Saturday, December 31, 2016


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

Approaches to geometry: axioms vs. constructions

Breach's 1981 approach is not axiomatic,
but instead graphic. Another such approach —

Toronto Star Quality

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"It's hard to get by just upon a smile, girl."

Rogue One’s Opening Date

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

Also on December 16  (Click to enlarge

Friday, December 30, 2016

ZZZ Accounting

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 PM

Or:  Lost in Conversion

The main title is the name of Ben Affleck's firm in "The Accountant."
The subtitle was suggested by religious remarks in the previous post.

From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"The following June, 1945, von Neumann penned
what would become a historic document entitled
'First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC,' the first published
description of a stored-program binary computing machine—
the modern computer."

Image from von Neumann's report

Version converted to text —

See also "Turing + Dyson" in this journal . . . 

For a character  that "spans both worlds,"
see posts tagged "Oscar Day 2007."

Related image data —

" 'No views' is good." — Christian Wolff

For the Accountant*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:17 PM

From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"To store the programs as data, the computer would need
something newa memory. That’s where Pitts’ loops 
came into play.  'An element which stimulates itself
will hold a stimulus indefinitely,' von Neumann wrote
in his report . . . ."

Amanda Gefter, Nautilus , Feb. 5, 2015

Related material —

"Here we go loop de loop" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

* I.e., Ben Affleck in his new film.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mayer at Davos

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:20 PM

See also Mayer at Davos in this journal.

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Quick Now, Here, Now, Always

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:25 AM

'Only a peculiar can enter a time loop' — Nov. 21, 2016

'Loop De Loop,' Johnny Thunder, Diamond Records, 1962


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:27 AM

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:30 PM

Related material —

Raiders of the Lost Birthday,  Apple Tree Children, and  Interior/Exterior

Other Old News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Click to enlarge:

See also Mark 7:28 in this  journal.

Rosetta Tesseracts

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Click to enlarge.

Related material Folk Etymology  (Dec. 10, 2016).

Hell & Dunkel

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

See the title in this journal.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Dark Side

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:04 PM

"The record, released on the Diamond label,
became a big hit, rising to no. 4 on the
Billboard  Hot 100 in early 1963." — Wikipedia

'Loop De Loop,' Johnny Thunder, Diamond Records, 1962

Bright Star

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:15 AM

See instances of the title in this journal.

Material related to yesterday evening's post
"Bright and Dark at Christmas" —

The Buddha of Rochester:

See also the Gelman (i.e., Gell-Mann) Prize
in the film "Dark Matter" and the word "Eightfold"
in this journal.

" A fanciful mark is a mark which is invented
for the sole purpose of functioning as a trademark,
e.g., 'Kodak.' "

"… don't take my Kodachrome away." — Paul Simon

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bright and Dark at Christmas

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

See also this journal on Christmas night.

"Adam Frank, an astrophysicist who writes for NPR's
13.7 blog, described dark matter by comparing it to
a ghost in a horror movie. You can't see it, he writes —
'but you know it's with you because it messes with
the things you can see. ' " — NPR.org this evening

See as well today's post Old News and the Nov. 4, 2008,
book on Charles Dickens, The Man Who Invented Christmas .

For What It’s Worth

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

The previous post introduced the phrase "secondary meaning."
A discussion —

" In order to establish a secondary meaning for a term,
a plaintiff 'must show that the primary significance in
the minds of the consuming public is not the product
but the producer.' "


See also The Zero Theorem and Bialystock in this journal.

Fanciful (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

From "Plato Thanks the Academy," March 19, 2014 —

IMAGE- Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis) and Simon Lynch (Miko Hughes), 'Mercury Rising' (1998)

“Click on fanciful .”

A possible result —

See also "Triple Cross."

Old News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From IndieWire on November 11, 2016 —

"Bleecker Street has announced it has acquired
U.S. and select territory rights to 'The Man Who
Invented Christmas
,' to be directed by Bharat
Nalluri. The film will start shooting next month
and is targeting a holiday 2017 release date."

This  journal on November 11, 2016 —

On Christmas 2015, Log24 featured
the Bleecker Street favicon

in the post 'Dark Symbol.'

Here is the dark symbol again —

The apparent symbols for "times" and "plus"
in the above screenshot are, of course, icons for
browser functions. Readers who prefer the
fanciful  may regard them instead as symbols for
"a gateway to another realm," that of number theory.

Last December 26

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Midnight Reflection

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Robbing Peter, paying Paul

This  year on December 26 — A Lutheran-related note from 2015

and one from Christmas 2016 —

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Last Christmas*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

From "Bright Symbol," a post of 12 AM
on December 25, 2015 —

From "Dark Symbol," a post of 12 PM
on December 25, 2015 —

* Title suggested by a song released by Epic Records in 1984.

