Monday, March 2, 2015

For Turing’s Cathedral

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Item from the British press on Oct. 17, 2014:

Item from this journal on that same date:

Raiders of the Inarticulate.

A related "slash" —

Elementary, my dear Watson.

High Concepts of Space

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Related material:

Agents of a Great Despair and A Kirk for Spock —

Shades of Grey (1949)

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Or:  Elements of Design  Continued

"Show me all  the blueprints."

Elements of Design

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From "How the Guggenheim Got Its Visual Identity,"
by Caitlin Dover, November 4, 2013 —

For the square and half-square in the above logo
as independent design elements, see 
the Cullinane diamond theorem.

For the circle and half-circle in the logo,
see Art Wars (July 22, 2012).

For a rectangular space that embodies the name of
the logo's design firm 2×4, see Octad in this journal.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday School

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The previous post suggests a review of
the phrase "strange loop" in this journal.

The Knight's Move, by Loder and Neidhardt

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Logical Loop

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In memory of Theodore SturgeonLeonard Nimoy,
and William Thomas McKinley —

From the Boston Modern Orchestra Project today :

"In a good way"

Or not.

Elegy with Stars

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This evening's New York Times —

"William Thomas McKinley, a prolific American composer
whose music was infused with the jazz he had performed
since childhood, died on Feb. 3 at his home in Reading,
Mass. He was 76.

He died in his sleep, his son Elliott said."

"William Thomas McKinley: Elegy for Strings (2006)

[Elliott McKinley]  

137 views as of 9:45 PM ET Feb. 28, 2015

Published on Feb 11, 2015

Composed as an elegy and tribute for friends and family
that have passed, spurred by the passing of McKinley's
long time friend, drummer Roger Ryan. The performance
heard here is by the Seattle Symphony under the direction
of Gerard Schwarz. 

Photos by Elliott McKinley (Rho Ophiuchi nebula complex…
and the Pleiades…) shot at Cherry Springs State Park."

Related material from the date of McKinley's death —
Expanding the Spielraum.

Recycled Religion

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The previous post's Kirkridge link leads to
a mention of religious philosopher Parker J. Palmer.

From an Utne Reader  page on Palmer:

See also Theodore Sturgeon's 1949 story "What Dead Men Tell"—

"… He’d read about it in a magazine or somewhere.
He took a strip of scrap film about eighteen
inches long and put the ends together. He turned
one end over and spliced ’em. Now, if you trace
that strip, or mark it with a grease pencil, right up
the center, you find that the doggone thing only
has one side!”
The doctor nodded, and the girl said:
“A Möbius strip.”
“That what they call it?” said Hulon. “Well, I figured
this corridor must be something like that. On that
strip, a single continuous line touched both sides.
All I had to do was figure out an object built so that
a continuous line would cover all three of three sides,
and I’d have it. So I sat down and thought it out…."

— and the following mathematical illustration —

A Kirk for Spock

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Related material:

What Dead Men Tell*

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Theodore Sturgeon, 1949 :

"I thought I had an important idea.
It's part of a  call it a philosophy,
if that doesn't sound too high-
falutin'," he said.

"It's a philosophy," she said.
"We can call things by their names."

Leonard Nimoy,  2015 :

"A life is like a garden. 
Perfect moments can be had, 
but not preserved, except in memory."  

* A tale from Astounding Science Fiction
   Vol. 44, No. 3, November 1949

Friday, February 27, 2015

Final Tweet

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"Final Tweet Will Make You Cry"

Or not.

Fighting Chance

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"Give faith a fighting chance." — Country song

"The proof uses modal logic, which distinguishes
between necessary  truths and contingent  truths."

Stranger than Dreams

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For a former president of Notre Dame
who reportedly died at 11:30 PM last night —

"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— The end of DeLillo's Point Omega

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

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(Continued from New Year's Eve, 2014)

Or not.

"On this most holy of art holidays…."

A Simple Group

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The Eightfold Cube

The previous post's
illustration was 
rather complicated.

This is a simpler
algebraic figure.

The Forking

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See Pythagorean Letter in this journal.

App News

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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer makes pitch to app developers

By Matt O'Brien
POSTED:   02/20/2015 06:12:32 AM PST

"Mayer described the conference as a 'forkpoint' 
in Yahoo's evolution toward a stronger mobile
presence and a chance to share with independent
developers some of the fruits of Yahoo's recent
growth. It also helps Yahoo leave its mark, and its
ads, on an entire network of apps not developed
by the company."

See also yesterday's post on the film "App."

A Coldbed of Activity

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A followup to the Feb. 24 10 PM ET post
on the new researchers' site InvenZone:

A screenshot as of 10:46 AM ET today—

Brit Award

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"The Brit Awards are the British equivalent
of the American Grammy Awards." — Wikipedia 

Detail of an image from yesterday's 5:30 PM ET post:

Related material:

From a review: "Imagine 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
set in 20th-century London, and then imagine it
written by a man steeped not in Hollywood movies
but in Dante and the things of the spirit, and you
might begin to get a picture of Charles Williams's
novel Many Dimensions ."

