Saturday, March 25, 2017

Twin Pillars of Symmetry

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The phrase "twin pillars" in a New York Times  Fashion & Style
article today suggests a look at another pair of pillars —

This pair, from the realm of memory, history, and geometry disparaged
by the late painter Mark Rothko, might be viewed by Rothko
as  "parodies of ideas (which are ghosts)." (See the previous post.)

For a relationship between a 3-dimensional simplex and the {4, 3, 3},
see my note from May 21, 2014, on the tetrahedron and the tesseract.

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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Continued from April 11, 2016, and from

A tribute to Rothko suggested by the previous post

For the idea  of Rothko's obstacles, see Hexagram 39 in this journal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Southwest Furthers

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The New York Times  reports a death on Saturday, March 18 —

From posts tagged SXSW 2017 —

Note for a Vast Waste Land

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"Minow is the daughter of former Federal Communications Commission chairman 
Newton Minow, and his wife, Josephine (Baskin) Minow. She graduated from 
New Trier Township High School in 1972." — Wikipedia

That corpse you planted last year in your garden
  Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
  Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?" 

A Large Superset

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From a post of Feb. 24

From a search for "Preparation" in this journal (see previous post) —

"It is almost inevitable to compare this book to Borevich-Shafarevich
Number Theory . The latter is a fantastic book which covers a large
superset of the material in Cohn's book. Borevich-Shafarevich is,
however, a much more demanding read and it is out of print.
For gentle self-study (and perhaps as a preparation to later read
Borevich-Shafarevich), Cohn's book is a fine read."

"I meant a larger map." — Number Six in "The Prisoner" (1967)

Swimmer in the Ocean of Night

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For Scarlett 

From a search for "Preparation" in this journal —

"In a nutshell, the book serves as an introduction to
Gauss' theory of quadratic forms and their composition laws
(the cornerstone of his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae ) from the
modern point of view (ideals in quadratic number fields)."

From a film in which Scarlett portrays a goddess —

Madness related to several recent posts

Then, with an unheard splash which sent from the silver water to the shore a line of ripples echoed in fear by my heart, a swimming thing emerged beyond the breakers. The figure may have been that of a dog, a human being, or something more strange. It could not have known that I watched—perhaps it did not care—but like a distorted fish it swam across the mirrored stars and dived beneath the surface. After a moment it came up again, and this time, since it was closer, I saw that it was carrying something across its shoulder. I knew, then, that it could be no animal, and that it was a man or something like a man, which came toward the land from a dark ocean. But it swam with a horrible ease.
     As I watched, dread-filled and passive, with the fixed stare of one who awaits death in another yet knows he cannot avert it, the swimmer approached the shore—though too far down the southward beach for me to discern its outlines or features. Obscurely loping, with sparks of moonlit foam scattered by its quick gait, it emerged and was lost among the inland dunes.

— From "The Night Ocean," by H. P. Lovecraft
     and R. H. Barlow

Related news

"When hard-liners seized power in Moscow in August 1991
and imprisoned Mr. Gorbachev in his vacation house on the
Black Sea, Mr. Chernyaev, a guest there and a powerful swimmer,
offered to smuggle out a note by swimming to a beach more than
three miles away. Uncertain where he could take the note, they
dropped the plan. The coup quickly failed in any case."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Harvard Ignorance

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"… the leftist war on truth, the never-ending campaign
to recast objective fact as subjective and open to question."

— Kyle Smith in The New Criterion  on March 18

"A sort of flint stone" —

See also the above six-part image in the previous post.

Yabba Dabba Doo.

Best Frame

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From yesterday's post "The Story of Six" —

"… death ultimately provides a frame
for the magnificent picture that is life."

Publisher's Weekly , summarizing the
1987 fable Numberland .

Related news —

From the online Harvard Crimson  today …

Related images —

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Story of Six

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On a psychotherapist who died at 86 on Monday —

"He studied mathematics and statistics at the Courant Institute,
a part of New York University — he would later write   a
mathematical fable, Numberland  (1987)."

The New York Times  online this evening


From Publishers Weekly

This wry parable by a psychotherapist contains one basic message: though death is inevitable, each moment in life is to be cherished. In the orderly but sterile kingdom of Numberland, digits live together harmoniously under a rigid president called The Professor. Their stable society is held intact by the firm conviction that they are immortal: When has a number ever died? This placid universe is plunged into chaos when the inquisitive hero SIX crosses over into the human world and converses with a young mathematician. This supposedly impossible transition convinces the ruling hierarchy that if SIX can talk to a mortal, then the rest of the numbers are, after all, mortal. The digits conclude that any effort or achievement is pointless in the face of inevitable death, and the cipher society breaks down completely. The solution? Banish SIX to the farthest corners of kingdom. Weinberg (The Heart of Psychotherapy ) uses his fable to gently satirize the military, academics, politicians and, above all, psychiatrists. But his tale is basically inspirational; a triumphant SIX miraculously returns from exile and quells the turmoil by showing his fellow digits that knowledge of one's mortality should enrich all other experiences and that death ultimately provides a frame for the magnificent picture that is life. 

Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

See also The Prisoner in this journal.

Pulp Fiction Incarnate

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From Log24 earlier —

More recently, an image from the above March 18 VUDU date —

'Loop De Loop,' Johnny Thunder, Diamond Records, 1962

So Set ’Em Up, Jo

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“Danes have been called the happiest people.
I wonder how they measure this.”

