Friday, October 21, 2016


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A sequel to last night's Chess Problem

See as well a related CV .

Chess Problem

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Chess poem from Katherine Neville's 'The Eight'

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ART WARS continued…

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Box symbol

Click the above for
a Log24 search.

The Bookkeeper

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Intelligent User:

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A Meditation on Two Dates

The dates are October 14, 2016, the release date of
the new film "The Accountant" —

"… clearer, more economical and formal, more liturgical."
     — David Remnick on lyrics of Leonard Cohen
     vs. those of Bob Dylan, quoted here on Oct. 14

— and May 12, 2016, the publication date of 
a YouTube trailer for "The Accountant."

Also quoted in the May 12 post

See as well the Ape with Skull (Affe mit Schädel) statue in
the Oct. 17 post Memorial Encounter. The version of the statue
pictured there omits the inscription "ERITIS SICUT DEUS"
in a book at the statue's base. There are related  remarks on
Mephistopheles and Faust at a different weblog.


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A search for "Crosswicks Curse" in this journal leads (indirectly) to

The Crosswicks Curse Continues

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"There is  such a thing as 1906 "

In Memoriam …

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Paul Calvin Shields, Nov. 10, 1933 – Sept. 15, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


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The term "parametrization," as discussed in Wikipedia,
seems useful for describing labelings that are not, at least
at first glance, of a vector-space  nature.

Examples: The labelings of a 4×4 array by a blank space
plus the 15 two-subsets of a six-set (Hudson, 1905) or by a
blank plus the 5 elements and the 10 two-subsets of a five-set
(derived in 2014 from a 1906 page by Whitehead), or by 
a blank plus the 15 line diagrams of the diamond theorem.

Thus "parametrization" is apparently more general than
the word "coodinatization" used by Hermann Weyl —

“This is the relativity problem:  to fix objectively
a class of equivalent coordinatizations and to
ascertain the group of transformations S
mediating between them.”

— Hermann Weyl, The Classical Groups ,
Princeton University Press, 1946, p. 16

Note, however, that Weyl's definition of "coordinatization"
is not limited to vector-space  coordinates. He describes it
as simply a mapping to a set of reproducible symbols

(But Weyl does imply that these symbols should, like vector-space 
coordinates, admit a group of transformations among themselves
that can be used to describe transformations of the point-space
being coordinatized.)

For Luke’s Day

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Monday, October 17, 2016

A Wrinkle in Space

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"There is  such a thing as a counting-pattern."

— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel

See also the previous post and

Memorial Encounter:

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Pentagram Meets Counting-Pattern

Illustrations by Wittgenstein:


See posts from September 16, 2016, the date of death
for Professor Whitman A. Richards.

See also MIT News today

Groundhog Day for Hindus

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Live, Die, Repeat.

Groundhog Day Tablet

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This  journal on that date —

The Los Angeles Times  this morning reported that poet
David Antin died at 84 last Tuesday, October 11.

From this  journal on that date

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weiner* Mantra

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* For the title, see the Wikipedia article
  on the creator of the TV drama Mad Men .
  For another illustration of the mantra,
  see the previous post.

Facebook Image

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Sunday Dinner

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"I love those Bavarians." — Don Henley, "The Garden of Allah"

See also a BBC story from March 11, 2005, and Log24 on that date.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


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Twelve and Twelve

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See All Saints 2014 in this journal and listen to 
the new Stevie Nicks reissue of Bella Donna.

Related religious imagery —

Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points (The 6 cube faces are mapped to the 6 hexagram lines.)

Word and Object

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Lyric Poetry

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"Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice." — Stevie Nicks

A Marxist Perspective

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The previous post, Nobel Perspective, suggests a review of
the following passage pictured here on August 27, 2013.

Click image for a better view of the original.

There are, of course, more sophisticated approaches
to the place of perspective in the history of art.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nobel Perspective

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A brief tale by Dario Fo, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature —

The Birth of the Jongleur
from Mistero Buffo  (1969)

A related passage

A Little Solitaire

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Detail of a photograph from 1954

A related tale

Him Too

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. . . .

"Cohen’s links to Dylan were obvious—Jewish, literary,
a penchant for Biblical imagery, Hammond’s tutelage—
but the work was divergent. Dylan, even on his earliest
records, was moving toward more surrealist, free-
associative language and the furious abandon of
rock and roll. Cohen’s lyrics were no less imaginative
or charged, no less ironic or self-investigating, but he
was clearer, more economical and formal, more liturgical."

— David Remnick in the Oct. 17, 2016, New Yorker ,
"Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker." The title refers to
     a new Cohen song.

See also

"…Hashem has guaranteed our eternity…."
— Hineni founder Esther Jungreis, quoted in obit
    by Matthew Williams in Tablet  (Aug. 24, 2016).


A phrase from the date of Jungreis's reported death —

Res ipsa loquitur .

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hymn Tunes

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"Look out kid, they keep it all hid." — Bob Dylan

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Elementary Art

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The above cycle may have influenced the design
of Carl Jung's symbol of the self —

Jung's Self-Symbol


Related art by
Steven H. Cullinane

See also Levi-Strauss Formula in this journal.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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On the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishri comes Yom Kippur, meaning the 'Day of Atonement'. It's the holiest day of the year.

