Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shining Through

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A Look  magazine article of July 18, 1950,
"Working Debutante," had photos of
Betsy von Furstenberg by Stanley Kubrick.

Meditation on an Icon

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IMAGE- Brian Bard on 'Heidegger's Reading of Heraclitus'

See also Legespiel  in this journal.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Scenes from…

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An Epic for Drink Boy —

Context:  The post in which the above scenes occur.


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Update of 12:25 AM — See, too, The Oxford Murders.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seven Years Ago

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Black monolith, proportions 4x9

For further details, click on
      the black monolith.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cross of Five Ninths

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See Five Ninths in this journal and Colorful Tale.

     Cross of Black and Gray

See also "Why do Muslims pray five times daily?".

Church of Gray Space

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One year ago on this date —

Table Talk

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See The Silver Table (Nov. 12, 2003).

The Beast from Hell’s Kitchen

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A comment on the Scholarly Kitchen  piece from
this morning's previous post —

This suggests

The Beast from Hell's Kitchen

For some thoughts on mapping trees into
linear arrays, see The Forking (March 20, 2015).

See also Pitchfork in this journal.

Hell’s Kitchen

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A heavenly image from yesterday's
Sunday Dinner  link "milestone award"—

An Oprah-related quote from the Tuesday, April 7,
ceremonial dedication of the Maya Angelou stamp—

“They say Easter was Sunday, but we are still
having church,” promised MSNBC talk show
host Melissa Harris-Perry, the ceremony’s emcee…."

In that spirit … a different sort of kitchen —

The Scholarly Kitchen —

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Knoxville, 2015

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A milestone award for Taylor.

Sunday Dinner:

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A Search for The One.

"It was a bright cold day in April,
and the clocks were striking thirteen." 

Norwegian Woods

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The title appears as a joint heading for three reviews 
of Norway-related books on the front page of the print
version of today's New York Times Sunday Book Review .

See as well Josefine Lyche in this journal.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Faustian Merry-Go-Round

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Thanks to David Lavery for the following:

"Voilà! Stevens has managed to create out of nothing a palpable imaginative space, an interiority without material dimensions, replete with its own achieved and accomplished music. And in truth, in a world of Heisenbergian uncertainties and shifting star masses, it may be enough for the dizzying, ever-shifting merry-go-round of the Faustian mind simply to slow down and let itself come to rest, at least for the moment."

— Paul Mariani, "God and the Imagination," Aug. 10, 1996


Ghosts and Shadows

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For Poetry Month

From the home page of Alexandre Borovik:

Book in progress: Shadows of the Truth

This book (to be published soon) can be viewed
as a sequel to Mathematics under the Microscope ,
but with focus shifted on mathematics as it was
experienced by children (well, by children who
became mathematicians). The cover is designed
by Edmund Harriss.

See also Harriss's weblog post of Dec. 27, 2008, on the death
of Harold Pinter: "The Search for the Truth Can Never Stop."

This suggests a review of my own post of Dec. 3, 2012,
"The Revisiting." A figure from that post:

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/GEB.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Ageometretos Medeis Eisito

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A Matrix for Corliss

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See Richard Corliss's 1999 review of "The Matrix," "Popular Metaphysics." 

See as well the previous Log 24 post and the following publisher's
book description —

Harvard Heart of Gold   by Dustin Aguilar

You may be a storybook character after all!!!  

This philosophic, fantastical journey is a new-fangled fairy-tale
where fun and unusual happenings are all too common, and
you—the reader—become a character just like Harvard or Kansas
and are subject to the all-knowing, all-powerful, author of the story.
This daring piece tests the bounds of reality and subtly suggests
that you should question everything you know —

While most people in this story believe they are real-life, walking
talking humans, a small, somewhat violent sect of society has
realized they are actually part of a book. They lash out and
demand that the story have a happy ending, and they'll whomever
they have to. [Sic] An enormous battle erupts catching Harvard
and Kansas trapped in the middle forced to rely on their cunning
and a little help from an extra-large talking tarantula to save the day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Art for Smirkers:

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Word and Image  continued

Harvard Heart of Gold meets Kansas Sparkly Pope

For Hughes and Crombie*

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Recommended —

Links to the poems:  "Storm Beach" and "For You." 

