Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Toronto Plot*

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* A title for Harlan Kane, suggested by obituaries
from The New York Times  (this afternoon) and from
CBC News (on May 14, below) . . .

. . . as well as by illustrations shown here on May 13 and by
a screenwriter quoted here on May 12 —

“When I die,” he liked to say, “I’m going to have written
on my tombstone, ‘Finally, a plot!’”

— Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times

Another quote that seems relevant —

I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

Cube Geometry Continues.

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An illustration from the April 20, 2016, post

Symmetric Generation of a Simple Group

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

"The geometry of unit cubes is a meeting point
 of several different subjects in mathematics."
 — Chuanming ZongBulletin of the American
Mathematical Society 
, January 2005

Iain Aitchison on symmetric generation of M24

Inside the White Cube

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Monday, May 20, 2019

The Bond with Reality

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"The bond with reality is cut."

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Building Blocks of Geometry

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From "On the life and scientific work of Gino Fano
by Alberto Collino, Alberto Conte, and Alessandro Verra,
ICCM Notices , July 2014, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 43-57 —

" Indeed, about the Italian debate on foundations of Geometry, it is not rare to read comments in the same spirit of the following one, due to Jeremy Gray13. He is essentially reporting Hans Freudenthal’s point of view:

' When the distinguished mathematician and historian of mathematics Hans Freudenthal analysed Hilbert’s  Grundlagen he argued that the link between reality and geometry appears to be severed for the first time in Hilbert’s work. However, he discovered that Hilbert had been preceded by the Italian mathematician Gino Fano in 1892. . . .' "

13 J. Gray, "The Foundations of Projective Geometry in Italy," Chapter 24 (pp. 269–279) in his book Worlds Out of Nothing , Springer (2010).

Restoring the severed link —

Structure of the eightfold cube

See also Espacement  and The Thing and I.

Related material —


Rural Relativity

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"The technical aspects
Were carefully planned,
And the social aspect
Just happened."

Robert Fano

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cave Shadows

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Brighton Rock: Emerging from Plato's Cave

Plan 9

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. . . .

Still, Wouk, a month away from his 95th birthday, knows he cannot write forever. He has described The Language God Talks  as a "summing up," even if he is toying with the idea of writing a sequel. Earnestly written and very brief, it is an unusual work—partly a quick trip through developments in cosmology, partly an episodic memoir, partly an essay on faith and science. At the end, it portrays an imagined conversation between Wouk and the scientist Richard Feynman: historical fiction about the drama of the believer and the skeptic. In real life, Wouk met Feynman while researching the atom bomb for War and Remembrance . Feynman wasn't interested in fiction; he called calculus "the language God talks." But during a summer at the Aspen Institute, the two men spent hours talking, and Wouk has been thinking about his exchanges with Feynman and other scientists ever since. He even tried to learn calculus.

Feynman was a secular Jew, and yet something about the way he saw the world resonated with the observantly religious novelist. One day Wouk came across an interview in which Feynman said, "It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe … can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil—which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama." The huge stage and the human drama: "This is the subject I've been thinking about my whole life," Wouk says.

. . . .


Related remarks on language —

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Shot at Redemption

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"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Paul Simon


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Mathematische Appetithäppchen:
Faszinierende Bilder. Packende Formeln. Reizvolle Sätze

Autor: Erickson, Martin —

"Weitere Informationen zu diesem Themenkreis finden sich
unter http://​www.​encyclopediaofma​th.​org/​index.​php/​

und http://​finitegeometry.​org/​sc/​gen/​coord.​html ."

Lines from the 2013 Jim Jarmusch film
"Only Lovers Left Alive" —

Eve:  “… So what is this then? Can’t you tell your wife
what your problem is?”

Adam:  “It’s the zombies and the way they treat the world.
I just feel like all the sand's at the bottom of the hourglass
or something.”

Eve:  “Time to turn it over then.”

Related entertainment  —

and . . .

Groundhog Day

An Imaginary Square

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tombstone by Springer

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A Pure Geometry

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From a post (“Waugh, Orwell.  Orwell, Waugh.”)
linked to here earlier today


That One Time

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The title refers to an Instagram picture posted today.

Some background . . .

