Monday, January 6, 2014

For the Padres

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:55 PM

"I'm sorry to be catechizing you like this."

— The girl in "What Dead Men Tell," by Theodore Sturgeon

IMAGE- NYT obits,downloaded 11:36 PM ET Jan. 6, 2014, screenshot taken two minutes later. Obits for Run Run Shaw, Jerry Coleman, Bronson Binger, Halton C. Arp.

Q —

"Why walk when you can fly?"

— Mary Chapin Carpenter

A —

A definition —

IMAGE- Definition of 'base on balls,' or 'walk,' in baseball

And a song — Bing Bang…

See also Watch the Trailer.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Larger City

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:09 AM

By Penelope Lively
229 pages. Viking. $26.95.

Review by Michiko Kakutani
in The New York Times ,
online Jan. 23, 2012

As a historian, Henry acknowledges that he has “a soft spot for what is known as the Cleopatra’s nose theory of history— the proposal that had the nose of Cleopatra been an inch longer, the fortunes of Rome would have been different.” It’s a bit of a reductio ad absurdum, he admits, but nonetheless “a reference to random causality that makes a lot of sense when we think about the erratic sequence of events that we call history.”

What Ms. Lively has done in this captivating volume is to use all her copious storytelling gifts to show how a similar kind of random causality rules individual lives, how one unlucky event can set off unexpected chain reactions, how the so-called butterfly effect— whereby the flapping of a tiny butterfly’s wings can supposedly lead to a huge storm elsewhere in the world— ripples through the ebb and flow of daily life.

Rhetorical question—

"Why walk when you can fly?"
— Mary Chapin Carpenter

Rhetorical answer—

Two excerpts from a webpage on random walks

A drunk man will find his way home,
but a drunk bird may get lost forever.

— Shizuo Kakutani

Now we move to a larger city

IMAGE- 'Now we move to a larger city...' illustrated by 4x4 grid with dots signifying extension of the grid

Friday, December 23, 2011

About the People

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

(Continued from April 5, 2009)

"Thought can as it were fly , it doesn't have to walk."

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Zettel , fragment 273

See also a related song.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'Why Walk When You Can Fly?'

Friday, September 10, 2010

Only Connect

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:01 PM

For Julie Taymor on Fashion's Night Out

This morning's post had a link to a video meditation from the director of
the 1985 film "Kiss of the Spider Woman"—

Image-- Plane flying into sun, from 'At Play in the Fields of the Lord'

This film clip is echoed by lyrics, broadcast this morning, from Taymor's new Spider-Man musical—

You can fly too high and get too close to the sun.
See how the boy falls from the sky.

This morning's post and the "At Play" film it linked to featured class conflict and Brazilian natives.

For a more down-to-earth approach to these topics, see Fox Broadcasting's new series "Running Wilde."

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