Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Ideogram Principle …

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According to McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan writing to Ezra Pound on Dec. 21, 1948—

"The American mind is not even close to being amenable
to the ideogram principle as yet.  The reason is simply this.
America is 100% 18th Century. The 18th century had
chucked out the principle of metaphor and analogy—
the basic fact that as A is to B so is C to D.  AB:CD.   
It can see AB relations.  But relations in four terms are still
verboten.  This amounts to deep occultation of nearly all
human thought for the U.S.A.

I am trying to devise a way of stating this difficulty as it exists.  
Until stated and publicly recognized for what it is, poetry and
the arts can’t exist in America."

For context, see Cameron McEwen,
"Marshall McLuhan, John Pick, and Gerard Manley Hopkins."
(Renascence , Fall 2011, Vol. 64 Issue 1, 55-76)

A relation in four terms

A : B  ::  C : D   as   Model : Crutch  ::  Metaphor : Ornament —

See also Dueling Formulas and Symmetry.

Sunday School

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Plan 4

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See a search in this journal for "As Is."

Friday, May 27, 2016

Plan 9

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Raiders of the Lost Crucible…

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Continues .

Number and Time, by Marie-Louise von Franz

For more on the modern physicist analyzed by von Franz,
see The Innermost Kernel , by Suzanne Gieser.

The above passage suggests a meditation on this morning's
New York Times * —

"When shall we three meet again?" — William Shakespeare

“We three have scattered, leaving only me behind
to clean up the scene,” Ms. Yang wrote.
“I am alone, missing us three.” — Amy Qin

Peer Review

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A review of the phrase "Innermost Kernel" in this journal
suggests the following meditation

"Who am I?" — Existential cry
in "Zoolander" and "Zoolander 2."

A similar question occurs in "Peer Gynt" —

Ben Brantley in yesterday morning's print New York Times *
expressed a nihilistic view of Peer as an onion-peeler —

"Toward the end of Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt,' a saga of self
under siege, the title character is discovered peeling
an onion, finding in the layers of that humble vegetable
a symbol for the chapters of an eventful life . . . .

[the director’s] approach is the same one that Peer
applies to the onion: Keep stripping until you find the core.
Of course in Peer’s case what is finally found is
plenty of nothing, an apt conclusion for a man
for whom a solid self remains elusive."

I prefer a view from what Fitzgerald called
"the dark fields of the republic" — the Dordt College view —

* The Times — "A version of this review appears in print on May 26, 2016, 
on page C3 of the New York edition with the headline:
'A Saga of Self-Identity, Stripped to Its Core, Still Provokes.' "

Thursday, May 26, 2016


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Images suggested by the previous post

Note the name "Dorje" in the first image above.

Remarks related to the name "Dorje," as well as to
 "Projective Geometry and PT-Symmetric Dirac Hamiltonian,"
a 2009 paper by Y. Jack Ng  and the late Hendrik van Dam —

Dorje C. Brody, 'Consistency of PT-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics'

Remarks for the Church of Synchronology from December 16, 2015,
the date of the above Dorje  arXiv upload —

Expanding the Spielraum

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The physicist Hendrik van Dam was mentioned in recent posts.

He reportedly died at 78 on February 11, 2013.

A post from that date, and a followup —

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


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"Studies of spin-½ theories in the framework of projective geometry
have been undertaken before." — Y. Jack Ng  and H. van Dam
February 20, 2009

For one such framework,* see posts from that same date 
four years earlier — February 20, 2005.

* A 4×4 array. See the 1978 and 1986 versions by Steven H. Cullinane
   and the 1987 version by R. T. Curtis illustrated below —

Cullinane, 1978

Cullinane, 1986

Curtis, 1987


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For the Church of Synchronology

Marissa Mayer, as illustrated on the cover
of the current issue of Variety , and
Mira Sorvino, as discussed in posts of
Feb. 20, 2009 (a date suggested by the
arXiv upload date in the previous post).

