Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Science Monitor

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The corner being turned in the previous post
is formed by the south wall of a Christian Science
church at 1776 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.

For a related Christian Science meditation, see

The Corner Trick

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"At a visual level a trick is played" —

Or:  Annie Hall Revisited — 

Air date:  January 5, 2017.

For other philosophical remarks from the first eight days of 2017, see
posts now tagged Conceptualist Minimalism.

Related material:  See March 14, 2017, and the 2007 film Waitress .

Monday, July 24, 2017

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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The above title was suggested by a film trailer quoted here Saturday

" Jeremy Irons' dry Alfred Pennyworth:
'One misses the days when one's biggest concerns
were exploding wind-up penguins.' "

"Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition" describes, among other books,
an edition of the I Ching  published on December 1, 2015.

Excerpt from this journal on that date

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


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"The positional meaning of a symbol derives from
its relationship to other symbols in a totality, a Gestalt,
whose elements acquire their significance from the
system as a whole."

— Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols , Ithaca, NY,
Cornell University Press, 1967, p. 51, quoted by
Beth Barrie in "Victor Turner."

(Turner pioneered the use of the term "symbology,"
a term later applied by Dan Brown to a fictional
scholarly pursuit at Harvard.)

. . . .

Related material —

IMAGE by Cullinane- 'Solomon's Cube' with 64 identical, but variously oriented, subcubes, and six partitions of these 64 subcubes

The I Ching's underlying group has 1,290,157,424,640 permutations.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Reality Butts

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Continuing the 1984  theme

More about 1984 from the above May 1, 2016, post


The Partitioned Self

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Jung's self-symbol


A meditation on Jung's self-symbol

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Comic Con

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From The Hollywood Reporter  today

" Jeremy Irons' dry Alfred Pennyworth:
'One misses the days when one's biggest concerns
were exploding wind-up penguins.' "

See as well the today's 9 AM (ET) post and

The author —

A Circle of Influence

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In memory of Doris Lessing and Clancy Sigal

". . . along with [R. D.] Laing they formed 'a circle
of almost incestuous mutual influence
. . . ."

— Sam Roberts, The New York Times , July 21 obituary of Sigal

"Thus I would wish to emphasize that
our 'normal' 'adjusted' state is too often
the abdication of ecstasy,
the betrayal of our true potentialities,
that many of us are only too successful
in acquiring a false self
to adapt to false realities.

But let it stand.
This was the work of an old young man.
If I am older, I am now also younger."

— R. D. Laing, London, September 1964,
preface to the Pelican edition of 
The Divided Self: An Existential Study
in Sanity and Madness  
(Penguin Books, 1965)

"My Back Pages," by Bob Dylan, Verse 3 —

Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Un-thought of, though, somehow

Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

— From an album released August 8, 1964

Friday, July 21, 2017

Faux News

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"The story is  the message."

The Last Bling King 

(by Mike Hockney, ch. 44)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Divided Attention

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The previous post alluded to the phrase "undivided attention."

An example of divided  attention —

The "Orphan Black" scene (at right above) is from a post, "Art's Space,"
of Saturday, July 15, 2017.  The themes of the Orphan Black series —
in the context of Silicon Valley, not of Orphan Black — were discussed
in the Los Angeles Review of Books  on Monday, July 17, 2017. Other
Silicon Valley themes appear in the recent film "The Circle" (at left above).

Another phrase for divided  attention is "bulk apperception."


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From "Silicon Valley’s Bonfire of the Vainglorious"

By W. Patrick McCray in the Los Angeles Review of Books
on Monday, July 17, 2017 —

"Whether people are information, chemistry, or indeed
'spirit' or 'soul' has kept stoned undergraduates talking
into the wee hours and philosophers employed, but
there’s now an undeniable commercial aspect to all of

"You have my (divided) attention." — The Singularity.
(See the link on "At" in this  journal on Monday.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Death and the Compass

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Or:  Emma Watson at the Church of  Synchronology .

