Thursday, October 31, 2013

Interpenetrative Ogdoad

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The title is from an essay by James C. Nohrnberg

(Click to enlarge.)

"Just another shake of the kaleidoscope" —

Related material:

Kaleidoscope Puzzle,  
Design Cube 2x2x2, and 
Through the Looking Glass: A Sort of Eternity.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting for Ogdoad

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

The title is from p. xxxix of Michael Dolzani's
introduction to 

The "Third Book" Notebooks of Northrop Frye,
1964-1972: The Critical Comedy

(University of Toronto Press, 2002).

Those whose interests are more mathematical
than literary may consult the similar word "octad"
in this journal.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Theology by Venn

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Fantasy Moment by Stella

Reality A Death on October 25


For related British humor, see a Venn diagram by
Alexander Matthews.* I prefer the Venn intersection
in Object Lesson continued, a Log24 post from
July 1, 2007.

* The Matthews diagram is from July 31, 2012.
For less-facetious remarks from that date
see Rowling Birthday in this  journal.


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Relevant material:

Plan 9 Continued…

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Or: Chinny-Chin-Chin .

This post will be meaningless unless you
have seen the recent film "R.I.P.D.," starring
James Hong and Jeff Bridges.

(In that film, two deceased lawmen appear to 
the living in disguised form— as Hong, and 
as Bridges in the guise of a major babe.)

From the AP Today in History  page
for October 29, 2013 —

On this date in:
1967 The musical "Hair" opened off-Broadway.

This, together with the Halloween season and
"R.I.P.D.," suggests a bizarre show:

"And there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space…"
– Don McLean, "American Pie

    Cybill Shepherd (born 1950) and Jeff Bridges (born 1949) in 'The Last Picture Show'

The show would star Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges
as, respectively, Jackie Chan and Nicole Kidman in


See also some related posts with Jeff Bridges.

Backstory: Sermon (Nov. 18,  2012) and
Eternal Recreation (Dec. 24, 2012).

"We've lost the plot!" — "Slipstream."  Small wonder.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Harvard Anniversary

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From the AP Today in History  page
for October 28, 2013 —

IMAGE- Harvard founded Oct. 28.

From this journal seven years ago:

The Practical Cogitator


Stella’s Goal

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The Whitney Museum of American Art has stated
that artist Frank Stella in 1959

"wanted to create work that was methodical,
intellectual and passionless."

Source: Whitney Museum, transcript of audio guide.

Related material:

A figure from this journal on July 13, 2003

and some properties of that figure.

Moment by Stella

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"Frank actually makes the moment.
He captures it and helps to define it."

— Architect Robert Kahn on artist
Frank Stella, as quoted by
Nancy Wolfson in "Rings of Art,"
Cigar Aficionado , Autumn 1995

Related material: A review of a work
by Stella quoted here on Friday,
October 25, 2013 (Picasso's birthday,
and the date of death for art theorist
Arthur C. Danto).

See also this journal on July 13, 2003.

Art at Midnight

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Art in America 

"After considering and dismissing a number of definitions,
Danto comes down on one that he thinks captures the
'artness of art': artworks are embodied meanings. As such,
they elicit from viewers acts of interpretation designed to
'grasp the intended meaning they embody.' " 

The New York Times —

"The critic Hilton Kramer, writing in The New Criterion
in 1987, likened Mr. Danto’s views to one of 'those
ingenious scenarios that are regularly concocted to
relieve the tedium of the seminar room and the
philosophical colloquium.' "

Sounds about right.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It’s 10 PM

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

See August 9, 2009 at Haaretz and in this journal.

Imaginary Playmate

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For Mike Nichols

Reverse Chronology

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Scene I:

"Pinter's particular usage of reverse chronology 
in structuring the plot is innovative…."

— Wikipedia on the play "Betrayal," a version of which
    opens tonight

Scene II:

Reverse Chronology in Wikipedia —

"As a hypothetical example, if the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk 
was told using reverse chronology, the opening scene would depict
Jack chopping the beanstalk down and killing the giant. The next
scene would feature Jack being discovered by the giant and climbing
down the beanstalk in fear of his life. Later, we would see Jack running
into the man with the infamous magic beans, then, at the end of the film,
being sent off by his mother to sell the cow."