* See "The Space of Horizons" and A Search for Crombie.

Love and Darkness, 2003

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The previous post mentions an Amos Oz 
novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness 
(Sipour Al Ahava Vehoshekh,  סיפור על אהבה וחושך),
apparently first published in Hebrew in 2002.

Related material —

“By groping toward the light we are made to realize
how deep the darkness is around us.”

— Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy ,
Random House, 1973, page 118

Harvard Class Day Speaker

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

This year's Class Day speaker at Harvard
will be Natalie Portman.

Related material:

See also the link to Preoccupied  from Sunday


"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

Speak, Memory

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For "Blacklist" fans —

See also Mimsy.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Good

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"… they didn't really know
what was good
and was not good…."

The late Bernard Stollman,
     who reportedly died at 85
     on Monday, April 20, 2015

"And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?"

— Epigraph to
    Zen and the Art of
    Motorcyle Maintenance

Colorful Tale

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(A sequel to yesterday's ART WARS and this
morning's De Colores )

“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
(Philosophy of  Mathematics and Natural Science ,
Princeton, 1949, p. 237)

See also Deathly Hallows.

De Colores

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See orange, black, green at  The Daily Princetonian
and in this journal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ART WARS continued

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The previous post mentioned a new mobile, "Triangle Constellation,"
commissioned for the Harvard Art Museums.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

The above review is of an exhibition by the "Constellation" artist,
Carlos Amorales, that opened on Sept. 26, 2008 — "just in time for
Halloween and the Day of the Dead."

See also this  journal on that date.

Purely Aesthetic

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

What ‘purely aesthetic’ qualities can we distinguish in such theorems as Euclid’s or Pythagoras’s?

I will not risk more than a few disjointed remarks. In both theorems (and in the theorems, of course, I include the proofs) there is a very high degree of unexpectedness, combined with inevitability and economy. The arguments take so odd and surprising a form; the weapons used seem so childishly simple when compared with the far-reaching results; but there is no escape from the conclusions. There are no complications of detail—one line of attack is enough in each case; and this is true too of the proofs of many much more difficult theorems, the full appreciation of which demands quite a high degree of technical proficiency. We do not want many ‘variations’ in the proof of a mathematical theorem: ‘enumeration of cases’, indeed, is one of the duller forms of mathematical argument. A mathematical proof should resemble a simple and clear-cut constellation, not a scattered cluster in the Milky Way. 

Related material:

Tales of Money and Power:

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A companion-piece to Sunday's Sermon for the Cruelest Month —

Click the above paragraph for further details.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jamaica Beach

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Update of 11:45 PM ET the same day —

See also remarks by Freeman Dyson on the novel
A High Wind in Jamaica  quoted here Sunday morning.

From an introduction to the novel by Francine Prose:

"In the end, everything in this luminous, extraordinary novel
is so much the reverse of what we think it should be, or what
we would expect, that we are left entirely disoriented—
unsure of what anything is, or should be. The effect is
disturbing and yet beautiful, fantastic but also frighteningly
true to life."

Minimum Lovable Ishtar

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:29 PM

See also Little Mermaid in this journal.

The Full Force of Roman Law

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This year, Easter Sunday fell on April 5.  NBC on that date:

"It was necessary to call upon the full force of Roman law…"

From Washington Post  obituary yesterday evening —

"The Nazarene's crucifixion sends a message…."

See Wikipedia on the Rabbi's son.

