Friday, September 18, 2020

Adoration of the Cube

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“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 . . .

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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

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The title is from James Joyce.

Ideas and Vision: Wittgenstein via Fodor

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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?


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“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

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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

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Then there is the 1988 Bantam paperback by Philip  Caputo —

Monday, September 14, 2020

Classics Illustrated

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“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

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How about puzzles?

Space People Lightbulb Puzzle

Shades (Of London Bondage continues)

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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

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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)

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Elsewhere on that same date —

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Raiders of . . .

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Of London Bondage

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“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 —


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Ship Shape

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

— Alistair MacLean

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Portrait with Holocron

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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

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Artspeak Eulogy

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“… 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?“.


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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

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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

Saturday, August 29, 2020


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“What have they done to my song?”. . . C. S. Lewis might ask.

To Wakanda

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      Update of 5:01 PM ET the same day —

Thursday, August 27, 2020


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“Careful. Evil has a way of making friends with the good
and dragging them into the darkness.” — CSI, Feb. 24, 2011

A related meditation —

The Complete Extended Binary Golay Code

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All 4096 vectors in the code are at . . .


Sloane’s list* contains the 12 generating vectors
listed in 2011 by Adlam —

As noted by Conway in Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups ,
these 4096 vectors, constructed lexicographically, are exactly
the same vectors produced by using the Conway-Sloane version
of the Curtis Miracle Octad Generator (MOG). Conway says this
lexico-MOG equivalence was first discovered by M. J. T. Guy.

(Of course, any  permutation of the 24 columns above produces
a version of the code qua  code. But because the lexicographic and
the MOG constructions yield the same result, that result is in
some sense canonical.)

See my post of July 13, 2020 —

The lexicographic Golay code
contains, embedded within it,
the Miracle Octad Generator.

For some related results, Google the twelfth generator:

* Sloane’s list is of the codewords as the rows of  an orthogonal array

See also http://neilsloane.com/oadir/.

Acid Snark

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Another historical quote: “Don’t take the Brown acid.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Book of Ezra

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Other key observations —

Raiders of… ArkLaTex?

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Plan 9 from Prescott Street*

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Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.” 

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

* See the previous post‘s link to the phrase
“Turn on, tune in, drop dead.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Gail Sheehy and the Source

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Sheehy reportedly died on Monday, August 24, 2020.

YouTube has the Vermont speech:

From this  journal on that date

From 'The Politics of Experience,' by R.D. Laing

Summary:  “Turn on, tune in, drop dead.

The Lotus Rose

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The title is adapted from T. S. Eliot.

See Jung, Psychology and Religion ,  p. 72
(Princeton University Press, second ed., 1969).

Geometric Pedigree

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Curtis on Higman-Sims

Elsewhere . . .

See also Higman-Sims and 5×5 in this  journal.

Monday, August 24, 2020

For and Toward

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“It is a strange, melancholy feeling to turn sixty-five, and realize
that what you have spent a good portion of your life working
for and toward was not only meritless but also destructive.”

— A new book on politics quoted by Sean Illing at vox.com this morning

For some 65th-birthday-related reflections of my own, see my posts
of August 2007.

For those who prefer entertainment to melancholy, an image
from one of those posts —

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07A/070814-timejoin15.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Also Dick-related —

The Mark of Zaentz

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Jung’s phrase “‘four-square’ Heavenly City” in the previous post
suggests a geometric object… the 4×4 square —

The “twelve gates” at the sides of the above figure suggest a song —

The Baez date above suggests in turn a review of
the Jan. 4, 2014, post “Heaven’s Gate,
on the death of film producer Saul Zaentz.

   Related material —

The “Heavenly City” is perhaps not Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Recall as well Jean Simmons preaching the Foursquare Gospel
in the 1960 film classic “Elmer Gantry” —

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Jung on the Quaternity…

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Or:  “1, 2, 3 , 4, who are we  for?”

Related material —

Sprechen Sie Neutsch?

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Related images —

Springer logo - A chess knight

Chess Knight
(in German, Springer)

See also…

Katherine Neville's 'The Eight,' edition with knight on cover, on her April 4 birthday

“An Object Lesson” Continues.

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From yesterday morning’s post “An Object Lesson” —

IMAGE- A Jesuit on words and shadows

A search for the origin of a photo in yesterday’s New York Times
obituary of linguist Geoffrey Nunberg yields . . .

“Words are not things, but activities,” observed Dwight Bolinger,
a revered linguist who taught at Harvard before retiring to Palo Alto,
and he might have been describing Nunberg. Early this morning—
about 2:30 a.m.—he called Bolinger’s words “my favorite linguistic
epigram” in his posting on the Language Log, where blogging linguists
“chew the electronic fat,” as Nunberg puts it.

