Saturday, August 30, 2008 6:28 PM
Movie-Teller, Part Deux:
"Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the Gulf Coast, a reminder of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Bush administration's poor response. The storm was clearly on McCain's mind Saturday.
'You know, it just wouldn't be appropriate
to have a festive occasion while a near tragedy or a terrible challenge
is presented in the form of a natural disaster....' McCain said in an
interview taped for 'Fox News Sunday.'" --AP
President George W. Bush
Saturday, August 30, 2008 9:00 AM
On Style, continued:
"... maybe it was McCain's role as 'movie-teller' that
he cherishes most-- the man who used to narrate the plots of films to
his fellow PoWs in the compound. 'I must have told a hundred movies,'
says McCain. 'Of course I don't know a hundred movies-- I made them
A story from McCain's
birthday this year:
St. Sarah's Day,
See also the remarks of St. Augustine and others on time (August 28 entry) and, from May 24, a song hook thanks to Cyndi Lauper:
Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:00 PM
For St. Augustine's Day:
Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:24 AM
|"Have liberty not as
the air within a grave
Or down a well. Breathe freedom,
oh, my native,
In the space of horizons
that neither love nor hate."
-- Wallace Stevens,
"Things of August"
by John Braheny
"Hook" is the term you'll hear most often in the business and
craft of commercial songwriting. (Well, maybe not as much as "Sorry, we
can't use your song," but it's possible that the more you hear about
hooks now, the less you'll hear "we can't use it" later.)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 6:23 AM
Of the People,
by the People,
for the People
From the autobiography of Reba McEntire:
"...my major field of study was elementary education and my minor was music. I received my bachelor's degree, but never taught school as my Mama and Grandma had done before me...." --My Story, Bantam, 1994
From a notable production of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Reba McEntire:
"Doin' what comes naturally...."
-- Irving Berlin
From Zenna Henderson's first story of the People:
"Suddenly I felt her, so plainly that I knew with a feeling of fear and pride that I was of my grandmother, that soon I would be bearing the burden and blessing of her Gift -- the Gift that develops into free access to any mind, one of the People or an Outsider, willing or not. And besides the access, the ability to counsel and help, to straighten tangled minds and snarled emotions.... It was the first time I had ever sorted anybody."
-- "Ararat," in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1952 (reprinted in Ingathering, NESFA Press, 1995)
"You know, I spent 20 years in business. If you ran a company whose only strategy was to tear down the competition, it wouldn't last long. So why is this wisdom so hard to find in Washington?
I know we're at the Democratic convention, but if an idea works, it really doesn't matter if it has an 'R' or 'D' next to it. Because this election isn't about liberal versus conservative. It's not about left versus right. It's about the future versus the past.In this election, at this moment in our history, we know what the problems are. We know that at this critical juncture, we have only one shot to get it right....
and the poet
are of imagination
For further details,
see the sons and
Monday, August 25, 2008 3:23 AM
Annals of Poetry:
Sunday, August 24, 2008 7:00 AM
Context-Sensitive Theology continued:
"... as for spiritual cunning, it was in the conceits of metaphysical poetry, in the self-conscious ambiguities of poetical language (there are, we are told, as many types of it as deadly sins), and in the paradoxes of Pascal's religious thought. For ambiguity and paradox are the manner of speaking when reality and symbol, man's mind and his soul, are at cross-purposes."Heller's description of "relevant objective truths" as "absurdities" seems to be an instance of such ambiguity and paradox. For further details, see
Saturday, August 23, 2008 5:01 AM
The Lottery Theater presents:
|"The balance-beam of Fate was bent;|
|The bounds of good and ill were rent;|
|Strong Hades could not keep his own,|
|But all slid to confusion."
-- "Uriel," by
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Oxford Book of
English Verse, 1919,
Friday, August 22, 2008 5:01 AM
ART WARS continued --
Harvard psychiatry and...2. Wechsler Cubes of a different sort (Log24, May 25, 2008)
The Montessori Method;
The Crimson Passion;
The Lottery Covenant.