Copenhagen designer in today's online New York Times .
A version of this article is to appear in print on March 26, 2017,
in T Magazine  with the headline: "Gray Matters."

See also last night's quarter-to-three post as well as
the webpage "Grids, You Say?" by Norwegian artist Josefine Lyche.

Raiders of the Inarticulate

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Harvard Lovecraft

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The review quoted in the previous post continues . . .

"Blue’s book is an attempt to untangle the mystery of her demise,
from the safe remove of Harvard Yard . . . ."

Another attempted untanglement, from today's Harvard Crimson —

Mystery Woman

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From a book review quoted here in yesterday's post
of 12:41 PM ET, "Special Topics" — 

"That teacher, Hannah Schneider, has the magnetism of
Miss Jean Brodie and the film-noir mystique of Lauren Bacall.
When Blue meets her, in a 'Hitchcock cameo,' by the frozen-food
section at a grocery store, she falls under her spell. 'She had an
elegant sort of romantic, bone-sculpted face, one that took well to
both shadows and light,' Blue recalls. 'Most extraordinary though
was the air of a Chateau Marmont bungalow about her, a sense
of RKO, which I’d never before witnessed in person.' Hannah
teaches a course on cinema in a room lined with posters . . . .

From a Facebook page related to the death yesterday morning at
Webster University of the teacher of a course on cinema —

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

The title of the film in the cover photo above is not without relevance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Requiescat in Pace

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The Chicago Tribune  today —

H. Wilbert Norton, college president
and Christian missionary, dies

Norton reportedly died at 102 on Feb. 20, 2017.

This evening's previous post linked the death dates of two
academics to two Log24 posts that both contained the
following image —

For some backstory, see the Log24 posts from the date
of Norton's reported death, February 20.

Love and Death in Academia

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For tales of the above two professors getting married
(but not to each other) see their obituaries:  Deutsch and Dehmelt.

See also this journal on the above two dates March 13 and March 7.

Res Ipsa

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From The Poetic Quotidian, a journal of quotations—

See also, in this journal, New Haven + Grid.

The Ninefold Square

Special Topics

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A roundup of posts now tagged "Apollo Psi" led to the name
Evan Harris Walker in the post Dirac and Geometry of
Dec. 14, 2015. That post mentions

" Evan Harris Walker’s ingenious theory of
the psi force, a theory that assigned psi
both positive and negative values in such a way
that the mere presence of a skeptic in the near
vicinity of a sensitive psychic investigation could
force null results. Neat, Dr. Walker, thought
Peter Slater— neat, and totally without content."

— From the 1983 novel Broken Symmetries  
     by Paul Preuss 

It turns out that Walker died "on the evening of August 17, 2006." 

From this journal on that date

Monday, March 20, 2017

December 1987 at Yale

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"I was at the time a Yale English major (we read, appreciated,
and discussed the meaning of literature) sunk in the toxic quagmire
of the one and only course I ever took in the literature department
(where authorial intent was ignored and every 'text' was considered
solely on how comfortably it nestled within the shackles of Marxism)."

"For decades de Man had been an avatar not just of leftist politics
but also of the leftist war on truth, the never-ending campaign
to recast objective fact as subjective and open to question."

Kyle Smith in The New Criterion  on March 18

See as well other posts mentioning Kyle Smith in this  journal.

Silvers’s Cartoon Graveyard

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Rothko by Levine, December 1978

"Some cartoon graveyards 
  are better than others.

Rothko 101

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See also Memory, History, Geometry.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

For the Church of Synchronology*

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"… and all I  got was this lousy sweatshirt" —

Some posts related to the above Rasmus Hungnes exhibition 
opening date — Feb. 10, 2017 — are now tagged Bewitchment.

* See Synchronology in this journal.

Gravedigger’s Handbook

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In memory of Jimmy Breslin, who reportedly died today at 88 —

From "Dimensions," (Log24, Feb. 15, 2015) —

IMAGE- 'When Death tells a story, you really have to listen.'

Black monolith in death-and-rebirth sequence from '2001: A Space Odyssey'

"Hello  darkness,  my  old  friend.
I’ve  come  to  talk  with  you  again."

Norwegian Sermon

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"And the Führer digs for trinkets in the desert."

See also the previous post.

Raiders of the Lost Blocks

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See also "Two Blocks Short of a Design."

Delos Incorporated* Sunday School

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The 3x3 square

Click image for a search.

* Parent company of Westworld.
  See also Delos  in this journal.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back to the Past

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"Old men ought to be explorers" — T. S. Eliot

"All on a Saturday night" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

'Loop De Loop,' Johnny Thunder, Diamond Records, 1962

Update of 8:25 PM ET on March 18 —

"Analysis." — Dr. Robert Ford in "Westworld"

"Master theorist and conceptual genius."

— Jon Pareles, front page, online New York Times   tonight

News Search

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See also, in this journal, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."