Scene III:

Dialogue for Scene III — 

"Sell the damn cow, Jack."

Epilogue:  Jack + Jill.

Days of Future Past

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"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

The New Yorker May 13, 2002

See also Log24 ,  January 8, 2012.

"                          … Had they deceived us 
Or deceived themselves, the quiet-voiced elders,
Bequeathing us merely a receipt for deceit?"

— Four Quartets

Good question.

Friday, October 25, 2013


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Rhetorical questions by art critic Michael Glover

"Has this kind of abstraction to do with ideas
of the spiritual? Are we supposed to see behind
what we have here some kind of evidence of
superhuman energies at work in the universe?
Is this some kind of manifestation of the force
that through the green fuse drives the flower—
to quote a line from Dylan Thomas?"

Rhetorical answer —

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Annals of Academic Prose

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:04 PM

See also St. Stephen's Day, 2012.

For Stephen King

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Wikipedia —

A Blackboard Jungle for Stephen King

"Danvers is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, 
United States, located on the Danvers River near the
northeastern coast of Massachusetts. Originally known
as Salem Village, the town is most widely known for its
association with the 1692 Salem witch trials. It is also
known for the Danvers State Hospital, one of the state's
19th-century psychiatric hospitals, which was located here." 

"The summer's gone and all the roses fallin' "

IMAGE- Long division, yellow chalk, 12977 divided by 23

IMAGE- From a Lawrence Block mystery 'A Stab in the Dark'- 'There was a problem in long division worked out in yellow chalk on the blackboard.'

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It’s 10 PM

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

At Play in the Fields of the Lord.

Windmills (continued)

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See also "Where Madness Lies."

There and Back Again

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Vigil for a teacher slain yesterday —

"Another student tweeted today to bring a candle
to Danvers High School at 8 p.m. tonight."

"How many miles to Babylon?"

24 Hour Psycho…

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"24 Hour Psycho" at the Museum of Modern Art in the novel
Point Omega  is illustrated in New York Times  review

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

Related material — Today's 1 PM post and 

IMAGE- From a Lawrence Block mystery 'A Stab in the Dark'- 'There was a problem in long division worked out in yellow chalk on the blackboard.'

See also yesterday's  1 PM post.

Blackboard Jungle…

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IMAGE- Web page of math teacher murdered on Oct. 22, 2013

Detail —

IMAGE- Long division, yellow chalk, 12977 divided by 23


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


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For Jack and Jill.

The above motivational video is from the web page of a middle school
math teacher who was shot to death yesterday morning.

Related journalism —

IMAGE- Scene from a blackboard jungle

See also "S in a Diamond" (here, October 2013)
and "Superman Comes to the Supermarket,"
by Norman Mailer (Esquire , November 1960).

In a recent film, Amy Adams asked Superman,
"What's the S stand for?"

One possible answer, in light of Stephen King's
recent sequel to The Shining  and of
the motivational video above—


Monday, October 21, 2013

Religious Symbolism

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

A Gathering for Gardner

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The title was suggested by Gardner + Darkness in this journal
and by recent remarks on the Devil by Justice Scalia and the Pope.

Edifice Complex

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New! Improved!

"Euclid's edifice loomed in my consciousness 
as a marvel among sciences, unique in its
clarity and unquestionable validity." 
—Richard J. Trudeau in
   The Non-Euclidean Revolution  (First published in 1986)

Readers of this journal will be aware that Springer's new page
advertising Trudeau's book, pictured above, is a bait-and-switch
operation. In the chapter advertised, Trudeau promotes what he
calls "the Diamond Theory of Truth" as a setup for his real goal,
which he calls "the Story Theory of Truth."

For an earlier use of the phrase "Diamond Theory" in
connection with geometry, see a publication from 1977.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

From today's online New York Times —

The performance was on Wednesday evening.

