Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Where Entertainment Is God

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Today's previous post suggests:

Not amused …

The above Los Angeles Film School poster publicizes an event
on December 13, 2014 (St. Lucia's Day). Also on that date —
"Grim Pen" and other posts in this journal.

Sunset Passion

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"Pursue Your Passion" — Motto of  The Los Angeles Film School,
displayed below in May 2016 at Ivar Ave. and Sunset Blvd.
(Google Street View facing north from Sunset — Click photo to enlarge.)

This peaceful setting was less peaceful today —

1 dead, several injured after afternoon stabbings in Hollywood

By Chris Perez in the New York Post

January 31, 2017   7:53 pm ET

Related material —

The Burton Temptation

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The young actress of the previous post in a music video —

The late Richard Burton
in Exorcist 2 : The Heretic

"Been there, done that."

The Devil’s Arithmetic

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Related Things

The obituary of a psychoanalyst,
a website, yoism.org, that discusses his method,
and a young actress who stars in both Stranger Things
and the earlier BBC series Intruders —

Not to put too fine a point on it,
here is an illustration
from the website that discusses 
the dead psychoanalyst —

See also a Log24 post,
"Inarticulate Image,"
from the date of
the psychoanalyst's death.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The SAG Dagger

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Related posts:  Those now tagged Obelisk.

Devotional Space

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Quotations by and for an artist who reportedly died
on Sunday, January 15, 2017 —

"What drives my vision is a need to locate
a 'genetically felt' devotional space
in which a simultaneous multiplicity
of disparate realities coexists."

— The late Ciel Bergman, in her webpage
     "Artist's Statement"

"Once a registered nurse who worked in a hospital
psychiatric ward, Ms. Bergman was a struggling
single mom of two when she couldn’t resist the pull
of her art. In 1969, she entered a painting in the
Jack London Invitational, an art contest in Oakland,
and won first prize. This compelled her to enroll at
the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned
her master of fine arts with honors in painting."

Sam Whiting in the San Francisco Chronicle

See also Oakland in this journal and
"Only a peculiar can enter a time loop."

"The peculiar kind of 'identity' that is attributed to
apparently altogether heterogeneous figures
in virtue of their being transformable into one another
by means of certain operations defining a group,
is thus seen to exist also in the domain of perception."

— Ernst Cassirer, quoted here on
     Midsummer Eve (St. John's Eve), 2010

Puck Award

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The number 8775 in the previous post suggested, via a lottery search,
a look at the date August 16, 2016. The number was from a Hollywood
street address in a 1941 Robert A. Heinlein story.  Heinlein himself lived
on the same street, at number 8777.

A lottery search for 8777 like that for 8775 in the previous post
yields the date July 10, 2000. Remark from that date in the
Los Angeles Times

"As in any company of size, some of the performances
stand out sharply. Walker almost steals the show as Puck
and the officious Quince of the group of dummies who
put on the play-within-a-play at the end." 

Walker is "the group's conceptual leader" Matt Walker.

Another conceptual leader — Denzel Washington

Setting for the La La Playhouse adaptation of "Fences" —

"But if memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lottery Hermeneutics

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For some backstory, see Lottery in this journal,
esp. a post of June 28, 2007:

Real Numbers: An Object Lesson.

One such number, 8775, is suggested by 
a Heinlein short story in a Jan. 25 post.

A search today for that number —

That Jan. 25 post, "For Your Consideration," also mentions logic.

Logic appears as well within a post from the above "8775" date,
August 16, 2016 —

Update of 10 am on August 16, 2016 —

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

Related:  Remarks by Charles Altieri on Wittgenstein in
today's previous post.

For remarks by  Wittgenstein related to geometry and logic, see 
(for instance) "Logical space" in "A Wittgenstein Dictionary," by
Hans-Johann Glock (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996).

Page 343

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This page was suggested by some lottery numbers from yesterday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Cranking It Up

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From "Core," a post of St. Lucia's Day, Dec. 13, 2016 —

'We are rooted in yoga and love the magic that happens when that practice is cranked up to eleven.'