To mark the 'Sabbath of Sabbaths', Jews fast for 25 hours and pray devoutly for most of the day, with five different sessions – Maariv, Shacharit, Musaf, Minchah and Neilah. [Link added.]

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur 2016 is a one day celebration. The holy event begins in the evening of Tuesday, October 11 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 12.

* For the title, see yesterday's post "Noto."   See also yesterday's
  "Saturday Dialectics." For further background, see an October 2 
  Rosh Hashanah piece in Politico Magazine  by Ben Wofford. 
  From "Saturday Dialectics" —

"You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher"

Song written by Robby KriegerThe Doors
(album produced by Paul A. Rothchild)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Saturday Dialectics

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See also

Jacob Neusner, Judaic Scholar Who Forged
Interfaith Bonds, Dies at 84

Neusner reportedly died on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
For Log24 on that date, see posts now tagged
Saturday Dialectics.

Mono Type 1, by Sultan (1966)

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"Sultan" was a pseudonym of Peter Lindbergh, now a 
well-known fashion photographer. Click image for the source.

Related art — Diamond Theory Roullete, by Radames Ajna,
2013 (Processing  code at ReCode Project based on
"Diamond Theory" by Steven H. Cullinane, 1977).


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(Google meets Wiktionary.)


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Richard Wilhelm's grave. Note the eight I Ching trigrams.

Richard Wilhelm’s grave:
Note the eight I Ching
trigrams surrounding
the globe.


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Image-- Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger

The above key links to a Log24 search.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Left Space

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See a 1.5 MB Google Image Search for 
Jumpers + Stoppard + "Leave a Space".

For the source of some of the images,
see a Log24 search for "Leave a Space."

Tinguely Museum

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Yale University Press, 2001:

Tinguely, "Martin Heidegger,
Philosopher," sculpture, 1988

See also Talman in this journal.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Upshot

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George Steiner's phrase "the language animal" as examined by
Charles Taylor —

Charles Taylor in March 2016 on George Steiner's phrase 'language animal'— 'The upshot of all this is....'

Steiner attributes his "language animal" phrase, in the transliterated
form "zoon phonanta,"  to the ancient Greeks. This attribution
is apparently bogus. See Steiner on Language (March 30, 2012).*

It is highly relevant that Taylor is a Catholic and Steiner is a secular Jew.

* More generally — See Steiner + Language + Animal in this journal.

Unity of Opposites: Plato and Beyond

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The "unity" of the title was suggested by this morning's update
at the end of yesterday's post Paz.

For the Plato of the title, see the Sept. 27, 2016, post

Chomsky and Lévi-Strauss in China
Or:  Philosophy for Jews

For glyphs representing the "unity of opposites" of the title,
see a webpage linked to here on Groundhog Day 2014

The above image is related to Jung's remarks on Coincidentia
. (See also coincidentia in this journal.)

A different Jung, in a new video with analogues of the rapidly
flashing images in Ajna's webpage "Diamond Theory Roullete" —

The above video promotes Google's new open-source "Noto" font

Friday, October 7, 2016


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The Paz quote below is from the last chapter
of his book, titled "The Dialectic of Solitude."

The phrase "dialectic of solitude" has been applied also to a 1967
book by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez:

The conclusion of One Hundred Years of Solitude ,
a 1967 novel by Gabriel García Márquez —

"He was so absorbed that he did not feel the second surge of wind either as its cyclonic strength tore the doors and windows off their hinges, pulled off the roof of the east wing, and uprooted the foundations. Only then did he discover that Amaranta Úrsula was not his sister but his aunt, and that Sir Francis Drake had attacked Riohacha only so that they could seek each other through the most intricate labyrinths of blood until they would engender the mythological animal that was to bring the line to an end. Macondo was already a fearful whirlwind of dust and rubble being spun about by the wrath of the biblical hurricane when Aureliano skipped eleven pages so as not to lose time with facts he knew only too well, and he began to decipher the instant that he was living, deciphering it as he lived it, prophesying himself in the act of deciphering the last page of the parchments, as if he were looking into a speaking mirror. Then he skipped again to anticipate the predictions and ascertain the date and circumstances of his death. Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth."

Update of Saturday, October 8:

I do not recommend taking very seriously the work of Latin American leftists
(or American academics) who like to use the word "dialectic."

A related phrase does, however, have a certain mystic or poetic charm,
as pointed out by Wikipedia —

"Unity of opposites is the central category of dialectics,
and it is viewed sometimes as a metaphysical concept,
a philosophical concept or a scientific concept."

See also Bullshit Studies.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Labyrinth for Octavio

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The title refers to the previous post.