See also an echo of Ovid.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Face, Voice, Table

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

  Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes
— Ovid, Metamorphoses , VIII, 188,
     epigraph to Joyce's Portrait

Log24 last month —

Paul Hertz, alias "Ignotus the Mage" —

"When we're doing the fortunetelling, as soon
as we finish capturing the face and the voice,
they get sent right over to the table." — Paul Hertz,
"Ignotus" video, 2013


"… ignotus  has faint connotations of lowness,
baseness, vulgarity"

— "International Eyesore: Joyce the Pornographer,"
by S. J. Boyd, pp. 31-60 in Troubled Histories, 
Troubled Fictions
, ed. by C. C. Barfoot et al.

Or not so faint.

Related material:

The villanelle from A Portrait , and
a Log24 post of St. Stephen's Day, 2011.

The Forking

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The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/060817-Tree.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The above figure is from “Special Topics,”
a post of August 17, 2006.  That post
contains the phrase

 a scholar at a Jesuit university.

James Joyce, the author discussed in
last night’s Green October post, might
be pleased to find there are still such


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 AM

This post was suggested by the business card
scene in American Psycho .

See also a post of May 20, Church Logic. The link to that
post was suggested in part by the death on September 23
of the artistic director of a 1960s church theater, and in part
by a Log24 post on September 23, "For Danny Boy."

For Stephen King…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:14 AM

On the night of the October 18-19 full moon.

Related material for Richman from
the date of Hinds's death 

Knock, Knock, Knockin'.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Notes at the End (Or: Green October)

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

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review  today —

"Services are pending for St. Aloysius Church at Gonzaga University"

This suggests a review of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man ,
a novel by James Joyce in the Viking Critical Library containing
a brief discussion of St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

In keeping with the approach to epistemology in today's previous post

See also the link to remarks on naturalized epistemology
at the end of "Scoop," a Log24 post from the date
of the above review — July 9, 2004.

Mathematical Epistemology

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:07 PM

Yesterday's post on epistemology and geometry
suggests an Amazon customer review of Descartes's
Rules for the Direction of the Mind —

Quoted in that review —

"… we must make use of every assistance 
of the intellect, the imagination, the senses,
and the memory" (Descartes, Rules, XII)

One such assistance is the calendar.
See the date of the Blasjo review, Dec. 20, 2009,
in this journal. See also Descartes.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finite Geometry and Physical Space (continued)

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:26 PM

On Monday, October 14, 2013, Jeremy Gray published
an article titled "Epistemology of Geometry" in the online
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Gray's article did not mention the role of finite  geometry
in such epistemology.

For that role, see Finite Geometry and Physical Space 
as a web page and as a Google image search.

See also my papers at Academia.edu.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Theme and Variations

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 6:16 PM


IMAGE- The Diamond Theorem

Josefine Lyche’s large wall version of the twenty-four 2×2 variations
above was apparently offered for sale today in Norway —

Click image for more details and click here for a translation.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Field of Reason*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

IMAGE- Adolf Holl on the Roman emperor Julian and Apollo

Or perhaps the Richman.

Roger Richman, agent who represented image rights for the
estates of celebrities, reportedly died on October 9, 2013.

This journal on that date —

* For the title, see Apollo + Outram in this journal.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dream of the Expanded Field

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:28 PM


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

Further context: Galois I Ching

Up and Down

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Heraclitus, Fragment 60 (Diels number):

The way up and the way down is one and the same.

ὁδὸς ἄνω κάτω μία καὶ ὡυτή

hodòs áno káto mía kaì houté

— http://www.heraclitusfragments.com/B60/index.html

IMAGE- Fetzer on ambiguity in Mann's 'Doctor Faustus'

See also Blade and Chalice and, for a less Faustian
approach, Universe of Discourse.

IMAGE- Logic related to 'the arsenal of algebraic analysis tools for fields'

Further context:  Not Theology.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:31 PM

IMAGE- Cover of 'Mr. Ives' Christmas,' by Oscar Hijuelos'

Click to enlarge —

Related material — El Lucero Puro .

Les Mots

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Two links from the above post

Gamalog and Separatrix.

The latter word has a technical meaning in mathematics.
It also has a non-technical meaning, as explained below.

