Click for related material.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
“He was really an artist,” she said.
That’s evident in the 60 years Raffel spent contemplating
how to translate the terza rima style of Dante Alighieri’s
The Divine Comedy — speaking of the three-line rhyme
scheme first used by the author — before he published
a translation of which he was “most proud” in 2010,
his wife said.
It was his final work.
— Lanie Lee Cook, Baton Rouge Advocate
Saturday, October 3, 2015
(A sequel to Letters)
See Page 181 in Source of the Finite (St. Augustine's Day, 2014)
and Page 305 in Lost in Translation (50th Reunion Day, Harvard '64).
Friday, October 2, 2015
"The close of trading today will spell a new era for Google
as the search giant becomes a part of new holding company
Alphabet Inc." — ABC News, 1:53 PM ET today
From an Aug. 10, 2015, letter by Larry Page announcing the change:
Other business philosophy:
by David B. Yoffie, Michael A. Cusumano
On Sale: 04/14/2015
A not-so-timeless lesson: a synchronicity check
(of this journal, not of the oeuvre of Joseph Jaworski) —
04/14/2015 — Sacramental Geometry.
See a search for Bogus Source in this journal.
That search yields a quotation from poet Wallace Stevens,
whose birthday is today —
"The poet finds that as between these two sources:
the imagination and reality, the imagination is false,
whatever else may be said of it, and reality is true;
and being concerned that poetry should be a thing
of vital and virile importance, he commits himself to
reality, which then becomes his inescapable and
ever-present difficulty and innamorata."
The late Brian Friel on Derry —
Related material —
See as well Hymn (August 30, 2013).
Thursday, October 1, 2015
"All work and no play…."
— Stanley Kubrick's film (1980) of The Shining (1977)
"Each metaphor already modeled the modeler
that pasted it together. It seemed I might have
another fiction in me after all."
— Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 (1995)
"In the space between what happens
And what gets left behind…."
— "Diamond Space" (2006), song by
Michael Friedman and Sam Masich
The following horrific images —
— were suggested by two pieces I read yesterday in
The Harvard Crimson —
See also a more realistic daydream, starring Amy Adams,
in the previous post, Ornamental Language.
See Trevanian's Meadow in this journal as well as…
"Off the Florida Keys, there's a place called Kokomo."
— The Beach Boys, 1988
Utopia or Dystopia? Discuss.
Related scenes for storyboarders —
See the city in the Amy Adams film "Her."
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
See the circle of keys.
Related material: The links in a Log24 search for Doctor Sax.
* For the title, see posts tagged Dante Time.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A search in this journal for material related to the previous post
on theta characteristics yields…
"The Solomon Key is the working title of an unreleased
novel in progress by American author Dan Brown.
The Solomon Key will be the third book involving the
character of the Harvard professor Robert Langdon,
of which the first two were Angels & Demons (2000) and
The Da Vinci Code (2003)." — Wikipedia
"It was only in retrospect
that the silliness
— Review of
Faust in Copenhagen
"The page numbers
are generally reliable."
A definition of particular interest for finite geometry —
Part I — Donjon
Part II — Curvitas!
(Detail from yesterday afternoon)
Related material: Digital Member.
Monday, September 28, 2015
From a post of July 24, 2011 —
A review —
“The story, involving the Knights Templar, the Vatican, sunken treasure,
the fate of Christianity and a decoding device that looks as if it came out of
a really big box of medieval Cracker Jack, is the latest attempt to combine
Indiana Jones derring-do with ‘Da Vinci Code’ mysticism.”
A feeble attempt at a purely mathematical "decoding device"
from this journal earlier this month —
For some background, see a question by John Baez at Math Overflow
on Aug. 20, 2015.
The nonexistence of a 24-cycle in the large Mathieu group
might discourage anyone hoping for deep new insights from
the above figure.
See Marston Conder's "Symmetric Genus of the Mathieu Groups" —
Click to enlarge:
For the hypercube as a vector space over the two-element field GF(2),
see a search in this journal for Hypercube + Vector + Space .
For the above 1976 hypercube (or tesseract ), see "Diamond Theory,"
by Steven H. Cullinane, Computer Graphics and Art , Vol. 2, No. 1,
Feb. 1977, pp. 5-7.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
A passage suggested by the previous post, Box Office:
From the 1959 Fritz Leiber story "Damnation Morning" —
She looked at me and then nodded. She said carefully, “The person you killed or doomed is still in the room.”
