Friday, June 23, 2017

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

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With a hat tip to Vinnie Mancuso

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Design Is How It Works: A Bedtime Story

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Sequel to Cosby?

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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

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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

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Getting to Wow

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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

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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*

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* See All Spark in this journal.

Chalkroom Jungle

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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

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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

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(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

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"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

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The diamond theorem in Denmark —

Inventing Sex at Harvard

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From the current New Yorker

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

Annals of Embedded Space

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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

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tell It Slant

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Remembering  The Man Who Knew Zero .

Max Bialystock discovers a new playwright


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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

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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

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" 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

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Rosalind Krauss in 1979

Nanavira Thera in 1959

Cambridge University Press in 1999 —

See also Cube Bricks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cultist Drama

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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*

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"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."

For Peter Jackson

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Tom Hiddleston stars in
the action packed Kong: Skull Island

Related material — (update of 8:04 PM ET) —

Magic in Mexico

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This post's title is that of a book in the 1958 film
"Bell Book and Candle." 

See also

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In Memory of the Time Cube Page*

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From this journal on August 18, 2015, "A Wrinkle in Terms" —

For two misuses by John Baez of the phrase “permutation group”
at the n-Category Café, see “A Wrinkle in the Mathematical Universe
and “Re: A Wrinkle…” —

“There is  such a thing as a permutation group.”
— Adapted from A Wrinkle in Time , by Madeleine L’Engle

* See RIP, Time Cube at gizmodo.com (September 1, 2015).

Sequel to “The Square”* —

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The Cube

Codepen logo, pictured here on May 28, 2017

From YouTube, "The Cube," published on April 6, 2016

Meanwhile, also on April 6, 2016, at 2:01 AM ET 

* See The Pinterest Directive and Expanding the Spielraum.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Faithful Slave Girl

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"In the story, Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who discovers the secret
of a thieves' den, entered with the phrase 'Open Sesame'.
The thieves learn this and try to kill Ali Baba, but Ali Baba's
faithful slave-girl foils their plots." — Wikipedia

Related material —

"Mr. Loeb was particularly interested in finding a way to unlock the value
of Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, which was already shaping up to be one of
China’s leading internet companies. He pushed the board to recruit a star
like Ms. Mayer to get people excited about a company that had been
stumbling for years."

Vindu Goel in today's online New York Times

Expanding the Spielraum (Continued*)

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Or:  The Square

"What we do may be small, but it has
 a certain character of permanence."
— G. H. Hardy

* See Expanding the Spielraum in this journal.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Bulk Apperception Continued

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Also on April 26, 2017 —


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Click to enlarge.

See also Transformers in this journal.

Squares and Circles, 1936

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"This essay and exhibition might well be dedicated
to those painters of squares and circles
(and the architects influenced by them)
who have suffered at the hands of
philistines with political power."

Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in Cubism and Abstract Art ,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1936,
    page 18

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Art Spaces (For Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh)

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From The New York Times  today —

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Frequently Thought Together

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From Amazon.com today —

Related material — Tyson in this journal.

Update of 2:48 PM the same day —

For Brooke Gladstone untainted by the above questionable
associates, see a piece from May 18, 2011.

The Pinterest Directive …

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Diamond Bits

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Or:  Putting the Pinter in Pinterest

From "A Poem for Pinter"

Log24 on Oct. 13, 2005

The Guardian on Harold Pinter, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature:

"Earlier this year, he announced his decision to retire from playwriting in favour of poetry,"

Michael Muskal in today's Los Angeles Times:

"Pinter, 75, is known for his sparse and thin style as well as his etched characters whose crystal patter cuts through the mood like diamond drill bits."

Robert Stone, A Flag for Sunrise  (See Jan. 25):

"'That old Jew gave me this here.'  Egan looked at the diamond….  'It's worth a whole lot of money– you can tell that just by looking– but it means something, I think.  It's got a meaning, like.'

