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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Numbers

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See also The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances, edited by
Julian Wolfreys (U. of Nebraska Press, 1998), pages 112-113,
discussed here in the previous two posts, and this  journal on
1/12-1/13. Related material: Polytropos .

Algebra

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Derrida quote from the previous post

See also Black + Algebra + Metaphor.

Interlacing, Interweaving

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The above title should be sung to the following tune

"Right through hell
 there is a path…."
 — Malcolm Lowry,
Under the Volcano

Ahem

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(Click to enlarge. Note the infinity favicon.)

" Indeed, one might say that it is possible (ahem ), in another world,
for this article to have been entitled, 'The modal logic of various
set-theoretic multiverse conceptions
.' "

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Lackaday Quotation

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The previous post discussed an alleged description by
William H. Gass of his fellow author Malcolm Lowry as 
"a black magician."

In defense of Gass, it seems that quote is inaccurate:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Logos (Continued)

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Nietzsche, 'law in becoming' and 'play in necessity'

"Denn die Welt braucht ewig die Wahrheit,
also braucht sie ewig Heraklit:
obschon er ihrer nicht bedarf.
Was geht ihn sein Ruhm an?
Der Ruhm bei »immer fortfließenden Sterblichen!«,
wie er höhnisch ausruft.
Sein Ruhm geht die Menschen etwas an, nicht ihn,
die Unsterblichkeit der Menschheit braucht ihn,
nicht er die Unsterblichkeit des Menschen Heraklit.
Das, was er schaute, die Lehre vom Gesetz im Werden
und vom
Spiel in der Notwendigkeit 
, muß von jetzt
ab ewig geschaut werden: er hat von diesem größten
Schauspiel den Vorhang aufgezogen."

Logos for Philosophers
(Suggested by Modal Logic) —

Nietzsche, 'law in becoming' and 'play in necessity'

Thursday, December 7, 2017

William H. Gass reportedly died on December 6

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"William H. Gass, a proudly postmodern author
who valued form and language
more than literary conventions
like plot and character
and who had a broad influence
on other experimental writers
of the 1960s, ’70s and beyond,
died on Wednesday in St. Louis. He was 93."

Dee Wedemeyer, The New York Times ,
    12:40 AM ET Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Mr. Gass was widely credited with coining the term
'metafiction' to describe writing in which the author
is part of the story. He himself was one of the form’s
foremost practitioners." — ibid.

See as well yesterday's Log24 post and
Discovery of Heaven  in this journal.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Capital Dome

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See also Dome Rock in this  journal.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Scully on Architecture

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"It is not easy to set aside firmly seated preconceptions
in order to look at old material with fresh eyes —
hardest of all to face facts which, if true, are 
so obvious and simple that they should patently have been 
recognized long before."

— Vincent Scully, preface to the 1969 edition of
The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture

See also, in this journal, Slave Boy.

Update of 10:30 PM ET —

This post was suggested by the following eulogy:

"All work and no play . . . ." — The Shining

Bucharest for Kinbote

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New York Times  online headline this afternoon —

King Michael of Romania Is Dead at 96

See as well . . .

Log24 posts on Bucharest.

Space Tune

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Wikipedia on "Dancing in the Moonlight" —

"The song was played as a wake-up call for Daniel M. Tani,
an astronaut on board the STS-120: Discovery mission
headed for the International Space Station,
on the early morning of October 24, 2007."

See also Log24 on October 24, 2007.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Logos

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See also The Crimson Abyss (March 29, 2017).

In the Service of Narrative

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See also posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Number Two

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The Unreliable Narrator

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"We are very much within the mind of an unreliable narrator . . . ."

— Jim Holt, "Obsessive-Genius Disorder,"
    NYT Sunday Book Review , Sept. 3, 2006

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Songs for Saoirse

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See also Songs of Experience in this journal.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Far Out

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"Archimedes thought that he could move the world
if only he could get outside of it, and the same idea
inspires writers in the transcendental genre of fiction.
Find some place sufficiently far out and put your fulcrum there."

The late Jerry Fodor, who reportedly died on Nov. 29, 2017

Typewriter Wars

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For those who prefer mathematics to narrative —

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Beacon

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Or: "Use the Source, Luke"

The Room

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The concluding instance of a search for "the room"
in this journal (from Mike Nichols's birthday, 2002) —

"His visitor sat upright, oppressed by the silence,
acutely conscious that the doors to the room were locked."

— Recreation by Sylvia Nasar of a scene starring
mathematicians George Mackey and John Nash.

The reviews are in!

See also today's previous post, Perhaps Not Strange Enough.

Perhaps Not Strange Enough

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See also Mackey + Nash in this  journal.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Comedy from a Cartoon Graveyard

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For Quantum Mystics

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"An awful lot of important dualities in four and fewer dimensions
follow from this six-dimensional theory and its properties."

