Thursday, September 27, 2012

Musical Notes and the Beauty of Math: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Numbers Synch?

Jacob soujourned for 130 years.
 1+3 = 4
J A C O B  name equals
1 1 3 6 2
add all up you get 13
Is this just a synch or is there value in this knowledge?  You tell me?
The Number four can represent Strong Sense of Order, struggle against limits, steady growth, and foundation for achievement.  The negative for the numbers is that the person or thing identified can become confusing.   Hmmm... this seems to be JACOB in a nutshell.   


Introducing: The Art Ensamble of Chicago
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Etymology of Eavesdrop 
The term originally referred to the water that falls in drops from the eaves of a house.   Then, in a moment of frustration, due to flooding of one's abode by their neighbors drip, the English adopted Eaves drop into a law.   One needed a special permit before one could build, in order to avoid annoying accidents, so that one's eave could not drip water onto anther's land.   The term of the interloper who hears the message of another and spreads the gossip around was first used in the 14th century.   The term saw the act of eavesdropping as a flood of half truths, and innuendos, thus flooding a town with slime.  Yuck!   Now with the advent of new technology, eavesdrop refers to the electronic eavesdropping carried on by the government, or your neighbor today.

Ngram Popularity

The Word Was most popular between 1820 - 1840 but is seeing a current resurgence.   Below is how John Milton used the word Eavesdrop in his book the Prose Works of John Milton.


Gematria for the Word Eavesdrop

6   9   5  15 7
15   5  22
20  22
A strong sense of responsiblity, artistic, a nurturing disposition, community oriented, balanced, sympathy for others, humanitarian, unselfishness, love of home and domestic affairs, freely renders service to others.
Negative Traits:
Self righteousness, obstinacy, stubborn, dominates family and friends, meddling, egotistical, and susceptible to flattery, outspoken.

Next Week: Walnut.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lost in Translation: Uncle Silas

O nuit, nuit douloureuse! O toi, tardive aurore! Viens-tu? Vas tu venir? es-tu bien loin encore?
And repeating these lines of Chenier, with upturned eyes, and one hand lifted an an indescribable expression of grief and fatigue, he sank stiffly into his chair, and remained mute, with eyes closed for some time.   Then applying his scented handkerchief to them hastily,  and looking very kindly at me he said- "Anything more, dear child?
 Uncle Silas is quoting the opening lines of a poem written in French by Chenier.  The poem tells of the seperation between lovers, one loving the night, and the other the day:

O night, painful night!
o you, late morning, do you come?
are you going to come?
 are you well far yet?
Ah! sometimes on a mountainside,
then on again ', randomly I turn
and m' agitates, and nowhere
Find that Marais ' impatient, bitter insomnia.
A worried illness and making only a burning fever.
You sleep, beautiful D'.z.. ' ;
 It ' is that you, it ' is my love
 Holding my eyelid open Montparnasse ' day.
If you again ' had wanted.
Gods! that cruel night could Entrepreneural
' flow faster and more beautiful.
My soul, like a dream, around your aerobatic sleep.
Reading me tomorrow as your alarm clock.
You see, like you, if my heart is peaceful.
J have raised for you on my painful layer my head dwelt;
seated, and full of yourself.
The nocturnal torch that shines me sees Me,
sounds plaintive and mixed caresses.
Pour over paper my heart and my tenderness.
You sleep, beautiful D'.. .z, your eyes are closed.
Your breath of balmy sighs rose

For you tonight that Entrepreneural ' escapes too fast
a sweet insomnia will leak! (English)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Interest of the Saturday Afternoon Club

Elias Disney worked on the great White City, constructed for Chicago's World Fair in 1893.  He told stories, to his sons Roy and Walt, about a magical kingdom by a lake.  

Fort Meade, Florida, became the first city in Central South Florida.  The city got its start in 1849.