Credit Where Due

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

See also Robert M. Pirsig in this journal on Dec. 26, 2012.

Miracle Eight Generator

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Merry Xmas to Katherine Neville.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Early X Piece

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

In memory of an American artist whose work resembles that of
the Soviet constructivist Karl Ioganson (c. 1890-1929).

The American artist reportedly died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.

"In fact, the (re-)discovery of this novel structural principle was made in 1948-49 by a young American artist whom Koleichuk also mentions, Kenneth Snelson. In the summer of 1948, Snelson had gone to study with Joseph Albers who was then teaching at Black Mountain College. . . . One of the first works he made upon his return home was Early X Piece  which he dates to December 1948 . . . . "

— "In the Laboratory of Constructivism:
      Karl Ioganson's Cold Structures,"
      by Maria GoughOCTOBER  Magazine, MIT,
      Issue 84, Spring 1998, pp. 91-117

The word "constructivism" also refers to a philosophy of mathematics.
See a Log24 post, "Constructivist Witness,"  of 1 AM ET on the above
date of death.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Memory, History, Geometry

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:48 PM


Code Blue

Update of 7:04 PM ET —

The source of the 404 message in the browsing history above
was the footnote below:

Requiem for a Mathematician

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:10 PM

From a Dec. 21 obituary posted by the
University of Tennessee at Knoxville —

"Wade was ordained as a pastor and served
at Oakwood Baptist Church in Knoxville."

Other information —

In a Log24 post, "Seeing the Finite Structure,"
of August 16, 2008, Wade appeared as a co-author
of the Walsh series book mentioned above —

Walsh Series: An Introduction to Dyadic Harmonic Analysis, by F. Schipp et. al.

Walsh Series: An Introduction
to Dyadic Harmonic Analysis
by F. Schipp et al.,
Taylor & Francis, 1990

From the 2008 post —

The patterns on the faces of the cube on the cover
of Walsh Series above illustrate both the 
Walsh functions of order 3 and the same structure
in a different guise, subspaces of the affine 3-space 
over the binary field. For a note on the relationship
of Walsh functions to finite geometry, see 
Symmetry of Walsh Functions.

Des Pudels Kern

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM


See also Mark 7:28.

Nightmares Before Christmas

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:25 AM

Recent posts have featured the Tim Burton films 
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
(and the Ghost Ship), as well as "Ed Wood" (and Plan 9). 

Related material —

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Raising the Specter

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Related material in this  journal: Specter.

The Meadow in December

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

"icy white and crystalline" — Johnny Mercer

From a search in this journal for Hudson Hawk

See also Stella Octangula.

Funny Peculiar, Not Funny Ha-Ha

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

See also this  journal on the above "peculiar" date — Sept. 27, 2016.

The Laugh-Hospital

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

Constructivism in mathematics and the laughing academy

See also, from the above publication date, Hudson's Inscape.
The inscape is illustrated in posts now tagged Laughing Academy.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:45 AM

'Only a peculiar can enter a time loop' — Nov. 21, 2016

See also Log24 posts from the above date.

Constructivist Witness

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

The title refers to a philosophy of mathematics.

For those who prefer metaphor Folk Etymology.

See also Stages of Math at Princeton's  
Institute for Advanced Study in March 2013 —

— and in this journal starting in August 2014.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Space Itself

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Consider Stevens’s verse from “The Rock” (1954):

“That in which space itself is contained.” 

Consider also Whitehead in 1906

"This is proved by the consideration
of a three dimensional geometry in which
there are only fifteen points."

— and Stevens on the sublime (1935):

"And the sublime comes down
To the spirit itself,

The spirit and space,
The empty spirit
In vacant space."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

At the Still Point

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM


And now.

Nine is a Vine

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:01 PM

Enumerating Entities

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:29 PM

See also a Terry Gilliam film on "crunching entities."

The Empire Strikes Back

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 PM

Order of the British Empire
in news photo from 1994

This OBE was in the news again today.
Its recipient reportedly died yesterday.

The Project’s Central Problem

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

From page 180, Logicomix —


Alfred North Whitehead in the first of
the above-named years, 1906 —

"But the project's central problem was always there."

"The deeper we got into our Quest…
The more I doubted its premises."

— Attributed to Bertrand Russell
by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos
Papadimitriou in Logicomix  (2008-9)

Monday, December 19, 2016


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:25 PM

See also all posts now tagged Memory, History, Geometry.

