Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday August 4, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:25 PM
High Noon

Images from Log24 on
December 10, 2006
Nobel Prize Day, and
the day after
  Kirk Douglas’s birthday

Kirk Douglas promoting his film 'Diamonds'

Kirk Douglas ad for
the film “Diamonds”

Motto of Plato's Academy: 'Let no one ignorant of geometry enter'

The 3x3 grid

Images from
Google News
   at noon today —

(Click for details.)

3x3 array of Cameron Douglas images from Google News, August 4, 2009

“The serpent’s eyes shine
    as he wraps around the vine…”

Don Henley on a California hotel

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday July 9, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

An Aleph for Pynchon

Part I:

A California Sixties version
of Heaven’s Gate:
Aleph Sanctuary, by Mati Klarwein

Part II:

Log24 entries of April 29, 2009
(esp. the link to Anastasia Ashley)

Part III:

Inherent Vice
a novel by Thomas Pynchon
to be published in August 2009

“The serpent’s eyes shine  
As he wraps around the vine…”
Don Henley   

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday December 13, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:06 PM

The Shining
of Dec. 13

continued from
Dec. 13, 2003

“There is a place for a hint
somewhere of a big agent
to complete the picture.”

Notes for an unfinished novel,
The Last Tycoon,
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Internet Movie Database
Filmography:William Grady

The Good Earth (1937)
casting: Chinese extras

A Place for a Hint:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081213-Tea2.jpg(From the book Tangram)

See also
yesterday’s entries
as well as…

Serpent’s Eyes Shine,
Alice’s Tea Party,
Janet’s Tea Party,
Hollywood Memory,
Hope of Heaven.

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment of
the Talented
in the scheme of things.”

Anne McCaffrey

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday September 9, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
And the fruit is rotten.
The serpent’s eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine
In the Garden of Allah.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday July 2, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
Let Noon Be Fair

“The serpent’s eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine”

Scene from 'A Good Year'

A Good Year

Last summer’s journal

Related material:

'The Power Of The Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts,' by Rudolf Arnheim

Cover illustration:

'Spies returning from the land of Canaan with a cluster of grapes,' Biblia Sacra Germanica

Spies returning from the land of
Canaan with a cluster of grapes.

 Colored woodcut from
Biblia Sacra Germanica,
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1483.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday July 30, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 PM
The Deathly Hallows Symbol

'Deathly Hallows symbol, related to the 'Snakes on a Plane' cartoon.

Some fear that the Harry Potter books introduce children to the occult; they are not entirely mistaken.

According to Wikipedia, the “Deathly Hallows” of the final Harry Potter novel are “three fictional magical objects that appear in the book.”

The vertical line, circle, and triangle in the symbol pictured above are said to refer to these three magical objects.

One fan relates the “Deathly Hallows” symbol above, taken from the spine of a British children’s edition of the book, to a symbol for “the divine (or sacred, or secret) fire” of alchemy. She relates this fire in turn to “serpent power” and the number seven:

Kristin Devoe at a Potter fan site:

“We know that seven is a powerful number in the novels. Tom Riddle calls it ‘the most powerfully magic number.‘ The ability to balance the seven chakras within oneself allows the person to harness the secret fire. This secret fire in alchemy is the same as the kundalini or coiled snake in yogic philosophy. It is also known as ‘serpent power’ or the ‘dragon’ depending on the tradition. The kundalini is polar in nature and this energy, this internal fire, is very powerful for those who are able to harness it and it purifies the aspirant allowing them the knowledge of the universe. This secret fire is the Serpent Power which transmutes the base metals into the Perfect Gold of the Sun.

It is interesting that the symbol of the caduceus in alchemy is thought to have been taken from the symbol of the kundalini. Perched on the top of the caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, the messenger of the gods and revealer of alchemy, is the golden snitch itself! Many fans have compared this to the scene in The Order of the Phoenix where Harry tells Dumbledore about the attack on Mr. Weasley and says, ‘I was the snake, I saw it from the snake’s point of view.

The chapter continues with Dumbledore consulting ‘one of the fragile silver instruments whose function Harry had never known,’ tapping it with his wand:

The instrument tinkled into life at once with rhythmic clinking noises. Tiny puffs of pale green smoke issued from the minuscule silver tube at the top. Dumbledore watched the smoke closely, his brow furrowed, and after a few seconds, the tiny puffs became a steady stream of smoke that thickened and coiled into he air… A serpent’s head grew out of the end of it, opening its mouth wide. Harry wondered whether the instrument was confirming his story; He looked eagerly at Dumbledore for a sign that he was right, but Dumbledore did not look up.