— Edward Witten, interviewed by Natalie Wolchover,
     in Quanta Magazine  on November 28, 2017

See also Six Dimensions in this  journal.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Aesthetic Qualities

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See also Sunday's Upper West Side Story.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Upper West Side Story:

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The Linotype Fixer

( Sequel to "The Typewriter Fixer" * )

From The Hollywood Reporter  on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 —

* "The Typewriter Fixer" refers to a typewriter repair shop
   on New York's Upper West Side —

The Hollywood Reporter 's  promotional piece  above is from
Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  For another meditation suited to
the Upper West Side, see this  journal on that date —

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Polarities and Correlation

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— m759 @ 11:00 PM 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Night at the Museum

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The previous post suggests a review of remarks by Adam Gopnik
in The New Yorker  on February 27, 2017 on "The Matrix" hypothesis—

"The thesis that we are in a simulation is, as people who
track such things know—my own college-age son has
explained it to me—far from a joke, or a mere conceit.
The argument, actually debated at length at the
American Museum of Natural History just last year, is that
the odds are overwhelming that ours is a simulated universe.
The argument is elegant."

No, it is not. 

See as well my own remarks on the date of the above museum debate
Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

From those remarks, a Halloween 2014 image that provides a
companion-piece to the "Easy E" of today's previous post

E-Elements

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German mathematician Wolf Barth reportedly died
on December 30, 2016.

Flashback to this journal on that date *

From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"The following June, 1945, von Neumann penned
what would become a historic document entitled
'First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC,' the first published
description of a stored-program binary computing machine—
the modern computer."

Image from von Neumann's report —

Version converted to text —


* And, of course, to the later post  Easy E for Cullinan  (Feb. 28, 2017).
    Cullinan, second from left below, is the now-famous Oscars accountant.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Scholia

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From this evening's online New York Times : 

"Eric Salzman, a composer and music critic who
championed a new art form, music theater,
that was neither opera nor stage musical, died
on Nov. 12 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 84."

. . . .

"The first American Music Theater Festival 
took place in the summer of 1984.

Among that first festival’s featured works was 
'Strike Up the Band!,' Mr. Salzman’s 'reconstructed
and adapted' version of a satirical musical
with a score by George and Ira Gershwin
that had not been staged in 50 years. The director
of that production, Frank Corsaro, died 
the day before Mr. Salzman did."

Synchronology check :

"The day before" above was November 11, 2017.

Links from this  journal  on November 11

A Log24 search for Michael Sudduth and an 
October 28, 2017, Facebook post by Sudduth.

Detail of Sudduth's Nov. 11 Facebook home page

Click the above for an enlarged view of the Sudduth profile picture.

Related material :

Harold Schonberg, 1977 review of Corsaro production of Busoni's 'Dr. Faust'

Aooo.

The Typewriter Fixer

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Adelman reportedly died on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Matrix

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David Brooks in The New York Times  today

"We once had a unifying national story, celebrated each Thanksgiving.
It was an Exodus story. Americans are the people who escaped oppression,
crossed a wilderness and are building a promised land. The Puritans brought
this story with them. Each wave of immigrants saw themselves in this story.
The civil rights movement embraced this story.

But we have to admit that many today do not resonate with this story. . . .

Today, we have no common national narrative, no shared way
of interpreting the flow of events. Without a common story,
we don’t know what our national purpose is. We have no
common set of goals or ideals.

We need a new national narrative."

From a post of August 15, 2010

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100815-NeoAndOracle.jpg

For some background, see Java Jive and Today's Theology.

Related readings —

From 1928:

From the previous post:

"Thus, instead of Propp's chronological scheme,
in which the order of succession of events
is a feature of the structure . . .
another scheme should be adopted, which would present
a structural model defined as the group of transformations
of a small number of elements. This scheme would appear
as a matrix . . . ."

Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1960 

Lévi-Strauss vs. Propp

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​Claude Lévi-Strauss

From "Structure and Form:
Reflections on a Work by Vladimir Propp
" *

To maintain. as I have done. that the permutability of contents is not arbitrary amounts to saying that, if the analysis is carried to a sufficiently deep level, behind diversity we will discover constancy. And, of course. the avowed constancy of form must not hide from us that functions are also permutable.

The structure of the folktale as it is illustrated by Propp presents a chronological succession of qualitatively distinct functions. each constituting an independent genre. One can wonder whether—as with dramatis personae and their attributes— Propp does not stop too soon, seeking the form too close to the level of empirical observation. Among the thirty-one functions that he distinguishes, several are reducible to the same  function reappearing at different  moments of the narrative but after undergoing one or a number of transformations . I have already suggested that this could be true of the false hero (a transformation of the villain), of assigning a difficult task (a transformation of the test), etc. (see p. 181 above), and that in this case the two parties  constituting the fundamental tale would themselves be transformations of each other.

Nothing prevents pushing this reduction even further and analyzing each separate partie  into a small number of recurrent functions, so that several of Propp's functions would constitute groups of transformations of one and the same function. We could treat the "violation" as the reverse of the "prohibition" and the latter as a negative transformation of the "injunction." The "departure" of the hero and his "return" would appear as the negative and positive expressions of the same disjunctive function. The "quest" of the hero (hero pursues someone or something) would become the opposite of "pursuit" (hero is pursued by something or someone), etc.