"It was a bright cold day in April . . . ." — George Orwell

The Hourglass Axe

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The Endgame Credits

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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". . . the most magnificent 'object' in all of mathematics . . . .
is like a diamond with thousands of facets . . . ."

— MIT professor emeritus quoted here on Aug. 19, 2008

Also on that date —

Hunger Games

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Two items from November 24, 2015 —

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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In memory of economic historian Douglass C. North,
who reportedly died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 —

We needed new tools, but they simply did not exist.”

Related reading and viewing —

Beattyville, Kentucky and Log24 post About the People.

Related material —

David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve star in 'The Hunger' (1983).

 David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve star in "The Hunger" (1983).

Vampira and Loki at Cannes


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The previous post suggests a review:

See as well . . .

A Wrinkle in Time and Space

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Or:  Tom Wolfe in the Quantum Realm

Related posts: Search Log24 for Bubble.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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"Is there no change of death in paradise?" — Wallace Stevens 

From a New Yorker  book review dated May 13 —

"In 'Field Flowers,' Glück’s flower scoffs that 'absence of change' 
is humanity’s 'poor idea of heaven.' But the religious believer
might object that Hägglund’s idea of eternity is equally poor." 

Here James Wood is reviewing Martin Hägglund’s
This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom 
(Pantheon, March 5, 2019).

See also posts tagged Change Arises in this  journal.

Hägglund himself appeared here on June 21, 2014.

The Nothing That Is

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Philosophy professor Agnes Callard on giving advice:

"It’s as though right before I give the advice,
I push a button that sucks all the informational
content out of what I’m about to say, and
I end up saying basically nothing at all."

— https://thepointmag.com/2019/

From a University of Chicago description of Callard —

See as well posts before and after the above date, Jan. 3, 2018,
that are now tagged "Lost Horizon."

More generally, see a Log24 search  for "Lost Horizon."

Surrealistic Pillow Talk

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   "Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'- 'Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.'

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go . . ."

Monday, May 13, 2019

“The Eyes of Orson Welles”…

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is a TCM special at 8 PM ET this evening.

A snow-globe phrase from April 28 —

Bauble, Babel . . . Bubble —

Images including Plato's diamond on a tombstone

The "bubble" cited above —

For more metaphysical accounting, see
The Church of Synchronology.

Star Cube

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"Before time began . . . ." — Optimus Prime

Doris Day at the Hudson Rock

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" 'My public image is unshakably that of
America’s wholesome virgin, the girl next door,
carefree and brimming with happiness,' 
she said in Doris Day: Her Own Story
a 1976 book . . . ."

From "Angels & Demons Meet Hudson Hawk" (March 19, 2013) —

From the March 1 post "Solomon and the Image," a related figure —

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Collective Unconscious in a Cartoon Graveyard

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Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
in "Spider-Man 2" (2004) —

Spoilers for another Kirsten Dunst film,
"Midnight Special" (2016) —

"When they all finally reach their destination —
a deserted field in the Florida Panhandle…." 

" When asked about the film's similarities to the 2015 Disney movie 
Tomorrowland , which also posits a futuristic world that exists in an
alternative dimension
, Nichols sighed. 'I was a little bummed, I guess,'
he said of when he first learned about the project. . . . 'Our die was cast.
Sometimes this kind of collective unconscious that we're all dabbling in,
sometimes you're not the first one out of the gate.' "

From another obituary for
the "Spider-Man" screenwriter —

“When I die,” he liked to say, “I’m going to have written
on my tombstone, ‘Finally, a plot!’”

— Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Stage Direction: “Comments Off.”

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The Babel Gift

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"In the story 'Guy de Maupassant' (completed 1922, published 1932) Babel, or at least a narrator we are led to suppose is Babel, pronounces: 'A phrase is born into the world good and bad at the same time. The secret rests in a barely perceptible turn. The lever must lie in one's hand and get warm. It must be turned once, and no more.' To him words are an army, 'an army in which all kinds of weapons are on the move. No iron can enter the human heart as chillingly as a full stop placed at the right time.' This iron, an aggressive partner to Kafka's 'axe for the frozen sea within us', is something Babel learned to wield with recurring, unerring accuracy."