Amir Aczel was the author of, among other books,

The Mystery of the Aleph :
Mathematics, the Kabbalah,
and the Search for Infinity
, and 

The Riddle of the Compass :
The Invention That Changed the World .

He reportedly died on November 26, 2015.

See that date in this journal.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Athens Meets Jerusalem . . .

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At the Googleplex .

For those whose only interest in higher mathematics
is as a path to the occult

Plato's Diamond and the Hebrew letter Aleph —


and some related (if only graphically) mathematics —

Click the above image for some related purely mathematical  remarks.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

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Snow Mann

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A Log24 search suggested by a webpage*
of the World Economic Forum (the Davos group) —

Snow Mann.


This Just In

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Deep Shift

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Cardinal Interplay

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An Arousing Quality

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MOVIE REVIEW from The New York Times

'Distance,' Sensitive Film Story


Published: December 22, 1975

Sometimes "Distance" is awkward and sometimes it is misconceived, but it had a central virtue lacking in a number of more elaborate and—to use a horrible word—cinematic films around.

It wants to be made. It believes in itself, in its story, in its characters; and that belief pulls viewers into it. Sometimes they are pulled too hard, or in a certain embarrassment because the sequence is obvious or excessive or telegraphed in advance.

But self-belief is an arousing quality, especially at a time when an extreme of baroque weariness gives movies such as "Three Days of the Condor" or Sam Peckinpah's "Killer Elite" the hopeless feeling that they are meant for an empty theater.

See also Log24 posts on and just after the date of Eder's demise.

A phrase of baroque weariness —

"Pull it Surprise!"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Art’s Space

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Bilder för Hilma

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"In 1906, after 20 years of artistic works, and at the age of 44,
Hilma af Klint painted the first series of abstract paintings." — Wikipedia

Friday, July 14, 2017


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"The reason, therefore, that some intuitive minds
are not mathematical is that they cannot at all
turn their attention to the principles of mathematics.
But the reason that mathematicians are not intuitive
is that they do not see what is before them, and that,
accustomed to the exact and plain principles of
mathematics, and not reasoning till they have well
inspected and arranged their principles, they are lost
in matters of intuition where the principles do not
allow of such arrangement. They are scarcely seen;
they are felt rather than seen; there is the greatest
difficulty in making them felt by those who do not
of themselves perceive them."

— Blaise Pascal,  Pensées

* Title suggested by a French remark of July 3, 2017

March 26, 2006 (continued)

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4x4 array of Psychonauts images

The above image, posted here on March 26, 2006, was
suggested by this morning's post "Black Art" and by another
item from that date in 2006 —

Black Art

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A search for posts in this journal on the actress Ellen Page
in the film "Inception" was suggested by Bastille Day (today),
by her character's name, Ariadne, and by the concluding image
of the previous post


That search yielded the following image

IMAGE- 'Inception' totems: red die and chess bishop, with Inception 'Point Man' poster

which in turn suggests a "loop" back to this date last year —


The New York Times  seems to prefer another sort of black art.
A 9 AM illustration from the Times Wire this morning is a misleading
attempt at humor that links to a very  dark poem —



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Box-style I Ching,  January 6, 1989 —

Geometry of the I Ching (Box Style)

(Click on images for background.)


Detail of Box Style I Ching: Hexagram 14.

See also yesterday's illustration of 
the 1965 paperback edition 
of Whittaker and Watson 



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dead at 61

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I Ching Hexagram 61: Inner Truth

See also Hexagram 61 in this journal.


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"Knowing is good but knowing everything  is better."

— Tom Hanks in "The Circle"

"OK " — The Singularity

Conspiracy Meets Confederacy

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Sure you don't.

See also Ageometretos  and
tonight's previous post.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Say Cheese

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For Indiana Langdon and the Harvard Foundation —


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"The kenning was extensive." — Frank Budgen

Lucky Number

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Quoted here from Vogue   on August 17, 2013

See also Stations of the Clock.

Operation Childlike Innocence, Phase Two

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See Phase One in earlier posts.

Darker views —

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Date at the Death Cafe

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The New York TImes  reports this evening that
"Jon Underwood, Founder of Death Cafe Movement,"
died suddenly at 44 on June 27. 