Related material: Log24 on April 5, 2015.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Immaculate Inception

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Continued from a post of April 10, 2015 —

Maya Angelou stamp with
misattributed quote and 
Oprah on April 7, 2015

Trailer for "Welcome to Me" published on Feb. 23, 2015 —

Related material:  Manifest O  (April 1, 2015).

Ways to Get a Date

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From The Harvard Crimson , April 19, 2015 —

1. Serenade them with an Acapella Group
Nothing is more romantic than a group of students
showing up at your door and singing to you
for three minutes. The gesture is simple enough
to pull off. Ask one of your friends in an acapella
group for a quick favor. With so many acapella
groups on campus, you’re bound to find someone
to help you woo your potential date with the hot fire
of four part harmonies.

This suggests

A Song for Kristen

Click image for the song.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM


"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

See also a post found via a search in
this journal for "April 19 ".

Ageometretos medeis eisito .

Sermon for the Cruelest Month

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Some Harvard thoughts suggested by the recent
Jonathan Crombie project "Waiting for Ishtar" and
by a search in this journal for "Megan Follows" —

Remarks by Freeman Dyson in today's New York Times  
Sunday Book Review  (page BR8)

"Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine?

The child Emily in 'A High Wind in Jamaica,' 
by Richard Hughes. She murders a friendly
sea captain and lays the blame on members
of the crew, who are hanged for the crime.
To have survived for millions of years in the
lawless world of human evolution, parents
must love children even when children do evil,
and children must be ruthless and lovable.
Emily is ruthless and lovable."

A remark by young Emily in the film  of "High Wind"—

"Church of England."

For another version of "lovable," see The Eve of St. Agnes, 2003.

For another version of "ruthless," see the depiction, by Zachary Scott
of a Harvard student in the 1948 film  titled "Ruthless."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

By Express

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'Green Gables' star Jonathan Crombie dies at 48

Update of 8:19 PM ET —

Trailer for a recent Crombie documentary, "Waiting for Ishtar,"
that has not yet been released:

See also Lucero + Ishtar  and Lucero + Muerte .


IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

The Southwest Furthers

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See Southwest + Furthers in this journal.


Expanding the Spielraum

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See also today's previous post and the new film "Beyond the Reach,"
filmed in northwest New Mexico —

IMAGE- Map of northwest New Mexico

The Acme Corporation Presents…

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Kyle Smith on April 15 in the New York Post —

"The ludicrous action thriller 'Beyond the Reach'
fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency
of 'No Country for Old Men,' but there’s no denying
it brings to mind another Southwestern classic
about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons."

Related material: 

  1. Legespiel  Meets Würfelspiel  in…
    Gift of the Third Kind
    (April 7, 2007), featuring Ellen Yi-Luen Do —

    Reinventing Froebel's Gifts

  2. the current home page of Ellen Yi-Luen Do,
    now at Georgia Tech, and…
  3. a page about her ACME Lab —

Welcome to ACME lab!
A Creativity Machine Environment!
aka ACME Creativity Machine Environment –

Yes, the name is both confusing and has
many meanings. We like the acronym of ACME,
since it means the highest point, and also refers to
the fictional company in Looney Tunes, which is
A Company that Makes Everything!

We call it ACME Creativity Machine Environment –
yes, the acronym of this is ACME.

We like recursive ideas.

Friday, April 17, 2015

For Story Time

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A book first published by Doubleday in 1979:

IMAGE- Octavia Butler, 'Kindred,' 'so many really fascinating times'

From Fritz Leiber's 1959 sci-fi classic "Damnation Morning" —

She drew from her handbag a pale grey
gleaming implement that looked by quick turns
to me like a knife, a gun, a slim sceptre, and a
delicate branding iron— especially when its tip
sprouted an eight-limbed star of silver wire.

“The test?” I faltered, staring at the thing.

“Yes, to determine whether you can live in the
fourth dimension or only die in it.”

See also Philanthropic Numerology (St. Luke's Day, 2012).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Library of Paradise

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Freeman Dyson in a New York Times  interview online today:

"Who is your favorite novelist of all time?