In Vol. I of Structural Anthropology , p. 209, I have shown that this analysis alone can account for the double aspect of time representation in all mythical systems: the narrative is both "in time" (it consists of a succession of events) and "beyond" (its value is permanent). With regard to Propp's theories my analysis offers another advantage: I can reconcile much better than Propp himself  his principle of a permanent order of wondertale elements with the fact that certain functions or groups of functions are shifted from one tale to the next (pp. 97-98. p. 108) If my view is accepted, the chronological succession will come to be absorbed into an atemporal matrix structure whose form is indeed constant. The shifting of functions is then no more than a mode of permutation (by vertical columns or fractions of columns).

These critical remarks are certainly valid for the method used by Propp and for his conclusions. However. it cannot be stressed enough that Propp envisioned them and in several places formulated with perfect clarity the solutions I have just suggested. Let us take up again from this viewpoint the two essential themes of our discussion: constancy of the content (in spite of its permutability) and permutability of functions (in spite of their constancy).

* Translated from a 1960 work in French.  It appeared in English as Chapter VIII of Structural Anthropology, Volume 2  (Basic Books, 1976. and U. of Chicago Press, 1976.)  Chapter VIII was originally published in Cahiers de l'Institut de Science économique appliquée, No. 9 (Series M, No. 7) (Paris: ISEA, March 1960).

See also "Lévi-Strauss" + Formula  in this journal.

Some background related to the previous post

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Goethe on All Souls’ Day

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David E. Wellbery on Goethe

From an interview published on 2 November 2017 at

http://literaturwissenschaft-berlin.de/interview-with-david-wellbery/

as later republished in 

https://thepointmag.com/2017/dialogue/
irreducible-significance-david-wellbery-literature-goethe-cavell
 —

 

The logo at left above is that of The Point .
The menu icon at right above is perhaps better
suited to illustrate Verwandlungslehre .

Weyl on symmetry, the eightfold cube, the Fano plane, and trigrams of the I Ching

“Design is how it works” — Steve Jobs

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News item from this afternoon —

Apple AI research on 'mapping systems'

The above phrase "mapping systems" suggests a review
of my own very different  "map systems." From a search
for that phrase in this journal —

Map Systems (decomposition of functions over a finite field)

See also "A Four-Color Theorem: Function Decomposition
Over a Finite Field.
"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Provocative Exhibitions

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Wikipedia on a figure from the previous post

" Antonelli  was recognized with an AIGA Medal in 2015
for 'expanding the influence of design in everyday life
by sharing fresh and incisive observations and
curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA'.[4] She was
rated one of the one hundred most powerful people in
the world of art by Art Review and Surface Magazine.[5]  "

Speaking of exhibitions —

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dating Charlie*

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Washington Post  dateline . . .

November 20 at 6:34 PM

Address . . .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/
eight-women-say-charlie-rose-sexually-harassed-them–
with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/2017/11/20/ . . .

See also Charlie Rose in this  journal.

The only post found in a Log24 search for "Charlie Rose" is about
his May 7, 2008, interview with a Museum of Modern Art figure,
Paola Antonelli.  A more recent appearance by Antonelli —

Synchronolgy check — Log24 on the date 5 June 2012.

* Title and wording of post revised the following day.

Snowflake

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Made-up quote from an imaginary celebrity 
in today's online New York Times

"Lighten up and enjoy the act, snowflake."

Related material —

Ending Credits, a Log24 post of Jan. 26, 2015.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nightmare for Midsummer

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In memory of a Brooklyn art figure who reportedly killed himself
on November 9, 2017 —

From an obituary linked to here  in a post, "Information from the Middle 
of the Night
," at 2:02 AM ET on June 23, 2017 —

"In 1976, Ms. DeAk, with Mr. Robinson, Sol LeWitt and
Lucy Lippard, helped found Printed Matter, a publisher
and distributor of artists’ books."

"A version of this article appears in print on June 23, 2017,
on Page B15 of the New York edition with the headline:
Edit DeAk, a Champion of Artists Outside the Mainstream,
Dies at 68."

Related material —

Other Entertainment

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Suggested by the previous post

Wikipedia

" 'Dark Horse' is a song recorded by American singer
Katy Perry featuring rapper Juicy J. It was originally
released on September 17, 2013, by Capitol Records
as the first promotional single from Perry's fourth
studio album, Prism (2013)."

See also a link from the above date in this journal —

"In the Neighborhood of Mathematical Space,"
by Karen Shenfeld (1993).

Review

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"New to the series are the Trials of the Gods events
that pit players against Ancient Egyptian gods."

Review of the new game  Assassin's Creed: Origins 

"How much story do you want?" — George Balanchine

Geometry of the I Ching (Box Style)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Orison

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The title, which of course means "Prayer,"
may also mean "Smartphone"  — See
other Log24 posts tagged Orisons.

Detail from a Log24 post on May 21, 2005

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Orison as Smartphone

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Cloud Atlas , by David Mitchell (2004).