Requiem for a Pollster

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:09 PM

In memory of Lou Harris, who reportedly died
at 95 on Saturday, December 17, 2016 —

Tetrahedral Cayley-Salmon Model

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:38 AM

The figure below is one approach to the exercise
posted here on December 10, 2016.

Tetrahedral model (minus six lines) of the large Desargues configuration

Some background from earlier posts —

IMAGE- Geometry of the Six-Set, Steven H. Cullinane, April 23, 2013

Click the image below to enlarge it.

Polster's tetrahedral model of the small Desargues configuration

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Manifest O

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:10 PM

"The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

IMAGE- Chair from 'Osterman Weekend' ending

“Am I still on?” — Ending line of  The Osterman Weekend  (1983)

Sunday Dinner Crumbs

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

From posts now tagged “Memory-History-Geometry” —

“… even the dogs under the table
eat the children’s crumbs.” — Mark 7:28

From a 2015 post

“… Kansas and Harvard officially met
as Kansas wrestled the unsuspecting Harvard
to the ground in a headlock.”

Harvard Heart of Gold , by Dustin Aguilar,
quoted here on April 24, 2015

For the dogs under the table, a note from that same date —

See as well Tom Wolfe on manifestos
and “the creative spirit.”

Two Models of the Small Desargues Configuration

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

Click image to enlarge.

Polster's tetrahedral model of the small Desargues configuration

See also the large  Desargues configuration in this journal.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tetrahedral Death Star

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

Continuing the "Memory, History, Geometry" theme
from yesterday

See Tetrahedral,  Oblivion,  and Tetrahedral Oblivion.

IMAGE- From 'Oblivion' (2013), the Mother Ship

"Welcome home, Jack."

Browder Obit

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:08 PM

Update, later the same day —

The sons of Earl Browder enjoyed greater academic success later
in the twentieth century:

The Exercist

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:26 AM

See Exercise in this journal.
Happy birthday to Pope Francis.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Read Something That Means Something

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:29 PM

Memory, History, Geometry

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM

These are Rothko's Swamps .

See a Log24 search for related meditations.

For all three topics combined, see Coxeter —

" There is a pleasantly discursive treatment 
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?’ "

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Update of 10 AM ET —  Related material, with an elementary example:

Posts tagged "Defining Form." The example —

IMAGE- Triangular models of the 4-point affine plane A and 7-point projective plane PA

Rothko’s Swamps

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

“… you don’t write off an aging loved one
just because he or she becomes cranky.”

— Peter Schjeldahl on Rothko in The New Yorker ,
issue dated December 19 & 26, 2016, page 27

He was cranky in his forties too —

See Rothko + Swamp in this journal.

Related attitude —

From Subway Art for Times Square Church , Nov. 7

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Outer Sanctum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:45 PM

From this journal on Dec. 12, the date of the bishop's death

"Ordinary life and daily work are paths to sanctity . . . ."

Close enough.

Graveyard Roses

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:35 AM

Two deaths on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 —

In memory of game show figure Alan Thicke —

Minimal ABC Art.

In memory of game theory author Thomas Schelling —

Barbara Rose in a Log24 search for Princeton + Art.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:06 PM

More recently

Click the above image for some backstory.

The Thirteenth Novel

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

John Updike on Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, Cosmopolis

" DeLillo’s post-Christian search for 'an order at some deep level'
has brought him to global computerization:
'the zero-oneness of the world, the digital imperative . . . . ' "

The New Yorker , issue dated March 31, 2003

On that date ….

Related remark —

" There is a pleasantly discursive treatment 
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?’ "

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Yellow Ribbon Review

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM

Annals of Entertainment


Even earlier (and more seriously)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Old Crime Scene

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"It's been three long years" — Tony Orlando

The above link leads to Log24 posts that mention
the late British author Colin Wilson, whose obituary
appeared in The New York Times  on this date in 2013.

A date which would perhaps be considered more relevant
by Wilson himself is that of his death, Dec. 5, 2013.

See this  journal on that  date.

Symbology for Dan Brown and Stephen King

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:16 PM

Thirty-year medallion from
Alcoholics Anonymous —


Error Icon —

Context —


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

Fritz Leiber's 'Spider' symbol

For some commentary,
see Spider in this journal.

Raiders of the Lost Chord

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

Readings for Sinatra's birthday

She Sings at the Finale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:14 AM

The title is from a post of last Thursday afternoon — Dec. 8, 2016.

An image from that post appeared here last year —

In related news ….

See also philosophy notes from Infinite Jest .

Some backstory —

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bad Dreams

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"… were it not that I have bad dreams" — Hamlet

See references in this journal to
"Nightmare Alley" and "Damnation Morning."

