Friday, June 22, 2018

Hidden Figure

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See as well Octavia Butler in this  journal.

Seize the Dia …

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Continues .

An etymology check of the "dia" in "diagnostics" —

For the Late Charles Krauthammer

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"… lo lidchok et haketz …."

Acceptance speech, Guardian of Zion award, 2002

Also on February 20, 2012 —

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Models of Being

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A Buddhist view —

"Just fancy a scale model of Being 
made out of string and cardboard."

— Nanavira Thera, 1 October 1957,
on a model of Kummer's Quartic Surface
mentioned by Eddington

A Christian view —

A formal view —

From a Log24 search for High Concept:

See also Galois Tesseract.

Dirac and Geometry (continued)

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"Just fancy a scale model of Being 
made out of string and cardboard."

Nanavira Thera, 1 October 1957,
on a model of Kummer's Quartic Surface
mentioned by Eddington

"… a treatise on Kummer's quartic surface."

The "super-mathematician" Eddington did not see fit to mention
the title or the author of the treatise he discussed.

See Hudson + Kummer in this  journal.

See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

Cavell’s Matrix

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From an obituary for Stanley Cavell, Harvard philosopher
who reportedly died at 91 on Tuesday,  June 19:

The London Review of Books  weblog yesterday —

"Michael Wood reviewed [Cavell’s] 
Philosophy the Day after Tomorrow  in 2005:

'The ordinary slips away from us. If we ignore it, we lose it.
If we look at it closely, it becomes extraordinary, the way
words or names become strange if we keep staring at them.
The very notion turns into a baffling riddle.' "

See also, in this  journal, Tuesday morning's Ici vient M. Jordan  and
this  morning's previous post.

Update of 3:24 AM from my RSS feed —


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See also the Omega Matrix in this  journal.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


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"… what we’re witnessing is not a glitch. It’s a feature…."

A Boston Globe  columnist on June 19.

An image from this  journal at the beginning of Bloomsday 2018

An encountered feature , from the midnight beginning of June 16

Literary Symbolism

"… what we’re witnessing is not a glitch. It’s a feature…."

The glitch  encountered on Bloomsday by Agent Smith (who represents 
the academic world) is the author  of the above page, John P. Anderson.
The feature  is the book  that Anderson quotes, James Joyce 
by Richard Ellmann
(first published in 1959, revised in 1982).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Death on Father’s Day

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From the University of Notre Dame in an obituary dated June 17

Timothy O’Meara, provost emeritus, Kenna Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and Trustee Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died June 17. He was 90.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1962, O’Meara twice served as chairman of the University’s mathematics department and served as its first lay provost from 1978 to 1996.
. . . .         

He was graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1947 and earned a master’s degree in mathematics there the following year.  Earning his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1953, he taught at the University of Otago in New Zealand from 1954 to 1956 before returning to Princeton where he served on the mathematics faculty and as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study for the next six years.  
. . . .

In addition to his mathematical teaching and scholarship, he published magisterial works, including “Introduction to Quadratic Forms,” “Lectures on Linear Groups,” “Symplectic Groups” and “The Classical Groups and K-Theory,” co-authored with Alexander J. Hahn, professor of mathematics emeritus at Notre Dame and a former O’Meara doctoral student.
. . . .

Related material (update of 9:20 PM ET on June 19) —

Ici vient M. Jordan

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NY Times correction, online June 16, about 'Here Comes Mr. Jordan' and 'Heaven Can Wait'

See also this  journal on Saturday morning, June 16.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bead Game Introduction

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From The Abacus Conundrum

Bastian Perrot… constructed a frame, modeled on a child’s abacus, a frame with several dozen wires on which could be strung glass beads of various sizes, shapes, and colors. The wires corresponded to the lines of the musical staff, the beads to the time values of the notes, and so on. In this way he could represent with beads musical quotations or invented themes, could alter, transpose, and develop them, change them and set them in counterpoint to one another. In technical terms this was a mere plaything, but the pupils liked it.… …what later evolved out of that students’ sport and Perrot’s bead-strung wires bears to this day the name by which it became popularly known, the Glass Bead Game.”

