Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Lost Crucible

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 4:56 PM

Yesterday's post The Eightfold Cube in Oslo suggests a review of
posts that mention The Lost Crucible.

(The crucible in question is from a book by Katherine Neville, 
The Eight . Any connection with Arthur Miller's play  "The Crucible" 
is purely coincidental.)

In Memory of a Great Engineer…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 PM

Big Birds

“Relax,” Said the Night Man

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 AM

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Mystic Egress

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:16 PM

A detail from the previous post

"Last thing I remember,
 I was running for the door . . . ."

— Eagles, "Hotel California"

The Eightfold Cube in Oslo

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:04 PM

A KUNSTforum.as article online today (translation by Google) —

The eightfold cube at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo

Update of Sept. 7, 2016: The corrections have been made,
except for the misspelling "Cullinan," which was caused by 
Google translation, not by KUNSTforum.

Shema, Faust

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

"The quotes create the illusion
that the dead are still speaking
to the reader. Faust writes about
the efforts of spiritualists to believe
in an afterlife for their slain kin, but
she’s the one summoning spirits."

April Yee, Harvard Crimson
     staff writer, February 7, 2008

"0! = 1" 

Quine's Shema

See also yesterday's Into the Woods 
and posts now tagged Willow and Mandorla.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:55 PM

This afternoon's online New York Times  on the late
Gene Wilder, who reportedly died Sunday night —

"Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple:
Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real.
'I’m an actor, not a clown,' he said more than once."

— Daniel Lewis

Update of Sept. 3, 2016 —

Into the Woods

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:19 AM

This just in:

Headline- 'Clown tries to lure kids into woods'

See also Cinderella in yesterday's post "As" —

The James Lapine version —

Roll Credits

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Click images for some backstories.



    Pink hexagram in cube

Related material: The Wet Hot Summa.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Angles of Vision

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

IMAGE- Review of a book on Stevens's poetry, 'The Dome and the Rock,' with the reviewer's phrase 'angles of vision.'

See also Desargues in this journal.


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Folk Notation

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:01 PM

See the Chautauqua Season post of June 25
and a search for Notation  in this journal.

See as well the previous post and Bullshit Studies .

Folk Answer

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

(A sequel to "Folk Question ," the previous post)

Midnight Bingo

It All Adds Up.

See also Alexandra Bellow's "Flashbacks of a Mathematical Life
in the September 2016 Notices of the American Mathematical Society .

Folk Question

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:25 PM

A figure from Dec. 27, 2003

Quoted here on that date

“If little else, the brain is an educational toy."

— Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

"What else did you get for Christmas?"

— Folk question


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:06 AM

See a search for the title in this journal.

Related material:

The incarnation of three permutations,
named A, B, and C,
on the 7-set of digits {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}
as  permutations on the eightfold cube.

See Minimal ABC Art, a post of August 22, 2016.

Grid Systems

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 AM

See also Grid + System in this  journal.

Inner, Outer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

See also a post of July 16, 2016.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Structure a Set, Set a Structure

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


A star figure and the Galois quaternion.

The square root of the former is the latter.

See also a search in this journal for "Set a Structure."


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:29 PM

Who you gonna call?

Wolfe vs. Chomsky

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

1.  Tom Wolfe has a new book on Chomsky, "The Kingdom of Speech."

2.  This suggests a review of a post of Aug. 11, 2014, Syntactic/Symplectic.

To paraphrase Wittgenstein, sentence 1 above is about "correlating in real life"
(cf. Crooked House and Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House ), and may be 
compared to sentence 2 above, which links to a sort of "correlating in
mathematics" that is a particular example of the more general sort of
mathematical correlating mentioned by Wittgenstein in 1939.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crooked House

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:06 PM


The previous post dealt with a talk by Cora Diamond
on April 3, 2015, at 32 Vassar St., Cambridge, Mass.

The MIT building at that address suggests a review
of the phrase "Crooked House" in this journal.

Diamond on the Map

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:38 PM

A check of Cora Diamond, editor of the 1976 Wittgenstein
book shown in the previous post, yields …

The date of the above talk was April 3, 2015.