Kummer and Dirac

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From "Projective Geometry and PT-Symmetric Dirac Hamiltonian,"
Y. Jack Ng  and H. van Dam, 
Physics Letters B , Volume 673, Issue 3,
23 March 2009, Pages 237–239

(http://arxiv.org/abs/0901.2579v2, last revised Feb. 20, 2009)

" Studies of spin-½ theories in the framework of projective geometry
have been undertaken before. See, e.g., Ref. [4]. 1 "

1 These papers are rather mathematical and technical.
The authors of the first two papers discuss the Dirac equation
in terms of the Plucker-Klein correspondence between lines of
a three-dimensional projective space and points of a quadric
in a five-dimensional projective space. The last paper shows
that the Dirac equation bears a certain relation to Kummer’s
surface, viz., the structure of the Dirac ring of matrices is 
related to that of Kummer’s 166 configuration . . . ."


O. Veblen
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA , 19 (1933), p. 503
Full Text via CrossRef

E.M. Bruins
Proc. Nederl. Akad. Wetensch. , 52 (1949), p. 1135

F.C. Taylor Jr., Master thesis, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill (1968), unpublished

A remark of my own on the structure of Kummer’s 166 configuration . . . .

See that structure in this  journal, for instance —

See as well yesterday morning's post.

Nothing Illustrated

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Illustration by Javier Jaén

See also "Box of Nothing" in this journal.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rosenhain and Göpel Revisited

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The authors Taormina and Wendland in the previous post
discussed some mathematics they apparently did not know was
related to a classic 1905 book by R. W. H. T. Hudson, Kummer's
Quartic Surface

"This famous book is a prototype for the possibility
of explaining and exploring a many-faceted topic of
research, without focussing on general definitions,
formal techniques, or even fancy machinery. In this
regard, the book still stands as a highly recommendable,
unparalleled introduction to Kummer surfaces, as a
permanent source of inspiration and, last but not least, 
as an everlasting symbol of mathematical culture."

— Werner Kleinert, Mathematical Reviews ,
     as quoted at Amazon.com

Some 4×4 diagrams from that book are highly relevant to the
discussion by Taormina and Wendland of the 4×4 squares within
the 1974 Miracle Octad Generator of R. T. Curtis that were later,
in 1987, described by Curtis as pictures of the vector 4-space over
the two-element Galois field GF(2).

Hudson did not think of his 4×4 diagrams as illustrating a vector space,
but he did use them to picture certain subsets of the 16 cells in each
diagram that he called Rosenhain and Göpel tetrads .

Some related work of my own (click images for related posts)—

Rosenhain tetrads as 20 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)

IMAGE- Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

Göpel tetrads as 15 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)

Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

Related terminology describing the Göpel tetrads above

Monday, May 23, 2016


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In memory of the late mathematician John Nash
and of the late actor Alan Young ...

A Talking Horse — 

What the horse says: "First online: 28 August 2013."

See also OverarchingPsychonauts, and Spider Tale in this journal.


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IMAGE- R. D. Carmichael's 1931 construction of the Steiner system S(5, 8, 24)

IMAGE- Harvard senior Jeremy Booher in 2010 discusses Carmichael's 1931 construction of S(5, 8, 24) without mentioning Carmichael.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


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"(CBS News) Two decades after Morley Safer took
a critical look at contemporary art in his 60 Minutes
story  'Yes…But is it Art?'  he has found the definitive
answer to his snide question . . . ."

— March 30, 2012, introduction to a "60 Minutes" piece 
dated April 1, 2012

Sunday School

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A less metaphysical approach to a "pre-form" —

From Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar":


And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar
Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched
Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made . . . .

"Arrowy, still strings" from the diamond theorem

See also "preforming" and the blue guitar
in a post of May 19, 2010.

Update of 7:11 PM ET:
More generally, see posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Meet the Fitzgeralds

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Related material:  The Lindbergh Manifesto and The Leibniz Medal.

Fitzgerald and Paris

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The previous post suggests two images

The date of the above Promoted Tweet is October 19, 2015.