See also the previous post as well as
other posts now tagged Orisons.

In Thy Orisons

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Midrash from
http://www.online-literature.com/forums/
showthread.php?16457-Decoding-Shakespeare

"It's an extremely complicated scene that needs a great deal of discussion
to fully appreciate. But essentially, Hamlet is arguing 'beauty' versus 'truth.'

And notice that Hamlet bases his whole argument on how beautiful Ophelia is,
as he sees her. There's the old saying, and it's perfectly true, that beauty is in
the eye of the beholder. As Hamlet looks at Ophelia, she's the most beautiful
thing he ever saw.

So we know how Hamlet feels about Ophelia, no matter what he says. When
he says he doesn't love her, he's lying through his teeth. If he didn't love her,
she wouldn't look so beautiful to him.

The Nunnery Scene is one of the great scenes in all of literature, and it's
beastly intricate and complicated. It's Hamlet's logical argument about truth
versus beauty, and as he says it to Ophelia, he's lyin' like a dog."

— "Amleth," 03-28-2006, 08:55 PM

See also this  journal on that date.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dissident Bunk

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Published today —

        One man's Bunk  is another man's  Dissident Gardens .

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plan 9 at Yale

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Yale Professors Race Google and IBM to the First Quantum Computer

"So, after summer, in the autumn air, 
Comes the cold volume*  of forgotten ghosts,

But soothingly, with pleasant instruments, 
So that this cold, a children's tale of ice, 
Seems like a sheen of heat romanticized."

— Wallace Stevens,
"An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"

* Update of 10:20 the same evening:

An alternative to The Snow Queen  
as "the cold volume" of Wallace Stevens

On The King in the Window , by Adam Gopnik —

"The book is dedicated to Adam Gopnik's son,
Luke Auden, and his late, great godfathers,
Kirk Varnedoe and Richard Avedon.

'A fantasy that is as ambitious in theme,
sophisticated in setting, and cosmic in scope
as the works of Madeline L'Engle.

The unlikely eponymous hero is Oliver Parker,
an 11-year-old American boy living in Paris
with his mother and journalist father.
After he finds a prize in his slice of cake on
The Night of Epiphany and dons the customary
gilt-paper crown, the boy is plunged into
a battle over nothing less than control of the universe.

His enemy is the dreaded Master of Mirrors,
who rose to power during the reign of Louis XIV,
when Parisians developed technology for making
sheet glass. This faceless, evil being,
capable of capturing souls
through mirrors and enslaving them
in an alternate world that lies beyond all mirrors,
now seeks to dominate the entire universe by
mounting a quantum computer on the Eiffel Tower.

Oliver's mission is to defeat the Master of Mirrors
and save his father's stolen soul.' "

— Description at https://biblio.co.nz/. . . .

New from Harlan Kane

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"I wrote another book!" — Harlan Kane

The Crimson Staff

In Nomine Patris

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See also Norbert Wiener  in this  journal  and

Related material for the Church of Synchronology

The Log24 post on the above New York Times  death date.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Alice

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John Malkovich in the closing scene of
the recent film "Unlocked" —

1055
01:31:49,801 –> 01:31:53,301
We have time for a coffee.
There's a pastry shop by the river.

1056
01:31:54,092 –> 01:31:55,842
Excellent strudel.

Meta Property

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<meta property="article:published" itemprop="datePublished"
content="2017-11-12T12:05:08-05:00" />

Related entertainment —

Devil’s Music

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From the groom in the previous post — Swedenborg Chapel

And from November 7 last year —

Monday, November 7, 2016

Subway Art for Times Square Church

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Click images for related material.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120108-CardinalPreoccupied.jpg

"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

Swedenborg Chapel

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See a related political note from the bride.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

For Your Consideration

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From today's online Wall Street Journal

A synchronology check of the above 2015 Taylor Swift date —

The above remarks suggest Swift as a possible presidential candidate:

From The Harvard Crimson  on Halloween

 .

Dating

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Related material —

Michael Sudduth in this journal and an October 28, 2017,
Facebook post by Sudduth.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Rogin Gambit

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See today's New York Times  Rogin obituary.

"What happens next?"
Good question.

See also this  journal on November 4.

Influenz

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Influenz , by Paul Klee —

A Mathematician’s Apology

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(Click to enlarge.)

For the paper on Steiner systems, see the bibliographic link in
the previous Log24 post.

See as well Cameron's posts before and after his post above:

     .

Style

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"Johann Georg Hamann (1730-88) is, by any measure, an obscure figure,
little known outside the exclusive circles of a certain very rarefied kind of
scholarship, hardly read at all even in his native Germany, and perhaps
truly understood by next to no one. And yet . . . ."

— "The Laughter of the Philosophers," by David Bentley Hart,
       First Things , January 2005

Update at 7 the same morning . . .

Meanwhile, back in 1963

and at 7:15 the same morning, from a different Cambridge

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Aesthetics: A Reading

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A source for 'Aesthetica in Nuce' from Cambridge University Press

See also posts from St. Andrew's Day now tagged "In Nuce." 