See also Solomon's Seal (July 26, 2012).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Words and Images

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The words:  "symplectic polarity"—

The images:

The Natural Symplectic Polarity in PG(3,2)

Symmetry Invariance in a Diamond Ring

The Diamond-Theorem Correlation

Picturing the Smallest Projective 3-Space

Quilt Block Designs

AI News

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The New Yorker —
Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Arcade

Sort Of

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From a Jan. 8, 2015, review of the 2013 Dutch film "App"

"It is sort of like the old cult favorite 'Electric Dreams'…."

"Digital security is not static."

Statement today from the Dutch SIM card maker Gemalto

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Entertainment Is God (continued)

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The Cumberbatch Conundrum

A quote from Benedict Cumberbatch in this journal
on Nov. 15 last year:

"… this film’s been up my ass
      for the last five years.”

The quote, in connection with today's previous post,
suggests a check of this journal five years ago.

The check yields a paper at the new research site InvenZone.

Amy’s After-Party

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Continued from Putting the A in VANITY,
Putting the AI in FAIR, and Core Problem:

Ay Que Bonito

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Continued from earlier posts.

Monday, February 23, 2015

For Katy Perry

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See also this  journal on the date of Mr. Howard's death:

"Mark my words
This love will make you levitate
Like a bird"

— Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"

“It’s the Super Bowl, I guess,”
Michael Keaton said in the first minutes
of ABC’s official Oscar red-carpet special."

— Hallie Cantor in the online New Yorker  today

Symbolic Poetry*

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“When life itself seems lunatic,
who knows where madness lies?

Man of La Mancha

Windmill of Time and Diamond of Eternity

Perhaps the late Sidney Lumet?

           The setting for the Sidney Lumet film "Deathtrap" (1982)

* Continued from yesterday's Backstory and Sermon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Upon a Time

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“Fairy tales are experienced by their hearers and readers,
not as realistic, but as symbolic poetry.” ― Max Lüthi


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" Some works are less visually striking
than infused with a kind of symbolic poetry.
Is a good backstory enough to make
a compelling work of art? "

— "The Meaning of Art? It's Complicated" —
     Sarah Moroz yesterday on a Paris exhibition

Saturday, February 21, 2015

High and Low Concepts

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Steven Pressfield on April 25, 2012:

What exactly is High Concept?

Let’s start with its opposite, low concept.
Low concept stories are personal,
idiosyncratic, ambiguous, often European. 
“Well, it’s a sensitive fable about a Swedish
sardine fisherman whose wife and daughter
find themselves conflicted over … ”


Fans of Oslo artist Josefine Lyche know she has
valiantly struggled to find a high-concept approach
to the diamond theorem. Any such approach must,
unfortunately, reckon with the following low
(i.e., not easily summarized) concept —

The Diamond Theorem Correlation:

From left to right





For some backstory, see ProjPoints.gif and "Symplectic Polarity" in this journal.

Putting the Con in Conceptual

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Edward Frenkel in The New York Times ,
in an op-ed piece dated Feb. 20, 2015 —

"… I suggest that we regard the paradoxes
of quantum physics as a metaphor for
the unknown infinite possibilities
of our own existence. This is poignantly
and elegantly expressed in the Vedas:
'As is the atom, so is the universe;
as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm;
as is the human body, so is the cosmic body;
as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.'"

The Times : "Edward Frenkel, a professor of mathematics
at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality. "

See also Con Vocation (Sept. 2, 2014).

Friday, February 20, 2015

Conceptual Art

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See High White in this journal.

Related material:

The Astoria Column
on Coxcomb Hill,
Astoria, Oregon

See also a tale from today's Daily Astorian  
(click the AP link in Parks and Recreation) and

Early Coxcomb Hill

"McArthur and McArthur in Oregon Geographic Names  (2003, Oregon Historical Society) states:

'… Coxcomb Hill, Clatsop. This is the summit of the ridge south of Astoria, between the Columbia River and Youngs Bay. The compiler has been unable to learn who first applied the name. The spelling used is the customary form applied to court fools and jesters who wore an imitation coxcomb, and were frequently called coxcombs. …'"


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Parks and Recreation

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From the Associated Press today —

"It's a magic wonderland," said Miriam Leibowitz,
a Jerusalem resident, as she reached a snow-filled
city park with her family. "In the middle of Jerusalem
we felt like we're in Switzerland."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese Year of the Goat

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From YouTube —

"Published on Oct 13, 2014" * —

Tine Goat Cheese ad by Henry Moore Selder
Prod Co: Bacon
Agency: Try Oslo
Creatives: Caroline Ekrem & Sara Hødnebø

* See also, in this journal, that date, and The Ten.