— Ann Hurst, undated article in Stanford Magazine , March/April 2005

In reality, Nunberg said something slightly different —

Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

Scholium —

From Log24’s Language Game,  Jan. 14, 2004 —

“Ludwig Wittgenstein,  Philosophical Investigations :
373. Grammar tells what kind of object anything is. (Theology as grammar.)”

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Wit’s End

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Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

Magic for Liars* . . .

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From a web page

From YouTube, for the Church of Synchronology

Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

* See that book title in this journal.

An Object Lesson

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Posts tagged Plato’s Video continue.

IMAGE- A Jesuit on words and shadows

Related literary remarks from this  journal on Oct. 1, 2016

— A Heart for the Gods of Mexico , Conrad Aiken, 1939

Related imagery this morning from the Gulf of Mexico —

Meanwhile, also on Oct. 1, 2016, related imagery from Star Wars Rebels —

Click here to enlarge the holocrons.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Ludwig Wittgenstein, P.I.

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“What is your aim in philosophy?—To show the fly
the way out of the fly-bottle.”

 “Philosophical Investigations”  

Related philosophical investigations —

This morning’s post Gap Dance and a 2012 film . . .

“Three magazine employees head out on an assignment
to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement
seeking a companion for time travel.” — IMDb

The finished film does not follow the script exactly. (The above
dialogue is rendered more in the spirit of Hunter Thompson.)

Logic and Efficiency

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From remarks in  this  journal on Aug. 7 —

“You’ve got to pick up every stitch.” — Donovan

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code
is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Gap Dance

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“What would the pavement of the universe be
if there were gaps between the paving stones,
inaccessible and filled with nothing?”

— “Concerning Time,” by Iannis Xenakis and
Roberta Brown, on page 85, Perspectives of New Music ,
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Winter, 1989, pp. 84-92).

This post was suggested by the Aug. 19 remarks of
Karmela Padavic-Callaghan in Scientific American .

'Time's Arrow Flies through 500 Years of Classical Music'

Music for The Bowler and Casanova Frankenstein

Image from the website of the Scientific American  author.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Milking the Sixteenths

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“In the main belly cabin he discovered the reason
for the tropical heat; a naked woman was sweating
and swearing over the maintenance gear surrounding
a transparent incubator. She was tinkering and crawling
over and under the complications like an octopus.
It was his assistant, Dr. Cluny Decco, and Krupp had
never seen her nude before, but his controlled voice
did not betray his delighted amazement.”

— Alfred Bester, The Deceivers . Kindle Edition.

From a post, Dharma Fabric , of January 7, 2020 —


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Ann Syrdal, a psychologist and computer science researcher
who helped develop synthetic voices that sounded like women,
laying the groundwork for such modern digital assistants as
Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, died on July 24 at her home
in San Jose, Calif. She was 74.” — Cade Metz, NY Times, today

Ann Syrdal in 2001

“You say goodbye, I say hello.” — The Beatles

Accent on the Final E

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Meanwhile . . .

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Night at the Museum

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The Coconut Dance —

A Case for the Quote Investigator

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Related rhetoric:

“One More Reality Show”

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“The bond with reality is cut.”

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Also* from the Early 80’s

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See Corinne Wahl in an adaptation of Schnitzler’s  La  Ronde.

Compare and contrast the 4×4 square of the Wahl presentation
with that of the July 26 post  Dirty Dancing Disco.

* A reference to the previous post.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Big Dick Energy

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For the title, see the Aug. 17 post Vampire Workday.

Scholium for Beckinsale —

“For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross.” — Gravity’s Rainbow

A Poet’s Amanuensis

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The title refers to a Paris Review  article dated August 18, 2020.

Detail of poet Donald Hall’s home in a photo accompanying the article —

A synchronology check of Hall’s date of death — Midsummer Eve
in 2018 — yields, in this  journal —

Related images I prefer to Hall’s —

In Memoriam: Ben Cross

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See Cross at IMDb. He reportedly died yesterday.

“For decades, Mr. Cross worked steadily
in television and film. He had just completed
shooting for the coming film ‘The Devil’s Light,’
about an exorcism, according to a statement from
his representative, Tracy Mapes.”

in The New York Times

Also by Azi Paybarah —

See as well Sunset Boulevard Revisited  and . . .

“Do not block intersection.” — City of Los Angeles

Identity ROT

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“That Wild Swift Energy”

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Taunts and Pranks for Harvard Fans

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From Devil’s Night 2017 —

Harvard fans, August 2019 —

Mr. Kampf Perceives

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Some background —

Monday, August 17, 2020


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“Fabricated from three tons of Cor-Ten steel . . . .”

Art prose from Wikipedia

For further fabrications, see Neville + Labrys.

The Silence at the Core

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The title is a phrase by Robert Hughes from the previous post.

Art School Confidential . . .

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See also  Obelisk  in this journal.

Vampire Workday

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The image below explains the origin of Kate Beckinsale’s
“Big Duck Energy” Instagram post from last night.