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A search for Gamers in this journal yields

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/061019-Tombstones.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

This is not unrelated to the title of a 2008 
book by Jeremy Gray:

Plato's Ghost:
The Modernist Transformation
of Mathematics

Friday, March 17, 2017

To Coin a Phrase

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(A sequel to the previous post, Narrative for Westworld)

"That corpse you planted last year . . . ." — T. S.  Eliot

Circle and Square at the Court of King Minos

Harmonic analysis based on the circle involves the
circular  functions.  Dyadic  harmonic analysis involves

For some related history, see (for instance) E. M. Stein
on square functions in a 1982 AMS Bulletin  article.

Narrative for Westworld

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“That corpse you planted
          last year in your garden,
  Has it begun to sprout?
          Will it bloom this year?  
  Or has the sudden frost
          disturbed its bed?”

— T. S. Eliot, “The Waste Land

Coxeter exhuming Geometry

Ball and Coxeter, 'Mathematical Recreations,' Twelfth Edition

Click the book for a video.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


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Taking place from March 16 – 18, 2017
in the Austin Convention Center . . . .

See also the previous two posts.


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"Human perception is a saga of created reality."

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

See "Important Product" in this journal and the previous post.

Hexagram 64 in Context

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"Always with a little humor." — Dr. Yen Lo

Harmonic A

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"Analysis." — Dr. Robert Ford in "Westworld"

“Bulk Apperception”

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"By groping toward the light we are made to realize 
how deep the darkness is around us."

— Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy 
Random House, 1973, page 118

"Dear boys — We’re going to have some fun, aren’t we?"

— Maeve in "Westworld," Season 1, Episode 6,
     after her "bulk apperception" has been upgraded
     to the maximum.

"Bulk apperception" is defined in the script as "basically,
overall intelligence."  The phrase is apparently unique to "Westworld."

These two words do, however, nearly  occur together in
at least one book — Andrew Feffer's The Chicago Pragmatists
and American Progressivism

Iacta Est

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"Though realism is excellent rhetoric, maybe the best,
in a purely technical or instrumental sense,
that cannot be an adequate reason to accept it
as a serious intellectual position. In its tropes of
Death and Furniture we see a rhetoric  that refuses
to acknowledge its own existence; a politics  that
can claim a critical-radical credibility only by
the selective use of its opponents' analytic tools;
and a theology  which is deeply conservative and
seeks nothing less than the death of disruptive,
disturbing inquiry. While tedium, good taste, political
and moral sensibility will properly determine what
sorts of given realities are thought worthy of inquiry,
those considerations are no grounds for promoting
a realist ontology for social science, nor any other
science, nor for rejecting relativism. On the contrary,
relativism is social science par excellence . . . ."

Loughborough University

— Edwards, D., Ashmore, M., and Potter, J. (1995),
"Death and furniture: The rhetoric, politics and theology
of bottom line arguments against relativism," 
History of the Human Sciences , 8, 25-49.

Related material:

Platonic  realism in this journal, yesterday's post Ripples, and

Gravity's Shadow , 2004 —

Gravity's Ghost , 2010 —

See also an "Inception"-related object —

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


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A Scottish physicist credited with key experimental work
in the sensing of space-time ripples has died, today's
online New York Times  reports.

From a BBC obituary online on Wed., March 8, 2017 —

An unconventional R.I.P. from this journal on March 7,
the reported date of the ripple-seeker's death —

"The supervisory read-only memory (SROM)
in question is a region of proprietary code
that runs when the chip starts up,
and in privileged mode."

— Elliot Williams at Hackaday , March 4, 2017,
     "Reading the Unreadable SROM"

Some R.I.P. backstory from a recent film, "Passengers" —


Aurora sits at a library workstation . . .


What about research articles, any kind of
technical documents?


Hibernation technology is proprietary.
The following articles deal with the subject
on a theoretical level. 

For a "theoretical level" I prefer, see a passage quoted in
the above March 7 Log24 post, "Hackaday Story" —

According to Orphic myth —

  " You will find to the left of the House of Hades
    a spring,
  And by the side thereof standing
    a white cypress.
  To this spring approach not near.
  But you shall find another,
    from the lake of Memory
  Cold water flowing forth, and there are
    guardians before it.
  Say, 'I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven;
  But my race is of Heaven alone.
    This you know yourselves.
  But I am parched with thirst and I perish.
    Give me quickly
  The cold water flowing forth
    from the lake of Memory.' "

See as well today's previous post.

Middle March:

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The Key to All Mythologies  in a Cartoon Graveyard

This is a sequel to yesterday's post Review, which
suggested a look at Lévi-Strauss's The Raw and The Cooked  
in Derrida's “Structure, Sign, and Play," and then a look at the

Financial Times  of February 26, 2010

"The metaphor for metamorphosis no keys unlock."

Steven H. Cullinane, November 7, 1986

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


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In Adam’s Fall / We Sinnèd All

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Backstory for Westworld —

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


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"Backstories do more than amuse guests.
They anchor the hosts.
It's their cornerstone.
The rest of their identity is built around it, layer by layer."

— Elsie Hughes in "Westworld," Season 1, Episode 3,
     "The Stray," at 30:09

See also cornerstone in the Bible.

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) earlier in that same episode —

Westworld S1E3 23:15- Dr. Ford on fiction

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pragmatism at the Church of the Transformers*

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"I would drop the keystone into my arch . . . ."

Click the Auto Body image for some backstory.

* For the church, see Transformers in this journal.

Gray Space

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Image in Log24 from the date of the architecture writer's death —

See also the post Gray Space of Palm Sunday, 2014.