The comparison of Derrida to Holmes is of course ridiculous
(like the rest of the Kipnis essay). For Moriarty, see (for instance)
"We've lost the plot!" (Feb. 27, 2008).

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Story Theory of Truth

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 PM


At right above, a possible image of Queen Isabella I 
of Castile, attributed to Gerard David.

At left above, a Hollywood version.

Happy birthday to Chris Wallace and Hugh Jackman.

Related material: The Foot Configuration 
and Jews Telling Stories.

See also the epigraph to this morning's post Deconstruction —

"                          … Had they deceived us 
Or deceived themselves, the quiet-voiced elders,
Bequeathing us merely a receipt for deceit?"

— Four Quartets


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From a post of Oct. 13, 2009 linked to
in Friday morning's post "A Wake"—

See also some related reading.


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"                          … Had they deceived us 
Or deceived themselves, the quiet-voiced elders,
Bequeathing us merely a receipt for deceit?"

Four Quartets

Log24 posts of 9/11, 2013 —

Those who enjoy lead balloons may
consult also Zeppelin in this journal.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Wake

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:31 AM

See a post of October 13, 2009 (the upload date
for the video below), and consider the line

"I bet he's out there shinin' like a diamond don't you know"

Happy birthday, Paulette.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


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"… the walkway between here and there would be colder than a witch’s belt buckle. Or a well-digger’s tit. Or whatever the saying was. Vera had been hanging by a thread for a week now, comatose, in and out of Cheyne-Stokes respiration, and this was exactly the sort of night the frail ones picked to go out on. Usually at 4 a.m. He checked his watch. Only 3:20, but that was close enough for government work."

— King, Stephen (2013-09-24).
    Doctor Sleep: A Novel  (p. 133). Scribner. Kindle Edition. 

From Space.com, the death of an astronaut this morning —

"Carpenter passed at 5:30 a.m. MDT (7:30 a.m. EDT; 1130 GMT)."

A link, "Continued," in this journal at 3:26 a.m. EDT today led to

Nobel Jam

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From this date five years ago in The Guardian

Alice Munro: An Appreciation by Margaret Atwood

"The central Christian tenet is that
two disparate and mutually exclusive elements— 
divinity and humanity— got jammed together
in Christ, neither annihilating the other.
The result was not a demi-god, or a God
in disguise: God became totally a human being
while remaining at the same time totally divine.
To believe either that Christ was only a man or
that he was simply God was declared heretical
by the early Christian church. Christianity thus
depends on a denial of either/or classifying logic
and an acceptance of both-at-once mystery.
Logic says that A cannot be both itself and non-A
at the same time; Christianity says it can. The
formulation 'A but also non-A' is indispensable to it."

Related literary material— "Excluded Middle" and "Couple of Tots."

See also "The Divided Cube" and "Mimsy Were the Borogoves."

Master Class*

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For James Joyce, author of Dubliners 

See the posts of the Feast of St. Francis, 2013,
and today's New York Times —

IMAGE- Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

* A phrase used here before.

Mr. Noon

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Excerpt from 'Mr. Noon,' by D.H. Lawrence

See also "Finishing Up at Noon," "S in a Diamond," and "Beyond: Two Souls."

A Space for Scarlett

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This continues the post of 10 PM ET Oct. 8.

Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro on fiction and the structure of space

See, too, Plato's Ghost in this journal.

Klein Correspondence

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(Continued from June 2, 2013)

John Bamberg continues his previous post on this subject.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sign in

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From the upper right of the Google search screen —

For related religious remarks, see "The Ninth."

According to Hoyle

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IMAGE- Quote from Hoyle's 'October the First is Too Late'

See also the previous post.

"Some like it in the pot, nine days old."

To Apollo*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 PM

From Log24

From Josefine Lyche's website —

* For the title, see Apollo + Outram in this journal.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

S in a Diamond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

For Amy Adams, who in a recent
Superman film posed the question

"What's the S stand for?"

This logo appears on the new game
Beyond: Two Souls . (See this evening's
earlier post on the game.)

In a more appealing sort of computer
entertainment, the S might stand for Scarlett.

"Please wait as your operating system is initiated."

(From the October 5th post Dream Girls.) 