For this journal on that date,  see a link, "by Steven H. Cullinane,"
in yesterday's post Core Statements.

Language Game:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:00 PM

A Counting-Pattern

The Man Who Knew Zero

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

(Continued from April 29, Uma Thurman's birthday )

April 29, 2016, was the opening date for a film
about Ramanujan, "The Man Who Knew Infinity,"
as well as Uma Thurman's birthday. (Uma is
named for a Hindu goddess.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Core Statements

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 PM

"That in which space itself is contained" — Wallace Stevens

An image by Steven H. Cullinane from April 1, 2013:

The large Desargues configuration of Euclidean 3-space can be 
mapped canonically to the 4×4 square of Galois geometry —

'Desargues via Rosenhain'- April 1, 2013- The large Desargues configuration mapped canonically to the 4x4 square

On an Auckland University of Technology thesis by Kate Cullinane —
On Kate Cullinane's book 'Sample Copy' - 'The core statement of this work...'
The thesis reportedly won an Art Directors Club award on April 5, 2013.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Web Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Fritz Leiber's 'Spider' symbol

Today is said to be the 25th anniversary of the
opening to the public of the World Wide Web.
Related material:  Click on the above icon for
posts mentioning "Spider Woman."

Happy Birthday

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 AM

Puritan Contemplation:

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

For an authority on Japanese art —

Text Tiles*

Res ipsa loquitur.

Compare to and contrast with 

Remarks on art, contemplation. and Puritanism
from a recent Princeton University Press book —

“Lucy Lippard distinguished Asian art
(ego-less and contemplative)
from New York Minimalism
(moralistic and puritanical).”
Mathematics and Art ,
Princeton U. Press, Fall 2015

* Update of Aug. 24, 2016 — See also Nov. 2, 2014.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Minimal ABC Art

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

Two portions of a post from Guy Fawkes Day 2015


Other art for Guy Fawkes Day

Cloak and Dagger

Igor Strikes Again

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:45 PM

For the Igor of the title, see the previous post.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Imperium Emporium

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:30 PM

Design Cube 2x2x2 for demonstrating Galois geometry

Harry Potter with lightning-bolt scar

Harry Potter, star of the new film
"Imperium," with lightning-bolt
scar on his forehead

Big Meeting

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Grosses Treffen


See also Log24 on the above Berlin date — April 16, 2016 —

For some historical background, see
the post ABC Art of November 8, 2015.


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Fugue No. 21
B-Flat Major
Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
Johann Sebastian Bach
by Timothy A. Smith

Theme and Variations
by Steven H. Cullinane

The beginning of each —

Cullinane, 'Theme and Variations'

Some context —

The diamond theorem

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stone Cold Continued*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 PM

See also an obit for Robert Stone by Ashley Southall 
rewritten by Bruce Weber.

* The title refers to a Saturday night post of 11:29 PM ET,
   "Stone Cold Open," from January 10, 2015.

Photo of Robert Stone from New Republic

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ex Machina

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

For the Symmetry Dancers of CERN

1947 Opening

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 PM
1. e4  See also Geometry of the I Ching
and "Miracle on 34th Street."

Princeton University Press in 1947

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:17 AM

From a review, in the context of Hollywood, of a Princeton
University Press book on William Blake from 1947 —

From Halloween 2013

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

The orange and black Princeton colors in the previous post
suggest a review of Halloween 2013 —

By the Numbers

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

Popup on Kellogg's Product 19  webpage —

Operation Outbrain

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:24 AM

The above clickbait was "Recommended by Outbrain."  The photo
shown does not appear on the site linked to. Background on the photo —

See also Brainstorm in this  journal.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An Oxford Education:

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 PM

Or, "An Education Continued"

This journal on May 29, 2010, had a followup to
the previous day's post "Multispeech for Oxford"—

An Oxford workshop, "Quantum Physics and Logic," began
on the date of the above Log24 "Packed" post, May 29, 2010.
The first talk was by John Baez —

Baez's notes on his talk begin
"Duality has many manifestations in logic and physics." —

'Duality has many manifestations in logic and physics.'- John Baez

Yes, it does.

