Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Surrealistic Pillow Talk

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

   "Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'- 'Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.'

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go . . ."

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:17 AM

On the answers to the puzzle discussed here last night

"Look, this is a complicated theme, but it was no help to me
while solving and feels like an elaborate joke that the teller
has to explain, where you're like 'Oh … yeah, that's clever.'
But you didn't laugh."

— Today's "Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle"

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Brynner + Welles

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tuesday October 10, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM


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Orson Welles

Welles died on
this date in 1985,
the same day as
Yul Brynner.

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“The crème de la crème
of the chess world in a
show with everything
 but Yul Brynner

One Night in Bangkok

New York Lottery,
mid-day on Yom Kippur,
October 2, 2006:


Pennsylvania Lottery,
mid-day on the same day:


For more on 256,
see Symmetries
and 7/23.

It is a very difficult
philosophical question,
 the question of

  what ‘random’ is.”

Herbert Robbins, co-author
   of What is Mathematics?

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Saturday October 15, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:28 AM


A brief note to place Edward Bennett Marks, who died either on Saturday, October 8, 2005 (Washington Post), or on Monday, October 10, 2005 (New York Times), in my personal canon of saints.  Today’s New York Times says that Marks spent his career “aiding refugees as an executive of American and international agencies, both official and volunteer.”  This alone was commendable, but not miraculous.  The miraculous is contained in three words from the Log24 entry of October 10, the date of death of Orson Welles, of Yul Brynner, and perhaps of Marks: “All come home.”

For a rather different perspective on St. Yul Brynner, see “Shall We Dance?”–  a profile by Calvin Tomkins in this week’s New Yorker (issue dated 2005 10/17, posted 10/10) of an artist raised in Bangkok.  It is perhaps not irrelevant that the chess enthusiast Marcel Duchamp plays a prominent role in this piece.

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Marcel Duchamp
Some other remarks on chess and art:

From Introduction to Aesthetics
(Log24, October 10, 2004) —

G. H. Hardy on chess problems:

“It is essential… (unless the problem is too simple to be really amusing) that the key-move should be followed by a good many variations, each requiring its own individual answer.”

According to the New York Times, Marks died on Oct. 10 (see related entry).

According to the Washington Post, Marks died on Oct. 8 (see related entry).

For some remarks on art by St. Edward, see UN Chronicle, Issue 4, 1998.

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