An aching impulse twisted me a little. “Maybe I should try to go back––” I began. “Try to go back and unite the selves . . .”
“It’s too late now,” she repeated.
“But I want to,” I persisted. “There’s something pulling at me, like a chain hooked to my chest.”
She smiled unpleasantly. “Of course there is,” she said. “It’s the vampire in you—the same thing that drew me to your room or would draw any Spider or Snake. The blood scent of the person you killed or doomed.”
See also Mary Karr's look at American culture in today's NY Times
Sunday Book Review .
The dateline from a slide at a string-theory conference:
See also this journal on that date.
A related "string theory," for those who like to compare and contrast:
A paper on the late Michael Weinstein by Robert L. Oprisko —
From the abstract:
"An 'unfaithful' interpretation of Michael Weinstein's oeuvre
illuminates a complex, interpenetrative system of realities
that reflects the lived experience of his vitalist ontology."
* Theoria & Praxis: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought ,
Vol 2, No 2 (2014): On the Concept of Globality.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Msgr. Mark Miles, the Pope's translator, at
Independence Hall in Philadelphia today.
What, if anything, the Church means by the symbol
he holds is not clear, but presumably its meaning,
if there is one, is more global than local.
The above book, a tribute by admirers of the late Michael Weinstein
(not, as a campus obituary states, by Weinstein himself),
was reportedly published by Routledge on December 19, 2014.
This journal on that date had a post on an early Greek philosopher who
supposedly was killed because he discovered irrational numbers.
A later approach to academic life —
Emma Stone being directed by Woody Allen in the recent "Irrational Man":
Fans of Allen and Stone may also enjoy Magic in the Moonlight.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM
A note on the somewhat distant relation —
See also Kummer in this journal.
A file photo of Mark and Debby Constantino on Oct. 24, 2011.
The couple, who worked as paranormal investigators, were often
featured in the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures .
As the above screenshot shows, this post's title is from
"Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World" (1988).
Related material, quoted here on Oct. 24, 2011 —
"Deja vu all over again." — Yogi Berra
Thursday, September 24, 2015
On an incident in Sparks, Nevada, on
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015:
"Reno and Sparks police then approached the apartment
just before 11 a.m. and knocked on the door in an effort
to check on Debra Constantino’s welfare, Sparks police
said. That’s when officers heard gunshots."
— Marcella Corona, Reno Gazette-Journal
(Tuesday 11 a.m. PDT in Sparks was Tuesday 2 p.m. EDT.)
"A file photo of Mark and Debby Constantino taken on
Oct. 24, 2011 near their home in northwest Reno.
The couple worked as paranormal investigators
specializing in EVP voice recordings and were often
featured in the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures ."
(Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal file)
Synchronicity check: Log24 on the date of the above photo.
"… a bee for the remembering of happiness" — Wallace Stevens
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"In the Latin language, pompatus is an actual word
meaning 'done with pomp or splendor.'
It is the masculine perfect participle of the Latin
root word pompo ." — Wikipedia
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
St. Thomas of Villanova, Sts. Maurice and Companions.
See also the post Red October (Oct. 2, 2012).
Monday, September 21, 2015
From an essay by Mark Edmundson,
University Professor at the University of Virginia,
who was granted a Ph.D. by Yale in 1985 —
The American Scholar
The Roman Catholic Church may forgive us our sins—but can it be forgiven for its own?
By Mark Edmundson
“Aren’t you a Catholic?”
People often ask me that question in a gotcha tone. It’s as though they’re saying: I see through you. You pretend to be an intellectual, a more or less secular guy who can maybe lay claim to some sophistication. You want to pass as someone (here’s the rub) who has grown up and is not a child anymore. But I see through all that, the questioner implies. I can tell that you live under the old dispensation. You’re a creature not of light and intellect, light and truth, but of guilt and fear.
Light and truth, lux et veritas , was the motto of the university where I went to graduate school. It signifies the power of enlightened intellect to remake the world—or at least to transform and elevate the individual. Religions don’t generally have mottoes, and it is probably not a good idea when they do. But if the Roman Catholic Church had a motto, it surely would not be light and truth. I spent 12 years, give or take, in the faith, the most influential years of my life. And I was surely a Catholic. But what if anything remains of that immersion? What value does it have here and now?
