Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fast Forward

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Continued from Nov. 21, 2010:

“They always print… the lottery.”

The reader may interpret the lottery numbers
as he or she pleases.

Related material: Jersey City in Log24 posts
of April 25 and April 28, and today’s NY Times
image of another Jersey City landmark.


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Some background for a recent photo
by Josefine Lyche:

The Boys from Uruguay and Witch Ball.

The photo:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cold Comfort

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“… it offers the comfort of a community of other players
all stuck in the same hellish quagmire.”

— Review of a video game that was in the news today.

A tweet from the game’s developer last Christmas:

IMAGE- Sardonic Xmas Day tweet wishing readers a happy Easter

From this journal, also on Christmas Day last year:

“She never looked up while her mind rotated the facts,
trying to see them from all sides, trying to piece them
together into theory. All she could think was that she
was flunking an IQ test.”

— Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty

Monday, April 28, 2014


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Suggested by a Saturday death in Jersey City:

Somewhere, over the gray space

Gray Space, by Wagner

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(Orlin Wagner/Associated Press) – A vehicle tops a hill along
U.S. Route 56 as a severe thunderstorm moves through the area
near Baldwin City, Kansas, on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

See a related news story.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday School

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Galois and Abel vs. Rubik


“Abel was done to death by poverty, Galois by stupidity.
In all the history of science there is no completer example
of the triumph of crass stupidity….”

— Eric Temple Bell,  Men of Mathematics

Gray Space  (Continued)

… For The Church of Plan 9.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For Two Artists of Norway

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IMAGE- Conclusion of introduction to Heinrich Zimmer's 'The King and the Corpse'

See also LYNX 760 , Rubik vs. Abel, and Toying.

Friday, April 25, 2014


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IMAGE- 'Another instance of producers toying with artists' and a Rubik's Cube exhibition in Jersey City beginning Saturday, April 26

Related material: Quilt Geometry and Magical Realism Revisited.

Quilt Geometry

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or: The Dead Hand Shot

Library Thing book list: 'An Awkward Lie' and 'A Piece of Justice'

See also Tumbling Blocks Quilt and Springtime for Vishnu.

LYNX 760

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For John Milton at the Cervecería XX —

Related material: Peter J. Cameron on Bertrand Russell
in A Midnight Exorcism.

To El Farolito*

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See also “Six Cuban Families Celebrate Kids’ Law Degrees.”
Feliz Cumpleaños  to Al Pacino.

* “The Lighthouse,” in Spanish.  See Under the Volcano .


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Quoted here on April 11 —

“…direct access to the godhead, which
in this case was Creativity.”
— Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House

From “Today in History: April 25, 2014,” by The Associated Press:

“Five years ago… University of Georgia professor
George Zinkhan, 57, shot and killed his wife
and two men outside a community theater in Athens
before taking his own life.”

Related material:

A Google Scholar search for Zinkhan’s 1993 paper,
Creativity in Advertising,” Journal of Advertising  22,2: 1-3 —

Obiter Dicta:

“Dour wit” — Obituary of a Scots herald who died on Palm Sunday

“Remember me to Herald Square.” — Song lyric

“Welcome to Scotland.” — Kincade in Skyfall

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Inscape of 24

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“The more intellectual, less physical, the spell of contemplation
the more complex must be the object, the more close and elaborate
must be the comparison the mind has to keep making between
the whole and the parts, the parts and the whole.”

— The Journals and Papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins ,
edited by Humphry House, 2nd ed. (London: Oxford
University Press, 1959), p. 126, as quoted by Philip A.
Ballinger in The Poem as Sacrament 

Related material from All Saints’ Day in 2012:

Talk pointing out that R. T. Curtis's 1974 construction of the Steiner system S(5,8,24) is taken from Turyn.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Requiem for a Herald

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In memory of Peter Drummond-Murray, two readings:

The Beauty that Saves and The Trials of Device.