“Naturally, Naturally,” muttered Dumbledore apparently to himself, still observing the stream of smoke without the slightest sign of surprise. “But in essence divided?”

Harry could make neither head not tail of this question. The smoke serpent, however split instantly into two snakes, both coiling and undulating in the dark air. With a look of grim satisfaction Dumbledore gave the instrument another gentle tap with his wand; The clinking noise slowed and died, and the smoke serpents grew faint, became a formless haze, and vanished.

Could these coiling serpents of smoke be foreshadowing events to come in Deathly Hallows where Harry learns to ‘awaken the serpent’ within himself? Could the snake’s splitting in two symbolize the dual nature of the kundalini?”

Related material

The previous entry

“And the serpent’s eyes shine    
As he wraps around the vine
In The Garden of Allah” —

and the following
famous illustration of
the double-helix
structure of DNA:

 Odile Crick, drawing of DNA structure in the journal Nature, 1953
This is taken from
a figure accompanying
an obituary, in today’s
New York Times, of the
artist who drew the figure

The double helix
is not a structure
from magic; it may,
however, as the Rowling
quote above shows, have
certain occult uses,
better suited to
Don Henley’s
Garden of Allah
than to the
  Garden of Apollo.

Seven is Heaven...

Similarly, the three objects
above (Log24 on April 9)
are from pure mathematics–
the realm of Apollo, not
of those in Henley’s song.

The similarity of the
top object of the three —
the “Fano plane” — to
the “Deathly Hallows”
symbol is probably
entirely coincidental.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Saturday June 30, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
An Evening Star

for Rabbi Abraham Klausner,
a “father figure” according to

The New York Times.
The Times says Klausner
died at 92 on
Thursday, June 28, 2007:

(Click to enlarge.)

Rabbi Abraham Klausner

Klausner was a rabbi
in Yonkers until his
retirement in 1989.
The evening number in
the New York Lottery
on the reported date of
Klausner’s death
was 514.

As in the previous entry,
this number may be
interpreted as the date 5/14.

A Log24 entry with that date


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Today’s birthday: George Lucas,
creator of the mother of all battle epics.

STAR WARS continued:

March 29 eclipse
Star of Venus
Star of Venus
(See March 26-29)

In the details:

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Clicking on “Joshua” will take you
to a site on a film opening
July 6.  That site describes

the title character as follows:
“Joshua is no ordinary boy….

He’s exceptionally intelligent and frighteningly precocious.

He has an angelic politeness and an easy cool that belie his young age….

Is it all a series of eerie coincidences or are they in the midst of an unimaginably evil mind? And could it be Joshua who, like his Biblical namesake, is bringing the house tumbling down around his family?”

The “Biblical namesake” is the
Joshua of the Old Testament–
source of the deeply flawed
“tumbling down” analogy.

In the New Testament,

there is of course also
a rather famous Joshua.

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“And the serpent’s eyes shine  
   as he wraps around the vine….”

The Garden of Allah


Monday, April 9, 2007

Monday April 9, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Garden Party

“And the fruit is rotten;
 the serpent’s eyes shine
 as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah.
— Don Henley

But not, perhaps,
in the Garden of Apollo:

The Garden of Apollo: The 3x3 Grid

Click on the image
for further details.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday August 13, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:20 PM
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author of
Evil Incarnate
Univ. Press)

Via dell’Inferno

“Most modern men
 do not believe in hell
 because they have
 not been there.”
— Review of
   Malcolm Lowry’s
   Under the Volcano

The Death of Satan:
How Americans Have
Lost the Sense of Evil

— Title of book by
    Andrew Delbanco

Song based on
Delbanco’s book:

The serpent’s eyes shine
 as he wraps
   around the vine
 in the Garden of Allah.”
— Don Henley

Friday, July 22, 2005

Friday July 22, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:55 AM
By Their Fruits

Today’s birthdays:
Don Henley and Willem Dafoe

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Related material:

Mathematics and Narrative


“And the fruit is rotten;
the serpent’s eyes shine
as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah.

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