The Hunt for Green October…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:27 PM


A note on the image in this evening's previous post —

This journal on April 24, 2006 —

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06/060424-Cash.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Her wallet's filled with pictures

New Game

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From Wikipedia —

"The game, which features psychological, spiritual,
and thriller elements, is centered around questions
about what happens after death…. The game's
producer noted that players might be able to find out
'what lies beyond' after playing it….

… Beyond  was the final project of composer 
Normand Corbeil, who died of pancreatic cancer
on 25 January 2013."

For related material from 25 January 2013, see

A Touch of Glass.

For such a touch, instead of game star Ellen Page,
I prefer music star Reba McEntire —

Image posted here on October 4th,
the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Related material:  A Bishop for Ellen.


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"Lawrence seems simultaneously naïve and jaded in the face of elemental questions, and he is himself our greatest poet of the interrogative mode: his questions often begin by seeming inconsequential, even coy ('Would you like to throw a stone at me?'), but they unearth unexpected profundities of observation and thought. This process of discovery, not the profundities as such, is what makes the poems so gripping, and it takes place both within the poems and between them."

James Longenbach on D. H. Lawrence,
    The Nation , Oct. 1, 2013

"What then?" — D. H. Lawrence on the novel

"What then?" — Yeats on Plato's ghost


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The Source:

Related material: Apostrophe Theory .

Monday, October 7, 2013

Post-Production (continued)

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This journal on Oct. 2, the date of death for
the developer of mathematical Braille —

Clicking on the image of St. Peter's Square in that post led to

Braille, as noted in last midnight's post, is based
on a six-dot cell. For some pure mathematics of
the six-dot cell, see 

Modeling the 21-point plane
with outer automorphisms of S6

Two quotations that seem relevant —

"When Death tells a story, you really have to listen"
Cover of The Book Thief

"This is not theology, this is mathematics."
Steven H. Cullinane, Sept. 22, 2013

The Book of Abraham

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On Abraham Nemeth, the developer of Braille
for blind students of mathematics —

"… he began tinkering with the six-dot cell
that is the foundation of Braille."

For a different six-dot cell, see Nocciolo .

"Throughout his life, he dedicated much of his
spare time to creating Braille versions of Jewish
texts, including helping to proofread a Braille
Hebrew Bible in the 1950s." — Nemeth's obituary

Those who prefer entertainment may consult  The Book of Eli.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dinner Theater

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A theater review by Ben Brantley tonight of "Big Fish"
suggests a review of a Log24 post from January 9, 2004.

This in turn suggests another reviewer's remark

"As over-the-top as a dinner theater production of 'The Crucible' "

— Frank Rich in The New York Times , November  2004

For such a production, see today's Sermon as well as
Amy Adams in this journal in May 2009 and this afternoon.

The Curve

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(Saturday's Dream Girls, continued)

"How would you touch me?"

The computer in the new film Her

For some remarks on Arcade Fire, see Saturday's 10 PM post 
and Sunday's 10:10 AM post.

In related news…

See also posts with Slow Art  and Amy Adams
shooting pool (scroll to the bottom).

Cover Girl

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

(Continued from the Feast 
of St. Francis (Oct. 4), 2013)

An image suggested by the flower
on the cover of the book
Beautiful Mathematics —

Two Lips

(Those of Amy Adams in 2008)

"In the Master's chambers,
they gathered for the feast…"

Related material for the religiously inclined ​:

The Date  (August 8th, 2013)

Sunday Dinner (continued)

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Judith Shulevitz in The New York Times
on Sunday, July 18, 2010
(quoted here Aug. 15, 2010) —

“What would an organic Christian Sabbath look like today?”

One possibility —

See also The Pride of Lowell  (Oct. 3, 2012)
and, a year later, The Hunt for Green October .

Sunday in the Park

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:20 PM

(Continued from Frame Tale (Oct. 1) and 
this morning's Church with Josefine.)

See Trinity Knot in this journal.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM



Holy Spirit

Ite, missa est.


