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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Word Magic

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:52 PM

"Business-wise, Magic is working—Bloomberg reported 
that the game brought in $500 million in revenue last year.
Hasbro owns Monopoly and Scrabble, but Magic  is its top
game brand. . . . 

The idea of using a card mechanic to generate story has
precedent—the Italian postmodern writer Italo Calvino
generated an entire novel based on drawing from a
tarot card deck. Games provide frameworks that miniaturize
and represent idealized realities; so do narratives."

— Adam Rogers, Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Wired

"The Esper party began . . ." —

Life of the Party

    From Stephen King's Dreamcatcher :

The 'Dreamcatcher' warning

    From Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man :

Alfred Bester— 'The Esper party began.'

    From Anne McCaffrey's To Ride Pegasus :

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

Adam Rogers at Wired  as quoted above —

"The idea of using a card mechanic to generate story
has precedent. . . ."

See The Greater Trumps .

Saturday, May 26, 2018

#HimToo

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:38 PM

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Enda’s Game

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:21 PM

An April 4 Boston Globe  story by Kevin Cullen
suggests a review of …

  • "The Dead," by James Joyce
  • "Clay," by James Joyce
  • Dreamcatcher , by Stephen King
  • Enda's Game, a post quoting Tolkien
    on telepathic communication

Friday, October 5, 2012

Where Madness Lies

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:29 PM

(Continued from Tuesday, Oct. 2)

From today's online New York Times

"The Schoenberg proved the highlight of the evening,
sandwiched between polished but otherwise routine
performances of Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1
in D minor and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 ('Linz'),
which ended the evening."

From a Wikipedia article— 

The Jew of Linz  is a controversial 1998 book by Australian writer Kimberley Cornish. It alleges that the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had a profound effect on Adolf Hitler when they were both pupils at the Realschule (lower secondary school) in Linz, Austria, in the early 1900s.

One section of the article—

No-ownership theory of mind
Other sections of the book deal with Cornish's theories about what he claims are the common roots of Wittgenstein's and Hitler's philosophies in mysticism, magic, and the "no-ownership" theory of mind. Cornish sees this as Wittgenstein's generalisation of Schopenhauer's account of the Unity of the Will, in which despite appearances, there is only a single Will acting through the bodies of all creatures. This doctrine, generalized to other mental faculties such as thinking, is presented in Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Essays". The doctrine, writes Cornish, was also held by the Oxford philosopher R. G. Collingwood who was one of Wittgenstein's electors to his Cambridge chair. Cornish tries to tie this to Wittgenstein's arguments against the idea of "mental privacy" and in conclusion says "I have attempted to locate the source of the Holocaust in a perversion of early Aryan religious doctrines about the ultimate nature of man". Cornish also suggests that Hitler's oratorical powers in addressing the group mind of crowds and Wittgenstein's philosophy of language and denial of mental privacy, are the practical and theoretical consequences of this doctrine.

See also Dreamcatcher in this journal.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thursday August 31, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 PM

Party Phone

for Van Morrison
on his birthday

A few words for M.C.C.:

Honey Blonde

She's as sweet as
  tupelo honey
She's an angel
  of the first degree.
She's as sweet as
  tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby,
  from the bee.
— Van Morrison, 1971

From March 24, 2006:

Life of the Party

From Stephen King's Dreamcatcher:

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From Alfred Bester's
The Demolished Man:

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Related material:

"… 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's not the twilight zone no,
it's not the twilight zone
Yes it's just a party phone,
pure
honeycomb,
honeycomb,
honeycomb"

— Van Morrison, "Twilight Zone,"
in The Philosopher's Stone

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tuesday July 11, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:11 PM

Not Crazy Enough?

Some children of the sixties may feel that today's previous two entries, on Syd Barrett, the Crazy Diamond, are not crazy enough.  Let them consult the times of those entries– 2:11 and 8:15– and interpret those times, crazily, as dates: 2/11 and 8/15.

This brings us to Stephen King territory– apparently the natural habitat of Syd Barrett.

See Log24 on a 2/11, Along Came a Dreamcatcher, and Log24 on an 8/15, The Line.

From 8/15, a remark of Plato:

"There appears to be a sort of war of Giants and Gods going on…"

(Compare with the remarks by Abraham Cowley for Tom Stoppard's recent birthday.)

From 2/11, two links: Halloween Meditations  and We Are the Key.

From Dreamcatcher (the film and the book):

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For Syd Barrett as Duddits,

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see Terry Kirby on Syd Barrett
(edited– as in Stephen King
and the New Testament
for narrative effect):

"He appeared as the Floyd performed the song 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond.' It contains the words: 'Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.'

At first, they didn't recognise the man, whose head and eyebrows were shaved….

But this was the 'crazy diamond' himself: Syd Barrett, the subject of the song….

When Roger Waters saw his old friend, he broke down….

Rick Wright, the keyboards player, later told an interviewer:

… 'Roger [Waters] was in tears, I think I was; we were both in tears. It was very shocking… seven years of no contact and then to walk in while we're actually doing that particular track. I don't know – coincidence, karma, fate, who knows? But it was very, very, very powerful.'"

Remarks suitable for Duddits's opponent, Mister Gray, may be found in the 1994 Ph.D. thesis of Noel Gray.

"I refer here to Plato's utilisation in the Meno of graphic austerity as the tool to bring to the surface, literally and figuratively, the inherent presence of geometry in the mind of the slave."

Plato's Diamond

Shine on, gentle Duddits.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday March 24, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:22 PM
Life of the Party

From Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher:

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From Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man:

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Related material:

“… 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

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Saturday February 11, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:23 PM
Along Came
a Dreamcatcher

For “the great Ojibwe tribe”

  (A phrase from the lyrics to
 “Broken Feather Blues,”
by Pat Donohue,
performed on tonight’s
Prairie Home Companion)

Ojibwe dreamcatcher:

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See also the recent entries
Zen Koan and Blue Dream,

as well as

Halloween Meditations
 and We Are the Key.

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