Thursday, May 28, 2015

Edgar Allan Poe 's Pit and the Pendulum for Engineers

A recent hp crossword included the clue for Edgar Allan Poe's "Pit and the Pendulum" 36D

This reminded me of an old physics problem from my undergraduate days. From  McGill, David J., and Wilton W. King. Engineering Mechanics, An Introduction to Dynamics. 2nd ed. Boston: PWS-Kent Pub., 1989. Print.

From Chapter 4: Kinetics of Rigid Body in Plane Motion/Differential Equations Governing Motion Problem 4.69

My solution:

Agrees with book's answer:

Illustrated Audio book with captions, if you don't recognize literary reference:

From 1961 Vincent Price version "Pit and the Pendulum":

From the above clip, it doesn't look the assumptions for my calculations are correct because the pin certainly doesn't look frictionless.

In case you've never heard of the author, a Poe biography from  "Poe, Edgar Allan." Grolier Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Grolier Society, 1954. 380-381. Print.

I'm really skeptical of the veracity of the above article that Poe's last words were "Lord, help my poor soul."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Isaiah 6:8 #BibleQuote in #Fury Film

Character aptly nicknamed Bible, played by Shia LaBeouf, in Fury quotes Isaiah

Specifically, Isaiah 6:8:

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"

Put to music in Glory and Praise fashion by Dan Schutte:

 and sung by John Michael Talbot:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Venerable Bede Feast Day is May 25

I always felt sorry for poor Bede because he seemed destined to forever be relegated to the minor farm leagues of Catholic Church sainthood and stuck on "Venerable".  The levels of sainthood are, from EWTN article "The Process of Beatification and Canonization" with analogue military ranks

3. BLESSED -- Field Grade Officer
4, SAINT -- Flag Officer

I, obviously, read the same outdated reference books that Mr. William did, because neither of us got the memo that Bede was promoted back in 1899 by Pope Leo XIII "The Venerable Bede
Question from William on 03-24-2003"

The Question:
"I was curious whether you know if Bede himself was ever actually made a saint? It seems odd that being such a good man, he got as far as "Venerable" in the process of canonization back in his day and no further; in its introductory materials my paperback edition does not even mention this issue"
The Answer:

"Bede the Venerable (d. 735) is actually venerated as a saint. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1899."

Now there's hope for us all! Bede died in 735 A.D. and it took him just over a millennium to get promoted to saint. So, if you're feeling demoralized and stuck in a rut, just hang in there, maybe your promotion will come through in a couple of centuries.

So, while I'm happy Leo XIII finally got off the dime wrt to canonizing poor, ignored Bede, I'm supremely displeased that Leo also allegedly inspired modern Commie Marxist Liberation Theology, from Julio Severo 5/24/2015 "Free republic" article "Liberation Theology, a KGB Invention? That Is Way Too Simple...":
"Although one cannot rule out Moscow’s hand in spreading this revolutionary movement, reality is much more complex: Liberation Theology was the fruit of a long process that took place inside Church sectors worked over by Modernism and imanentist modern philosophies, as well as by the influence of liberal Protestantism.
Its origins – not to go further back – can be traced to the pontificates of Popes Leo XIII (1878-1903) and Saint Pius X (1903-1914)."

Much to the chagrin of Marxist atheists, I'm sure, according to the BBC article on Bede, he was the first historian to use the A.D. dating system:

"His most famous work, which is a key source for the understanding of early British history and the arrival of Christianity, is 'Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum' or 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' which was completed in 731 AD. It is the first work of history in which the AD system of dating is used."

It thus seems ironic that Bede, known for being the first Anglo Saxon historian, is buried in a Norman cathedral, from the Britannia Biographies article:

"Within the walls of the imposing Norman Cathedral of Durham lies the simple tomb of a Christian monk who has earned the title as 'Father of English History.'" 
Photo of Bede's tomb from "Daily Echo" February 11, 2015 post "Discovering Albion – day 8: Durham Cathedral":

According to the "New Advent" article, Bede not only was a historian, but a musicologist:

"Venerable Bede is the earliest witness of pure Gregorian tradition in England. His works 'Musica theoretica' and 'De arte Metricâ' (Migne, XC) are found especially valuable by present-day scholars engaged in the study of the primitive form of the chant."