Underground Comix

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Continued from last night

From the American Mathematical Society, a news item
dated Thursday, March 9, 2017 —

Remarks by Schwartz quoted here on March 7—

Sunday, March 12, 2017

… And Hell Followed With Him

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Continued from Sunday,  March 5 .  

According to this evening's New York Times , that was 
the date of death for underground comix creator Jay Lynch —

From Log24 on Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Hitch in Hell

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The New York Times  today on a Feb. 24 death —

"Mr. Tenney was released when Japan surrendered
in August 1945, days after America dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki, a city across
the bay from the prison camp where he was held.
. . . .

Mr. Tenney recounted his wartime experiences in
a memoir, My Hitch in Hell , published in 1995."

. . . .

See as well a sample of Lynch's work from 2015:


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A Yale Law professor on Saturday, March 4, 2017 —

"Donald Trump is Shiva the Destroyer."

Related dialogue from the new film "Assassin's Creed"—

Marion Cotillard— You've thought of everything.
Jeremy Irons— Not quite. My speech. It could do
                          with one of your elegant openings.
Marion Cotillard— "Now I've become death,
                                 the destroyer of worlds."
Jeremy Irons—Not sure that I could make that work.

Raise High the Ridgepole, Architects*

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A post suggested by remarks of J. D. Salinger in 
The New Yorker  of November 19, 1955 —

Wikipedia:  Taiji (philosophy)


The word 太極 comes from I Ching : "易有太極,是生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦定吉凶,吉凶生大業。"

Taiji  (太極) is a compound of tai   "great; grand; supreme; extreme; very; too" (a superlative variant of da   "big; large; great; very") and ji   "pole; roof ridge; highest/utmost point; extreme; earth's pole; reach the end; attain; exhaust". In analogy with the figurative meanings of English pole, Chinese ji  極 "ridgepole" can mean "geographical pole; direction" (e.g., siji  四極 "four corners of the earth; world's end"), "magnetic pole" (Beiji  北極 "North Pole" or yinji  陰極 "negative pole; cathode"), or "celestial pole" (baji  八極 "farthest points of the universe; remotest place"). Combining the two words, 太極 means "the source, the beginning of the world".

Common English translations of the cosmological Taiji  are the "Supreme Ultimate" (Le Blanc 1985, Zhang and Ryden 2002) or "Great Ultimate" (Chen 1989, Robinet 2008); but other versions are the "Supreme Pole" (Needham and Ronan 1978), "Great Absolute", or "Supreme Polarity" (Adler 1999).

See also Polarity in this journal.

* A phrase adapted, via Salinger,
from a poem by Sappho

Ἴψοι δὴ τὸ μέλαθρον,
ἀέρρετε τέκτονεσ ἄνδρεσ,
γάμβροσ ἔρχεται ἶσοσ Ά᾽ρευϊ,
ανδροσ μεγάλο πόλυ μείζων

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Preparation 🞼

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🞼 See the title in this journal.

Atque Vale

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Jeremy Irons and the Apple of Eden —

Jeremy Gray, Valediction —

See also this journal on Thursday, 11 September, 2014.

Transformer Group*

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"Before time began, there was the Cube." — Transformers  (2007)

Plot summary — "An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races,
the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with
a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager."

* A post suggested by J. D. Salinger's phrase "a fresh impetus"
  in "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" (1955)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Transformers

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"The transformed urban interior is the spatial organisation of
an achiever, one who has crossed the class divide and who uses
space to express his membership of, not aspirations towards, 
an ascendant class in our society: the class of those people who 
earn their living by transformation— as opposed to the mere
reproduction— of symbols, such as writers, designers, and

The Social Logic of Space ,
     by Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson,
     Cambridge University Press, 1984

For another perspective on the achievers, see The Deceivers .

Related material —

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Edwin Schlossberg, 'Still Changes Through Structure' text piece

Exhibit C:


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Or:  Y  for Yale  continued

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

See also Transformers in this journal and Y for Yale.

Highbeam Woman

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See as well the previous post.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Yale Architectural Figure

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Edwin Schlossberg, 'Still Changes Through Structure' text piece

See also Log24 posts related to "Go Set a Structure"
as well as "New Haven" + Grid.

Gr-r-reat Again

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One Eighth

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From Wikipedia's Iceberg Theory

Related material: 

The Eightfold Cube and The Quantum Identity

See also the previous post.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


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"The particulars of attention,
whether subjective or objective,
are unshackled through form,
and offered as a relational matrix …."

— Kent Johnson in a 1993 essay



The 16 Dirac matrices form six anticommuting sets of five matrices each (Arfken 1985, p. 214):

1. alpha_1alpha_2alpha_3alpha_4alpha_5,

2. y_1y_2y_3y_4y_5,

3. delta_1delta_2delta_3rho_1rho_2,

4. alpha_1y_1delta_1sigma_2sigma_3,

5. alpha_2y_2delta_2sigma_1sigma_3,

6. alpha_3y_3delta_3sigma_1sigma_2.

SEE ALSO:  Pauli Matrices


Arfken, G. Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 3rd ed.  Orlando, FL: Academic Press, pp. 211-217, 1985.

Berestetskii, V. B.; Lifshitz, E. M.; and Pitaevskii, L. P. "Algebra of Dirac Matrices." §22 in Quantum Electrodynamics, 2nd ed.  Oxford, England: Pergamon Press, pp. 80-84, 1982.

