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Monday, March 5, 2012

Establishment of the Talented

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For Women's History Month —

See this post's title in Log24 and the following from Pinkdex ,
the online catalog of the MIT Science Fiction Society (MITSFS)—

IMAGE- Pinkdex results for McCaffrey's 'Rowan' series

"The Pinkdex is so named because it was originally
maintained by another member of MITSFS, many years ago—
 Marilyn 'Fuzzy Pink' Niven [said to be so called for her sweaters],
 whose husband, Larry Niven, has written
or co-authored many of the books in the MITSFS library."

Susan Shepherd, MIT '11

See also MIT Commencement in this journal.

Postscript for the less technically oriented reader—
This post was suggested by yesterday's "Look, Buster,"
and by the middle name of William Rowan Hamilton.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cuber

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Nobel Flashback:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM 

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, November 28, 2014

Former-Day Saint

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:35 PM

Continued from Friday the 13th of June, 2014 :

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

Related material:

Click Zenna Henderson's dates for
an informative essay from April 5, 2009.

See also posts on, or about, that date in this journal.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Steps

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 AM

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47),
    quoted here on December 1, 2013

"Twenty-one days is enough time to build trust
and decimate it several times over, and long enough
for someone to drop their pretensions altogether.
So while 'Dude, You’re Screwed' is about a person
at war with himself, 'Naked and Afraid' is about
people at war with each other. The elements may
get you down, but hell is other people."

Jon Caramanica in The New York Times
    (page C1 of today's New York print edition)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sermon

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IMAGE- 'To Ride Pegasus,' 1973 1st ed., by Anne McCaffrey

First edition, 1973, cover art by Gene Szafran

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things."

To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Eve and Cleavage

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

From a poem by Frances Frost—

"The upper peak, the shattered rock that cleaves the northward sky
remains alone untaken by the darkness"

— "From a Mountain-Top," The North American Review ,
December 1939 (Vol. 248, No. 2, page 301)

For some material related to the Frost poem,
if only by verbal coincidence, see shattered + rock in this journal.

See also rock + cleavage.

For the relationship to Eve, see New Year's Eve, 2012
and the following image by Karolin Schnoor, who also
illustrated the New York Times  op-ed piece "Catholic
Education, in Need of Salvation
" published online on
Epiphany 2013 (see last evening's Log24 post)—

For some context, see Establishment of the Talented.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Talented

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:00 AM

"It's going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things."
— Anne McCaffrey, Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

"Character, as we have stated, is revealed through action.
We are not yet telepathic; we must embody even the most intellectual traits
and express them physically."
The Craftsmen of Dionysus: An Approach to Acting  by Jerome Rockwood

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-ApolloAndDionysus.jpg

Dionysus Meets Apollo
in "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould"—

Step I — Tiny Dancer in My Hand (0.48.46)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-0.48.46-TinyDancerInMyHand-Sm.jpg

Step II — The Bridge (0.52.46)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-0.52.46-IdeaOfNorth-Bridge-Sm.jpg

Step III — Liftoff (1.27.37)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-1.27.37-Liftoff-Sm.jpg

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cold Mountain

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For Nicole (see Jan. 9).

"Ninth of January, Two Thousand… and Eleven." — Andrew Keeling

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110208-NabScar.png

This, with the entry on Nicole from January ninth,
suggests the following dialogue from
"Escape to Witch Mountain" (1975)—

Where are the others? 
                   
Other kids?

Neighbors, I mean.  
                   
There are no neighbors.
Look out of the window. Go on...                   
Look as far as you can see.                   
Mr. Bolt owns everything in sight.   
                   
Well, I could see the sky.

See also "establishment of the Talented" in this journal.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Making a Play

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

From "Deus ex Machina and the Aesthetics of Proof"
(Alan J. Cain in The Mathematical Intelligencer * of September 2010, pdf)—

Deus ex Machina
In a narrative, a deus is unsatisfying for two reasons. The
first is that any future attempt to build tension is undercut if
the author establishes that a difficulty can be resolved by a
deus. The second reason—more important for the purposes
of this essay—is that the deus does not fit with the internal
structure of the story. There is no reason internal to the
story why the deus should intervene at that moment.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101126-MacySanta.jpg

Santa in the New York Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day, 2010 (November 25), New York Lottery—

Midday 411, Evening 332.

For 411, see (for instance) April 11 (i.e., 4/11) in 2008

Pegasus

NYT obituaries, morning of Friday, April 11, 2008-- Carousel designer and others

For 332, see "A Play for Kristen**" — March 16, 2008

"A search for the evening  number, 332, in Log24 yields a rather famous line from Sophocles…"

Sophocles, Antigone, edited by Mark Griffith, Cambridge University Press, 1999:

Sophocles, Antigone, line 332 in the original Greek

“Many things are formidable (deina ) and none is more formidable (deinoteron ) than man.”