— Das Glasperlenspiel  (Hermann Hesse, 1943)

See also Web Audio Resources at GitHub.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kummer’s (16, 6) (on 6/16)

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

— T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets

See too "The Ruler of Reality" in this journal.

Related material —

A more esoteric artifact: The Kummer 166 Configuration . . .

An array of Göpel tetrads appears in the background below.

"As you can see, we've had our eye on you
for some time now, Mr. Anderson."

For June 16

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"But perhaps the desire for story
is what gets us into trouble to begin with."

Sarah Marshall on June 5, 2018

"Beckett wrote that Joyce believed fervently in
the significance of chance events and of
random connections. ‘To Joyce reality was a paradigm,
an illustration of a possibly unstateable rule
According to this rule, reality, no matter how much
we try to manipulate it, can only shift about
in continual movement, yet movement
limited in its possibilities’ giving rise to
‘the notion of the world where unexpected simultaneities
are the rule.’ In other words, a coincidence  is actually
just part of a continually moving pattern, like a kaleidoscope.
Or Joyce likes to put it, a ‘collideorscape’."

— Gabrielle Carey, "Breaking Up with James Joyce,"
Sydney Review of Books , 15 June 2018

Carey's carelessness with quotations suggests a look at another
author's quoting of Ellmann on Joyce

Thursday, June 14, 2018


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The previous post suggests . . .

Also on Nov. 12, 2016 —

See too other posts tagged  "on160713."

Wylie’s Bull

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"There is a structure theory for bull-free graphs
 modulo the structure of triangle-free graphs
  and their complements, which again is not easy.
  (The bull has a triangular face, with horns or
  pendant edges at two of its three vertices.)"

— Peter J. Cameron today

For example —

The bull graph in a book by Clarence R. Wylie, Jr.
(author of the poem "Paradox" (1948)). See no. 6 below —

See also Wikipedia.

Related material —

J. Paul Getty and Minotaur, according to Hollywood —

How to Arrange Things

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Midrash by Scholem —

New version of the above "Fullness of Time" link —

Page by Page .


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Link, Not Wand.

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"How frail the wand, but how profound the spell !"

— Clarence R. Wylie, Jr., "Paradox" (1948)

The above fanciful PlayStation symbols suggest an etymology

See also Kipnis.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Not So New

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"I just found me a brand new box of matches …"

— Soundtrack of the  trailer for "Ocean's 8"

" matchwood, immortal diamond …." —

Click the above definitions for further information.

See as well Blue Diamond in this journal.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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Two visions of happy neurons:

This post was suggested by a link in today's New York Times

"Simon Denny, the New Zealand artist whose work incorporates
board games, intervenes by introducing his own pieces into an attic of
the late-18th-century Haus zum Kirschgarten, already filled with
'old historical dollhouses, board games, chess games' and the like …."

Dark Laughter

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See John Ganz and Das Finstere Lachen .

From June 8

 “There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies.
But there aren’t many dark screwball comedies.
And if Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers  is any indication,
there’s a good reason for that.”
— Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Too Clever By Half

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"Particularly if a person thinks of himself as clever,
he will often have a hard time admitting his own ignorance."

John Ganz in the online New York Times  today.

"One model for what I’m trying to accomplish is the writings of
Martin Gardner. Some other models are … well, actually, I’m not
going [to] tell you; I’d much rather imitate these writers in hope that
you’ll notice the resemblance and figure it out. That’s a game
I’ll be playing with you over the next few years."

— James Propp, Mathematical Enchantments, June 17, 2015.

A check of my own ignorance of synchronology . . .

a post of June 17, 2015.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Arty Fact

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The title was suggested by the name "ARTI" of an artificial
intelligence in the new film 2036: Origin Unknown.

The Eye of ARTI —

See also a post of May 19, "Uh-Oh" —

— and a post of June 6, "Geometry for Goyim" — 

Mystery box  merchandise from the 2011  J. J. Abrams film  Super 8 

An arty fact I prefer, suggested by the triangular computer-eye forms above —

IMAGE- Hyperplanes (square and triangular) in PG(3,2), and coordinates for AG(4,2)

This is from the July 29, 2012, post The Galois Tesseract.