Bethe, H. A. and Salpeter, E. Quantum Mechanics of One- and Two-Electron Atoms.  New York: Plenum, pp. 47-48, 1977.

Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

Dirac, P. A. M. Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 4th ed.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Goldstein, H. Classical Mechanics, 2nd ed.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, p. 580, 1980.

Good, R. H. Jr. "Properties of Dirac Matrices." Rev. Mod. Phys. 27, 187-211, 1955.

Referenced on Wolfram|Alpha:  Dirac Matrices


Weisstein, Eric W.  "Dirac Matrices."

From MathWorld— A Wolfram Web Resource. 

The Matrix Hypothesis

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"And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of
a simple but arresting thesis: that we are  living in the Matrix,
and something has gone wrong with the controllers. . . .
The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be
running our lives are having some kind of breakdown.
There’s a glitch, and we are in it.

Once this insight is offered, it must be said, everything  else
begins to fall in order."

Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker , Feb. 27, 2017 

More recently

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Signature Backdrop

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"The Bitter End’s signature stage backdrop —
a bare 150-year-old brick wall — helped distinguish it from
other popular bohemian hangouts like the Village Gate  
and the Village Vanguard. It appeared on the cover of
Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album."

The New York Times  this evening on a Sunday death


“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

See also Schwartz in "The Omega Matrix," a post of 5 PM ET Sunday:

Hackaday Story

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Cypress Spring 

according to Orphic myth

  " You will find to the left of the House of Hades
    a spring,
  And by the side thereof standing
    a white cypress.
  To this spring approach not near.
  But you shall find another,
    from the lake of Memory
  Cold water flowing forth, and there are
    guardians before it.
  Say, 'I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven;
  But my race is of Heaven alone.
    This you know yourselves.
  But I am parched with thirst and I perish.
    Give me quickly
  The cold water flowing forth
    from the lake of Memory.' "

"The supervisory read-only memory (SROM)
in question is a region of proprietary code
that runs when the chip starts up,
and in privileged mode."

— Elliot Williams at Hackaday , March 4, 2017,
     "Reading the Unreadable SROM"

From a reply to a comment on the above story —

"You are singing a very fearful and oppressive tune.
You ought to try to get it out of your head."

A perhaps less oppressive tune —

Related scene —

Richard Kiley in "Blackboard Jungle," 1955:

IMAGE- Richard Kiley in 'Blackboard Jungle,' with grids and broken records

See also the Go chip in this journal.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Reading the Coins

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From Didion’s Play It As It Lays :

Everything goes.  I am working very hard at
not thinking about how everything goes. 
I watch a hummingbird, throw the I Ching
but never read the coins, keep my mind in the now.
— Page 8

From Play It As It Lays :

I lie here in the sunlight, watch the hummingbird. 
This morning I threw the coins in the swimming pool,
and they gleamed and turned in the water in such a way
that I was almost moved to read them.  I refrained.
— Page 214

From a search in this journal for "The Southwest Furthers" —

Hexagram 39:

I Ching, Hexagram 39

The Judgment

Obstruction. The southwest furthers.

(See Zenna Henderson.) 

Genial …

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… and not so genial —

From a link in last night's post, the 'moving forces'
behind the creation of Hollywood 

Other, later, moving forces —

Bullshit Studies

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From The Chronicle of Higher Education  on March 2, 2017 —

These days, in a world totally dependent on microprocessors, lasers, and nanotechnology, it has been estimated that 30 percent of the U.S. gross national product is based on inventions made possible by quantum mechanics. With the booming high-tech industry and the expected advent of quantum computers, this percentage will only grow. Within a hundred years, an esoteric theory of young physicists became a mainstay of the modern economy.

It took nearly as long for Einstein’s own theory of relativity, first published in 1905, to be used in everyday life in an entirely unexpected way. The accuracy of the global positioning system, the space-based navigation system that provides location and time information in today’s mobile society, depends on reading time signals of orbiting satellites. The presence of Earth’s gravitational field and the movement of these satellites cause clocks to speed up and slow down, shifting them by 38 milliseconds a day. In one day, without Einstein’s theory, our GPS tracking devices would be inaccurate by about seven miles.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The above paragraphs are clearly propaganda, not physics.

For "It has been estimated," see

The "without Einstein 's theory" statement may or may not be correct.
See the lengthy discussion at


See also Princeton's March of Mediocrity Continues.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Klostermann Weekend

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A Girl's Best Friend?

A Hitch in Hell

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The New York Times  today on a Feb. 24 death —

"Mr. Tenney was released when Japan surrendered
in August 1945, days after America dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki, a city across
the bay from the prison camp where he was held.
. . . .

Mr. Tenney recounted his wartime experiences in
a memoir, My Hitch in Hell , published in 1995."

Related material —

Box office report for opening weekend of Wolverine's X-Men spinoff 'Logan'

Zen ideal —

"… and Hell followed with him.

The Omega Matrix

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Richard Evan Schwartz on
the mathematics of the 4×4 square

See also Priority in this journal.


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Sunday Science School

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Commentary —

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Darkness at Noon

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What you mean, we ?


Update of 12:25 PM ET March 4, 2017 —

Headline at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/

" I am the scholar caught in
  Trump inauguration crowd controversy.