Octavia Butler, a tall black lady who died in 2006.
She wrote 'Parable of the Sower' and 'Parable of
the Talents,' two books that are normally classified
as science fiction but are more concerned with
theology than with science. The main character in
both stories is a black woman who survives
apocalyptic disasters and becomes the founder of
a new religion in California." 

See also Octavia Butler in this journal.

Bing Bang Theory

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National Library Week

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"Celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015)
with the theme "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®."

See also Library of Hell.

A page from Princeton University Press on March 18, 2012:

IMAGE- 'Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative,' p. xvi

… "mathematics and narrative…." (top of page xvii).

I prefer the interplay of Euclidean  and Galois  mathematics.

Forms of Luminosity

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"Visibilities are not forms of objects, nor even forms
that would show up under light, but rather forms of
luminosity which are created by the light itself and
allow a thing or object to exist only as a flash, sparkle
or shimmer."

— Deleuze, Foucault

Clap if you believe in Plotnitsky .

From his "Teaching" page

Capitalism and Paranoia, Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Foucault, Deleuze, and Modernist Novel. The course offers a comprehensive examination of the works of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, and of the relationships between their ideas and the culture of modernity and, then, postmodernity, as the culture of capitalism. The course also considers, through the optics of Foucault's and Deleuze's work, how this culture is reflected in modernist and postmodernist novels of the twentieth century, and in the genre of the novel itself, which has been the dominant and indeed defining literary genre of this culture, from early to late capitalism. While Foucault's and Deleuze's work may be seen as a radical philosophical critique of modernity and capitalism by the philosophical means, the novel enacts an analogous and often equally radical literary critique. The works to be discussed include selections from Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud; Foucault's The Order of ThingsDiscipline and Punish, History of Sexuality, vol.1, and selected essays; and substantive selections from such works by Deleuze (and Deleuze and Guattari) as Anti-OedipusA Thousand Plateaus, and Foucault, as well as several shorter essays. Among the works of fiction to be considered are Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Kafka's The Trial; Woolf's Orlando; and Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


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Today is the birthday of artist Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452)
and of mathematician Leonhard Euler (b. 1707).

For both, a link.

A Trip to Six Years Ago

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See a newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America
(MAA) on April 15, 2009. Excerpts, with updated links:

"Michael Starbird's Distinguished Lecture, simply titled
'The Fourth Dimension,' was an example of what is
so wonderful about mathematics: the ability to create
new ideas." 

Read More —

"'Rick's Tricky Six Puzzle: S5 Sits Specially in S6'
by Alex Fink and Richard Guy"

"The recent Mathematics Magazine article comes with
an interactive supplement featured in LOCI." 

Read More —

See as well a related Log24 post of Nov. 5, 2012.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sacramental Geometry:

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The Dreaming Jewels  continued

" the icosahedron and dodecahedron have the same properties
of symmetry. For the centres of the twenty faces of an icosahedron
may be joined to form a regular dodecahedron, and conversely, the
twelve vertices of an icosahedron can be placed at the centres
of the faces of a suitable dodecahedron. Thus the icosahedral and
dodecahedral groups are identical
 , and either solid may be used to
examine the nature of the group elements."

— Walter Ledermann, Introduction to the Theory
of Finite Groups
  (Oliver and Boyd, 1949, p. 93)

Salvador Dali, The Sacrament of the Last Supper

Omar Sharif and Gregory Peck in Behold a Pale Horse

Above: soccer-ball geometry.
              See also

             See as well
"In Sunlight and in Shadow."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?*

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(Continued from April 9)

*… Or a Spearhead?

Hermeneutics for Academics

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Würfel-Märchen  continued 

"Again, you are free to interpret these symbols
 as you like."

See also

Through the Looking Glass: A Sort of Eternity —

and The Library of Hell.

