Sunday, September 26, 2021

Let Noon Be Flack

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For the Beach Boys

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Related musical meditation —

The two bars of a Log24 post of 5:32 PM ET (2:32 PM PT)
Saturday, Sept. 25, and posts tagged Two-Bar Hook.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Math Class Music

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See as well Blackboard Jungle  in this  journal.

Image-- Richard Kiley with record collection in 'Blackboard Jungle,' 1955

Tales from the Sportin’ Life:  Intellectual Company

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The above lap-dance YouTube video was posted on Dec. 1, 2008.
See as well this  journal on that date.

Risin' Up to the Challenge —

For Harlan Kane: The Barstool Conundrum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:10 AM

See as well . . .

Rouge + Noir .


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:04 AM

A space fan in Tomorrowland  knocks on one door-panel of a 3×3 array —

Related image from Hereafter —

Matt Damon with his  3×3 door-panel array.

IMAGE- Matt Damon and the perception of doors in 'Hereafter'

“Warm Enough for Ya?”

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The title indicates that this is a companion-post to
"Cold Enough for Ya?" (Friday, Sept. 24, 2021).

The above article summary links to an interview with 
Oxford philosopher Amia Srinivasan.  See also
Srinivasan in this  journal.

For those who prefer more rigor in their reading  —

Friday, September 24, 2021

Annals of Philately

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:55 PM

For fans of "Hyde Park on Hudson" —

Another Opening, Another Show

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The HBO series Euphoria  opened on
Bloomsday —Sunday, June 16 — 2019.

Also on that date —

For Bloomsday Eve , 2019, see today's previous post.

Update of 2:19 PM ET Sept. 24 —

    Full Frontal Architecture:

Detail —

See also "Bee Club" in this  journal.

“Cool Enough For Ya?”

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From "Nature Hike," a post of June 15, 2019:

Al Gore on May 29, 2019 —

“We have to restore the role of reason and logic and rational debate,”
Gore said. “Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the
Book of Revelation.” — Harvard Gazette  reporting Class Day 2019

Doctor Strange on Mount Everest —

Dr. Strange at beyondtheopposites.com on 2016/12/02

Thursday, September 23, 2021

“Goddess on a Mountain Top” — Song Lyric

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Annals of Educational Philosophy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 PM

"We embrace failure — as long as you learn from it."

— NYU graduate school philosophy

From related Log24 posts tagged Hat Tip

A version of “News of the World” I prefer —

Roll Credits

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:48 PM

From an image posted this afternoon on Instagram
by marcelanow  —

#filmisnotdead #kodak #kodakphoto

Related images — Calle Guerrero .

For a Code Girl*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:38 PM

* See the title, "Code Girl," in this  journal.

For Language Animals

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A Window of Cool

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The Narrow Window

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 "Forever" by Labrinth (see below) is from the Euphoria score.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Midnight Shadow

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  Welcome to LA

Sex Show at a Brothel

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:50 PM

Long Day's Journey into Nighttown 

Continues —

Moonlight Serenade

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:06 PM

"When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the
Only light we'll see . . . ."

Related reading:


Class  Entertainment

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Related reading from Halloween 1959 —

The New Yorker  passage is from posts tagged Kentucky Gambit.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New Frontiers of Erotic Entertainment

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:56 PM

From "Ready Player Meets the Night Clerk,"
a montage of 12 Aug. 2020 —

Related material —

"Cinderella's turnin' up with Snow White
It's where the wild things are
It's where the wild things are (Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, woo)
It's where my heart's gon' start (Ooh, ooh-ooh)
It's where the wild things are (Ooh)
Put your fucking glasses up (Ooh-woo)"

At Luisa's Mexican Restaurant . . .

The Dotted Line

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:01 PM

"Sign (Just sign) the dotted line (The dotted line)"

Song lyric by Labrinth

See as well "Child Buyer" in this journal.

Addendum for Mean Girls —

The "dotted line" lyric by Labrinth was suggested by 
last night's post Red Dot Problems —

Personal Day

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Kristen Stewart on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Los Angeles.

Related conceptual art from a short film by Dylan Meyer

Everyone needs a personal day sometimes.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Red Dot Problems

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(If a compass were  allowed, Euclid I.12 would apply.) 

