Friday, February 12, 2016

The Game

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"Right through hell
 there is a path…."
 — Malcolm Lowry,
Under the Volcano

High Concept:

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Johnny Cash*  Meets  Fritz Leiber**

*  "You can run on for a long time…"

** See Spider + Snake in this journal.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Accolades for the Soundtrack

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"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie." — Pascal

(Quoted here in The Search for Finite Space on Mon., Feb. 8, 2016.)

From phys.org today

Accolades poured in from across the science world, as experts hailed a discovery that will help mankind better understand the universe.

"This expands hugely the way we can observe the cosmos, and the kinds of physics and astrophysics we can do," said professor Sheila Rowan, Director of the University of Glasgow's Institute for Gravitational Research.

Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State University, described the discovery as "breathtaking" and said it "will stand out among the major achievements of the 21st-century science."

"We can now listen to the universe rather than just look at it," said Professor B S Sathyaprakash of Cardiff University. "This window turns on the soundtrack for the universe."

Marissa and the Dropbox

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See also posts from the above date on The Zen Ideal .

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Something in the Way She Moves

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Continued from Self-Awareness 
and Master Class 

Playing Bridge

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See also last night's "Blacklist" post.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Run On Sentence

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"You can run on for a long time." — Johnny Cash

"Arnold H. Lubasch, who covered crime and the courts
for The New York Times  for more than 30 years and
later wrote a biography of the actor and civil rights
activist Paul Robeson, died on Friday [Feb. 5, 2016] 
in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83." 

— Daniel E. Slotnik in The New York Times  tonight

Related soundtrack lyric —

Air date:  January 14, 2016.


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IMAGE- Redefining the cube's symmetry planes: 13 planes, not 9.

The hexagons above appear also in Gary W. Gibbons,
"The Kummer Configuration and the Geometry of Majorana Spinors," 
1993, in a cube model of the Kummer 166 configuration

From Gary W. Gibbons, 'The Kummer Configuration and the Geometry of Majorana Spinors,' 1993, a cube model of the Kummer 16_6 configuration

Related material — The Religion of Cubism (May 9, 2003).

Monday, February 8, 2016

Space Reporter

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See also "The Martian" posts and a post from
the reported date of Cooper's death.

Backstory:  Posts tagged Space Writer.

A Game with Four Letters

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Related material — Posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

For an example of what Eddington calls "an open mind,"
see the 1958 letters of Nanavira Thera.
(Among the "Early Letters" in Seeking the Path ).

The Search for Finite Space

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"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie." — Pascal

Sunday, February 7, 2016

For Fast EDI

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Stealth (the movie) and Stealth (the Super Bowl ad)


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See also "Intruders."


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"Sports may be the place in contemporary life
where Americans find sacred community most easily."

All Things Shining , the conclusion

Or Bolivia —

Backstories — Natural Hustlers.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

At Short Notice

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"Nature generally wins in the end."
Wikipedia on Saki

Ein Stein

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For a related story, search the news.

See also Greek mythology in a post of Jan. 31, 2016,
and Upsilon in this journal.


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* For the relevance of the title to the
   above spaces, see Seven-Cycles.

Sneak Preview

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Wikipedia on a George Clooney film released yesterday —

"The studio's major production is Hail, Caesar! ,
an epic set in ancient Rome and starring Baird Whitlock
(Clooney). During a shoot, Whitlock drinks from a goblet
of wine drugged by an extra; he passes out behind the
soundstage and is abducted. A ransom note soon arrives,
written by a group calling itself 'The Future' and demanding
$100,000, which Mannix arranges to have paid. Whitlock
awakens in a beach house and finds his way into a meeting
of The Future, a Communist cell. The members explain their
doctrine to him, and he begins to sympathize with their cause."

See also this morning's post Space Program:

"Bad news on the doorstep…." — American Pie

Noetic Memorial

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Space Program

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Putting the X in CRUX


X Marks the Spot  scene, "The Last Crusade"

For those who prefer the T in SPOT —

Knock, Knock, Knockin' —
A Scene from "Tomorrowland" —

A fan of the declining US space program
knocks on George Clooney's door

For related remarks on the decline of NASA,
see an essay at the World Socialist Web Site 
from August 19, 2011.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Death on New Year’s Day

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From the American Mathematical Society today

Jean Pedersen (1934-2016) 
Friday February 5th 2016

Jean Pedersen died January 1 at the age of 81.
She was a longtime member of the faculty at
Santa Clara University. Pedersen and Peter Hilton
co-authored A Mathematical Tapestry: Demonstrating
the Beautiful Unity of Mathematics 
, which used paper
folding to show connections between geometry,
number theory, and group theory. Pedersen was an
AMS member since 1979.

Related art —

"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei" — Friedrich Fröbel


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An article yesterday at Re/code was titled

Why Google’s Artificial Intelligence Boss
Is Taking Over the Search Empire

Related material from Log24 a year ago today

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Excellent Adventure

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(Continued from Jan. 29)

For a literary tigress

The image reproduced below was
revisited here on January 27, 2016.  
That date was the reported date of death
for another literary tigress.