For the Church of Synchronology, an image from Log24 on that date:

"So we beat on, boats against the current " — F. Scott Fitzgerald

New Base

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Three reflections suggested by the previous post

1. A Whit Stillman film mentions favorably Scrooge McDuck —

2. A "promoted tweet" at the Twitter of the previous post's author leads to

3. The above phrase "New Base" suggests a related literary note —

Friday, May 20, 2016

Well Received

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Steve Almasy, CNN

Updated 10:46 PM ET, Fri., May 20, 2016

" (CNN)  Alan Young, who played the hapless yet protective
owner of a talking horse on the popular television comedy
'Mister Ed,' has died at age 96, according to officials at the
Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, California.

He died Thursday of natural causes with his children at his side,
the organization said.

Young also was a well-received voice actor, with appearances
as Scrooge McDuck in many Disney productions . . . ."

[McDuck link added.]

Plan 9 Revival

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It from Bit*

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For Galatea 2.2 on Eliza Doolittle Day

My Google searches are set to ignore my own private
search history. Still, I am not sure whether others would
see the same results as those below, which do  seem to
reflect rather closely my own interests.  Google-as-Galatea
perhaps based the search results partly on associations
from this weblog. An exception: the "Family Circus " novel
in the list below. I have not heard of this book before, but
it seems to be a tale analogous to Stephen King's It ,
from which the searched-for quotation below is drawn.

I prefer a different Family Circus.

* A phrase coined by the late John Archibald Wheeler.


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"… Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice
      in Danvers, Massachusetts."

Read more:  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/

From a search for Danvers in this journal, two quotations
for Stephen King fans

"Danvers is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, 
United States, located on the Danvers River near the
northeastern coast of Massachusetts. Originally known
as Salem Village, the town is most widely known for its
association with the 1692 Salem witch trials. It is also
known for the Danvers State Hospital, one of the state's
19th-century psychiatric hospitals, which was located here." 

"The summer's gone and all the roses fallin' "

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right

Read more:  Beastie Boys – In A World Gone Mad Lyrics

Illustrations: Thursday's 3:28 AM ET post and

    (Sketch for a favicon)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I have seen it, I have seen it!

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The title is a quote from Sir Galahad in
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Immediately following these words

Note also posts on The Hourglass Code .

This  post was suggested by an album cover 
mentioned in tonight's New York Times  story 
on the May 11 death at 73 in London of one
David King , a graphic designer and design historian — 

"For the third Hendrix album, 'Electric Ladyland,'
Mr. King commissioned a photograph of 19
nude women, in various sizes and shapes, which
he intended as a rebuttal to the Playboy image of
women. In the United States, it was regarded as
risqué and was replaced with a head shot of Hendrix."

— William Grimes


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From a check tonight of The New York Review of Books

These NYRB  stories from May 15 and May 13 suggest a
review of images on Ratner's Star  and on the Eye of God.

IMAGE- 'Ratner's Star,' by Don DeLillo (1976)

Above image reposted from Jan. 10, 2014

I. The structures in the Diamond Puzzle

Adam and God (Sistine Chapel), with Jungian Self-Symbol and Ojo de Dios (The Diamond Puzzle)

Click on image for Jungian background.

II: The structure on a recent cover of Semiotica

'Semiotica' cover and article by Solomon Marcus on Levi-Strauss's 'canonic formula' of myth

Above images reposted from May 5, 2016

Related material:  The previous post, Dueling Formulas.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dueling Formulas

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Jung's four-diamond formula vs. Levi-Strauss's 'canonical formula'

Note the echo of Jung's formula in the diamond theorem.

An attempt by Lévi-Strauss to defend his  formula —

"… reducing the life of the mind to an abstract game . . . ." —

For a fictional version of such a game, see Das Glasperlenspiel .

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Death on May Day

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So set 'em up, Joe  . . . .

Bullshit Studies

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The originator of the phrase 'Fab Four' reportedly
died at 80 on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

This suggests a review of another noted four-set.

The above image is

Midrash —

Log24 post titled 'As Is'

Monday, May 16, 2016


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Click the tweets below for a related news story.

See also this  journal on the same weekend —

Friday, March 11, through Monday, March 14, 2016.

A sample —

From the Wikipedia article Bauhaus (band) —

"On 31 October 2013 (Halloween), 
David J and Jill Tracy released 
'Bela Lugosi's Dead (Undead Is Forever),' 
a cinematic piano-led rework of
'Bela Lugosi's Dead.'"