Anti-Christian Rumor at St. Andrews

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The St. Andrews in Focus  article is not available online.
That periodical is not affiliated with the University  of St. Andrews.

A University  of St. Andrews source —  "Honorary Reader" Peter Maxwell-Stuart — 
contradicts the above tale about the Archbishop of St. Andrews.

See his scholarly account in the following book —

See particularly pages 98, 99, 100, 101,
102, 103104, 105, 106, and 107.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dyadic

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See also ICERM and Dyadic in this journal.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Polarities and Correlation

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"Read something that means something."
                — New Yorker  ad

'Knight' octad labeling by the 8 points of the projective line over GF(7) .

The Seventh Symbol Revisited

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The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/060830-Box.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The above square is from
a post of Aug. 30, 2006.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Chomsky Koan

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"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously   is a sentence
composed by Noam Chomsky in his 1957 book 
Syntactic Structures  as an example of a sentence 
that is grammatically correct, but semantically nonsensical."

Wikipedia article on the sentence

Buddhist midrash from The New York Times  today

"For example, psychology has lately started to let go of its
once-sharp distinction between 'cognitive' and 'affective' 
parts of the mind; it has started to see that feelings are so
finely intertwined with thoughts as to be part of their very
coloration." 

See also other recent Log24 posts now tagged Coloration.

Castle Rock…

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According to a comment on the latest Instagram
post of Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —
 

🏰💎.


See also "Castle Rock" in this  journal.

Babble On

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A midrash on the previous post, "Spectrum at the Center" . . .

In lieu of Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Spectrum," 
a flashback to a post from 2013 —

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Babble On

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— m759 @ 12:00 PM 

“ ’A babbled of green fields
— Phrase attributed to Shakespeare

Red to Green

ROYGBIV

Ite, missa est.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spectrum at the Center

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The top article in the New York Times Wire  list below is about
a new play that opened at the Sheen Center on All Souls' Day.

Friday

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Trinity

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A model of the smallest projective  line:

Related drama:  See Wicker Man in this journal.

Friday, November 3, 2017

You Can Ride

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(Continued from the previous post, The Trojan Pony.)

Stevie Nicks- 'High atop your pony'

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Of Many Changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:40 AM

Thanks to Emily Wilson and Wyatt Mason for an excellent
discussion in today's online New York Times  on Wilson's
new translation of Homer's Odyssey  (to be released Nov. 7).

A detail from the Wilson-Mason article —

See as well

History of Mathematics for All Souls’ Day

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Schoolgirl Problem  

"Buy this image" . . . Or not.

Related material from the date of the above photo —

For related drama, see "Child's Play" in this journal.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cameron on All Saints’ Day

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"Nowdays, Halloween involves plastic figures of ghosts and bats
bought from the supermarket; this is driven by commerce and
in some people’s view is an American import. But it is clear that
this time of year was traditionally regarded as one where the barrier
between this world and the other was low, and supernatural
manifestations were to be expected."

Peter J. Cameron today.

Remarks related to another "barrier" and vértigo horizontal

See also a search for  Horizon + "Western Australia"  in this  journal.

From that search:  A sort of horizon, a "line at infinity," that is perhaps
more meaningful to most Cameron readers than the above remarks
by Borges —

Aleph Meets Zahir

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For the "Aleph" of the title in the seal of
the College of the Desert, see the final post
in a search for the College in this journal.

A better-known Aleph appears in a story by Borges.
See Borges + Aleph in this journal.

For the "Zahir" of the title, see another story by Borges
and the coin scenes in the films "No Country for Old Men"
(2007) and "Mojave" (2015).

The word "Zahir" has appeared previously in this journal
in a post of January 11, 2011, Soul and Spirit.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

One Fell Shmoop

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https://www.shmoop.com/no-country-for-old-men/coin-symbol.html —

"You know the date on this coin?"

Related material —

This journal on March 7, 2014

From Klein’s 1893  Lectures on Mathematics —

The varieties introduced by Wirtinger may be called 
  Kummer varieties….” — E. Spanier, 1956

From the "varieties introduced by Wirtinger" link above —

 .

For All Hallows’ Eve

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See the previous post and College of the Desert in this journal.

From the latter, see particularly Slide 69 in Geoff Hagopian's Symmetry.

Monday, October 30, 2017

For Devil’s Night

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Location, Location, Location

From a Los Angeles Times  piece on Epiphany (Jan. 6), 1988 —

"Some 30 paces east of the spooky old Chateau Marmont is
the intersection of Selma and Sunset Boulevard." . . . . 
"Though it is not much of an intersection, the owner of
the liquor store on that corner might resent that you have
slotted his parking lot in the Twilight Zone. . . .
And directly across Sunset from Selma looking south is
where the infamous Garden of Allah used to stand. . . ."