Expanding the Spielraum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM


Tony Stark's "little gray area" remark to Peter Parker 
in the previous post suggests an elementary calculation:

Compare to a remark from Wikipedia:

"This is the total area of
the 88 modern constellations 
in the sky."

— Wikipedia, Square degree

Stark to Parker in New Trailer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:28 AM

Literature marches on

"Don't do anything I would  do.
And definitely don't do anything I wouldn't do.
There's a little gray area in there
and that's where you operate."

See as well "Spirit and Space" (Nov. 25, 2016) —

An image related to 'Expanding the Spielraum'

Complexity to Simplicity via Hudson and Rosenhain*

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:20 AM

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

*The Hudson of the title is the author of Kummer's Quartic Surface  (1905).
The Rosenhain of the title is the author for whom Hudson's 4×4 diagrams
of "Rosenhain tetrads" are named. For the "complexity to simplicity" of
the title, see Roger Fry in the previous post.

Complexity to Simplicity

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

Cézanne "showed how it was possible to pass
from the complexity of the appearance of things
to the geometrical simplicity which design demands."

— Roger Fry in the catalogue for the 1910 London 
exhibition "Manet and the Post-Impressionists,"
according to

See also A Roger Fry Reader 
(edited by Christopher Reed,
University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Folk Etymology

Images from Burkard Polster's Geometrical Picture Book

See as well in this journal the large  Desargues configuration, with
15 points and 20 lines instead of 10 points and 10 lines as above.

Exercise:  Can the large Desargues configuration be formed
by adding 5 points and 10 lines to the above Polster model
of the small configuration in such a way as to preserve
the small-configuration model's striking symmetry?  
(Note: The related figure below from May 21, 2014, is not
necessarily very helpful. Try the Wolfram Demonstrations
, which requires a free player download.)

Labeling the Tetrahedral Model (Click to enlarge) —

Related folk etymology (see point a  above) —

Related literature —

The concept  of "fire in the center" at The New Yorker , 
issue dated December 12, 2016, on pages 38-39 in the
poem by Marsha de la O titled "A Natural History of Light."

Cézanne's Greetings.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Still Point or Hole in the Data?

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:21 PM

Sacred Space (continued)

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

See Plan 9 in this journal.

 The 3x3 square 


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:29 AM

As opposed to —

A Nov. 9 panel from the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Snow Dance

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 AM

See Ballet Blanc  in this journal.

For a darker perspective, click on the image below.

IMAGE- Detail of large 'Search for the Lost Tesseract' image with Amy Adams, Richard Zanuck, 'snowflake' structure, and white gloves

See also Cartier in The Hexagon of Opposition.

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas in 'Diamonds'

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Space News

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

"Bad news on the doorstep…." — American Pie

Update of 5:24 PM ET — A requiem chord

Tom Stoppard, Jumpers —

“Heaven, how can I believe in Heaven?” 
she sings at the finale.

“Just a lying rhyme for seven!”


Finite Groups and Their Geometric Representations

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:06 AM

The title is that of a presentation by Arnold Emch
at the 1928 International Congress of Mathematicians:

See also yesterday's "Emch as a Forerunner of S(5, 8, 24)."

Related material: Diamond Theory in 1937.

Further remarks:  Christmas 2013 and the fact that
759 × 322,560 = the order of the large Mathieu group  M24 .

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Spreads and Conwell’s Heptads

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:11 PM

For a concise historical summary of the interplay between
the geometry of an 8-set and that of a 16-set that is
involved in the the Miracle Octad Generator approach
to the large Mathieu group M24, see Section 2 of 

Alan R. Prince
A near projective plane of order 6 (pp. 97-105)
Innovations in Incidence Geometry
Volume 13 (Spring/Fall 2013).

This interplay, notably discussed by Conwell and
by Edge, involves spreads and Conwell’s heptads .

Update, morning of the following day (7:07 ET) — related material:

See also “56 spreads” in this  journal.

Emch as a Forerunner of S(5, 8, 24)

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

Commentary —

"The close relationships between group theory and structural combinatorics go back well over a century. Given a combinatorial object, it is natural to consider its automorphism group. Conversely, given a group, there may be a nice object upon which it acts. If the group is given as a group of permutations of some set, it is natural to try to regard the elements of that set as the points of some structure which can be at least partially visualized. For example, in 1861 Mathieu… discovered five multiply transitive permutation groups. These were constructed as groups of permutations of 11, 12, 22, 23 or 24 points, by means of detailed calculations. In a little-known 1931 paper of Carmichael [5], they were first observed to be automorphism groups of exquisite finite geometries. This fact was rediscovered soon afterwards by Witt [11], who provided direct constructions for the groups and then the geometries. It is now more customary to construct first the designs, and then the groups…."

