Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spiel ist nicht Spielerei

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Huffington Post this morning, noting that
today is the birthday of Henri Matisse:

"On this most holy of art holidays…."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year’s Ritual

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   From a New York Daily News  video.


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17. april – 23. mai [2015] —

"I kjernen av mitt arbeid er en pågående
utforskning av esoteriske konsepter…."

"At the core of my work is an ongoing
exploration of esoteric concepts…."

See also 
http://issuu.com/tmrk/docs/spritenkunsthall_2015_cut .

Related material:  Hard Core.

The Well Runs Dry

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From the obituary of a two-time Oscar winner,
Luise Rainer, who reportedly died today at 104 —

Her oft-repeated account of her last meeting
with [producer Louis B.] Mayer is the stuff of
Hollywood legend.

"Louis B. sent for me and said, 'I understand
that you want to leave us?' I said, 'Yes,
Mr. Mayer, my source is dried out,'" she said.
"He looked at me and he said, 'What do you
need a source for? Don't you have a director?'"

— Claudia Luther in the Los Angeles Times

See also "Would you like some water?"

An Education

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AP Today in History 
Thought for the Day:

“I respect faith, but doubt is what
gives you an education.”
Wilson Mizner
     American playwright (1876-1933)*

From this journal on the (wide) release date
of "X-Men: First Class" —

A minimalist 3×3 matrix favicon—


This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

* A source —

Monday, December 29, 2014

Revolution of Forms

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In memory of Cuban architect
Ricardo Porro, who died
on Christmas Day, 2014:

See also Rubik + Revolution
and Launched from Cuber.

The Source

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Bogus religion from a bogus "research lab" —

Journal of Scientific Exploration,
Vol. 18, No. 4 (2004), pp. 547-570
"Sensors, Filters, and the Source of Reality"
Robert G. Jahn and Brenda J. Dunne

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research
Princeton University 
D-334 Engineering Quadrangle
School of Engineering/Applied Science

"… Consequently, the inferred models of reality are limited to those substances, processes, and sources of information that constitute conventional contemporary science.

In this paper we ally ourselves with the sharply contrary position that there exists a much deeper and more extensive source of reality, which is largely insulated from direct human experience, representation, or even comprehension. It is a domain that has long been posited and contemplated by metaphysicians and theologians, Jungian and Jamesian psychologists, philosophers of science, and a few contemporary progressive theoretical physicists, all struggling to grasp and to represent its essence and its function. A variety of provincial labels have been applied, such as 'Tao,' 'Qi,' 'prana,' 'void,' 'Akashic record,' 'Unus Mundi,' 'unknowable substratum,' 'terra incognita,' 'archetypal field,' 'hidden order,' 'aboriginal sensible muchness,' 'implicate order,' 'zero-point vacuum,' 'ontic (or ontological) level,' 'undivided timeless primordial reality,' among many others, none of which fully captures the sublimely elusive nature of this domain. In earlier papers we called it the 'subliminal seed regime,' (2,3) but for our present purposes we shall henceforth refer to it simply as the 'Source.' "*


2. Jahn, R. G., & Dunne, B. J. (2001). A modular model of mind/matter manifestations (M5). Journal of Scientific Exploration , 15(3), 299–329.
3. Jahn, R. G. (2002). M*: Vector representation of the subliminal seed regime of M5. Journal of Scientific Exploration , 16(3), 341–357.


* This assortment of contexts, labels, or models should not be regarded as mutually exclusive or hierarchical; nor are they isomorphic to one another. Rather, they represent different perspectives on the same basic search, and hence should be respected as collectively complementary. Where they reinforce one another, or display common features, this may indicate some degree of basic insight. Where they disagree on details, testable hypotheses may present themselves.

This was quoted approvingly in a recent book by
Joseph JaworskiSource  (Berrett-Koehler Publishers
1st ed. Jan. 11, 2012, pp. 2-3).