The Lore and Language of Dan Brown

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In memory of  two beloved folklorists

"Iona Opie, a British folklorist who worked with her husband,
Peter, to produce major studies of nursery rhymes as well as
the oral traditions of games, jokes, nicknames, taunts and
pranks among schoolchildren, died on Oct. 23 in the town of
Petersfield, in Hampshire, England. She was 94."

The New York Times  this evening

Scholium on this  journal's remarks of October 23

"Hello there, Dapper Dan, where were you when …."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday in the Park

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-29/
mexico-city-day-of-dead-parade-honours-quake-rescuers/
9097134

Scholium —

Related material —  Sunday in the Park  in this  journal.

Damnation… Or Not?

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Related material —

Faust Vivifies Death with Wit and Humor
by April H. N. Yee, Harvard Crimson , Feb. 7, 2008.

See as well all posts now tagged Willow and Mandorla.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dating Harvard

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(Continued from 10 AM)

"Think of a DO NOT ENTER  pictogram,
a circle with a diagonal slash, a type of ideogram.
It tells you what to do or not do, but not why.
The why is part of a larger context, a bigger picture."

— Customer review at Amazon.com

Layered and Crisscrossed

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The title is from the previous post —

"It’s an aesthetic that presents,
so to speak, just the facts, 
as if the facts themselves weren’t
deeply layered with living history
and crisscrossed with vectors
of divergent ideas and ideals."

Richard Brody, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

From Brody's New Yorker  contributor page —

"Reading List:  Richard Brody recommends
Louis Menand’s “Browbeaten,” about Dwight Macdonald."

Dating Harvard

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See also this journal on today's date four years ago.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

To Forge Ahead

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"Harvard Man" director James Toback (Harvard '66) in 2014 —

Film director James Toback on maintaining 'the energy to forge ahead'

See also, in this  journal, Preparation (April 1, 2013) —

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

To the Egress

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The New York Times  at 8:22 PM ET

"Knight Landesman, a longtime publisher of Artforum magazine
and a power broker in the art world, resigned on Wednesday
afternoon, hours after a lawsuit was filed in New York accusing
him of sexually harassing at least nine women in episodes that
stretched back almost a decade."

See as well, in this  journal, Way to the Egress.

Harvard Canvas

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Background:

https://canvas.harvard.edu/files/1075839/
download?download_frd=1
&verifier=hF1KBmm7pQJkJxgQ3lXk7qDlPWIhSQ89qrlnceIM
.

See posts now tagged Slab.

The Source (Not by Michener)

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Wikipedia:  Taiji (philosophy)

Etymology

The word 太極 comes from I Ching : "易有太極,是生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦定吉凶,吉凶生大業。"

Taiji  (太極) is a compound of tai   "great; grand; supreme; extreme; very; too" (a superlative variant of da   "big; large; great; very") and ji   "pole; roof ridge; highest/utmost point; extreme; earth's pole; reach the end; attain; exhaust". In analogy with the figurative meanings of English pole, Chinese ji  極 "ridgepole" can mean "geographical pole; direction" (e.g., siji  四極 "four corners of the earth; world's end"), "magnetic pole" (Beiji  北極 "North Pole" or yinji  陰極 "negative pole; cathode"), or "celestial pole" (baji  八極 "farthest points of the universe; remotest place"). Combining the two words, 太極 means "the source, the beginning of the world".

Common English translations of the cosmological Taiji  are the "Supreme Ultimate" (Le Blanc 1985, Zhang and Ryden 2002) or "Great Ultimate" (Chen 1989, Robinet 2008); but other versions are the "Supreme Pole" (Needham and Ronan 1978), "Great Absolute", or "Supreme Polarity" (Adler 1999).

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Public Square*

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* See as well "Public Square" in other posts.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Harvard News

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Noesis

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See "Imagination and Layered Ontology in Greek Mathematics,"
by Reviel Netz, at

https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/34189/
files/folder/HistSci%20206r%202012/
Other_readings_1064115?preview=4610028
.

See also

https://web.archive.org/web/20010604073902/
http://www.ultrahiq.net:80/MegaSociety/Noesis/NoesisE.htm
.

Some background — Posts now tagged Noesis.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Shift Lock

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Shift Lock key from manual typewriter, linking to Levin's 'The Philosopher's Gaze'

"As many philosophers have noted, in the German language,
the word Schein  bears three distinct meanings:

(i) shining, radiance, luminosity

(ii) manifesting, phenomenal appearing, showing itself, coming to light

(iii) illusion, deception, semblance, 'mere' appearance

In the Greek language of Plato's thought, the first two meanings were
bound together by their etymology. But Plato's metaphysics, drawing
a line of irreconcilable separation between the reality of a higher realm
of pure Ideas and the illusoriness of a lower realm consisting of sensuous
appearances, exhibits a logic that he saw connecting inextricably all three
of these seemingly unconnected meanings."

— Levin, David Michael. The Philosopher's Gaze:
Modernity in the Shadows of Enlightenment . 

Part III, Section 10: "Where the Beauty of Truth Lies."
Berkeley:  University of California Press,  1999.