  Crowd scientist Keith Still on his time providing
  live analysis on Donald Trump’s inauguration –
  and the ensuing media storm.

February 4, 2017 "

Note the scholar's words "sent to the NYT  at 11:15am."
This was of course well before  the inauguration began.

Vudu Report

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Keeping up with Baron Samedi

Hidden Figure

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From this morning's New York Times  Wire

A cybersecurity-related image from Thursday evening

The diamond theorem correlation at the University of Bradford

At 74

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New York Times  headline about a death
on Friday, March 3, 2017 —

René Préval, President of Haiti
in 2010 Quake, Dies at 74

See also

This way to the egress.

Friday, March 3, 2017


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(Notes for Josefine, continued from December 22, 2013) 

From a prequel to The Shining , by Stephen King—

You had to keep an eye on the boiler
because if you didn’t, she would creep on you. 

What did that mean, anyway? Or was it just
one of those nonsensical things that sometimes
came to you in dreams, so much gibberish?
Of course there was undoubtedly a boiler
in the basement or somewhere to heat the place,
even summer resorts had to have heat sometimes,
didn’t they (if only to supply hot water)? But creep ?
Would a boiler creep ?
You had to keep an eye on the boiler.
It was like one of those crazy riddles,
why is a mouse when it runs,
when is a raven like a writing desk,
what is a creeping boiler? 

A related figure —


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The New York Times  on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 —

This  journal on the previous afternoon —

For greater artistic depth, see Tetrads in this journal.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Crucible Continues

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Cover, 2005 paperback edition of 'Refiner's Fire,' a 1977 novel by Mark Helprin

Mariner Books paperback, 2005

See, too, this evening's A Common Space
and earlier posts on Raiders of the Lost Crucible.

Also not without relevance —

The diamond theorem correlation at the University of Bradford

A Common Space

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"… the real challenge wasn’t just getting [them]
to talk to each other, it was how to give them both
a shared understanding of a common space."

Article by Donald Papp at Hackaday
    Groundhog Day, 2017

Related material —

The previous two posts and Groundhog Day for Hindus.


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Or:  "A Hologram for the King" Meets "Big"

* A reference to an alleged motto of Plato's Academy


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"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." — Joan Didion

The New York Times Magazine  online today —

"As a former believer and now a nonbeliever, Carrère,
seeking answers, sets out, in The Kingdom , to tell
the story of the storytellers. He is trying to understand
what it takes to be able to tell a story, any story.
And what he finds, once again, is that you have to find
your role in it."

Wyatt Mason in The New York Times Magazine ,
     online March 2, 2017 

Like Tom Hanks?

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Click image for related posts.


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From a 2002 note, "The Shining of May 29" —

Related material:  The remarks in this journal on April 1, 2013.

Midnight in the Garden

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(Continues, for Warren Beatty)

Howard Hughes in Spruce Goose

"A Passion that Kills," by Markus Pierson (wood sculpture, 1988)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hollywood Song

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"She was looking so right 
It was giving him chills
In those big city nights
In those high rolling hills
Above all the lights 
With a passion that kills"

— Bob Seger, 1978

"Pursue your passion."

— Motto of Los Angeles Film School

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Easy E for Cullinan*

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See the "symbol of Apollo" in the previous post
as well as posts tagged on050730, and
Conrad H. Roth on "The E at Delphi."

* The now-famous Oscars accountant


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Against Logic

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The title is that of an essay by Rebecca Goldstein
in Tikkun  (Nov.-Dec. 1997).  An excerpt:

"… And so it was that I became an analytic philosopher.
If my story ended there, it would make sense.
But against logic, I also became a writer of fiction.
My hopeless passion for fiction had seemed to me,
in the days when I hung exclusively with philosophers,
a rather shameful little aberration. Plato had planned to
rid his utopia of the epic poets, who were the novelists
of his day. Fiction writers are enchanters, those who
spread their dreams abroad; and Plato— whom I still revere—
thoroughly disapproved of enchantment."

See also the previous post.

Logic for Jews

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Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker  today reacts to the startling
outcomes of three recent contests: the presidential election,
the Super Bowl, and the Oscar for Best Picture —

"The implicit dread logic is plain."

Related material —

Transformers in this journal and

“Lord Arglay had a suspicion that the Stone would be
purely logical.  Yes, he thought, but what, in that sense,
were the rules of its pure logic?”

Many Dimensions  (1931), by Charles Williams

See also

The above figure is from Ian Stewart's 1996 revision of a 1941 classic, 
What Is Mathematics? , by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins.

One wonders how the confused slave boy of Plato's Meno  would react
to Stewart's remark that

"The number of copies required to double an
 object's size depends on its dimension."

Best Picture

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'Preparation,' a Log24 post of April 1, 2013

Tricky Business*

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* For the title, see Sunday morning.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Turn, Turn, Turn

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In memory of a reported long-ago date

Poetic Order

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Transformations acting on Solomon's Cube
furnish a model of poetic order.

Some backstory for Hollywood —

Hollywood analogue to Solomon's Cube in 'Transformers'

Transformers Meet Transformations

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"Transformations , Anne Sexton’s 1971 collection of poems, is a portal."

— "A Poisonous Antidote," by Nick Ripatrazone, at themillions.com
      at noon on October 22, 2015

"You see, opening dimensional portals is a tricky business."