"... I think that the deeper opportunity, the greater opportunity film can offer us is as an exercise of the mind. But an exercise, I hate to use the word, I won't say 'soul,' I won't say 'soul' and I won't say 'spirit,' but that it can really put our deepest psychological existence through stuff. It can be a powerful exercise. It can make us think, but I don't mean think about this and think about that. The very, very process of powerful thinking, in a way that it can afford, is I think very, very valuable. I basically think that the mind is not complete yet, that we are working on creating the mind. Okay. And that the higher function of art for me is its contribution to the making of mind."5. For Dargis's "Aryan Youth types"--
-- Interview with Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley, October 1999
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:29 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:30 AM
ART WARS continued:
"Credences of Summer," VII,
by Wallace Stevens, from
Transport to Summer (1947)
"Three times the concentred
self takes hold, three times
The thrice concentred self,
The object, grips it
in savage scrutiny,
Once to make captive,
once to subjugate
Or yield to subjugation,
once to proclaim
The meaning of the capture,
this hard prize,
Fully made, fully apparent,
"A word about E(8). In my opinion, and shared by others, E(8) is the most magnificent 'object' in all of mathematics. It is like a diamond with thousands of facets. Each facet offering a different view of its unbelievable intricate internal structure."
"The problem is-- the genius is-- given an infinite question, to think of the right finite question to ask. Once you thought of the finite answer, then you would know the right answer to the infinite question."The Greeks, of course, answered the infinite questions first-- at least for Euclidean space. Halmos was concerned with more general modern infinite spaces (such as Hilbert space) where the intuition to be gained from finite questions is still of value.
Monday, August 18, 2008 9:00 AM
To the Journeyers to the East:
4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6
|"What is combinatorial mathematics?
Combinatorial mathematics, also referred to as combinatorial analysis
or combinatorics, is a mathematical discipline that began in ancient
times. According to legend the Chinese Emperor Yu (c. 2200 B.C.)
observed the magic square
4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6
on the shell of a divine turtle...."
-- H.J. Ryser, Combinatorial Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, Carus Mathematical Monographs 14 (1963)
by Jeffrey C. K. Goh
(Peeters Publishers, 2004), p. 438:
"Insisting that theological statements are not simply deduced from human experience, Rahner nevertheless stresses the experience of grace as the 'real, fundamental reality of Christianity
272 'Grace' is a key category in Rahner's theology. He has expended a great deal of energy on this topic, earning himself the title, amongst others, of a 'theologian of the graced search for meaning.' See G. B. Kelly (ed.), Karl Rahner, in The Making of Modern Theology series (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1992)."
Sunday, August 17, 2008 6:20 AM
ART WARS continued:
Saturday, August 16, 2008 8:00 AM
Halmos on Depth in Mathematics:Seeing the Finite Structure
The Root of All Deep Mathematics
"Albers. In the conclusion of 'Fifty Years of Linear Algebra,' you wrote: 'I am inclined to believe that at the root of all deep mathematics there is a combinatorial insight... I think that in this subject (in every subject?) the really original, really deep insights are always combinatorial, and I think for the new discoveries that we need-- the pendulum needs-- to swing back, and will swing back in the combinatorial direction.' I always thought of you as an analyst.
Halmos: People call me an analyst, but I think I'm a born algebraist, and I mean the same thing, analytic versus combinatorial-algebraic. I think the finite case illustrates and guides and simplifies the infinite.
Some people called me full of baloney when I asserted that the deep problems of operator theory could all be solved if we knew the answer to every finite dimensional matrix question. I still have this religion that if you knew the answer to every matrix question, somehow you could answer every operator question. But the 'somehow' would require genius. The problem is not, given an operator question, to ask the same question in finite dimensions-- that's silly. The problem is-- the genius is-- given an infinite question, to think of the right finite question to ask. Once you thought of the finite answer, then you would know the right answer to the infinite question.
Combinatorics, the finite case, is where the genuine, deep insight is. Generalizing, making it infinite, is sometimes intricate and sometimes difficult, and I might even be willing to say that it's sometimes deep, but it is nowhere near as fundamental as seeing the finite structure."