Deutsche Schule

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Continued from December 5, 2002 —

Braucht´s noch Text?

Un-magical realism for Montevideo.

Unorthodox Easter

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(A sequel to yesterday's Orthodox Easter posts)

This morning's Google News —

The New York Times  on the late Günter Grass —

"Many of Mr. Grass’s books are phantasmagorical
mixtures of fact and fantasy, some of them inviting
comparison with the Latin American style known as
magical realism. His own name for this style was
'broadened reality.'"

From p. xii of the 2005 second edition of a book discussed
in yesterday's Orthodox Easter posts —

(Click image to enlarge.)

Early editions of The Heart of Mathematics  include 
Gary Larson's legendary Hell's Library "Far Side" cartoon. 
Books in Hell's Library include Big Book of Story Problems ,
More Story Problems , and Even More Story Problems .

— Adapted from a review of the 2000 first edition

See also Mathematics and Narrative in this journal.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Symbol of Heaven

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Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox Church.

Two readings:

"Ancient Symbol of Heaven"

From "Misunderstood Masterpiece," an essay
in the Jesuit weekly America  on Salvador Dali's
"The Sacrament of the Last Supper" —

"The setting is distinctive: a dodecahedron,
or 12-sided space, that we perceive in the
pentagon-shaped windowpanes behind the
table. The architecture is also transparent.
The dodecahedron is an ancient symbol of
heaven, where this event is taking place.
This is the realm of the Father…."

— Michael Anthony Novak, Nov. 5, 2012

Scholarship, Not Rhetoric

A PDF of the Kotrc paper is available online.

The Greek Fifth Element:

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

The Dodecahedron .

This Platonic solid appears, for instance, on the cover 
of a colorful text titled The Heart of Mathematics 
(Wiley, third edition, 2009) —

For serious  students, here is a better book, more in
keeping with the above authors' later interpretation  
of the fifth element as change :

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Starbird Manifesto

"But what was supposed to be the source of a compound's
authority? Why, the same as that of all new religious movements:
direct access to the godhead, which in this case was Creativity."

— Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House

"Creativity is not a matter of magical inspiration."

— Burger and Starbird, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking  (2012) 

Video published on Oct 19, 2012

"In this fifth of five videos, mathematics professor
Michael Starbird talks about the fifth element
in his new book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking ,
co-authored with Williams College professor
Edward B. Burger." 

For more on the Starbird manifesto, see Princeton University Press.

An excerpt —

See also a post for Abel's Birthday, 2011 —  
Midnight in Oslo — and a four-elements image from
the Jan. 26, 2010, post Symbology —

Logo for 'Elements of Finite Geometry'.

Yale Mot

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From a New York Post  review of "Clouds of Sils Maria,"
a film that opened yesterday —

"Assayas [the writer-director] evidently thinks he’s
being daring and original and avant-garde in leaving
so much open-ended. But you can tell what really
interests him isn’t doing the work of a serious artist
but the comfy trappings of one — the swank dining
rooms, the posh cars with drivers always at the ready.
What’s French for bourgeois? Never mind.
'Clouds' isn’t a film but an idea for a film —
unfinished, unsatisfying, undergraduate."

Kyle Smith, Yale '89

From this date last year:

"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!"

Friday, April 10, 2015

Living Theater

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:55 PM

 "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of …."

See also OCODE .

Immaculate Inception

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

See also Midnight Purple
and today's previous post.

Clues for Jews

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 PM

See Ellen Page as Ariadne.

Eastern Eggheads

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:22 AM

This is Holy Week in the Orthodox Church.

"The Greek Orthodox tradition is for eggs to be dyed red
on Holy Thursday in commemoration of the Last Supper…."

See more at: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2015/04/07/

The Borisov CV is from Math Humor for Holy Week.

