Friday, July 31, 2015

Family Reunion

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"Prodigal Son" scene in Blade Runner .

Click for related news.

"Nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you in heaven for."

Blade Runner

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Infinite Jest …

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Cut to the Chase.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ayn Sof (continued)

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Later …

Witch Fire

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From the evening of Monday, July 27, 2015:

"SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule has died at age 83.
Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday [July 26],
said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health."

I prefer fictional  crime… for instance, crime described by the late
Patricia Highsmith.  Photos show that Highsmith had, at times, 

"… that look on a face we follow like a witch-fire."
— Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

See also Log24 posts on the evening of Sunday, July 26, tagged Cauldron.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


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In the Midnight Hour

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"I don't want to brag, but…"

— Kristen Wiig in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"

See also Stranger in a  Strangerland.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Ten

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The title refers to actress Kristen Wiig. (See Getcha.)

For Wiig, a scene from a 1968 Ingmar Bergman parody

'The Dove,' 1968, a Bergman parody

and parts of a post from Saturday night, July 18, 2015 —

Some related material from pure  mathematics — Design Cube (July 23).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Nine

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"Nine maidens kindle the Cauldron by their breathing."

Related material:  Nine Vine.


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"Passion simmers,
 Then it boils.
 To the victor
 Go the spoils."

—  The Spoils of Babylon
      (theme song, adapted)

Compare and contrast:

                                 " my song sounded
In the four-towered Caer, forever turning,
And of its Cauldron was my first song sung:
Nine maidens kindle the Cauldron by their breathing.
Of what nature is the Lord of Annwn’s Cauldron?
Enameled iridescence and pearly white its rim.
It will not boil the coward’s portion – not so its destiny."

The Spoils of Hell
     (title adapted)

Sunday Sermon

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"Little emblems of eternity"
— Phrase by Oliver Sacks in today's
New York Times  Sunday Review

Some other emblems —

Diamond Theory version of 'The Square Inch Space' with yin-yang symbol for comparison

Note the color-interchange
 of each emblem
under 180-degree rotation.

Click an emblem for
some background.

Sunday Review

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"Little emblems of eternity 

— Oliver Sacks, contemplating his own impending death,
in The New York Times  Sunday Review section today.  

Sacks's phrase refers to elements of the periodic table —

Another approach to "emblems of eternity" — The I Ching .

Sunday School

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Hexagram 51:

"I woke last night to the sound of thunder,
How far off, I sat and wondered.
Started humming a song from 1962.
Ain't it funny how the night moves?"

Midrash Jazz for Kristen

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(Title suggested by the Midrash Jazz Quartet
in E. L. Doctorow's novel City of God )

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Strange Loop

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From an explanation of the Web app IFTTT —
"IF This Then That" —

"If you are a programmer you can think of it as a loop*
that checks for a certain condition… to run one or
multiple actions if the condition is met."

After Completion  (from Friday night, and 1989) —

Advertisement —

Wikipedia —

"On February 19, 2015, IFTTT renamed
their original application to IF…."

This journal —

From Tuesday's post on the death of E. L. Doctorow —

“…right through hell
     there is a path…”
  — Malcolm Lowry

* More precisely, a conditional  or conditional loop 

Frame Tale

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In memory of a talented frame-maker —

From July 4, the date of his reported death:

From the next day:


"Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow"

— The Grateful Dead

Friday, July 24, 2015

After Completion

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Obituaries, including one for George Coe of 'The Dove' (1968)


Instance of a Fingerpost

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Manifest O (continued)

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"Principles before personalities." — AA motto

   For some personalities, see posts of November 23 last year.

Field of Manifestation

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This post was suggested by a book title in
the previous post: "Pieces of the Action."

A group action  is a mathematical concept.

Related meditation:

"The number 9, that is to say, relates traditionally
to the Great Goddess of Many Names (Devi, 
Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Venus, etc.)
as matrix of the cosmic process, whether in the
macrocosm or in a microcosmic field of manifestation."

— Joseph Campbell,
     The Inner Reaches of Outer Space


Click to enlarge —


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pieces of the Action…

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Snippet views —

Oppenheimer quotes the Gita in 'Pieces of the Action,' by Vannevar Bush (1970, p. 148).

Design Cube

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Broken Symmetries  in  Diamond Space —

Stranger in a…

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Google Search sidebar today —

More images?