'Let's see,' Egan said, 'what would it mean?'  He took hold of Pablo's hand cupping the stone and held his own hand under it.  '"The jewel is in the lotus," perhaps that's what it means.  The eternal in the temporal….'"

See as well an image in a link target from today's noon post

The Pinterest Directive

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Click image for some background.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ordinary Evening in a Paper Town

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Click the above search for a larger version.

The American Sublime

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Line from "Vide," a post of June 8, 2014 —

Vide  Classical Geometry in Light of Galois Geometry.

Recall that vide  means different things in Latin and in French.

See also Stevens + "Vacant Space" in this journal.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Freeze Frame

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In memory of John Severson, the founder of Surfer  magazine —

"Freeze-frame surfer, and as a live Hendrix 'E Z Rider' blares
over the soundtrack, the surfer lifts his arms and rises like Christ
into the sky."

Rolling Stone , August 5, 1971, on the film Rainbow Bridge

Severson reportedly died on Friday, May 26, 2017.

For a rather different sort of surfing, see this  journal on that date.

Bullshit Studies

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The previous post dealt with a symbol of an apparently
admirable "social development environment."

For a less admirable development environment, see a film
described in a July 2014 story from Film New Europe —

"Shooting started in Bucharest on 9 June 2014. . . ."

This  journal on 8-9 June 2014 —

Banner of a Strange Device

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Click image for further details.

Related material — Heaven Arising in this journal.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Serious Songs

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Serious Synchronology

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The above image includes a July 9, 2014, file photo.

From this journal on that date

“Be serious, because
The stone may have contempt
For too-familiar hands”

— Adrienne Rich in “The Diamond Cutters” (1955)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Power Tools …

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… at the Church of Synchronology

See also Lyche in this journal on April 13.

Night at the Museum

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In memory of an author who reportedly 
died on Wednesday, May 24.

Day at the Museum

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From the 1994 film review linked to above —

Reality Bites – Peter Travers in Rolling Stone , Feb. 1994

"Life after college – the time between graduation and
finding a job that pays your rent without making you puke.
Panic time. By spinning something fresh out of something
familiar, Reality Bites  scores the first comedy knockout of
the new year. It also brings out the vibrant best in Winona
Ryder and Ethan Hawke as friends who resist being lovers,
makes a star of Janeane Garofalo as their tart-tongued
buddy and puts Ben Stiller on the map as a director." 

Taormina Test

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Mark Zuckerberg in a commencement speech
at Harvard yesterday —

"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 Thing from Taormina —

Headline Style at The New York Times

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Sounds like a job for Amy Adams.

Amy Adams at the Lancia Café in Taormina, Sicily, on June 15, 2013.
Adams was in Taormina for the Italian premiere of her Superman film.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Date

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The date in Urban Dictionary of an entry on the phrase
"Ultima Thule" is January 25, 2008.

See that date in this journal.

In the Bag

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Presidential Address of November 19, 1976

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Deep Problems in the Faculty Lounge

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The Story of Six Continues

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A post of March 22, 2017, was titled "The Story of Six."

Related material from that date —

"I meant… a larger map." — Number Six in "The Prisoner"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pursued by a Biplane

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The Galois Tesseract as a biplane —

Match Book

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IMAGE- Roger O. Thornhill's monogrammed 'ROT' matchbook in 'North by Northwest'

Click image for related posts.

Logos Review

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From Balboa Press —

More than a pretty face designed to identify a product, a logo combines powerful elements super boosted with sophisticated branding techniques. Logos spark our purchasing choice and can affect our wellbeing.

Lovingly detailed, researched and honed to deliver a specific intention, a logo contains a unique dynamic that sidesteps our conscious mind. We might not know why we prefer one product over another but the logo, designed to connect the heart of the brand to our own hearts, plays a vital part in our decision to buy.

The power of symbols to sway us has been recognised throughout history. Found in caves and in Egyptian temples they are attributed with the strength to foretell and create the future, connect us with the divine and evoke emotions, from horror to ecstasy, at a glance.  The new symbols we imbue with these awesome powers are our favourite brand logos.