A book unrelated, despite its title, to Michener's novel 'The Source'

Jaworski, a lawyer-turned-guru,
in 1980 founded a cult for executives
called the American Leadership Forum.

A synchronicity cult I prefer —
the Roman Catholic Church:

Dodecahedron Model of PG(2,5)

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Recent posts tagged Sagan Dodecahedron 
mention an association between that Platonic
solid and the 5×5 grid. That grid, when extended
by the six points on a "line at infinity," yields
the 31 points of the finite projective plane of
order five.  

For details of how the dodecahedron serves as
a model of this projective plane (PG(2,5)), see
Polster's A Geometrical Picture Book , p. 120:

For associations of the grid with magic rather than
with Plato, see a search for 5×5 in this journal.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Christmas Carol

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See also Sagan Dodecahedron, which includes 
an image posted at 12 AM ET December 25, 2014:

The image stands for the
phrase "five by five,"
meaning "loud and clear."

Tyson’s Cosmos

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Related material

See also Cosmos + Sagan in this journal.

Cube of Ultron

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The Blacklist “Pilot” Review

"There is an element of camp to this series though. Spader is
quite gleefully channeling Anthony Hopkins, complete with being
a well educated, elegant man locked away in a super-cell.
Speaking of that super-cell, it’s kind of ridiculous. They’ve got him
locked up in an abandoned post office warehouse on a little
platform with a chair inside  a giant metal cube that looks like
it could have been built by Tony Stark. And as Liz approaches
to talk to him, the entire front of the cube  opens and the whole
thing slides back to leave just the platform and chair. Really? 

Kate Reilly at Geekenstein.com (Sept. 27, 2013)

Saturday, December 27, 2014


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The previous post, More To Be Done, quotes an
opera lyric by physicist Lisa Randall :

The opera, about a physics of hidden dimensions,
may of course be given a theological spin —

IMAGE- 'Hope of Heaven,' by John O'Hara, 1947 Avon paperback 

See Hope of Heaven in this journal.

More To Be Done

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  Ball and Weiner, 'An Introduction to Finite Geometry,' version of Sept. 5, 2011

The Ball-Weiner date above, 5 September 2011,
suggests a review of this journal on that date —

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

— Customer review at Amazon.com

This passage was quoted here on August 10, 2009.

Also from that date:

The Sept. 5, 2011, Ball-Weiner paper illustrates the
"doily" view of the mathematical structure W(3,2), also
known as GQ(2,2), the Sp(4,2) generalized quadrangle.
(See Fig. 3.1 on page 33, exercise 13 on page 38, and
the answer to that exercise on page 55, illustrated by 
Fig. 5.1 on page 56.)

For "another view, hidden yet true," of GQ(2,2),
see Inscape and Symplectic Polarity in this journal.

Friday, December 26, 2014


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See also Catholic Damon in this journal.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Interview

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Or:  Entartete Kunst für Max .

Rail:  You speak about your friendships with Mike Nichols and
Steve Martin, and I can understand the affinity in  your sense
of timing, of knowing what to include and what to leave out.

Fischl:  I had the great privilege the other night actually of
having dinner with Mike and Steve after looking at a workshop
that Steve and Edie Brickell are doing.  Afterward we sat
around a table and Steve was asking for feedback because he is
still early in the process…. 

The Savage Tongue

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Click image for some related posts.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More-Nuanced Realities

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:32 PM

This evening's NY Times  wire:

Mabee reportedly died on December 18, 2014.

The cover of Harvard Design Magazine , Spring/Summer 2014:

See also Sigla (Dec. 22, 2014):
"Everyword for oneself but Code for us all."
— James Joyce in Scribbledehobble

What hath Joyce wrought?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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See also Derrida + Serpent in this journal.

* See Stoicheia (Elements) in this journal.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:09 PM

See also Anti-Christmas.

For Whom the Pepper Peps

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Key Word

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Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Or:  Chessboard  continued

"Time is irrelevant in these matters.
Joyce and the monastic brethren who
painted their manuscript ornaments
a thousand years ago were working on
the same project. There was a pattern
to be abstracted…."

