Thursday, August 17, 2017


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This post was suggested by a detail, the number 777, on the cover of the
American edition of the novel discussed in yesterday morning's post Punctum.

Saturday May 3, 2008

m759 @ 11:07 PM

“Teach us to
 number our days.”

– Psalm 90, verse 12

The New Yorker,
issue dated Oct. 1, 2007 —

James Wood on Robert Alter’s
new translation of the Psalms

“At any time, God can cancel a life. ‘So teach us to number our days,’ as the King James Version has it, ‘that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’….

The ancient Hebrew word for the shadowy underworld where the dead go, Sheol, was Christianized as ‘Hell,’ even though there is no such concept in the Hebrew Bible. Alter prefers the words ‘victory’ and ‘rescue’ as translations of yeshu’ah, and eschews the Christian version, which is the heavily loaded ‘salvation.’ And so on. Stripping his English of these artificial cleansers, Alter takes us back to the essence of the meaning. Suddenly, in a world without Heaven, Hell, the soul, and eternal salvation or redemption, the theological stakes seem more local and temporal: ‘So teach us to number our days.’”

Today’s numbers from the
Pennsylvania Lottery:

PA Lottery Saturday, May 3, 2008: Mid-day 510, Evening 724

which, being interpreted,
is 5/10 and 7/24.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


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Or:  Every Picture Tells a Story  (Continued)

Related material —

The New York Times  online today, in a book review

"What if . . . Barthes was murdered? . . . in order to
procure a document that Barthes possessed . . . .
That document explained that, beyond the six
functions of language proposed by the Russian
linguist Roman Jakobson, there was a seventh
secret one:  an occult kind of language-use
guaranteed to persuade, a 'magic' power of
control over a listener."

See also Barthes in this  journal.

"Down in the Jungle Room" — Marc Cohn

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Uploading

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A song for the Annie of WarGames  (2008)

Uploaded to YouTube on April 6, 2008.

To the Dark Tower

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See also Dark Tower in this  journal.

Every Picture Tells a Story

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Hexagram 15:

See also remarks today by David Brooks at The New York Times .

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chess Records

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In memory of a Chess Records star who died on March 18, 2017

Sound Track

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Two songs by Chuck Berry on Chess Records in 1958

Sweet Little Sixteen  and  Sweet Little Rock and Roller .

Rock and Roller  begins

She's 9 years old and sweet as she can be
All dressed up like a downtown Christmas tree
Dancin' and hummin' a rock-roll melody

For meditations on Sixteen , see Berry + Sixteen in this journal.

A meditation on Rock and Roller —

Related material — From the above post's date,
March 21, 2017, a memoir by one Siva Vaidhyanathan,
"Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of
the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia."

Visual Impact

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Alan Moore on the 9-panel grid

See also posts now tagged "Go Set."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Compare and Contrast

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From The Atlantic , September 2017 issue, online —
"How America Lost Its Mind," by former Harvard Lampoon  
writer Kurt Andersen

The Atlantic 's embedded Google ad for "Quantum Space Elements"
is, by the way, completely unrelated to similar-sounding work on 
models of space in finite geometry (cf. tsimtsum . . .

The Red Pill

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"We have passed through the looking glass
and down the rabbit hole."

Kurt Andersen in the Sept. 2017 Atlantic

See as well "the desert of the real" and, 
for comparison, College of the Desert in this  journal.

Limit Sermon

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See also last night's post Logos .


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In memoriam —

Zadeh is known for the unfortunate phrase "fuzzy logic."

Not-so-fuzzy related material —

“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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Images from 1984

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For the author of a Harvard Crimson  opinion piece yesterday on 1984 ,
two images adapted from a 1984 film —

See also, in this  journal, Hume's phrase "perfect nonentity."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Symmetry’s Lifeboat

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A post suggested by the word tzimtzum  (see Wednesday)
or tsimtsum  (see this morning) —

Lifeboat from the Tsimtsum  in Life of Pi  —

Another sort of tsimtsum, contracting infinite space to a finite space —

IMAGE- Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

Archimedes for Jews

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"Much like the irrational number pi,
the primal tsimtsum transforms
an infinite circle into a measured line."

— Tzvi Freeman at Chabad.org

Circle and line according to Archimedes

 The College Mathematics Journal , 46, No. 3 (May 2015), pp. 162–171

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gravity’s Countdown

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From Gravity's Rainbow  ((Penguin Classics paperback, June 1, 1995) —


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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

See also Coxeter's Aleph.


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"She wrote her doctoral thesis, which was supervised
by Friedrichs, on the stability of a spherical implosion
and was awarded her Ph.D. in 1951."


See also a related Google Image Search.

