Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Browning Methods

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:00 AM

The Ballad of Goo Ballou —
the Sequel to . . .

Let me count  the ways” is an appropriate request
for students of the discrete ,  as opposed to the
continuous , which instead requires measurement .

Related academic material —

Raymond Cattell on crystallized  vs. fluid  intelligence.
For a more literary approach, see Crystal and Dragon
and For Trevanian.

This post was inspired in part by
the American Sequel Society and . . .

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Let Me Count the Ways” — Jeffrey Toobin?

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:05 PM

Portuguese Charlize

A Moritat for Macalester

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:13 AM

The previous post, “Frame Analysis,” was about a death
related to Macalester College.

Wikipedia on the man for whom the college was named —

“In the 1870s, Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill turned to
Macalester  for sponsorship for the failing institution
in Minnesota known as Jesus College. ”

Logos —

On the sidewalk Sunday morning …

Frame Analysis

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:55 AM

For the late John Schue —

Another event on Schue’s reported date of death —

Related philosophical remarks —

Also on June 12, 2007 —

“Graffiti in the Library of Babel” Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:36 AM

Click on the Wiktionary image for the Babel story.
Click on the Springer.com link for related posts.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Limits of Language

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:37 AM

Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations  118-119 —

118. Where does our investigation get its importance from,
since it seems only to destroy everything interesting,
that is, all that is great and important? (As it were all
the buildings, leaving behind only bits of stone and
rubble.) What we are destroying is nothing but
houses of cards  and we are clearing up the ground
of language on which they stand.
119. The results of philosophy are the uncovering of one
or another piece of plain nonsense and of bumps
that the understanding has got by running its head up against the limits of language. These bumps make us
see the value of the discovery.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:10 AM

See “Unfolded.jpg” in this journal.  From that search —

Pentagon with pentagram    

Compare and contrast these figures with images by Wittgenstein in . . .

Wittgenstein's pentagram and 4x4 'counting-pattern'

Related material from last night’s post Modernist Cuts

Schlick also appears in recent posts tagged Moriarty Variations.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Modernist Cuts

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:05 PM

“The bond with reality is cut.”

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Related screenshot of a book review
from the November AMS Notices

Now Lens…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:52 AM


The above phrase “neurolinguistic hacker” does not do justice to
Neal Stephenson’s remarks on “Ba’al Shem.”

This post was suggested by  an  Oct. 12  Wired  book review.

“I Could a Tale …”

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The Doily Man

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:06 AM

Thursday, October 15, 2020

What Lies Beneath

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:47 PM

From the previous post

Lily Collins in a more recent mattress meditation —

See as well Plaid in this journal.

The Quarantine Midrash

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:56 PM

Illustration for a New York Times  July 15  “Tech Fix” piece:
You’re Doomscrolling Again.

One possible antidote:

Related fiction:  “Quarantine Story.

“Show me all  the blueprints.” — Attributed to Howard Hughes

Sundown Ending

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:35 AM

See posts so tagged.

Those posts mark the end of Yom Kippur 2006
and the death of the father of James R. Swartz,
Harvard ’64, for whom the central building of
Harvard Divinity School was renamed in 2019.

See as well last night’s post, “With Shields Emblazoned,”
on the death of a notable Divinity School leader.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

With Shields Emblazoned

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 PM

Histoire d’O :  “I Dreamed a Dream”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:03 AM

Related material:
Programming for DOS.

The O-Zone

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When Adam delved and Eve span . . . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Monday, October 12, 2020

New Fields

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Old Fields

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Weisheit Weekend

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:54 PM

Related legendary artifacts —

See Isidore of Seville and Ring and Stone.

Saniga on Einstein

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:25 AM

See Einstein on Acid” by Stephen Battersby
(New Scientist , Vol. 180, issue 2426 — 20 Dec. 2003, 40-43).

That 2003 article is about some speculations of Metod Saniga.

“Saniga is not a professional mystic or
a peddler of drugs, he is an astrophysicist
at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.
It seems unlikely that studying stars led him to
such a way-out view of space and time. Has he
undergone a drug-induced epiphany, or a period
of mental instability? ‘No, no, no,’ Saniga says,
‘I am a perfectly sane person.'”

