If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.
Sunday 16 December 2012
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Because you don’t live near a bakery
doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.
Hedy Lamarr (9 Nov 1913 – 19 Jan 2000)
She photographed beautiful, and I still remember with pleasure films she starred in with the leading men of the day – the likes of Clark Gable in Comrade X (1940), Paul Henreid in The Conspirators (1944), and, by no means the least of them all, from a contemporary perspective that wonderfully high camp biblical epic Samson and Delilah (1949) with Victor Mature — starting (like his older contemporary Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller) to run to a bit of fat at the time. How can one ever forget that raucous, mocking crowd in the temple grow silent on the instant as those huge pillars and the massive stone idol of the temple start crashing down when Samson brings his new-found strength from God to bear on the total destruction of these symbols of a godless paganism. Everything comes down in a pretty spectacular special-effects sequence (if you have about 14 minutes or so to spare and want to see what a certain kind of cinematic sensibility was all about in the middle of the last century, start this clip playing at about 1:57:00).
Then we can get back to that cheesecake the Old Testament temptress references above.
And on my understanding of this text it has in fact very little to do with either bakeries or cheesecakes, but is one of those statements filled with what computer programmers call ‘dummy variables’. Thus, both ‘bakery’ and ‘cheesecake’ could be, respectively, an algebraic x and y, and the statement would always hold true. Neither x nor y need even be about desserts, or even about food, for that matter. We could as well be dealing with anything here, and the general principle – the equation – would still, as equations should, work. For example, let x = university and y = education, or let x = airport and y = air travel, or x = stadium and y = professional football, or … well, you get the general idea.
So, at long and laborious last, the point of the statement: at least as I elect to interpret it, its point is that if you want something bad enough, you’ll definitely find some way or another to get it. Especially in this day and age of so many instant availabilities, so remote from those hazy fifties, you just pop on to the internet and get your online education through, for example, MIT’s Courseware with its hundreds of academic offerings (I can personally testify that the math courses I’ve checked into are quite serious and rigorous) in more fields than any one physical university could possibly offer you. And if its travel you’re after, what’s simpler than just calling any airline to get tickets from anywhere to anywhere, and if it’s pro football you want, it’s just a click away on your television (or computer) And if there’s no theater near you, go to Youtube to watch Samson and Delilah, or buy a ROKU unit at Best Buy or Amazon and you can order up something at will to watch immediately from Amazon or Netflix.
Piece of cheese-cake!