This  journal on that date linked to a post titled "The Mystic Hexastigm."

A related remark on the complete 6-point   from Sunday, April 28, 2013

(See, in Veblen and Young's 1910 Vol. I, exercise 11,
page 53: "A plane section of a 6-point in space can  
be considered as 3 triangles perspective in pairs
from 3 collinear points with corresponding sides
meeting in 3 collinear points." This is the large  
Desargues configuration. See Classical Geometry
in Light of Galois Geometry

This  post was suggested, in part, by the philosophical ruminations
of Rosalind Krauss in her 2011 book Under Blue Cup . See 
Sunday's post  Perspective and Its Transections . (Any resemblance
to Freud's title Civilization and Its Discontents  is purely coincidental.)

Dialogue from Plato’s Cave

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At  scifi.stackexchange.com

Why was the Cosmic Cube named the Tesseract 
in the Marvel movie series? Is there any specific reason 
for the name change? According to me, Cosmic Cube
seems a nice and cooler name.

— Asked March 14, 2013, by Dhwaneet Bhatt
At least it wasn't called 'The AllSpark.' 
It's not out of the realm of possibility. 

— Solemnity, March 14, 2013

Monday, July 10, 2017

Plato Thanks the Academy (continued)

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See also this journal on Feb. 15, 2017 —

"For Your Consideration."

Related item from Arts & Letters Daily today —

Under Bleu Cup

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Publishers Weekly  on a Nov. 1, 2011, book, Under Blue Cup

"Krauss’s core argument (what she deems a 'crusade')
is that the 'white cube,' which conceptual and installation
artists have deemed obsolete, actually thrives."

For other "core arguments," see Satuday's post "Common Core"
and the Art Space posts "Odd Core" and "Even Core."

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Perspective and Its Transections

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The title phrase is from Rosalind Krauss (Under Blue Cup , 2011) —

Another way of looking at the title phrase —

"A very important configuration is obtained by
taking the plane section of a complete space five-point." 
(Veblen and Young, 1910, p. 39) —

'Desargues via Galois' in Japan (via Pinterest) 

For some context, see Desargues + Galois in this journal.

Sunday School Lesson

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"The Occult Roots of Modernism," by Alex Ross,
in the June 26, 2017, issue of The New Yorker .

A related illustration

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bilder at 11

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Common Core

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Das Nichts … According to Albee

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"Deutsche Ordnung." — Yul Brynner
  in the 1966 film "Triple Cross"

Forms of the Rock (continued)

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Desargues and Galois in Japan

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Related material now available online —

A less business-oriented sort of virtual reality —

Link to 'Desargues via Galois' in Japan

For example, "A very important configuration is obtained by
taking the plane section of a complete space five-point." 
(Veblen and Young, 1910, p. 39)—

'Desargues via Galois' in Japan (via Pinterest)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Psycho History

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The title was suggested by the term "psychohistory" in
the Foundation  novels of Isaac Asimov. See the previous post.

See also a 2010 New York Times  review of
DeLillo's novel Point Omega . The review is titled,
without any other reference to L'Engle's classic tale
of the same name, "A Wrinkle in Time."

IMAGE- NY Times headline 'A Wrinkle in Time' with 24 Hour Psycho and Point Omega scene

Related material: The Crosswicks Curse.

A Prime Radiant for Krugman

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Paul Krugman:
Asimov's Foundation  novels grounded my economics

In the Foundation  novels of Isaac Asimov

"The Prime Radiant can be adjusted to your mind, and all
corrections and additions can be made through mental rapport.
There will be nothing to indicate that the correction or addition
is yours. In all the history of the Plan there has been no
personalization. It is rather a creation of all of us together.
Do you understand?"  

"Yes, Speaker!"

— Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation , Ch. 8: Seldon's Plan

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

See also Transformers in this journal.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Pleasing Situation

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The 4x4x4 cube is the natural setting
for the finite version of the Klein quadric
and the eight "heptads" discussed by
Conwell in 1910.