In related news yesterday —

California yoga mogul’s mysterious death:
Trevor Tice’s drunken last hours detailed

"Police found Tice dead on the floor in his home office,
blood puddled around his head. They also found blood
on walls, furniture, on a sofa and on sheets in a nearby
bedroom, where there was a large bottle of Grey Goose
vodka under several blood-stained pillows on the floor."

See as well an image from "The Stone," a post of March 18, 2016 —

Some backstory —

“Lord Arglay had a suspicion that the Stone would be
purely logical.  Yes, he thought, but what, in that sense,
were the rules of its pure logic?”

Many Dimensions  (1931), by Charles Williams

Friday, January 27, 2017

In Memory of Actor John Hurt

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Hurt, who reportedly died today, played a purveyor
of magic wands
in the Harry Potter series and also
Control in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

“In the original screenplay for the film adaptation
of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley muses that
Control had once told him that Howard Staunton
was the greatest chess master Britain had ever
produced. ‘Staunton’ later turns out to be the name
that Control used for the rental of his flat.”

— Wikipedia, Control (fictional character)

Related images —

Happy Chinese New Year.

Jazz Notes …

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In memory of a photographer

Three obituaries for Chuck Stewart, Jazz photographer

Click on the above image to search for Jazz in this journal.

In Memoriam

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From the American Mathematical Society (AMS) today,
an obituary of Hans Witsenhausen —

The obituary mentioned by the AMS (from Legacy.com) says …

"Donations in his memory may be made to the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
American Society for Yad Vashem or
the American Technion Society."

From an image in this journal on Nov. 19, 2016, the date of
Witsenhausen's death, that reviewed earlier posts —

See also posts from this date, January 27, in 2005.

Who’s Gaslighting Whom?

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From a recent column by Reuters Global Affairs Columnist Peter Apps —

"There may, of course, be a strategy behind beginning
the Trump administration with an attack on the media
and even reality itself. One of the principles long used
by both unpleasant governments and individuals over
time is to try and assert their will by questioning people’s
sense of reality and morality. If you can’t trust anyone,
the thinking goes, then it becomes more difficult to
question those in authority.
. . . .

There’s even a term for when it happens within intimate
human relationships – 'gaslighting'. It means to try and
drive one’s partner mad – or at least, force them to
question their sanity – in order to exert one’s will.
(The phrase was popularized by the 1944 film Gaslight,
in which a manipulative husband drives his wife mad by
turning gaslighting in a house up and down –
while denying doing so.)"

Earlier in the same column —

"It was bordering on insanity for Trump, his White House
and press secretary to try and maintain the false claim
that Trump’s inauguration had record turnout."

Fact check —

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer last Saturday :

"This was the largest audience to ever witness
an inauguration — period — both in person and
around the globe."

Despite some ambiguity, this is clearly not the same as Apps's
phrase "record turnout," i.e., in-person attendance.

For comparison with another deplorable journalist in the
previous post, here is Apps at Muck Rack :

Thursday, January 26, 2017


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(Continued from Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017)

"We have reached peak polarization."

— Olga Khazan in the online Atlantic  today,
     as quoted in the Muck Rack image below.

Perhaps not yet.

Consider the headline below,

"Why Trump Supporters Lie About the Inauguration Photo."

Consider also Olga's "Brain Bro" below in the context of 
the film "Limitless" and of the book A Wrinkle in Time .

See also all posts now tagged "Split."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

La La Song

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Click image to enlarge.

"I have often walked down this street before . . . ."

For Your Consideration

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Four Diamonds

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Maine to Mexico

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Suggested by a Jan. 24 American Mathematical Society obituary :

See also Texaco in this journal.

"Hum a few bars."

Requiem for an Editor

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"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language,
the lost lane-end into heaven,
a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 

(Suggested by Tom  Wolfe, the late Byron Dobell, and
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby .)

See also Great Again? and Great Again.

Annals of Journalism

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Dobell reportedly died on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Frisk Version

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Adam Frisk reports from a Canadian network, Global News

Compare and contrast with the photos in the previous post,
Inauguration Crowd Size According to Getty Images.

Inauguration Crowd Size According to Getty Images

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The "Spectators fill the National Mall" photo above seems
to correspond to the crowd during , not before  the inauguration
(as shown in the second photo above, the "People gather" photo).

