"So, there is one place
where modernism triumphs.
As in the cases of the pyramids
and the Taj Mahal, the Siegfried line
and the Atlantic wall, death always
calls on the very best architects."
– J. G. Ballard,
"A Handful of Dust"
Monday, February 29, 2016
"So, there is one place
"Dreams can easily and unexpectedly turn into nightmares."
— Oscar speech by J. J. Abrams last night
Related material —
"The static boxes were an invention of Grandfather Horn. They generated a tiny cloud of meaningless brain waves. Without such individual thought-screens, there was too much danger of complete loss of individual personality— once Grandfather Horn had 'become' his infant daughter as well as himself for several hours and the unfledged mind had come close to being permanently lost in its own subconscious. The static boxes provided a mental wall behind which a mind could safely grow and function, similar to the wall by which ordinary minds are apparently always enclosed."
— "The Mind Spider," by Fritz Leiber
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Office scene from "Spotlight," a 2015 film about The Boston Globe
Detail of the above office scene
A photo from the Web of Mount Baker and Bellingham WA
that may or may not match the "Spotlight" picture's location.
Update of 1 AM on March 3, 2016 —
A much better match for the "Spotlight" office picture is this image of
Mount Illimani and La Paz, Bolivia, from dreamstime.com.
Related material —
Saturday, February 27, 2016
This time it's personal.
"Mr. Clark's designs built a bridge … ."
— The New York Times today on a computer designer
who reportedly died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.
From Log24 on the reported date of Mr. Clark's death —
The previous three posts —
Michael Starbird on Mathematics —
Related material —
Runes to Grave and…
Friday, February 26, 2016
From the February 2016 article in the previous post —
"Over a century has passed since the publication,
in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro on 20 February 1909,
of a frontpage article by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti which
came to be known as the Manifesto of Futurism ."
This suggests a review of the 20 February 2009 posts now tagged
See also …
Marissa Mayer, not amused —
"The study of social memory allows scholars to
understand how different memories form within
a collective group, thus exploring the societal
and ideological elements of disparate groups
that form the over-arching memory of Melkisedeq."
— The Melkisedeq Memoirs , by Cale Staley,
2015 master's thesis at the University of Iowa
Elements of groups that I prefer —
"Right through hell
there is a path…."
— Malcolm Lowry,
Under the Volcano
9 + 4 = 13.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A different obituary this evening in that newspaper describes a Jew's 1979 view
of literacy. See "Elizabeth Eisenstein, Historian of Movable Type, Dies at 92."
Related material — McLuhan in Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent
of Change , Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Fittingly, the Times concludes Eisenstein's obituary as follows —
"This article will be set in 8.7 point Imperial and printed on
one of several presses, including the Goss Colorliner."
For a perhaps more interesting printing press related to change,
see Despedida in this journal.
For Crimson Jill
The graveyard of the title is from a song by Paul Simon.
Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY
"By popular demand, Facebook is going beyond the ubiquitous thumbs-up button with a new shorthand to express your thoughts and feelings.
Acknowledging that 'like' isn't the right sentiment for every occasion, the giant social network is offering new options. Reactions, five emoting emojis, are rolling out to Facebook's more than 1.5 billion users around the globe starting Wednesday.
With a click of a button, you can choose from new emotions when commenting on a status update. Hold the 'like' button on mobile or hover over the like button on desktop and five animated emoji pop up. Tap on love, haha, wow, sad or angry to express your reaction. …"
The "remarks" of the title —
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Memorial cinematic storyboard —
From a New York Times obituary today —
"The Rev. Fernando Cardenal, a son of privilege
who embraced Latin America’s poor as a revolutionary
priest and brazenly defied Pope John Paul II’s order to
quit Nicaragua’s leftist cabinet in the 1980s, died on
Saturday in Managua. He was 82."
Photo caption from the same obituary —
"Fernando Cardenal in 1990. As education minister of
Nicaragua under the Sandinistas in the 1980s, he
oversaw a sweeping campaign credited with reducing
illiteracy to 13 percent from 51 percent."