For images from the reported date of Morawetz's death,
see Theology for Child Buyers.

Update of 2:56 PM ET Friday, August 11, 2017 —

Legacy.com and NYU now report that Morawetz died
on Tue., Aug. 8, not, as the AMS reported, on Mon., Aug. 7.
(The AMS has now corrected its error.)

For sloppiness about mathematics that echoes this
sloppiness about dates, see a post of Tue., Aug. 8.

War Game: 8/09

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"Fire and Fury  is one of the most popular
historical military miniatures wargames . . . .

For the new player it is an easy game
to learn and enjoy." 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

July 29 Podcast

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Discuss whether Knudson's phrase "essentially says" is correct.

For the Church of Synchronology

The above Forbes article is dated July 29, the date of death for 
Landon T. Clay, founder of Clay Mathematics Institute.

For remarks related to that date, see posts tagged Prize Problem
in this  journal.

Cube Quaternions

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See posts now tagged with the above title.

IMAGE- Quaternion group acting on an eightfold cube

Monday, August 7, 2017

Snowflakes and Unicorns

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Don't forget the apple.

Putting the “Times” in “New York Times”

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See also Noon for London in this  journal on the
above "Starting to See Pictures" upload date in 2016.

For a tale about that date, April 4, see today's  noon post.


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From Blockbuster, a post of Friday, August 4, 2017 —

The article suggests a look at  a July 3 Times  review of the life
of Jan Fontein, a former Boston Museum of Fine Arts director —

"Mr. Fontein’s time as director coincided with
the nationwide rise of the blockbuster exhibition,
and he embraced the concept. 'There was such a thing
as a contemplative museum, but I don’t think that can
survive anymore,' he told Newsweek  in 1978."

From The New York Times  this evening —

"Mr. Roth made his mark at the Victoria and Albert
with record-breaking exhibitions focused on
David Bowie in 2013, Alexander McQueen in 2015
and The Beatles and the youth revolution of the 1960s
in 2016."

Related material —

Record-breaking in this journal and Sunday in the Park with Death.

Theology for Child Buyers

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For the title, see Child Buyer in this journal.

Algul Siento , campus atop a mesa, from the new film "The Dark Tower"

Hell as the Westworld Mesa Hub

Theology for Westworld

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"Serve in Heaven …
or reign in Hell?
Which is it to be?"

— David in "Alien: Covenant" (2017)

Other mythological tales —

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dark Tower Theology

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In memory of a TV gunslinger who reportedly died Thursday, August 3, 2017 . . .

From this journal on that day (posts now tagged Dark Tower Theology) —

"The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.
  See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.
  For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  "

"Would that it were so simple."

Ides of March 2006

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Recent remarks related to the July 29 death of Landon T. Clay
suggest a review of a notable figure associated with Clay.

From a 2006 obituary of mathematician George Mackey

"A deep thinker whose work in representation theory,
group actions, and functional analysis helped
bring closer together the fields of math and physics,
Dr. Mackey died March 15 of complications from
pneumonia. He was 90, had lived in Cambridge, and
was Landon T. Clay professor emeritus at Harvard University."

Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe, April 28, 2006

See also this  journal on the date of Mackey's death (posts now tagged
Ides of March 2006).


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"Simone Weil said that morality
was a matter of attention not of will.
We need a new vocabulary of attention."

— Iris Murdoch, "Against Dryness"

Saturday, August 5, 2017


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"A tight story is one thing, but a 95-minute feature
that is unable to give even the slightest inkling
that it’s based on a grand-scale epic masterpiece
is something else entirely."

— Kate Erbland, "The Dark Tower" film review
     at IndieWire.com, Aug. 2, 2017

From a not-so-slight Inkling, a word to the wise —

—  From an editorial glossary to "Ósanwe-kenta," by J.R.R. Tolkien

See as well posts now tagged Enda's Game.

Friday, August 4, 2017


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Landon T. Clay, founder of the Clay Mathematics Institute,
reportedly died on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

See related Log24 posts, now tagged Prize Problem,
from the date of Clay's death and the day before.

Update of 9 PM ET on August 4, 2017 —

Other mathematics discussed here on the date of Clay's death —

MSRI Program. Here MSRI is pronounced "Misery."

Update of 9:45 PM ET on August 4, 2017 —


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This post was suggested by a  New York Times  article online today
about an upcoming exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts —

"A version of this article appears in print on August 6, 2017,
on Page AR2 of the New York edition with the headline:

Art;  Woodblock Smackdown!."

