From the journal of Steven H. Cullinane...
2009 April 16-30
Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:35 AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:29 AM
The Last Enemy, continued:
Are you up to
Online New York Times
this morning, about 9:18 AM EDT:
and the meditation on
the word "Anastasia"
in this morning's
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 8:28 AM
A Different Voice --
WW meets AA
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:15 AM
Operation Manhattan Thunder:
and the Corpse, pp. 265-266:
The above symbol
does not stand for
at the end of
Noah: Jenny, what's troubling you?
Jenny: Sigh. I was
reading this book, but the words stopped in mid-sentence at the bottom!
What... what do I do, Noah?
Noah: Turn the page.
Falls in love amidst turmoil.
"... the goddess at last bodily appeared to him, dark and slender, hair
hanging free, and standing on the back of her tawny lion. He gave her
greeting. And Kali, 'The Dark One,' addressed him with the voice of a
cloud of thunder: 'For what reason have you called? Make known your
wish. Though it were unattainable, my appearance would guarantee its
THE KING AND THE CORPSE
Monday, April 27, 2009 12:12 PM
The REST of the story:
(continued from yesterday
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"Points all her own
way up high."
Sunday, April 26, 2009 11:00 AM
Sermon for Wittgenstein's Birthday:
Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:22 PM
Annals of Awareness:
State of Play
Footprints from California today
(all by a person or persons using Firefox browsers):
of Space: Euclid vs. Galois
continued: Behind the Picture
A Riff for
Dave: Me and My Shadow
A Death of
Kings: In Memory of Bobby Fischer
Wars in review-- Through the Looking Glass: A Sort of Eternity
3:28 PM and
of Philosophy: The Dormouse of Perception
for Roy, Part I
Still Point: All That Jazz
Entertainment is Not God: The Just Word
New Yorker Day-- Class Galore
Politics of Change: Jumpers
"Relax," said the night man.
"We are programmed to receive."
-- Hotel California
Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:09 AM
The Cruelest Month continues:
is Awareness Month
Mathematics and Autism.
Welcome to the
Black Hole Café
"Our lifelong friendship made me not only an admirer of the depth,
scholarship, and sheer energy of his mathematical work (and of his
ceaseless activities as an editorial entrepreneur on behalf of
mathematics) but one in awe of his status as the ultimate relaxed
His manner was all charm and grace; pure café
He purred a chuckle. "My place. If you want to
come, I'll show you."
"Love to. The Luogo Nero? The Black Place?"
"That's what the locals call it. It's really
Buoco Nero, the Black Hole."
"Like the Black Hole of Calcutta?"
"No. Black Hole as in astronomy. Corpse of a dead
star, but also channel between this universe and its next-door
Friday, April 24, 2009 6:29 AM
What's in a name?
as Darth Vader, is arguably
the central character in
George Lucas's 'Star Wars'....
filmmaker, dies at 94 --
"Annakin's last name
was the source
of the name for
-- Entertainment Weekly
McLellan in today's Los Angeles Times
"Contrary to previous reports that George Lucas named the 'Star Wars'
character Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) after Annakin, Lucas said via
his publicist Thursday that he did not."
O'Sullivan, Voice of America LA bureau chief, in 2007:
"Annakin inadvertently gave his own name to a film character,
although the spelling is slightly different, when the actor Alec
Guinness suggested the name to director George Lucas for a character in
the Star Wars films.
At a screening of the film, Annakin asked Lucas about it.
'He was running his picture with Anakin Skywalker in it, and I went
over to him and said, "you know, you never got permission for this." He
said, "but I dropped an 'n' and therefore I got away with it,"' Annakin
This morning's NY Times
The British-born Annakin
(best known for war epics),
British cinematographer Jack Cardiff,
and Santha Rama
based on the
novel A Passage to India
Passage O soul to India!
Eclaircise the myths Asiatic,
the primitive fables.
Not you alone proud truths of the world,
Nor you alone ye facts of modern science,
But myths and fables of eld,
Asia's, Africa's fables,
The far-darting beams of the spirit,
the unloos'd dreams,
The deep diving bibles and legends....
when you are, C. B."
