Monday, March 11, 2013

Ready When You Are, C. B.

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The late film director Micky Moore playing St. Mark as a child:

See also a clip introducing St. Mark from DeMille's 1927 "The King of Kings." 

Moore reportedly died at 98 at his Malibu home on March 4th.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ready When You Are, C.B.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

This journal at 5:48 PM EST on Thursday, March 10, 2011—

Paradigms Lost

(Continued from February 19)

The cover of the April 1, 1970 second edition of
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
, by Thomas S. Kuhn—

IMAGE- Cover of second edition of Kuhn's 'Structure of Scientific Revolutions'

Note the quote on the cover—

"A landmark in intellectual history."— Science

This afternoon's online New York Times


Google today, asked to "define:landmark," yields—

  • A boundary line indicated by a stone, stake, etc.
    (Deu 19:14; Deu 27:17; Pro 22:28; Pro 23:10; Job 24:2).
    Landmarks could not be removed without incurring the severe displeasure of God.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Partitioning the Crimson Abyss

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:00 PM

For the title, see Crimson + Abyss in this journal.

"Ready when you are, C. B."

Hexagram 63, "After Completion"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Outrageous Fantasy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

Or:  Ready When You Are, C. B.

Dennis McLellan, Special to The Los Angeles Times , May 7, 2013:

Born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1920, Harryhausen was 13
when he saw "King Kong" during its run at Grauman's Chinese
Theater in Hollywood.

"I haven't been the same since," he is repeatedly quoted
as saying over the years.

"I came out of the theater awestruck," Harryhausen elaborated
in a 1999 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "It was such a
totally different, unusual film. The story line led you from the
mundane world into the most outrageous fantasy that's ever
been put on the screen."

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:29 PM

A Sunday meditation continued from Burning Patrick

IMAGE- Phallic post at Stonehenge with dancing girls, 'The Black Knight,' 1954

For posts of a different sort, see O'Hara's Fingerpost and Cross-Purposes.

(The numbers  of these posts were indicated by today's midday NY Lottery.)

See also "Ready when you are, C.B."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beyond Forgetfulness

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:10 AM

From this journal on July 23, 2007

It is not enough to cover the rock with leaves.
We must be cured of it by a cure of the ground
Or a cure of ourselves, that is equal to a cure

Of the ground, a cure beyond forgetfulness.
And yet the leaves, if they broke into bud,
If they broke into bloom, if they bore fruit

And if we ate the incipient colorings
Of their fresh culls might be a cure of the ground.

– Wallace Stevens, "The Rock"

This quotation from Stevens (Harvard class of 1901) was posted here on when Daniel Radcliffe (i.e., Harry Potter) turned 18 in July 2007.

Other material from that post suggests it is time for a review of magic at Harvard.

On September 9, 2007, President Faust of Harvard

"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."

That class is now about to graduate.

It is not clear what "hidden objects" it will take from four years in the Harvard treasure room.

Perhaps the following from a book published in 1985 will help…


The March 8, 2011, Harvard Crimson  illustrates a central topic of Metamagical Themas , the Rubik's Cube—


Hofstadter in 1985 offered a similar picture—


Hofstadter asks in his Metamagical  introduction, "How can both Rubik's Cube and nuclear Armageddon be discussed at equal length in one book by one author?"

For a different approach to such a discussion, see Paradigms Lost, a post made here a few hours before the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster—


Whether Paradigms Lost is beyond forgetfulness is open to question.

Perhaps a later post, in the lighthearted spirit of Faust, will help. See April 20th's "Ready When You Are, C.B."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Aguila de Oro

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IMAGE- Hotel Bella Vista as 'Portal del Aguila de Oro'

See also Harvard's Memorial Church in "Ready when you are, C. B."—

IMAGE- Sharon Stone in the Gold Eagle pulpit of Harvard's Memorial Church

Sharon Stone lectures at
Harvard's Memorial Church

on March 14, 2005…

"Ready when you are, C. B."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Enter a Messenger

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 AM

The title is from the Leap Day, 2004, post for Academy Awards day.