See as well yesterday's posts Translation and Easter Translation.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Translation

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:37 PM

IMAGE- 'East Is Always Further East,' by Benjamin Paloff (abstract)

See also James Joyce on Humpty-Dumpty 
and posts in this  journal from April 10, 2012.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:27 PM

From an informative April 7 essay in The Nation —

In his marvelous book Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything , David Bellos demonstrates many of the ways that translation is not only possible but ubiquitous, so thoroughly woven into the fabric of our daily lives—from classrooms to international financial markets, from instruction manuals to poems—that if translation were somehow to become impossible, the world would descend into the zombie apocalypse faster than you can say “je ne sais quoi ."

— "Forensic Translation," by Benjamin Paloff

See also searches in this  journal for Core and for Kernel.
See as well Fabric Design and Symplectic.

Core Values

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"Yankee Doodle went to London" — Song lyric

  November Man

Geometry was very important to us in this movie.”

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


"Faculty Approve Theater Concentration, Affirmation
of Integrity" — Recent Harvard Crimson  headline

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Beverage for Asimov

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:09 PM

IMAGE- Obituaries for a 'distiller' of the Bible and a vintner of Burgundy

See also Asimov + Tequila in this journal.

For Students of the Forked Tongue

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:42 PM

IMAGE- Daily Princetonian- U. acquires personal library of philosopher Jacques Derrida

See also "Derrida + Serpent" in this journal.

The Crosswicks Curse

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It was a dark and stormy night 


— Page 180, Logicomix

The Names

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:04 PM

"Russell makes an extremely interesting and
important proposal about proper names."

— "Notes on Russell," by Curtis Brown

"The Names  (1982) is the seventh novel of
American novelist Don DeLillo. The work, set
mostly in Greece, is primarily a series of
character studies, interwoven with a plot about
a mysterious 'language cult' that is behind
a number of unexplained murders."

For other fiction about language cults,
see Dan  Brown.  

Thou Art Peter

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:01 AM

"Terence, this is stupid stuff."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


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Seven years ago in this journal —

The above links:  the Stone,  the rules.

For Times Square Church

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The Times  version —

Monday, April 6, 2015

History of Religion

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:21 PM

The New York Times  tonight on the late
cabaret singer Julie Wilson, who reportedly
died at 90 in Manhattan on Easter Sunday —

"In 1988 she was nominated for a Tony Award
for best featured actress in a Broadway musical
for her role as the owner of a speakeasy in
Peter Allen’s 'Legs Diamond.'"

The church connection —

"The reviews were unanimously negative,
with particular disbelief at Peter Allen's
attempts to play so totally against type
as a suave lothario. Frank Rich
commented that the evening's most
compelling drama was watching Allen
figure out 'what to do with his hands.'
The failure of the musical was so total
that it compelled the Nederlander
Organization to finally sell the beloved
but flop-prone Mark Hellinger Theatre to
the Times Square Church, which still
owns it." — Wikipedia

See also Times Square Church in this journal.

Springtime for Princeton*

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* And the late Julie Wilson.
  For the title, see a Log24 search.

For the Church of the Mad Men

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Taylor,  Buttrick,  Taylor on Buttrick

IMAGE- Heidegger quote continued, ending with reference to Hölderlin's 'night of lunacy'

— Heidegger, “Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry,”
translated by Douglas Scott, in Existence and Being  ,
Regnery, 1949

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Night at the Museum and…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:52 PM

Plan 9 Resurrection

in memory of a labor leader who reportedly
died Sunday evening —

Documenting the Academy’s Victims*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

This post was suggested by today's 
Easter message from academic David Lavery —

For a reply, see

"Horus Manure: Debunking the Jesus/Horus Connection," 
a post from the weblog  Jon Sorensen: Blogging on
Catholic Apologetics 
, dated October 25, 2012.

The phrase "blood libel" also comes to mind.

* "Documenting Victims" was the title of a post in this  journal
   from the same date as Sorensen's post— Oct. 25, 2012. 