Some more recent and much less speculative remarks by Saniga
are related to the Klein correspondence —

arXiv.org > math > arXiv:1409.5691:
Mathematics > Combinatorics
[Submitted on 17 Sep 2014]
The Complement of Binary Klein Quadric
as a Combinatorial Grassmannian

By Metod Saniga

“Given a hyperbolic quadric of PG(5,2), there are 28 points
off this quadric and 56 lines skew to it. It is shown that the
(286,563)-configuration formed by these points and lines
is isomorphic to the combinatorial Grassmannian of type
G2(8). It is also pointed out that a set of seven points of
G2(8) whose labels share a mark corresponds to a
Conwell heptad of PG(5,2). Gradual removal of Conwell
heptads from the (286,563)-configuration yields a nested
sequence of binomial configurations identical with part of
that found to be associated with Cayley-Dickson algebras

Related entertainment —

See Log24 on the date, 17 Sept. 2014, of Saniga’s Klein-quadric article:

Articulation Day.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Einstein on Poetry

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will
bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest
possible circle of formal relationships.”

— Albert Einstein, May 1, 1935, obituary for Emmy Noether

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Obscure Superlative

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:13 AM

From a midrash by Bloom

Between Pyramid and Pentagon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:34 AM

The 35 small squares between the pyramid and the pentagon
in the above search result illustrate the role of finite geometry
in the Miracle Octad Generator  of R. T. Curtis.

'Then a miracle occurs' cartoon

Cartoon by S. Harris

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:06 PM

A web search for “Wallace Stevens” + Virtuoso  yields . . .

A thousand crystals’ chiming voices,
Like the shiddow-shaddow of lights revolving
To momentary ones, are blended,
In hymns, through iridescent changes,
Of the apprehending of the hero.
These hymns are like a stubborn brightness
Approaching in the dark approaches
Of time and place, becoming certain,
The organic centre of responses,
Naked of hindrance, a thousand crystals.
To meditate the highest man, not
The highest supposed in him and over,
Creates, in the blissfuller perceptions,
What unisons create in music.

— “Examination of the Hero in a Time of War,” XIV

Breaking News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

Only Connect :  Bulk Apperception* Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:49 AM

The above Vanity Fair  article was republished on the Web by VF
on September 3, 2013.  See also this  journal on that date.

Related religious remarks —

* “Bulk apperception” is a phrase from Westworld. See Log24 notes.

Spreads via the Knight Cycle

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

A Graphic Construction of the 56 Spreads of PG(3,2)

(An error in Fig. 4 was corrected at about
10:25 AM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.)

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Language of Flowers

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:02 PM

For Enola Holmes

“Speak softly and carry a big pistil.”

Related musical remarks — The Crooning.

Saturday, October 3, 2020


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Friday, October 2, 2020

The Dead Poet of Kinsale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:11 PM

” Another leading Irish poet, Paul Muldoon,
compared Mr. Mahon to a renowned American writer.
‘A technician to rival Richard Wilbur, by whom he was
deeply influenced both as a poet and translator. . . .’ “

A search in this  journal for Wilbur yields . . .

The Square Inch Space: A Brief History.”

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Legend of the Deep: The Sea of Cortez according to Kafka

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Other connecting threads:

“Hey, what about Legend of the Deep ?” — Dark Tide , 0:35:15

Annals of Academia

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:21 PM

New York  magazine’s “The Cut” —

JULY 14, 2016

Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error
About ‘Psychoticism’

By Jesse Singal

“What should we make of all of this? Partly, of course, this is
a story of conflicting personalities, of competitiveness between
researchers, of academics acting — let’s be frank — like dicks.”

Or, worse, like New York Times  reporter Benedict Carey —

A Theory About Conspiracy Theories

In a new study, psychologists tried to get a handle on the personality types that might be prone to outlandish beliefs.

By Benedict Carey, New York Times  science reporter,
on Sept. 28, 2020

. . . .

The personality features that were solidly linked to conspiracy beliefs included some usual suspects: entitlement, self-centered impulsivity, cold-heartedness (the confident injustice collector), elevated levels of depressive moods and anxiousness (the moody figure, confined by age or circumstance). Another one emerged from the questionnaire that aimed to assess personality disorders — a pattern of thinking called “psychoticism.”