See as well . . .


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A Scientific American  headline today —

Glittering Diamond Dust in Space
Might Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery

Related art —

"Never underestimate the power of glitter."

Glitter by Josefine Lyche, as of diamond dust

Background:  "Diamond Dust" + Glitter in this journal.

Finite Fields in 1956

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The "more complicated" material mentioned by James Propp
in the previous post was notably described by A. A. Albert in 1956:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Number Concept

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:45 PM

The previous post was suggested by some April 17, 2016, remarks
by James Propp on the eightfold cube.

Propp's remarks included the following:

"Here’s a caveat about my glib earlier remark that
'There are only finitely many numbers ' in a finite field.
It’s a bit of a stretch to call the elements of finite fields
'numbers'. Elements of GF() can be thought of as
the integers mod q  when q  is prime, and they can be
represented by 0, 1, 2, …, q–1; but when  is a prime
raised to the 2nd power or higher, describing the
elements of GF() is more complicated, and the word
'number' isn’t apt."

Related material —

See also this  journal on the date of Propp's remarks — April 17, 2016.

Pieces of April

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This journal on April 16, 2018 —

Happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Related material from another weblog in a post also dated April 16, 2018 —

"As I write this, it’s April 5, midway through the eight-day
festival of Passover. During this holiday, we Jews air our
grievances against the ancient Pharaoh who enslaved
and oppressed us, and celebrate the feats of strength
with which the Almighty delivered us from bondage —
wait a minute, I think I’m mixing up Passover with Festivus."
. . . .

"Next month: Time and Tesseracts."

From that next post, dated May 16, 2018 —

"The tesseract entered popular culture through
Madeleine L’Engle’s 'A Wrinkle in Time' . . . ."

The post's author, James Propp, notes that

" L’Engle caused some of her readers confusion
when one of the characters … the prodigy
Charles Wallace Murray [sic ] , declared 'Well, the fifth
dimension’s a tesseract.' "

Propp is not unfamiliar with prodigies:

"When I was a kid living in the Long Island suburbs,
I sometimes got called a math genius. I didn’t think
the label was apt, but I didn’t mind it; being put in
the genius box came with some pretty good perks."

— "The Genius Box," a post dated March 16, 2018

To me, Propp seems less like Charles Wallace
and more like the Prime Coordinator —

For further details, see the following synchronicity checks:

Propp March 16     Log24 March 16

Propp April 16        Log24 April 16

Propp May 16        Log24 May 16 .

Saturday, June 9, 2018

SASTRA paper

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Now out from behind a paywall . . .

The diamond theorem at SASTRA —


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:29 PM

See Glory Road in this journal.

See also Road to Hell.

Through Marvel Comics, Darkly

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Click the above for "Cloak and Dagger" in this  journal.

Friday, June 8, 2018


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 “There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies.
But there aren’t many dark screwball comedies.
And if Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers  is any indication,
there’s a good reason for that.”
— Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

For Anthony Bourdain

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Flashback —

Thursday, August 21, 2014


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( A sequel to  Lux )

“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

Robin Williams and the Stages of Math

i)   shock & denial
ii)  anger
iii) bargaining
iv) depression
v)  acceptance

A related description of the process —

“You know how sometimes someone tells you a theorem,
and it’s obviously false, and you reach for one of the many
easy counterexamples only to realize that it’s not a
counterexample after all, then you reach for another one
and another one and find that they fail too, and you begin
to concede the possibility that the theorem might not
actually be false after all, and you feel your world start to
shift on its axis, and you think to yourself: ‘Why did no one
tell me this before?’ “

— Tom Leinster yesterday at The n-Category Café

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ART WARS for Hanna and Her Sisters

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In memory of David Douglas Duncan

"Marissa, we picked up an unencrypted signal
below the Arctic Circle." — Hanna  (2011)

Paved with Good Intentions

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'The Road to Universal Logic: Festschrift …'

See also David Brooks on logic in today's online New York Times —

"…the necessary skill of public life, the ability to
see two contradictory truths at the same time." 