Back to Halloween Season

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Images for Martin Gardner's birthday —

"Hail, Caesar!" — The Coen Brothers

Friday, October 20, 2017

Punch Lines

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From a post last month

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
— Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water."
— "Season of the Witch" 

… and for Tom HanksDan Brown, and Francine Prose —

"You're gonna need more typewriters!"

Heart of the Monkey God

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In Memoriam

"Renowned Canadian theologian Gregory Baum, 94,
author of the first draft of the Second Vatican Council's
'Nostra Aetate,' died Oct. 18 in a Montreal hospital."

National Catholic Reporter , Oct. 20, 2017

October 18 was St. Luke's Day. 

From the Log24 post "Prose" on that date

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in an online October 17 NY Times  review.

From the novel under review —

"Only the heart of the monkey god is large enough
to contain the hearts and souls of all the monkeys,
all the humans, the gods, every shining thread
that connects them."

— Francine Prose, Mister Monkey: A Novel  (p. 263).
     HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 

See as well all posts now tagged Prose Monkey.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prose (continued from yesterday)

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"While Prose's adult works have touched on various subjects,
her fiction for children, which she began writing in earnest
in the mid-1990s, all has a basis in Jewish folklore."

»  Read more.

Aficionados of what Dan Brown has called "symbology"
can read about the above right-chevrons symbol in
Fast Forward, a post of November 21, 2010.

And Howe

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The Harvard Crimson , Feb. 28, 2017

Cambridge City Councillors formally requested that the Cambridge
Historical Commission consider designating the Abbott Building in
Harvard Square as a historical landmark at its weekly meeting Monday.
. . . .

“There are only a few gems that give the really Square character.”
Councillor Dennis J. Carlone said. “And in the heart of the square,
it’s this building.”

See as well the cover of
The Monkey Grammarian ,
a book by Octavio Paz —

A related NPR book review yesterday —

"Like Curious George , another vaguely imperialist children's classic —
which Prose refers to frequently — the simian hero of Mister Monkey 
gets into trouble in his new urban environment." 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Prose

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New York Times  review  of a new novel by Francine Prose —

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in in the above October 17 review.

A related book

See as well The Monkey Grammarian  in this  journal.

Bach for String Quartet

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See also Bach + Quartet in this  journal.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

News from Jarvis (for Tony Stark)

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:22 PM

From the first New York Times Wire  item below

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itemprop="datePublished"
content="2017-10-17T14:55:26-04:00" />

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Meditation

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:27 PM

Box Office Report —

"Only a peculiar can enter a time loop."

'Only a peculiar can enter a time loop' — Nov. 21, 2016

A post from Halloween season seven years ago last Saturday

Related material — This morning's "Highway 61 Revisited."

Reply to a Creepy Christmas Message

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In memory of Marian Cannon Schlesinger,
who reportedly died on Saturday, October 14, 2017

University Diaries  on December 25, 2016

"You could say UD  currently sits (she’s in the library
at five AM) at the pinnacle of elitism; you could say
she ain’t climbing any higher than atop this soft
leather chair resting on one of the gargantuan rugs
Galbraith or Galbraith junior brought back from India
or Afghanistan. But it’s only the trappings. What’s
been able to be held in amber. This place is the
genuine Henry James (Harvard Law, 1872):
The affluent society, expansive, sedate; and
the cry of pain almost out of earshot."

Presumably UD  means the noted author Henry James.
A fact check does not bear out her "Harvard Law, 1872" remark.

For this Halloween season, a creepy passage from James —

Meta Property

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From The New York Times  this morning —

Where the Journey
is the Destination

A writer finds emotional solace on some of
Norway’s scenic remote roads, which have been
transformed into architectural wonders.

By ONDINE COHANE   OCT. 16, 2017

. . . .

"… another project conceived along these routes is
the Juvet Landscape Hotel, designed by the architects 
Jensen & Skodvin, and the creepy, if incredibly appropriate
aesthetically, setting for the 2015 film 'Ex Machina.' "

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itemprop="datePublished"
content="2017-10-16T00:01:38-04:00" />

Sunday, October 15, 2017

An Interesting Symbol

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"His story is tragic and fascinating, but also
an interesting symbol for the 20th century."

"Pawn Sacrifice" review by Jordan Hoffman,
     Sept. 18, 2015

See as well William J. Lombardy's obituary in 
today's online New York Times .

Other symbols —

Logo for a current New York Times  series

A 1989 New York Times  illustration for Florence King's review of The Eight , 
a  novel by Katherine Neville that features prominently the date April 4 —

Illustration by Rodrigo Shopis

See also recent posts now tagged Five Movements for Lombardy.

The Strength at the Centre

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The title, a phrase from a poem by Wallace Stevens,
was suggested by the previous post, "Center."

See posts tagged May 19 Gestalt in particular, 
May 19, 2007 — "Point of View."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In Principio:

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

Red October  continues …

See also Molloy in this  journal.

