Sunday, January 30, 2011

Brightness at Noon, continued…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

A phrase suggested by last night's New York Times  obituaries

From Milton to Milton  (click to enlarge)


The "green fields" is from Shakespeare.

The above author, Vinton Adams Dearing, died* on April 6, 2005. From this journal on that date, some babbling.

"Have your people call my people." — George Carlin

* See Dearing's page 34


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday July 2, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

on a joke by George Carlin,
a passage by Kierkegaard,
and the death on this date
12 years ago
of actor James Stewart

The Catholic Carlin:

“Thank you, Mr. Twain. Have your people call my people.” –George Carlin on learning he had won the Mark Twain award. Twain’s people were Protestant, Carlin’s Catholic.

The Protestant Kierkegaard:

“… the moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time….

Once here in Copenhagen there were two actors who probably never thought that their performance could have a deeper significance. They stepped forth onto the stage, placed themselves opposite each other, and then began the mimical representation of one or another passionate conflict. When the mimical act was in full swing and the spectators’ eyes followed the story with expectation of what was to follow, they suddenly stopped and remained motionless as though petrified in the mimical expression of the moment. The effect of this can he exceedingly comical, for the moment in an accidental way becomes commensurable with the eternal.”

Catholic tableau
(with Vivien Leigh
   representing the Church)
    of Salvation by Works

The cast of  'Streetcar Named Desire' in the radio scene

Protestant tableau
(with James Stewart
 as Protestant Pilgrim)
    of Salvation by Grace

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 'Rear Window'

Click on either tableau
for a (much) larger image.

* Thanks to University Diaries for an entry on Clancy Martin, a philosophy professor in the “show me” state, and his experiences with AA. For a sample of Martin’s style, see a piece he wrote on Fabergé Easter eggs. For other Easter egg material, see this journal and (via a link) The Harvard Crimson, Easter 2008.  A valuable philosophical remark by Martin in a recent interview:

“An unscrupulous jeweler will swap diamonds for cheaper ones when jewelry is dropped off to be sized or repaired, he said.

‘It happens all the time,’ Martin said. ‘Nobody’s watching.'”

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday June 29, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 6:29 PM
Calvinist Epiphany
for St. Peter’s Day

Have your people
  call my people.
— George Carlin 

Diamond life, lover boy;
we move in space
with minimum waste
 and maximum joy.

— Sade, quoted here on
 Lincoln’s Birthday, 2003

This is perhaps suitable
for the soundtrack of
the film “Blockheads
  (currently in development)–

Kohs Block Design Test

Diamond Life

Related material from Wikipedia:

“Uta Frith, in her book Autism: Explaining the Enigma,[5] addresses the superior performance of autistic individuals on the block design [link not in Wikipedia] test. This was also addressed in [an] earlier paper.[6] A particularly interesting article demonstrates the differences in construction time in the performance of the block design task by Asperger syndrome individuals and non-Asperger’s individuals. An essential point here is that in an unsegmented version of the task, Asperger’s individuals performed dramatically faster than non-Asperger’s individuals: [7].”

5. Frith, Uta (2003). Autism: explaining the enigma (2nd ed. ). Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Pub. ISBN 0-631-22901-9.

6. Shah A, Frith U (Nov 1993). “Why do autistic individuals show superior performance on the block design task?”. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 34 (8): 1351–64. PMID 8294523. 

7. Caron MJ, Mottron L, Berthiaume C, Dawson M (Jul 2006). “Cognitive mechanisms, specificity and neural underpinnings of visuospatial peaks in autism”. Brain 129 (Pt 7): 1789–802. doi:10.1093/brain/awl072. PMID 16597652. “Fig 3”.

Lover Boy

Related material from a film (see Calvinist Epiphany, June 17):

Still from the film 'Adam'-- Adam looking at photo

Related material from another film:

Monty Python - Bright Side of Life

For the relevance of this maxim to autism, see Markoff Process (March 4, 2009).

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursday July 10, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From the current
issue of TIME:

Mark Twain on cover of  TIME, issue dated July 14, 2008

“Religions are hardy. ‘Many a time
we have gotten all ready for the
funeral’ of one faith or another,
‘and found it postponed again,
on account of
the weather or something.'”

— Mark Twain

Twain was raised
as a Presbyterian
(the Calvinist tradition).

This year’s Twain award
for humor went to
George Carlin,
raised in
the Catholic tradition.

On learning he had won
the Twain award,
Carlin said,
“Thank you, Mr. Twain.
Have your people
call my people.”

Today’s Birthdays:

Born July 10, 1509 —

John Calvin portrait

John Calvin

His people: see

The Authority of Narrative.

Born July 10, 1984 —

Maria Julia Mantilla website screenshot

Maria Julia Mantilla

Her people: see 

Catholic Tastes.

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