I prefer the red dot supplied tonight in an Instagram story —

"Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away" — Song lyric

For Dan Brown:  Q is for Quelle

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Doppelt Leben:  A Special Charm

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Wer liest, lebt doppelt
Arbeiten mit Ganzschriften im Religionsunterricht
Meist werden Text (auszüge) im RU eingesetzt.
Dabei hat das Erschließen von 'Ganzschriften'
einen besonderen Reiz…. 

— KI-Nr.-04_Wer-liestlebt-doppelt-

Who reads, lives twice
Working with full scripts in religious education
Most of the time, text (excerpts) are used in RU.
The opening up of 'whole scripts' has
a special charm….

— Google Translate

The social-media version:

Getting Personal

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:16 AM

"At age eighteen, Ensslin spent a year in the United States,
where she attended high school in Warren, Pennsylvania.
She graduated in the Honor Group at Warren High School
in 1959." — Wikipedia

See also posts tagged Crux  in this  journal.

Some context —

Sunday, September 19, 2021


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Last Sunday:

A week later:

From a recent Instagram story —

A related ghost writer —

Update of 11:22 PM ET the same day (Sept. 19, 2021) —

"The metaphor for metamorphosis no keys unlock." — Cullinane, 1986

See as well a different  Franz.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Tombstone* for Sinclair

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Not  at Rosslyn Chapel. )

* See Halmos + Tombstone in this journal.

Worth a Thousand Words?

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Man and His Symbols:  J6 to J9, Via Sense8

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See as well the recent post "Old Joke, New Version."

A Tale of Two Intersections

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From the post Introibo for Buck Mulligan (August 26, 2021) —

Speedway and Washington, Venice, California:

A somewhat different intersection, in New Orleans —

Related reading:

"Bulldozed but not forgotten, the infamous Storyville red-light district
flourished in the Treme’s upper stretches while St. Augustine Church 
remains the centerpiece for the oldest African-American Catholic parish
in the country." —https://www.neworleans.com/plan/neighborhoods/treme/

Busy Intersection

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"I found this statement to be at the intersection of disingenuous and hilarious."

Maureen Dowd, Sept. 18, 2021, 10:04 a.m. ET

Avoiding “Details That Might Scare You” . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:57 PM

Smithsonian Event

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:12 PM

— Um, there's supposed to be a Smithsonian event in there.

— Nothing on the schedule. Maybe it got moved to another room.

— I-I'm supposed to give a speech.

— I doubt it. But don't let that stop you. I'm a real good listener.

Read more at: https://tvshowtranscripts.ourboard.org/

Seeking the Path: The Way Up and the Way Down

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From the Aug. 30 post "A Brief Introduction to Ideas,"
an epigraph from Four Quartets

Another view of the way up and the way down:

"Of course, presentation of the effect in the cause
is exactly what blending the Buddhist Monk's
two journeys provides. The cause is the dynamics
of the two input journeys; the effect is the existence
of a location on the path they occupy at the same time
of day. In the blend, the location and the encounter are
presented directly as part of the causal dynamics of motion."

— Page 78 in The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending ,
by Fauconnier and Turner, Basic Books, 2002.

The Source —

In memory of Sir Clive Sinclair…

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:36 PM

… who reportedly "died at home in London on Thursday morning" —

From a Log24 post of May 25, 2005

"We will go to Asgard...now," he said.

Color Matrix

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Adventures in Mix-and-Match Reality . . .

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Continued from September 8 .

The New York Times  yesterday

“Art is another way to try to exercise your imagination
at connecting incongruous things,” Anthony Doerr said.
“It’s a way to say, hey, reader, let’s work together and
practice and train our imagination to connect things
that you don’t readily think of as connected.”

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Angel Meets Prince Charming

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“Thank you for sharing!” — Mensa and Beyond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:26 PM

The references in the previous post to November 1985 suggest . . .

The provocative pencil in the above image suggests
a review of the word "desmic" in this  journal —


Narrative* vs. Mathematics**

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:37 PM

Examples of Narrative:

Example of Mathematics:

From the month — November 1985 — in the second example above —

* Addicts of narrative might consult "Friends of Nemo."