Compare to the photo in today's earlier post taken during  the Inauguration:


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At left, just prior to the inauguration in 2009;
at right, during the inauguration in 2017.

Source of photos —


For a more detailed image of the 2017 inauguration
from the new president's point of view, click here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Blue Marble

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From a film poster linked to in the previous post


Voilà —

Believe It or Not

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"It's not a lie if you believe it."

Poster for "Operation Avalanche"

“We keep coming back and coming back
To the real: to the hotel instead of the hymns . . . .

— Wallace Stevens, quoted in posts tagged Portal1937

The In Crowd

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The New York Times  online on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 —

" 'Split' is being released by Universal under the Blumhouse label,
a brand associated with unpretentious, clever, neo-traditionalist
scare-pictures like 'Insidious,' 'Paranormal Activity' and 'The Purge.'
That seems like the right company for Mr. Shyamalan . . . ."

A check of the Blumhouse label leads to a NY Times article
dated July 15, 2012 —

Related material

Whose Crowd? OUR Crowd!

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"The reception which has been accorded 'Our Crowd'
shows that the subject was certainly ripe for exploitation."



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Alternative fact  from the New York Times  crowd —

Screenshot of online NY Times front page at 11:30 AM ET
on Monday, January 23, 2017 —

"Crowd scientists estimated that 160,000 people
attended President Trump's inauguration."

Great Again?

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2015 in 1989 A Spielberg Production

2015 in 2015:  A Log24 Production

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Was Ist … ?

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Istism, illustrated by dickism

Happy birthday to Piper Laurie.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Red Leaf, Gray Stone

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A search for the title in this journal yields a phrase,
"unassigned syntactical symbol."

A Google image  search for this phrase yields

Click the above image search for a larger (1.5 MB) version.
Other searchers will not obtain the same results; the above
is an idiosyncratic collage produced by Google acting as
my own personalized Galatea.


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Cover art: "Still Life with Rock and Leaf,"
by David Ligare, oil on canvas, 1994

"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language,
the lost lane-end into heaven,
a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 

Friday, January 20, 2017


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David Brooks in The New York Times  today
(on the Times Wire at 3:21 AM ET) —

It took a lot to get us here. It took a once-in-a-century societal challenge — the stresses and strains brought by the global information age — and it took a political system that was too detached and sclerotic to understand and deal with them.

There are many ways to capture this massive failure, but I’d rely on the old sociological distinction between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft. All across the world, we have masses of voters who live in a world of gemeinschaft: where relationships are personal, organic and fused by particular affections. These people define their loyalty to community, faith and nation in personal, in-the-gut sort of ways.

But we have a leadership class and an experience of globalization that is from the world of gesellschaft: where systems are impersonal, rule based, abstract, indirect and formal.

This suggests


The above Schaft  dates suggest in turn a review of this journal's
remarks on April 8 through April 11, 2016, which include

The Schaft robot's world is, like the new whitehouse.gov website,
admirably "impersonal, rule based, abstract, indirect and formal."

The New York Times , on the other hand, offers the sort of
aesthetic experience so aptly described in the above William
Hamilton New Yorker  cartoon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inarticulate Image

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The “inarticulate” image from last night’s
Raid on the Inarticulate” —

This is, in a sense, an island of nothing in a sea of being.

Contrast with an opposite image in Wittgenstein’s “Diktat für Schlick”:

From The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle ,
ed. by Gordon Baker, first published by Routledge
in 2003. From Ch. 1, “Dictation for Schlick” —

p. 69 —
“Our method resembles psychoanalysis in a certain sense.
To use its way of putting things, we could say that a
simile at work in the unconscious is made harmless by
being articulated. And this comparison with analysis
p.71 —
can be developed even further. (And this analogy is
certainly no coincidence.)
Anyone who speaks of the opposition of being and
the nothing, and of the nothing as something primary
in contrast to negation, has in mind, I think, a
picture of an island of being which is being washed
by an infinite ocean of the nothing. Whatever we throw
into this ocean will be dissolved in its water and
annihilated. But the ocean itself is endlessly restless
like the waves on the sea. It exists, it is, and we say
‘It noths’. But how is it possible to demonstrate to
someone that this simile is actually the correct one?
This cannot be shown at all. But if we free him from his
confusion then we have accomplished what we wanted to
do for him.”