— Adolf Holl, The Left Hand of God


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"She made me laugh a lot. She had a wicked
sense of humour and could be devastatingly funny."

Film director Edgar Wright on the late Billie Whitelaw

Update of 11:01 AM — See Omen.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


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"How often in the course of a lifetime
is the third eye, our organ for detecting
the hidden luster of the front door key,
capable of opening? Up to now, this has
not been investigated. And why should it be?
One single time is enough, and then
all the cold shark eyes of the world
start to look a touch friendlier. 

Time is irrelevant in these matters.
Joyce and the monastic brethren who
painted their manuscript ornaments
a thousand years ago were working on
the same project. There was a pattern
to be abstracted from the confused mesh
of tangled lines that was the reality
of the world, a pattern that would have
staying power, a pattern to which one could
say Yes. Every now and then a work
succeeded in accomplishing such a task,
and the heavens opened once more.

On February 2, 1922, for example…."

— Adolf Holl, The Left Hand of God

Party On

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Related material: This morning's NY Times  obituaries—

Scully reportedly died on Dec. 16, 2014.
See that date in this journal —

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dark Fields continued

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A  Christmas  Ornament  for  Amy  Adams —

Dark Fields*

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A date in the previous post suggests a flashback to March 11, 2014,
and a post on that date titled "Dark Fields of the Republic"—

This uncredited translation of Plato is, Google Books tells us,
by “Francis MacDonald Cornfield.”  The name is an error,
but the error is illuminating —

Signs Movie Stills: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Patricia Kalember, M. Night Shyamalan

* See posts mentioning the novel with that title, republished as Limitless.

Gullible’s Travels

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The President of the United States
on the Sony hacking 
in his Dec. 19 press conference:

"But let’s talk of the specifics of what we now know.
The FBI announced today and we can confirm that
North Korea engaged in this attack. I think it says
something interesting about North Korea that they
decided to have the state mount an all-out assault
on a movie studio because of a satirical movie…."

This post was suggested in part by the contemptibly
misleading remarks of Carl Sagan in his "Cosmos"
TV series (see yesterday's Colorful Tale) and by the 
following remarks in a Presentation Zen  piece dated
March 11, 2014, "More Storytelling Lessons from 'Cosmos'," 
praising Sagan's vulgarizations —

"Good storytelling causes the audience to ask questions
as your narrative progresses. As the storyteller you can
ask questions directly, but often a more interesting approach
is to present the material in a way that triggers the audience
to come up with the questions themselves. And yet we must
not be afraid to leave some (many?) questions unanswered.
When we think of a story we may think of clear conclusions
and neat, clear endings, but reality can be quite a bit more
complicated than that."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Turing’s Church

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This post was suggested by the book Turing's Cathedral  and by
comments 29 and 31 on Scott Aaronson's Dec. 16 post about
"The Imitation Game."

See Church-Turing thesis at Wikipedia and Church Logic here.

Colorful Tale

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Wikipedia on a tale about one Hippasus of Metapontum,
who supposedly was drowned by Pythagoreans for his
discovery of irrational numbers and/or of the dodecahedron —

"In the hands of modern writers this combination of vague
ancient reports and modern guesswork has sometimes
evolved into a much more emphatic and colourful tale."

See, for instance, a tale told by the late Carl Sagan,
who was bitterly anti-Pythagorean (and anti-Platonic):

IMAGE- Sagan in 'Cosmos' on the Pythagoreans

For a related colorful tale, see "Patrick Blackburn" in this journal.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Platonic Analogy

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:23 PM

(Five by Five continued)

As the 3×3 grid underlies the order-3 finite projective plane,
whose 13 points may be modeled by
the 13 symmetry axes of the cube,
so the 5×5 grid underlies the order-5 finite projective plane,
whose 31 points may be modeled by
the 31 symmetry axes of the dodecahedron.

