Tuesday, January 14, 2020

For a Black Swan

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:01 PM

Related material from Stephen King —

— and from Black Swan  author Nassim Nicholas Taleb —

See as well this  journal on the Taleb date:  Feb. 27, 2018 —

Raiders of the Lost Images .

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Black Swan

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:55 PM

See also Black Swan in this journal.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Black Swan

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:06 PM

Click for video.


Background: Greek Orthodox in Lebanon.


The Star
of Venus

Venus Herself


For greater philosophical depth, see an ad for "Tree of Life," an upcoming film by Terrence Malick, by clicking the "Venus Herself" link above.

The trailer for "Tree of Life" is said to be opening with the film "Black Swan" today.

See also articles on Malick at Wikipedia and at Senses of Cinema, and Malick's translation of Heidegger's 1929 essay "Vom Wesen des Grundes " into English. It was published under the title The Essence of Reasons  (Evanston: Northwestern University Press,1969, bilingual edition).

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Valid States of Maximal Knowledge

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:30 PM

"Few scripts would have the audacity
to have the deus ex machina be
Captain Midnight  decoder ring."

Review of "The House with
a Clock in Its Walls" (2018 film) 

Related mathematics (click to enlarge) . . .

The "uwa.edu.au" above is for the University of Western Australia.
See the black swan in its coat of arms (and in the above film).

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:30 AM

"Condescension and a certain amount of hostility
used to mark the critical reaction…."

— Emma Brockes on Stephen King in
    The Guardian , 21 Sept. 2013

For the mark itself, see Black Swan Venus,
Vonnegut Asterisk, and Branding Iron.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Question

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:31 PM

"A friend asked why I am saying kaddish.
 A good question."

Kaddish , by Leon Wieseltier, Chapter One

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

Scarlett Johansson
and Natalie Portman

See Scarlett in Lucy 

Barry Rudd at the end of John Hersey's
1960 novel The Child Buyer :

"Fascinating to be a specimen,
truly fascinating.  Do you suppose
I really can develop an I.Q. of
over a thousand?"

and Natalie in Black Swan .

Midrash :

December 2, 2014

  • "12:30 pm we leave for the historic
    Princeton Cemetery on Witherspoon and
    Paul Robson Streets to assemble for
    a service and burial at 2:00 pm."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Homemade Aesthetics

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:48 PM

Continued from Tuesday, November 18, 2014

International poster for the 2010 film "Black Swan"—

"Death is a black swan." — Graciela Chichilnisky

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 PM

A Meditation on Harvard, Pi, and Rhetoric

Recall that pi equals 3.14159… "Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera." —The King and I

IMAGE- Oscar contenders- NY Times photos of 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' and 'King's Speech'

Related material—

When the Man Comes Around

"It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

More Pricks Than Kicks

Happy birthday from Samuel Beckett to Johnny Cash.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cruel Star, Part II

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Symmetry, Duality, and Cinema

— Title of a Paris conference held June 17, 2010

From that conference, Edward Frenkel on symmetry and duality

"Symmetry plays an important role in geometry, number theory, and quantum physics. I will discuss the links between these areas from the vantage point of the Langlands Program. In this context 'duality' means that the same theory, or category, may be described in two radically different ways. This leads to many surprising consequences."

Related material —


See also  "Black Swan" in this journal, Ingmar Bergman's production of Yukio Mishima's "Madame de Sade," and Duality and Symmetry, 2001.

This journal on the date of the Paris conference
had a post, "Nighttown," with some remarks about
the duality of darkness and light. Its conclusion—

"By groping toward the light we are made to realize
 how deep the darkness is around us."
  — Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy,
      Random House, 1973, page 118

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Damnation on 42nd Street

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:24 AM

Yesterday's New York Lottery— Midday 042, Evening 919.

Here 042 may be seen as referring to New York's 42nd Street…

Below, West 42nd St., facing north, from yesterday's New York Times


Related material —

That story is part of the Change War  saga by Fritz Leiber, notably represented by Leiber's 1957 novel The Big Time.

See also Comic Book Resources on the new comic-book  series Spider-Man: Big Time

CBR: “Big Time” is this title of this new era of “Amazing Spider-Man.” Why choose that title? What exactly is it referring to?

DAN SLOTT: “Big Time” refers to more than “Amazing Spider-Man,” it also refers to other Spider-Projects: “Astonishing Spider-Man/Iron Man,” the new Norman Osborn mini, and the all-new “Spider-Girl!” With “Amazing,” “Big Time” takes on a lot of meanings. In this book, everything is bigger: bigger stakes for Peter Parker, bigger threats for Spider-Man, and a much bigger comic. We are expanding to 30 pages of material, twice a month!

As for yesterday's evening NY lottery number 919, see 9/19.

Friday, November 5, 2010

V Day for Natalie

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

This morning's post mentioned the new film "Black Swan," starring Natalie Portman, that opens December 3.

Portman also starred in the 2006 film "V for Vendetta," based very loosely on today's date— November 5, Guy Fawkes Day.

Some background on Alan Moore, the creator of the graphic novel underlying that film—

1. The New York Times , March 12, 2006
2. Panelling Parallax: The Fearful Symmetry of William Blake and Alan Moore
3. This journal on March 24, 2009

Also from March 24, 2009—  An image for what Thomas Pynchon, in this morning's post, called "the watchful scavengers of Epiphany."

Seize the Day*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:24 AM

From last night's post

"… right now…. winning the day…."

— President Obama on the 16th of October (between 5:19 and 5:37 PM EDT)

This journal on the 16th of October—

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Quaternion Day

m759 @ 12:00 PM

Brightness at Noon continued

i2 = j2 = k2 = ijk = -1

– Sir William Rowan Hamilton, Oct. 16, 1843

See also this journal on 1/09, 2010.

Related religious material from Thomas Pynchon—


* Material related to this post's title, "Seize the Day"—

Indirectly related — an ad for the new film Black Swan
accompanying a Halloween story in yesterday's online New York Times


More directly related —

Black Swan Theory at Wikipedia —


Powered by WordPress