From Middlemarch  (1871-2), by George Eliot, Ch. III —

"Dorothea by this time had looked deep into the ungauged reservoir of Mr. Casaubon's mind, seeing reflected there in vague labyrinthine extension every quality she herself brought; had opened much of her own experience to him, and had understood from him the scope of his great work, also of attractively labyrinthine extent. For he had been as instructive as Milton's 'affable archangel;' and with something of the archangelic manner he told her how he had undertaken to show (what indeed had been attempted before, but not with that thoroughness, justice of comparison, and effectiveness of arrangement at which Mr. Casaubon aimed) that all the mythical systems or erratic mythical fragments in the world were corruptions of a tradition originally revealed. Having once mastered the true position and taken a firm footing there, the vast field of mythical constructions became intelligible, nay, luminous with the reflected light of correspondences. But to gather in this great harvest of truth was no light or speedy work."

See also the term correspondence  in this journal.

Key to All Mythologies…

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According to Octavio Paz and Claude Lévi-Strauss

"Poetry…. conceives of the text as a series of transparent strata
within which the various parts—the different verbal and semantic
currents— produce momentary configurations as they intertwine
or break apart, as they reflect each other or efface each other.
Poetry contemplates itself, fuses with itself, and obliterates itself
in the crystallizations of language. Apparitions, metamorphoses,
volatilizations, precipitations of presences. These configurations
are crystallized time…."

— Octavio Paz in  The Monkey Grammarian  (written in 1970)

"Strata" also seem to underlie the Lévi-Strauss "canonic formula" of myth
in its original 1955 context, described as that of permutation groups  —

The 1955 Levi-Strauss 'canonic formula' in its original context of permutation groups

I do not recommend trying to make sense of the above "formula."

Related material —

"And six sides to bounce it all off of.


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Nobel Flashback:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'


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Mirror Play

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See posts tagged Spiegel-Spiel.

"Mirror, Mirror …." —

A logo that may be interpreted as one-eighth of
a 2x2x2 array of cubes —

The figure in white above may be viewed as a subcube representing,
when the eight-cube array is coordinatized, the identity (i.e., (0, 0, 0)).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Crichton Prize …

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Goes to Feynman, Epstein, and Kaplan

"A self-replicating swarm of predatory molecules
is rapidly evolving outside the plant."

Amazon.com synopsis of Michael Crichton's
     2002 novel Prey

Washington Post  online today —

Nobel Prize in chemistry is awarded
for molecular machines

" The physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman
gave a seminal lecture on the subject in 1959,
envisioning a 'great future' in which 'we can arrange
the atoms the way we want; the very atoms,
all the way down.' " — Sarah Kaplan

Richard Feynman in 1959

"How do we write small?"

Related material quoted here on Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2016 —

" Westworld  is especially impressive because it builds two worlds
at once: the Western theme park and the futuristic workplace.
The Western half of Westworld  might be the more purely
entertaining of the two, with its shootouts and heists and chases
through sublime desert vistas. Behind the scenes, the theme park’s
workers show how the robot sausage is made. And as a dystopian
office drama, the show does something truly original."

— Adam Epstein at QUARTZ, October 1, 2016


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From a Google image search yesterday

Sources (left to right, top to bottom) —

Math Guy (July 16, 2014)
The Galois Tesseract (Sept. 1, 2011)
The Full Force of Roman Law (April 21, 2014)
A Great Moonshine (Sept. 25, 2015)
A Point of Identity (August 8, 2016)
Pascal via Curtis (April 6, 2013)
Correspondences (August 6, 2011)
Symmetric Generation (Sept. 21, 2011)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Requiem Ex Machina

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See also the previous post.

Celebrity Hurricane

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The New York Times  today on the late LA theater director
Gordon Davidson —

" When Mr. Davidson announced his retirement in 2002,
Mr. Eustis summed up his achievement succinctly.
Mr. Davidson, he told The Los Angeles Times ,
'has managed to make serious theater in the eye of
the celebrity hurricane.' " — William Grimes

From a Google image search today for "Mobius 8 4" Configuration

See also this morning's Square Ice and an image from yesterday's
Recursion Revisited


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The title refers to a Log24 post of 9:45 AM ET Sunday, Oct. 2.

From the "Westworld" post of Sunday, Oct. 2 —

"It was rather like watching a play."


Square Ice

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The discovery of "square ice" is discussed in
Nature 519, 443–445 (26 March 2015).

Remarks related, if only by squareness —
this  journal on that same date, 26 March 2015

The above figure is part of a Log24 discussion of the fact that 
adjacency in the set of 16 vertices of a hypercube is isomorphic to
adjacency in the set of 16 subsquares of a square 4×4 array
provided that opposite sides of the array are identified.  When
this fact was first  observed, I do not know. It is implicit, although
not stated explicitly, in the 1950 paper by H.S.M. Coxeter from
which the above figure is adapted (blue dots added).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ein Eck

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts

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See Cube Symbology.

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Da hats ein Eck 

Recursion Revisited

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The New Yorker  online today has a piece on Y Combinator.  

Related material —

Hudson’s Inscape

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Yesterday evening's post Some Old Philosophy from Rome
(a reference, of course, to a Wallace Stevens poem)
had a link to posts now tagged Wittgenstein's Pentagram.

For a sequel to those posts, see posts with the term Inscape ,
a mathematical concept related to a pentagram-like shape.