My cat bit my hand at 1:29, Thursday,  the 20th  of September.  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Musical Notes and the Beauty of Math

Watch The Movie on YouTube

Numerology states that numbers have more meaning than quantity.   In fact the ancient priests believed that every thing could be assigned a number, and that this number could be associated with the nature of the thing.
Gematria: is the system of assigning numerical values to a word or phrases in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other, or bear some relation to the number itself as it may apply to a person's age, the calender year, or the like. 
9965   419455
18+11  5+13+10
9+2      18+10
11          28

As a whole their value is a three which means self expressive in many ways, verbalization, inspiration, and keen imagination, artistic gifts, acurate impressions, and insights never ending optimism happy and fun loving, enjoys life fully.
Negative:  Scattered Energies, Exaggeration, Unfinished Projects, Lack of Direction, moodiness, self-centeredness.

But Iron has a score of 11
Spirituality is emphasized more, but in essence the two traits, positive and negative apply.

Maiden has a score of 1
Initiator of action, a pioneering spirit, inventive ideas, independent, courageous.
Negative Traits: boastfulness, willfulness, egotistic, aggressive.  

So now, enjoy the video, Iron Maiden's "the Number of the Beast". 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Etymology: Word History - Quicksilver/Mercury.

 History of the Word:  
Quicksilver-Liquid Silver. The history of the word comes from Latin. One needs to know that Quicksilver comes from two words: cwic and seolfor. Cwic means running, moving, shifting.
points to the God Mercury. Mercury was the "god of commerce and the fleet footed messenger of the gods."This God exemplified the type of material that Quicksilver was.  The silver that ran and was not solid, that moved between the fingers like jelly.  
NGram Viewer Popularity of the Word: The Word's highest use was between 1820-1840.

The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories ( Miriam Webster Inc., 1991),385

The Numerological Value of the Word Mercury

18 15 7
18 22
4: According to Wikipedia this word has a strong sense of order and values, struggles against limits, steady growth, highly practical, scientific mind, attention to detail, foundation for achievment, a genius for organization, fine management skills.
Negative Traits: Lack of imagination, caught up in detail, stubborn fixed opinions, argumentative, slow to act, too serious, confused.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Poetry Museum: Philip Whalen

Philip Whalen described poetry as the "graph of the mind's movement."   He writes in a Zen Buddhist contemplative, empathetic view on the world.   The poem the Slop Barrel Slices of the Paideuma for all Sentinet a zen poem that captures the moment in between time where change is inevitable.
 Paideuma means "a people's whole congeries of patterned energies from the ideas down to the things they know in their bones."*  He attempts to objectively see the world as it really is.  His poems allow us a glimpse of a frozen moment in a period of flux.

Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era, Berkley, Calif., 1971, p. 507.
My own attempt to write a Haiku to Philip Whalen:

9AM Pacific University

Lumber Truck Braking,
One Morning at Pacific.
I'm Sleep walking.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Men Naked In the Woods

Do we have to like the characters in a story we are reading?  Or do we have to like everything about our buddy or accountability partner?

  I believe that no matter how vile, one must have a part that we can relate and share empathy with. There, have been plenty of characters that might not be someone I would invite home to dinner. However, there must be a part of the character that is redeemable. or at least a hope that the character will become better in the end. The hope does not need to be fulfilled but if there is no hope than most likely the character will bore us in the end. We must also feel that the character shares a journey with us.  We must also feel equally yoked.  Our friend must not hold his character over us and make us feel like we are nothing and he/she is everything.   This will build towards a manipulation trap.  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Interest of the Saturday Afternoon Club

Blaise Pascal is said to have always carried a watch attached to his left wrist-band. He said in his writing that one can feel late or early, but he knows the time according to his watch.

Festum Fatuoran: A Drunken orgy where Pious Monks ate out other horny monks and maybe a nun to celebrate ones fallen nature.  Hutten an ally of Luther hoped that the Monks would "devour one another that ye may be consumed one of another."

Nietzsche father was a protestant pastor.  Nietzsche claimed that God was dead.  Do you think he might have had some father issues?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Reviews: Mumma Shana

Mumma Shana is a novel that explores what it is to be trapped by tradition.  Dorie a Jewish woman finds love caught between the cracks of two faiths: Judaism, and Christianity.   She looks for an answer to fill the gaps in her life. At first she thinks this is with guys.  She looks for her knight in shinning armor, only to find men whose shine has lost its luster.  She  finds herself in relationships that abuse her as a woman.  However, she holds onto a hope that she will find the glue to connect the pieces.  The mosaic will make her whole in a shattered world.