#ChicagoACappella 's rendition of "Prayer of the Venerable Bede":

It also seems obvious that Bede never met the Clinton family or their presumably dubious ancestors:

"Bede's motive for recording history reminds us of his deepest desires. He clearly states his purpose in his writings when he says, 'For if history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good; or if it records evil of wicked men, the good, religious reader or listener is encouraged to avoid all that is sinful and perverse, and to follow what he knows to be good and pleasing to God.'"

An example of Clinton horrible dubiousness from JEROME R. CORSI WND article "CLINTON AIDS CHARITY WAS SHUT DOWN IN MASSACHUSETTS: Operated for years without IRS authorization as 'tax exempt' non-profit"

"'What Ortel is revealing has all the hallmarks of a shell game in which criminals structure financial transactions to shield assets and confuse both regulators and the general public regarding how they are getting money for charitable purposes but keeping it for themselves personally,' Fitton said."

Bede wrote in order to help people do good and avoid doing evil, but the Clintons, as with most politicians, are inspired to do just the opposite, much to the chagrin of poor Jennifer that the USA doesn't have leaders of the stature of Bede acolyte, King Alfred:

A brief bio of St. Bede from Tappan, E. (1905). A Short History of England's Literature. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company.

The American Catholic article on Bede reiterates the Tappan story that Bede died reciting the Gloria, and possibly was an agoraphobe:

"Only once did he leave for a few months in order to teach in the school of the archbishop of York. Bede died in 735 praying his favorite prayer: 'Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.'"

Woods, G., Watt, H., Anderson, G., and; Holznecht, K. (1958). The Literature of England: An Anthology and a History (Fourth ed., Vol. One). Chicago, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company includes an extended excerpt from Bede's writings:

Saying your prayers on your death bed might all be well and good and eventually motivate the Catholic church to canonize you centuries after you died; however, G.M. Trevelyan asserts Bede is an ethnocentric bigoted Mercian phobe suffering from Northumbria Privilege from Trevelyan, George Macaulay. History of England. 3rd ed. Vol. I. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1953. Print. p86

"it must be remembered that Mercia gets less than justice done to its importance and power in the history of Bede the Northumbrian."

Apparently, Dante didn't have a problem with Bede's alleged Merciaphobia, and included him among the "greatest scholars of Christendom in the region of the sun", from Paradiso Canto X:130-148 Isidore: Bede: Richard of St. Victor: Sigier:

"Next, see the glowing breath of Isidore of Seville flame out, of Bede, and Richard of SaintVictor, who in contemplation exceeded Man. The one from whom your glance returns to me, is the light of a spirit, who, of profound thought, seemed to himself to reach death too slowly: it is the eternal light of Sigier, who, lecturing in the Rue du Fouarre, syllogised truths that brought him hatred.’"

However, the editors at Grolier are not as forgiving as Dante. Bede's alleged Merciaphobia and Northumbrian Privilege might explain why the editors of a Junior High School level encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge. Vol. 2. New York: Grolier, 1979. 115. Print, didn't include Bede in their "B" volume:

Encyclopedia goes from Becket to Beecher and skips over poor Bede altogether:

Counterpoint on leftist false meme of so-called #WhitePrivilege:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#SwingTime background music sounds eerily similar to #DevilAndDanielWebster

Creepy minor chords in "Swing Time" (1936)


presumably written by the uncredited Robert Russell Bennett vs Jerome Kern, all sounds similar to creepy eerie music composed by Bernard Herrmann for "The Devil and Daniel Webster"(1941), all of which was a discordant twist on traditional American folk music, something of the antithesis of Aaron Copland's homage montages. 