  5.  R. D. Carmichael, Tactical configurations of rank two,
Amer. J. Math. 53 (1931), 217-240.

11.  E. Witt, Die 5-fach transitiven Gruppen von Mathieu,
Abh. Hamburg 12 (1938), 256-264. 

— William M. Kantor, book review (pdf), 
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, September 1981

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Welcome to the Jungle Book

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:03 AM

"It was only the genius of Ramanujan
that could transmute the handicaps 
of colonialism into a triumph."

— See more at:

Related material:

‘Major League’ Meets Joe Black

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

"You can see a lot just by looking." — Yogi Berra

Monday, December 5, 2016

Season’s Greetings from CBS

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:21 AM

Update of 10:45 PM ET the same day —

See posts now tagged Sublime.  Happy birthday, General Custer.


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

Poetry's Bones

Sunday, December 4, 2016

London Recessional

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:01 PM

Jack London on Kipling —

Also for "Recessional."


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

In memory of …

Sunday Sermon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 AM

Interpenetration of Opposites

See also "Interpenetration" in this journal.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Lumber Room

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:22 PM

"The dramatic irony is tragically strong with this one."

— A line from …

‘Harry Potter’: Who Is
The Cursed Child?

BY            AUGUST 1,  2016     

   Harry Potter with the lightning-bolt scar:

See also "Lumber Room" in this journal.

SIAM Publication

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:01 AM

For "the Trojan family" —

Related material on the late Solomon W. Golomb —

"While at JPL, Sol had also been teaching some classes
at the nearby universities: Caltech, USC and UCLA. In
the fall of 1962, following some changes at JPL—and
perhaps because he wanted to spend more time with
his young children— he decided to become a full-time
professor. He got offers from all three schools. He
wanted to go somewhere where he could 'make
a difference'. He was told that at Caltech 'no one has
any influence if they don’t at least have a Nobel Prize',
while at UCLA 'the UC bureaucracy is such that no one
ever has any ability to affect anything'. The result was
that—despite its much-inferior reputation at the time—
Sol chose USC. He went there in the spring of 1963 as
a Professor of Electrical Engineering—and ended up
staying for 53 years." — Stephen Wolfram, 5/25/16

See also Priority (Nov. 25) and "What's in a Name" (Dec. 1).

Friday, December 2, 2016

Smoke from the Sacred Wood

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

The beginning of an essay by Emily Witt that is to appear on Sunday,
Dec. 4, 2016, in the T Magazine  of The New York Times

"Palo santo, which means 'holy stick' in Spanish, is a tree indigenous to the Caribbean and South America. When burned, it emits a fragrance of pine and citrus. Lighting a stick of palo santo, like burning a bundle of sage or sweetgrass, is believed to chase away misfortune. Amazonian shamans use it in ayahuasca ceremonies to cleanse a ceremonial space of bad spirits. Given its mystical connotations, it’s not a scent associated with the secular world, but lately I have noticed its distinctive smoke wafting over more earthly settings, from Brooklyn dive bars to blue-chip art openings."

The ending of an essay by T. S. Eliot that appeared in his 1921 book
titled The Sacred Wood

Those who prefer ayahuasca ceremonies may consult
a Sept. 10 post, Cocktail of the Damned.

A Small Witt Design*

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The New York Times 's  online T Magazine  yesterday —

"A version of this article appears in print on December 4, 2016, on page
M263 of T Magazine with the headline: The Year of Magical Thinking."

* Thanks to Emily Witt for inadvertently publicizing the
   Miracle Octad Generator  of R. T. Curtis, which
   summarizes the 759 octads found in the large Witt design.

Images from a Lumber Room*

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An image search today for
"Design Cube" + Cullinane:
Click to enlarge (5.3 MB) —

* For the title, see St. Andrew's Day.

When to Fold ’Em

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See The Folding in this journal.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What’s in a Name

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:23 PM

Design Cube 2x2x2 for demonstrating Galois geometry

   Backstory Aug. 21, 2016, and Quora.com.


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Related literary reference —

"The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art
is by finding an 'objective correlative'; in other words,
a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which
shall be the formula of that particular  emotion; such that
when the external facts, which must terminate in sensory
experience, are given, the emotion is immediately evoked.
If you examine any of Shakespeare’s more successful
tragedies, you will find this exact equivalence…."

— T. S. Eliot, "Hamlet and His Problems" (1919)

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