For Dan Brown

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 1:09 PM

See also Eightfold Trinity in this  journal.

Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

For Ocean’s 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:30 PM

'Every Con Has Its Pros' film poster'

Geometry for Goyim

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:45 PM

Mystery box  merchandise from the 2011  J. J. Abrams film  Super 8  —

A mystery box that I prefer —

Box containing Froebel's Third Gift-- The Eightfold Cube

Click image for some background.

See also Nicht Spielerei .

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mystery Box*

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From The Force Awakens

See also other posts now tagged Mystery Box.

* A phrase of filmmaker J.J. Abrams, director
  of The Force Awakens  (2015).   See Abrams
  and a different mystery box in The New York
on June 2, 2011.

The Signal

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Two posts from different websites on the same day —
Saturday, June 2, 2018 — at 1 PM and 11:07 PM:

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Trinity Stone Defined

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:56 PM

"Unsheathe your dagger definitions." — James Joyce, Ulysses

The "triple cross" link in the previous post referenced the eightfold cube
as a structure that might be called the trinity stone .

An Approach to Symmetric Generation of the Simple Group of Order 168

Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Trinity Stone

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Or:  "What Dreams May Come"

(For the foxtail girl)

"Most religious beliefs are not true. But here’s the crux.
The emotional brain doesn’t care. It doesn’t operate on
the grounds of true and false. Emotions are not true or false.
Even a terrible fear inside a dream is still a terrible fear."

— Stephen T. Asma in the New York Times  philosophy
column "The Stone" today

See also Triple Cross

In greater depth:

Posts tagged on131004, a tag derived from a date in
a Google search today 

For enthusiasts of symbology, a webpage illustrated here this morning —


This morning's review of this Ajna webpage was suggested by posts from 
the Oct. 4, 2013, date  in the Google crux  search above.

“Use the Source, Luke”

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:00 PM

And thereby hangs a tale

See in particular  https://i.stack.imgur.com/iC3po.jpg .


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<meta name="description"
content="Identidade generativa para o Diamonds Studio 

Desenvolvido em conjunto com


Baseado na Diamond Theory by Steven H Cullinane, 1977">

Saturday, June 2, 2018


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See as well Kipnis.

Friday, June 1, 2018


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:45 PM

I.e. ,  Enough Freeman or Enough CNN?

Also from Google —

The Agent

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From a 2003 obituary of author Neil Postman —

"In Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse
in the Age of Show Business
 (Viking, 1985; Penguin, 1986),
he indicted the television industry on the charge of making
entertainment out of the world's most serious problems.
The book was translated into eight languages and sold
200,000 copies worldwide, according to N.Y.U."

Postman reportedly died on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.

Log24 on that date —

Art Theory for Yom Kippur and Ado.

See also today's obituary reporting the May 21 death of Postman's
erstwhile agent Elaine Markson.

This  journal on May 21, in a post titled "Crux" —

"Chance became tied to the liberties
of U.S. democracy, whereas its eradication
or denial became symptomatic of Soviet tyranny."

Google Books description of No Accident, Comrade:
Chance and Design in Cold War American Narrative
by Steven Belletto, Oxford U. Press (first published
in hardcover on Dec. 28, 2011

Midrash —

Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski

Click the image for related posts.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


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An image from a post of May 25

Related material suggested by a question posed today at Instagram
by Marrific to her fellow photographers — "Do you ever wonder
what is the story of people you accidentally shot?"

The question accompanied a photo of a Manhattan street corner.

A Google Street Scene photo at the same location

Related art —

See also Steppenwolf in this journal.

Eightfold Suffering:

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A New, Improved Version of  Quantum Suffering !

Background for group actions on the eightfold cube

See also other posts now tagged Quantum Suffering 
as well as — related to the image above of the Great Wall

Myspace China.

Quantum Suffering

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See as well, in this  journal, Koestler and Darkness at Noon .

Hart the Knife*

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:07 AM

For Spaceballs  fans . . .