See posts tagged Galois-Plane Models.

Five by Five

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You are here > Home > Mystery > Contact (1997) > Five by Five

"This is Control. Do you copy?"
"Reading you five by five…"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rocket Science (at) 101:

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  The Ascension of Dieter Grau

Launched from Cuber

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Continued from Nobel Note (Jan. 29, 2014).

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

From Tradition in Action , "The Missal Crisis of '62,"
remarks on the revision of the Catholic missal in that year—

"Neither can the claim that none of these changes
is heretical in content be used as an argument
in favor of its use, for neither is the employment of
hula girls, fireworks, and mariachis strictly speaking
heretical in itself, but they belong to that class of novel
and profane things that do not belong in the Mass."

— Fr. Patrick Perez, posted Sept. 11, 2007 

See also this  journal on November 22, 2014

Say Bingo to my little friend

    … and on Bruce Springsteen's birthday this year —

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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From AP’s Today in History:

Happy birthday.

“It all adds up.” — Saul Bellow

The Matrix:





For Rilke’s Panther

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The title refers to yesterday evening's remarks titled
"Free the Philosophical Beast" in The Stone , a NY Times  weblog. 

The January 2015 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society
has an article by Michael J. Barany.  From November 2012 remarks
by Barany :

"A highlight of the workshop was Cathryn Carson’s interpretation
of the transcendental phenomenology and historicism of Husserl,
Heidegger, Cassirer, and a few others, launched from a moving
reflection on the experience of reading Kuhn."

See Carson's paper "Science as Instrumental Reason: Heidegger, Habermas,
Heisenberg," Continental Philosophy Review  (2010) 42483–509.

Related material: Monday's Log24 posts Rota on Husserl and Annals of Perception.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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For some backstory, see
Feast of the Holy Innocents, 2012.


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… to last night's TV premiere of the Syfy miniseries "Ascension,"
also known as "Mad Men in Space" —

See also Sunday's observances here and at
St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mythic Metaphysics

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:01 PM

Today’s 8:01 PM post quoted Husserl on
the perception of the cube.

Another approach to perception of the cube,
from Narrative  Metaphysics on St. Lucia’s Day —

      See also Symplectic Structure and Stevens’s Rock.

From today’s 11:29 AM post —

John Burt Foster Jr. in Nabokov’s Art of Memory and
European Modernism
  (Princeton U. Press, 1993, p. 224) —

At the time of The Waste Land , in a comment on
Joyce’s Ulysses  that influenced many later definitions
of modernism in the English-speaking world, Eliot
announced, “instead of narrative method, we may
now use the mythical method.”13

For some illuminating remarks on a mythical  approach
to perception of the cube, see Gareth Knight on Schicksalstag   2012.

Rota on Husserl

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The previous Log24 post quotes Husserl on the perception
of the cube.  See also Mort de Grothendieck .

Annals of Perception

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The Religion of Modernism

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See posts tagged Modernism.

“… and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

May We?

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John Burt Foster Jr. in Nabokov’s Art of Memory and
European Modernism
  (Princeton U. Press, 1993, p. 224) —

At the time of The Waste Land , in a comment on
Joyce’s Ulysses  that influenced many later definitions
of modernism in the English-speaking world, Eliot
announced, “instead of narrative method, we may
now use the mythical method.”13

May we? … Further details —


T. S. Eliot, “‘Ulysses,’ Order and Myth,”
in The Dial , LXXV, No. 5 (Nov. 1923),
pp. 480-83,

the last two paragraphs:

It is here that Mr Joyce’s parallel use of the Odyssey  has a great importance. It has the importance of a scientific discovery. No one else has built a novel upon such a foundation before: it has never before been necessary. I am not begging the question in calling Ulysses  a novel; and if you call it an epic it will not matter. If it is not a novel, that is simply because the novel is a form which will no longer serve; it is because the novel, instead of being a form, was simply the expression of an age which had not sufficiently lost all form to feel the need of something stricter. Mr Joyce has written one novel – the Portrait ; Mr Wyndham Lewis has written one novel – Tarr . I do not suppose that either of them will ever write another “novel.” The novel ended with Flaubert and with James. It is, I think, because Mr Joyce and Mr Lewis, being “in advance” of their time, felt a conscious or probably unconscious dissatisfaction with the form, that their novels are more formless than those of a dozen clever writers who are unaware of its obsolescence.