“Ripples spread from castle rock ….” — “Endgame,” 1986

A Time Cube for Silvia

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The Silvia of the title is from the previous post.

For the Time Cube, see …

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Raid on the Inarticulate

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The title was suggested by the previous post and by
a phrase in Four Quartets.

Author Silvia Jonas tonight at Arts & Letters Daily


The Inarticulate


Detail of The Inarticulate

The Raid

Logo on the cover of 
Joyce's Visible Art

The Loss Cross

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The late Archie K. Loss* wrote Joyce's Visible Art.

Click on the book for
images from the date
of Loss's death.

For some context, see
the month that Loss died.

* Author of remarks on Joyce in the previous post.

An Associative Function …

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Quoted here on December 16, 2006

'An associative function' in cubist collage and in Joyce's Ulysses, in a paper by Archie K. Loss

See also …

The date  of the "Seconds" review above, 16 Dec. 2006, was 
the reason for the requotation in the first paragraph above.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Roman Road

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"All roads lead to Rome."

— Xi Jinping, President of the
People's Republic of China,
at Davos today

In memoriam  Harvard art historian
James S. Ackerman, who reportedly
died on New Year's Eve 2016 —

"Is this an obelisk* I see before me?" 
— Adapted from a play by William Shakespeare

* See the previous post and "The Cherished Gift."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Elsewhere Continued

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

The title was suggested by a 2009 William Peter Blatty novel
and by a Log24 post last Friday, January 13th

Related images —

Various Schemata

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:35 PM

The New York Times  this evening

"Hans Berliner, a former world champion of correspondence chess
who won one of the greatest games ever played on his way to
the title and later became a pioneering developer of game-playing
computers, died on Friday [Jan. 13th] in Riviera Beach, Fla.
He was 87."

Dylan Loeb McClain

In memoriam

Number and Time, by Marie-Louise von Franz

The Magic Valley*

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An alternative to Davos

From a professor at Grand Valley

* Title suggested by Thomas Mann's 1924 novel about Davos

Interality Illustrated

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For the "interality" of the title, click on the tag.

Click the above image for posts tagged "The Positive."

Sunday, January 15, 2017


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See also previous posts now tagged with this term.

Career Event

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See also related remarks.

April First Interality

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Data for an essay titled "Interality in Heidegger" —

See also Log24 posts
on that same date —
April 1, 2015.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Thing and I

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1984: A Space Odyssey

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See Eightfold 1984 in this journal.

Related material —

"… the object sets up a kind of
 frame or space or field
 within which there can be epiphany."

"… Instead of an epiphany of being,
we have something like
an epiphany of interspaces."

— Charles Taylor, "Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self ,
Cambridge University Press, 1989

"Perhaps every science must start with metaphor
and end with algebra; and perhaps without the metaphor
there would never have been any algebra."

— Max Black, Models and Metaphors ,
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1962

Epiphany 2017 —

Click to enlarge:

Here We Go Loop De Lie

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Wikipedia on The Exorcist III  (1990),
written and directed by William Peter Blatty —

"Kinderman takes his friend, a priest named Father Dyer,
out to see their mutually favorite film It's a Wonderful Life ."

Related material from an RSS feed at noon —

Funny ha-ha, not funny peculiar.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Elsewhere …

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For the title, see Wiktionary.

Charles Taylor, 'Sources of the Self'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Cherished Gift

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From "Solomon's Cube" —

Related material —

"Is this a dagger I see before me?

"No." (A line suggested by Polanski's 2010 "The Ghost Writer")


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Despite a remark at ichingpsychics.com, the I Ching's underlying group actually has 1,290,157,424,640 permutations.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Analogies Between Analogies

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"Do you like puzzles?" — J. K. Simmons

See also Sunday's post "A Theory of Everything"
and an obituary in this evening's New York Times .

Analogical Extension Meets Analytic Continuation

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From Models and Metaphors , by Max Black,
Cornell University Press, 1962 —

I do not recommend the work of Lewin, nor that of a later
science groupie, Keith Devlin

In September 2014, Devlin wrote an ignorant column about
a sort of bad mathematical joke based on a divergent infinite series.