Hung Like a Hoss

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:45 PM

"Brutal choreography and dramatic intelligence"

—  Phrase from the subtitle of a review
     in The New Yorker , issue dated Aug. 22, 2016

A Midrash for Edmonton  

Choreography —  Sister Act

Judy Carne and Hoss in NBC's "Bonanza,"  a nemesis
of CBS Sunday programming.

IntelligenceThese Little Town Blues

Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in "Shame" (2011).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Humanitarian Award

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:22 PM

The New York Times  on a film director who reportedly died today

"Mr. Hiller was born on Nov. 13, 1923, in Edmonton, Alberta,
one of three children of Harry Hiller and the former Rose Garfin,
Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father ran a secondhand
musical instrument store in Edmonton.

His first contact with show business came through his parents,
who formed a community theater in Edmonton to present plays
in Yiddish. He helped his parents build and paint sets, and made
his acting debut at age 11."

Other news from Edmonton —

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Midnight Narrative

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

The images in the previous post do not lend themselves
to any straightforward narrative. Two portions of the
large image search are, however, suggestive —

Boulez and Boole      and

Cross and Boolean lattice.

The improvised cross in the second pair of images
is perhaps being wielded to counteract the
Boole of the first pair of images. See the heading
of the webpage that is the source of the lattice
diagram toward which the cross is directed —

Update of 10 am on August 16, 2016 —

See also Atiyah on the theology of
(Boolean) algebra vs. (Galois) geometry:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Google as Galatea …

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

Today Reviews the Concept of "Göpel Inscape ."

Shown below is a condensed version of
Google-as-Galatea's full 11.7 MB image search
based on the two words Göpel inscape .​

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Boole-Galois Games

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

Continued from earlier posts on Boole vs. Galois.

From a Google image search today for “Galois Boole.”
Click the image to enlarge it.

Norwegian Meditation

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

The previous post dealt with a death on August 6.

On that date nine years earlier —

"Atle Selberg, who had a major influence in mathematics
and especially in analytic number theory during the 20th century,
died on August 6 [2007]. Born on June 14, 1917, in Langesund,
Norway, he received his Ph.D. in 1943 from the University of Oslo. . . ."

— American Mathematical Society, 2007

See also Selberg in this  journal —

Click image for the full  version of the above post
and some remarks from the date of Selberg's death.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Death on August 6

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

See this evening's online New York Times  for
a notable death on August 6, 2016.

Related material:  This journal on that date.

Summer Thrills

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:29 PM

Below: The NY Times "Summer Thrills" Sunday Book Review
of July 31, 2016.  Click image to enlarge.

Verrückt genug? 

Midnight Special

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

The previous post suggests a review of posts tagged Wheeler in this journal.

See also a post from the date of Wheeler's death, The Echo in Plato's Cave.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Dustbucket Physics

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

Peter Galison, a Harvard professor, is a defender of
the Vienna Circle and the religion of Scientism.

From Galison's “Structure of Crystal, Bucket of Dust,” in
Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative ,
edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur, pp. 52-78 
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 2012) 

Galison's final paragraph —

"Perhaps, then, it should not surprise us too much if,
as Wheeler approaches the beginning-end of all things,
there is a bucket of Borelian dust. Out of this filth,
through the proposition machine of quantum mechanics
comes pregeometry; pregeometry makes geometry;
geometry gives rise to matter and the physical laws
and constants of the universe. At once close to and far
from the crystalline story that Bourbaki invoked,
Wheeler’s genesis puts one in mind of Genesis 3:19:
'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken:
for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.' "

For fans of Scientism who prefer more colorful narratives —

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Large Desargues Configuration

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:30 PM

(Continued from April 2013 and later)

This is what I called "the large Desargues configuration
in posts of April 2013 and later.

The O and the I

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

See Binary Shema.

Seeking Eden

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:45 PM

From Wikipedia

"Emily Eden  a hardened New York City homicide detective,
goes undercover to investigate the murder of a Hasidic 

Midrash — See "Diamond + Dust + Glitter."