As R. Shaw remarked in 1995, 
"The situation is indeed quite pleasing."

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Imaginarium of a Different Kind

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The title refers to that of the previous post, "The Imaginarium."

In memory of a translator who reportedly died on May  22, 2017,
a passage quoted here on that date —

Related material — A paragraph added on March 15, 2017,
to the Wikipedia article on Galois geometry

George Conwell gave an early demonstration of Galois geometry in 1910 when he characterized a solution of Kirkman's schoolgirl problem as a partition of sets of skew lines in PG(3,2), the three-dimensional projective geometry over the Galois field GF(2).[3] Similar to methods of line geometry in space over a field of characteristic 0, Conwell used Plücker coordinates in PG(5,2) and identified the points representing lines in PG(3,2) as those on the Klein quadric.

— User Rgdboer

The Imaginarium

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"The heart of the doctor's show is a magic mirror that allows
those who go through it to experience another dimension of
their own minds. Once inside, people choose for good or evil,
opting for — to give one example — either the difficult but
rewarding heights of Mt. Parnassus or the easy pleasures of
Mr. Nick's Lounge Bar. As the doctor angrily puts it when asked
what he's playing at, 'We don't play, what we do is deadly serious,' 
which means nothing less than the eternal battle with the devil
for the spirit of man."

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  film critic, Christmas Day 2009,
reviewing "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

In terms that might interest the late museum director of the previous post

Quoted here from The New Criterion  on June 2, 2017 —

Quoted here from The New York Times  on June 1, 2017 —

MoMA’s Makeover Rethinks the Presentation of Art

"The new design calls for more gallery space and a transformed
main lobby, physical changes that, along with the re-examination
of art collections and diversity, represent an effort to open up MoMA
and break down the boundaries defined by its founder, Alfred Barr.

'It’s a rethinking of how we were originally conceived,' Glenn D. Lowry,
the museum’s director, said in an interview at MoMA. 'We had created
a narrative for ourselves that didn’t allow for a more expansive reading
of our own collection, to include generously artists from very different

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


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In memory of a museum director who reportedly died on May 19, 2017 —

170703-The_Forger-Christopher_Plummer-2015-500w.jpg (500×336)

See also posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Award Gala

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

For Times Like These

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"For times like these, the Reading View feature in Microsoft Edge
acts as your own personal horse blinders, stripping unwanted
distractions and rendering just what you want to see."

— Scott Orgera at lifewire.com, January 12, 2017

"Feeling of belonging to the virtual environment" —
Marcela Nowak, May 10, 2017

Not always a good thing .

One Code to Bring Them All…

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Related material — Street View   (Log24, Dec. 11, 2015).

Practically Cubist

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From an Anthony Lane movie review in the April 8, 2013,
issue of The New Yorker

"When the Lord God forbade his worshippers to bow down
before any graven image, [Rosario] Dawson’s face was
exactly the kind of thing He had in mind. No other star can
boast such sculptured features—except Vincent Cassel,
who is pretty damn graven himself. When the two of them
make love, in 'Trance,' one strong bone structure pressed
against another, it’s like a clash of major religions. What if
they had a family? The kids would be practically Cubist."

As for the other film Lane reviewed in that issue, "Blancanieves" —

See Snow White + Cube in this  journal.

See as well a related cartoon graveyard, also from April 8, 2013.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Polish Logic

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See Lukasiewicz in this journal.


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Remarks by the director of "Inception" —

Related material —


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May 8-11 was ITP Thesis Week at NYU.  Related material —

See also some Log24 posts from that week.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Connecting Dots

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From a post of Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004 —

Sunday Sermon
on Saturday’s Numbers

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041219-Line.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The "dots" of this  post's title were subscribers to
a literary journal co-edited by poet Adrienne Rich.

Hurriedly Put Together

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The previous post quoted one theologian on a book
by another theologian, saying its tone "is patronizing
and its arguments are hurriedly put together."