Chris Power in The Guardian , 10 February 2012

See as well "Art Wars for Trotsky's Birthday"
and some historical background.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Walpurgisnacht Riddle

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From a search for Absolut Riddle in this  journal —

I Ching g6

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For fans of Resonance Science

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go …."

Desperately Seeking Resonance

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Also from Fall Equinox 2018 — Looney Tune for Physicists

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Blade and Chalice at the Museum

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(For other posts on the continuing triumph of entertainment
over truth, see a Log24 search for "Night at the Museum.")

See also yesterday's post When the Men and today's previous post.

Defense Against the Dark Arts

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F. Lanier Graham chess set (king-queen arrangement by the Wachowskis)

Wolf Shadow at Red Fleece

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For a New York photographer . . .

See also Schattenspiel  and You Got Game.

Counter Culture

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" Alan Watts wrote of The Making of a Counter Culture 
in the San Francisco Chronicle  in 1969, 'If you want to
know what is happening among your intelligent and
mysteriously rebellious children, this is the book. . . .' "

— The University of California Press

" 'I count a lot of things that there’s no need to count,'
Cameron said. 'Just because that’s the way I am.
But I count all the things that need to be counted.' "

— Richard Brautigan, The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western ,
Simon & Schuster, 1974

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05/050109-Hawkline.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

See as well Hawkline in this  journal.

The Birdseye Requiem

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From The Boston Globe  yesterday evening —

" Ms. Adams 'had this quiet intelligence that made you feel like
she understood you and she loved you. She was a true friend —
a true generous, generous friend. This is the kind of person
you keep in your life,' Birdseye added.

'And she had such a great sense of humor,' Birdseye said.
“She would always have the last laugh. She wasn’t always
the loudest, but she was always the funniest, and in the
smartest way.' "

"Ms. Adams, who lived in Waltham, was 55 when she died April 9 . . . ."

See as well April 9 in the post Math Death and a post from April 8,
also now tagged "Berlekamp's Game" — Horses of a Dream.

"When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards . . . ."

— Grace Slick in a song from yesterday's post "When the Men"

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

When the Men

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In Memoriam . . .

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go …."

"The I Ching encodes the geometry of the fabric of spacetime."

Sure it does.

Shadows: Endgame

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IMAGE- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

'You know my methods' image

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


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"Honored in the Breach:
Graham Bader on Absence as Memorial"

Artforum International , April 2012 

. . . .

"In the wake of a century marked by inconceivable atrocity, the use of emptiness as a commemorative trope has arguably become a standard tactic, a default style of public memory. The power of the voids at and around Ground Zero is generated by their origin in real historical circumstance rather than such purely commemorative intent: They are indices as well as icons of the losses they mark.

Nowhere is the negotiation between these two possibilities–on the one hand, the co-optation of absence as tasteful mnemonic trope; on the other, absence's disruptive potential as brute historical scar–more evident than in Berlin, a city whose history, as Andreas Huyssen has argued, can be seen as a 'narrative of voids.' Writing in 1997, Huyssen saw this tale culminating in Berlin's post-wall development, defined equally by an obsessive covering-over of the city's lacunae–above all in the elaborate commercial projects then proliferating in the miles-long stretch occupied until 1989 by the Berlin Wall–and a carefully orchestrated deployment of absence as memorial device, particularly in the 'voids' integrated by architect Daniel Libeskind into his addition to the Berlin Museum, now known as the Jewish Museum Berlin."
. . . .

See also Breach  in this  journal. 

Symbols and Mysteries

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IMAGE- Like motions of a pattern's parts can induce motions of the whole. Escher-'Fishes and Scales,' Cullinane-'Invariance'

Monday, May 6, 2019

In Memoriam Goro Shimura (d. May 3, 2019)

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From Richard Taylor, "Modular arithmetic:  driven by inherent beauty
and human curiosity
," The Letter of the Institute for Advanced Study  [IAS],
Summer 2012, pp. 6– 8 (links added) :

"Stunningly, in 1954, Martin Eichler (former IAS Member)
found a totally new reciprocity law . . . .