Logic of the Dust

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

"Dust is a fictional elementary particle that is of
fundamental importance within the story." 

— Wikipedia on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials  trilogy

A review of posts tagged Kabbalah yields —

  "If all that 'matters' are fundamentally mathematical relationships, then there ceases to be any important difference between the actual and the possible. (Even if you aren't a mathematical Platonist, you can always find some collection of particles of dust to fit any required pattern. In Permutation City  this is called the 'logic of the dust' theory.)….
    Paul Durham is convinced by the 'logic of the dust' theory mentioned above, and plans to run, just for a few minutes, a complex cellular automaton (Permutation City) started in a 'Garden of Eden' configuration — one which isn't reachable from any other, and which therefore must have been the starting point of a simulation….  I didn't understand the need for this elaborate set-up, but I guess it makes for a better story than 'well, all possible worlds exist, and I'm going to tell you about one of them.' "

— Danny Yee, review of Permutation City
     a novel by Greg Egan

See also in this journal a search for Dark Matter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Logos and Logic

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:11 PM

"Logos and logic, crystal hypothesis,
 Incipit and a form to speak the word
 And every latent double in the word…."

— Wallace Stevens,
    "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,"
     Section I, Canto VIII



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

The novel Blood on Snow , set in Oslo, was published
by Knopf on April 7, 2015.  This journal on that date —

Log24 on Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:00 PM 

Seven years ago in this journal —

The above links:  the Stone,  the rules.

A related image —

Analogies Test

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

Obituary for Wilford Stanton Miller, author in 1926
of the Miller Analogies Test  —  

Marshall McLuhan writing to Ezra Pound on Dec. 21, 1948—

"The American mind is not even close to being amenable
to the ideogram principle as yet.  The reason is simply this.
America is 100% 18th Century. The 18th century had
chucked out the principle of metaphor and analogy—
the basic fact that as A is to B so is C to D.  AB:CD.   
It can see AB relations.  But relations in four terms are still
verboten.  This amounts to deep occultation of nearly all
human thought for the U.S.A.

I am trying to devise a way of stating this difficulty as it exists.  
Until stated and publicly recognized for what it is, poetry and
the arts can’t exist in America."

A line for W. S. Miller, taken from "Annie Hall" —

"You know nothing of my work."

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Analogies Between Analogies (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

2:3 :: 4:6

Midrash —

Piano keys with C, E, G as 4, 5, 6

Notes and frequency ratios


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 PM

See "Smallest Perfect" and "We Are Six."


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

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

"A snowflake, a blizzard of one…."

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Point of Identity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

For a  Monkey Grammarian  (Viennese Version)

"At the point of convergence
the play of similarities and differences
cancels itself out in order that 
identity alone may shine forth
The illusion of motionlessness,
the play of mirrors of the one: 
identity is completely empty;
it is a crystallization and
in its transparent core
the movement of analogy 
begins all over once again."

— The Monkey Grammarian 

by Octavio Paz, translated by Helen Lane 

A logo that may be interpreted as one-eighth of a 2x2x2 array
of cubes —

The figure in white above may be viewed as a subcube representing,
when the eight-cube array is coordinatized, the identity (i.e., (0, 0, 0)).

Shown below are a few variations on the figure by VCQ,
the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology —

(Click image to enlarge.)

Searching for Finkelstein

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

A search for Finkelstein in this journal yields an image

Piano keys with C, E, G as 4, 5, 6

Notes and frequency ratios

See also the remarks of a character in Martin Cruz Smith's 
novel Stallion Gate  on piano keys —

"I hate arguments. I'm a coward. Arguments are full of words,
and each person is sure he's the only one who knows
what the words mean. Each word is a basket of eels,
as far as I'm concerned. Everybody gets to grab just one eel
and that's his interpretation and he'll fight to the death for it….
Which is why I love music. You hit a C and it's a C and that's all it is.
Like speaking clearly for the first time. Like being intelligent.
Like understanding. A Mozart or an Art Tatum sits at the piano
and picks out the undeniable truth."