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   It's Space Week at Camp Google

“… the object sets up
 a kind of frame or space or field 
   within which there can be epiphany.”
— Charles Taylor       
Kylie Minogue does the Locomotion

“My little baby sister can do it with ease.
It’s easier to learn than those ABC’s.”

— Kylie Minogue           

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ein Kampf

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"Die Philosophie ist ein Kampf gegen die Verhexung
unsres Verstandes durch die Mittel unserer Sprache."

— Philosophical Investigations  (1953),  Section 109

Actor portraying Bobby Fischer

Related material —

"… the common bond between chess, music, and mathematics
may, finally, be the absence of language."

— George Steiner, Fields of Force: Fischer and Spassky at Reykjavik ,
     Viking hardcover, June 1974.

Last Wish

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(Continued from Sept. 8, 2014)

“I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag.” — Joan Rivers


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The New York Times  this afternoon —

Professor Crone reportedly died at her home
in Princeton, N.J., on July 11, 2015.  

See some posts, now with a new tag, that relate to that date.

Harvard Death

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Bloomberg.com —
July 21, 2015 — 3:51 PM EDT
Updated on July 21, 2015 — 6:04 PM EDT —

James Rothenberg of Capital Group
Dies at 69 of Heart Attack

"He was  chairman of Harvard Management Co.,
which invests the university’s $36.4 billion endowment."

See also  
The Harvard Crimson —
UPDATED: July 22, 2015, at 1:28 a.m.

"Rothenberg’s death, reportedly of a heart attack,
was unexpected."

He reportedly "chaired Harvard Management Company’s
board of directors from 2004 until his death."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

“Ragtime” Author Dies at 84

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“…right through hell
     there is a path…”
  — Malcolm Lowry


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On Ice

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Monday, July 20, 2015


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Buie reportedly died on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Image from this journal on that date —

"In the cool of the evenin'
when everything is gettin'
kind of groovy
I call you up and ask you if
you'd like to go with me and
see a movie…."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lying Rhyme

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Tom Stoppard, Jumpers —

“Heaven, how can I believe in Heaven?” 
she sings at the finale.
“Just a lying rhyme for seven!”

“To begin at the beginning: Is God?…”
[very long pause]

Leave a space.”

See as well a search for "Heaven.gif" in this journal.

For the more literate among us —

     … and the modulation from algebra to space.

Plan 9 Continues

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Detail from the Nov. 1998 cover of Mademoiselle —

'How to Be a Sex Goddess'- Mademoiselle, 1998

Related meditation —

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

See as well "Intruders" in this journal.

Sermon on the Beach

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CBS Sunday Morning today:

"On a warm summer night at the Greek Theatre
in Los Angeles last month, Brian Wilson — backed
by a band that included fellow former Beach Boy
Al Jardine — was running through his repertoire
of classics when a cake was wheeled out from
backstage by the extended Wilson family.

On this night, the man many regard as one of
America's greatest living songwriters turned 73.

Well, East coast girls are hip,
I really dig those styles they wear…"

Compare and contrast: Danny Collins.

Jersey girls are tough .

Sunday School

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See also last night's post.

The above passage was found in a search for thoughts of Heinz Pagels
on "perfect symmetry" (the title of one of his books).  The "If all" part is,
however, apparently not  by Pagels. That part seems to have been
online only in an NYU file that can no longer be accessed.

For perfect symmetry with  structure, see (for instance) 
Go Set a Structure (July 14, 2015) and Tombstone (July 16, 2015).

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Death Haiku

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Like a Prayer

Wiig illustrates a Madonna song

"In the midnight hour
  I'll take you there."


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Robots pass "wise-men puzzle" to show a degree of self-awareness

New app … discourages self-awareness on social media —

"Self-awareness is a good thing.
Self-awareness is what tells us
'Hey, maybe just give us the highlights reel….'"

From this journal on July 13, Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —

Lyche's shirt honors the late Kurt Cobain.

"Here we are now, entertain us."