Within less than three years, Yutaka Taniyama and Goro Shimura
(former IAS Member) proposed a daring generalization of Eichler’s
reciprocity law to all cubic equations in two variables. A decade later,
André Weil (former IAS Professor) added precision to this conjecture,
and found strong heuristic evidence supporting the Shimura-Taniyama
reciprocity law. This conjecture completely changed the development of
number theory."

One Stuff

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Building blocks?

From a post of May 4

Structure of the eightfold cube

See also Espacement  and The Thing and I.


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Related material — The last three posts —

The Crimson Abyss,
Transgressive Politics at Harvard, and
"Thousand" Rhetoric

— as well as Saturday's The Chinese Jars of Shing-Tung Yau.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

“Thousand” Rhetoric

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Compare and contrast —

"A Thousand Possibilities"
— Title of a Harvard Crimson  May 3 column

See also The Thousand  in this  journal.

Transgressive Politics at Harvard

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Related material —

See also the previous post.

The Crimson Abyss

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The following conference has just ended.

Yau's actual 70th birthday was April 4.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Long Strange Trip of Abstract Art

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In memory of an art collector's April 24 death —

See also Log24 on April 24

Inside the White Cube

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Structure of the eightfold cube

See also Espacement  and The Thing and I.

The Chinese Jars of Shing-Tung Yau

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The title refers to Calabi-Yau spaces.

T. S. Eliot —

Four Quartets

. . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

A less "cosmic" but still noteworthy code — The Golay code.

This resides in a 12-dimensional space over GF(2).

Related material from Plato and R. T. Curtis

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem

A related Calabi-Yau "Chinese jar" first described in detail in 1905

Illustration of K3 surface related to Mathieu moonshine

A figure that may or may not be related to the 4x4x4 cube that
holds the classical  Chinese "cosmic code" — the I Ching


Friday, May 3, 2019

“As a Chinese jar” — T. S. Eliot

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The Structure of Story Space

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T. S. Eliot

Four Quartets

. . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.


A Permanent Order of Wondertale Elements

In Vol. I of Structural Anthropology , p. 209, I have shown that this analysis alone can account for the double aspect of time representation in all mythical systems: the narrative is both "in time" (it consists of a succession of events) and "beyond" (its value is permanent). With regard to Propp's theories my analysis offers another advantage: I can reconcile much better than Propp himself  his principle of a permanent order of wondertale elements with the fact that certain functions or groups of functions are shifted from one tale to the next (pp. 97-98. p. 108). If my view is accepted, the chronological succession will come to be absorbed into an atemporal matrix structure whose form is indeed constant. The shifting of functions is then no more than a mode of permutation (by vertical columns or fractions of columns).

Or by congruent quarter-sections.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Story Space

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"Let the Wookiee win." — C-3PO

See as well the April 8, 2019, post

Misère Play.

New Year’s Eve

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The previous post suggests a search for Buber in this journal
that yields a passage from New Year's Eve 2017

" As for 'that you in which the lines of relation, though parallel,
intersect,' and 'intimations of eternity,' see Log24 posts on
the concept 'line at infinity' as well as 'Lost Horizon.' "

Related illustrations — 

From Pi Day 2017

"Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard."

From April 20, 2019 

From "A History of Violence" —

Sloth and Awe

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"The style of Ich und Du  is anything but sparse and unpretentious,
lean or economical. It represents a late flowering of romanticism
and tends to blur all contours in the twilight of suggestive but
extremely unclear language. Most of Buber’s German readers
would be quite incapable of saying what any number of passages
probably mean. 

The obscurity of the book does not seem objectionable to them:
it seems palpable proof of profundity. Sloth meets with awe
in the refusal to unravel mysteries."

— Walter Kaufmann, 1970 prologue to I and Thou

Squaring the Triangle

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"Having squared the circle is a famous crank assertion." — Wikipedia

Squaring the circle was proved impossible by Lindemann in 1882.

Squaring the triangle  is, however, possible — indeed, trivial
and is more closely related to the saying quoted by Jung —

"All things do live in the three
But in the four they merry be."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Medium and the Message

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In memory of Quentin Fiore — from a Log24 search for McLuhan,
an item related to today's previous post . . .

Related material from Log24 on the above-reported date of death —

See also, from a search for Analogy in this journal . . .