** See Mathematics + Narrative in this journal and . . .

"As the chaos grew . . . ." —

IMAGE- Illuminati Diamond, pp. 359-360 in 'Angels & Demons,' Simon & Schuster Pocket Books 2005, 448 pages, ISBN 0743412397

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Razor and the Touchstone

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:28 PM

It is often good to remember that writers of headlines (and subheadlines)
are usually not the same people as the authors of the following texts.

In particular, in the above example, neither the word "touchstone" nor
the use of "enquires" to mean "enquiries" appears in the text proper.

Still, the mixed metaphor of "razor" as "touchstone" is not without interest.

See The Eightfold Cube and Modernist Cuts.

Septology According to Peirce

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:27 AM

From a review on Schicksalstag  (Nov. 9), 2019, of Jon Fosse's
The Other Name: Septology I-II  —


Related art —

The Shining Darkness

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"what shines, the shining darkness, yes, is the invisible in the visible"

— From Jon Fosse — The Other Name: Septology I-II . 
     Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls.
     Fitzcarraldo Editions (October 10, 2019).

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


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Seeking the Source…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:42 PM

Continues.  (In memory of a Music Master.)


Bullshit Studies: Plato vs. Peirce, or Cornerstone vs. Keystone

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From a post of August 13, "The Divided Square" —

From a post of April 25, 2016, "Peirce's Accounts of the Universe" —

For the Peirce arrangement, see the imaginary film
reviewed in last night's post Packend! .


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:12 AM

Review of an imaginary movie —

Translation of 'packend' from German to English

See also Packend  in this journal.

Monday, September 13, 2021

“What a Swell Party This Is” — Cole Porter

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Using the Dreidel*

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The date of the Rubber Ducky article in the previous post was . . .

November 11, 2019.

Synchronology check:

* A phrase by Woody Allen (NY Times , May 5, 2011).

Duck Sup

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Cube Space Revisited

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 3:02 PM

The above Quanta  article mentions

"Maryna Viazovska’s 2016 discovery of the most efficient
ways of packing spheres in dimensions eight and 24."

From a course to be taught by Viazovska next spring:

The Lovasz reference suggests a review of my own webpage
Cube Space, 1984-2003.

See as well a review of Log24 posts on Packing.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

2001: A Story Space Odyssey

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Click to enlarge:

See also "Story Space."

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Ghost Army

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See as well "Training of the Dead" in the previous post.

Reality for Academia

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The title of the previous post, "Ground Omega," suggests a related  nightmare . . .

A writer of fiction in the previous post

"When we say a thing is unreal, we mean it is too real…."

Old joke —

"What you mean 'we,' paleface?"

At Ground Omega  in the above My Hero Academia  site —

"The twenty-four students are split into six groups of four…."

I prefer the similar splittings of  the Curtis  Omega

Ground Omega

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"When we say a thing is unreal, we mean it is too real,
a phenomenon so unaccountable and yet so bound to
the power of objective fact that we can’t tilt it to the slant
of our perceptions."  — DeLillo, 2001

Friday, September 10, 2021

Deep in the Diamond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:54 PM

Edwin MuirMerlin

O Merlin in your crystal cave
Deep in the diamond of the day,
Will there ever be a singer
Whose music will smooth away
The furrow drawn by Adam's finger
Across the memory and the wave?
Or a runner who'll outrun
Man's long shadow driving on,
Break through the gate of memory
And hang the apple on the tree?

Will your magic ever show
The sleeping bride shut in her bower,
The day wreathed in its mound of snow
and Time locked in his tower?

For 9/11 Eve

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:00 PM

See the remarks in the previous post by one D. G. Myers
of Ohio State University.

Myers died on September 26, 2014.  See The Eliot Omen .

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Set Design for an 18-Hour Play

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:25 PM

Source data for an Instagram story this evening —

An image from the story itself —

Related reading — "Flame Alphabet" in this journal.

From that link . . .

See also . . .

Producer at the Still Point

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"In a career that began in 1976, she won nine Tony Awards
and helped bring 'Equus,' 'Amadeus' and the work of
Edward Albee to the New York stage."

McCann reportedly died at 90 yesterday.

From this  journal yesterday —


Enlarging the Spielraum… Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:30 PM

Click the chessboard for some Chinese hermeneutics.

Timeless Beauty, Timely Image

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:41 AM

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Adventures in Mix-and-Match Reality

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:31 PM

See as well Gender Issues: Sleeping Beauty  (April 9, 2021).