A web page from the father of Vi Hart, co-author of the
2014 quaternion-model article cited in the previous post:

* The title was suggested by the following video

Quaternion Group Models

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2011 —


2014 —


     See also other Log24 posts on quaternion group models.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Professional Style

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:19 AM

For an example of the admirable Schwartz style, see a recent letter.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Her Fair Lady

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

News from this year's Eliza Doolittle Day

See also a Log24 post in memory of Lillian Vernon . . .

The Schwartz Meme

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:33 PM

IMAGE- The matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz. See also earlier versions (1977-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

Aficionados of the preposterous joke 
(see yesterday's post Epstein on Art
may consult a Google Image Search for
Schwartz Meme.

I prefer Schwartz même —

The Seventh Function . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:33 AM

. . . Meets the Seventh Seal

See also posts mentioning Barthes in this journal.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Figaro (by Cartier)

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:17 PM

Related material from Log24 —

Posts tagged Cartier's Groundhog Day.

Epstein on Art

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Joseph Epstein in the online Weekly Standard
on May 24, 2018, at 3:03 PM —

Hilton Kramer, in a powerful essay called “Revenge of the Philistines,” praised Wolfe’s account of the sociology of the visual art of the time. On the comedy inherent in the subject, he noted, Wolfe “is illuminating and often hilarious.” Yet, when it came to the analysis of ideas, Kramer felt, “when it comes down to actual works of art and the thinking they both embody and inspire, Wolfe is hopelessly out of his depth . . . and, no doubt, beyond his true interests.” He faulted Wolfe for his inability to understand the historical context of the contemporary situation in art or how we have come to where we are in a way that carries us well beyond “the drawing-room comedy of The Painted Word .” Kramer concluded: “It is this fundamental incomprehension of the role of criticism in the life of art—this enmity to the function of theory in the creation of culture—that identifies The Painted Word , despite its knowingness and its fun, as a philistine utterance, an act of revenge against a quality of mind it cannot begin to encompass and must therefore treat as a preposterous joke.”

For Kramer in greater depth, see an online biography.


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A piece co-written by Ivanov, the author noted in the previous post, was cited
in my "Geometry of the 4×4 Square."

Also cited there —  A paper by Pasini and Van Maldeghem that mentions
the Klein quadric.

Those sources suggested a search —

The link is to some geometry recently described by Tabachnikov
that seems rather elegant:

For another, more direct, connection to the geometry of the 4×4 square,
see Richard Evan Schwartz in this  journal.

This same Schwartz appears also in the above Tabachnikov paper:

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Heptagons, Quilts, Mathieu Groups

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:02 PM

The phrase "ghostly heptagons" appears in A Piece of Justice , a 1995 novel 
by Jill Paton Walsh that features some fictional politically correct mathematics.
(See the previous post.)

Related material from a Google search today —

The Ivanov book is new:

“What Interests Me”

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:08 PM

See also a Log24 search for A Piece of Justice .

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:38 PM

Friday, May 25, 2018

Demolished Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:00 PM

See also The Demolished Man  in this journal.

Dirty Dating

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 PM

A background check of a date from the previous post —
March 12, 2013 — yields . . .

A Wikipedia check of Porter yields . . .

This  date from Wikimedia — 3 March 2007 — leads to
a post in memory of Myer Feldman, presidential advisor
and theatrical producer.

"It's been dirty for dirty
Down the line . . ."

— Joni Mitchell,
"For the Roses" album (1972)

Grid Design

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Click the grid for the tag 5×5 in this journal.

A related book —

See also the previous post, Bucharest Semiotics.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bucharest Semiotics

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:00 PM

See Solomon Marcus in this journal.

Related art —


Related fictions: The Seventh Function of Language  (2017)
and Lexicon  (2013).  I prefer Lexicon .

Part and Hole

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 2:17 AM

See also other posts now tagged Hole.

The above review of a Feb. 13, 2018, post was suggested by the
publication date below . . .

. . .  and by today's Arts & Letters Daily  item that linked to it —

Note, in Album , the activities of
Barthes in Bucharest during 1948.