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A sequel to last night's "For Baron Samedi" —


The music in the trailer for the new film "American Hustle"
is a 1969 tune by Led Zeppelin.  This, together with the
magick sigils posted at Facebook yesterday by artist
Josefine Lyche, suggests a review of Zeppelin sigils
from a 1971 album. These are, as shown above on a
record label,  the personal symbols of the four musicians
in the band. Two of the symbols may, of course, be
interpreted as representing the Holy Trinity.

Church with Josefine*

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(Continued from last Sunday)

IMAGE- 'Permutahedron of Opposites'-- 24 graphic patterns arranged in space as 12 pairs of opposites

For some background, see Permutahedron in this journal.

See also…

* Jews may prefer to retitle this post "Sunday Shul with Josefine"
and stage it as a SNL sketch, "Norwegian Disco," with
The Sunshine Girls. (For the Norwegian part, see Kristen Wiig,
of Norwegian ancestry. For the disco part, see Amy Adams,
who stars in a new disco-era movie.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

For Baron Samedi

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IMAGE- Symbol in an Arcade Fire video from Haiti

Click on the image for a video.

See also Josefine Lyche's "Grids, you say?"

I prefer Lyche's versions of the diagonal
3×3 grid. Her versions have no lettering.

(This post was suggested by a photo of magical sigils 
that Lyche posted a few hours ago at Facebook.
The above seems to be another such sigil that may
or may not be intended to function like those posted
today by Lyche.)

Dream Girls

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Her —

"Please wait as your operating system is initiated."

See also  the Oct. 13, 2011, post
        "Now, Here's My Plan"
  and Bester's The Deceivers —

His excitement drove him into the workshop to get a better view of the end product on the giant prime video of his computer. During those few moments the development had accelerated into its dénouement, for he arrived just in time to have the huge screen explode into his face. Demi Jeroux burst out of the computer in a shower of plastic particles, rolled and sprawled on top of him. She was naked, sweating, trembling.

“Golly!” she gasped. “Getting in was easy compared to getting out. Are you hurt, darling?”

“I’m fine. I’m great. I’m ennobled. I’m stupefied. Hi, hey. Hi, my love. Hi, my darling sprite. What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like that?”

Friday, October 4, 2013

Christian’s Question

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:16 PM

"Now, who's the master?"

— Christian Bale in "American Hustle," a film
     scheduled for limited release on St. Lucy's Day
     and wide release on Christmas Day, 2013

See also this journal on November 26, 2012.

Walter’s Wake

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(Continued from October First)

"It gets to the end
We get to run it again"

— James Taylor,
    "One More Go Round" from
    New Moon Shine  album

For the Feast of St. Francis

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"According to Vladimir Nabokov, Salvador Dalí
 was 'really Norman Rockwell’s  twin brother
 kidnapped by gypsies in babyhood.'
 But actually there were triplets: the third one is
 Stephen King."

 — Margaret Atwood, "Shine On,"  
      online Sept. 19, 2013

"The metaphor for metamorphosis
  no keys unlock."

 — Steven H. Cullinane, Nov. 7, 1986

Color News

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:48 PM

(Continued from yesterday's STEM and Truman Show.)

Old Soldier

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Roll Credits

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See also Howl in this journal.

Related material from a June 22, 2013, post

Kitty in Uncanny X-Men #168 (April 1983)


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 AM

From Inception  (2010) :

From Diamonds Studio Generative Identity (2013) :

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Truman Show

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Part I: Paranoia

" 'The Truman Show' did not single-handedly cause
Truman delusions, any more than 'The Manchurian
Candidate' caused Cold War paranoia. In the fifteen
years since 'The Truman Show' was released, its
premise has increasingly come to seem nonbizarre."
— Andrew Marantz in The New Yorker
     issue dated Sept. 16, 2013, page 35

Part II: Amen

Part III: The Magic 8-Ball

Part IV: Sinking the Magic 8-Ball

Part V: The Color of Money


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

“ ‘A babbled of green fields
— Phrase attributed to Shakespeare
quoted here on September 15th

From a New York Times  piece online today,
a quote promoting science and technology,
and a quote on aptitude :

the   STEM fields   (“STEM” being the current shorthand
for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics”),
which offer so much in the way of job prospects, prestige,
intellectual stimulation and income….