The article suggests a look at  a July 3 Times  review of the life of
Jan Fontein, a former Boston Museum of Fine Arts director —

"Mr. Fontein’s time as director coincided with
the nationwide rise of the blockbuster exhibition,
and he embraced the concept. 'There was such a thing
as a contemplative museum, but I don’t think that can
survive anymore,' he told Newsweek  in 1978."

Fontein died at 89 on May 19, 2017. See Dharmadhatu — a Log24 post
of July 4, 2017 — and its link to posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Glitter at the Dark Tower

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"The centre of transformations that
Transform for transformation's self,

In a glitter that is a life, a gold
That is a being, a will, a fate."

— Wallace Stevens, "Human Arrangement"

From "The Dark Tower," a post of July 9, 2016 —

See also a search for Glitter in this journal.

Poetic Theology at the New York Times

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Or:  Trinity Test Site

From the New York Times Book Review  of
next Sunday, August 6, 2017 —

"In a more conventional narrative sequence,
even a sequence of poems,
this interpenetration would acquire
sequence and evolution." [Link added.]

The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.

See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.

For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cold and Unforgiving Erudition

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"It's clear that you believe nothing will ever outrank
your cold and unforgiving erudition,
however, everything you think is based,
even at the most basic neuronal level,
on the way you connect a long line of dots."

— Mary Jo Bang, "The Game of Roles" (Summer 2016)

See as well posts tagged Dots in this journal.

Related material at a basic level —

See also History of Geometry in this journal.

Prequel …

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(To the previous post)

For the rest of the prequel, see New York Values (Jan. 17, 2016).

End of Feed

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Wallace Stevens died when I was a boy …

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"Refined interpretation requires that you know that
someone once said the offspring of reality and illusion
is only a staggering confusion."

— Poem, "The Game of Roles," by Mary Jo Bang

Related material for those perplexed by such Verhexung

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Poetry in Action

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The title is that of the cover essay in 
the Sunday, August 6, 2017, issue
of The New York Times Book Review .

From a poem on page 17 —

"Avoidance of boredom drives the body forward."

By the same poet, Mary Jo Bang

"A circular mirror of the social order is something
like a master with an exclusive club membership
until a woman comes through the revolving door."

These remarks, and the life of Matthew Vaughn, director of
"X-Men: First Class" and other films (cf. this morning's post 
Dichotomy), suggest a review of the Nobel Flashback post
of October 6, 2016. A retitled sample —

Avoidance of Boredom

Auto Detailing

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Megan Fox in "Transformers" (2007) —

Background from January 25, 2017

"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language,
the lost lane-end into heaven,
a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 


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"National and educational contexts call for
appropriately tailored arguments."

— Gabriel H. Karger in The Harvard Crimson , July 27, 2017,
"Freedom and Final Clubs: The Wrong Dichotomy"

Related material —

Modern Muse

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From a 1987 review of the Stephen King novel Misery :

"In other words, for all her craziness, Annie Wilkes
becomes Paul Sheldon's literary muse, and as muses go
she probably isn't too much worse than average,
her main fault being a tendency to punish more literally
than most muses do."

— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times

From the Estée Lauder website :

"Who is a Modern Muse? The description of
our iconic fragrance says it all . . . ."

A rival product


See all related posts.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Stealth Cars

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From a June 8, 1987, New York Times  review of
Stephen King's novel Misery

"She doesn't like Fast Cars , the manuscript of which she found
in his traveling bag. It's confusing and the language is profane."

From the IMDb biography of film director Rob Cohen —

"He attended Harvard University and graduated
magna cum laude  in the class of '71, concentrating
in a cross major between anthropology and visual studies."

"He is the creator of The Fast and the Furious (2001),
Universal Pictures' biggest franchise of all time."

Cohen also directed Stealth  (2005). See a Sam Shepard fan site.

Sam Shepard Reportedly Died on Thursday, July 27.

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Epiphany 2010

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As between "No Land" and "No. Land."

See also Conceptualist Minimalism.

Commercial Aspect

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sermon: MS R I

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From Solomon's Cube

"Here MSRI, an acronym for Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,
is pronounced 'Misery.' See Stephen King [and] K.C. Cole . . . ."

From a manuscript by Mikhail Gromov cited yesterday in MSRI Program —

Quotes from a founder of geometric group theory

Sunday School:

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Bullshit Studies  Continued

The remarks by Mikhail Gromov on neuroscience in his papers
cited in the previous post suggest some related remarks —

Saturday, July 29, 2017

MSRI Program

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"The field of geometric group theory emerged from Gromov’s insight
that even mathematical objects such as groups, which are defined
completely in algebraic terms, can be profitably viewed as geometric
objects and studied with geometric techniques."

— Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 2016:

Geometric Group theory at MSRI (pronounced 'Misery')

See also some writings of Gromov from 2015-16:

For a simpler example than those discussed at MSRI
of both algebraic and geometric techniques applied to
the same group, see a post of May 19, 2017,
"From Algebra to Geometry." That post reviews
an earlier illustration —

For greater depth, see "Eightfold Cube" in this journal.

Science News

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Continued from the post Aesthetic Distance of July 28, 2017.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Prize Problem

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The last page of a novel published on Sept. 2, 2014 —

Related material —

The 2017 film Gifted  presents a different approach to the Navier-Stokes 

The figure below perhaps represents the above novel 's Millennium Prize
winner reacting, in the afterlife, to the film 's approach in Gifted .

Bustle  online magazine last April  —

Gifted ’s Millennium Prize Problems
Are Real & They Will Hurt Your Brain


See also other news from the above Bustle  date — April 11, 2017.

Compare and Contrast

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From an obituary in this afternoon's online New York Times

"Mr. Morris published his autobiography, 
Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism , in 1998."

The obit suggests a review of posts mentioning the film
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," starring Kristen Wiig. 

See as well Wiig and the Louvre Banquet Hall in  L.A. —

The book title Get the Picture  above suggests a review of
a different Louvre picture, starring Audrey Hepburn —

"Take  the  picture,  take  the  picture!"


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From a novel featuring the Navier-Stokes problem —

A search for "Creed" in this journal yields
a different sort of Shiva —

For further reviews, click on the Penguin below.

Aesthetic Distance

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In memory of a Disney "imagineer" who reportedly died yesterday.

From the opening scene  of a 2017 film, "Gifted":

Frank calls his niece Mary to breakfast on the morning she is 
to enter first grade. She is dressed, for the first time, for school —

- Hey! Come on. Let's move!
- No!
- Let me see.
- No.
- Come on, I made you special breakfast.
- You can't cook.
- Hey, Mary, open up. 
(She opens her door and walks out.)
- You look beautiful.
- I look like a Disney character.
  Where's the special?
- What?
- You said you made me special breakfast.

Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Keeping It Simple

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Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times

"The detective story genre concerns the finding of clues
and the search for hidden designs, and its very form
underscores Mr. Pynchon’s obsession with conspiracies
and the existence of systems too complicated to understand."

Review of Pynchon's Bleeding Edge , Sept. 10, 2013

Background:  "Moss on the Wall," this  journal on that date.

A less complicated system —

"Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead."

— Bill Murray in "Ed Wood"

For The Church of Plan 9

(The plan , as well as the elevation ,
of the above structure is a 3×3 grid.)

Voices from a Cartoon Graveyard

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The previous post illustrated 
"Decorations for a Cartoon Graveyard."

A search for Psychonauts in
this journal yields

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06/060326-Smith.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

In other news

Hedwig and the Square Inch

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'Mix: Hedwig's Theme Variations'- YouTube

From "In the Park with Yin and Yang" (May 10, 2017) —

Decorations for a Cartoon Graveyard

In Memoriam —


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or Decepticon?


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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See 4x4x4 in this journal.  See also


Icon Parking

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For the title, see Icon Parking in a search for 54th  in this journal.

For related iconic remarks, click on either image below.


This post was suggested by the Dec. 30, 2016, date of the
death in Nuremberg of mathematician Wolf Barth.  The first
image above is from a mathematics-related work by
John von Neumann discussed here on that date.

See also Wolf Barth in this journal for posts that largely
concern not the above Barth, but an artist of the same name.
For posts on the mathematician only, see Barth + Kummer.

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:54 AM

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."


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:34 AM

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 . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 AM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:17 AM

"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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:57 AM

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 —



Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:42 AM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:22 AM

I Ching Hexagram 61: Inner Truth

See also Hexagram 61 in this journal.


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:31 AM

"Knowing is good but knowing everything  is better."

— Tom Hanks in "The Circle"

"OK " — The Singularity

Conspiracy Meets Confederacy

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Sure you don't.

See also Ageometretos  and
tonight's previous post.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Say Cheese

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:23 PM

For Indiana Langdon and the Harvard Foundation —


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:13 PM

"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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:57 AM

See Phase One in earlier posts.

Darker views —

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Date at the Death Cafe

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:48 PM

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)

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:18 PM

See also this journal on Feb. 15, 2017 —

"For Your Consideration."

Related item from Arts & Letters Daily today —

Under Bleu Cup

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 AM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 5:27 PM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 AM

"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)

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:26 PM

Desargues and Galois in Japan

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 AM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:20 PM

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

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…

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:21 PM

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

Practically Cubist

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:45 AM

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.


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 4:40 PM

Remarks by the director of "Inception" —

Related material —


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 5:15 AM

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


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 PM

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

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