In the Place of the Skull

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"I CAN TELL you about my friend Andrew,
the cognitive scientist. But it’s not pretty."

— Opening of Andrew's Brain: A Novel  by
     E. L. Doctorow, Random House, Jan. 14, 2014*

"…whirligig consciousness…."
The New York Times Book Review

See also Inside the White Square  (Log 24, Feb. 15, 2015):

The X-Box Sum .

* Cf. Log24 on that date.

The Bluebird of Happiness

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(Chinese style)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Song for a Night Bird

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"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— The end of DeLillo's Point Omega


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For the late Paul Halmos

Keith Devlin's column is a monthly feature of the Mathematical
Association of America (MAA). This month's column apparently
first appeared online on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The column
itself, however, is, as of today, dated 12:00 AM Feb. 1, 2015.

It is doubtful whether the professor honored in the column
would approve of this temporal subterfuge.

Noon on Ash Wednesday

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Text and Context.

Magical and Seductive

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"I am trying to introduce a narrative,
something magical and seductive…."

— Oslo artist Josefine Lyche, translated
from the Norwegian by Google

Perhaps something like Arcade Fire or
Taylor Swift? (Click links for related posts.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Style News

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Part I:

Part II:

Part III:   The Daily Princetonian  yesterday.

Part IV:  A midrash for Princeton —

Fire and Ice

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Or: Debriefing Josefine

From the CV of Oslo artist Josefine Lyche:

Selected Collections/ Public Commissions:
2016 Jarfjord Grensevaktstasjon,
Jarfjord/Kirkenes, NO (upcoming)

From an Amazon.com customer review of a book on
northern Norway in World War II, Fire and Ice 

"… Hunt doesn't take sides. He approaches
the story as a journalist and documentary maker,
rather than as an academic."

The book, as the author notes, was published in Britain
on October 6, 2014.

A synchronicity check of the publication date yields 
a variation on the "Fire and Ice" theme —


"Jeg prøver å innføre et narrativ, noe magisk og forførende,
samt erstatte den iboende materialistiske logikken med
esoterisk kosmologi og symbolikk." — Josefine Lyche

The Craft

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See Ides of March, 2010, and a guitarist's requiem.

Presidents’ Day Theme continues…

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See a Log24 search for "Her wallet's filled with pictures."

A link from Grammy Night, 2003 in the search leads to

Today in Music: A Look Back at Pop Music
by United Press International, Feb. 23, 2003 

Today's musical quiz:

Name the 1970s Sweet tune
that was featured in the 1992 movie
"Wayne's World."

Answer: "Ballroom Blitz."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Witch Ball

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In memory of singer-songwriter Lesley Gore,
May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015

"Her wallet's filled with pictures
  — Sweet Little Sixteen

Two posts from Gore's birthday last year:

"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to." — Lesley Gore


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For Eustace Tilley 

A 1950 example of Galois coordinates .

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Au Revoir

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The Quest for Meaning

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See The meaning, if any, of "2/15" .


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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."

Plan 9 continues…

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"… vibrantly, angrily, and often painfully alive…."

The New York Times  today reviews the work of 
     a dead poet:

"Sound, Smell, Sinew!" — The New York Times


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See Tempular.

"In the minds of many, the museum
  is the cathedral of our time."
   —Ada Louise Huxtable,
   "Museums: Making It New"

Inside the White Square

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Monday, November 7, 2011

The X Box

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"Design is how it works." — Steve Jobs, quoted in
The New York Times Magazine  on St. Andrew's Day, 2003.

The X-Box Sum .

For some background on this enigmatic equation,
see Geometry of the I Ching.

See also the phrase "a dance results" in the original
source and in yesterday's Valentine Dance.

Sunday School

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"To Carthage then I came"

The Waste Land , by T. S. Eliot

"To Carthage I came, where
  there sang all around me in my ears
  a cauldron of unholy loves."

 — Confessions  of St. Augustine, Book III

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Dance

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For Eliot and von Franz —

"A dance results."

— Marie-Louise von Franz
     in Number and Time

IMAGE- Halftime dance in 4x4 square, 2015 Super Bowl, with Katy Perry

Number and Time

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"Continue a search for thirty-three and three."
— Katherine Neville in The Eight

"Close enough for government work."
— Stephen King in Doctor Sleep

Friday, February 13, 2015


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Part I:  From The Librarians —

Part II:  From Condé Nast, 1 World Trade Center —

Part III:  From the air date of The Librarians '  labyrinth episode —

Random Remarks

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In memory of reporter Bob Simon —

NY Lottery midday Feb. 12, 2015:

788  2970.

In memory of reporter David Carr —

NY Lottery evening Feb. 12, 2015:

601  1469.

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