… scientific and mathematical aptitude at
the very highest end of the spectrum ….

From a post of June 9, 2013 :

… the MAA Spectrum  program —

Related material — yesterday’s posts  

  1. Post-Production
  2. Color News
  3. Noon News
  4. Knock, Knock, Knockin’
  5. Spectral Theory
  6. Bright Star

and today’s previous post.

See as well Mood Indigo.

Loosey in the Sky

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:18 AM

"Righty tighty, lefty loosey." — Folk saying

See also a figure from this journal 
on Lee Marvin's birthday in 2011 —


The square root of the former is the latter.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bright Star

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:29 PM

(Continued. For the title, see Lucero  in this journal.)

See Newton in several works of literary art:

The date, Nov. 23, 2010, of the Westminster Abbey remarks
in the second Newton link above suggests a quite different church 
​from that date.

Spectral Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:24 PM

Peter J. Cameron attributes failure of his usual
link to the NASA "Astronomy Picture of the Day"
(APOD) to the US government shutdown, and
gives a substitute link.

Here is yet another substitute link, this one
specifically to today's  picture —

"All the Colors of the Sun."

Related literary remarks by Nabokov —

Among the many exhilarating things Lake taught
was that the order of the solar spectrum is not
a closed circle but a spiral of tints from cadmium
red and oranges through a strontian yellow and a
pale paradisal green to cobalt blues and violets,
at which point the sequence does not grade into
red again but passes into another spiral, which
starts with a kind of lavender gray and goes on to
Cinderella shades transcending human perception.


Knock, Knock, Knockin’

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:24 PM

(Continued from Monday, Sept. 30)

"The art of the playwright consists in
employing, to the most effective degree
possible, accident within the action."
— Friedrich Dürrenmatt, author of The Physicists

Noon News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

A link from 48 hours ago :  

Morphean adventures.

Related material for Wallace Stevens's birthday 

Being's Road.

Color News

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See also "Red October" in this  journal.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:07 AM

Click the above for some music and literary-philosophical remarks.

Related material: This journal on February 3 and 4, 2010.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 PM

"It's solution, dissolution." — Walter White

The Hallowed Crucible  Continues.

Walter’s Wake

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Part I:

The Alchemist

Part II:

Back to Square One (Click for some backstory.)

Part III:

Chapter Eleven

Part IV:

Oh, What Can It Mean?

(This journal, 7 AM on Sunday, January 20th, 2008,
the date the first episode of Breaking Bad  was aired.)

Dark Tale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:01 PM

From Dark Side Tales, a Log24 post
of August 26, 2013—

"And then one day you find
ten years have got behind you."

— Lyrics to Dark Side of the Moon

Or eleven.

See also today's previous post in light of
the bottom line of Dark Side Tales:

"the spirit's alchemicana."

Frame Tale

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:24 PM

From an academic's website:

IMAGE- Remarks by Paul Hertz, alias Ignotus the Mage

For Josefine Lyche and Ignotus the Mage,
as well as Rose the Hat and other Zingari shoolerim —

Sabbatha hanti, lodsam hanti, cahanna risone hanti :
words that had been old when the True Knot moved
across Europe in wagons, selling peat turves and trinkets.
They had probably been old when Babylon was young.
The girl was powerful, but the True was all-powerful,
and Rose anticipated no real problem.

— King, Stephen (2013-09-24).
     Doctor Sleep: A Novel
     (pp. 278-279). Scribner. Kindle Edition. 

From a post of November 10, 2008:

Twenty-four Variations on a Theme of Plato

Twenty-four Variations on a Theme of Plato,
a version by Barry Sharples based on the earlier
kaleidoscope puzzle  version of Steven H. Cullinane

The King and the Corpse  —

"The king asked, in compensation for his toils
during this strangest of all the nights he had
ever known, that the twenty-four riddle tales
told him by the specter, together with the story
of the night itself, should be made known
over the whole earth and remain eternally
famous among men."

Frame Tale: 

Finnegans Wake  —

"The quad gospellers may own the targum
but any of the Zingari shoolerim may pick a peck
of kindlings yet from the sack of auld hensyne."

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