The inscape concept is also, as shown by R. W. H. T. Hudson
in 1904, related to the square array of points I use to picture
PG(3,2), the projective 3-space over the 2-element field.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Neville Marriner, 1924-2016

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The Washington Post  online today —

Neville Marriner, who led renowned
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92

Meanwhile …

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Some Old Philosophy from Rome

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See also Log24 posts from the above reported date of death —
posts now tagged Wittgenstein's Pentagram.


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"I don't care about what anything was designed  to do,
 I care about what it can  do."

Ed Harris in "Apollo 13"


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On a new HBO series that opens at 9 PM ET tonight —

Watching Westworld , you can sense a grand mythology unfolding before your eyes. The show’s biggest strength is its world-building, an aspect of screenwriting that many television series have botched before. Often shows will rush viewers into plot, forgetting to instill a sense of place and of history, that you’re watching something that doesn’t just exist in a vacuum but rather is part of some larger ecosystem. Not since Lost  can I remember a TV show so committed to immersing its audience into the physical space it inhabits. (Indeed, Westworld  can also be viewed as a meta commentary on the art of screenwriting itself: brainstorming narratives, building characters, all for the amusement of other people.)

Westworld  is especially impressive because it builds two worlds at once: the Western theme park and the futuristic workplace. The Western half of Westworld  might be the more purely entertaining of the two, with its shootouts and heists and chases through sublime desert vistas. Behind the scenes, the theme park’s workers show how the robot sausage is made. And as a dystopian office drama, the show does something truly original.

Adam Epstein at QUARTZ, October 1, 2016

"… committed to immersing its audience
  into the physical space it inhabits…."

See also, in this journal, the Mimsy Cube

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves,"
classic science fiction story:

"… he lifted a square, transparent crystal block, small enough to cup in his palm– much too small to contain the maze of apparatus within it. In a moment Scott had solved that problem. The crystal was a sort of magnifying glass, vastly enlarging the things inside the block. Strange things they were, too. Miniature people, for example– They moved. Like clockwork automatons, though much more smoothly. It was rather like watching a play."

A Crystal Block —

Cube, 4x4x4

Happy Birthday, Wallace Stevens

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Log24 in review — Logos and Logic,  Crystal and Dragon .

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rippling Rhythms

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The previous post presented Plato's Meno diagram as
an illustration of (superimposed) yin and yang.

For those who prefer a more fluid approach to yin and yang —

From a June 15, 2016, Caltech news release on gravitational waves —


The "chirp" tones of the two LIGO detections are available for download. Formats are suitable as ringtones for either iPhone or Android devices. (Instructions for installing custom ringtones)

September 2015 Detection

December 2015 Detection

Related commentary from July 2015 and earlier —

See posts tagged Haiku.

A different perspective —

“A Matrix of Four”

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The title is from a book quoted in the previous post.

A related illustration from 7:31 AM Tuesday, September 27 —

"The matrix at left below represents the feminine yin  principle
and the diamond at right represents the masculine yang ."

Doris and Oscar

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An image from last night's post Brand Name —

"Squared into a matrix of four" 

YouTube data suggested by the above passage —

'Doris Day Deserves an Oscar'— Doris Day on YouTube, 'A Guy Is a Guy'

Related literary remarks —

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

Brand Name

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Desmic Midrash

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The author of the review in the previous post supplies a midrash
on "desmic," a term derived from the Greek desme  ( δεσμή , bundle,
sheaf, or, in the mathematical sense, pencil — French faisceau ),
which is apparently related to the term desmos , bond 

(The term "desmic," as noted earlier, is relevant to the structure of
Heidegger's Sternwürfel .)

The Horn midrash —

(The "medieval philosopher" here is not the remembered pre-Christian
Ben Sirah (Ecclesiasticus ) but the philosopher being read — Maimonides:  
Guide for the Perplexed , 3:51.)

Here of course "that bond" may be interpreted as corresponding to the
Greek desmos  above, thus also to the desmic  structure of the
stellated octahedron, a sort of three-dimensional Star of David.

See "desmic" in this journal.

“Profound archaeological wells”

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From a review by Dara Horn of

Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, & Other Literary Essays
by Cynthia Ozick
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 224 pp., $25

" the credo that has emerged throughout her career:
against idolatry, yes, but also in favor of the particular,
context, rootedness, the profound archaeological wells
from which no writer can be removed without removing
his or her greatest powers.

For Ozick herself, that archaeological well is not only Anglo-
American literature, but the far deeper well of Judaism." 

— "Cynthia Ozick:  Or, Immortality,"
Jewish Review of Books , Fall 2016

See also Michener's The Source  in this journal.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


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Cassirer vs. Heidegger at Harvard —

A remembrance for Michaelmas —

A version of Heidegger's "Sternwürfel " —

From Log24 on the upload date for the above figure —

Reading for Michaelmas 2016

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When Philosophy Mattered

A review of

Continental Divide :  Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos
By Peter E. Gordon
(Harvard University Press, 426 pp., $39.95)

The reviewer: David Nirenberg in The New Republic .
The review, dated January 13, 2011, ran in the
February 3, 2011, issue of the magazine.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quotes for Michaelmas (2015)

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For remarks by a non-fictional Harvard professor
see the previous post.