For the First of May

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"The purpose of mathematics cannot be derived from an activity 
inferior to it but from a higher sphere of human activity, namely,

 Igor Shafarevitch in 1973

"The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation."

— T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets

See also Ultron Cube.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Heraldry for Walpurgisnacht

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A problem not only at Harvard.

For instance… A Hollywood anticlerical classic:

Schoolgirl Problem —

Monday, April 29, 2019

Geometry Review

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See also Good Friday 2003 … Continued .

Theology in a Cartoon Graveyard

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See as well . . .

http://www.walterkaufmann.com/articles/1970_Prologu_Ich_Du.pdf .

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

A death on the date of the above New Yorker piece — Oct. 15, 2018 —

See as well the Pac-Man-like figures in today's previous post
as well as the Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, post "History at Bellevue."

The Hustvedt Array

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For Harlan Kane

"This time-defying preservation of selves,
this dream of plenitude without loss,
is like a snow globe from heaven,
a vision of Eden before the expulsion."

— Judith Shulevitz on Siri Hustvedt in
The New York Times  Sunday Book Review
of March 31, 2019, under the headline
"The Time of Her Life."

Edenic-plenitude-related material —

"Self-Blazon… of Edenic Plenitude"

(The Issuu text is taken from Speaking about Godard , by Kaja Silverman
and Harun Farocki, New York University Press, 1998, page 34.)

Preservation-of-selves-related material —

Other Latin squares (from October 2018) —

Sunday, April 28, 2019


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"This time-defying preservation of selves,
this dream of plenitude without loss,
is like a snow globe from heaven,
a vision of Eden before the expulsion.
Mathematically demonstrable
but emotionally impossible,
it’s dangled just in front of us
like a bauble we can’t have
but can’t stop reaching for." 

— Judith Shulevitz on Siri Hustvedt in
The New York Times  Sunday Book Review
of March 31, 2019, under the headline
"The Time of Her Life."

A different self-symbolizing bauble appeared in this  journal on that Sunday.

A line for Letterman — "Bauble, Babel.  Babel, Bauble."

'The Tower of Babel,' a 1963 play by Arthur J. Morey with music by Robert A. Paul

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday Night Not-So-Live

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The Shulevitz Sabbath

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Blazon World

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𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮  Night and day . . . .

Our Brand

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From the subtitles of "Our Brand is Crisis" (2015) —

01:07:58,242 –> 01:08:01,537
Uh, if you should feel something
during the interview, like an emotion…

01:08:03,164 –> 01:08:07,251
If you have some tears,
could you just turn towards

01:08:07,501 –> 01:08:08,836
the camera?

WB- 'Our Brand is Crisis'

"Our Brand is Crisis" is set in La Paz, Bolivia. Related material —

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dark Comedy

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Golin and the Stone  continues.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

For Battle-Epic Fans

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L'Heureux*  Meets  Les Misérables

The above theater is named for a soldier who died on May 14, 2006.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Today’s birthday: George Lucas,
creator of the mother of all battle epics.

STAR WARS continued:

Solar eclipse, March 29, 2006

March 29 eclipse

Star of Venus

Star of Venus
(See March 26-29)

* "… whose novels wrestled with faith… " — NY Times obituary today

Faith! Faith!” cried the husband.
“Look up to Heaven,
and resist the Wicked One!”

— "Young Goodman Brown"

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Critical Visibility

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Correction — "Death has 'the whole spirit sparkling…'"
should be "Peace after death has 'the whole spirit sparkling….'" 
The page number, 373, is a reference to Wallace Stevens:
Collected Poetry and Prose
, Library of America, 1997.

See also the previous post, "Critical Invisibility."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Critical Invisibility

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From Gotay and Isenberg, "The Symplectization of Science,"
Gazette des Mathématiciens  54, 59-79 (1992):

" what is the origin of the unusual name 'symplectic'? ….
Its mathematical usage is due to Hermann Weyl who,
in an effort to avoid a certain semantic confusion, renamed
the then obscure 'line complex group' the 'symplectic group.'
… the adjective 'symplectic' means 'plaited together' or 'woven.'
This is wonderfully apt…."