I do not believe that reading from the point of view of a female, makes me a better guy.  I find this viewpoint to be a good gateway to understanding my wife and friends. at    Mumma Shana by Dana Wolf is my romance for the year.  The author asked me to read this book, and I was given a review copy. As it was a bit girly the book took a little prodding from the author to finish it. 

I am glad I got prodded.    

I am  in love with the main character Dorrie, I want to save her and build a place for her, that is if I was not married.  The book is a pleasure and shows one woman's thoughts towards the men she loves. I came away with a fuller sense of the magnitude of love in my marriage. A great book for any man that asks, "Why does she feel this way?" Why do women stay with creeps?  Why did my wife stay with me when I was an asshole?  This book is a piece of beauty although tragic.

Mumma Shana has great insight.  I also love the description of her struggles with fitting into a Goy and Jewish world.  This has been a struggle for me and my family for ever.  My mother had an orthodox conversion from Christianity (Lutheranism) to Judaism.  Then I found Christ in my life and could not let go.   The whole emotional playground is profound, and I am thankful that a writer  has attempted to write of the struggle in a way that is real, authentic, and enriching.     *

The over use of colloquial words, drew me away from the narrative.   (eg.  Last Straw used in 83% read))  I already knew that Dorrie was at her last straw with Peter;  because of all of the description used before-hand.  Danna do a great job of developing the plot, she needs to trust her readers ability to understand her words.  This is her first novel, so I believe this will develop more in her writing career. **

* **This note was written to the author on  9.13.2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Musical Notes: Mamma Shanna

These were the top songs for the time that the book is set at its conclusion:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Etymology: Word History - OK

OK:The history of the abbreviation is deep, and has many stories linked to it.   OK is most likely the deliberately misspelled oll korrect. Many American humorists from the 1820's deliberately misspelled words.  They did this in order to look like Country Folk/Bumpkins.

Off To Kinderhook
OK may have gone into Obscurity had it non been for Martin Van Buren, the democratic candidate in 1840. Martin Van Buren was the current president.  The Campaign for re-election captured the craze of saying Ok and associated it with Martin Van Buren's home town: Old Kinderhook, New York. This was a catchy way to remember to vote for Van Buren was a vote for OK. The Whigs re-incorporated OK to a new meaning for the departure of the current president.   The Whigs flaunted the departure of Van Buren with the saying "off to Kinderhook."
The Myth around OK is fascinating and has a number of stories connected to it.   As far as The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories knows, the Martin Van Buren campaign was the biggest influence on this use of that word.

Some people wear their smile like a disguise. Those people who smile a lot, watch their eyes. I know 'cause I'm like that a lot. You think everything's ok, and it is . . . 'till it's not. Ani Difranco quotes 

Ngram Popularity
OK is currently at its height of popularity.   

The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories ( Miriam Webster Inc., 1991), 329-331

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Poetry Museum: Kerouac

Kerouac in 1968, explained the importance of Haiku to the Paris Review :

Haiku? You want to hear haiku? You see you got to compress into three short lines a great big story. First you start with a haiku situation—so you see a leaf, as I told her the other night, falling on the back of a sparrow during a great big October wind storm. A big leaf falls on the back of a little sparrow. How you going to compress that into three lines? Now in Japanese you got to compress it into seventeen syllables. We don't have to do that in American—or English—because we don't have the same syllabic bullshit that your Japanese language has. So you say: “Little sparrow”—you don't have to say little—everybody knows a sparrow is little because they fall so you say”

Monday, September 10, 2012

Men Naked in the Woods:

Addiction begins through the thinking that an altered existence will make us more lovely to one another. 
Jekyll was now my city of refuge; let but Hyde peep out an instant and the hands of all men would be raised to take and slay him....Then we feel awkward and want to hide behind the mask of an altered life. The Animal within me licking the chops of memory The altered life can be created through a variety of vehicles (eg. Porn, Sex, Drugs and other addictions). Stevenson, Robert Louis The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