For a more leisurely sort of argument, see a 1995* remark 
by a mathematician, Ronald Shaw, quoted here on the morning
of Tuesday, June 27, in an update at the end of the previous day's
post "Upgrading to Six" —

". . . recall the notions of Eddington (1936) . . . ."

* In "Finite Geometry, Dirac Groups and the
Table of Real Clifford Algebras
," pages 59-99 of
R. Ablamowicz and P. Lounesto (eds.),
Clifford Algebras and Spinor Structures ,
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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Berger reportedly died on Tuesday, June 27. See the patronizing title
"Connecting the Dots" of a Log24 post on that date.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Longing for a Sign

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You Say Goodbye, I Say …

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The title is from a Beatles song. See a link to 2008 in the previous post.

Harmonic Analysis for Illiterates

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Notes and Frequency Ratios

Maori Farewell

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The second editor mentioned below reportedly died
on June 21, 2017.  A page in his memory —

See also "Detail for Hopkins" in this journal on June 21.
For a Maori finale, see "De Haut en Bas " (July 11, 2008).

Ominous Erotic Overture

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The title is from a New Yorker  review of

'Personal Shopper,' starring Kristen Stewart

"So put your glad rags on
 And join me, hon "

See also The Skeleton Twins  (2014)
and Blackboard Jungle  (1955).

In Memory of Steve Jobs …

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And his June 12, 2005, "Connecting the Dots" address at Stanford —

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Connecting the Dots

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See also The Mystic Hexastigm.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Upgrading to Six

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This post was suggested by the previous post — Four Dots —
and by the phrase "smallest perfect" in this journal.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

Detail —

From the work of Eddington cited in 1974 by von Franz —

See also Dirac and Geometry and Kummer in this journal.

Updates from the morning of June 27 —

Ron Shaw on Eddington's triads "associated in conjugate pairs" —

For more about hyperbolic  and isotropic  lines in PG(3,2),
see posts tagged Diamond Theorem Correlation.

For Shaw, in memoriam — See Contrapuntal Interweaving and The Fugue.

Four Dots

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Analogies — "A : B  ::  C : D"  may be read  "A is to B  as  C is to D."

Gian-Carlo Rota on Heidegger…

"… The universal as  is given various names in Heidegger's writings….

The discovery of the universal as  is Heidegger's contribution to philosophy….

The universal 'as' is the surgence of sense in Man, the shepherd of Being.

The disclosure of the primordial as  is the end of a search that began with Plato….
This search comes to its conclusion with Heidegger."

— "Three Senses of 'A is B' in Heideggger," Ch. 17 in Indiscrete Thoughts

See also Four Dots in this journal. 

Some context:  McLuhan + Analogy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Do Do for Dodos

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"Do do that voodoo . . . ." — Cole Porter

This post's title was suggested by a new novel,
"The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O." . . . .

. . .  and by the concepts of

synchronicity  and  diachronicity  

in music.

Related reading for Harvard Summer School (click to enlarge) —

Do Be

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Today's sermon —

I prefer the cardinal interplay of doing and being,
as in Sinatra and in Nowak.

Marcela Nowak, FLUX-O project at Behance.net, Sept. 24, 2014

See also this  journal on that date
(September 24, 2014), also
Raiders of the Lost Chord,
and shortchord.org.

Do, be, do, be, do.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It’s 10 PM.

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Joke question from the 2013 film "Her" —

"What does a baby computer call its father?"

Answer for Harvard Summer School —

"Department of Diachronic Operations."

Imagekind Meet Seerkind

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Imagekind —


Seerkind —

This post may be regarded as a sequel to the post Dream Girls (Oct. 5, 2013).

Space, Time, Gravity

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Or:  An Apple for Marcela

Scene from the college class Astronomy 101 in "Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen" (June 24, 2009) —

Professor—  "Space. Time. Gravity. " 

          (Bites apple, drops it and kicks it to students.)

Coed (catching apple)—  "Thank you."

Professor to coed—  "Finish that for me."

Professor to students—

"We're going on a journey together, you and I, today.
All you eager, nubile, young minds on the very cusp
of adulthood. And I shall be your consort, your guide,
your chaperone, into the heart of darkness."