See also Jews Telling Stories.

Star Wars

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See also in this journal "desmic," a term related 
to the structure of Heidegger's Sternwürfel .


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Scholia —


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Continued .


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From RIP, a post of Wednesday, March 16, 2016

See also earlier posts tagged Sermon Weekend.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chomsky and Lévi-Strauss in China

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Or:  Philosophy for Jews

From a New Yorker  weblog post dated Dec. 6, 2012 —

"Happy Birthday, Noam Chomsky" by Gary Marcus—

"… two titans facing off, with Chomsky, as ever,
defining the contest"

"Chomsky sees himself, correctly, as continuing
a conversation that goes back to Plato, especially
the Meno dialogue, in which a slave boy is
revealed by Socrates to know truths about
geometry that he hadn’t realized he knew."

Socrates and the slave boy discussed a rather elementary "truth
about geometry" — A diamond inscribed in a square has area 2
(and side the square root of 2) if the square itself has area 4
(and side 2).

Consider that not-particularly-deep structure from the Meno dialogue
in the light of the following…

The following analysis of the Meno diagram from yesterday's
post "The Embedding" contradicts the Lévi-Strauss dictum on
the impossibility of going beyond a simple binary opposition.
(The Chinese word taiji  denotes the fundamental concept in
Chinese philosophy that such a going-beyond is both useful
and possible.)

The matrix at left below represents the feminine yin  principle
and the diamond at right represents the masculine yang .

      From a post of Sept. 22,
  "Binary Opposition Illustrated" —

A symbol of the unity of yin and yang —

Related material:

A much more sophisticated approach to the "deep structure" of the
Meno diagram —

The larger cases —

The diamond theorem

Monday, September 26, 2016

Myspace China …

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The Embedding

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From this morning's 3:33 AM ET post

Adapted from a post of Dec. 8, 2012, "Defining the Contest" —

      From a post of Sept. 22,
  "Binary Opposition Illustrated" —

From Sunday's news


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Eleanor Arroway and Palmer Joss in the "Occam's Razor"
scene from the 1997 film "Contact"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Introduction to Pragmatism

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
on the origins of Pragmatism:

"Pragmatism had been born in the discussions at
a ‘metaphysical club’ in Harvard around 1870
(see Menand…*). Peirce and James participated
in these discussions along with some other philosophers
and philosophically inclined lawyers. As we have
already noted, Peirce developed these ideas in his
publications from the 1870s."

From "How to Make Our Ideas Clear,"
by Charles Sanders Peirce in 1878 —

"The very first lesson that we have a right to demand that logic shall teach us is, how to make our ideas clear; and a most important one it is, depreciated only by minds who stand in need of it. To know what we think, to be masters of our own meaning, will make a solid foundation for great and weighty thought. It is most easily learned by those whose ideas are meagre and restricted; and far happier they than such as wallow helplessly in a rich mud of conceptions. A nation, it is true, may, in the course of generations, overcome the disadvantage of an excessive wealth of language and its natural concomitant, a vast, unfathomable deep of ideas. We may see it in history, slowly perfecting its literary forms, sloughing at length its metaphysics, and, by virtue of the untirable patience which is often a compensation, attaining great excellence in every branch of mental acquirement. The page of history is not yet unrolled which is to tell us whether such a people will or will not in the long-run prevail over one whose ideas (like the words of their language) are few, but which possesses a wonderful mastery over those which it has. For an individual, however, there can be no question that a few clear ideas are worth more than many confused ones. A young man would hardly be persuaded to sacrifice the greater part of his thoughts to save the rest; and the muddled head is the least apt to see the necessity of such a sacrifice. Him we can usually only commiserate, as a person with a congenital defect. Time will help him, but intellectual maturity with regard to clearness comes rather late, an unfortunate arrangement of Nature, inasmuch as clearness is of less use to a man settled in life, whose errors have in great measure had their effect, than it would be to one whose path lies before him. It is terrible to see how a single unclear idea, a single formula without meaning, lurking in a young man's head, will sometimes act like an obstruction of inert matter in an artery, hindering the nutrition of the brain, and condemning its victim to pine away in the fullness of his intellectual vigor and in the midst of intellectual plenty. Many a man has cherished for years as his hobby some vague shadow of an idea, too meaningless to be positively false; he has, nevertheless, passionately loved it, has made it his companion by day and by night, and has given to it his strength and his life, leaving all other occupations for its sake, and in short has lived with it and for it, until it has become, as it were, flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone; and then he has waked up some bright morning to find it gone, clean vanished away like the beautiful Melusina of the fable, and the essence of his life gone with it. I have myself known such a man; and who can tell how many histories of circle-squarers, metaphysicians, astrologers, and what not, may not be told in the old German story?"

Peirce himself may or may not have been entirely successful
in making his ideas clear.  See Where Credit Is Due  (Log24, 
June 11, 2016) and the Wikipedia article Categories (Peirce).