Antigone , lines 332-333, in Valdis Leinieks, The Plays of Sophokles, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1982, p. 62
 

See also the lottery numbers 411 and 332 in this journal on March 22, 2009— "The Storyteller in Chance ."

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

— Anne McCaffrey, Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

* It seems Santa has delivered an early gift — free online access to all issues of the Intelligencer .
** Teaser headline in the original version at Xanga.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Back to the Saddle

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 5:30 AM

Recent posts (Church Logic and Church Narrative) have discussed finite  geometry as a type of non-Euclidean geometry.

For those who prefer non-finite geometry, here are some observations.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-CoxeterPilate.jpg

"A characteristic property of hyperbolic geometry
is that the angles of a triangle add to less
than a straight angle (half circle)." — Wikipedia

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-Saddle.jpg

From To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate.  That’s okay!”  He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers.  “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather.  No, not birds.  Winged horses!  Ha!  Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy.  A bloody good symbol for us.  You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

“Yes, an airplane has blind spots.  Where would you put a saddle?”  Molly had her practical side.

On the practical side:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-CandelaSpire.jpg

The above chapel is from a Princeton Weekly Bulletin  story of October 6th, 2008.

Related material: This journal on that date.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday October 16, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 AM
Steps

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

Step 1:

Checkers game from 'Our Man in Havana'

Alec Guinness and Ernie Kovacs
play checkers in
Our Man in Havana” (1959)

Et cetera,
Et cetera,
Et cetera


“…Once in a lullaby….”
— Judy Garland  

Lullaby:

Edie Adams sings 'That's All' on the final episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Edie Adams sings on the
final episode of
“The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”
in April 1960

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday August 5, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM
Lucero


 

Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry, 1947, Chapter VI:

“What have I got out of my life? Contacts with famous men… The occasion Einstein asked me the time, for instance. That summer evening…. smiles when I say I don’t know. And yet asked me. Yes: the great Jew, who has upset the whole world’s notions of time and space, once leaned down… to ask me… ragged freshman… at the first approach of the evening star, the time. And smiled again when I pointed out the clock neither of us had noticed.”

To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate. That’s okay!” He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers. “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather. No, not birds. Winged horses! Ha! Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy. A bloody good symbol for us. You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

From Holt Spanish and English Dictionary, 1955:

lucero m Venus
(as morning or evening star);
bright star…
star (in forehead of animal)….

Scarlett Johansson and friend in The Horse Whisperer

Scarlett Johansson and friend
in “The Horse Whisperer” (1998)

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Thursday September 5, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:06 PM

Trifecta

Born today: Arthur Koestler,
former Communist and writer on parapsychology

From To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate.  That’s okay!”  He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers.  “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather.  No, not birds.  Winged horses!  Ha!  Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy.  A bloody good symbol for us.  You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

“Yes, an airplane has blind spots.  Where would you put a saddle?”  Molly had her practical side.

He laughed and hugged her.  Henry’s frequent demonstrations of affection were a source of great delight to Molly, whose own strength was in tactile contacts. 

“Don’t know.  Lord, how would you bridle a winged horse?”

“With the heart?”

“Indubitably!”  The notion pleased him.  “Yes, with the heart and the head because Pegasus is too strong a steed to control or subdue by any ordinary method.” 

Born today:  Darryl F. Zanuck,
producer of “Viva Zapata!”

Director Eliza Kazan consults with scriptwriter John Steinbeck about the production of “Viva Zapata!” in Cuernavaca, Mexico:

When John woke, I asked him, “Isn’t the Syndicate of Film Technicians and Workers here Communist-dominated?”

Elia Kazan on Darryl Zanuck’s insistence that Zapata’s white horse be emphasized:

Darryl made only one suggestion that he was insistent on. He’d stolen it, no doubt, from an old Warner western, but he offered it as if it were pristine stuff. “Zapata must have a white horse,” he said, “and after they shoot him, we should show the horse running free in the mountains — get the idea? A great fade-out.” We got the idea, all right. Darryl was innocent about the symbol in his suggestion, but so enthusiastic about the emotion of it that he practically foamed at the mouth. John’s face was without expression. Actually, while I thought it was corny, the idea worked out well in the end. 

Born today: comedian Bob Newhart

 

If Kazan hadn’t directed “Viva Zapata!”…

Zanuck would have ended up shouting,

“I said a WHITE horse!”

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