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:48 PM

Q — "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
A —  "Practice, man, practice."

Another Q-and-A, with a jazz D.J. who reportedly died yesterday —

Q — "Did you ever practice a religion?"
A — "I’m mixed heritage. I was bar mitzvah-ed.
My mother’s side of family is Protestant. I was
rejected as a witness at a wedding of one of
Benny Goodman's cousins because I wasn't Jewish
because of my mother. I'm still mad about that.
If you really go back, my mother’s father was
a church organist."

Update of 6:23 PM ET —

Bar mitzvah :  See Two-Bar Hook.

Exalted Perception

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The title is from an August 31 book review —

More recent cultural news —

"Simplify, simplify." — Thoreau.

The 4-Point Dream


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Anatomy News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:57 PM

"Over the years, she’s had key roles on
'Mad Men,' 'Rectify,' 'True Blood' and 'Timeless.'
Spencer is repped by Untitled Entertainment
and United Talent." — Kate Aurthur in Variety ,
Sept. 7, 2021, 11:15 am PT.

In the Variety  story, "True Blood" may be an error.
Spencer was  in "True Detective" (Season 2).

Raiders of the Lost Symbol … Continues*

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A Log24 search for "Watercourse" leads to . . .

("Watercourse" is in the Customer review link.)

The "five years ago" link leads to . . .


"What modern painters are trying to do,
if they only knew it, is paint invariants."

— James J. Gibson in Leonardo
(Vol. 11, pp. 227-235.
Pergamon Press Ltd., 1978)

An example of invariant structure:

The three line diagrams above result from the three partitions, into pairs of 2-element sets, of the 4-element set from which the entries of the bottom colored figure are drawn.  Taken as a set, these three line diagrams describe the structure of the bottom colored figure.  After coordinatizing the figure in a suitable manner, we find that this set of three line diagrams is invariant under the group of 16 binary translations acting on the colored figure.

A more remarkable invariance — that of symmetry itself — is observed if we arbitrarily and repeatedly permute rows and/or columns and/or 2×2 quadrants of the colored figure above. Each resulting figure has some ordinary or color-interchange symmetry.

This sort of mathematics illustrates the invisible "form" or "idea" behind the visible two-color pattern.  Hence it exemplifies, in a way, the conflict described by Plato between those who say that "real existence belongs only to that which can be handled" and those who say that "true reality consists in certain intelligible and bodiless forms."

* See that title in this journal.

Diamond’s Dance

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Update at 7:04 AM ET September 7, 2021 —

Monday, September 6, 2021

Old Joke, New Version

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A screenshot from this evening's viewing —

From an Instagram story posted earlier today . . .

Sense8 fans may make of this what they will.

In Memoriam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:40 PM

Ripples Spread from Castle Rock*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:29 PM

* Line from a poem, as interpreted by Cailee Spaeny and Josefine Lyche.

Interesting Times at the El Royale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:27 AM

"Eight miles from charred front lines of the fire, a cluster
of Vegas-style hotels on the California-Nevada border
has morphed into a base camp for emergency workers."

—  Jack Healy in The New York Times ,

Classics Illustrated

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:20 AM

Related material:

Click the above image for the 
"Philosopher at the Orgy" article.

See also Plato's Cave in this  journal.

Century 21: Jailbait Meets Clickbait

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"Are you my three o'clock?"

Sunday, September 5, 2021

“They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus . . .”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:50 PM

Q Tip . . . *

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:59 PM

* See also Expanding the Spielraum ,
   starring Javier Bardem as Q :

Weekend Edition

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:17 PM


Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:39 PM

A Letterman introduction for Plato's Academy Awards:

"Cunning, Anna. Anna, Cunning." (Rimshot.)

But seriously . . .

"This work [of Wierzbicka and colleagues] has led to
a set of highly concrete proposals about a hypothesized
irreducible core of all human languages. This universal core
is believed to have a fully ‘language-like’ character in the sense
that it consists of a lexicon of semantic primitives together with
a syntax governing how the primitives can be combined
(Goddard, 1998)." — Wikipedia, Semantic Primes

Goddard C. (1998) — Bad arguments against semantic primitives. 
Theoretical Linguistics  24:129-156.