In using the myth, in manipulating a continuous parallel between contemporaneity and antiquity, Mr Joyce is pursuing a method which others must pursue after him. They will not be imitators, any more than the scientist who uses the discoveries of an Einstein in pursuing his own, independent, further investigations. It is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history. It is a method already adumbrated by Mr Yeats, and of the need for which I believe Mr Yeats to have been the first contemporary to be conscious. It is a method for which the horoscope is auspicious. Psychology (such as it is, and whether our reaction to it be comic or serious), ethnology, and <i”>The Golden Bough have concurred to make possible what was impossible even a few years ago. Instead of narrative method, we may now use the mythical method. It is, I seriously believe, a step towards making the modern world possible for art, toward that order and form which Mr Aldington so earnestly desires. And only those who have won their own discipline in secret and without aid, in a world which offers very little assistance to that end, can be of any use in furthering this advance. </i”>

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time, Space, Code

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Some words and an image related to today's posts —

IMAGE- Excerpt from book 'Turing's Cathedral'

Time in Space

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A sequel to Space Station 76 :

"Starship 63," alias "Mad Men in Space," alias 

"Ascension," a 3-night miniseries 
on the Syfy Channel,
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 15-17.

See also 1963 in this journal.


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"In digital circuit theory, combinational logic 
(sometimes also referred to as time-independent logic)
is a type of digital logic which is implemented by
Boolean circuits, where the output is a pure function of
the present input only."

Wikipedia, quoted in this morning's previous post as
commentary on Nabokov's phrase "combinational delight"

"Time past and time future
Allow but a little consciousness.
To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered."

— T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets

"I confess I do not believe in time." 

— Vladimir Nabokov in Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory

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Continued from Halloween 2012.

Suggested by yesterday afternoon's Combinational Delight.

"…the output is a pure function of the present input only.
This is in contrast to sequential logic, in which the output
depends not only on the present input but also on the
history of the input. In other words, sequential logic has 
memory  while combinational logic does not."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Grim Pen

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The title refers to remarks linked to this afternoon :

"An ingenious story line serves to convey
the mysteriousness of destiny, the 'grim pen'
of fate that encloses Hazel Shade."

— John Burt Foster Jr. on page 224 of
Nabokov's Art of Memory and European Modernism
(Princeton University Press, 1993)

IMAGE- Instances of 'grimpen' in 'Nabokov's Art of Memory'

Vide  a relevant page on Wallace Stevens.

Combinational Delight

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For St. Lucia's Day —

A book that links the title of today's previous post,
Narrative Metaphysics, with Nabokov's "combinational delight."

Narrative Metaphysics

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From “Guardians of the Galaxy” —

“Then the Universe exploded into existence…”

For those who prefer a more traditional approach :

See also Symplectic Structure and Stevens’s Rock.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vocational Education

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This post was suggested by today's Harvard Crimson  story 
Protest at Primal Scream Leads to Chaotic Exchange.

Frederick Seidel in the September 3, 2012, New Yorker 

"Biddies still cleaned the student rooms."

IMAGE- Shower wall in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Above, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in 
"Sunshine Cleaning" (2008).

The Cleaner:

A scene from Bridget Fonda's "Point of No Return" (1993)
in a video uploaded six years ago on this date.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nothing New

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"Confusion is nothing new." — Cyndi Lauper

Back to the Greeks

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“I can hardly do better than go back to the Greeks.”

— G. H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology

See also Hardy and Brosnan in today's earlier post Stark and Bleak.