Psychoticism is a core feature of so-called schizo-typal personality disorder, characterized in part by “odd beliefs and magical thinking” and “paranoid ideation.” In the language of psychiatry, it is a milder form of full-blown psychosis, the recurrent delusional state that characterizes schizophrenia. It’s a pattern of magical thinking that goes well beyond garden variety superstition and usually comes across socially as disjointed, uncanny or “off.”

In time, perhaps some scientist or therapist will try to slap a diagnosis on believers in Big Lie conspiracies that seem wildly out of line with reality. For now, Dr. Pennycook said, it is enough to know that, when distracted, people are far more likely to forward headlines and stories without vetting their sources much, if at all.
. . . .

Some elementary  fact-checking reveals that historical definitions
of “psychoticism” vary greatly. Carey forwards this bullshit without
vetting his sources much, if at all.

The Stevens Motive

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See http://m759.net/wordpress/?s=Stevens+Motive .

Hillman on Perception

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James Hillman

“The kind of movement Olson urges is an inward deepening of the image,
an in-sighting of the superimposed levels of significance within it.
This is the very mode that Jung suggested for grasping dreams —
not as a sequence in time, but as revolving around  a nodal complex.”

See also posts tagged The Well.

Well, which is it, Hillman?  Superimposing or revolving?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Well Well Well

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:08 PM


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

“Hear Me Roar” — The Late Helen Reddy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:59 PM

See also Vox Lux  in this  journal.

Monday, September 28, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 AM

Also on May 2, 2020 — A paper on Cubism as Religion is accepted:

Some may question the desirability of acceptance by MDPI.
Acceptance at the Pearly Gates is another matter.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Hex Witch

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:03 PM

The new Netflix film “Enola Holmes” is from a book by Nancy Springer.
Also by Springer:

See that title in this journal.

Entertainment News

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:30 PM


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:45 PM

See also a search in this  journal for instances of the following image —

Remarks on Gordon Baker’s Death Day*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:59 PM

* Baker was a writer on philosophy.
See a memorial by the Harvard Class of 1960.


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:00 AM

Gleaming the Cube

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:30 AM

From a search in this journal for “Paradise of Childhood” —

Page from 'The Paradise of Childhood,' 1906 edition

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Annals of Bulk Apperception: Dark Tide

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:58 PM

Browsing History

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:28 PM

By Jonathan Hemlock, for Yurasis Dragon —

Click to enlarge the above browsing history.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:11 PM

“A very varnished green . . . .” —

Beach Reading for Springtime in Oz

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:25 AM


The ghost of Peter Benchley?

Art News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:39 AM

Related material on division in this  journal — See Kipnis.

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Spelman Trick

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:03 PM

The “card tricks” link above, now expired, is to …

http://www.spelman.edu/~colm/cards.html .

That webpage is now on the Internet Archive.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Seventh Function

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:30 PM

But did you find the ‘Antebellum’ hatchet? 

Ludwig Wittgenstein, P.I.  . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

Continued from August 21.

This post was suggested by a Sept. 24, 2020, article at CrimeReads.com
by Philip K. Zimmerman —

The Philosopher and the Detectives:
Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Enduring Passion
for Hardboiled Fiction.”

Cubed:  Images from 2007 and 2015 —

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:43 PM

Daniel Dennett in his office

Blues News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:45 AM

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Quilt Tales

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

Earlier . . .

Recently Acquired Kindle Books

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:17 PM

Related Log24 remarks:

Yoda Quilts and posts now tagged Central Myth.

Related remarks elsewhere:

“In The Uncanny  Nicholas Royle defined Freud’s Unheimlichkeit
and the experience of an ‘unreal reality’ as ‘another thinking of
beginning’. But if we are to take him at his word, ‘the beginning
is already haunted’ and we may wish to interpret his debut novel
Quilt  as spectrally haunted by the critic’s earlier theory. The essay,
which is structured telephonically, since it refers both to Royle’s
view of literature as telepathy (i.e. another form of ‘tele-‘) and the
beginning of the novel, reads Quilt  from its ‘Afterward’, to unveil
two main ghosts haunting Royle’s novel: that of Jacques Derrida
and that of James Joyce.”