Matter of Life and Death
and of "Black
to a Dark Lady
Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:24 PM
Annals of Entertainment:
This deliberately cryptic entry is to
thank an anonymous reader in Sweden for the following footprint:
"Speedy" is the browser name supplied to
the server. The link is to a Columbus Day, 2003, entry with the song
phrase "spinnin' wheel, spinnin' true." The time is Eastern Daylight.
today's midday PA lottery number, 177
the 1919 edition
of The Oxford Book of English Verse
and the time (interpreted, in a Joycean manner, as a date) of this
morning's first entry
Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:00 AM
For Shakespeare's Birthday:
(continued from April
Click on the image for an
interview with the author of
Giordano Bruno and
the Geometry of Language.
Joyce on language --
Cullinane on geometry --
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Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:22 AM
Annals of Religion:
Theology for Holst
"Timothy J. Holst, who joined the Ringling Brothers and
Barnum & Bailey Circus as a lowly Keystone Kops clown, rose to the
role of singing ringmaster, and ultimately became the show’s talent
czar, died April 16 in São Paulo, Brazil, during a visit to sign
up circus acts. He was 61."
Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:00 AM
Truth and Style
"We are here in the
Church of St. Frank,
where moral judgments
permit the true believer
to avoid any semblance
Today's sermon is a
link to a London
where one can purchase
Kermode's excellent review
of the following:
Those who prefer
Garber's Harvard sneer
and the following
Crimson/Nancy K. Dutton
Friday, April 17, 2009 10:31 AM
Notes Toward a Fiction:
the Broken Bold
Thanks for the following
quotation ("Non deve...
") go to the
weblog writer who signs
himself "Conrad H. Roth
... Yesterday I took leave of my Captain, with a promise of visiting
him at Bologna on my return. He is a true
A PAPAL SOLDIER'S IDEAS OF PROTESTANTS 339
representative of the majority of his countrymen. Here, however, I
would record a peculiarity which personally distinguished him. As I
often sat quiet and lost in thought he once exclaimed "Che pensa? non deve mai pensar l'uomo,
pensando s'invecchia;" which being interpreted is as much as to
say, "What are you thinking about: a man ought never to think; thinking
makes one old." And now for another apophthegm of his; "Non deve fermarsi l'uomo in una sola cosa,
perche allora divien matto; bisogna aver mille cose, una confusione
nella testa;" in plain English, "A man ought not to rivet his
thoughts exclusively on any one thing, otherwise he is sure to go mad;
he ought to have in his head a thousand things, a regular medley."
Certainly the good man could not know that the very thing that made me
so thoughtful was my having my head mazed by a regular confusion of
things, old and new. The following anecdote will serve to elucidate
still more clearly the mental character of an Italian of this class.
Having soon discovered that I was a Protestant, he observed after some
circumlocution, that he hoped I would allow him to ask me a few
questions, for he had heard such strange things about us Protestants
that he wished to know for a certainty what to think of us.
Notes for Roth:
The title of this entry,
"Begettings of the Broken Bold,"
is from Wallace Stevens's
"The Owl in the Sarcophagus"--
This was peace after death, the brother of sleep,
The inhuman brother so much like, so near,
Yet vested in a foreign absolute,
Adorned with cryptic stones and sliding shines,
An immaculate personage in nothingness,
With the whole spirit sparkling in its cloth,
Generations of the imagination piled
In the manner of its stitchings, of its thread,
In the weaving round the wonder of its need,
And the first flowers upon it, an alphabet
By which to spell out holy doom and end,
A bee for the remembering of happiness.
Peace stood with our last blood adorned, last mind,
Damasked in the originals of green,
A thousand begettings of the broken bold.
This is that figure stationed at our end,
Always, in brilliance, fatal, final, formed
Out of our lives to keep us in our death....
Some further context:
Roth's entry of Nov. 3, 2006--
and Log24 on that date:
Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:00 PM
Mathematics and Narrative, continued--