Photo Opportunity

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Continued from Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

“The undermining of standards of seriousness
is almost complete.” 

Susan Sontag (See November 24, 2007.)

"Respect is often the last and only thing
that the world can offer a deceased or dying person."

— Photojournalist Michel du Cille, who reportedly
    died today at 58 while on assignment in Liberia

Stark and Bleak

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C. P. Snow on G. H. Hardy in the foreword to 
A Mathematician's Apology :

"… he had another favourite entertainment. 
'Mark that man we met last night,'
he said, and someone had to be marked
out of 100 in each of the categories
Hardy had long since invented and defined.  
STARK, BLEAK ('a stark man is not necessarily
bleak: but all bleak men without exception
want to be considered stark')…."

Related material :

Tommy Lee Jones in The New York Times  on Nov. 6th, 2014,
and Pierce Brosnan in the 2014 film "The November Man:


Geometry was very important to us in this movie.”

The Missing ART   (Log24, November 7th, 2014)

Notes towards an Unreliable Narrator

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Related material from this  journal (Sept. 6, 2013) —

"Oblivion is not to be hired: The greater part must be
content to be as though they had not been, to be found
in the Register of God, not in the record of man."

— Sir Thomas Browne

See also the post Monolith  of August 23, 2014, as well as
the history of Farkas Hall  at Harvard and posts with that tag.

The Karabel Story

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Today's previous post, on a Harvard Crimson  story,
omitted the name of the Crimson  author.  It is Sonya A. Karabel.

Related material:

Jews on Style

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"A window unto  the world"?  "The classical  style"?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Broad and Bright

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Requiem for a painter in this evening's NY Times :

In a review for ARTNews , the painter and critic
Fairfield Porter called her work “traditional and radical.”
Her paintings, he wrote, “are broad and bright,
considered without being fussy, thoughtful but never

Not that there's anything wrong with being pedantic

Update of Dec. 10, 2014, to a post of Dec. 9 : 
The passage from Nicholas of Cusa was added
because it indicates a more reliable source than
Stambaugh, because of its relevance to lines
about the metaphorical significance of light in
"I Origins," and because it contains the number

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Quote for Brit

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The title refers to Brit Marling from the previous post.
The quote, below, refers to today's news.

"Lovely. Just lovely."

Plan 9…

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Or:  Bullshit for Brit   continues.

From the new film "I Origins," starring Brit Marling —

Plan 9:

The protagonist of "I Origins" is led to the above billboard
by apparently chance encounters with 11 's — such as the
1111 on the following page —

Update of Dec. 10, 2014: The "bullshit" in the subtitle above refers
to the remarks of Joan Stambaugh, not those of Nicholas of Cusa.
The passage from Nicholas was added because it indicates a more
reliable source than Stambaugh, because it is relevant to lines
about the metaphorical significance of light in "I Origins," and 
because it contains the number 1111. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 PM

(Continued… See "I need a photo opportunity…")

From the previous post's Yankee Puzzle link :

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags:  — m759 @ 7:14 PM 

Today's Google Doodle for the 100th birthday of Charles Addams—


A doodle from this year's Feast of the Epiphany


A doodle based on today's previous post and on a post for Twelfth Night, 2003

IMAGE- Quilt blocks- Devil's Claws and Yankee Puzzle

IMAGE- 'I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy' musical notes

"And I'll try to please you ev'ry day."

— Feste's song in Twelfth Night , as memorably sung by
Ben Kingsley, star of the new film "Stonehearst Asylum."

Language Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:01 PM

Continued from December 5 .

The previous post dealt with video game pioneer Ralph Baer. 
Here is a link in honor of mathematician Reinhold  Baer 
(see Baer in  Zero System , a post from the feast of St. Ignatius
Loyola in 2014.)

The posts in Reinhold 's link (those tagged "Yankee Puzzle")
include a reference to the Zero System post. The link tag was
suggested in part by the devil's claws in yesterday morning's post 
The Kernel Conundrum and in part by last night's 
Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Tom Hanks.

