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  1. SPOILER ALERT!! Here are the answers: 1. The pseudonym of Daniel Handler, a popular children's/young adult fiction writer. Handler writes incredibly entertaining stories that still appeal to many teens and adults (including myself) for their sophistication and oddly high Lexile level. He's known to have a sarcastic wit and a wry, very intelligent sense of humor. 2. A major character in Snicket's second series, All the Wrong Questions. Also my first crush. (I know, it's weird to have a crush on a fictional character.) Side note: When I asked Alexa who her first crush was, she said it was R2D2!! 3. Another major character in ATWQ 4. Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) 5. The protagonist of my favorite TV series, The Mentalist, a dark police drama with weirdly comedic elements. Mr. Jane used to bill himself as a psychic - until his family was murdered by a notorious serial killer known as Red John. Jane has since devoted his life to catching said killer, using his almost superhuman intuition and perception. It's a great show, and I highly recommend it. 6. The actor who plays Patrick Jane 7. "There's no such thing as psychics, Lisbon!" 7. The horizontal element that rests atop a classical colonnade, composed of three parts: frieze, architrave, and cornice 8. See answer No. 7 9. See answer No. 7 10. See answer No. 7 11. Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite
  2. Don't ask Alexa. She'll give you a definition for "tablature" instead!
  3. It's actually 2001: A Space Odyssey. Minor detail.
  4. Here are some other questions I asked Alexa. I am proud to say that I know and knew the answers to all of them. How many can you answer from the top of your head? 1. "Hey Alexa, who is Lemony Snicket?" 2. "Hey Alexa, who is Moxie Mallahan?" 3. "Hey Alexa, who is Ellington Feint?" 4. "Hey Alexa, who wrote the series "All the Wrong Questions?" 5. "Hey Alexa, who is Patrick Jane?" 6. "Hey Alexa, who is Simon Baker?" 7. "Hey Alexa, what is Patrick Jane's signature line?" 7. "Hey Alexa, define: entablature." 8. "Hey Alexa, define: cornice." 9. "Hey Alexa, define: frieze." 10. "Hey Alexa, define: architrave" 11. "Hey Alexa, name the five orders of classical architecture."
  5. I had dinner today with my grandmother. We had a good time; she prepared a fine meal of seasoned chicken, baked potatoes, corn, and Yorkshire pudding. During the meal, my gram asked Alexa (an artificial intelligence voice recognition software, for those of you who don't know) to answer a question that was troubling us both. After Alexa had given her answer, I began to ask more questions, just for the fun of it. Eventually, the obvious occurred to me, and I knew I had to ask a certain question - the question that is the header of this post. Alexa replied, "I believe that Sir Thomas More authored Shakespeare." Then I asked, "Alexa, tell me about the Baconian Theory." And good old Alexa quoted Wikipedia. "Alexa," I said, after she had finished her spiel, "I believe that you are, in fact, wrong - I am quite certain that Sir Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare." Alexa made a boop-boop noise and retired for the night.
  6. There is an old saying about probability that goes something like this (and I may be getting a few of the details wrong): If you put a hundred monkeys in a large room with a typewriter and give them an indefinite food supply and the ability to reproduce, within ten million years, at least one of them will have turned out a Shakespeare sonnet. I would like to propose an alternate theory... If you put a hundred Stratfordians in a large room with a typewriter and give them an indefinite food supply and the ability to reproduce, within ten million years, at least one of them will have turned out the words, "Bacon is Shakespeare."
  7. Look closer: It's the "Double-A" headpiece!
  8. I just saw this now. Neat trailer, but I have to say that by revealing your position on the Bacon/Shakespeare debate before you say anything of your book is likely to turn away viewers who would otherwise have continued reading to find an answer to the great question. You could have said something like, "Who is that lurking behind the mask? Will his name rewrite history? To find out for yourself, look no further..."
  9. The play was a riot! I brought along a picture of SFB with the quote "Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible" printed in large letters on the reverse side. During the intermission, I approached a number of carefully chosen individuals and asked each of them who the man in the picture was. The answers were as varied as the subjects of my little experiment. Here are just a few: "I dunno - some old guy, I guess." "A man with a beard and a hat." "It's good old Bill!" "That's William Shakespeare, isn't it?" I will admit I was frustrated by the last answer. I replied, "Yes, it is indeed Shakespeare!" When I got "I dunno" for a second time, the culprit being a middle-aged man in a T-shirt, I lost all my dignity and said, "The image that I'm holding is of Sir Francis Bacon, the true author of the Shakespearian Works." He gave me a nasty look and said, "I have no time for that nonsense!"