—Arleen Ionescu, abstract of a 2013 essay on Royle’s Quilt .

Geometry of Even Subsets

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:06 AM

Various posts here on the geometry underlying the Mathieu group M24
are now tagged with the phrase “Geometry of Even Subsets.”

For example, a post with this diagram . . .

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vanity Fair Cover Girl

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:15 AM

Elle Fanning recently played Catherine the Great.

Starring J. J. Abrams as Leonhard Euler?

Autumn Equinox at the Temple of Art

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim’s Progress
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

Monday, September 21, 2020


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:46 PM

“On their way to obscurity, the Simulmatics people
played minor parts in major events, appearing Zelig-like
at crucial moments of 1960s history.”

James Gleick reviewing a new book by Jill Lepore

A Dante for Our Times…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:57 PM

Continues from March 14, 2009.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Epistemological Metaphor

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:07 PM

Matthew Rozsa at salon.com, Sept. 20, 2020, 11:30 PM UTC.

See also Deathtrap in this  journal.

Entertainment in Review

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:22 PM

Old Flame

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 PM

Yoda Quilts

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:17 AM

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Society News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:11 PM

The Summerfield Prize

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:01 PM

“Like Coleridge” . . .

Related material:  Bloomsday 2006.

Cube School

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:16 AM

The new domain http://cube.school
points to posts tagged Cube School here.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Winston Groom

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:01 PM

Holiday Horns

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

Readings for Rosh Hashanah from this journal on April 5, 2005

Compare the following two passages from Holy Scripture:

Genesis 22:13 —

“…behold behind him
a ram caught in a thicket by his horns”

I Ching Hexagram 34 —

“A goat butts against a hedge
And gets its horns entangled.”

Adoration of the Cube

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:25 AM

“WHEN I IMAGINE THE CUBE, I see a structure in motion.
I see the framework of its edges, its corners, and its flexible joints,
and the continuous transformations in front of me (before you start
to worry, I assure you that I can freeze it anytime I like). I don’t see
a static object but a system of dynamic relations. In fact, this is only
half of that system. The other half is the person who handles it.
Just like everything else in our world, a system is defined by
its place
within a network of relations—to humans, first of all.”

— Rubik, Erno.  Cubed   (p. 165). Flatiron Books. Kindle Ed., 2020.

Compare and contrast — Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Structure and Mutability . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:51 PM

Continues in The New York Times :

“One day — ‘I don’t know exactly why,’ he writes — he tried to
put together eight cubes so that they could stick together but
also move around, exchanging places. He made the cubes out
of wood, then drilled a hole in the corners of the cubes to link
them together. The object quickly fell apart.

Many iterations later, Rubik figured out the unique design
that allowed him to build something paradoxical:
a solid, static object that is also fluid….” — Alexandra Alter

Another such object: the eightfold cube .

At the Intersection…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:53 PM

Or:  Personal Shopping for T. S. Eliot

Fact check:


Now Lens

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:29 AM

The title is from James Joyce.

Ideas and Vision: Wittgenstein via Fodor

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:07 AM

A remark on “ideas and vision” in the previous post suggests . . .

A search for Fodor  in this journal yields his parody of Wittgenstein . . .

  1. A man might have this   picture of what seeing  is:
    there is the seer   and there is the thing seen .
    The one sees  the other. A typical philosophical  theory.
  2. We wish to ask: what are we supposed to do  with this picture?
  3. A man might say: ‘I can’t see a thing’ and ‘I can’t see a thing
    but the fog.’ Both  might be true.
  4. ‘I can’t see a thing in this fog.’ Which  thing?


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:32 AM

“This article is a nexus of ideas and vision….”

— Jack Plotkin at Medium.com yesterday

As are many other things. See nexus  in this  journal
and . . .

“Show me all  the blueprints.”

— Howard Hughes, according to Hollywood

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Hollywood Leveraging

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:29 PM

Marrific this afternoon —

Plotkin is an interesting writer.

Critical Invisibility

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Synchronology check —

This  journal on the above dates —
8 January 2019 (“For the Church of Synchronology“)
and 24 April 2019 (“Critical Visibility“).

Related mathematics:  Klein Correspondence posts.

