Saturday, April 27, 2013

Elevation of the Host

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 PM

The title is a reference to a scheduled SNL.

Related material: 

Cooper Union Borg,  Master Class,  and

IMAGE- Vampire Weekend lyric: 'Snow falling slow to the sound of the master'

See also today's noon post and The Sunshine Girls.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday August 4, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 PM
Due Deference

The New York Times today
on architect Charles Gwathmey,
who died Monday:

"Mr. Gwathmey's Astor Place
condominium tower drew
criticism from those who
said it was insufficiently
deferential to its

Astor Place tower
(click to enlarge):

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The above sculpture,
popularly known as
The Borg Cube,
appeared here on


Photo by Jesse Chan-Norris

The Borg Cube, with
Cooper Union at left

For deferential remarks, see
Annals of Collective Consciousness.

See also the link
from noon today to
Nobel Prize Day, 2006,
and the link there to
J. G. Ballard on modernism.

"So, there is one place
where modernism triumphs.
As in the cases of the pyramids
and the Taj Mahal, the Siegfried line
 and the Atlantic wall, death always
 calls on the very best architects."

— J. G. Ballard,
"A Handful of Dust"

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday August 1, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:26 AM
And the Tony
   goes to…

The New York Times

“Tony Rosenthal, who created ‘Alamo,’ the eternally popular revolving black cube in Astor Place in the East Village, and many other public sculptures, died on Tuesday [July 28, 2009] in Southampton, N.Y. He was 94.”

The Astor Place sculpture, near Cooper Union, is also known as The Borg Cube:


The Borg Cube, with
Cooper Union at left

Wikipedia on The Borg Queen:

“The Borg Queen is the focal point within the Borg collective consciousness.”

Possible Borg-Queen candidates:

Helen Mirren, who appeared in this journal on the date of Rosenthal’s death (see Monumental Anniversary), and Julie Taymor, who recently directed Mirren as Prospera in a feminist version of “The Tempest.”

Both Mirren and Taymor would appreciate the work of Anita Borg, who pioneered the role of women in computer science. “Her colleagues mourned Borg’s passing, even as they stressed how crucial she was in creating a kind of collective consciousness for women working in the heavily male-dominated field of computer technology.” —Salon.com obituary


Anita Borg

Borg died on Sunday, April 6, 2003. See The New York Times Magazine for that date in Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art


(Cover typography revised)

I would award the Borg-Queen Tony to Taymor, who seems to have a firmer grasp of technology than Mirren.

Julie Taymor directing a film

See Language Game,
Wittgenstein’s birthday, 2009.

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