From a May 20 Log24 post, "A Cryptic Message" —

"Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story." — Title of a book by D.T. Max

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Page 162

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 PM


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 2:10 AM

See as well the previous post and a search here for McGrath + 162.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Annals of Entertainment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 1:28 PM

Sounds like a film set for Affleck


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:15 AM

"What could go wrong?"  See . . .

The producers of "Spotlight," a 2015 film about The Boston Globe


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 3:06 AM

The previous post suggests a media review.

Doppelgangers from the wonderful world of entertainment —


"We have a clip." — Kalle  (Kristen Wiig on SNL)

Monday, May 21, 2018


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Illustration for a Warren Times Observer  story of May 12, 2018 —

Related literary background —

Iacta est.

"That's the crux of it, brother."
— William Monahan's "Mojave" script

See as well a related post on 
Sunset and Selma, LA.

Late Great

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Irony. Get it?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Maniac Strudel

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(In memory of Will Alsop and Bill Gold)

Related material:  Alice, a Log24 post of Nov. 12  (11/12),  2017.

Intrigue, Romance, Drama

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Sometimes Function Follows Form

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Function —

Follows —

Form —

Related material: Eight years ago today, Eliza Doolittle Day 2010.

Not So Cryptic

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From the date of the New York Times  James Bond video
referenced in the previous post, "A Cryptic Message" —

A Cryptic Message

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Some Style

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Dialogue from the 1984 fourth draft of the script, as found on the Web,
for "Back to the Future" (1985) (apparently some changes were made
in the filming) —

A sort of "flux capacitor" (see previous post) —

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan

 plus "e" for Einstein 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Flux Capacitor

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For Tom Hanks and Dan Brown —

Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

From "Raiders of the Lost Images" —

"The cube shape of the lost Mother Box,
also known as the Change Engine,
is shared by the Stone in a novel by
Charles Williams, Many Dimensions .
See the Solomon's Cube webpage."

See as well a Google search for flux philosophy


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From the linked website —

The circle-in-a-triangle symbol is known as "the triangle of art" —

See as well a post of Feb. 27, 2018:  Raiders of the Lost Images.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Goods

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An April 25, 2015, Internet review of "The Dead Pool" (1988) —

"The biggest problem with this movie is the fact that 
we have Liam Neeson and Clint Eastwood on the screen 
at the same time and they are not facing off 
in a battle of badass action stars. 
Neeson wasn’t really considered to be much more than 
a supporting character at this point in his career, 
but his recent action run proves that he is the goods."

— Geno McGahee

Click to enlarge the above IMDb screenshot.

See also a related May 16 review from The Boston Globe .

I prefer the remarks of J. G. Ballard linked to here on May 11.

Central Square

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This  journal 10 years ago today  had a link to a post on
Tom Wolfe's "Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died."

Thursday, May 17, 2018


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Quoted here on May 5, 2018

" Lying at the axis of everything, zero is both real and imaginary. Lovelace was fascinated by zero; as was Gottfried Leibniz, for whom, like mathematics itself, it had a spiritual dimension. It was this that let him to imagine the binary numbers that now lie at the heart of computers: 'the creation of all things out of nothing through God's omnipotence, it might be said that nothing is a better analogy to, or even demonstration of such creation than the origin of numbers as here represented, using only unity and zero or nothing.' He also wrote, 'The imaginary number is a fine and wonderful recourse of the divine spirit, almost an amphibian between being and nonbeing.' "

— A footnote from page 229 of Sydney Padua's
    April 21, 2015, book on Lovelace and Babbage

The page number  229 may also be interpreted, cabalistically,
as the date  2/29, Leap Day.

See Leap Day 2016 among the posts tagged Mind Spider.

Speak, Memory

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On the film "Anna" in the previous post

See also the above world premiere date in the posts of October 2013
esp. the post Conundrum.

Related material — An early scene in "Mindscape" . . .

. . . and "The Abacus Conundrum" in this journal.