Dance scene from the 2015 film "Ex Machina"

Friday, July 17, 2015

Baby Doll Steps

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Song from the 2015 film "Danny Collins" —

(More or less to the tune of "Sweet Caroline")

Hey, baby doll
What's goin' on?
Sweet baby doll
I'll sing my song!
For you!
You were strong when I was weak
With a kiss upon my cheek
We could fly so far away from here
My baby!
Hey, baby doll!
What's goin' on?
Sweet baby doll
I'll sing my song for you!
Hey, baby doll!
What's goin' on…

Related material:

Robots pass 'wise-men puzzle' to show a degree of self-awareness
July 17, 2015 by Bob Yirka —

Welcome to the Hotel New Jersey

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Or:  Swan Boat for Kristen

In the recent film "Danny Collins," Al Pacino plays aging
rock star Danny and Christopher Plummer plays his agèd
agent-manager Frank

"… when Danny tells Frank about his burgeoning relationship
with hotel manager Mary (Annette Bening), he declares happily,
'And she's age-appropriate!' 'Not really,' frowns Frank.
'Baby steps,' Danny replies."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Plato’s Cave (continued)

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Brighton Rock: Emerging from Plato's Cave


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The black rectangle at the end of Example 1.4
is known as the "end-of-proof symbol," "Halmos,"
or "tombstone."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Horizons

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"We have the answer to all your fears
It's short, it's simple, it's crystal clear"

See as well last night's Midnight Review.

Midnight Review

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The Space of Horizons

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Go Set a Structure

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Today's Huffington Post  has a review of the
new book on John Horton Conway. The reviewer
is Colm Mulcahy. For some perspective, see
a search for Mulcahy in this journal.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weaving World

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(The title was suggested by the novel Weaveworld .)

Recent public selfie by Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —

Lyche's shirt honors the late Kurt Cobain.

Not-so-recent image of Hugo Weaving as
Agent Smith in "The Matrix" —

"Smells like teen spirit."

See also Weaving in the new film "Strangerland."

The Omega Cube

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Why "Omega?"

Omega is a Greek letter, Ω , used in
mathematics to denote 
a set on which
a group acts. 

Block Designs Illustrated

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The Fano Plane —

"A balanced incomplete block design , or BIBD
with parameters , , , , and λ  is an arrangement
of b  blocks, taken from a set of v  objects (known
for historical reasons as varieties ), such that every
variety appears in exactly r  blocks, every block
contains exactly k  varieties, and every pair of
varieties appears together in exactly λ  blocks.
Such an arrangement is also called a
(, v , r , k , λ ) design. Thus, (7, 3, 1) [the Fano plane] 
is a (7, 7, 3, 3, 1) design."

— Ezra Brown, "The Many Names of (7, 3, 1),"
     Mathematics Magazine , Vol. 75, No. 2, April 2002

W. Cherowitzo uses the notation (v, b, r, k, λ) instead of
Brown's (b , v , r , k , λ ).  Cherowitzo has described,
without mentioning its close connection with the
Fano-plane design, the following —

"the (8,14,7,4,3)-design on the set
X = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8} with blocks:

{1,3,7,8} {1,2,4,8} {2,3,5,8} {3,4,6,8} {4,5,7,8}
{1,5,6,8} {2,6,7,8} {1,2,3,6} {1,2,5,7} {1,3,4,5}
{1,4,6,7} {2,3,4,7} {2,4,5,6} {3,5,6,7}."

We can arrange these 14 blocks in complementary pairs:

{1,2,3,6} {4,5,7,8}
{1,2,4,8} {3,5,6,7}
{1,2,5,7} {3,4,6,8}
{1,3,4,5} {2,6,7,8}
{1,3,7,8} {2,4,5,6}
{1,4,6,7} {2,3,5,8}
{1,5,6,8} {2,3,4,7}.

These pairs correspond to the seven natural slicings
of the following eightfold cube —

Another representation of these seven natural slicings —

The seven natural eightfold-cube slicings, by Steven H. Cullinane

These seven slicings represent the seven
planes through the origin in the vector
3-space over the two-element field GF(2).  
In a standard construction, these seven 
planes  provide one way of defining the
seven projective lines  of the Fano plane.

A more colorful illustration —

Block Design: The Seven Natural Slicings of the Eightfold Cube (by Steven H. Cullinane, July 12, 2015)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Characteristica Universalis

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From Wikipedia —

"Many Leibniz scholars… seem to agree that he intended
his characteristica universalis  … to be a form of … 
ideographic language. This was to be based on a
rationalised version of the 'principles' of Chinese characters…."