* Menand, L., 2001. The Metaphysical Club A Story of
Ideas in America
, New York:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Seven Seals

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From Hermann Weyl's 1952 classic Symmetry —

"Galois' ideas, which for several decades remained
a book with seven seals  but later exerted a more
and more profound influence upon the whole
development of mathematics, are contained in
a farewell letter written to a friend on the eve of
his death, which he met in a silly duel at the age of
twenty-one. This letter, if judged by the novelty and
profundity of ideas it contains, is perhaps the most
substantial piece of writing in the whole literature
of mankind."

Some Galois geometry —

See the previous post for more narrative.

Core Structure

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For the director of "Interstellar" and "Inception"

At the core of the 4x4x4 cube is …


                                                      Cover modified.

The Eightfold Cube

Friday, September 23, 2016

Screen Test

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Great Circle  is now available in a Kindle edition.

Annals of Scientism

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Last night, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre,
the annual Ig Nobel prizes were awarded.

This journal earlier that day —

Related material —

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Near Zero

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See "freeze the shifting phantasmagoria" in this journal.

Binary Opposition Illustrated

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Click the above image for remarks on
"deep structure" and binary opposition.

See also the eightfold cube.

Equinox Note

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"The Genesis of an Icon:
The Taiji  Diagram's Early History
By François Louis
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Vol. 63, No. 1 (June 2003), pp. 145-196

See also "arrowy, still strings" in this journal.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


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The phrase "binary opposition" in the previous post suggests
a review of some binary-related concepts —

Boole at Cork

From a post on St. Finbarr's Day 2015

From http://www.chosentwo.com/buffy/quotes/harvest.php

Buffy: So, Giles! Got anything that can make this day any worse?
Giles: How about the end of the world?
Buffy: Knew I could count on you.

Giles: This is what we know. Some sixty years ago, a very old, very powerful vampire came to this shore, not just to feed.
Buffy: He came 'cause this town's a mystical who's it.
Giles: Yes. The Spanish who first settled here called it 'Boca del Infierno'. Roughly translated, 'Hellmouth'. It's a sort of, um, portal between this reality and the next. This vampire hopes to open it.
Buffy: Bring the demons back.
Xander: End of the world.
Willow: But he blew it! Or, I mean, there was an earthquake that swallowed half the town, and him, too.
Giles: You see, opening dimensional portals is a tricky business. Odds are he got himself stuck, rather like a, uh, cork in a bottle.
Xander: And this Harvest thing is to get him out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Savage Logic

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From "The Cerebral Savage," by Clifford Geertz —

(Encounter, Vol. 28 No. 4 (April 1967), pp. 25-32.)

From http://www.diamondspace.net/about.html

The diamond theorem

The Diamond Theorem …

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As the Key to All Mythologies

For the theorem of the title, see "Diamond Theorem" in this journal.

"These were heavy impressions to struggle against,
and brought that melancholy embitterment which
is the consequence of all excessive claim: even his
religious faith wavered with his wavering trust in his
own authorship, and the consolations of the Christian
hope in immortality seemed to lean on the immortality
of the still unwritten Key to all Mythologies."

Middlemarch , by George Eliot, Ch. XXIX

Related material from Sunday's print New York Times

Sunday's Log24 sermon

See also the Lévi-Strauss "Key to all Mythologies" in this journal,
as well as the previous post.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Post-It Aesthetics

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"And six sides to bounce it all off of."

Squaring the Pentagon

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The "points" and "lines" of finite  geometry are abstract
entities satisfying only whatever incidence requirements
yield non-contradictory and interesting results. In finite
geometry, neither the points nor the lines are required to
lie within any Euclidean (or, for that matter, non-Euclidean)

Models  of finite geometries may, however, embed the
points and lines within non -finite geometries in order
to aid visualization.

For instance, the 15 points and 35 lines of PG(3,2) may
be represented by subsets of a 4×4 array of dots, or squares,
located in the Euclidean plane. These "lines" are usually finite
subsets of dots or squares and not*  lines of the Euclidean plane.

Example — See "4×4" in this journal.

Some impose on configurations from finite geometry
the rather artificial requirement that both  points and lines
must be representable as those of a Euclidean plane.

Example:  A Cremona-Richmond pentagon —

A square version of these 15 "points" —

A 1905 square version of these 15 "points" 
with digits instead of letters —

See Parametrizing the 4×4 Array
(Log24 post of Sept. 13, 2016).

Update of 8 AM ET Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 —
For more illustrations, do a Google image search
on "the 2-subsets of a 6-set." (See one such search.)

* But in some models are subsets of the grid lines 
   that separate squares within an array.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Symmetry and Logic

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"Symmetry, yes, but logic?"

Photo caption in the New York Times  review of the 2008 Albee play
      at Princeton titled "Me, Myself & I"    

Above: Albee rests on Wittgenstein.


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The late Edward Albee, as quoted today in The Telegraph :

“I tell my students, if you want to know something
about the structure of a play, listen to some Bach
preludes and fugues. I discovered classical music
when I was eight, nine, 10 years old, and I think
I learnt something about the nature of dramatic
structure from the nature of the music I was
listening to. I probably think of myself half the
time as a composer.”

See also  Box  as  Bach's.