On "The Emperor's New Clothes" —

Andersen’s weavers, as one commentator points out, are merely insisting that “the value of their labor be recognized apart from its material embodiment.” The invisible cloth they weave may never manifest itself in material terms, but the description of its beauty (“as light as spiderwebs” and “exquisite”) turns it into one of the many wondrous objects found in Andersen’s fairy tales. It is that cloth that captivates us, making us do the imaginative work of seeing something beautiful even when it has no material reality. Deeply resonant with meaning and of rare aesthetic beauty—even if they never become real—the cloth and other wondrous objets d’art have attained a certain degree of critical invisibility.

—  Maria Tatar, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007). Kindle Edition. 


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:53 PM

A check of an author cited in the previous post yields —

The cover illustration above is by Kay Nielsen . . . 


(Paris Review , December 3, 2015.)

See as well the April 1977 poem "Winter Tree" by Jon Lang and . . .

A Certain Dramatic Artfulness

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 11:43 AM

See also a book found in a Log24 search for Tillich


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:26 AM

For Shakespeare's Birthday . . .

* Title from a 1960 French farce.

A miniature metaphoric midrash —

See the Snakes on a Plane  image
from a post of March 15, 2019 . . .

Finis Coronat Opus

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:40 AM


See also "Coronat" in this  journal.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Cruelest Month

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

Easter last year fell on April Fools' Day.
Midrash — The Log24 posts for April 2018.

Related material —

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter for Harvey

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:02 AM


See also "Press Agent" in this journal and a post from Maundy Thursday,
the date of Sabinson's reported death . . .

Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Dreams May Come

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:06 PM

"Let them eat pie."

Meditation on St. Ursula’s Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:21 PM

Edifice Complex 

A Doll's House

Somebody Doesn't Like Sara Lee

Dialogue and Story Points —

Friday, April 19, 2019

Math Death

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:27 AM

Berlekamp reportedly died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

See as well this  journal on that date, in posts now tagged
Berlekamp's Game.

Pleasantly Discursive Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:05 AM

" There is a pleasantly discursive treatment 
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?’ "

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Greek Cross, adapted from painting by Ad Reinhardt

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Expanding the Unfolding*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:06 PM

From a New York Times  book review of a new novel about
Timothy Leary that was in the Times online on April 10 —

"Most of the novel resides in the perspective
of Fitzhugh Loney, one of Leary’s graduate students."

"A version of this article appears in print on ,
on Page 10 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline
Strange Days." 

For material about one of Leary's non -fictional grad students,
Ralph Metzner, see posts now tagged Metzner's Pi Day.

Related material —

The reported publication date of Searching for the Philosophers' Stone
was January 1, 2019.  

A related search published here  on that date:

* Title suggested by two of Ralph Metzner's titles,
   The Expansion of Consciousness  and The Unfolding Self .

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Royal Society Diamond

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:34 AM

The phrase "pattern recognition" in a news story about the
April 13 death of Princeton neuroscientist Charles Gross,
and yesterday's post about a fanciful "purloined diamond,"
suggest a review of a less fanciful diamond.

See also earlier posts tagged Fitch
and my own, much  earlier and very
different, approach to such patterns —

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Metaphysical Detective Story

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:17 PM

The date of an article by the late Charles Gross —Dec. 21, 2011 . . .

. . . suggests a review of a post from that date:

See as well this  journal on Marc Hauser in a post of
August 5, 2004 — "In the beginning was the recursion?"


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Related material — Posts tagged Perspective.

Monday, April 15, 2019

In Related News…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 AM

Sacerdotal Jargon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:38 AM

The interested reader can easily find the source of the above prose.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

An Apt Pupil

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:17 PM

A Case for Bosch

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:14 AM

"The fifth season of Bosch is set to premiere
on April 19, 2019." — Wikipedia

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Misery Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:40 AM

Part I: Sharp Objects

Part II: Out of Blue

Part III: Misery

Misery according to Simone Weil

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Old Guy with a Cane

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:10 AM

From yesterday's post Misère Play —

See as well New York Times  book review of the novel Point Omega .
(The Times 's "Wrinkle in Time" is the title of the review, not of the novel.)

Related material suggested by the publication date — March 27, 2014
of a novel titled Zero Sum Game  —

Zero Sum Game

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:30 AM

Compare and contrast —

Zero Dark Nine:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:09 AM

The Crosswicks Curse Continues . . .