See as well O Nine,  Chinese Calligraphy, and Holy Field.

Concept Script

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"Historically, the idea of a concept script
derives from the Leibnizian project of developing
a so-called 'universal characteristic' 
(characteristica universalis )…."

— Dorothea Lotter, "Gottlob Frege: Language,"
     in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Frege as quoted by Lotter —

"Arithmetical, geometrical and chemical symbols
can be regarded as realizations of the Leibnizian
conception in particular fields. The concept script
offered here adds a new one to these – indeed,
the one located in the middle, adjoining all the others."

Wittgenstein —

"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment
of our intelligence by means of our language."

"Die Philosophie ist ein Kampf gegen die Verhexung
unsres Verstandes durch die Mittel unserer Sprache."

— Philosophical Investigations  (1953), Section 109

Frege, Preface to the Begriffsschrift —

"If it is one of the tasks of philosophy
to break the domination of words over the human spirit
by laying bare the misconceptions
that through the use of language
often almost unavoidably arise
concerning the relations between concepts
and by freeing thought from that with which only
the means of expression of ordinary language,
constituted as they are, saddle it,
then my ideography, further developed for these purposes,
can become a useful tool for the philosopher."

"Wenn es eine Aufgabe der Philosophie ist,
die Herrschaft des Wortes über den menschlichen Geist
zu brechen, indem sie die Täuschungen aufdeckt,
die durch den Sprachgebrauch über die Beziehungen der Begriffe
oft fast unvermeidlich entstehen,
indem sie den Gedanken von demjenigen befreit, womit ihn allein
die Beschaffenheit des sprachlichen Ausdrucksmittels behaftet,
so wird meine Begriffsschrift, für diese Zwecke weiter ausgebildet,
den Philosophen ein brauchbares Werkzeug werden können."

O Nine

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( A sequel to Friday’s post O Seven, O Eight )

In memory of opera singer Jon Vickers, who reportedly
died Friday at 88 —

“His deep faith — he was once dubbed ‘God’s voice’ —
saw him refuse to perform some roles on moral grounds,
specifically, Tannhäuser.” — BBC News

From Wolfram’s song to the evening star in Tannhäuser —

The soul, that longs for the highest grounds,
is fearful of the darkness before it takes flight.
There you are, oh loveliest star,
your soft light you send into the distance.

Der Seele, die nach jenen Höhn verlangt,
vor ihrem Flug durch Nacht und Grausen bangt.
Da scheinest du, o lieblichster der Sterne,
dein Sanftes Licht entsendest du der Ferne.

— classicalmusic.about.com

See as well a related meditation:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Midnight in the Garden of Allah

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From Universals Revisited, Leap Day, 2012 —

Friday, July 10, 2015

O Seven, O Eight

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A meditation from the date of death,
of poet James Tate, 71 —

Without Border

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The previous post's Holy Field symbol, 
with border removed, becomes the
Chinese character for "well."

See also The Lost Well.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Man and His Symbols

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A post of July 7, Haiku for DeLillo, had a link to posts tagged "Holy Field GF(3)."

As the smallest Galois field based on an odd prime, this structure 
clearly is of fundamental importance.  

The Galois field GF(3)

It is, however, perhaps too  small  to be visually impressive.

A larger, closely related, field, GF(9), may be pictured as a 3×3 array

hence as the traditional Chinese  Holy Field.

Marketing the Holy Field

IMAGE- The Ninefold Square, in China 'The Holy Field'

The above illustration of China's  Holy Field occurred in the context of
Log24 posts on Child Buyers.   For more on child buyers, see an excellent
condemnation today by Diane Ravitch of the U. S. Secretary of Education.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Midnight in the Garden

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Blaine Gibson, Designer of Lifelike Robots
at Disney Parks, Dies at 97

Log24 remarks on Sunday, July 5, the reported date of
Gibson's death:

Cut to the Chase

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Backstory for the previous post —

A Log24 post from the release date of the above Mat Zo album:

Cut to the Chase.

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November


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A scene suggested by today's 11:30 AM post —

The New York Times  this afternoon on Nick Flynn —

"His songs of experience hum with immediacy."


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See also

In Memoriam: Stupski

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From the date of Lawrence Stupski's death —

See as well a search in this journal for "Foundation."