What turns Dr Jekyll into Mr. Hyde is that he knows he is broken but attempts to find the answer to this brokenness in himself.   He does not turn from himself.   His only chance was to turn away from the attention of selfish needs and enterprises which propagated the horror in his life.   He wants to cope with the addiction but his cure is going deeper into the addiction itself.   His viewpoint is of the observable universe.  He thinks that he has scene an improvement with more of the venom.   So he takes more and more of the potion till his universe is flipped into hell itself.   This is similar to those addicted to prescribed medication, Oxycontin turns to heroine.  (E.g. The Chris Herren Story).  It does not take long to find yourself in a place of no exit. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Dinner: Pepper Me Outmeal

Pepper me oatmeal, Matey!  Or kiss the gunner's daughter.*

I like to have my oatmeal in the morning with a bit of heat; Pirate Bite is the perfect partner to heat up my steel cut oatmeal.   

*A punishment: to be bent over one of the ship's guns and flogged.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review: Merry Wives of Windsor BBC Production

This production of the Merry Wives of Windsor is one that will be greatly enjoyed with the reading of the Play.   I hope you find that the story can be taken from a feminist perspective as the women are cunning and in control of the action.   The play's origin is debated.  One version was that the Queen requested one more play with Falstaff in it.  She commanded that she wanted one more Play , "and to shew him in Love."  Falstaff being liking a drunk sailor, or a drunken donkey falls in love with everyone, if a chair had tits he would have fallen in love with the chair.  I believe that this play was an homage to the Italian Tradition of Comedia Del Arte.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Poetry Museum: Randomness Theory

Mariana Oswald
Jackson Mac Low's  poetry attempts to create order in the random spaces of meaning.   He, to some, is considered a fraud, and to others he is a genius.   One can not deny that his fame has created a solid punch in  the gut to modern poetry. (I found him in  my postmodern anthology of poetry.)  His performances which were featured in Turnips Music Notes, is an attempting to exercise "invention, tact, courtesy, and 'virtuosity with out ego tripping,'"

Trope Market

In the network, in the ruin,
flashing classics gravitate,
snared, encumbered voicelessly.

Teak enticements seek, leaping
fan-shaped arras corners
snore among in backward dispatch.

Panels glow, grown, territorialize
fetishistically in nacreous
instantaneity spookily shod.

Jackson Mac Low,1983

Read a Critique of Jackson Mac Low from Poem Hunter. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Men Naked in the Woods: Reading Proverbs

I had my Bar Mitzvah in the backyard of my house on 421 Bowen Street.  The biggest question I asked: "What makes me an adult?"  "What equips me to be able to read Torah now?"  "What good are the proverbs?" "What good is Truth in my young mind?"  So this was my Breshit, my beginning.

Proverbs served as an instructional manual for a young man beginning his quest.  The elders of a tradition gave a young man a road map of the world, these are Proverbs.  The best way to read Proverbs is to let the overall message wash over you.  You will drown, if you attempt to live each point as a rule for living.  However, if you listen to them and let them wash over you, like a wave, then you will learn how to joyfully live.    

Elie Wiesel describes the Torah's Truth with a cut to the spleen:

It was with the twenty two letters of the aleph-beth that God created the world, Take care of them and they will take care of you.  They will go with you everywhere.  They will make you laugh and cry.  Or rahter, they will cry when you cry and laugh when you laugh, and if you are worthy of it, they will allow you into hidden sanctuaries where all becomes..."
Wiesel, Elie All Rivers Run to the Sea (New York: Alfred A Knopf 1995), 10.

Benjamin Franklin wrote,
What you bring away from the Bible depends to some exten on what you carry to it. 

 I have found that the best way to listen to proverbs is from an audio C.D..  Find a C.D. that the message will not be lost due to annoyance in the readers rendering.  

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Interest of the Saturday Afternoon Club

Cirque de Paris (18 avenue de la Motte Picquet) is where Ernest Hemingway dragged his wives to watch grown men throw punches in professional bouts.

Toast were made, they reaised glasses of schnapps and spritzy white wine made by Germans in Oklahoma.

The Ty Cobb drink is:
One shot Southern Comfort
Stir in the Southern Comfort into the water and honey.

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