He has now returned to the topic, this time writing more about
its proper mathematical background: analytic continuation .

Lewin is to Devlin as Lévi-Strauss is to Chomsky.
None of these four should be taken very seriously.

Max Black, however, should .

Eightfold Epiphany

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The reported death today at 105 of an admirable war correspondent,
"a perennial fixture at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong," 
suggested a search in this journal for that city.

The search recalled to mind a notable quotation from
a Montreal philosopher —

“… the object sets up a kind of
 frame or space or field
 within which there can be epiphany.”

Charles Taylor, "Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self
(Cambridge U. Press, 1989, p. 477)

For some context, see St. Lucia's Day, 2012.
See also Epiphany 2017 —

Monday, January 9, 2017

Diamond Song

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From "Night Moves," by Bob Seger

And oh, the wonder
Felt the lightning
Yeah, and we waited on the thunder
Waited on the thunder

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?

See as well Johnny Thunder on Diamond Records in 1962 —

'Loop De Loop,' Diamond Records, 1962

* Funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha.

Analogical Extension at Cornell

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Click to enlarge the following (from Cornell U. Press in 1962) —

For a more recent analogical extension at Cornell, see the
Epiphany 2017 post on the eightfold cube and yesterday
evening's post "A Theory of Everything."

A Brief History of 7:35

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Theory of Everything

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

The title refers to the Chinese book the I Ching ,
the Classic of Changes .

The 64 hexagrams of the I Ching  may be arranged
naturally in a 4x4x4 cube. The natural form of transformations
("changes") of this cube is given by the diamond theorem.

A related post —

The Eightfold Cube, core structure of the I Ching

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Five Years Ago

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See Log24 posts of January 7, 2012.

That was the date of death for mathematician Herbert S. Wilf.

For some related narrative, see posts tagged Consciousness Growth.

Conceptualist Minimalism

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"Clearly, there is a spirit of openhandedness in post-conceptual art
uses of the term 'Conceptualism.' We can now endow it with a
capital letter because it has grown in scale from its initial designation
of an avant-garde grouping, or various groups in various places, and
has evolved in two further phases. It became something like a movement,
on par with and evolving at the same time as Minimalism. Thus the sense
it has in a book such as Tony Godfrey’s Conceptual Art.  Beyond that,
it has in recent years spread to become a tendency, a resonance within
art practice that is nearly ubiquitous." — Terry Smith, 2011

See also the eightfold cube

The Eightfold Cube


The Lotus Lunch

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Eightfold Cube at Cornell

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:35 PM

The assignments page for a graduate algebra course at Cornell
last fall had a link to the eightfold cube:

Terms Not Dissimilar

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The title is a phrase by New York Times  obituary writer
William Grimes in yesterday's post on an Oxford philosopher.

Related material —

Thursday, January 5, 2017

All Souls’ Confusion

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

Recent reports of the death of a writer on philosophy associated
with All Souls College, Oxford, reflect some confusion.

The New York Times  says the death was on Monday, January 2, 2017.
Other sources, including the college itself, say it was the day before —
Sunday, January 1 (New Year's Day), 2017.

At any rate, perhaps the following post from 9 PM ET Sunday night is relevant:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

9 PM New Year’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

See "Four Gods" in this journal.

Phaedrus  265b:  "And we made four divisions
of the divine madness, ascribing them to four gods . . . ."

See as well a search for All Souls in this journal.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


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A post from the end of last year —

Also on New Year's Eve —

A Drama of Many Forms

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According to art historian Rosalind Krauss in 1979,
the grid's earliest employers

"can be seen to be participating in a drama
that extended well beyond the domain of art.
That drama, which took many forms, was staged
in many places. One of them was a courtroom,
where early in this century, science did battle with God,
and, reversing all earlier precedents, won."