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Quoted here on May 7, 2018

Novelist George Eliot and programming pioneer Ada Lovelace —

PBS last night —

Trailer for last night's PBS program on artificial intelligence —

Piano roll for "I am sixteen going on seventeen" (see previous post) —

From yesterday evening's "Strong Women" post

"It's been dirty for dirty
Down the line . . ."

— Joni Mitchell,
"For the Roses" album (1972)

"… for the roses
Had the look of flowers that are looked at.”

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

May 17

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"Well, she was just 17 …" — Song lyric

See as well, from last Christmas Eve, Piano Roll.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Strong Women

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The title of the previous post, "Church and Temple," together
with today's online New York Times  obituaries for singer 
Lara Saint Paul (d. May 8) and playwright Leah Rose Napolin
(d. May 13), suggests a review

See as well a Log24 search for Isaac Singer.

Church and Temple

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Same Old Story

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. . . as time goes by.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Space Revisited

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"Well, let's see now "

— Tom Wolfe, July 18, 2009

Monday, May 14, 2018


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"A generation lost in space" — Don McLean

See as well Varignon in the previous post.

Logos at Harvard

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In 2013, Harvard University Press changed its logo to an abstract "H."

Harvard University Press Logo, Before and After

Both logos now accompany a Harvard video first published in 2012,
"The World of Mathematical Reality." 

In the video, author Paul Lockhart discusses Varignon's theorem
without naming Varignon (1654-1722) . . .

Paul Lockhart on geometry

A related view of "mathematical reality" —

Note the resemblance to Plato's Diamond.

Blackboard Jungle continues . . .

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… from previous posts on Paul Lockhart.

For more on the new logo of the AMS as a symbol of
politically correct mediocrity, see a post of Jan. 10, 2018.

To the Finland Station

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See also Museum Quality (Jan. 13, 2014).

Sunday, May 13, 2018


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"Robert Noel Hall (December 25, 1919 – November 7, 2016)
was an American engineer and applied physicist."

The New York Times  on May 10, 2018

"A product of his inventive labor can also be found
in most kitchens nowadays: the microwave oven.

Yet for all the widespread familiarity of what Dr. Hall wrought
as a remarkably ingenious physicist, his death, at 96,
on Nov. 7, 2016, gained little notice."

A fictional kitchen —

170703-The_Forger-Christopher_Plummer-2015-500w.jpg (500×336)

In memoriam:  Kindergarten Relativity .


Reflection Group

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"The moral of this story,
it's simple but it's true:
Hey, the stars might lie,
but the numbers never do."

— Mary Chapin Carpenter

May Tricks

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The McLean Awakening

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"Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space"

— "American Pie" by Don McLean

In Memoriam

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"It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you
that Feral House founder and publisher, Adam Parfrey 
passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018."

Facebook early on Friday morning (12:41 AM)

This  journal early on Thursday  morning (12:25 AM) —

"And they were singin' . . ."

Christian Bale and Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'

Midrash added today —

And singin', and singin' . . .

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Pure Geometry

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From posts tagged Modernism

Sunday, December 10, 2006

m759 @ 9:00 PM

A Miniature Rosetta Stone:

The 3x3 grid

“Function defined form, expressed in a pure geometry
that the eye could easily grasp in its entirety.”

– J. G. Ballard on Modernism
(The Guardian , March 20, 2006)

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance –
it is the illusion of knowledge.”

— Daniel J. Boorstin,
Librarian of Congress, quoted in Beyond Geometry

On this date 19 years ago…

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See as well other posts tagged Modernism.

Annals of Modernism

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Backstory for Eden*

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* I.e., Hemingway's novel The Garden of Eden.
  See also Northrop Frye and "interpenetration"
  in this journal and a University of Montana master's
  thesis from 1994 on the Hemingway novel,
  "And a river went out of Eden," by Howard A. Schmid.

  See as well remarks by Stanley Fish quoted here on May 7.

The Forbidden Garden

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Nature  yesterday —

"To synchronize participant activity with experimental operation,
the Bell tests were scheduled to take place on a single day,
Wednesday 30 November 2016."

— "Challenging local realism with human choices
      The BIG Bell Test Collaboration"

This  journal on that date, 30 November 2016 —

Cf. other posts tagged Lumber Room.