All in the Timing

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"Her hair is Harlow gold …"

Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in
"Wife vs. Secretary" (Feb. 28, 1936)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

It’s 10 PM …

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

A metaphysical book search from about 10 PM ET 48 hours ago

An earlier search from July 1, 2016, may serve as a companion piece —

The Lauper Sermon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"Confusion is nothing new." 

Illustrations —


Alethiometer from "The Golden Compass"

A Talisman for Finkelstein

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

The late physicist David Ritz Finkelstein on the magic square
in Dürer's "Melencolia I" —

"As a child I wondered why such a square was called magic.
The Occult Philosophy  [of Agrippa] answers this question
at least. They were used as magical talismans."

The correspondence  in the previous post between
Figures A and B may serve as a devotional talisman
in memory of Finkelstein, a physicist who, in the sort of
magical thinking enjoyed by traditional Catholics, might
still be lingering in Purgatory.

See also this journal on the date of Finkelstein's death —

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mystic Correspondence:

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

The Cube and the Hexagram

The above illustration, by the late Harvey D. Heinz,
shows a magic cube* and a corresponding magic 
hexagram, or Star of David, with the six cube faces 
mapped to the six hexagram lines and the twelve  
cube edges mapped to the twelve hexagram points.
The eight cube vertices correspond to eight triangles
in the hexagram (six small and two large). 

Exercise:  Is this noteworthy mapping** of faces to lines, 
edges to points, and vertices to triangles an isolated 
phenomenon, or can it be viewed in a larger context?

* See the discussion at magic-squares.net of
   "perimeter-magic cubes"

** Apparently derived from the Cube + Hexagon figure
    discussed here in various earlier posts. See also
    "Diamonds and Whirls," a note from 1984.

Friday, August 5, 2016

At 10 PM …

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 PM

Do you know where your Olympics are?

Update of a half-hour later, 10:27 PM ET —


Sleight of Post

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

From an earlier Log24 post —

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

See Cube Symbology.

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Da hats ein Eck 

From a post of the next day, July 12, 2014 —

"So there are several different genres and tones
jostling for prominence within Lexicon :
a conspiracy thriller, an almost abstract debate
about what language can do, and an ironic
questioning of some of the things it’s currently used for."

Graham Sleight in The Washington Post 
     a year earlier, on July 15, 2013

For the Church of Synchronology, from Log24 on the next day — 

From a post titled Circles on the date of Marc Simont's death —

See as well Verhexung  in this journal.

Stand-Up Guy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Recent amateur psychological profiles of Trump 
suggest a review of Cliff Gorman as Goebbels
in "The Bunker" (1981) —

"Well That's their problem now."

Thursday, August 4, 2016


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

Peter Gelzinis in the Boston Herald  today

"What has become painfully clear this week
is that there is no Republican campaign for
the presidency. There is only The Donald,
reflex tweets, the folded pieces of paper
he pulls out of his coat pocket and a crazy
stand-up routine that is part Lenny Bruce
and part professor Irwin Corey."


Another Diagnostic Jew

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"Take that baby,  please! "

See also the previous post.

The Soltan Diagnosis

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:26 PM

Prof. Margaret Soltan's psychiatric diagnosis of Donald Trump

Professor Soltan, a fan of James Joyce, would do well
to apply her diagnostic powers to Finnegans Wake , 
a word salad if ever there was one.

Related recommended reading:

Schoolgirl Problems

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Compare and contrast the recent films
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl" and "Strangerland." 

(This post was suggested by yesterday's
"How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes.")

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"Mathematics is a process of making your metaphors ever more precise."

Dave Carter, quoted at AmericanSongwriter.com today

"Meticulously mapped" — Ben Brantley, review of the play "Rabbit Hole"
 in The New York Times , February 3, 2006

Dave Carter, quoted in "Dave Carter's Final Class,"
a post written by 
at AmericanSongwriter.com on 

"Eyes closed, you will feel your body traveling at great speed over the landscape. Somewhere there will be a hole down into the ground. As you go down into that tunnel, there may be creatures that try to stop you, stand in your path. You have to go right through them.