Related fiction . . . Lexicon , by Max Barry (2013).  See Barry in this  journal.

Comic Strip Poker*

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* The "poker" part of the title is above.
   For the "comic" part, see the previous post.
   Experienced Web users can easily find the "strip" part.

Related drama . . . Mind Spider.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:44 PM

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Balloons for Buffoons

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At Luisa's Mexican Restaurant . . .

Click image for the source.


It’s Still the Same Old Story

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"One, two, three . . . but where is the fourth?" — Socrates

Vanity Fair sheet music

Number, Time, and Dan Brown*

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The title is a nod to the book Number and Time  ( not  by Dan Brown ).

An illustration —

This journal 10 years ago today

"Dan Brown certainly packed a lot into
the 500-plus pages of The Lost Symbol ."

— DailyGrail.com

That sentence suggests a review of Efficient Packing

Friday, September 3, 2021

“The Home Cube, Where the Couple Reside”

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:12 PM

From the post "Games" of Jan. 31, 2021 —

“Once Knecht confessed to his teacher that he wished to
learn enough to be able to incorporate the system of the
I Ching  into the Glass Bead Game. Elder Brother laughed.
‘Go ahead and try’, he exclaimed. ‘You’ll see how it turns out.
Anyone can create a pretty little bamboo garden in the world.
But I doubt the gardener would succeed in incorporating
the world in his bamboo grove’ ” (P. 139).

— Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) .
Translated by Richard and Clara Winston ( London, Vintage, 2000).

The Tiffany Lede

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:26 PM

Accounting for Taste

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Risin' Up to the Challenge of Her Rival —

Art School Confidential —

Some context: The Power of the Center  in this journal.

Hallmark: Snopes vs. Greenfield

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:44 PM

For Snopes


" The lawsuit was dismissed in a 4-3 decision 
by the New York State Supreme Court.
Justice Edward Greenfield stated that
the pictures were 'not erotic or pornographic' 
except to 'possibly perverse minds….' "

For Greenfield

"… flights of rhetoric were a hallmark of the thousands
of opinions Justice Greenfield crafted during his three
decades on the trial bench. He died on Aug. 26 at his home
in Manhattan, his son Mark said. He was 98."

 — Katharine Q. Seelye of The New York Times  online today

Also on Aug. 26 —

Introibo for Buck Mulligan
in posts tagged Bar Exam.

IT (Plan 9 Continues.)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:46 AM

From the Field of Manifestation link above —

"The number 9, that is to say, relates traditionally
to the Great Goddess of Many Names (Devi, 
Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Venus, etc.)
as matrix of the cosmic process, whether in the
macrocosm or in a microcosmic field of manifestation."

— Joseph Campbell,
     The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

For Stephen King:

"I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink."

— "Love Potion Number 9

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Devs Continues.

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" In 2017, Milioti appeared in the fourth season of
the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror in the episode
"USS Callister" as Nanette Cole, a newly employed
game developer whose digital recreation becomes
trapped in a virtual simulator game.[16] "

16.  Strause, Jackie (December 30, 2017). 
"'Black Mirror': Cristin Milioti on Battling a "Misogynistic Bully"
in Empowering Space Epic"
The Hollywood Reporter.
Retrieved June 22, 2021.

“She Walks These Hills” — Hillbilly Song

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The title refers to the previous post. A related elegy —

Annals of Effortless Elegance

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May the Schwartz be with her.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Obiter Dicta

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:58 PM

The title is a phrase from Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word —

"the seemingly innocuous obiter dicta ,
the words in passing, that give the game away"

The President on July 23, per USA TODAY

"And there’s a need, whether it is true or not,
there is a need to project a different picture."

Related material —


Wikipedia — "For the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, 
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won the award
for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie,
or Dramatic Special for this episode."

Wikipedia on Lindelof

See also . . . The Bard of Teaneck —

"What if Shakespeare had been born in Teaneck, N.J., in 1973?

He would call himself Spear Daddy. His rap would exhibit a profound,
nuanced understanding of the frailty of the human condition, exploring
the personality in all its bewildering complexity: pretension, pride,
vulnerability, emotional treachery, as well as the enduring triumph of love.

Spear Daddy would disappear from the charts in about six weeks."