Easter Verse

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Verse from mathematics enthusiast David Justice
and a more traditional rhyme I prefer.

For Smiley’s Circus

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Easter Word

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Saturday, April 4, 2015


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

For the Easter Vigil:

“This is Control. Do you read me?”*

* Paraphrase based on Contact , Interstellar ,
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
, and The Ghost Writer .

Harrowing of Hell (continued)

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Holy Saturday is, according to tradition, the day of 
the harrowing of Hell.


The above passage on "Die Figuren der vier Modi
im Magischen Quadrat 
" should be read in the context of
a Log24 post from last year's Devil's Night (the night of
October 30-31).  The post, "Structure," indicates that, using
the transformations of the diamond theorem, the notorious
"magic" square of Albrecht Dürer may be transformed
into normal reading order.  That order is only one of
322,560 natural reading orders for any 4×4 array of
symbols. The above four "modi" describe another.

Friday, April 3, 2015

NPR Requiem

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:08 PM

Multifaceted Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies At 86

APRIL 03, 2015 4:38 PM ET

From the article:

Over the Rainbow

For Smiley’s People

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Suggested by the excellent 2010 film "The Ghost Writer"—

See also Lebrecht in this journal, Ralph Willett, and Ave Verum Corpus.


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For the title, see Wikipedia.

A related quote:

Philip Kennicott in The Washington Post, July 3, 2009—

"The Vogels help allay deep cultural fears
within the art world— fears that art is elitist,
or some kind of confidence game,
or not a serious endeavor (a fear that has
dogged art since at least the time of Plato)."

Math Humor for Holy Week

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

See also the home page of Cornell mathematician Steven Strogatz:

Strogatz is the author of "Why Pi Matters."

Backstory —

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Word for Holy Week

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A Word…

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… in memory of Tom Koch, comedy writer for Bob and Ray,
who reportedly died at 89 on March 22 —


Part I: "Nuanced" in the recent post Metamorphosis
           (from March 22, the above date):  

 "We wanted the film to go through a very subtle
  and nuanced visual metamorphosis." 

— Nenad Cicin-Sain on The Time Being

Part II: Other instances of "nuanced" in this journal.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


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

Continued from yesterday, the date of death for German
billionaire philanthropist Klaus Tschira —

For Tschira in this journal, see Stiftung .

For some Würfel  illustrations, see this morning's post
Manifest O.  A related webpage —

Math’s Big Lies

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Two mathematicians, Barry Mazur and Edward Frenkel,
have, for rhetorical effect, badly misrepresented the
history of some basic fields of mathematics. Mazur and
Frenkel like to emphasize the importance of new 
research by claiming that it connects fields that previously
had no known connection— when, in fact, the fields were
known to be connected since at least the nineteenth century.

For Mazur, see The Proof and the Lie; for Frenkel, see posts
tagged Frenkel-Metaphors.

See also a story and video on Robert Langlands from the
Toronto Star  on March 27, 2015:

"His conjectures are called functoriality and
reciprocity. They made it possible to link up
three branches of math: harmonic analysis,
number theory, and geometry. 

To mathematicians, this is mind-blowing stuff
because these branches have nothing to do
with each other."

For a much earlier link between these three fields, see the essay
"Why Pi Matters" published in The New Yorker  last month.

Manifest O

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The title was suggested by

The "O" of the title stands for the octahedral  group.

See the following, from http://finitegeometry.org/sc/map.html —

83-06-21 An invariance of symmetry The diamond theorem on a 4x4x4 cube, and a sketch of the proof.
83-10-01 Portrait of O  A table of the octahedral group O using the 24 patterns from the 2×2 case of the diamond theorem.
83-10-16 Study of O  A different way of looking at the octahedral group, using cubes that illustrate the 2x2x2 case of the diamond theorem.
84-09-15 Diamonds and whirls Block designs of a different sort — graphic figures on cubes. See also the University of Exeter page on the octahedral group O.

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