See also Big Apple in this journal as well as a film by the artist from
the "nubile" link above

Witwiccans Go to College*

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* Title suggested by my viewing last night "Revenge of the Fallen,"
   no. 2 in the Transformers  series.  That film reportedly opened
   on this date eight years ago.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Annals of Art and Design

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The life of Mr. Breder is not unrelated to that of Carl Andre.

See also, in this  journal, Bulk Apperception.

A Kind of Cross* Continued

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Click image for a midrash.

* See previous post.

A Kind of Cross

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"For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross."

Gravity's Rainbow

See also Heidegger + Rift in this  journal.

“Information from the Middle of the Night”

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The title is from an obituary in tonight's online New York Times.

Information —

See also another art publication cover from 1976 —

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Face Henge

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 3:07 PM

With a hat tip to Vinnie Mancuso

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Design Is How It Works: A Bedtime Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:48 PM


Sequel to Cosby?

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:20 PM

Detail for Hopkins

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Detail from the previous post

See Space Cross in this journal.

See also Anthony Hopkins' new film
"Transformers: The Last Knight" and

Concept and Realization

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Remark on conceptual art quoted in the previous post

"…he’s giving the concept but not the realization."

A concept See a note from this date in 1983:

IMAGE- 'Solomon's Cube'

A realization  

Webpage demonstrating symmetries of 'Solomon's Cube'

Not the best possible realization, but enough for proof of concept .

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Truly Tasteless* Tulips

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Excerpt from the above story

"The project could also be a new frontier for Mr. Koons.
'It’s superconceptual,' said Judith Benhamou-Huet,
a French art critic and blogger, in that 'he’s giving
the concept but not the realization.' She compared
the approach to that of Sol LeWitt, who sold wall drawings
that buyers then executed on their own."

Rachel Donadio

See also the previous post and Rota on Beauty.

* A reference to Truly Tasteless Jokes , by Blanche Knott
  (Book 1 of 11, Ballantine Books paperback, May 1985, page 50).

All-Spark Notes

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"For years, the AllSpark rested, sitting dormant
like a giant, useless art installation."

— Vinnie Mancuso at Collider.com yesterday

Related material —

Dormant cube

IMAGE- Britannica 11th edition on the symmetry axes and planes of the cube

Giant, useless art installation —

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA.  See also LeWitt in this journal.


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Continuing the previous post's theme  

Group actions on partitions

Cube Bricks 1984 —

An Approach to Symmetric Generation of the Simple Group of Order 168

Related material — Posts now tagged Device Narratives.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dead End

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Group Actions on Partitions- 1985

Google Search- 'group actions on partitions'- June 19, 2017

The above 1985 note was an attempt to view the diamond theorem
in a more general context. I know no more about the note now than 
I did in 1985. The only item in the search results above that is not  
by me (the seventh) seems of little relevance.


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Log24 ten years ago today

"Here, in a strategy of simple erasure,
 the Subject masks his singularity . . . ."

— Jacques Derrida

See also the previous post and . . .

— Detail from the ending of Philip Pullman's new
     graphic novel "Mystery of the Ghost Ship"

“Design Is How It Works”*

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* See the title in this  journal.

Final Club

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:20 AM

Today's New York Times  on a character in a 1978 film —

"Cluelessly upbeat and charmingly idiotic."

Related material from a post Saturday —

Coda —

See as well this  journal on the above date — Sept. 24, 2015.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In Memoriam

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:00 AM

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Getting to Wow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See also other posts tagged "Rough Night."

The Formula

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With apologies to the late director of "Rocky" and "The Formula" —

Below John Gielgud as "Abraham Esau" in "The Formula" (1980).
For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

John Gielgud as 'Abraham Esau' in 'The Formula' (1980). For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Biersdorfer Synchronology

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:18 PM

See also this  journal on the above date — July 13, 2016.

Ein Eck*

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The New York Times Wire today —

* For the title, see "Ein Eck" in this journal.

Rough Night at the Museum

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See the previous three posts and the Nobel flashback titled Cuber.