See also Vox Lux in this  journal.

Notes for a Grammaton Cleric

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See Grammaton Cleric in this journal.
This phrase describes a character in the 2002 film “Equilibrium.”

See also . . .

And Thereby Hangs . . . A Black Belt?

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Context —

Accompanying dialogue —

Nina Kate is, among other things, a latex designer:

Latex design suggested by a recent Jaime King meditation
on the AA phrase Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired: HALT

Gotta work on that acronym.” — Tony Stark —

On Set: Creamy and Sweaty

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Through a Lens, Darkly

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Consensual Objectification continues.


The Wicca Man…

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This post was suggested last night by Kate Beckinsale’s
pussy, Willow. Another Willow —


Willow’s dance in “The Wicker Man” is memorable.
Another dance by the same actress —

New Orleans Cock Tale

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Instagram story from Marrific last night, with
theme from  “Rocky” playing in background  —

Instagram photo from Marrific on May 3, 2018 —

“This is a fight not over the contents of the cocktails but the cups in which
they’re served. Both are long, plastic ‘yard cup’-style containers with
customized bulbous bottoms. On the hand grenade, this is modeled after
the namesake explosive, while for Willie’s cocktail it’s a rooster body,
extending through the shaft of the cup to a rooster’s beak decked with
sunglasses.”— Ian McNulty, nola.com, April 10, 2019

Risin’ Up to the Challenge of Our Rival —

The Knight of Cups may wish to consult the above Marrific
cock tale date in this  journal — May 3, 2018.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Gentlemen Prefer . . .

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“What of the night
That lights and dims the stars?
Do you know, Hans Christian,
Now that you see the night?”

— The concluding lines of “Sonatina to Hans Christian,”
by Wallace Stevens (in Harmonium  (second edition, 1931))

“Never a little tea-party of white young lady foxes”
The Snow Queen , by Hans Christian Andersen

Falling in Lust Again… Can’t Help It

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” Once he opens these gates, Harry will flood his audience
with his redemptive epiphanic impression that ‘the world
was saturated with love.’ ”

— Liesl Schillinger, review of Mark Helprin’s novel
In Sunlight and in Shadow 

Not to mention the MILF of human kindness.

Waiting for the Light at the End of Daisy’s Dock

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See also Light History.

Hidden Figures Matter

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“Don’t forget the portcullis, Dutch Boy!”

Lives of the Painters: Dutch Boy

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“Harry decides his chief peacetime duty is to use his
gift for gab to further his ‘overriding purpose,’ namely:
‘By recalling the past and freezing the present he could
open the gates of time and through them see all
allegedly sequential things as a single masterwork
with neither boundaries nor divisions.’ Once he opens
these gates, Harry will flood his audience with his
redemptive epiphanic impression that ‘the world was
saturated with love.’ ”

— Liesl Schillinger, review of Mark Helprin’s novel
In Sunlight and in Shadow  in The New York Times ,
Oct. 5, 2012

“Add a Comment” (Instagram, St. Andrew’s Day 2013)

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Anus Mirabilis

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Related material: Vonnegut’s Star.


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Friday, August 14, 2020


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I prefer the boom box above to the one in Old Wives’ Tale (Aug. 10).

Ronna’s Tune

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Not as well-known as Leonard’s Waltz, but my own.

Devoutly Wished

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For Leonard Cohen’s Temple of Music —

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Prelude to a Mattress Dance

From “Take This Waltz” (2011)

Related architecture —

“And I’ll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss”

— Leonard Cohen, “Take This Waltz” lyrics

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Some Like it Hot . . .

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Continued from Sunday, August 9.


“Mixing Memory and Desire”

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“Oh I want to take you down to Kokomo,
we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we want to go, way down in Kokomo”
Beach Boys (1988), with images in memory of Jeffrey Epstein:

Oasis Midrash

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“A Passion that Kills,” by Markus Pierson (wood sculpture, 1988)

Midrash for the Fockers

“I like to watch.” — Chauncey Gardiner

Midnight at the Oasis Continues.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

For the Legend of Drunken Master

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“I had a little drink about an hour ago,
and it’s gone right to my head.” — Old song

This suggests a review:

Art Lesson

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For those desiring higher definition —

Diana Rigg's character in 'The Hospital'

Curse of the Fire Temple . . .

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Details from my Instagram account —

“happy and . . . 🔥” suggests . . .

IMAGE- Sting meets his own reflection in a mirror in 'We'll Be Together' video

“My love is a flame . . . .” — Sting

Ready Player Meets the Night Clerk

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Gone to the Steak and Sex Afterlife

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Related material — “Prime Cut” in this  journal.

Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek in “Prime Cut”

Not So Lushly

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Geometry lesson

From a Log24 search for “Now Lens.

Lushly Lensed

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Dry Humor

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