An example of vincible ignorance:
Edmundson's remarks above, in light of …
Sunday, September 20, 2015
"Charles Kenneth Williams was born on Nov. 4, 1936,
in Newark. His father, Paul, sold office machines,
and, as he prospered, moved with his wife, the former
Dossie Kasdin, and his two sons to suburban South Orange.
Mr. Williams’s conflicted relationship with his parents
takes up much of his 2000 memoir, Misgivings: My Mother,
My Father, Myself . " — NY Times obituary this evening
Near the Haunted Castle
A poem by C. K. Williams
"This is a story. You don't have to think about it,
it's make-believe. / It's like a lie, maybe not quite a lie
but I don't want you to worry about it. . . . ."
In memory of Jackie Collins, a post on Sinatra's favorite color.
"Sloane’s writing is drum-tight, but his approach
is looser; he pulls the reader in and then begins
turning up the heat. He understood that before
a pot can boil, it must simmer." — Stephen King
From this journal last July —
Saturday, September 19, 2015
"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell
and count myself a king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams." — Hamlet
The New York Review of Books , in a review
of two books on video games today, quotes an author
who says that the Vikings believed the sky to be
“the blue skull of a giant.”
See as well posts tagged The Nutshell.
"I am thy father's spirit,
Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night…."
— Shakespeare, "Hamlet"
Related imagery —
A Certain Term: Not English, Not Chinese —
The current issue (dated Oct. 8, 2015) of
The New York Review of Books has two
(at least) items related to philosophy —
"Was Plato ‘Churlish’?", a letter on Joyce Carol Oates's
recent NYRB essay, and a response by Oates
"What Philosophers Really Know," a review by
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein of a new book
by Colin McGinn, Philosophy of Language:
The Classics Explained
See also Backstory, a Log24 post of Nov. 22, 2010:
"He said, 'I wrote a piece of code
that they just can’t seem to do without.'
He was a symbolic logician.
That was his career…."
Part I: Magic Moonlight
Part II: To Walk the Night
Cover from a 1944 edition of
the 1937 novel by William Sloane —
Part III: Sept. 18, 2015, review by Stephen King
of the works of William Sloane
The latest Visual Insight post at the American Mathematical
Society website discusses group actions on the McGee graph,
pictured as 24 points arranged in a circle that are connected
by 36 symmetrically arranged edges.
Wikipedia remarks that …
"The automorphism group of the McGee graph
is of order 32 and doesn't act transitively upon
its vertices: there are two vertex orbits of lengths
8 and 16."
The partition into 8 and 16 points suggests, for those familiar
with the Miracle Octad Generator and the Mathieu group M24,
the following exercise:
Arrange the 24 points of the projective line
over GF(23) in a circle in the natural cyclic order
( ∞, 1, 2, 3, … , 22, 0 ). Can the McGee graph be
modeled by constructing edges in any natural way?
In other words, if the above set of edges has no
"natural" connection with the 24 points of the
projective line over GF(23), does some other
set of edges in an isomorphic McGee graph
have such a connection?
Update of 9:20 PM ET Sept. 20, 2015:
Backstory: A related question by John Baez
at Math Overflow on August 20.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
A Christmas Carol.
From the website of the American Mathematical Society today,
a column by John Baez that was falsely backdated to Sept. 1, 2015 —
Updates after 9 PM ET Sept. 17, 2015 —
Related wrinkles in time:
Baez's preceding Visual Insight post, titled
"Tutte-Coxeter Graph," was dated Aug. 15, 2015.
This seems to contradict the AMS home page headline
of Sept. 5, 2015, that linked to Baez's still earlier post
"Heawood Graph," dated Aug. 1. Also, note the
reference in "Tutte-Coxeter Graph" to Baez's related
essay — dated August 17, 2015 —
"A Wrinkle in the Mathematical Universe"
at The n-Category Café .
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Three approaches to The World as Myth…
From Heinlein's 1985 The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
… The World as Myth is a subtle concept. It has sometimes been called multiperson solipsism, despite the internal illogic of that phrase. Yet illogic may be necessary, as the concept denies logic. For many centuries religion held sway as the explanation of the universe- or multiverse. The details of revealed religions differed wildly but were essentially the same: Somewhere up in the sky-or down in the earth-or in a volcano-any inaccessible place- there was an old man in a nightshirt who knew everything and was all powerful and created everything and rewarded and punished… and could be bribed.
