harvard Symbology

God Is Red

Quine’s Shema

The Big Red One

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Tuesday June 24, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:43 PM

Night and Day…

Some comments on yesterday’s entry that are too good to be hidden under a “comments” link.  References are to Through the Looking Glass.

My understanding of the “Red Queen” was that it was a metaphorical reference to a womans menstrual cycle.

The two queens were representative of a womans behaviors throughout. Or some such thing.

Posted 6/24/2003 at 11:12 AM by oOMisfitOo

Humn. [affects very proper British Accent:]  I suppose then the good reverend is out of his bloody mind?

Posted 6/24/2003 at 11:14 AM by oOMisfitOo

Speaking of religion, blood, and the 23rd, perhaps Sissy Spacek should play both the Red and the White Queen in Looking Glass. Remember her prom night?

See my entry of May 23rd, The Prime Cut Gospel

Posted 6/24/2003 at 2:46 PM by m759

For today’s musical offering, click here.

Friday, May 23, 2003

Friday May 23, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:23 PM

Mental Health Month, Day 23:

The Prime Cut Gospel

On Christmas Day, 1949,
Mary Elizabeth Spacek was born in Texas.

Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek in “Prime Cut

Exercises for Mental Health Month:

Read this discussion of the phrase, suggested by Spacek’s date of birth, “God’s gift to men.”

Read this discussion of the phrase “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” suggested by the previous reading.

Read the more interesting of these discussions of the phrase “the eternal in the temporal.”

Read this discussion of eternal, or “necessary,” truths versus other sorts of alleged “truths.”

Read this discussion of unimportant mathematical properties of the prime number 23.

Read these discussions of important properties of 23:

  • R. D. Carmichael’s 1937 discussion of the linear fractional group modulo 23 in 

Introduction to the Theory of Groups of Finite Order, Ginn, Boston, 1937 (reprinted by Dover in 1956), final chapter, “Tactical Configurations,” and

  • Conway’s 1969 discussion of the same group in    

J. H. Conway, “Three Lectures on Exceptional Groups,” pp. 215-247 in Finite Simple Groups (Oxford, 1969), edited by M. B. Powell and G. Higman, Academic Press, London, 1971….. Reprinted as Ch. 10 in Sphere Packings, Lattices, and Groups 

Read this discussion of what might be called “contingent,” or “literary,” properties of the number 23. 

Read also the more interesting of  these discussions of the phrase “the 23 enigma.”

Having thus acquired some familiarity with both contingent and necessary properties of 23…

Read this discussion of Aquinas’s third proof of the existence of God.

Note that the classic Spacek film “Prime Cut” was released in 1972, the year that Spacek turned 23:

+ 23

Essay question:  
If Jesus was God’s gift to man, and (as many men would agree) so was the young Sissy Spacek (also born on Christmas Day), was young Sissy’s existence in her 23rd year contingent or necessary?  If the latter, should she be recognized as a Person of the Trinity? Quaternity? N-ity?
Talk amongst yourselves.

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