—  Gene Weingarten in the Washington Post,
     Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005

Weingarten's remarks were quoted here  on that Sunday, along with
the following illustration —

Spear Daddy!

'The Deceivers'— A novel by Alfred Bester, author of 'The Stars My Destination

Moss from an Old Manse

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An image from Bedrock, a post on May 19, 2011, "Hilary Knight Day" —


Fact check —

Related entertainment —

 “There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies.
But there aren’t many dark screwball comedies.
And if Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers  is any indication,
there’s a good reason for that.”
— Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


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Update at noon, in memory of Victor Snaith

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Summer Knowledge

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The title is that of a book of poems by Delmore Schwartz.

From "Searching for God in the Next Apartment,"
by Stanley Moss, New York Times Book Review ,
Sunday, October 19, 1986 —

Throughout Schwartz's poetry a question of belief is central. He thought we could not live without an interpretation of the whole of life, and that modern social orders were inevitably deficient in satisfying this need. He wrote studies and poetry explicitly concerned with the decline of Christian belief and the impossibility of any belief whatsoever. He read Rimbaud's ''Season in Hell,'' Valery's ''Cimetiere Marin,'' Arnold's ''Dover Beach,'' Hardy's ''Oxen,'' Stevens' ''Sunday Morning'' as poems forged in just such a dilemma. His own preferred poem, ''Starlight Like Intuition Pierced the Twelve,'' continued this argument.

See also Log24 posts tagged Central Myth, and the following image:

Matrix Reloaded

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In today's online New York Times , Kathryn Harrison reviews a new novel:

By Lauren Groff

From the online New York Times Book Review  on May 24, 2018 —

From this  journal on May 24, 2018 —

Further remarks by Lauren Groff on May 24, 2018 —

"Something invisible and pernicious seems to be preventing
even good literary men from either reaching for books with
women’s names on the spines, or from summoning women’s
books to mind when asked to list their influences. I wonder
what such a thing could possibly be."

Quentin Tarantino?


"It seems no coincidence that all of these titles
are written by women, for a primary angle of 
Gunpowder Milkshake  is one that tries its best
to promote 'feminism' in a Quentin Tarantino
sort of way." 

Or Lévi-Strauss?

See Log24 posts on The Matrix of Lévi-Strauss

Annals of Geometry

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A passage by Max Jammer quoted in yesterday's post
A Brief Introduction to Ideas suggests further remarks:

There are geometries in which lengths are not invariant 
because they are not  relevant — for instance, projective 
geometry,  finite  geometry, and of course finite projective 

See the annus mirabilis  introduction to that subject 
cited by Jammer in yesterday's Brief Introduction —

Monday, August 30, 2021

In Search of Beauty Bare

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Wikipedia illustrates Euclid —

Many will prefer a different rendition of the above color scheme:


A Brief Introduction to Ideas

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"The Greek hodos , path . . . ."  — Max Jammer, 1954

Down, or: A Black Box for Didion

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From "Why I Write," by Joan Didion —

"I am not a scholar. I am not in the least an intellectual, which is not to say that when I hear the word 'intellectual' I reach for my gun, but only to say that I do not think in abstracts. During the years when I was an undergraduate at Berkeley I tried, with a kind of hopeless late-adolescent energy, to buy some temporary visa into the world of ideas, to forge for myself a mind that could deal with the abstract.

All I knew then was what I wasn’t, and it took me some years to discover what I was.

In short I tried to think. I failed. My attention veered inexorably back to the specific, to the tangible, to what was generally considered, by everyone I knew then and for that matter have known since, the peripheral. I would try to contemplate the Hegelian dialectic and would find myself concentrating instead on a flowering pear tree outside my window and the particular way the petals fell on my floor. I would try to read linguistic theory and would find myself wondering instead if the lights were on in the Bevatron up the hill. When I say that I was wondering if the lights were on in the Bevatron you might immediately suspect, if you deal in ideas at all, that I was registering the Bevatron as a political symbol, thinking in shorthand about the military-industrial complex and its role in the university community, but you would be wrong. I was only wondering if the lights were on in the Bevatron, and how they looked. A physical fact.