Finally you will come to something down there in the ground, a new place with some kind of gift for you. You just look around for it there, and you will find it." 

Carter reportedly died on July 19, 2002.

The next day

"And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline
Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines
Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so
All your diamond tears will rise up and adorn the sky beside me
     when I go"

— Dave Carter, song lyric, "When I Go"

Relax, He Said

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:15 PM

From the online New York Times  this afternoon

James Houghton, the founder and, until recently, the artistic director of the Signature Theater Company, one of Off Broadway’s essential nonprofit theaters and perhaps the nation’s leading safe house for playwrights, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 57. ….

From 2006 until his death, he was director of the drama division at the Juilliard School, which was founded in 1968  by John Houseman. Like Professor Kingsfield, the Harvard law scholar famously played by Houseman in the 1973 film “The Paper Chase,” the drama division was long known for its emphasis on discipline and for upholding rigorous standards that kept the pressure on the small number of students who were admitted after auditions. (In 2016 there 2,000 applicants for 18 spots.)

Mr. Houghton altered the Juilliard audition process and is credited with relaxing the atmosphere of the program. ….

“I don’t think there was anyone in the theater community more beloved than Jim,” the playwright Tony Kushner wrote in an email ….

— Bruce Weber

Related theater — Child's Play.

Article of Note

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Note —

See also the previous post, Notes towards the Inarticulate.

Notes towards the Inarticulate

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See the search for an Inarticulate Square in this journal.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Notes towards a Dark Tower*

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Or:  Shema, SXSW

The doors open slowly. I step into a hangar. From the rafters high above, lights blaze down, illuminating a twelve-foot cube the color of gunmetal. My pulse rate kicks up. I can’t believe what I’m looking at. Leighton must sense my awe, because he says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?” It is exquisitely beautiful. At first, I think the hum inside the hangar is coming from the lights, but it can’t be. It’s so deep I can feel it at the base of my spine, like the ultralow-frequency vibration of a massive engine. I drift toward the box, mesmerized.


— Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter: A Novel
(Kindle Locations 2004-2010).
Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition.

Related reading —

"Do you know there is a deliberate sinister conspiracy at work?"

"No, but hum a few bars and I'll fake it."

A few bars —

* Not the Dark Tower of Stephen King, but that of the
University of Texas at Austin, back in time 50 years and a day.

Monday, August 1, 2016


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:28 PM

From this journal —

See (for instance) Sacred Order, July 18, 2006 —

The finite Galois affine space with 64 points

From a novel published July 26, 2016, and reviewed
in yesterday's (print) New York Times Book Review —

The doors open slowly. I step into a hangar. From the rafters high above, lights blaze down, illuminating a twelve-foot cube the color of gunmetal. My pulse rate kicks up. I can’t believe what I’m looking at. Leighton must sense my awe, because he says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?” It is exquisitely beautiful. At first, I think the hum inside the hangar is coming from the lights, but it can’t be. It’s so deep I can feel it at the base of my spine, like the ultralow-frequency vibration of a massive engine. I drift toward the box, mesmerized.

— Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter: A Novel
(Kindle Locations 2004-2010).
Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition. 

See also Log24 on the publication date of Dark Matter .

Strange Love

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Review of "Criminal," a recent Tommy Lee Jones film:

"The only problem is that the procedure requires
a certain type of mind, the mind of a psychopath."

Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly, Feb. 2006,
discussing an interview wtih Texas actor Jones, mentions 

"Jones’ strangely mesmerizing performance as
a vicious psychopath who hijacks a battleship."

A sample of that performance suitable for Manic Monday —

"You have to reconsider your entire philosophy."

— Tommy Lee Jones in "Under Siege"

The New York Times Book Review  yesterday advertised 
such a reconsideration, for sale by a Smith College Buddhist —

(Click image to enlarge.)

For your consideration —

"And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary."

— Benedict Cumberbatch on his new film "Doctor Strange."

Lead-balloon humor:

"Funny, you don't look  Buddhist."

Jay L. Garfield

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