The previous post discussed the 3×3 grid in the context of
Krauss's drama. In memory of T. S. Eliot, who died on this date
in 1965, an image of the next-largest square grid, the 4×4 array:


See instances of the above image.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cultist Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:29 PM

The image of art historian Rosalind Krauss in the previous post
suggests a review of a page from her 1979 essay "Grids" —

The previous post illustrated a 3×3 grid. That  cultist space does
provide a place for a few "vestiges of the nineteenth century" —
namely, the elements of the Galois field GF(9) — to hide.
See Coxeter's Aleph in this journal.

Ein Eck…

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By a disciple of the late John Berger

For further ideological remarks from this source, see the now-defunct
web journal Everyday Analysis: An International Collective.

For further remarks from the date of the above post, October 9, 2013,
see this  journal on that date.

Monday, January 2, 2017

John Berger Has Died

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

Screenshot of 11:07 PM ET tonight —

A sample of his work —

An antidote to Berger's remarks —

Constructivist Theology

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:21 PM

This journal on December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve)
quoted some remarks on "constructivism" in art and 
added a link to the same word as applied in mathematics:

"The word 'constructivism' also refers to
a philosophy of mathematics. See a Log24 post,
'Constructivist Witness. . . ."

From that post

From a post later the same day, Dec. 22— "The Laugh-Hospital"—

Constructivism in mathematics and the laughing academy

This  (Jan. 2, 2017) post was suggested by the reported Christmas Eve death
of a Jesuit priest, Joseph Fitzmyer.

Those entertained by the thought of constructivist laugh-hospitals may
contemplate the New Year's  Eve death of a sitcom actor who played 
a priest. See today's previous post, Sitcom Theology.

Related material — "Laugh Track" in this journal.

Sitcom Theology

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:20 PM

The Hollywood Reporter

"William Christopher, best known for playing Father Mulcahy
on the hit sitcom M*A*S*H , died Saturday [Dec. 31, 2016] of
lung cancer, his agent confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
He was 84.

Christopher died at his home in Pasadena, with his wife by
his bedside, at 5:10 a.m. on New Year's Eve, according to a
statement from his agent."

— 5:59 PM PST 12/31/2016 by Meena Jang

Image reshown in this journal on the midnight (Eastern time)
preceding Christopher's death —

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

Related material —

From a Log24 search for "Deathly Hallows" —



The Fano plane block design



The Deathly Hallows symbol—
Two blocks short of  a design.

Those who prefer Latin with their theology
may search this journal for "In Nomine Patris."

Sunday, January 1, 2017

9 PM New Year’s Day

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

See "Four Gods" in this journal.

Phaedrus  265b "And we made four divisions
of the divine madness, ascribing them to four gods . . . ."

The Unhurried Curve

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:33 PM

From today's previous post

"The unhurried curve got me. 
It was like the horizon of a world
that made a non-world of
all of the space outside it."

— Peter Schjeldahl, "Postscript: Ellsworth Kelly,"
The New Yorker , December 30, 2015

Related figures —

Art critic Robert Hughes in "The Space of Horizons,"
a Log24 post of August 7, 2012:

Religion writer Huston Smith, who reportedly died
on December 30, 2016:

Like the Horizon

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

(Continued from a remark by art critic Peter Schjeldahl quoted here
last  year on New Year’s Day in the post “Art as Religion.”)

“The unhurried curve got me.
It was like the horizon of a world
that made a non-world of
all of the space outside it.”

— Peter Schjeldahl, “Postscript: Ellsworth Kelly,”
The New Yorker , December 30, 2015

This suggests some further material from the paper
that was quoted here yesterday on New Year’s Eve —

“In teaching a course on combinatorics I have found
students doubting the existence of a finite projective
plane geometry with thirteen points on the grounds
that they could not draw it (with ‘straight’ lines)
on paper although they had tried to do so. Such a
lack of appreciation of the spirit of the subject is but
a consequence of the elements of formal geometry
no longer being taught in undergraduate courses.
Yet these students were demanding the best proof of
existence, namely, production of the object described.”

— Derrick Breach (See his obituary from 1996.)

A related illustration of the 13-point projective plane
from the University of Western Australia:

Projective plane of order 3

(The four points on the curve
at the right of the image are
the points on the line at infinity .)

The above image is from a post of August 7, 2012,
The Space of Horizons.”  A related image —

Click on the above image for further remarks.

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