This alleged literacy improvement makes him sound like
a Protestant revolutionary.
See also the post Being Interpreted (Aug. 14, 2015) —
Related material: "Paul Winchell" in this journal.
From a post of Christmas Eve, 2012 —
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Recorded and edited By Aniela Jaffé,
From pages 195-196:
“Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:
* Faust , Part Two, trans. by Philip Wayne (Harmondsworth,
… Gestaltung, Umgestaltung,
Jung’s “Formation, Transformation” quote is from
The speaker is Mephistopheles.
"Mephistopheles is not your name…" — Sting lyric
"You see, technically, chemistry is the study of matter,
but I prefer to see it as the study of change :
Electrons change their energy levels.
Molecules change their bonds.
Elements combine and change into compounds.
But that's all of life, right? It's the constant, it's the cycle.
It's solution, dissolution. Just over and over and over.
It is growth, then decay, then transformation! .
It is fascinating, really."
See also Gestaltung in this journal.
From a webpage on Galois geometry —
From a 2002 review by Stacy G. Langton of Sherman Stein's book on mathematics, How the Other Half Thinks :
"The title of Stein's book (perhaps chosen by the publisher?) seems to refer to the popular left brain/right brain dichotomy. As Stein writes (p. ix): 'I hope this book will help bridge that notorious gap that separates the two cultures: the humanities and the sciences, or should I say the right brain (intuitive, holistic) and the left brain (analytical, numerical). As the chapters will illustrate, mathematics is not restricted to the analytical and numerical; intuition plays a significant role.' Stein does well to avoid identifying mathematics with the activity of just one side of the brain. He would have done better, however, not to have endorsed the left brain/right brain ideology. While it does indeed appear to be the case that the two sides of our brain act in rather different ways, the idea that the right brain is 'intuitive, holistic,' while the left brain is 'analytical, numerical,' is a vast oversimplification, and goes far beyond the actual evidence."
Monday, February 22, 2016
and versions of "Both Sides Now"
See a New York Times version of "Both Sides Now."
I prefer a version by Umberto Eco.
Related material for storytellers and the Church of Synchronology —
This journal on the date of the above shooting script, 03/19/15.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
" 'This is a new category (of device) we’re talking about,'
said Andy Nuttall, HP’s director of mobility strategy.
HP introduced the device Sunday ahead of this week’s
Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain."
— Matt Day in The Seattle Times today
"Buckle up!" — Harlan Kane
A post for Tom Hanks and Dan Brown
Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote
during the Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference on February 18,
2016, at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, California.
Credit: Stephen Lam
The title is from the name of a character in a new novel.
The title is also the name of a noted author.
Related material from April 2, 2009 —
"It seems, as one becomes older,
— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
"Note that at first, you can see the 'arrow of time.'
— "The Ehrenfest Chains," by Kyle Siegrist, ex. 16
For a different Orson, click on "the direction of time."
Reposted from an excellent weblog —
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I came across a recent post on Nabokov's Index Cards by Michael Leddy, which I found interesting.
Nabokov wrote with Index Cards not so much because they allowed associative progression (or because they were somehow like precursors of hypertext for him), but rather because he had such a clear vision of what he meant to create that he could start anywhere in describing it: "The pattern of the thing precedes the thing. I fill in the gaps of the crossword at any spot I happen to choose. These bits I write on index cards until the novel is done. My schedule is flexible but I am rather particular about my instruments: lined Bristol cards and well-sharpened, not too hard, pencils capped with erasers."