• Discover the unconscious effect of these modern symbols that thrust our most successful global corporations into the limelight and our lives.

• Learn to make informed choices about brands.

• Find out how a logo reflects the state of the brand and holds it to account.

The date of the above remarks on a logo change, March 24, 2016,
suggests a review of a Log24 post from that date —

In Memoriam

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"From 1962 to 1969 Mr. Moore was Simon Templar . . . ."

The New York Times  online today

A related post — "Intruders for Mira" (Sept. 28, 2015).

Monday, May 22, 2017

History of Mathematics

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See also Plücker in this  journal.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rota on Beauty

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Tiptoe through the tulips with Rota and Erickson:

Attempts have been made to string together beautiful mathematical results and to present them in books bearing such attractive titles as The One Hundred Most Beautiful Theorems of Mathematics. Such anthologies are seldom found on a mathematician’s bookshelf.

The beauty of a theorem is best observed when the theorem is presented as the crown jewel within the context of a theory.

— Gian-Carlo Rota in Indiscrete Thoughts

See also Martin Erickson in this journal . . . 

Saturday, May 20, 2017


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"But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author." — Benjamin Franklin

The Ludicrous Extreme

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From a review of the 2016 film "Arrival"

"A seemingly off-hand reference to Abbott and Costello
is our gateway. In a movie as generally humorless as Arrival,
the jokes mean something. Ironically, it is Donnelly, not Banks,
who initiates the joke, naming the verbally inexpressive
Heptapod aliens after the loquacious Classical Hollywood
comedians. The squid-like aliens communicate via those beautiful,
cryptic images. Those signs, when thoroughly comprehended,
open the perceiver to a nonlinear conception of time; this is
Sapir-Whorf taken to the ludicrous extreme."

Jordan Brower in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Further on in the review —

"Banks doesn’t fully understand the alien language, but she
knows it well enough to get by. This realization emerges
most evidently when Banks enters the alien ship and, floating
alongside Costello, converses with it in their picture-language.
She asks where Abbott is, and it responds — as presented
in subtitling — that Abbott 'is death process.'
'Death process' — dying — is not idiomatic English, and what
we see, written for us, is not a perfect translation but a
rendering of Banks’s understanding. This, it seems to me, is a
crucial moment marking the hard limit of a human mind,
working within the confines of human language to understand
an ultimately intractable xenolinguistic system."

For what may seem like an intractable xenolinguistic system to
those whose experience of mathematics is limited to portrayals
by Hollywood, see the previous post —

van Lint and Wilson Meet the Galois Tesseract.

The death process of van Lint occurred on Sept. 28, 2004.

See this journal on that date

van Lint and Wilson Meet the Galois Tesseract*

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Click image to enlarge.

The above 35 projective lines, within a 4×4 array —

The above 15 projective planes, within a 4×4 array (in white) —

* See Galois Tesseract  in this journal.

Friday, May 19, 2017

From Algebra to Geometry

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Heptapod Fluency at Yale

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". . . riverrun, past Eve and Adam's . . . ."

Cover Girl

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See also the previous post.

In the Service of Narrative

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Quoted here on St. Stephen's Day, 2008

“Wayne C. Booth’s lifelong
 study of the art of rhetoric
 illuminated the means
 by which authors seduce,
 cajole and lie to their readers
 in the service of narrative.”

— New York Times, Oct. 11, 2005

Booth was a native of American Fork, Utah.

Dance, Dance, Dancin’

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Knock, Knock, Knockin’

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Related material from April 20, 2017

A footnote from page 229 of Sydney Padua's April 21, 2015, book
on Lovelace and Babbage —

Marquee Moon continues

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Exit stage right, enter stage center, exit stage left —

A search for "Darkness Doubled" in this journal yields a link 
to a post on "endgame art" which leads in turn to a post with
the following quotation —

"It is proposed that the two structures of grid and target
are the symbolic vehicles par excellence . . . ."