Fake Religion

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(A companion-piece to Fake Eliot.)

The President at Rutgers on Sunday

"Point number one

When you hear someone longing for the 'good old days,' 
take it with a grain of salt.  (Laughter and applause.) 
Take it with a grain of salt." 

Boris Karloff as a modernist architect in a 1934 horror film —

"Cum grano salis. "

Jew at the Glitter Ball

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The title refers to Frederick Seidel and
to a post of April 29, "At the Still Point."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fake Eliot

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The New Yorker

Poems | September 3, 2012 issue

House Master


. . . .

"I remember everything.
I remember nothing.
I remember ancient Greek sparkles like a diamond ring."

. . . .

See also posts now tagged "One Ring"
and a search in this journal for "Glitter."

One Ring

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(Continued from May 11 and May 15.)

Poem by Eleanor Wilner from 'Reversing the Spell' speaks of diamonds and 'glitter.' (Pbk. publ. Nov. 1, 1997)

Quarter to Three

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Hilary Swank in 'Million Dollar Baby'


The "O.C.D." does not refer to obsessive-
compulsive disorder, but to "Our Class, Dear."


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A college girl's remarks in the previous post suggested
a search in this journal for "vulgar and stupid."
That search yielded date — March 2, 2014.

In the spirit of the Church of Synchronology, a further search —
for that date — yielded, in a March 2, 2014, post, the following —

Square Dance

From The Telegraph —

And no fact of Alain Resnais’s life seemed to strike a stranger note than his assertion that the films which first inspired his ambition to become a film director were those in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced. Or was it Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler? He could never be sure. “I wondered if I could find the equivalent of that exhilaration,” he recalled.

If he never did it was perhaps because of his highly cultivated attitude to serious cinema. His character and temperament were more attuned to the theory of film and a kind of intellectual square dance* which was far harder to bring to the screen with “exhilaration” than the art of Astaire and Rogers.

*See today's 11 AM ET Sermon.

"Heaven, I'm in Heaven!"

The college girl, who reportedly died at 70 on May 11, was
Katherine Dunn, author of the book One Ring Circus  quoted
above. She apparently improved with age.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Yeah, Art, Beauty

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From a New York Times  obituary this evening —

"She entered Reed College in Portland as a philosophy major.

'I enjoyed it until I ran aground in an aesthetics class,' 
Ms. Dunn told Wired  magazine. 'I went in thinking, yeah,
art, beauty — my meat, drink and air. But on the first day,
I didn’t understand a word that was said in class, so I
marched out and changed my major to psychology.' "

Could have marched out and bought a dictionary .

The Hourglass Code

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version of the I Ching’s Hexagram 19:

I Ching Hexagram 19, 'Approach,' the box-style version

From Katherine Neville's The Eight , a book on the significance
of the date April 4 — the author's birthday —

Axe image from Katherine Neville's 'The Eight'

The Eight  by Katherine Neville —

    “What does this have to do with why we’re here?”
    “I saw it in a chess book Mordecai showed me.  The most ancient chess service ever discovered was found at the palace of King Minos on Crete– the place where the famous Labyrinth was built, named after this sacred axe.  The chess service dates to 2000 B.C.  It was made of gold and silver and jewels…. And in the center was carved a labrys.”
… “But I thought chess wasn’t even invented until six or seven hundred A.D.,” I added.  “They always say it came from Persia or India.  How could this Minoan chess service be so old?”
    “Mordecai’s written a lot himself on the history of chess,” said Lily…. “He thinks that chess set in Crete was designed by the same guy who built the Labyrinth– the sculptor Daedalus….”
    Now things were beginning to click into place….
    “Why was this axe carved on the chessboard?” I asked Lily, knowing the answer in my heart before she spoke.  “What did Mordecai say was the connection?”….
    “That’s what it’s all about,” she said quietly.  “To kill the King.”
     The sacred axe was used to kill the King.  The ritual had been the same since the beginning of time. The game of chess was merely a reenactment.  Why hadn’t I recognized it before?