"There is  such a thing as geometry."

— Saying adapted from a 1962 young-adult novel.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Misère Play

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:21 PM

Facebook on Bloomsday 2017 —

Also on that Bloomsday —

Chalkroom Jungle Revisited —

Horses of a Dream

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:19 AM

The previous post suggests a review —

Related mathematics —

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Chess King

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:10 PM

Meanwhile . . .

Front page top center, online NY Times: Bobby Fischer Dead at 64

Block Talk

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:48 AM

David Brooks in The New York Times  Sunday  Review   today

" 'In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology 
has warned us,' Annie Dillard writes in 'Teaching a Stone to Talk.' 
'But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them
farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate 
or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys
the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power
for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for
each other.' "

Annie Dillard on the legendary philosopher's stone

“… if Holy the Firm is matter at its dullest, Aristotle’s materia prima ,
absolute zero, and since Holy the Firm is in touch with the Absolute
at base, then the circle is unbroken.  And it is…. Holy the Firm is
in short the philosopher’s stone.”

See also "The Thing and I."

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Seligman Method

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 PM

Earlier . . .

'You know my methods' image

An Actor Prepares

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

See too "Desperately Seeking Resonance"
and, for the Church of Synchronology, posts
on the above date — April 3, 2017.


Remembering Karl Gerstner

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:46 PM

See Karl Gerstner in this journal and posts from
the date of Gerstner's reported death —
New Year's Day, 2017.

Gerstner seems to have been forgotten in the
current Programmed Art exhibition at the Whitney.

Related material — See More Glass.

Equine Meditations

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Details from the previous post

"Some point in a high corner of the room" —

See as well Mysteries of Faith (Feb. 16, 2010).

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 1 Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:58 PM

IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo


From posts tagged Number Art

'Knight' octad labeling by the 8 points of the projective line over GF(7)    

From the novel Point Omega


Related material for
Mathematics Awareness Month

Also on 07/18/2015

A Definite Field

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:45 AM

"We render the compulsion harmless, and indeed useful,
by giving it the right to assert itself in a definite field.
We admit it into the transference as a playground…."

— Sigmund Freud, 1914, "Remembering, Repeating,
and Working-Through" (See "Expanding the Spielraum,"
Oct. 26, 2015, in this  journal.)

An indefinite field —

A definite field —

A circular I Ching

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Midnight in the Garden . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 PM

Continues . 

Analyze This, William James

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:11 PM

See also "The Unfolding" in this  journal.

Expanding the Spielraum . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:27 PM

Continues . . .

. . . with Stephen King.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:03 PM

For Harlan Kane . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

The Aloha Grid

Some less demanding reading Mysteries of the Rectangle .

Recently Viewed

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:27 AM

An Eight  for Katherine Neville —

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Formation, Information*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:11 PM

"The architect, Peter Eisenman, was against
the information center. 'The world is too full of
information and here is a place without information.
That is what I wanted,' he told Spiegel Online.
'But as an architect you win some and you lose some.'"

See also Winsome Tribute (March 25, 2019) and
Gravedigger's Handbook (March 19, 2017).

* See as well a related phrase.

The Malkevitch Pictures

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:27 PM

". . . humanity battling an unseen force . . . ." —

Quantum Space Elements?


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 PM

A later article about this same William Boyd

"In the end, it’s this indifference on the part of the tastemakers
that makes Boyd’s project a worthy one, pointing as it does to
their ability to treat as real whatever they choose, and to deny
the reality of other things simply by redirecting their gaze." 

Also on November 14, 2011 —

Nocturnal Object of Beauty

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:41 AM



What is going on in this picture?

Send Your Camel to Bed

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮  "Midnight at the Oasis . . . ."

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Shot at Redemption

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:26 PM

"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Song lyric

See also Dead Reckoning and Lizabeth Scott.

Linked-to Review, Courtesy of Peter Woit Today . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:42 PM

Multifaceted April Fools

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:33 PM

For the Garbage Pail Kids:

Anti-Social Climbing

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:33 PM

𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 "Once, on a high and windy hill . . . ."

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