Related entertainment: “The Bulk Beings.”

The above Physical Review  remarks were found in a search
for a purely mathematical concept —

“35 points” + projective space . . .

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Caputo Deconstruction

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:48 AM

Then there is the 1988 Bantam paperback by Philip  Caputo —

Monday, September 14, 2020

Classics Illustrated

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:28 PM

“You’re reading me,” she murmurs.

“Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved;
tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.”

Update of 7 PM ET Sept. 14, 2020 —

A sequel to Creamy and Sweaty

“Stop loading this page.” . . . “Too late.”

Space People Puzzle

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:59 AM

How about puzzles?

Space People Lightbulb Puzzle

Shades (Of London Bondage continues)

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:59 AM

Loitering in Lara’s dressing room, she tries on
the faux-bondage harness she picked up in London….”

See as well . . .

Socrates in the Marketplace

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:39 AM

Plato's diamond in Jowett's version of the Meno dialogue

Diamond Matrix slide template at presentationgo.com

“The 2×2 matrix is commonly used in business strategy
as a representational tool to show conflicting concepts and
for decision making. This four-quadrant matrix diagram
is perfect to be used for business or marketing matrices
like BCG, SWOT, Ansoff, risk assessment…

Additionally, it will also be suitable to illustrate 4 ideas or
concepts.” [Link on “illustrate” added.]

See also a Log24 search for “Resplendent.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Night Clerk in Duelle (1976)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:51 PM

“As for amateur detective Lucie, she meets Viva and
begins to realize that both Viva and her client, Leni,
are after the same jewel. Her brother reluctantly reveals
their true natures: Viva is the daughter of the Sun, and
Leni the daughter of the Moon. They can stay on Earth
for only 40 days between the last full moon of winter
and the first full moon of spring. The magic jewel can
allow them to stay.”

Braving the Elements

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:46 PM

The title is that of a book of poems by James Merrill
that includes “The Emerald.”

“As above, so below.” —  The Emerald Tablet

“The Emerald Tablet … is a compact and cryptic piece of
the Hermetica   reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia
and its transmutation. It was highly regarded by European alchemists
as the foundation of their art and its Hermetic tradition.” — Wikipedia

Animated version of Book I, Proposition 47, Euclid’s Elements

Braucht´s noch Text?

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Knots Landing

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:51 PM

On a mathematician, a knot theorist, who reportedly died
on Sunday, September 6, 2020 —

Another death on that same date — that of an actor from
“Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac” . . .

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac

A related quote, courtesy of University Diaries

Friday, September 11, 2020

Kauffman on Algebra

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:07 PM

Kauffman‘s fixation on the work of Spencer-Brown is perhaps in part
due to Kauffman’s familiarity with Boolean algebra and his ignorance of
Galois geometry.  See other posts now tagged Boole vs. Galois.

Detail, 8/14/2016 Google image search for 'Galois Boole'

See also “A Four-Color Epic” (April 16, 2020).

In Memoriam

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:14 PM
From the Vanderbilt University obituary of Vaughan F. R. Jones —

“During the mid-1980s, while Jones was working on a problem in von Neumann algebra theory, which is related to the foundations of quantum mechanics, he discovered an unexpected link between that theory and knot theory, a mathematical field dating back to the 19th century.

Specifically, he found a new mathematical expression—now known as the Jones polynomial—for distinguishing between different types of knots as well as links in three-dimensional space. Jones’ discovery had been missed by topologists during the previous 60 years, and his finding contributed to his selection as a Fields Medalist.

‘Now there is an area of mathematics called
quantum topology, which basically followed
from his original work,’

said Dietmar Bisch, professor of mathematics.” [Link added.]

Related to Jones’s work —

“Topological Quantum Information Theory” at
the website of Louis H. Kauffman —


Welcome to AMS-LaTeX

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:26 PM

Elsewhere on that same date —

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Raiders of . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:34 PM

Of London Bondage

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:38 PM

“After years in hiding, latex fashion re-emerged in the late 1950s,
thanks to the British designer John Sutcliffe, who created the world’s
first catsuit – the prototype rubber-fetish garment. …

The 1960s British spy series The Avengers was monumental
in bringing rubberwear to the masses. The show’s feminist heroine,
Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), was styled in a latex, Sutcliffe-
inspired catsuit. With Peel as a media archetype, latex’s second-skin
look wasn’t just sexy, it was superhuman.