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3x3x3 Galois cube, gray and white

A Box of Nothing

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"And six sides to bounce it all off of.

Friday, September 16, 2016

For Albee’s Walk of Fame

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Every picture tells a story.

Wittgenstein’s Pentagram

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Related material —

See the story of a British man who reportedly had a doctorate in
physics and mathematics and became a witchcraft enthusiast.
He is said to have died at 85 on September 11, 2016.

As Wittgenstein noted, it is not always clear whether the pentagram
expresses a mathematical or an experiential proposition.

For some mathematical propositions related to the pentagram,
see (for instance) John Baez's slides for his 2008 Glasgow
lecture on the number 5.

For som experiential propositions, see Pentagram in this journal.

A Counting-Pattern

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Wittgenstein, 1939

Dolgachev and Keum, 2002

IMAGE- Dolgachev and Keum, coordinatization of the 4x4 array in 'Birational Automorphisms of Quartic Hessian Surfaces,' AMS Transactions, 2002

For some related material, see posts tagged Priority.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Metaphysics in Brooklyn

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"Every Story Has a Deadline"

— Cover of a novel, Graveland

Cover:  Night at the Brooklyn Bridge

"Francesco Joseph Barbaro was born in Brooklyn
on Dec. 18, 1927. His father was an Italian immigrant
fisherman who became a master butcher. His mother
was from Sicily. They lived in what became known as
Carroll Gardens, then fell on hard times and moved
to Red Hook and then to Bensonhurst. . . . ."

Obituary in yesterday's online New York Times
   by Sam Roberts

Metaphysics at Notre Dame

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Recommended reading —

"When Analogies Fail," by Alexander Stern,
a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Notre Dame, in
The Chronicle of Higher Education  online September 11, 2016.

Related material —

That same Alexander Stern in this  journal on April 17, 2016:

See also the eightfold cube in the previous post,
Metaphysics at Scientific American:

Metaphysics at Scientific American

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In 2011 Scientific American  magazine ran
the following promotional piece for one of their articles —

"Why 5, 8 and 24 Are the Strangest Numbers 
in the Universe
," by Michael Moyer, "the editor
in charge of physics and space coverage."

This is notably bad metaphysics. Numbers are, of course,
not  "in  the universe" — the universe, that is, of physics.

A passage from G. H. Hardy's Mathematician's Apology 
is relevant:

The contrast between pure and applied mathematics
stands out most clearly, perhaps, in geometry.
There is the science of pure geometry, in which there
are many geometries, projective geometry, Euclidean
geometry, non-Euclidean geometry, and so forth. Each
of these geometries is a model , a pattern of ideas, and
is to be judged by the interest and beauty of its particular
pattern. It is a map  or picture , the joint product of many
hands, a partial and imperfect copy (yet exact so far as
it extends) of a section of mathematical reality. But the
point which is important to us now is this, that there is
one thing at any rate of which pure geometries are not
pictures, and that is the spatio-temporal reality of the
physical world. It is obvious, surely, that they cannot be,
since earthquakes and eclipses are not mathematical

By an abuse of language such as Burkard Polster's
quoted in the previous post, numbers may be said to be
in  the various "universes" of pure mathematics.

The Scientific American  article above is dated May 4, 2011.
See also Thomas Mann on metaphysics in this  journal
on that date.

The Smallest Perfect Number/Universe

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The smallest perfect number,* six, meets
"the smallest perfect universe,"** PG(3,2).

IMAGE- Geometry of the Six-Set, Steven H. Cullinane, April 23, 2013

  * For the definition of "perfect number," see any introductory
    number-theory text that deals with the history of the subject.
** The phrase "smallest perfect universe" as a name for PG(3,2),
     the projective 3-space over the 2-element Galois field GF(2),
     was coined by math writer Burkard Polster. Cullinane's square
     model of PG(3,2) differs from the earlier tetrahedral model
     discussed by Polster.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bialystock* Story

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* Spelling altered from the Stanford memorial page  
   to reflect the use of the term in this journal.

The Fourth Solomon

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See the three dead Solomons in a Log24 post of May 8, 2016.

See also two posts from July on the day Solomon Feferman died —

A sample of the work of Feferman —

See also a tribute to Feferman respectively .

Arma Mulieremque Cano

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IMAGE- Cover design by Robert Flynn of 'The Armed Vision,' a 1955 Vintage paperback by Stanley Edgar Hyman

For Mrs.  Hyman, see the October Atlantic.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Parametrizing the 4×4 Array

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The previous post discussed the parametrization of 
the 4×4 array as a vector 4-space over the 2-element 
Galois field GF(2).

The 4×4 array may also be parametrized by the symbol
0  along with the fifteen 2-subsets of a 6-set, as in Hudson's
1905 classic Kummer's Quartic Surface

Hudson in 1905:

These two ways of parametrizing the 4×4 array — as a finite space
and as an array of 2-element sets —  were related to one another
by Cullinane in 1986 in describing, in connection with the Curtis
"Miracle Octad Generator,"  what turned out to be 15 of Hudson's
1905 "Göpel tetrads":

A recap by Cullinane in 2013:

IMAGE- Geometry of the Six-Set, Steven H. Cullinane, April 23, 2013

Click images for further details.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Kummer Lattice

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The previous post quoted Tom Wolfe on Chomsky's use of
the word "array." 