Design Thinking

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This post was suggested in part by last night's post
of 11:14 PM ET, Southern Charm, and by a post
of 11/14 last year, Another Opening, Another Show.

See also Design Thinking at Wikipedia and the following
two quotations —

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait's contract for Superintendent
of Charleston County Schools was approved and
signed in a meeting with school board members 
Wednesday morning, a school system official says….
From 2006 to 2013, she was the chief K-12 officer for
the Stupski Foundation, a San Francisco-based
education reform nonprofit. [See related page.]

Chris Tebben, executive director of Grantmakers for
Education, says the [Stupski] foundation was among
the first to consider how the problem-solving approach
known as “design thinking” could play a role in improving

Related cinematic remarks:  Robot Overlords (now on-demand).


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Southern Charm

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Haiku for DeLillo*

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A music video that opens with remarks by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
at the Last Waltz concert (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1976):

"Our Father, whose art's in heaven…" —

For other religious remarks from the above upload date,
Sept. 9, 2011, see Holy Field GF(3).

Click the above "ripple" image for a Grateful Dead haiku
quoted here on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

For another meditation from the second upload date above,
March 19, 2012, see some thoughts on the word "field."

IMAGE- Japanese character for 'field'

* For the title, see an excerpt from Point Omega .

Shema Israelite*

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"Throughout the years, weapons and targeting systems
were added to the aircraft without diminishing the F-16’s
agility, making it a true multirole aircraft."

— WCSC Television 
    Charleston, SC 

* See yesterday's War Haiku.

High White

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Five'll getcha ten ol' Mac is back in town.

150707-American_Beauty-Spacey-at-Smileys.jpg (480×360)


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"A sequel lies beyond." — Emily Dickinson —

Actual Being

For example:

Burt’s Obit

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It is false that "Mr. Shavitz sold his company… for about
$925 million."  The New York Times  seems to have
hired a Harvard unreliable reader. Also, following limited
prosperity, he no longer lived in a "converted turkey coop,"
though the coop remained on his property, according to
an Associated Press obit.

Monday, July 6, 2015

In Memoriam: Weintraub*

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Scene from 'A Good Year'

'The Power Of The Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts,' by Rudolf Arnheim

* For the title, see Weintraube  in
a German-English dictionary.

This word was suggested by an
obituary in today's online Variety .  

War Haiku

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Remark by the director of "Project Almanac" on Feb. 10, 2015
about a proposed remake of "War Games":

"Israelite admitted that he was 'always very sceptical of remakes,
because the story's already been told,' but added that 'with this
particular title, I feel it's primed to say something new.'"

Related material:  Log24 posts tagged Haiku.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:45 PM


"Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow"

The Grateful Dead


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A post suggested by today's news from
Calais, Maine (just across the St. Croix
river from St. Stephen in Canada) —

"You want Frye's with that?"


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"Today’s operational environment presents situations so complex
that understanding them—let alone attempting to change them—
is beyond the ability of a single individual. Moreover, significant risk
occurs when assuming that commanders in the same campaign
understand an implicit design concept or that their design concepts
mutually support each other. The risks multiply…."

For the source, see June 6, 2014.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It’s 6 PM

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Do You Know Where Your Watch Is?

Multiple Storylines

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Another one of them —

Commentary — 


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Some context for yesterday's post on a symplectic polarity —

This 1986 note may or may not have inspired some remarks 
of Wolf Barth in his foreword to the 1990 reissue of Hudson's
1905 Kummer's Quartic Surface .

See also the diamond-theorem correlation.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Crunching Entities*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:19 PM

A figure I prefer to the "Golden Tablet" of Night at the Museum —

IMAGE- The natural symplectic polarity in PG(3,2), illustrating a symplectic structure

The source — The Log24 post "Zero System" of July 31, 2014.

* For the title, see The New Yorker  of Sept. 22, 2014.

High White Noon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM


Two items for cultural anthropologists,
each from April 28, 2015 —

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Electric Mist Revisited

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:09 PM


Scene from "In the Electric Mist" (2009).

Homesman, Plainsman;  Plainsman, Homesman.