Hanks as the Harvard "symbologist" from the
novels of Dan Brown —

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Game Box

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

In memory of a game inventor who reportedly died on
Dec. 6, the feast of St. Nicholas, a link: Game Box.

Update of 12 AM Dec. 8 — See also "How to watch The Game
Awards 2014
," from December 5, the date of the Game Awards
and also the date of the Log24 post Language Game.

The Kernel Conundrum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 AM

See a Log24 search for kernel .

From that search, an image for cypher enthusiasts :

Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre in 'Angel Heart'

The Nutshell Suite

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 AM

See posts tagged The Nutshell.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Six-Point Theology

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM

On the feast of Saint Nicholas

See also the six  posts on this year's feast of Saint Andrew
and the following from the University  of St. Andrews —

Friday, December 5, 2014

Language Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:23 PM

Note the mace.

Space Craft

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

See also Space + Craft.

Wittgenstein’s Picture

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From Zettel  (repunctuated for clarity):

249. « Nichts leichter, als sich einen 4-dimensionalen Würfel
vorstellen! Er schaut so aus… »

"Nothing easier than to imagine a 4-dimensional cube!
It looks like this… 

[Here the editor supplied a picture of a 4-dimensional cube
that was omitted by Wittgenstein in the original.]

« Aber das meine ich nicht, ich meine etwas wie…

"But I don't mean that, I mean something like…

…nur mit 4 Ausdehnungen! » 

but with four dimensions!

« Aber das ist nicht, was ich dir gezeigt habe,
eben etwas wie…

"But isn't  what I showed you like

…nur mit 4 Ausdehnungen? » 

…only with four dimensions?"

« Nein; das meine  ich nicht! » 

"No, I don't mean  that!"

« Was aber meine ich? Was ist mein Bild?
Nun der 4-dimensionale Würfel, wie du ihn gezeichnet hast,
ist es nicht ! Ich habe jetzt als Bild nur die Worte  und
die Ablehnung alles dessen, was du mir zeigen kanst. »

"But what do I mean? What is my picture?
Well, it is not  the four-dimensional cube
as you drew it. I have now for a picture only
the words  and my rejection of anything
you can show me."

"Here's your damn Bild , Ludwig —"

Context: The Galois Tesseract.

Share THIS.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

See also

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

as well as Welcome to Scotland.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Pony Argument

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

The title was suggested by this morning's post "Follow This."

From a previous incarnation of my home website, m759.com —
The second of the site's three pages mentions authors
Alfred Bester and Zenna Henderson :

"Bester and Henderson are particularly good at
fictional accounts of telepathy. The noted Harvard
philosopher W. V. Quine doubts such a thing exists,
but I prefer the 'There must be a pony' argument."

Related material: The date Nov. 27, 2014, in a web search today 

 in The Washington Post 

and in this  journal

Followup for Josefine

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

The title refers to the previous post, "Follow This."

Dialogue from "Night at the Museum 3"—

"He's not in charge, we're just following him."
"That's what being in charge means ." 

See also Smoke and Mirrors and Angels & Demons.

From Lie Groups for Holy Week :

Stellan Skarsgaard as the head of Vatican Security —

Great line reading in 'Angels and Demons'- 'The God PARTICLE?'

Follow This

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 AM

The "Phony Pony" images below by Josefine Lyche
may or may not have been created in response to the link
on "magic" in the previous post to Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" video.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pyramid Dance

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

Oslo artist Josefine Lyche has a new Instagram post,
this time on pyramids (the monumental kind).

My response —

Wikipedia's definition of a tetrahedron as a
"triangle-based pyramid"

and remarks from a Log24 post of August 14, 2013 :

Norway dance (as interpreted by an American)

IMAGE- 'The geometry of the dance' is that of a tetrahedron, according to Peter Pesic

I prefer a different, Norwegian, interpretation of "the dance of four."

Related material:
The clash between square and tetrahedral versions of PG(3,2).