— The librarian in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," season 1, episode 2

See also Transformers in this journal.


"Objective Quality" in this journal on the date of the above review,
October 22, 2015, at 2:26 AM ET.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crazy Stupid Love

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Or:  Deep  Link

Thanks to The New York Times  for the "Love" title above —
the subtitle of today's Maureen Dowd column.

Dowd quotes a memorable phrase by another writer,
Lloyd Grove —

“King Lear meets Rodney Dangerfield.”

I prefer Rodney Crowell.

Click on Crowell for another old link, to remarks on
the poet Anne Sexton.

Ryman Religion

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"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" — Bat Out of Hell  album, Oct. 1977

Impact Statement

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See also Kostant in this  journal and a link in a 
Log24 post Friday on another mathematical death —

Hollywood Easter Egg (Groundhog Day, 2017).

Groundhog Day was the day Kostant reportedly died.


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"The deepest strain in a religion is
the particular and particularistic doctrine
it asserts at its heart,
in the company of such pronouncements as
‘Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.’
Take the deepest strain of religion away…
and what remains are the surface pieties — 
abstractions without substantive bite — 
to which everyone will assent
because they are empty, insipid, and safe."

— Stanley Fish, quoted here on July 3, 2007
The opening date of the film "Transformers."

The opening pronouncement of "Transformers" —

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

Those who prefer Fish's abstractions  may consult 
the previous post.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Abstract Configurations on Good Friday

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An arXiv article from Good Friday, 2003, by Igor Dolgachev,
a student of the late Igor Shafarevich (see previous post) —

See also my Dec. 29, 1986, query on Duality and Symmetry.

Getting It Right

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From a webpage linked to here in the post 
"Outside the Box" (June 10, 2012).

"… the good news is that there are companies that do
get it right in the Russian market, even on the first try."

—  Chris Crowl, director of operations at TD International,
in a speech of 27 May 2010, "Russia: Getting It Right
the First Time." The quote is from a webpage that is
no longer online.

The above figure, Russian mathematician Igor Shafarevich,
reportedly died on Feb. 19, 2017. (See remarks in a Feb. 22 post
by Peter Woit at Not Even Wrong .)

An old post revisited here on Feb. 19, 2017, Shafarevich's
reported date of death

Related material —

Hollywood Easter Egg (Groundhog Day, 2017).

For Your Consideration

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Hollywood, from the Alto Nido Apartments
to Sunset Boulevard —

From Alto Nido Apts. to Sunset Boulevard: Aerial view including Los Angeles Film School

See also the Jan. 31 post "Sunset Passion."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Too Clever by Half

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"What Yokoyama does in Six Four  evokes — improbably —
the fastidious ethical parsings of a novel by Henry James,
all qualms and calibrations, and while that might not sound
like a good idea, he makes it work. He writes, fortunately,
in plain, declarative prose (ably translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies),
and because Mikami is such an ordinary man the mental gymnastics
he puts himself through are moving and sometimes deeply funny.
A Jamesian police procedural — 'The Wings of the Perp,' maybe?
Not exactly. But this novel is a real, out-of-the-blue original.*
I’ve never read anything like it."

 — Terrence Rafferty in the online New York Times 
      on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Illustration from this journal on that date


See also the previous post, "Six Four."

Update of 10 PM ET Feb. 23, 2017 —

A pathetic asterisk for, and by, Rafferty —

* A passage from Rafferty's essay
in The New York Times  on July 27, 2003:

"…  the message is clearscreenwriters are pathetic.
You can hear, clearly, the voice of Joe Gillis,
describing himself from beyond his watery grave:
'Nobody important, really. Just a movie writer with
a couple of B pictures to his credit. The poor dope
.' "

See as well  this  journal on July 27, 2003.

Six Four

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Key sentence meets key title …

The title, Six Four , of the book under review is more interesting than
either of the headlines assigned by the Times to the review itself.

For another mystery related to the numbers six and four, see
this  journal on Feb. 21.

Bullshit Studies

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" The origin of new ways of doing things may often be
a disciplinary crisis. The definition of such a crisis
provided by Barry Mazur in Mykonos (2005) applies
equally well to literary creation. '[A crisis occurs] when
some established overarching framework, theoretical
vocabulary or procedure of thought is perceived as
inadequate in an essential way, or not meaning
what we think it means.' "

— Circles Disturbed :
The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Edited by Apostolos Doxiadis & Barry Mazur
Princeton University Press, 2012. See
Chapter 14, Section 5.1, by Uri Margolin.

See also "overarching" in this journal.

Midnight Special

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Click to enlarge:

See also, in this  journal, "Go Set a Structure,"
"Interior/Exterior," and "Midnight Special."


Wednesday, February 22, 2017


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A memorable phrase —

"the transcendental horizon of the ‘I’."

For some backstory, see a Google search for

Marion + transcendental + horizon.

For a perhaps more intelligible horizon, see

Line at Infinity  in this journal.

A Dead Ringer

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"According to Thelemic legend, in 1918 Aleister Crowley
came into contact with a interdimensional entity
named Lam, who by the way is a dead ringer for
the popular conception of the 'alien grey '
depicted on the cover of Whitley Strieber's Communion ."

Related material —

"Robert Langdon stood mesmerized at the glass portal,
absorbing the power of the landscape below him."