— Review of Rudolf Arnheim's The Power of the Center:
A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts
  (U. of Calif. Press, 1982).
Review by David A. Pariser, Studies in Art Education , Vol. 24, No. 3
(1983), pp. 210-213.

"Darkness Doubled" is a phrase from a song titled "Marquee Moon."

Bit Plot

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From a May 15 review of a new book by Douglas Coupland, author of
the 1991 book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture .

"Minimalists are actually extreme hoarders:
 they hoard space." — Douglas Coupland

The title of Coupland's new book suggests a review of Schmeikal 
in this  journal

Coupland's above remark on hoarders suggests a look at
a wealthy California collector whom, were he not wealthy,
some might call a hoarder.

“I buy things because they strike an emotional bell,
they appeal to my curiosity, to the thrill of discovery
of the extraordinary in the ordinary,” Mr. Cotsen told
The Denver Post in 1998. “They appeal to my sense
of humor, and to my search for the beauty in simplicity.”

He added, “I decided I had a collection when there was
no more space to put anything.”

By the time he died at 88 on May 8 in Beverly Hills, Calif.,
Mr. Cotsen (pronounced COAT-zen) had donated about
half of the material in his collections to institutions like the
Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Princeton University
and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.

Richard Sandomir in the online New York Times , May 17

Cotsen reportedly died at 88 on May 8. 

See also this  journal on that date —

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Pinterest Board

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


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"Follow the Blood Arroyo to the place
where the snake lays its eggs."

— Westworld, Season 1, Episode 2,
air date October 9, 2016

"Googlaa pluplu." — Finnegans Wake

"Not far downstream was a dry channel
 where the river had run once . . . ."

— Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

See also the previous post and posts tagged Riverrun.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For Westworld’s Man in Black

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From University of Chicago Press in 1984:

'Erring,' by Mark C. Taylor, U. of Chicago Press, 1984

"Drawing on Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida,
and others, Mark Taylor extends—and
goes well beyond—pioneering efforts. . . . "
—G. Douglas Atkins, 
Philosophy and Literature

Update at noon on May 16 —

"Follow the Blood Arroyo to the place
where the snake lays its eggs."

— Westworld, Season 1, Episode 2,
air date October 9, 2016

This suggests a review of Derrida + Serpent 
in this journal.

Monday, May 15, 2017


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For Penelope Reed Doob…

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who reportedly died on March 11 —

Posts now tagged Labyrinth for Penelope.

See also the previous post and this journal on the above date.

Appropriation at MoMA

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For example, Plato's diamond as an object to be transformed —

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

Versions of the transformed object —

See also The 4×4 Relativity Problem in this journal.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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This suggests

See as well Heidegger for Passover.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In Memoriam

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See also Chandrasekharan in a Log24 search for Weyl+Schema.

Update of 6:16 AM Friday, May 12, 2017 —

The phrase "smallest perfect universe" is from Burkard Polster (2001).

Annals of Hype

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Reopening the Tesseract

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Dialogue from the film "Interstellar" —

Cooper: Did it work?

TARS: I think it might have.

Cooper: How do you know?

TARS: Because the bulk beings
            are closing the tesseract.

Related material — "Bulk apperception"
in this journal, and

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In the Park with Yin and Yang

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In memory of an art dealer who 
reportedly died on Sunday, May 7—

Decorations for a Cartoon Graveyard

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Art Space at Princeton

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A recent book on mathematics and art
from Princeton University Press, with a
foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson —

Not to put too fine a point on it —

From an earlier post

Text and Context

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Some context for the previous post, which was about
a new Art Space  Pinterest board

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Pinterest Board

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday in the Park

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Art Space

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Detail of an image in the previous post

This suggests a review of a post on a work of art by fashion photographer
Peter Lindbergh, made when he was younger and known as "Sultan."

The balls in the foreground relate Sultan's work to my own.