Drummond-Murray reportedly died at 84 on April 13,
Palm Sunday.  The Telegraph  describes him:

“A big, grim-faced man with a dour wit,
Drummond-Murray resembled some rugged
Jacobite from a novel by Sir Walter Scott.”

Or Sydney Greenstreet.

“The stuff that dreams are made of.” — The Maltese Falcon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Colorful Tale

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Annals of Gray Space*

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Seattle Meets Kansas:

* For related material, see Gray Space.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gray Space

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(Continued from Palm Sunday)

From Richard Wilbur’s “Walking to Sleep” —

Try to remember this: what you project
Is what you will perceive; what you perceive
With any passion, be it love or terror,
May take on whims and powers of its own.
Therefore a numb and grudging circumspection
Will serve you best, unless you overdo it,
Watching your step too narrowly, refusing
To specify a world, shrinking your purview
To a tight vision of your inching shoes—
Which may, as soon you come to think, be crossing
An unseen gorge upon a rotten trestle.
What you must manage is to bring to mind
A landscape not worth looking at, some bleak
Champaign at dead November’s end, its grass
As dry as lichen, and its lichens grey….

See also —

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Harrowing Pater

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For the first word of the title, see The Harrowing of Hell.

For the second, see Pater and Hopkins.

This post was suggested by yesterday’s Symmetry and by…

Friday, April 18, 2014


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See also “Leave a space,” from Monday.


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“Kilimanjaro is a snow covered mountain 19,710 feet high,
and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western
summit is called the Masai ‘Ngàje Ngài,’ the House of God.
Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcass
of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking
at that altitude.” — Ernest Hemingway, epigraph to a story

Some background —

Kristen Wiig and a mountain in the recent film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
and Wiig in a Log24 post of Sunday, March 6, 2011.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


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Todd Leopold at CNN today on a novel by
the late Gabriel García Márquez —

“…a tapestry of almost biblical proportions….”

See also Sermon (Sunday, March 6. 2011).

Thursday with the Nashes

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“For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross.” — Gravity’s Rainbow

“I don’t write exclusively on Jewish themes or about Jewish characters.
My collection of short stories, Strange Attractors , contained nine pieces,
five of which were, to some degree, Jewish, and this ratio has provided me
with a precise mathematical answer (for me, still the best kind of answer)
to the question of whether I am a Jewish writer. I am five-ninths a Jewish writer.”

— Rebecca Goldstein, “Against Logic

Midrashim for Rebecca: 

The Diamond Theory vs.  the Story Theory (of truth)

Story Theory and the Number of the Beast

The Palm Sunday post “Gray Space”

For those who prefer the diamond theory of truth,
a “precise mathematical” view of a Gray code —

IMAGE- Six-bit binary and Gray codes

For those who prefer the story theory of truth,
Thursday with the Nashes —

The actors who portrayed Mr. and Mrs. John Nash in
‘A Beautiful Mind’ now portray Mr. and Mrs. Noah…

IMAGE- At UMC.org, the actors who portrayed Mr. and Mrs. John Nash in 'A Beautiful Mind' now portray Mr. and Mrs. Noah.

Monday, April 14, 2014


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Leave a space.” — Tom Stoppard

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gray Space

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Art Wars  view —
image from a post at noon on Saturday, April 12:

Kansas City view:

Review of Seeing Gray , a book by pastor Adam Hamilton
of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City—

“Adam Hamilton invites us to soulful gray space
between polarities, glorious gray space that is holy,
mysterious, complex, and true. Let us find within
our spirits the courage and humility to live and learn
in this faithful space, to see gray, to discern a more
excellent way.”

Review by United Methodist Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

The above quotation was suggested by the following from today’s
online Kansas City Star :

“Two of the victims were 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood
and his grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, who attended the
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, the church’s senior pastor, shared
the news with church members at the beginning of the evening
Palm Sunday service.”

Update of 10:48 PM — A related photo:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Clarity from Douthat

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“What both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric
masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect
at the heart of elite culture in America.”
— Ross Douthat in today’s online NY Times

More clarity:

Job interview
What’s your greatest weakness?

Thanks to John Baez at Google+ for relaying this.


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(Continued from June 9, 2009)

“The craziness is receding but no clarity is taking its place.”
— Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

A possible source of clarity:

IMAGE- Produktinformation, 3451298759

Art Wars

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For the late Allen E. Puckett, Hughes Aircraft engineer and CEO,
who reportedly died at 94 on March 31 (the birthday of René Descartes) —

Friday, April 11, 2014

Change Descends (continued)

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Tom Cruise at the Vatican in MI3

Other descents of change:

Sacred Space and Cube Descending.

Context— Last night’s post Change Arises,
on Walter Gropius, Wolfe’s “Silver Prince.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Change Arises (continued)

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In memory of Lucia Eames, who reportedly died
on April 1, 2014:

“… Walter Gropius was her professor ….”

See also in this journal Gropius and the April 1 posts.

Related material: “As a little child.”

Going Home

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The New York Times  yesterday on Chloë Grace Moretz:

“The public may see her in a certain, put-together way, she said:
‘But when I go home, I’m like, “Let’s turn on ‘Little Mermaid’!”‘”

See also A Word from Our Sponsa and the following:

Where Entertainment Is God

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From Between Two Worlds (Feb. 25, 2007) —
Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider (2007):

Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider

More recently, Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy (2010):

The New York Times  as a guide for the perplexed:

IMAGE- Chloe Grace Moretz in The New York Times

“Go back to the flaming skull, Dad.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inspired by Design

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It’s 10 PM.  Do you know where your childen are?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thy Sting

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A post from March 28, 2014 —

Art School Confidential

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March 28 was reportedly the date of death for a public figure:

Edwin Kagin, Atheist Who Battled Religion
in Public Sphere, Dies at 73

Related material — the link Complex Reflection from March 28,
and a post on “The Sunset Limited.”

The “Sunset” post was suggested by the contrast between Kagin’s
views and those in  a book by his son Stephen, a minister.

Miami Mosaic

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He “…believed the art to be real….”
— Lawyer for  Mosaic Miami Church pastor
accused of trying to sell forged Damien Hirst art

A Miami mosaic from this journal last Dec. 21

IMAGE- Miami/Dade County schools page

The indicated link is to…

See also St. Ursula’s Day, 2010, and Emil Artin’s dies natalis  in 2003.

Dating an OS

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Amy Adams in the recent film “Her” —
“You’re dating an OS?  What is that like?”


The Gioconda Smile

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From Log24  on Feb. 26, 2008 —

Black monolith, 1x4x9

“Many dreams have been
brought to your doorstep.
They just lie there
and they die there.”

The Return of the Author,
by Eugen Simion:

On Sartre’s Les Mots –

“Writing helps him find his own place within this vast comedy. He does not take to writing seriously yet, but he is eager to write books in order to escape the comedy he has been compelled to take part in.”

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hey, Kids…

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Jesus Talk at Harvard

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Related material:  A Harvard Crimson  story on a student who died
this morning from injuries he received in a fall from a building
near the New England Aquarium in Boston. He reportedly fell around
midnight on the night of April 5-6, Saturday-Sunday.

Here are links to two posts from The Fish Tank  blog in The
Harvard Ichthus — from 2013 March 9 and 2013 March 16
that are apparently by this same student.

See also the link to a Harvard-related psychiatrists’ paper in
The View from Lone Pine, a Log24 post from Saturday evening.


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Blazing World

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“…in 1959… I stepped out alone, walked into the streets
of Lone Pine, Calif., and saw the world— the mountains,
the sky, the low scattered buildings— suddenly flame into life.

There were no visions, no prophetic voices or visits by
totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere.”

— Barbara Ehrenreich in today’s NY Times Sunday Review ,
A Rationalist’s Mystical Moment

A less credible account —

IMAGE- 'The Blazing World' meets 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, 1927-2014

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The View from Lone Pine

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Barbara Ehrenreich in today's online New York Times :

"…in 1959… I stepped out alone, walked into the streets of Lone Pine, Calif., and saw the world— the mountains, the sky, the low scattered buildings— suddenly flame into life.

There were no visions, no prophetic voices or visits by totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere. Something poured into me and I poured out into it. This was not the passive beatific merger with 'the All,' as promised by the Eastern mystics. It was a furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once, too vast and violent to hold on to, too heartbreakingly beautiful to let go of."

Ehrenreich mentions a psychiatrists' paper, "The Role of Psychotic Disorders in Religious History Considered," that was published on September 1, 2012.

See also Log24 posts of September 1 and September 2, 2012.

A Princeton Half-Hour

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"May you be in heaven a full half-hour
before the devil knows you're dead ."

Related material:
Yesterday's posts of 12 PM and 8 PM,
and the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Requiem for a Writer

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IMAGE- 'The Artist and the Pope,' by Curtis Bill Pepper, about the artist Manzu

IMAGE- Manzu doors at the Vatican

IMAGE- Church door from 'Certified Copy'

Image- Bread at the church door in 'Certified Copy'

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dream of the Expanded Field

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From today’s news:

“His daughter, the poet Jorie Graham, confirmed the death.”

From an artist on Oct. 3, 2013:

“‘This is St. Francis country,’ she says of Umbria.”

April in Paris

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The Surreal Meets the Real


“Place Vendôme” (1998)

Odilon Redon, L’Oeil

IMAGE- Princeton University Art Museum talk

For Deneuve, a Setting In Which She Sparkles


Published: August 18, 2000 in The New York Times

“Named after the Parisian square that is home
to the Ritz Hotel, several haute couture boutiques
and some of the world’s most expensive jewelry shops,
‘Place Vendôme’ provides a perfect setting for
Catherine Deneuve, herself one of the French cinema’s
most precious gems.”

Eight Gate

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From a Huffington Post  discussion of aesthetics by Colm Mulcahy
of Spelman College, Atlanta:

“The image below on the left… is… overly simplistic, and lacks reality:

IMAGE - Two eightfold cubes- axonometric view on left, perspective view on right

It’s all a matter of perspective: the problem here is that opposite sides
of the cube, which are parallel in real life, actually look parallel in the
left image! The image on the right is better….”

A related discussion:  Eight is a Gate.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Better Late…

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Last Sunday’s sermon from Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian
Church is now online. It reveals the answer to the “One Thing”
riddle posted at the church site Sunday:

IMAGE- Sermon topic 'One Thing Do I Know'

The online sermon has been retitled “One Thing I Do Know.”
A related search yields a relevant example of the original
Yoda-like word order:

IMAGE- 'One thing do I know' in a religious book from 1843

From the online sermon —

“What comes into view is the bombarding cynicism,
the barrage of mistrust and questions, and the
flat out trial of the man born blind. The
interrogation coming not because of the miracle
that gave the man sight….”

Related material — “Then a miracle occurs.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Change Arises

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IMAGE- Search for the source of the quotation 'Change arises from the structure of the object'

For a different view of change arising, click on the tag above.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kindergarten Geometry

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A screenshot of the new page on the eightfold cube at Froebel Decade:

IMAGE- The eightfold cube at Froebel Decade

Click screenshot to enlarge.

Little Piece of Heaven

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An obit from The Telegraph  today:

Meanwhile, in  The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle  quotes Mark Twain on “mental telegraphy.”

For April 1

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IMAGE- 'American Hustle' and Art Cube

Or:  Extremely Gray Code

Related material:  Spaces as Hypercubes

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