From 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' season 1, episode 2

"Ting-a-ling." — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Riddle for the Mall of America*

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* See the film "The End of the Tour."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Arrow Economics

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Broken Symmetries  in  Diamond Space 

Goldstein’s Asterisk

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"… a pathetic asterisk of condescension" — Steven Goldstein

See also the Vonnegut asterisk in this journal.

Zen and the Art

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From today's print version of the New York Times —

“He eliminates anything that’s not essential
from the face of this little rabbit until it’s really
reduced to the absolute minimum,”
Mr. Dibbits said. “And he does the same for
the text of his children’s books. He uses a
language that’s not simple or stupid, but he
reduces to the bare essentials.”

About his own work, Mr. Bruna once said,
“I spend a long time making my drawings
as simple as possible, throwing lots away,
before I reach that moment of recognition.”
He added, “I leave plenty of space for children’s

The result is a series of “Zen-like” tales,
Ms. Vogt said, “and that’s also part of the
universal appeal.”

The passage above is from an obituary for an artist who
reportedly died on Feb. 16.

See also, in this journal, "How deep the rabbit hole goes."

Tetradion …

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Also known as quaternion —

"Diagram of an 8 leaf gathering: Quaternion (8 folio or leaf gathering).
A quaternion is composed of 4 bifolios. Conjugate folios form a bifolio
at either end of a gathering or quire. So in the diagram above folios
1 and 8 which form a bifolio are conjugate folios."

— http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth214_folder/workshop.htm

The source:

SUNY Oneonta

ARTH 214
History of Northern Renaissance Art
Spring, 2013

Dr. Allen Farber, Associate Professor

Tuesday, February 26: From Workshop to Chamber:
The Paris Book Industry of the Early Fifteenth Century

"Images for class" folder 


An image from Publication, a Log24 post on the above date, 

Feb. 26, 2013 —

Monday, February 20, 2017


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Wiktionary —

тетра́дь   (tetrádʹ)  f  inan 
(genitive  тетра́ди
nominative plural  тетра́ди
genitive plural  тетра́дей)


Borrowing from Ancient Greek τετράδιον  ‎(tetrádion, 
“quaternion of parchment”), from τετράς  ‎(tetrás),


  1.  exercise book, notebook

See also Tetrad in this journal.

Mathematics and Narrative

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Mathematics —

Hudson's parametrization of the
4×4 square, published in 1905:

A later parametrization, from this date in 1986:


A note from later in 1986 shows the equivalence of these
two parametrizations:

Narrative —

Posts tagged Memory-History-Geometry.

The mathematically challenged may prefer the narrative of the
Creation Matrix from the religion of the Transformers:

"According to religious legend, the core of the Matrix
was created from Solomus, the god of wisdom,
trapped in the form of a crystal by Mortilus, the god
of death. Following the defeat of Mortilus, Solomus
managed to transform his crystal prison into the Matrix—
a conduit for the energies of Primus, who had himself
transformed into the life-giving computer Vector Sigma."

At 3:33*

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* A reference to a line in a poem in a novel
by Katherine Neville, The Eight  (1988)

Sunday, February 19, 2017


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"La morte è avvenuta alle 22.30 di ieri sera nella sua abitazione."
— http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2016/02/20/news/

See also the previous post, "Radical."


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Book from 1969 by the late Michael Novak

Science demonstrator in Boston today —

See as well Galois Imaginary in this journal.

So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969"

Ships That Pass in the Night

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… Namely,  Scholarship  and  Showmanship  (previous post)

"The suffix '-schaft '  (cognate with the English '-ship ')
can be added to nouns…."

— http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/

For instance —

"… I’d rely on the old sociological distinction between gemeinschaft  and gesellschaft . All across the world, we have masses of voters who live in a world of gemeinschaft : where relationships are personal, organic and fused by particular affections. These people define their loyalty to community, faith and nation in personal, in-the-gut sort of ways.

But we have a leadership class and an experience of globalization that is from the world of gesellschaft : where systems are impersonal, rule based, abstract, indirect and formal."

— David Brooks, New York Times  columnist, Jan. 20, 2017

The Lost Well

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Eight years ago yesterday —

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Not Strange Enough?

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Peter Woit today discusses a book by one Zeeya Merali:

Some earlier remarks by Merali:

Zeeya Merali in Nature  on 28 August 2013

"… a small band of researchers who think that
the usual ideas are not yet strange enough.
If nothing else, they say, neither of the two great
pillars of modern physics — general relativity,
which describes gravity as a curvature of space
and time, and quantum mechanics, which governs
the atomic realm — gives any account for
the existence of space and time.
. . . .

'All our experiences tell us we shouldn't have two
dramatically different conceptions of reality —
there must be one huge overarching theory,' says
Abhay Ashtekar, a physicist at Pennsylvania State
University in University Park."

See as well Overarching and Doctor Strange in this  journal.

Solid Symmetry (continued)

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See Hanks + Cube in this journal For instance

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

See Cube Symbology.

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Da hats ein Eck 

Fluid Requiem

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Remarks on fluidity and lucrative ventures in
yesterday evening's post Transformers suggest
a reading in memory of a Catholic philosopher
who reportedly died yesterday at 83 —

Psalm 22:  "I am poured out like water . . . ."


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