Specifically, Bennett's background music sounds reminiscent of "The Miser's Waltz: Tempo De Valse"

which, purportedly was Herrmann's favorite song from this film, according to imdb:

"Bernard Herrmann said his favourite part of the score was the 'Miser's Waltz,' in which Belle dances Miser Stevens to death."
So, perhaps it's a good thing Astaire's character refuses to dance with Roger's character in "A Fine Romance", the Jerome Kern song immediately following Bennett's instrumental intro:

More creepy Herrmann music from Daniel Webster: "Sleigh Ride" 

 "Mr. Scratch":

"Swing Your Partners":

Appropriately, in "Swing Your Partners" Herrmann was quoting an actual reel:

"'The Devil's Dream' is an old fiddle tune of unknown origins. Played as either a jig or a reel, it is attested to as a popular tune from at least 1834 in New England.It also appears in a folk tale from central England dated to c. 1805."

a less creepy song, before the protagonist sold his soul to the devil "Ballad Of Springfield Mountain":

Possibly, the woodwinds and violin pizzicato in Bennett's snow scene "Swing Time" music reminds me of Herrmann because I'm conflating music from Herrmann's career:

"The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film."

Of course, none of this music sounds as creepy as this album looks, from Kind of Creepy website:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Titan IVB 25 Launch 8 May 1998

The Titan IVB 25 space launch vehicle launched an NRO payload from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida on 8 May 1998:

Information from the lefty, anti-American Federation of American Scientists that I can neither confirm nor deny: 

From Charles P. Vick's 1-17, 2009 article "MENTOR [Advanced ORION]: NRO/CIA/NSA, SIGINT Spacecraft"

"Code name MENTOR 1-3 was the new unified one serves all SIGINT satellite design successor to the Magnum/Orion, Vortex series the next in a long series of earth orbit NRO/CIA/NSA, SIGINT (signals intelligence) spacecraft used by the CIA/USAF and intelligence Community for a variety of mission. They were launched by the Titan-4A Centaur booster with a total of three MENTOR 1-3 successful launches identified. The spacecraft were actually nothing more than CIA/NSA mission specific sophisticated earth orbit space based earth receiving stations operating over the entire emitted electro magnetic radio spectrum frequency range. The MENTOR 1-3 spacecraft introduced the very large unfurling dish structures “wrap-rib” large deployable bleached white gold colored mesh covered receiving dish antenna design of about 350 feet in diameter with a total spacecraft estimated mass of an estimated 10,000 pounds for the Titan-4A Centaur and 12,700 pounds for the Titan-4B Centaur. MENTOR’s first launch was May 14, 1995 and the second subsequent launch was May 9, 1998 while its third and last launch was on September 9, 2003.
The MENTOR 1-3 series were designed to monitor and pick up from the ground and in flight electronic signals intelligence (ELINT), radio, communications intelligence (COMINT) and radar emitters emissions intelligence (RADINT) in addition to the primary missile test telemetry intelligence (TELINT) acquisitions capabilities all coming under the general SIGINT heading. They were fully dedicated mission operations that were highly successful in acquiring SIGINT through the larger mission general SIGINT “wrap-rib” white gold colored mesh covered reflector dishes. Its primary mission was TELINT intercepts of Soviet missile flight test telemetry traffic across the former Soviet Union missile test ranges out into the Pacific Ocean as well as the equivalent PRC Chinese in country flight tests."
The rejected mission patch for the TitanIVB24:

The annoying approved TitanIVB25 mission patch (Jack was the name of the TitanIVB booster and Walter was the name of the Centaur):

I don't know who decided on the patch. Since the mission number was B25, they included a B25 bomber in the design:

Bomber was named for famous US Army Air Force curmudgeon, Billy Mitchell, so don't know why the Titan mission wasn't named either Billy or Mitchell, but those decisions were made above my pay grade:

Instead, because the CCAFS launch squadron thought the rocket was a "lemon" they passive aggressively named the rocket after Jack Lemmon. Since the Centaur IUS people wanted to distance themselves from Titan, they called themselves Walter after Matthau in a snarky reference to the "The Odd Couple". Jerks. At least Jack Lemmon served in the US Navy during WWII, so the rocket was named for an honorable veteran:

1945:Served as communications officer (ensign) with the US Naval Reserve

Finally, the Titan SPO (System Program Office) poem to Wanda the Weather Witch, which is simply a reworking of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha":

FYI, "America's Silent Hero" was Lockheed Martin's motto for the Titan Rocket: