Monday, June 30, 2014

High Concept

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

For the title, see a post of Nov. 4, 2007.

Related material:

Hexagram 29, Water, and a pattern resembling
the symbol for Aquarius:

http://www.log24.com/images/IChing/hexagram29.gif          .

For some backstory about the former,
see the June 21 post Hallmark.

For some backstory about the latter,
see today’s post Toward Evening.

Tom Wolfe has supplied some scaffolding*
to support the concept.

* A reference to Grossman and Descartes.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:16 AM

“There’s a Michelangelo joke to be made.”

— Remark in the recent film “The Monuments Men

Vide  Michelangelo in this journal.

Toward Evening

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:29 AM

(Friday’s Latin Club  posts, continued)

The poet Allen Grossman reportedly died in
the morning on Friday, June 27, 2014.

IMAGE- 'Descartes' Loneliness,' by Allen Grossman, from a book published in December, 2007

Log24 post of Aug. 31, 2010, 'Page Mark'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday School

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Fish Story

See also Panofsky’s Perspective as Symbolic Form  in an online PDF.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

New York Times  lead obit at 11:06 PM ET June 28:

IMAGE- Documentary film maker Robert Gardner

Compare and contrast:

IMAGE- Video promoting book by Peter Rodger

The above video promoting a book, The OMG Chronicles , was
uploaded by a marketer on March 1, 2011.  For a different perspective,
see this journal on that date.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Latin Club

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Related material:

See also this journal on the date of the above Mass: June 15, 2014—


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:25 AM

“They always print… the lottery.” —Log24

See also posts 953 and 4016.

Night of the Iguana Club

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 AM

“We specialize in bachelorette parties.”


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:35 AM


Mach die Musik von damals nach.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

See related stories here and here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where Entertainment Is God

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM


“What’s on the program?”

— Seymour Glass to Sybil in “A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Related material from yesterday afternoon

… and from this morning:

Study This Example, Part II

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:06 AM

(Continued from 10:09 AM today)

The quotation below is from a webpage on media magnate
Walter Annenberg.

Annenberg Hall at Harvard, originally constructed to honor
the Civil War dead, was renamed in 1996 for his son Roger,
Harvard Class of ’62.


“It was said that Roger was ‘moody and sullen’
spending large parts of his time reading poetry
and playing classical music piano. It had been
reported that Roger attempted suicide at the
age of eleven by slitting his wrists. He recovered
and was graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Episcopal Academy in our area. For awhile,
Roger attended Harvard, but he was removed
from the school’s rolls after Roger stopped doing
his school work and spent almost all his time
reading poetry in his room. He then was sent to
an exclusive and expensive treatment center
in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. At that facility,
Roger became more remote. It was said that he
often didn’t recognize or acknowledge his father.
On August 7, 1962, Roger Annenberg died from
an overdose of sleeping pills.”

A more appropriate Annenberg memorial, an article
in The Atlantic  magazine on June 25, notes that…

“Among those who ended up losing their battles
with mental illness through suicide are
Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh,
John Berryman, Hart Crane, Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus,
Anne Sexton, and Arshile Gorky.”

Study This Example

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:09 AM

The authors of the following offer an introduction to symmetry
in quilt blocks.  They assume, perhaps rightly, that their audience
is intellectually impaired:

“A quilt block is made of 16 smaller squares.
Each small square consists of two triangles.”

Study this example of definition.
(It applies quite precisely to the sorts of square patterns
discussed in the 1976 monograph Diamond Theory , but
has little relevance for quilt blocks in general.)

Some background for those who are not  intellectually impaired:
Robinson’s book Definition in this journal and at Amazon.

The McLuhan Dimension

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:56 AM

"History is a deep and complicated puzzle—
especially when it involves more dimensions than time."

Introduction to a novella in Analog Science Fiction

IMAGE- Marshall McLuhan

IMAGE- Annenberg Hall at Harvard

IMAGE- Search for 'quilt geometry' yields a result from Annenberg Media.

"Annenberg Hall" at Harvard was originally part of a memorial for
Civil War dead. Formerly "Alumni Hall," it was renamed in 1996.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

In memory of an actor “who as a boy was one of the few Jewish children
in his mostly Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn” —

See the link nocciolo  from The Book of Abraham (Oct. 7, 2013).


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:28 AM

Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor, Dies at 98

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Passing in the Murk

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Introduction to a review of two books in
The American Interest , June 17, 2014:

“A believer and an atheist seek out their antitheses.
Do they meet somewhere in the middle,
or pass in the murk of half-baked pseudo-syntheses?”


“Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, passing in the murk.”

Related material:

This morning’s passage by Friedrich Gundolf.
For some backstory, see Gundolf in
Secret Germany: Stefan George and His Circle ,
by Robert E. Norton, Cornell University Press, 2002.

Die Scheinung des Wesens

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:00 AM

… und Nachtformen des Urgrundes

From George , by Friedrich Gundolf (Berlin, Bondi, 1920):

Wenn das Schlußgedicht des Teppichs "Der Schleier"
das ganze gestaltige "Leben" des Dichters als
einen Traum-nu des Geistes zeigt so ist damit
der Geistestag vollbracht und der Geist selbst
der dies vermag ist am Ende seiner Herrschaft
er steht vor dem Urgrund der ihn bewegt:
er erkennt sich selbst wenn nicht als Stoff
so doch als Kraft zu träumen. Die kosmische Nacht
in die er blickt ist zugleich Widerspiel des Gestaltenreiches
das er als Geist der Erde verwirk licht
und Widerspiel des Gesetzes das er als Geist des Lebens
verewigt kurz sie ist Traum und Tod "Traum"
nicht als die Fülle der Gesichte sondern als "Maja"
die Scheinung des Wesens vermöge
deren der Urgrund sich der Bindung im Raum immer wieder entzieht
wie er im Tod der Bindung durch die Zeit entgeht.
Traum ist die Aufhebung des Raum-Ichs,
Tod die Aufhebung des Zeit-Ichs— beides sind
Nachtformen des Urgrundes
die raumschaffende und -vernichtende Bewegung und
das zeitschaffende und -vernichtende Sein.

The original:

IMAGE- A passage from 'George,' by Friedrich Gundolf (Berlin, 1920)

Related material:  Die Scheinung  in this journal.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dream Palace

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Or: Mathematics and Narrative, Continued

In memory of a Stanford Arabist who reportedly died yesterday:

From preface to Ajami's 'The Dream Palace of the Arabs'

Another dream palace, from science fiction:

From Catherine Asaro’s  The Spacetime Pool :

She couldn’t believe him. That he sounded sane made none of this more plausible. “And you have no idea how this gate works?” she challenged.

His gaze flashed. “Of course I do. It’s a branch. From here to your mountains.”

“A tree, you mean?”

“No. A branch cut to another page. Your universe is one sheet, mine is another.”

She gaped at him. “Do you mean a Riemann sheet?  A branch cut from one Riemann sheet to another?”

“That’s right.” He hesitated. “You know these words?”

She laughed unsteadily. “It’s nonsense. Not the sheets, I mean, but they’re just mathematical constructs! They don’t actually exist. You can’t physically go through  a branch cut any more than you could step into a square root sign.”

He was watching her with an expression that mirrored how she had felt when he told her about his prophecy. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“Complex variable analysis.” She felt as if she were in a play where she only knew part of the script. “A branch cut is like a slit in a sheet of paper. It opens onto another sheet. I suppose you could say the sheets are alternate universes. But they aren’t real.”

“They seem quite real,” he said.

Related material: From Sunday, the day of the Stanford Arabist’s death,
a quotation from a 2013 book on “the rise of complex function theory.”

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Göpel and Rosenhain

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 AM


Some bizarre remarks on “purity” in the previous post
suggest a review of some pure  mathematics.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 PM

A suitable hallmark for
the previous post, Logical Death:



Hexagram 29: “K’an represents…
the principle of light inclosed in the dark.”
— The Richard Wilhelm I Ching

A related page from Stanford:

IMAGE- Page 29 of 'Radical Atheism,' by Martin Hägglund, Stanford U. Press, 2008

Logical Death

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 AM

The May 29 death of a Stanford logician, combined
with this morning’s previous post, suggests a review
of the May 29 post Lost in Translation.

Context— Posts tagged “Bregnans.”

When You Care Enough…

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 3:33 AM

“… near-death experiences have all the
hallmarks of mystical experience…”

— “Bolt from the Blue,” by Oliver Sacks
(See “Annals of Consciousness,” June 20, 2014)

The late Charles Barsotti once “worked for Kansas City-based
Hallmark Cards,” according to an obituary.

IMAGE- Google search for 'Lieven + Bloomsday'

See also Mad Day.

Some related deconstructive criticism:

IMAGE- Kipnis on Derrida's 'separatrix'

IMAGE- Harvard University Press, 1986 - A page on Derrida's 'inscription'

Friday, June 20, 2014

Annals of Consciousness

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 PM

A search for the late Charles Barsotti’s art
in this journal leads to the following passage:

For related material from Bloomsday 2014,
the date of Barsotti’s death, see posts tagged
consciousness growth.”

Update of 2 AM June 21, 2014:

“… near-death experiences have all the
hallmarks of mystical experience…”
— “Bolt from the Blue,” by Oliver Sacks

Barsotti once “worked for Kansas City-based
Hallmark Cards,” according to an obituary.

Into the West

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 AM

Tonight I finally got around to seeing “Return of the King,”
the end of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings  trilogy, and
listened to Annie Lennox sing “Into the West“* over the
closing credits.

Searching for some background on the song, I found it
was said to have been first publicly performed at the funeral
of a young New Zealand filmmaker, Cameron Duncan.

Duncan reportedly died in Houston, Texas,
on November 12, 2003. See posts from that day and
the day before now tagged ‘For Cameron Duncan.”

* There is a 1992 film with the same title about Irish Travellers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:09 PM

See also, in this journal, Song Hook.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Look for…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

the Silver lining.

For the Monuments Men

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:15 PM

The title refers to…

  1. A Log24 post of 7:59 AM ET today
  2. A New York Times  story of 11:59 AM ET today:

Online Etymology Dictionary  on the title of the first Holden Caulfield
story, “I’m Crazy,” in Collier’s , December 22, 1945 —

Meaning “full of cracks or flaws” is from 1580s;
that of “of unsound mind, or behaving as so” is from 1610s.
Jazz slang sense “cool, exciting” attested by 1927….
Phrase crazy like a fox  recorded from 1935.

A Dark and Stormy Night

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

This journal on the morning of January 27, 2010,
the day of J. D. Salinger’s death, had a post on
Nietzsche and Heraclitus titled “To Apollo.”

Related material:

“… the wind was noisy the way it is in spooky movies
on the night the old slob with the will gets murdered.”

— From the opening sentence of the first Holden Caulfield
story, published in the Collier’s  of December 22, 1945

See also Peter Matthiessen on Zen,   Salinger and Vedanta,
and Heraclitus in this journal.  Some background—

A quotation from Nietzsche…
(Sämtliche Werke, Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden  (KSA).
Herausgegeben von Giorgio Colli und Mazzino Montinari.
Berlin: De Gruyter, 1980):

“Nietzsche wrote:

‘Seeing the world as a divine game and beyond good and evil:
in this both the Vedanta and Heraclitus are my predecessors.'”

— KSA vol. 11, page 26, as quoted by André van der Braak
     in a chapter from his 2011 book Nietzsche and Zen

(Darin, dass die Welt ein göttliches Spiel sei
jenseits von Gut und Böse —
habe ich die Vedanta-
und Heraklit zum Vorgänger

For the Class of ’45

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

… at The Hotchkiss School

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Plot Thickens

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

The previous two posts were on adman Julian Koenig,
who reportedly died on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Wikipedia on Koenig:

He was married twice, first to Aquila Connolly,
and later to Maria Eckhart. He has four children:
Pim, an artist; John, a businessman and
horseracing enthusiast; Antonia, a law student;
and Sarah, a producer for the public radio show
This American Life.

The Hotchkiss School on Peter Matthiessen ’45:

Mr. Matthiessen is survived by his wife, Maria Eckhart;
… two stepdaughters, Antonia and Sarah Koenig ….

See also Log24 posts referring to “Matthiessen.”

(These include references to one F. O. Matthiessen, who according
to the Guardian  in 2002 was a cousin of Peter Matthiessen’s father.)

Colorful Tale (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:15 PM

In memory of ad writer Julian Koenig, who apparently
coined the phrase “Earth Day” for April 22 (his birthday):

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Colorful Tale

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 PM

See also all  instances of the phrase “colorful tale” in this journal.

Psyops Pioneer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

IMAGE- NY Times obituary for Julian Koenig

Koenig reportedly died on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Finite Relativity

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


Anyone tackling the Raumproblem  described here
on Feb. 21, 2014 should know the history of coordinatizations
of the 4×6 Miracle Octad Generator (MOG) array by R. T. Curtis
and J. H. Conway. Some documentation:

The above two images seem to contradict a statement by R. T. Curtis
in a 1989 paper.  Curtis seemed in that paper to be saying, falsely, that
his original 1973 and 1976 MOG coordinates were those in array M below—

This seemingly false statement involved John H. Conway's supposedly
definitive and natural canonical coordinatization of the 4×6 MOG
array by the symbols for the 24 points of the projective line over GF(23)—
{∞, 0, 1, 2, 3… , 21, 22}:

An explanation of the apparent falsity in Curtis's 1989 paper:

By "two versions of the MOG" Curtis seems to have meant merely that the
octads , and not the projective-line coordinates , in his earlier papers were
mirror images of the octads  that resulted later from the Conway coordinates,
as in the images below.

More Glass

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:07 AM

See also Ian McKellen in Neverwas  and Gods and Monsters .

Monday, June 16, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:44 PM

See the January 6, 2014, post For the Padres
as well as Consciousness Growth.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Eckhart Sermon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM

IMAGE- Two footnotes from 'A Companion to Meister Eckhart'

Related material:  Aaron  Eckhart in “Neverwas.”

Aaron Eckhart Strikes Deep

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

“Even paranoids have real enemies.”

— Attributed to Delmore Schwartz

“There is a difference as to whether you are describing paranoia
or whether you in fact are paranoid yourself.”

— The late Frank Schirrmacher,  dw.de , July 2, 2013.

Schirrmacher reportedly died on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
See that date in this journal.

Paranoia is, of course, a fertile field for politicians and filmmakers:

Related material in this journal:

I, Frankenstein (May 15, 2014) and, for the Eckhart film “Erased,”
Hour of the Wolf (Nov. 9, 2006).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Midnight in the Garden…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM


The growth of consciousness is everything…
the seed of awareness sending its roots
across space and time. But it can grow in so many ways,
spinning its web from mind to mind like the spider
or burrowing into the unconscious darkness like the snake.
The biggest wars are the wars of thought.”

— Fritz Leiber, “The Oldest Soldier” (1960)

Update of 10 PM Saturday, June 14, 2014:
The first link above now leads to Log24 posts tagged
“Consciousness Growth.”  This tag is used only to select
specific posts in this journal.  It should not  be seen as
related to any material of the sort one can find in
a Web search for “growth of consciousness.”

Friday, June 13, 2014

It’s 10 PM

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

The wind of change is blowing throughout the continent.
Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness
is a political fact.”— Prime Minister Harold Macmillan,
South Africa, 1960

“Lord knows when the cold wind blows
it’ll turn your head around.” — James Taylor

From a Log24 post of August 27, 2011:

IMAGE- 'Group Theory' Wikipedia article with Rubik's cube as main illustration and argument by a cuber for the image's use

For related remarks on “national consciousness,” see Frantz Fanon.

To Walk the Walk and…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:47 PM

The Walk

From last night’s viewing, an image of Africa in 1947 at the end
of the alternate version of  Exorcist: The Beginning ,
also starring Stellan Skarsgård—

The Talk

From this morning’s reading, Macmillan’s 1960 “wind of change” speech—

Former-Day Saint

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 AM

From Wikipedia:

Wilf might prefer to be remembered not,
as in Thursday’s post, on the latter day above,
but rather on the former.

Happy birthday, Stellan Skarsgård.

Skarsgård in Exorcist: The Beginning .

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Wikipedia article on mathematician Herbert Wilf:

“One of Wilf’s former students is Richard Garfield,
the creator of the collectible card game
Magic: The Gathering .”

For more about Garfield, see yesterday’s post House of Cards.

Related material:  This journal on the date of Wilf’s death—

See also 2/02, 2014.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

House of Cards

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

“What was this Frankenstein he was creating?”
— David Kushner, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

IMAGE- Kevin Spacey in '21'

IMAGE- Excerpt from 'Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids'

Happy birthday, Gene Wilder.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:18 PM

“Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans
with A War of Gifts …. The War over Santa Claus will force
everyone to make a choice.”  — Publisher’s description

” ‘Peace on Earth, good will toward brats,’ said Peter. ”
— Orson Scott Card,  “Ender’s Stocking” in A War of Gifts

Monday, June 9, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 PM

Also from 2010, in this journal: The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sermon by Harrison Ford

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 AM

IMAGE- Graff's speech on the nature of his job in 'Ender's Game'


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Some background on the large Desargues configuration

“The relevance of a geometric theorem is determined by what the theorem
tells us about space, and not by the eventual difficulty of the proof.”

— Gian-Carlo Rota discussing the theorem of Desargues

What space  tells us about the theorem :  

In the simplest case of a projective space  (as opposed to a plane ),
there are 15 points and 35 lines: 15 Göpel  lines and 20 Rosenhain  lines.*
The theorem of Desargues in this simplest case is essentially a symmetry
within the set of 20 Rosenhain lines. The symmetry, a reflection
about the main diagonal in the square model of this space, interchanges
10 horizontally oriented (row-based) lines with 10 corresponding
vertically oriented (column-based) lines.

Vide  Classical Geometry in Light of Galois Geometry.

* Update of June 9: For a more traditional nomenclature, see (for instance)
R. Shaw, 1995.  The “simplest case” link above was added to point out that
the two types of lines named are derived from a natural symplectic polarity 
in the space. The square model of the space, apparently first described in
notes written in October and December, 1978, makes this polarity clearly visible:

A coordinate-free approach to symplectic structure

Friday, June 6, 2014

ART WARS: Fundamentals of Design

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:15 PM

Thanks to the Museum of Modern Art for pointing out
a new emphasis on design  in U.S. Army Field Manual 5-0.
MoMA supplies a link to an article from May 3, 2010:

Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army.

An excerpt from the manual:

An approach to this text by Harvard's legendary "unreliable reader"—

The Unreliable Narrator meets The Unreliable Reader
Aaron Diaz at Dresden Codak

"The risks multiply, especially when a problem involves 26 March 2010…."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Twisty Quaternion Symmetry

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:11 PM

The previous post told how user58512 at math.stackexchange.com
sought in 2013 a geometric representation of Q, the quaternion group.
He ended up displaying an illustration that very possibly was drawn,
without any acknowledgement of its source, from my own work.