Dating a Tigress

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Continued from January 18, 2005 —

See Lili Anolik, "Tiger of the Week," in Princeton Alumni Weekly  
on April 29, 2015, and this journal on that date.

(This post was suggested by the following sentence
by Anolik in Vanity Fair 's current Hollywood issue

"I think that for the city of Los Angeles,
Didion is the Ángel de la Muerte.")

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Philosophy and Architecture

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An originally French-Canadian professor of mathematics
at Villanova University reportedly died at 91 on Dec. 28, 2015.

See a eulogy from Legacy.com.

See also The French Mathematician  and the following image,
related to the architectural philosophy of Christopher Alexander,
from this journal on the above date.

Related material:

Remarks on philosophy and architecture at Villanova.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Depth Haiku

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From yesterday's 2 PM post

From "Inception" —

Paraphrase of remarks by "Inception" director Christopher Nolan
at Princeton on June 1, 2015 —

"If you have built castles in the air, 
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hiroshima Preprint

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This morning at 11:44 I happened upon

This was published as

Toshiyuki Katsura, Shigeyuki Kondo, Ichiro Shimada,
"On the supersingular K3 surface in characteristic 5 with Artin invariant 1,"
Michigan Mathematical Journal , vol. 63, issue 4 (Dec. 2014), 803–844.

Related material from later today —

See also earlier Log24 remarks on the Hoffman-Singleton graph
and a remark on geometry for Princeton.

Religious Note

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See also the previous post.

Historical Note

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Possible title

A new graphic approach 
to an old geometric approach
to a new combinatorial approach
to an old algebraic approach
to M24

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Forgotten Lore

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Continued from Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wikipedia on Io in Greek mythology
(a precursor to Marvel Comics) —

"Walter Burkert [18] notes that the story of Io was told
in the ancient epic tradition at least four times….

    18. Burkert, Homo Necans  (1974) 1983:
          164 note 14, giving bibliography."

An "io" story I prefer — m24.io.

Quarter to Six*

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In memory of Father John Romas, a Greek Orthodox priest who
reportedly died on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Time Signature 

This is from a post on Greek philosophy on that date.

*  "Here's a quarter…."

The Wet Hot Summa

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Strangers in Strangerland

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Pope’s Geometry

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From page 56 of The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton ,
Southern Illinois University Press, 1980 —

See also the following image in this journal

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

Cartoon Theology*

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For Evangeline

(Some background — See Limerick in this journal.
See also "He's a mad scientist and I'm his beautiful daughter.")

"There was a young lady named Bright…."

"You read too slow, Daddy," she complained. She was childishly irritable about it. "You say a word. Then I think a long time. Then you say another word."

I knew what she meant. I remember, when I was a child, my thoughts used to dart in and out among the slowly droning words of any adult. Whole patterns of universes would appear and disappear in those brief moments.

"So?" I asked.

"So," she mocked me impishly. "You teach me to read. Then I can think quick as I want."

"Quickly," I corrected in a weak voice. "The word is 'quickly,' an adverb."

She looked at me impatiently, as if she saw through this allegedly adult device to show up a youngster's ignorance. I felt like the dope!

— From  "Star, Bright" by Mark Clifton 

Related material — The Quick and the Dead

* For example, from the Marvel Comics realm

Friday, January 29, 2016

Excellent Adventure*

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(Continued from Dec. 9, 2013)

"…it would be quite a long walk
for him if he had to walk straight across."

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07A/070831-Ant1.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Swiftly Mrs. Who brought her hands… together.

"Now, you see," Mrs. Whatsit said,
"he would be  there, without that long trip.
That is how we travel."

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07A/070831-Ant2.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

– A Wrinkle in Time 
Chapter 5, "The Tesseract"

From a media weblog yesterday, a quote from the video below —

"At 12:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, January 12th, 2016…."

This  weblog on the previous day (January 11th, 2016) —

"There is  such a thing as harmonic analysis of switching functions."

— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel

* For some backstory, see a Caltech page.

For Harlan Kane

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(Author of The Abacus Conundrum )

The Galois Box

Pensée II

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A sequel to the previous post

"I'm in with the in crowd" — Musical motif of "Irrational Man"


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On a stage character named Pascal —

"… the mathematics professor implores Minnie to take
full advantage of her own intelligence and talents,
usually capped off with a non sequitur gift of some kind…."

— Sean T. Collins, " 'I’m better than you, you son of a bitch':
     a review of The Diary of a Teenage Girl: The Play ,
     Comic Book Resources , March 30, 2010

See also, in this  journal, Minnie and The Gift .

Thursday, January 28, 2016


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The title refers to a line by Louis Menand quoted
at the end of the previous post.

There "a6!" refers to the chessboard square in
column a, row 6.  In Geometry of the I Ching,
this square represents Hexagram 61, "Inner Truth."

See also "inner truth" in this journal.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Language Game:

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After Menand

This subtitle refers to the previous post, Game Theory for Steiner.
That post suggested a search that led to a New Yorker  piece
by Louis Menand, "Game Theory," excerpted below.

"Then, on move 21, came Black's crusher: a6!"

Game Theory for Steiner

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"The definition of easy to learn, hard to master"

Alex Hern in The Guardian  today on the game of Go

Not unlike music, mathematics, and chess.

A Singer 7-Cycle

AI Benchmark

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For the Sundance Kid

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"There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar"

— The late Glenn Frey

Related material

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Accomplished in Steps

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For the title, see "Accomplished in Steps" in this journal.


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"In U.S. criminal law, means, motive, and opportunity is
a common summation of the three aspects of a crime
that must be established before guilt can be determined
in a criminal proceeding." — Wikipedia

See also "Motive for Metaphor" in this journal.

"I'm in with the in crowd, 
I go where the in crowd goes"

— Musical motif of the recent film "Irrational Man"

Devil’s Harp

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From a piece in The Harvard Crimson  today:

"The refrain of one of my favorite songs goes,
'Tension is to be loved when it is like a passing note
to a beautiful, beautiful chord.' I don’t want to seek
the allusion [sic ] of finding balance anymore:
It can’t be found."

Allusion —

"No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell"

— "American Pie"

A passing note —

"The name diabolus in musica  ("the Devil in music")
has been applied to the interval from at least the
early 18th century…."

— Wikipedia on the tritone

See also Music & Noise at a physics site and the square root
of two on page 56 of Barry Mazur's Imagining Numbers  
(Picador imprint, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) —

After Eliot

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The New Yorker , May 19, 1997 issue, page 52

See also Hollander in this  journal.

(This post was suggested by a search for 
"Barry Mazur" + "Two-Faced.")

Ground Plan

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The New York Times , reporting yesterday on the death of
a distinguished expert in the field of artificial intelligence,
said that he "laid the foundation for the field."

Related material:

"A Bad Case of Mixed Metaphors:
Psychiatry, Law, Politics, Society,
and Ezra Pound"

by Arnold M. Ludwig, 
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2000 Winter; 54(1): 116-117

From that paper
" the conceptual foundation for the field
continues to be primitive."

See also, in this  journal, The Source (Oct. 4, 2014).
An image from that post

Ground plan for a game of
Noughts and Crosses

Monday, January 25, 2016

Marvin Minsky, 1927-2016

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In this  journal, see Syntactic/Symplectic and Raiding Minsky's.

High White Noon

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Continued. See previous episodes and also 5×5.

Not-So-Divine Comedy

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IMAGE- Kristen Wiig in 'Cock and Bull Story' —

IMAGE- Kristen Wiig, 'Cock and Bull Story'

See also some Saturday Night Live comedy in
"The Sound of Music" (a post from March 6, 2011) 
and Kristen Wiig in a new "Zoolander 2" promotion.


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For Mel Gibson

The Police, 'Synchronicity' album, detail of cover

The book in the previous post, "A Hateful Eight," was
reportedly published on February 25, 2004. See also
this journal on that date

  Click image for post.

A Hateful Eight

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In memory of physicist David Ritz Finkelstein,
who reportedly died yesterday —

"His sense of irony and precision was appreciated" ….



An illustration of the song "Stuck in the Middle with You"
(from the Tarantino film "Reservoir Dogs") was posted by
an academic at Christmas 2015 —

See also, in this  journal,
The Jewel in the Lotus Meets the Kernel in the Nutshell 
(December 16, 2015).

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Borges Line

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See a search for Borges + Line in this journal.

Long Line

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"The ideal of a complete mathematical theory of beauty
lies on the same long line of distinguished fantasies of
mathematical wisdom as the number mysticism of
Pythagoras and Plato, the Ars Magna  of Ramon Llull
(whom Agrippa studied) and Giordano Bruno
(who studied Llull and Agrippa), the vision of Mathesis
  that Descartes and Leibniz shared, and the
Ars Combinatoria  of Leibniz. Dürer does not deny the
existence of absolute beauty but despairs of knowing it."

— The late David Ritz Finkelstein in 2007.
     He reportedly died today.

The Magpie

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"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…."

— Edgar Allan Poe, 1845 (link added)

"The infamous pseudohistorian Eric Temple Bell
begins his book 'The Magic of Numbers' as follows:

The hero of our story is Pythagoras…."

John Baez, June 20, 2006

Related material —

See also "Temple Bell" in this  journal.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


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"Hard Science Fiction in the era of short attention spans,
crowd-sourcing, and rapid obsolescence"

— May 26, 2012, Dragon Press Bookstore symposium

Related material:  Posts now tagged Black Diamond.

IMAGE- 'The Stars My Destination' (with cover slightly changed)

Plan 9 Continues…

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Thundersnow for Joyce

Margaret Soltan on thundersnow at 6:13 AM ET Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Easter Footnote

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A search from Easter 2013 for "Cremona synthemes" *

IMAGE- Google image search for 'cremona synthemes'

For some strictly mathematical background, see
Classical Geometry in Light of Galois Geometry.

* For more about Cremona and synthemes, 
   see a 1975 paper by W. L. Edge,
  "A Footnote on the Mystic Hexagram."

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