Sutcliffe capitalised on the obsession with his products, and founded
AtomAge Magazine in 1972. The periodical, filled with artful and erotic
bondage imagery, gained a huge following among fetishists, and made
quite the splash on London’s progressive fashion scene. ”

By Cassidy George, bbc.com, 8th January 2020

See also an image from a Log24 post  commemorating that date —


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:45 AM

Ship Shape

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:19 AM

“The ship. I stared down at the great black shape lying almost at my feet.”

— Alistair MacLean

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Portrait with Holocron

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:08 PM

Novus Ordo Seclorum — Harold Bloom and the Tetrahedral Model of PG(3,2)

Sith Holocron in 'Star Wars Rebels'

For a Jedi  holocron of sorts, see this  journal on the above YouTube date

Study in Orange and Black

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:12 PM

Artspeak Eulogy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:31 PM

“… several writers called Mr. Gorchov’s paintings ‘primitive,’
but he preferred ‘rudimentary.’ They took painting back to basics,
to a primal state and a set of motifs that changed only a little,
flirting with repetition but rarely succumbing to it.”

Roberta Smith in The New York Times  this afternoon.

Gorchov reportedly “died on Aug. 18 at his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn.”

See as well some art remarks on Aug. 18 in this  journal

More generally, see other posts tagged Kampf.

Update of 1:16 PM ET Sept. 9 —

Arrow Theme

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The abstract arrows below in an image from yesterday’s Design post . . .

. . . are a background feature of the Castello Sforzesco website generally,
and not specifically of Corraini’s 2016 graphic design presentation.

The arrows apparently come from repetitions of this motif —

Similar arrow motifs appear at the castle’s main page

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

“The Eight” according to Coleridge

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Metaphysical ruminations of Coleridge that might be applied to
the eightfold cube

See also “Sprechen Sie Neutsch?“.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:46 PM

Illustration by Pietro Corraini

Corraini design lecture on June 29, 2016 —

This journal on the same day —


Monday, September 7, 2020

A Discovery of Space

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Fiction set in Duke Humfrey’s Reading Room at
the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford:

“I walked quickly through the original, fifteenth-century part of the library, past the rows of Elizabethan reading desks with their three ascending bookshelves and scarred writing surfaces. Between them, Gothic windows directed the reader’s attention up to the coffered ceilings, where bright paint and gilding picked out the details of the university’s crest of three crowns and open book and where its motto, ‘God is my illumination,’  was proclaimed repeatedly from on high.”

— Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches:
A Novel
  (2011) (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1 ) (p. 2).
Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Related non-fiction about an event on Jan. 26, 2019 —

Meanwhile, elsewhere —

A later ad for the Lyche exhibition —

See as well some posts about the Eddington song

'The Eddington Song'

A Discovery of Species

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From the subtitles to “A Discovery of Witches,”
Season 1, Episode 2 —

An actor playing a contemporary (2018) fictional Oxford professor —

00:35:54,235 –> 00:35:56,593
We’re among hundreds of laboratories
using genetics

00:35:56,595 –> 00:35:59,713
to study species origin,
but in our lab

00:35:59,715 –> 00:36:02,315
humans aren’t the only species
we’re studying.

An earlier non-fictional Oxford student  writes —

Related material:  Other posts tagged Structure and Mutability.

Remedial Reading

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'A Discovery of Witches' S1 E2 0:33:45

Hopkins at Hiroshima

See also Archimedes at Hiroshima
and, more generally, Aitchison.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Logo Note

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This post was suggested by my Feedly tonight —

“Add note” — A constant Feedly suggestion.

OK . . .

— Images from The Hogwash Papers

Logo Detail

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This is part of a publishers‘ logo —

See as well this  journal on the date of Kaufmann’s death:

“Pray for the Grace of Accuracy.”

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The title is from a poem by Robert Lowell.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Poetry 101: “Do Not Block Intersection”

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The title is from a post of July 27.