“For Ten Years, We’ve Been On Our Own…”

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See also May 9, 2008.

Update of 12:25 AM ET —

"And they were singin' . . ."

Christian Bale and Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Quantum Times from Saint Anselm

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"This month also includes the debut of page numbers!!!"

— Ian T. Durham, Saint Anselm College, July 2006

See as well a July 2006 discussion of page numbers here .

On April 2, 2005 . . .

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Nostalgie de la Boue

 "Odd-numbered (recto) pages
read from the gutter (inside margin)
towards the fore-edge;
even-numbered (verso) pages
read towards the gutter."

— From The Golden Compasses 
     "Appendix 8: Impositions and
     Folding Schemes" (page 526).

For Wrinkle in Time  fans —

Enthusiasts of la boue  may consult Log24 posts about the above date.

From a Log24 post of April 2, 2005

Once Upon a . . .

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Click the text below for a slideshow.

Monday, January 8, 2018


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Museum of Slow Art

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From April 2008 —

From the Sketchbook page of next Sunday's  New York Times Book Review 

Backstory —


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The glitter-ball-like image discussed in the previous post
is of an artwork by Olafur Eliasson.

See the kaleidoscopic  section of his website.

From that section —

Eliasson, 'When Love Is Not Enough' wall, 2007

Related art in keeping with the theme of last night's Met Gala —

See also my 2005 webpage Kaleidoscope Puzzle.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Glitter Ball for Cannes

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In memory of a French film publicist who worked with Clint Eastwood
in 1971 on the release of "The Beguiled" —

From a  New York Times  graphic review dated Sept. 16, 2016 —

It's Chapter 1 of George Eliot's "Middlemarch."

Dorothea Brooke, young and brilliant, filled with passion
no one needs, is beguiled by some gemstones . . . .

The characters, moving through the book,
glitter as they turn their different facets toward us . . . .

Cf. a  glitter-ball-like image in today's New York Times  philosophy column 
"The Stone" —  a column named for the legendary philosophers' stone.

The publicist, Pierre Rissient, reportedly died early Sunday.

See as well Duelle  in this  journal.


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(Continued from yesterday's Sunday School Lesson Plan for Peculiar Children)

Novelist George Eliot and programming pioneer Ada Lovelace —

For an image that suggests a resurrected multifaceted 
(specifically, 759-faceted) Osterman Omega (as in Sunday's afternoon
Log24 post
), behold  a photo from today's NY Times  philosophy
column "The Stone" that was reproduced here in today's previous post

For a New York Times  view of George Eliot data, see a Log24 post 
of September 20, 2016, on the diamond theorem as the Middlemarch
"key to all mythologies."

Fish Babel

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Stanley Fish in the online New York Times  today —

". . . Because it is an article of their faith that politics are bad
and the unmediated encounter with data is good,
internet prophets will fail to see the political implications
of what they are trying to do, for in their eyes political implications
are what they are doing away with.

Indeed, their deepest claim — so deep that they are largely
unaware of it — is that politics can be eliminated. They don’t
regard politics as an unavoidable feature of mortal life but as
an unhappy consequence of the secular equivalent of the
Tower of Babel: too many languages, too many points of view.
Politics (faction and difference) will just wither away when
the defect that generates it (distorted communication) has
been eliminated by unmodified data circulated freely among
free and equal consumers; everyone will be on the same page,
reading from the same script and apprehending the same
universal meanings. Back to Eden!"

The final page, 759, of the Harry Potter saga —

"Talk about magical thinking!" — Fish, ibidem .

See also the above Harry Potter page 
in this  journal Sunday morning.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Osterman Omega

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From "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

Counting symmetries of the R. T. Curtis Omega:

An Illustration from Shakespeare's birthday

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem


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From The Rockburne Files  —

Sunday School Lesson Plan …

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For Peculiar Children


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"But perhaps there’s more to the [Harry] Potter books
than the term 'children’s literature' lets on —
indeed, so much so that the category no longer applies."

— Maria Devlin McNair in the online Boston Globe  yesterday

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