All-Spark Notes*

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:30 PM

* See All Spark in this journal.

Chalkroom Jungle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — m759 @ 3:33 AM

At MASS MoCA, the installation "Chalkroom" quotes a lyric —

Oh beauty in all its forms
funny how hatred can also be a beautiful thing
When it's as sharp as a knife
as hard as a diamond


— From "One Beautiful Evening," by Laurie Anderson.

See also the previous post and "Smallest Perfect" in this journal.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Building Six

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:47 PM

Berkshire tales of May 25, 2017 —

See also, in this  journal from May 25 and earlier, posts now tagged
"The Story of Six."

Early Personal Computer

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:01 AM

(The title is from yesterday morning's Graphical Interfaces.)

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Good Question

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:40 PM

"What were you expecting to see in here, Meeno?"

Graphical Interfaces

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Thacker reportedly died on Monday, June 12, 2017.

This journal on that date —

Thacker retired from Microsoft in February.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Found in Translation

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:16 PM

The diamond theorem in Denmark —

Inventing Sex at Harvard

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:45 AM

From the current New Yorker

I prefer Wallace Stevens. See posts tagged Thomas Jensen Hines.

Annals of Embedded Space

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:55 AM

Max Maxfield: 'What's Happening in Embedded Space,' April 13, 2017

This  journal on the above date —

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Tags:  — m759 @ 7:00 PM 

See "Smallest Perfect" in this journal.


Making Space

— m759 @ 6:00 PM 

The New York Times  online today:

At MoMA, Women at Play in the Fields of Abstraction

In Zoe's fall, we sinnèd all.

Monday, June 12, 2017


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The "bubble" passage in the previous post suggests a review of
a post from December 21, 2006, with the following images —


Update of 11:01 PM ET the same day, June 12, 2017 —

Related material for the Church of Synchronology

From a tech-article series that began on Halloween 2006 and
ended on the date of the above Geometry's Tombstones post —

Compare and contrast (from a post of Feb. 27, 2017) —

“Lord Arglay had a suspicion that the Stone would be
purely logical.  Yes, he thought, but what, in that sense,
were the rules of its pure logic?”

Many Dimensions  (1931), by Charles Williams

See also "The Geometry of Logic:
Finite Geometry and the 16 Boolean Connectives
by Steven H. Cullinane in 2007.

Metaphysical Accounting

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM

'Metaphysical accounting ledger' in John Wray's novel 'The Lost Time Accidents,' also about 'synchronology.'

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tell It Slant

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Remembering  The Man Who Knew Zero .

Max Bialystock discovers a new playwright


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:04 AM

George Steiner quotes Leopardi on fashion and death, gets the relationship wrong.

Actually, that should be sister  (so Leopardi).

Related material —

Saturday, June 10, 2017


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Mark Zuckerberg in a commencement speech
at Harvard on May 25 —

"Movies and pop culture get this all wrong.
The idea of a single eureka moment
is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate
since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people
with seeds of good ideas from getting started.
Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about
innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass.
That’s not a thing."

THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. 
Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, an enigmatic mathematics savant
with special-ops-caliber skills who moonlights as a numbers cruncher ….

The New York Times  today,  What's on TV Saturday

In other news today —

“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way
without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind
that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.”

The late Adam West, according to The Hollywood Reporter  

Update of 2:42 PM ET Saturday —

Cardinal Interplay

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Exercise — Translate "cardinal interplay."

Related material — Language animal in this journal.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Overarching Theme

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“Communications disorders were the overarching theme of my mother’s career.”

— Anne Louise Oaklander, daughter of a famed autism expert, Isabelle Rapin,
     who reportedly died at 89 on May 24.

See also a post on Mark Zuckerberg's recent Harvard commencement address.

Some background — Overarching in this journal.

Montana Quality

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In memory of a mathematics professor

Posts now tagged Montana Quality.


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"Among the most enchanting aspects of the Alhambra is
the constant sound of flowing water emanating from its fountains."