See also some of Burkard Polster's triangle-based pyramids
and a 1983 triangle-based pyramid in a paper that Polster cites —

(Click image below to enlarge.)

Some other illustrations that are particularly relevant
for Lyche, an enthusiast of magic :

From On Art and Magic (May 5, 2011) —





The Fano plane block design



The Deathly Hallows  symbol—
Two blocks short of  a design.


(Updated at about 7 PM ET on Dec. 3.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 6:45 PM

Continued from November 30, 2014

"Number right Everything right." — Burkard Polster. 

See also the six  posts of November 30, St. Andrew's Day.

Related material —

Peter J. Cameron today discussing Julia Kristeva on poetry

"This seems to be saying that the Kolmogorov
complexity of poetry is very low: the entire poem
can be generated from a small amount of information."

… and this  journal on St. Andrew's day :

From "A Piece of the Storm,"
by the late poet Mark Strand —

A snowflake, a blizzard of one….

Ender’s Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 AM

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild" (Click to enlarge.)

Witherspoon and Wiggins Streets, Princeton, NJ:

"When you come to a fork in the road…

Borderline Metaphysics

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:25 AM

See also Ennead Boo.

Colorful Tale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:45 AM


"Perhaps the philosophically most relevant feature
of modern science is the emergence of abstract
symbolic structures as the hard core of objectivity
behind— as Eddington puts it— the colorful tale
of the subjective storyteller mind."

— Hermann Weyl in Philosophy of Mathematics
     and Natural Science
 , Princeton, 1949, p. 237

Tom Wolfe on art theorists in The Painted Word  (1975) :

"It is important to repeat that Greenberg and Rosenberg
did not create their theories in a vacuum or simply turn up
with them one day like tablets brought down from atop
Green Mountain or Red Mountain (as B. H. Friedman once
called the two men). As tout le monde  understood, they
were not only theories but … hot news,
straight from the studios, from the scene."

The Weyl quote is a continuing theme in this journal.
The Wolfe quote appeared here on Nov. 18, 2014,
the reported date of death of Yale graduate student 
Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal.

Directions to her burial (see yesterday evening) include
a mention of "Paul Robson Street" (actually Paul
Robeson Place) near "the historic Princeton Cemetery."

This, together with the remarks by Tom Wolfe posted
here on the reported day of her death, suggests a search
for "red green black" —

The late Chichilnisky-Heal was a student of political economy.

The search colors may be interpreted, if one likes, as referring
to politics (red), economics (green), and Robeson (black).

See also Robeson in this journal.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Question

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:31 PM

"A friend asked why I am saying kaddish.
 A good question."

Kaddish , by Leon Wieseltier, Chapter One

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

Scarlett Johansson
and Natalie Portman

See Scarlett in Lucy 

Barry Rudd at the end of John Hersey's
1960 novel The Child Buyer :

"Fascinating to be a specimen,
truly fascinating.  Do you suppose
I really can develop an I.Q. of
over a thousand?"

and Natalie in Black Swan .

Midrash :

December 2, 2014

  • "12:30 pm we leave for the historic
    Princeton Cemetery on Witherspoon and
    Paul Robson Streets to assemble for
    a service and burial at 2:00 pm."

Red Dawn

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Change Arises

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

Flashback to St. Andrew's Day, 2013 —

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Waiting for Ogdoad

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags:  — m759 @ 10:30 AM 

Continued from October 30 (Devil's Night), 2013.

“In a sense, we would see that change
arises from the structure of the object.”

— Theoretical physicist quoted in a
Simons Foundation article of Sept. 17, 2013

This suggests a review of mathematics and the
"Classic of Change ," the I Ching .

If the object is a cube, change arises from the fact
that the object has six  faces…

and is the unit cell for the six -dimensional
hyperspace H over the two-element field —

Spaces as Hypercubes

A different representation of the unit cell of
the hyperspace H (and of the I Ching ) —

Child Buyer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:02 AM

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