I had trouble graduating from Berkeley, not because of this inability to deal with ideas—I was majoring in English, and I could locate the house-and-garden imagery in The Portrait of a Lady  as well as the next person, 'imagery' being by definition the kind of specific that got my attention—but simply because I had neglected to take a course in Milton. For reasons which now sound baroque I needed a degree by the end of that summer, and the English department finally agreed, if I would come down from Sacramento every Friday and talk about the cosmology of Paradise Lost , to certify me proficient in Milton. I did this. Some Fridays I took the Greyhound bus, other Fridays I caught the Southern Pacific’s City of San Francisco on the last leg of its transcontinental trip. I can no longer tell you whether Milton put the sun or the earth at the center of his universe in Paradise Lost , the central question of at least one century and a topic about which I wrote ten thousand words that summer, but I can still recall the exact rancidity of the butter in the City of San Francisco’s dining car, and the way the tinted windows on the Greyhound bus cast the oil refineries around Carquinez Strait into a grayed and obscurely sinister light. In short my attention was always on the periphery, on what I could see and taste and touch, on the butter, and the Greyhound bus. During those years I was traveling on what I knew to be a very shaky passport, forged papers: I knew that I was no legitimate resident in any world of ideas. I knew I couldn’t think. All I knew then was what I couldn’t do. All I knew then was what I wasn’t, and it took me some years to discover what I was."

"I knew that I was no legitimate resident in any world of ideas."
— Joan Didion, December 5, 1976

"In the 1988 interview with Scripps Howard, Mr. Poynter mused
about the device he wanted to invent for his own tombstone.

'When you walked up to it,' he said, 'you’d activate
an electronic voice. And it would say, "Come on down."’”

New York Times  obituary yesterday

And add, "We all float down here"?

For other, better, remarks about ideas by Didion
see "Freeze the shifting phantasmagoria," a phrase
from her 1979 book The White Album.

Sunday, August 29, 2021


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"As within, so without" — Mystic phrase from the previous post.

Ed Asner in Studio 60 S1E11, Dec. 4, 2006

Memento Mori : 1:47

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The above is from a New York Times  1:47 report of an August 13 death.

From this  journal on August 13Euclid's  1.47 —

“Before Time Began . . .” — Optimus Prime

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Concepts of Space — 

(From the March 2019 post Back to the Annus Mirabilis , 1905 )


Concepts of Space and  Time — 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Solomon’s Super*  Cube…

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Geometry for Jews  continues.

210828-Golomb-2x2x2-Super_Cube.jpg (500×373)

The conclusion of Solomon Golomb's
"Rubik's Cube and Quarks,"
American Scientist , May-June 1982 —

Related geometric meditation —
Archimedes at Hiroshima
in posts tagged Aitchison.


* As opposed to Solomon's Cube .

Crimson Peak: Only the Dead

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A title adaptation for Drunkspeare:

"Only the Dead Know Brooklyn Square."

For St. Augustine’s Day

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From a Harvardwood page footer —

. . . Should we choose to accept it . . .

Scenes from… The Seventh Sausage

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A cinematic meditation for Harvardwood.

"Another opening, another show."

Friday, August 27, 2021

Special for the National Comedy Center

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Newlove grew up in Jamestown, NY, a city which
appeared in his fiction. He reportedly died on Aug. 17.
Synchronology check: "Little Museum of Horrors."

From Mike’s Marbleopolis: Repeating the Hook

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"The hook is repeated seven times in 'Borderline.' "

 — An April 1999 article on music theory.

The authors of the above article have perhaps more respect for
marble columns than do Scarlett, Madonna, and the current
pandering leadership of the American Mathematical Society.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Usual Suspects

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A prequel: The Coffee Detective 

Related images —

A logo for Stephen King . . .

… and an earlier version of that logo
    for Quentin Tarantino —

Another Opening, Another Show

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 Related remarks for mattress dancers
This  journal on the above Instagram date.

Introibo for Buck Mulligan

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. . . And then there is . . .

For fans of "Inherent Vice" —


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Einstein Revelado

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For those too young to remember the 20th century . . .

Related illustrations —

Space Symbol

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I prefer Kirsch's "Space Babel" (Tablet , Dec. 4, 2020).

An image we may regard as illustrating 
the group-identity symbol "e" for "Einheit"

Some context:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Stones’ Bedrock

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Turning a Corner on the Street of Dreams

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The previous post  suggests a review . . .

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