— Bob Taylor, commdiginews.com, January 16, 2017

See also Snow White Meets Apple and the cover of
The New York Times Book Review  from October 4, 2015 —

Cover art by Barbara de Wilde.

Proprietary Code

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    Quixote Vive!Terry Gilliam, June 4, 2017

Review of a post from March 7, 2017

"The supervisory read-only memory (SROM)
in question is a region of proprietary code
that runs when the chip starts up,
and in privileged mode."

— Elliot Williams at Hackaday , March 4, 2017,
     "Reading the Unreadable SROM"

From a reply to a comment on the above story —

"You are singing a very fearful and oppressive tune.
You ought to try to get it out of your head."

A perhaps less oppressive tune —

Related scene —

Richard Kiley in "Blackboard Jungle," 1955:

IMAGE- Richard Kiley in 'Blackboard Jungle,' with grids and broken records

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Development Hell

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:55 PM

Two readings —

On the director of "The Zero Theorem" —

Terry Gilliam Finally Wraps on ‘Don Quixote’ Film After 17 Years.

More seriously —

On a Spanish author who reportedly died at 86 on Sunday, June 4.

Anywhere in Years

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:27 PM

" In 1965, Mr. Simmons, an incisive, erudite reviewer and essayist,
won a William Faulkner Foundation Award for Powdered Eggs  [ 1964 ],
recognized as a notable first novel. (He wryly called it his
'64th first novel.') The Boston Globe  said it was 'certainly among
the outstanding fictions of the ′60s.' [ Later, in 1971,* ] The novelist
Harry Crews heralded him as 'one of the finest comic voices to appear
anywhere in years.' "

— Sam Roberts in New York Times  obituary this evening

See also Harry Crews in this journal.

Roberts says Simmons also wrote "a savage sendup of  The New York Times
Book Review
, where he had worked as an editor for three decades."

Some not-so-savage related material —

'Watchmen'-like art in the Feb. 21, 2016, NY Times Book Review

* "Anywhere in years" — From http://www.nytimes.com/1971/11/21/archives/
an-oldfashioned-darling-by-charles-simmons- 202-pp-new-york-coward.html

Snow White Meets Apple

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Tabletop fountain from the opening video of  Apple's 2017
Worldwide Developer Conference

Kristen Stewart (Snow White in June 2012) as a personal shopper —

Personal shopping result —

Three Things at Once

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:28 PM

Rosalind Krauss in 1979

Nanavira Thera in 1959

Cambridge University Press in 1999 —

See also Cube Bricks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cultist Drama

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Rosalind Krauss on the drama of 'the cultist space of modern art'

From a post of last Friday, June 2

See also Transformers in this journal.

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

  — Transformers  (2007)

The Table

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John Horgan and James (Jim) McClellan, according to Horgan
in Scientific American  on June 1, 2017

Me: "Jim, you're a scholar! Professor! Esteemed historian of science! And yet you don’t really believe science is capable of producing truth."

Jim: "Science is stories we tell about nature. And some stories are better than other stories. And you can compare stories to each other on all kinds of grounds, but you have no access to"— he pauses for dramatic effect— "The Truth. Or any mode of knowing outside of your own story-telling capabilities, which include rationality, experiment, explanatory scope and the whole thing. I would love to have some means of making knowledge about the world that would allow us to say, 'This is really it. There really are goddamn electrons.'" He whacks the table.

See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry and Glitch.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Fork*

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"Neil Gordon, whose cerebral novels about radical politics,
most famously 'The Company You Keep,' challenged readers
with biblical parables and ethical dilemmas, died on May 19
in Manhattan. He was 59.  . . . .

. . . he earned . . . . a doctorate from Yale, where his dissertation
was titled** 'Stranger Than Fiction: The Occult Short Stories of
Hawthorne and Balzac.'"

Sam Roberts in The New York Times

*    For the title (suggested by the date May 19), see posts tagged Y for Yale.

**  Actually (and more sensibly) titled "Stranger than Fiction:
    The Status of Truth in the Occult Short Stories of Hawthorne and Balzac."

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