An example of particular interest is the 4×4  array
(whether of dots or of unit squares) —


Some context for the 4×4 array —

The following definition indicates that the 4×4 array, when
suitably coordinatized, underlies the Kummer lattice .

Further background on the Kummer lattice:

Alice Garbagnati and Alessandra Sarti, 
"Kummer Surfaces and K3 surfaces
with $(Z/2Z)^4$ symplectic action." 
To appear in Rocky Mountain J. Math.

The above article is written from the viewpoint of traditional
algebraic geometry. For a less traditional view of the underlying
affine 4-space from finite  geometry, see the website
Finite Geometry of the Square and Cube.

Some further context

"To our knowledge, the relation of the Golay code
to the Kummer lattice is a new observation."

— Anne Taormina and Katrin Wendland,
"The overarching finite symmetry group of
Kummer surfaces in the Mathieu group M24 

As noted earlier, Taormina and Wendland seem not to be aware of
R. W. H. T. Hudson's use of the (uncoordinatized*) 4×4 array in his
1905 book Kummer's Quartic Surface.  The array was coordinatized,
i.e. given a "vector space structure," by Cullinane eight years prior to
the cited remarks of Curtis.

* Update of Sept. 14: "Uncoordinatized," but parametrized  by 0 and
the 15 two-subsets of a six-set. See the post of Sept. 13.

The Kingdom of Arrays

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Chomsky and arrays, from Tom Wolfe's 'The Kingdom of Speech'

See also Array  in this journal.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Memory of Two Poets

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(C. K. Williams and Crazy Eddie)

Todd Gitlin on C. K. Williams, dead on 9/20, 2015 —

"He is unabashed about soul-search, as here (“Brain,” from Wait :

'I was traversing the maze of my brain;
corridors, corners, strange, narrow caverns, dead ends.
Then all at once my being like this in my brain,
this sense of being  my brain, became unbearable to me.
I began to wonder in dismay if the conclusion
I’d long ago come to that there can be nothing 
that might reasonably be postulated as
the soul apart from body and mind
was entirely valid.' "

Times Square on Crazy Eddie, reportedly dead on Sept. 10, 2016 — 

His prices

Image from http://vassifer.blogs.com/.a/6a00d8341c18b253ef01b8d207a614970c-popup

Night at the Brooklyn Bridge

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"Every Story Has a Deadline"

— Cover of a novel,  Graveland

Annals of Journalism:

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Quivering Antennae

This  journal on that date —

View Image Info

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Church Search

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Or:  Elegy for Wiener Neustadt 

That town outside Vienna  was rather different in 1924,
the reported year of birth there of a woman whose obituary
appears in this evening's New York Times .

For the woman's later life, see the obituary.
See also a Log24 search for Times Square Church.

From the woman's reported date of death —

Annals of Psychopharmacology

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The New Yorker , issue dated Feb. 9, 2015

"After trying magic mushrooms in Cuernavaca, in 1960,
Leary conceived the Harvard Psilocybin Project, to study
the therapeutic potential of hallucinogens. His involvement
with LSD came a few years later."

Related viewing —


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Cocktail* of the Damned**

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For the cocktail, see the following illustration, taken from
The New Yorker  issue dated Sept. 12, 2016.

(The article accompanying the illustration is not  recommended.)

* For more on the concept of "cocktail," search this journal for
   Casablanca + Cocktail

** For more on the concept of "damned," see Wikipedia on
    the French group of writers and mathematicians that calls
    itself Oulipo, and a recent novel by a member of that group.

Friday, September 9, 2016


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The New York Times  interviews Alan Moore

"A version of this article appears in print on September 11, 2016,
on page BR9 of the Sunday Book Review …."

"What genres do you prefer? And which do you avoid?"

"To be honest, having worked in genre for so long, I’m happiest
when I’m outside it altogether, or perhaps more accurately,
when I can conjure multiple genres all at once, in accordance
with my theory (now available, I believe, as a greeting card and
fridge magnet) that human life as we experience it is a
simultaneous multiplicity of genres. I put it much more elegantly
on the magnet."

Welcome to the Jungle*

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( Sequel to the post of 12 AM Wednesday )

The following highlighted phrase was found, with a different spelling,
in The New Yorker  issue dated Sept. 12, 2016.

The article in which the phrase was embedded is not  recommended.
Neither is the book (which the foolhardy explorer may easily find)
from which the above snippet was taken.

* That of Fields of the Lord .

Ein Kampf

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(Continued )

A 1984 master's thesis (PDF, 8+ MB) —

"Language, Linguistics, and Philosophy:
A Comparison of the Work of Roman Jakobson
and the Later Wittgenstein, with Some Attention
to the Philosophy of Charles Saunders Peirce,"
by Miles Spencer Kimball.

Two pages from that thesis —

There IS such a thing …

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See also Dueling Formulas,  Sinner or Saint?,  and The Zero Obit.

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