Related material:  Posts now tagged Hourglass Code.

See also the hourglass in a search for Pilgrim's Progress Illustration.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Geometry and Kinematics

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"Just as both tragedy and comedy can be written
by using the same letters of the alphabet, the vast
variety of events in this world can be realized by
the same atoms through their different arrangements
and movements. Geometry and kinematics, which
were made possible by the void, proved to be still
more important in some way than pure being."

— Werner Heisenberg in Physics and Philosophy

For more about geometry and kinematics, see (for instance)

"An introduction to line geometry with applications,"
by Helmut Pottmann, Martin Peternell, and Bahram Ravani,
Computer-Aided Design  31 (1999), 3-16.

The concepts of line geometry (null point, null plane, null polarity,
linear complex, Klein quadric, etc.) are also of interest in finite  geometry.
Some small finite spaces have as their natural models arrays of cubes .

The Zorro of Mark

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(Continued from Code Name Zero .)

Also on May 2, 2014 — Cross Quote .

Code Name Zero

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NY Times  obit for Mark Lane with erroneous book title:

NY Times obit for Mark Lane with erroneous book title

Sounds like a case for Zimbalist.

For the Late Mark Lane

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Sixties conspiracy theorist Mark Lane reportedly
died at 89 on Tuesday night.

From the previous post, But Seriously . . .  —

"Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research
with the broader community . . . ."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

But Seriously …

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Google today released on GitHub an English parser,
Parsey McParseface .  From Google Research Blog

"Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research
with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet,
an open-source neural network framework implemented in 
TensorFlow that provides a foundation for 
Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems.
Our release includes all the code needed to train new
SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as 
Parsey McParseface , an English parser that we have
trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text."

"While the accuracy is not perfect, it’s certainly high enough
to be useful in many applications. The major source of errors
at this point are examples such as the prepositional phrase
attachment ambiguity described above, which require real
world knowledge (e.g. that a street is not likely to be located
in a car) and deep contextual reasoning. Machine learning
(and in particular, neural networks) have made significant
progress in resolving these ambiguities. But our work is still
cut out for us: we would like to develop methods that can
learn world knowledge and enable equal understanding of
natural language across all  languages and contexts."

But seriously

For some historical background, see (for instance) a book by
Ekaterina Ovchinnikova —

Integration of World Knowledge for
Natural Language Understanding
Atlantis Press, Springer, 2012.

A PDF of Chapter 2, "Natural Language Understanding
and World Knowledge," is available for download.

The philosophical background is the distinction between
syntax  and semantics . See (for instance)

Gian-Carlo Rota on Syntax and Semantics

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Null Point

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This evening's previous post links to an earlier post
on a book by DeLillo.  This suggests a review
of DeLillo's most recent book, Zero K .

A title I prefer: that of this post, Null Point. *
For related mathematics, see Zero System .

Wikipedia — 

The Kelvin scale is an absolute, 
thermodynamic temperature scale 
using as its null point  absolute zero,
the temperature at which
all thermal motion ceases in the
classical description of thermodynamics.

Hear Ye*

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* Here the "Ye" may be interpreted in light of the "Yi"
   of today's noon post. See also Ratner in this journal.

Jewel of Odin

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The tesseract in last night's post Game Theory
suggests a search in Log24 for "Jewel of Odin."

See also Trinkets.

By Diction Possessed

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Continued from Saturday, May 7, 2016 .

From an obituary in yesterday evening's online New York Times —

"I was writing plays, one-acters, about musicians
who were speakers of the idiom I loved most:
black American male speech, full of curse words,"
he wrote in an autobiographical essay. . . .

The obituary is for a poet who reportedly died on Saturday, May 7.

This  journal on that day ("By Diction Possessed") recalled the death
(on Valentine's Day 2015) of an English actor who was the voice of
the Ring in two of the "Lord of the Rings" films —

Backstory from Wikipedia — See Black Speech —

"The only example of 'pure' Black Speech is
the inscription upon the One Ring . . .

One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Game Theory

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The following passage appeared in this journal
on the night of May 23-24, 2015.