Two items from December 16, 2007 —

From a photographer's journal — Kofel, Oberammergau, 12/16/07

From this  journal — Mad Phaedrus Meets Mad Ezra, 12/16/07

See also yesterday's Rosetta and the Stone and Ross Douthat in today's New York Times

"Thanks in part to this bunker mentality, American Christianity has become what Hunter calls a 'weak culture'— one that mobilizes but doesn’t convert, alienates rather than seduces, and looks backward toward a lost past instead of forward to a vibrant future. In spite of their numerical strength and reserves of social capital, he argues, the Christian churches are mainly influential only in the 'peripheral areas' of our common life. In the commanding heights of culture, Christianity punches way below its weight."

"Ready when you are, C.B."

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Hoc Signo

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Saturday Night Live  on December 4, 2010 —

'The Abacus Conundrum' from SNL

If you liked Harlan Kane's THE ABACUS CONUNDRUM, you'll love…



                                 New York Lottery on Sunday, December 5, 2010

Related links— For 076, yesterday's entry on "Independence Day."
 For 915, see 9/15, "Holy Cross Day Revisited," and its prequel,
 linked to on 9/15 as "Ready When You Are, C.B."

See also "Citizen Harlan" and "The Beaver."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Holy Cross Day* Revisited

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 AM

"Ready when you are, C. B."



Related material: Day 256 and Language Game.

* September 14

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday September 17, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM
Jennifer's Body

The following remark this evening by Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post serves as an instant review of today's previous cinematic Log24 offering starring the late Patrick Swayze:

"Watch it, forget it, move on."

A perhaps more enduring tribute:

Patrick Swayze in 'King Solomon's Mines'


Related material:

Solomon's Cube,
Solomon and Sheba,
Raiders of the Lost Stone.

"Ready when you are, C.B."


Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday April 24, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:29 AM
Dark Passage

Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known
 as Darth Vader, is arguably
the central character in
     George Lucas’s ‘Star Wars’….

Amazon.com review   

Ken Annakin, classic action
filmmaker, dies at 94

“Annakin’s last name
was the source
of the name for
   Anakin Skywalker.”

Entertainment Weekly  

Dennis McLellan in today’s Los Angeles Times:

“Contrary to previous reports that George Lucas named the ‘Star Wars’ character Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) after Annakin, Lucas said via his publicist Thursday that he did not.”

Mike O’Sullivan, Voice of America LA bureau chief, in 2007:

“Annakin inadvertently gave his own name to a film character, although the spelling is slightly different, when the actor Alec Guinness suggested the name to director George Lucas for a character in the Star Wars films.

At a screening of the film, Annakin asked Lucas about it.

‘He was running his picture with Anakin Skywalker in it, and I went over to him and said, “you know, you never got permission for this.” He said, “but I dropped an ‘n’ and therefore I got away with it,”‘ Annakin said.”

This morning’s NY Times
 obituaries include…

The British-born Annakin
 (best known for war epics),
British cinematographer Jack Cardiff,
and Santha Rama Rau (author
of a 1960 play based on the
novel A Passage to India) —

NY Times 4/24/09 obituaries for Jack Cardiff, Ken Annakin, Santha Rama Rau

Passage O soul to India!

Eclaircise the myths Asiatic,
the primitive fables.

Not you alone proud truths of the world,

Nor you alone ye facts of modern science,

But myths and fables of eld,
Asia’s, Africa’s fables,

The far-darting beams of the spirit,
the unloos’d dreams,

The deep diving bibles and legends….

Walt Whitman

Judy Davis in the David Lean film of 'A Passage to India'

Ready when you are, C. B.

For Cardiff, cinematographer
of “A Matter of Life and Death
and of “Black Narcissus” —

Happy Birthday
to a Dark Lady

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday June 23, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM
Raiders of
the Lost Stone

continued from March 10, 2006

The Roman Imperial Eagle
and, according to
C. B. DeMille in 1932 —

Opening of The Sign of the Cross (1932)

The above photo is courtesy of
the Cecil B. DeMille Collection
at DVD Beaver.

Sharon Stone in the pulpit of Harvard's Memorial Church

Sharon Stone lectures at
Harvard’s Memorial Church

on March 14, 2005…

Ready when you are, C. B.

Related material —
Log24, Oct. 26, 2002 —

Midnight in the Garden,

Nina Simone and eight-point star

Nina Simone

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