"Sometimes this Almighty was female but not often because human males are usually bigger, stronger, and more belligerent; God was created in Pop's image.
"The Almighty-God idea came under attack because it explained nothing; it simply pushed all explanations one stage farther away. In the nineteenth century atheistic positivism started displacing the Almighty-God notion in that minority of the population that bathed regularly.
"Atheism had a limited run, as it, too, explains nothing, being merely Godism turned upside down. Logical positivism was based on the physical science of the nineteenth century which, physicists of that century honestly believed, fully explained the universe as a piece of clockwork.
"The physicists of the twentieth century made short work of that idea. Quantum mechanics and Schrodringer's cat tossed out the clockwork world of 1890 and replaced it with a fog of probability in which anything could happen. Of course the intellectual class did not notice this for many decades, as an intellectual is a highly educated man who can't do arithmetic with his shoes on, and is proud of his lack. Nevertheless, with the death of positivism, Godism and Creationism came back stronger than ever.
"In the late twentieth century -correct me when I' m wrong, Hilda-Hilda and her family were driven off Earth by a devil, one they dubbed 'the Beast.' They fled in a vehicle you have met, Gay Deceiver, and in their search for safety they visited many dimensions, many universes… and Hilda made the greatest philosophical discovery of all time."
"I'll bet you say that to all the girls!"
"Quiet, dear. They visited, among more mundane places, the Land of Oz-"
I sat up with a jerk. Not too much sleep last night and Dr. Harshaw's lecture was sleep-inducing. "Did you say 'Oz'?"
"I tell you three times. Oz, Oz, Oz. They did indeed visit the fairyland dreamed up by L. Frank Baum. And the Wonderland invented by the Reverend Mr. Dodgson to please Alice. And other places known only to fiction. Hilda discovered what none of us had noticed before because we were inside it: The World is Myth. We create it ourselves-and we change it ourselves. A truly strong myth maker, such as Homer, such as Baum, such as the creator of Tarzan, creates substantial and lasting worlds … whereas the fiddlin', unimaginative liars and fabulists shape nothing new and their tedious dreams are forgotten. ….
Friday, November 6, 2009
Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:06 AM
Colorado Springs Gazette
“Much of this is genuinely amusing.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Or: Ten Years and a Day
In memory of film director Robert Wise,
who died ten years ago yesterday.
Related mathematics: Symplectic.
Some related images (click to enlarge) —
Monday, September 14, 2015
See also the angel Uriel in the novel Weaveworld .
Also at 8:48 PM EDT on Sunday …
By Brian Lada, Meteorologist, at AccuWeather.com
September 14, 2015; 1:50 AM EDT
Mount Aso, a volcano located on Japan's
southernmost main island of Kyushu, erupted
on Monday morning, local time, sending a
plethora of smoke and ash 2000 meters
(6560 feet) into the sky.
The eruption began at 8:49 p.m. EDT,
or 9:49 a.m. local time, according to the
Japan Meteorological Agency.
There have been no reports of injuries
from the eruption.
The eruption at 08:48:45 EDT —
(Click for an image in motion.)
From a time-lapse of Mount #Aso, #Japan's
largest active volcano, erupting Sunday
evening (Eastern Daylight Time). The time in
Japan, shown in the photo, was 13 hours later.
10:18 PM – 13 Sep 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
A cached copy is available at Log24.com. Enjoy.
Item from the New Orleans Times-Picayune
in January 2013:
Chinese new year celebrated
Welcoming the Chinese New Year, 4710, the Academy of Chinese Studies will hold a celebration Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dixon Hall, at Tulane University. A student talent show, and lucky "Red Envelope" will be featured.
See also this journal on the reported* date
of the above celebration, Feb. 6, 2013:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM
… MathOverflow question dated March 28, 2011
… Starring Elke Sommer, former Erlangen student
… Log24 post dated March 28, 2011
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Lorrie Moore, in the current New York Review of Books ,
on a detective in a TV series:
He "takes notes in a large ledger and
speaks as if he were the CEO of
a nihilist fortune cookie company."
— "Sympathy for the Devil," NYRB
issue dated Sept. 24, 2015
See Harvard president Drew Faust as such a CEO.
UPDATED: September 12, 2015, at 4:22 pm.
Luke Z. Tang ’18, a Lowell House sophomore,
Local authorities are investigating the cause