IMAGE- A fictional vision of resurrection within a tesseract

The afternoon  of May 23, 2015, was significant
for devotees of mathematics and narrative.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Requiem for an Authority Figure

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Today's online New York Times  describes an authority
figure who reportedly died on Sunday (May 8, 2016) —

"With his preternaturally mature, intelligent but
(by Hollywood standards) unremarkable looks,
he was cast almost from the beginning as an
authority figure — a father or a teacher, a doctor
or a scientist, a mayor or a judge."

This  journal on Sunday

Manic Monday

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From the online Harvard Crimson  this afternoon —

"It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my fun day"


Speer of Arabia

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The post linked to at the end of today's noon post
suggests a check of the German Wikipedia article
on the author Alfred Schinz. From that article 

"1975–1977 war Schinz bei UNDP im Irak engagiert,
1977–1980 im Auftrag von Speer-Plan in Saudi-Arabien."

Some backstory —

Search for the Lost Theorem

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The three Solomons of the previous post (LeWitt,
Marcus, and Golomb) suggest the three figures
-1, 0, and 1  symbols for the three elements
of the Galois field GF(3).  This in turn suggests a
Search for The Lost Theorem. Some cross-cultural
context:  The First of May, 2010.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Three Solomons

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Earlier posts have dealt with Solomon Marcus and Solomon Golomb,
both of whom died this year — Marcus on Saint Patrick's Day, and
Golomb on Orthodox Easter Sunday. This suggests a review of
Solomon LeWitt, who died on Catholic Easter Sunday, 2007.

A quote from LeWitt indicates the depth of the word "conceptual"
in his approach to "conceptual art."

From Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective , edited by Gary Garrels, Yale University Press, 2000, p. 376:

by Sol LeWitt

"The best that can be said for either the square or the cube is that they are relatively uninteresting in themselves. Being basic representations of two- and three-dimensional form, they lack the expressive force of other more interesting forms and shapes. They are standard and universally recognized, no initiation being required of the viewer; it is immediately evident that a square is a square and a cube a cube. Released from the necessity of being significant in themselves, they can be better used as grammatical devices from which the work may proceed."

"Reprinted from Lucy R. Lippard et al ., “Homage to the Square,” Art in America  55, No. 4 (July-August 1967): 54. (LeWitt’s contribution was originally untitled.)"

See also the Cullinane models of some small Galois spaces

 Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)


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„Ich begriff plötzlich, daß in der Sprache oder doch
mindestens im Geist des Glasperlenspiels tatsächlich
alles allbedeutend sei, daß jedes Symbol und jede
Kombination von Symbolen nicht hierhin oder dorthin,
nicht zu einzelnen Beispielen, Experimenten und
Beweisen führe, sondern ins Zentrum, ins Geheimnis
und Innerste der Welt, in das Urwissen. Jeder Übergang
von Dur zu Moll in einer Sonate, jede Wandlung eines
Mythos oder eines Kultes, jede klassische, künstlerische
Formulierung sei, so erkannte ich im Blitz jenes
Augenblicks, bei echter meditativer Betrachtung,
nichts andres als ein unmittelbarer Weg ins Innere
des Weltgeheimnisses, wo im Hin und Wider zwischen
Ein- und Ausatmen, zwischen Himmel und Erde,
zwischen Yin und Yang sich ewig das Heilige vollzieht.“

— Hermann Hesse, Das Glasperlenspiel .
Berlin:  Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag, 2012, p. 172,
as quoted in a weblog.

"Only connect." — Howards End

Saturday, May 7, 2016

By Diction Possessed

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Friday, May 6, 2016


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 Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)

The Old In and Out

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And the way in is the way out?

By Syndication

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Thanks to some British computer foul-up, today's Telegraph 's  
"Latest obituaries by syndication" include election results—

ART WARS continues…

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"Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good."
— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

From this journal on Orthodox Good Friday, 2016,
an image from New Scientist  on St. Andrew's Day, 2015 —

From an old Dick Tracy strip —

See also meditations from this year's un -Orthodox Good Friday
in a Tennessee weblog and in this  journal

" There is a pleasantly discursive treatment 
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?’ ”

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

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