  10. Hello all! Does anyone know of a good, in-depth article that tackles A Midsummer Night's Dream from a Baconian perspective? Very soon, I will have the opportunity to see it performed live by professional "Shakespearian" actors in a beautiful venue. All replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks! M. Haines
  11. Yes, Kate, you are correct! I was about to tell Rob exactly what you said when I saw your post.
  12. My mind is swimming, too! I literally just discovered this! Family is calling me to dinner. Will think about it while I eat and possibly do more research after!
  13. I've spent a lot of time playing around with geometry in paint and graphing programs, and I think I've just discovered something interesting. The image below is a drawing that I created, showing how a 3-4-5 triangle can be formed from a square. The 3-4-5 triangle is the most famous Pythagorean triangle and is used frequently in Masonic architecture, regalia, etc., as it is a perfect illustration of Euclid's 47th Proposition - the theorem of the Master Mason. I learned from reading The Secret Work of an Age that every Masonic Floor is made in the shape of an Oblong Square (Thanks, Kate), the result of two 3-4-5 tringles placed together to form a rectangle. There's more coming, so after you look at the image, please scroll on! Notice that the triangle is formed by connecting three of the angles to the center of an adjacent side. To take this a step further, we can connect all the angles to their adjacent sides - creating the next image: It must be noted that the central eight-pointed, interlocking star is a symbol known as the Seal of Melchizedek. Many of you probably know that Melchizedek was the 13th Tribe of Israel and the location of the Tabernacle. More recently, (and this is in boldface for a reason) the LDS, or Mormon Church has adopted this symbol, along with the term Melchizedek Priesthood. Now here's the amazing discovery hinted at earlier. This is what we get when we superimpose the Square and Compasses onto the above image!! It's a perfect match! In addition, the Mormon Temple in San Diego, California has this symbol worked into its architecture many times - most notably in the central skylight. Interestingly, this is the 47th Temple built by the Mormon Church!!!!!
  14. Hey, Allisnum2er! Your theory makes a lot of sense, and I really think it's quite clever... although I doubt that Mr. Cedar Next Door was ever aware of the Hiramic Legend, let alone the Tubal Cain. Why? Here's my logic: - He once called Freemasonry a "cultish religion" to my face - He seems to have never heard of Sir Francis Bacon - He always says "Uh-huh" when I tell him something esoteric I was partly joking when I said the fish looked phallic, and I somehow doubt that good old Mr. Cedar would have intentionally used an erotic symbol in his work - especially if the work was to be displayed in a house of good - as opposed to ill - repute. He was also shocked when I mentioned that my parents let me watch R-rated movies. A funny aside: Sarah Winchester evidently had too much self respect to use the Tubal Cain symbol in her house - but she created a clever approximation of it in the shape of a stylized C wrapping around two balls. It appears in her stained glass windows and several other places:
  15. The topic of Bacon as a musician has seen surprisingly little coverage, apart from the aforementioned articles. This all sounds remarkably interesting. I went through a phase several months ago where I was madly obsessed with W. Amadeus Mozart's Der Zeiberflute - or, as you guys probably know it, The Magic Flute. It seems like all the academics - even those who discredit our various theories of Masonic influence and symbolism - have accepted the inescapable truth that this particular Masque is not just hinting at those aforementioned symbols, but that it is, in fact, SCREAMING at us - telling us that for once we can forget our "heart to know" and just use common sense. I wish I could say the same for Shakespeare.
  16. Yesterday, I wandered over to a neighbor's house. He was having some guests over for booze and crackers, and I joined them (although I didn't have any booze.) This guy, who's an amazing metalworker (he has a whole shop behind the house and has made quite a name for himself in the galleries) told me about a project he was working on, which involved an encoded message. He said he'd give me the thing if I could figure it out. I didn't try, though. It was shaped like a fish and had a suspiciously phallic appearance. It would have looked horrible in our living room. Just a minute after he showed me the penis fish, a military jet flew over us. I said, "They're coming to teach us to love the Bomb!" He said, "Mein Fuhrer - I can walk!"
  17. BUT now, in verse, I live again, So, sing aloud my word; They say the Master died in vain, But still his voice is heard. For it was more than Masonry That made the Temple stand - With this, I leave MY LEGACY, The House Upon Flat Land!