Linguistic backstory —

The art space where the pieces by Talman and by Lindbergh
were displayed is Museum Tinguely in Basel.

As the previous post notes, the etymology of "glamour" (as in
fashion photography) has been linked to "grammar" (as in 
George Steiner's Grammars of Creation ). A sculpture by 
Tinguely (fancifully representing Heidegger) adorns one edition
of Grammars .

Yale University Press, 2001:

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017


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Requiem for a Magnate

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The New York Times  reports a Monday death

Talk Amongst Yourselves

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A search for recent activity by the Liesl Schillinger of
the previous post yields

Talk amongst yourselves.

Midrash for elitists —

The novel 2666  by Roberto Bolaño (see Bolaño in this journal
and Adam Kirsch in the above) and

Matt Helm in Donald Hamilton's 1962 novel The Silencers

"I cleaned up a little, went downstairs, and, rather than
get the pickup out of hock, paid sixty cents to have a taxi
take me to the international bridge. Two cents let me walk
across the Rio Grande into Mexico. The river bed was
almost dry. The usual skinny dark kids were playing their
usual incomprehensible games around the pools below
the bridge. Stepping off the south end of the span, I was
in a foreign country. Mexicans will tell you defensively that
Juarez isn't Mexico-that no border town is-but it certainly
isn't the United States of America, even though Avenida
Juarez, the street just south of the bridge, does bear a
certain resemblance to Coney Island. I brushed off a
purveyor of dirty pictures and shills for a couple of dirty
movie houses." 

Midrash for populists —

The photo in the New York Times  obituary
above is from the 1966 film based, very
loosely, on Donald Hamilton's The Silencers.


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Suggested by remarks in last night's link to posts tagged Swimmer —

"A professor is all-powerful, Gareth liked to tell his daughter,
he puts ‘a veritable frame around life,’ and ‘organizes the
unorganizable. Nimbly partitions it into modern and postmodern,
renaissance, baroque, primitivism, imperialism and so on. . . .'"

— From a review by Liesl Schillinger in the Aug. 13, 2006,
    New York Times  of a new novel by Marisha Pessl:
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

"A veritable frame" —

"Nimbly partitions" —

See also partitioning  in posts tagged  Crimson Abyss.

Friday, May 5, 2017

For the Gods of Mexico*

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A swimmer who won Olympic gold in 1936 reportedly died today.

Related material from August 4, 2008

Jodie Foster in 'Contact' viewing the opening of the 1936 Olympics

Jodie Foster and the
opening of the 1936 Olympics

“Heraclitus…. says: ‘The ruler
 whose prophecy occurs at Delphi
 oute legei oute kryptei,
 neither gathers nor hides,
 alla semainei, but gives hints.'” 

 — An Introduction to Metaphysics,
 by Martin Heidegger,
Yale University Press
paperback, 1959, p. 170

Posts tagged Swimmer may or may not be relevant.

* See … 

Por el Cinco de Mayo

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Pre-Linguistic Thought

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" I know for sure that my best insights (those which 
are not just routine calculations) are pre-linguistic, and
I struggle to put them into words . . . ."

Peter J. Cameron today

See also "George Steiner" + Language in this  journal.

A related figure —

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where Entertainment Is God

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See a related obituary from Saint Michael's.  
This is for a mathematics professor who reportedly died on March 13.
See as well this  journal on that date and the night before.

In Memory of Burton Watson

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From the NYT obit of Burton Watson, a translator of classical Chinese and Japanese literature

From a post on April 1, the reported date of his death —

Cube symmetry subgroup of order 8 from 'Geometry and Symmetry,' Paul B. Yale, 1968, p.21

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Game

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Launch of a website on Feb. 12, 2016 —

This journal on the same date —

Bosch House

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Continued from Music Box – The Theory (April 21)
in memory of jazz enthusiast Ann Sneed,
who reportedly died in Las Vegas at 87 on that date.

Hollywood homicide detective Harry Bosch at home.

See also Mother of Beauty (April 7, 2004).

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