From earlier posts (Feb. 20, 2009) —

Emblematizing the Modern

The Cross of Descartes: coordinate axes

The Cross of Descartes

Note that in applications, the vertical axis of
the Cross of Descartes often symbolizes the timeless
(money, temperature, etc.) while the horizontal axis
often symbolizes time.

T.S. Eliot:

“Men’s curiosity searches past and future
And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint….”

Midrash for LA —

Ikonologie des Zwischenraums

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The title is from a Cornell page in the previous post.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

The above remarks on primitive mentality suggest
a review of Snakes on a Plane.

For Witch Wannabes

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Part I — From a TV series released in the UK on Sept. 14, 2018 —

Pages scattered by the wind magically reassemble
at an Oxford witch’s command:

Part II — Images on a book cover from a Log24 search for “Dominus”


Part III — From Log24 on the “Witches” release date

Warburg at Cornell U. Press

In this Cornell page, Gombrich discusses images symbolizing sin.

What sort of sin is symbolized by the above time-reversal scene
in “Discovery of Witches” and by such scenes in the new film “Tenet,”
the reader may decide.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Vox Lux

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An illustration from the Vox  article

Another approach to Nolan theory —

Or Matt Helm by way of a Jedi cube.

Force Field of Dreams

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(Continued from September 22, 2002.)

“As you read, watch for patterns. Pay special attention to
imagery that is geometric….” — “Pattern in The Defense

See as well Wednesday’s Smile,  and “Expanding the Spielraum .

Thursday, September 3, 2020

LA Stories

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Recreation of a 1960s LA marquee in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” —

But seriously . . .

See also a “Once-Upon-a-Time”-related death.


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(A sequel to the previous post, “Smile.“)

The above image links to a New York Times  opinion piece.
“Michael J. Sandel is a professor of government at Harvard
and the author of the forthcoming  The Tyranny of Merit :
What’s Become of the Common Good? , from which this
essay is adapted.” — NY Times .

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


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Little Metal Letters

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From a report of another August 14 death —

“… on Dec. 7, 1941, ‘it seemed as though everyone at Harvard
came to the Crimson building that night, and anxiously
hung over the ticker tape [i.e., teletype ] machine to watch the
little metal letters hammer out the words that told the story.'”

— Dan Huntington Fenn Jr., quoted in his Boston Globe obituary.

“Simplicity, clarity, showing the text” — The late Howell Binkley.

“To expand the words and music and dance” . . .

See Coconut Dance.

Space Wars:  Sith Pyramid vs. Jedi Cube

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For the Sith Pyramid, see posts tagged Pyramid Game.
For the Jedi Cube, see posts tagged Enigma Cube
and cube-related remarks by Aitchison at Hiroshima.

This  post was suggested by two events of May 16, 2019 —
A weblog post by Frans Marcelis on the Miracle Octad
Generator of R. T. Curtis (illustrated with a pyramid),
and the death of I. M. Pei, architect of the Louvre pyramid.

That these events occurred on the same date is, of course,
completely coincidental.

Perhaps Dan Brown can write a tune to commemorate
the coincidence.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Story Space

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

On Universals and
Passage to India
“The universe, then, is less intimation
than cipher: a mask rather than a revelation
in the romantic sense. Does love meet with love?
Do we receive but what we give? The answer is
surely a paradox, the paradox that there are
Platonic universals beyond, but that the glass
is too dark to see them. Is there a light beyond
the glass, or is it a mirror only to the self?
The Platonic cave is even darker than Plato
made it, for it introduces the echo, and so
leaves us back in the world of men, which does
not carry total meaning, is just a story of events.”
– Betty Jay, reader’s guide to Passage to India

Monday, August 31, 2020

Hollywood Logic

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See as well a recent post in memory of “Chariots of Fire” actor Ben Cross.

From  a Chrome Browser announcement  today —

Compare and contrast  “The Ghost and the Darkness” (Constellation, 1996)
and the new film “Rogue” (Lionsgate, 2020).

“Elijah?… Elijah?!” — Megan Fox in “Rogue” (00:41:47)

Ars Gratia Artis — MGM.

How Deep the Darkness*

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* See the title phrase in this journal.

Seals:  Compare and Contrast

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Seal of the Bollingen Series 

Seal of the League

The Four-Diamond Seal

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