On the date that user58512 published that illustration, he further
pursued his March 1, 2013, goal of a “twisty” quaternion model.

On March 12, 2013,  he suggested that the quaternion group might be
the symmetry group of the following twisty-cube coloring:

IMAGE- Twisty-cube coloring illustrated by Jim Belk

Illustration by Jim Belk

Here is part of a reply by Jim Belk from Nov. 11, 2013, elaborating on
that suggestion:

IMAGE- Jim Belk's proposed GAP construction of a 2x2x2 twisty-cube model of the quaternion group 

Belk argues that the colored cube is preserved under the group
of actions he describes. It is, however, also preserved under a
larger group.  (Consider, say, rotation of the entire cube by 180
degrees about the center of any one of its checkered faces.)  The
group Belk describes seems therefore to be a  symmetry group,
not the  symmetry group, of the colored cube.

I do not know if any combination puzzle has a coloring with
precisely  the quaternion group as its symmetry group.

(Updated at 12:15 AM June 6 to point out the larger symmetry group
and delete a comment about an arXiv paper on quaternion group models.)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Monkey Business

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:48 PM

The title refers to a Scientific American weblog item
discussed here on May 31, 2014:

Some closely related material appeared here on
Dec. 30, 2011:

IMAGE- Quaternion group acting on an eightfold cube

A version of the above quaternion actions appeared
at math.stackexchange.com on March 12, 2013:

"Is there a geometric realization of Quaternion group?" —

The above illustration, though neatly drawn, appeared under the
cloak of anonymity.  No source was given for the illustrated group actions.
Possibly they stem from my Log24 posts or notes such as the Jan. 4, 2012,
note on quaternion actions at finitegeometry.org/sc (hence ultimately
from my note "GL(2,3) actions on a cube" of April 5, 1985).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Robert Steinberg, 1922-2014

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:20 PM

Galois matrices, the subject of the previous post,
are of course not new. See, for instance, Steinberg in 1951:

IMAGE- Robert Steinberg, introduction to 'A Geometric Approach to the Representations of the Full Linear Group over a Galois Field'

The American Mathematical Society reports that Steinberg died
on May 25, 2014.

As the above 1951 paper indicates, Steinberg was well acquainted with
what Weyl called “the devil of abstract algebra.” In this  journal, however,
Steinberg himself appears rather as an angel of geometry.

Galois Matrices

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:00 PM

The webpage Galois.us, on Galois matrices , has been created as
a starting point for remarks on the algebra  (as opposed to the geometry)
underlying the rings of matrices mentioned in AMS abstract 79T-A37,
Symmetry invariance in a diamond ring.”

See also related historical remarks by Weyl and by Atiyah.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Black Key

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

The title was suggested by a post on The Piano
and by the dimensions of an image in this morning’s
previous post:  404 x 211 pixels, suggesting
4/04, a date significant to author Katherine Neville,
and 2/11, the date of a Log24 post from 2014.

These dates are both related to the post…

Everybody Comes to Rick’s
(original title of Casablanca ).

Whimsical, yes, but see Iris Murdoch
on the contingent  in literature and the word
“whimsical” in  a post of January 26, 2004
(in a series of posts involving Michael Sprinker).

From a Soundtrack:

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:01 AM

Jungle music suggested by yesterday’s Black Widow Club post,
by the midnight post that followed, and by a May 24 death:

Angel in the Wings

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Or: Corrections

Factually Incorrect:

Ed Koch in the Las Vegas Sun , May 26, 2014:

“In addition to Pearl, Bob’s other cousin, Bill Bailey,
was a song and dance man who was the inspiration
for the hit song ‘Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home.’
In fact, when William Bailey went into show business,
he took the nickname ‘Bob’ to avoid any confusion
with his older, more established cousin Bill.”

(Links added for greater depth.)

Politically Incorrect:


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