  18. M-A-S-T-E-R-V-O-R-K-M-A-N MASTER VORKMAN?? MASTER WORKMAN!!!
  19. I've always been into classical music, and recently my interest has grown due to a series of improbable events which led me to attend or perform in over six classical concerts this year. Needless to say, I began composing. And needless to say, I couldn't help myself from using Baconian numbers in my compositions. Awhile ago, I shared a piece with some of you that I had made using a software called Musescore. In creating this piece, I played around a lot with the order and sequence of notes, but it hadn't yet occurred to me to play with the pitch of the notes themselves. A couple of days ago, the spark went off in my head - and why hadn't I thought of it sooner? I could apply the 24-letter Elizabethan Gematria of Bacon and Dee to the grand staff!! It's quite easy work - so easy that I don't even need to take the time to draw up a diagram. (Although that could be the laziness in me speaking!) Anyhow, each note on the scale corresponds to a number and a letter of the alphabet. Take for instance, the Simple Cypher. I assign the letter A and the number 1 to high C, which seems a logical starting point, as the Western mind automatically reads down rather than up, and high C is a benchmark near the top of the grand staff. If I were to use the Reverse Cypher, then, of course, I would have to assign the number 24 and the letter A to high C, and so on and so forth. There are as many combinations as there are cyphers. Now, the fun part! Using the Simple Cypher, what does this score translate to?
  20. Yesterday, my dad and I had a conversation. We started talking about wrongful journalism, politics, and the ethics of abortion (or lack thereof!), but soon the conversation turned to Bacon/Shakespeare. My dad had known that I was a Baconian for some time, and had previously only hinted at my success in swaying him to a Baconian perspective. (I knew that he'd been reading Is Shakespeare Dead?, and when he gave me a first edition copy of Bacon is Shakespeare [1911, I think] my suspicions were confirmed.) However, I had never yet talked in depth with him on the subject. I won't lie and say I remember the conversation perfectly, but I know that at some point the topic of "conspiracy theories" came up. I told my dad that people have repeatedly called me a conspiracy theorist when I mention my Baconian beliefs. He then said something utterly unexpected. Dad said, "Maybe you are a conspiracy theorist. Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist!" I was at first offended, but then he continued. "There's nothing wrong with conspiracy theories - at least the way I see them. If everyone believed what they were told, we'd all be living in Nineteen-Eighty-Four!" I thought about this. I thought incredibly hard, and when I was finished thinking, I said, "I think we have different ideas of what that term means." Then I remembered a line that I had actually cut from my novel months ago (and I see now how important it is that I integrate this line back into the story). The line reads: "Arti, you've got to understand this. Sometimes we need conspiracy theories. Without them, we would be slaves to the conspirators."
  21. With regard to the topic of "concealment," I think - no, I know that in many places we get carried away with our interpretations of art. THAT BEING SAID, it is the same mentality that scoffs at the Baconian Thesis for its "confirmation bias" and "lack of true evidence" which defames Allisnum2er's initial post. Another thing I know for certain is that a broken clock is right once a day - That is to say that every idea, except for maybe the Flat Earth Conspiracy, has at least something to offer.)
  22. HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Happy WIllie Shaksper Day!! As all of you undoubtedly know, today, in days of olde (it doesn't really matter when because we can't remember the exact year), in YE OLDE TOWNE of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the GOD OF OUR IDOLITRY was born. So, come all ye faithful, to join in the gospel of Willie the Shakey Shakspur! (And don't forget to come back for our thrice weekly services and scripture readings!) In Shaksper we trust! (Oops! We meant SHAKESPEARE!)
  23. Hey people! I know it's been awhile, but I just had the pleasure of receiving an email from a friend with whom I shared my pamphlet. I'm curious what you all think of her response. I found it delightful, but in some places problematic - i.e., who decides what qualifies as an "unbiased source." Here is the response: Woah! This is really interesting and cleary thought through and well articulated, but I have a few questions. First off, how can you be sure that Francis Bacon's lines in the fifth (?) section of the essay are actually referring to Sarah, given that Sarah was born over 200 years after Francis Bacon's death? Second of all, where are your sources for this? Specifically your sources on how Sarah Winchester was a baconian, as that is a significant claim to make unsourced. There is a very good biography of Sarah Winchester which I will attach a PDF of to this email, and it makes no mention of Freemasonry or her schooling whatsoever, and I cannot find any trustworthy or unbiased sources on that in my cursory lookthrough of google. It's very interesting, but I am also fairly certain I am missing the back half of the essay and the images that would provide context, if you could send me the link to the original post and your sources I would appreciate that. 🙂
  24. That's fascinating! I was able to find this interesting series of papers on the same website. The different accounts contradict each other in places, but they all say basically the same thing - that Mrs. Winchester was a kind, intelligent lady who mostly kept to herself. One of the most interesting contradictions that I found (and I regret having forgotten which document(s) it occurs in) is about her response to the popular story. One account (and I'm sorry, I don't remember who's) claims that she found the Folklore amusing and never even tried to speak out against it, while another claims that she hated the stories and even tried to end one in particular (the one which stated she would die if she ever stopped building) by moving away for a year. This is still a fantastic resource, and although I disagree with some of the conclusions presented in the final document, I would highly encourage you to give it a read! Carl Hansen Papers on Sarah Winchester : Hansen, Carl : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
  25. Hi! Thing is, I'm still working on the illustrations. I'll have them done soon!!
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