Related art  theory —

Geometry of the 4×4 Square 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sicut Erat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:26 PM

Smith College in 2011 on some music by Dan Brown's brother —

"Using the conventions of a traditional five-movement
Roman Catholic Mass to revere Darwin’s body of work,
Gregory Brown, Smith’s assistant director of choral
activities and a composer of choral music, is
collaborating with Craig Phillips, an early music specialist
and member of the classical a cappella male quartet
New York Polyphony, to create the piece Missa Charles Darwin . 
Brown is building the work in three large-scale sections and
scoring it for a male vocal quartet, which will be performed by
New York Polyphony."

https://www.smith.edu/insight/stories/darwin.php

Dan Brown has said his brother's Missa  helped suggest his new novel Origin .

Material from Smith College related to a performance of
Missa Charles Darwin  at the college on Feb. 4, 2011 —

Dan Brown, in the following passage, claims that an eight-ray star with arrowheads
at the rays' ends is "the mathematical symbol for entropy."  Brown may have first
encountered this symbol at a questionable "Sacred Science" website.  Wikipedia
discusses some even less  respectable uses of the symbol.

My own version of the above symbol (from the pure mathematics of group actions
on a 3×3 square) appeared here the day before  the Friday, Feb. 4, 2011,
Smith College Darwin Mass . . .

See posts now tagged The Next Thing.

Nichtian

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From today's online Harvard Crimson

"I open my textbook to page 48, where I’m greeted by
the Russian word for 'hopeless' in bold typeface.
I chuckle, and my Russian teacher throws me a look
of concern. For a moment, I contemplate telling her
the truth: that I find the word 'hopeless' funny, that
I find entertainment in life’s small, meaningless ironic
miseries. I open my mouth, only to mutter 'ничего,' 
the Russian word for 'nothing.' As she turns to face
the blackboard, I silently laugh in my head;
sometimes dark humor is best enjoyed alone."

— Nathan L. Williams ’18, 
    a Government concentrator in Mather House.

Sometimes not.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ideograms

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From the top of the online New York Times front page:

Exegesis:

“But Back to the Action…”

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:40 AM

The title is from this morning's online New York Times  review
of a new Jackie Chan film.

Click the image below for some related posts.

IMAGE- Cube for study of I Ching group actions, with Jackie Chan and Nicole Kidman

Slow News Day

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"They all laughed at Christopher Columbus" — Ira Gershwin

Gifted Continues

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Related material — See Gifted in this journal.

See as well Tulips.

Yesterday was the International Day of the Girl Child . . .
A related archived Wikipedia article on Kirkman's schoolgirl problem :

See also the previous post— "IPFS Version"— and https://ipfs.io/.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Into the Wood

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"As the shellshocked Milne newly returned from the Western Front,
Mr. Gleeson wears a virtually unvarying expression of acute intestinal distress.
Unable to connect with the infant or continue to write his popular plays, Milne
drags the child and his ghastly wife (Margot Robbie) — “I had a baby to
cheer you up!,” she whines — to the paradisiacal forest in Sussex where
the books will take shape."

— Jeannette Catsoulis

See also Princeton's Christopher Robin.

Advanced Study:

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:40 AM

A review.    See also previous posts on this topic.

Monday, October 9, 2017

¿Águila o Sol?

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

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:20 PM

From the posts of October 9 four years ago —

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Startling Breakdown

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

" who shared the Nobel Prize
for discovering a startling breakdown …."

— From "CP is for Consolation Prize" (Sept. 3, 2016)

See also Broken Symmetries  in this journal.

Friday, October 6, 2017

NY Times at 12:02 PM ET

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Remains of the Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Two deaths on Yom Kippur 2017 —

A note related to a Yom Kippur death seven years earlier

See also Monty's Doors as well as this  journal on Steiner and Barthes —

"The Seventh Door Meets the Seventh Function" (August 26, 2017).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Short Story:

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:12 AM

61.

Related material —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100616-LitField.gif

Click for larger, clearer image.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hunting the Snark

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:04 PM

The conclusion of "Bob Dylan’s Year of Living Laureatishly,"
by Hart Seely, in The New York Times  online today —

"How about a Heisman?"

Monday, October 2, 2017

Springer Link

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:08 PM

A check of the second editor of the history of modern algebra
in the previous post yields

The "first online" date, 13 May 2015, in the above Springer link
suggests a review of Log24 posts tagged Clooney Omega.

Another remark by Parshall, on her home page

"… and I will brought out the edietd [ sic ] volume, Bridging Traditions:
Alchemy, Chymistry, and Paracelsian Traditions in Early Modern Europe:
Essays in Honor of Allen G.Debus,
 in 2015 in the Early Modern Studies
series published by the Truman State University Press."

Happy birthday to the late Wallace Stevens.

The Nut Analogy

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For fans of the 'in a nutshell' quote from 'Hamlet'

Published as the final chapter, Chapter 13, in
Episodes in the History of Modern Algebra (1800-1950) ,
edited by Jeremy J. Gray and Karen Hunger Parshall,
American Mathematical Society, July 18, 2007,  pages 301-326.

See also this  journal on the above McLarty date —
May 24, 2003:  Mental Health Month, Day 24.

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