"… Since this entire structure, dimly illumined in one's mind, can be compared to a painting, and since you do not have to work gradually from left to right for its proper perception, I may direct my flashlight at any part or particle of the picture when setting it down in writing. I do not begin my novel at the beginning I do not reach chapter three before I reach chapter four… This is why I like writing my stories and novels on index cards, numbering them later when the whole set is complete. Every card is rewritten many times …"
"find a quiet spot (pace the booming surf and rattling wind) where to write. This I do on scrambled index cards (my text existing already there in invisible lead) which I gradually fill in and sort out, using up in the process more pencil sharpeners than pencils; but I have spoken of this in several earlier questionnaires"
Posted by MK at 8:52 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2016
"We're entering Weimar, baby." — Peggy Noonan
"It's there for the weight, dear."
"Everything clear so far?"
* A fictional institution in a just-published novel
** Weaver reportedly died on Nov. 12, 2013.
Synchronologists may consult that date
in this journal.
Friday, February 19, 2016
"Watchmen"-like art in next Sunday's NY Times Book Review —
"Have you ever thought about
the properties of numbers?"
— "The Maiden" in Shaw's
Back to Methuselah , quoted in
the Fritz Leiber Changewar story
“No Great Magic” (1963), Part V
See a Log24 search for Leiber + Properties.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
A post in memory of British theatre director Peter Wood,
who reportedly died on February 11, 2016.
From the date of the director's death —
"Leave a space." — Tom Stoppard
"I could a tale unfold…" — Hamlet's father's ghost
The following Log24 excerpts are from a noted mathematician's
recent date of death, and the preceding date.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
From Malcolm Lowry's reply in 1947 to a hostile review
by Jacques Barzun of Lowry's novel Under the Volcano —
"The end, I suppose, is intended to crush one completely.
'Mr. Lowry has other moments, borrowed from
other styles in fashion, Henry James, Thomas Wolfe,
the thought-streamers, the surrealists. His novel can
be recommended only as an anthology held together
Whatever your larger motive–which I incidentally believe
to be extremely sound–do you not seem to have heard this
passage or something like it before? I certainly do. I seem
to recognize the voice, slightly disguised, that greeted Mr.
Wolfe himself, not to say Mr. Faulkner, Mr. Melville and Mr.
James–an immortal voice indeed that once addressed Keats
in the same terms that it informed Mr. Whitman that he knew
less about poetry than a hog about mathematics."
See as well the Log24 posts from the date of Barzun's death.
"And I know that she's capable of anything, it's riveting
But when you wake up she's always gone, gone, gone"
Monday, February 15, 2016
- "Dirty Laundry" (Henley, Danny Kortchmar) – 5:36
- "The Boys of Summer" (Mike Campbell, Henley) – 4:45
- "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" (Kortchmar) – 4:28
- "Not Enough Love in the World" (Henley, Kortchmar, Benmont Tench) – 3:54
- "Sunset Grill" (Henley, Kortchmar, Tench) – 6:22
- "The End of the Innocence" (Henley, Bruce Hornsby) – 5:14
- "The Last Worthless Evening" (John Corey, Henley, Stan Lynch) – 6:05
- "New York Minute" (Henley, Kortchmar, Jai Winding) – 6:34
- "I Will Not Go Quietly" (Henley, Kortchmar) – 5:41
- "The Heart of the Matter" (Campbell, Henley, J.D. Souther) – 5:21
- "The Garden of Allah" (Corey, Paul Gurian, Henley, Lynch) – 7:02
- "You Don't Know Me at All" (Corey, Henley, Lynch) – 5:36
- "Everybody Knows" (Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson) – 6:10
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
(The title is a reference to the previous post.)
"Pope Reminds Us The Devil Is Real"
— Catholic Online , Oct. 14, 2013
The reported death of Justice Scalia …
… and posts on Scalia in this journal.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Johnny Cash* Meets Fritz Leiber**
** See Spider + Snake in this journal.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie." — Pascal
(Quoted here in The Search for Finite Space on Mon., Feb. 8, 2016.)
Accolades poured in from across the science world, as experts hailed a discovery that will help mankind better understand the universe.
"This expands hugely the way we can observe the cosmos, and the kinds of physics and astrophysics we can do," said professor Sheila Rowan, Director of the University of Glasgow's Institute for Gravitational Research.
Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State University, described the discovery as "breathtaking" and said it "will stand out among the major achievements of the 21st-century science."
"We can now listen to the universe rather than just look at it," said Professor B S Sathyaprakash of Cardiff University. "This window turns on the soundtrack for the universe."
See also posts from the above date on The Zen Ideal .
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
"You can run on for a long time." — Johnny Cash
"Arnold H. Lubasch, who covered crime and the courts
for The New York Times for more than 30 years and
later wrote a biography of the actor and civil rights
activist Paul Robeson, died on Friday [Feb. 5, 2016]
in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83."
— Daniel E. Slotnik in The New York Times tonight
Related soundtrack lyric —
Air date: January 14, 2016.
Related material — The Religion of Cubism (May 9, 2003).
Monday, February 8, 2016
Backstory: Posts tagged Space Writer.
Related material — Posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.
For an example of what Eddington calls "an open mind,"
see the 1958 letters of Nanavira Thera.
(Among the "Early Letters" in Seeking the Path ).
Sunday, February 7, 2016
"Sports may be the place in contemporary life
where Americans find sacred community most easily."
— All Things Shining , the conclusion
Or Bolivia —
Backstories — Natural Hustlers.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
"Nature generally wins in the end."
— Wikipedia on Saki
For a related story, search the news.
* For the relevance of the title to the
above spaces, see Seven-Cycles.
Wikipedia on a George Clooney film released yesterday —
"The studio's major production is Hail, Caesar! ,
an epic set in ancient Rome and starring Baird Whitlock
(Clooney). During a shoot, Whitlock drinks from a goblet
of wine drugged by an extra; he passes out behind the
soundstage and is abducted. A ransom note soon arrives,
written by a group calling itself 'The Future' and demanding
$100,000, which Mannix arranges to have paid. Whitlock
awakens in a beach house and finds his way into a meeting
of The Future, a Communist cell. The members explain their
doctrine to him, and he begins to sympathize with their cause."
See also this morning's post Space Program:
"Bad news on the doorstep…." — American Pie
X Marks the Spot scene, "The Last Crusade"
For those who prefer the T in SPOT —
Knock, Knock, Knockin' —
A Scene from "Tomorrowland" —
A fan of the declining US space program
knocks on George Clooney's door
For related remarks on the decline of NASA,
see an essay at the World Socialist Web Site
from August 19, 2011.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Jean Pedersen (1934-2016)
Friday February 5th 2016
Jean Pedersen died January 1 at the age of 81.
She was a longtime member of the faculty at
Santa Clara University. Pedersen and Peter Hilton
co-authored A Mathematical Tapestry: Demonstrating
the Beautiful Unity of Mathematics , which used paper
folding to show connections between geometry,
number theory, and group theory. Pedersen was an
AMS member since 1979.
Related art —
"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei" — Friedrich Fröbel
An article yesterday at Re/code was titled
Related material from Log24 a year ago today —
Thursday, February 4, 2016
(Continued from Jan. 29)
For a literary tigress —
Continued from January 18, 2005 —
(This post was suggested by the following sentence
by Anolik in Vanity Fair 's current Hollywood issue —
"I think that for the city of Los Angeles,
Didion is the Ángel de la Muerte.")
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
An originally French-Canadian professor of mathematics
at Villanova University reportedly died at 91 on Dec. 28, 2015.
See a eulogy from Legacy.com.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
From yesterday's 2 PM post —
From "Inception" —
Paraphrase of remarks by "Inception" director Christopher Nolan
at Princeton on June 1, 2015 —
"If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Monday, February 1, 2016
This morning at 11:44 I happened upon …
This was published as …
Toshiyuki Katsura, Shigeyuki Kondo, Ichiro Shimada,
"On the supersingular K3 surface in characteristic 5 with Artin invariant 1,"
Michigan Mathematical Journal , vol. 63, issue 4 (Dec. 2014), 803–844.
Related material from later today —