The Story Theory of Truth

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:16 PM


Beloved professor dies unexpectedly

"Wesson also said Cottier had 'an encyclopedic
knowledge of everything historical and archaeological,'
and that he lectured straight from memory using
storytelling as a teaching method

'He was absolutely the best lecturer that I've ever had,
spellbinding,' Wesson said. 'He would tell the most
amazing narratives, and the one thing that I could say,
that I've said to a couple of people today, is he was the
closest thing to a real Indiana Jones that there ever will be.
He lived an extraordinary life, just absolutely unusual
in every way and was unafraid of anything. He was the
most fearless person that I've ever met.'" 

See also Pawn Sacrifice (June 28, 2015).


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

  Click on the die for some backstory.

Shema Cartier*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Woody as Figaro

* For the title, see a search for Inside Man .

Related material: The co-editor of The Architecture of Modern Mathematics

"I love those Bavarians."

Running from Crazy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

The title is that of a film which, according to Wikipedia,
"was promoted on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which
had the television premiere of the film on April 27, 2014."

See also this journal on that date.

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

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

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:07 AM


A passage suggested by the 2006 Oxford University Press title
The Architecture of Modern Mathematics , edited by 
José Ferreirós and Jeremy Gray —

Jeremy Gray, Plato's Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics ,
Princeton, 2008 —

"Here, modernism is defined as an autonomous body of ideas,
having little or no outward reference, placing considerable emphasis
on formal aspects of the work and maintaining a complicated—
ndeed, anxious— rather than a naïve relationship with the day-to-day
world, which is the de facto view of a coherent group of people,
such as a professional or discipline-based group that has a high sense
of the seriousness and value of what it is trying to achieve.
This brisk definition…."

William Butler Yeats —

“Poets and Wits about him drew;
‘What then?’ sang Plato’s ghost.
   ‘What then?’

‘The work is done,’
   grown old he thought, 
‘According to my boyish plan;
Let the fools rage,
   I swerved in naught,
Something to perfection brought’;
But louder sang that ghost,
   ‘What then?’

Deepening the Spielfeld

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:27 AM

(Continued from Friday, June 26, 2015)

In memory of an architect —

Donald Wexler, an architect whose innovative steel houses
and soaring glass-fronted terminal at the Palm Springs
International Airport helped make Palm Springs, Calif.,
a showcase for midcentury modernism, died on Friday
[June 26, 2015] at his home in Palm Desert. He was 89.

William Grimes in this morning's New York Times

For a different sort of architecture in Palm Desert, see…

Hausdorff’s Spielraum

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:45 AM

Continued from January 31, 2015 .

Deepening the Spielraum

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

(A sequel to Expanding the Spielraum (Feb. 3, 2015))

"Knowledge, wisdom even, lies in depth, not extension."

Tim Parks in The New York Review of Books ,
     5 PM ET on June 26, 2015

See also Log24 posts on the following figure —

Diamond Theory version of 'The Square Inch Space' with yin-yang symbol for comparison

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Borges on Chess

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM


by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by 
Dale Favier, posted by Favier on
June 27, 2015 —


In their serious corner….


Weak king, biased bishop ….

… they do not know
that an adamantine rigor
subjects their will and their journey.



En su grave rincón, los jugadores
rigen las lentas piezas. El tablero
los demora hasta el alba en su severo
ámbito en que se odian dos colores.

Adentro irradian mágicos rigores
las formas: torre homérica, ligero
caballo, armada reina, rey postrero,
oblicuo alfil y peones agresores.

Cuando los jugadores se hayan ido,
cuando el tiempo los haya consumido,
ciertamente no habrá cesado el rito.

En el Oriente se encendió esta guerra
cuyo anfiteatro es hoy toda la tierra.
Como el otro, este juego es infinito.


Tenue rey, sesgo alfil, encarnizada
reina, torre directa y peón ladino
sobre lo negro y blanco del camino
buscan y libran su batalla armada.

No saben que la mano señalada
del jugador gobierna su destino,
no saben que un rigor adamantino
sujeta su albedrío y su jornada.

También el jugador es prisionero
(la sentencia es de Omar) de otro tablero
de negras noches y blancos días.

Dios mueve al jugador, y éste, la pieza.
¿Qué Dios detrás de Dios la trama empieza
de polvo y tiempo y sueño y agonías?

As for "adamantine rigor," see the final link,
to "Windmill and Diamond," in the post on
the day of Bobby Fischer's death.

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