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Friday, March 31, 2017

Pushing the Envelope

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See also Red Dragon in this journal.

From a mah-jongg site:

Red Dragon
Chinese Character: “Chung”

"The true name of this tile is represented by the Chinese character 'Chung' which
means centre or middle. The 'Chung' character represents . . . an arrow striking
the centre of a target. The meaning of this tile is therefore – success or achievement."

Into a Dreamland

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See also Weaveworld  in this journal.

Poles Apart

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Ridgepole, not Tentpole.

Women’s History Month

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110301-Inception256w.jpg

Show me all  the blueprints.”
— Howard Hughes, according to Hollywood

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2010 in 1984

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Click for a more realistic view of these years.

The Internet Abyss

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Suggested by the previous post, The Crimson Abyss

"Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei
zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst,
blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein."

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself
does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss,
the abyss also gazes into you."

—  Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil , Aphorism 146

From the Internet Abyss on Red October Day, October 25, 2010 —

An image reproduced in this  journal on that same day

Image-- 'Then a miracle occurs' cartoon

Cartoon by S.Harris

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Crimson Abyss

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"And as the characters in the meme twitch into the abyss
that is the sky, this meme will disappear into whatever
internet abyss swallowed MySpace."

—Staff writer Kamila Czachorowski, Harvard Crimson , March 29

1984

IMAGE- 'Affine Groups on Small Binary Spaces,' illustration

2010

Logo design for Stack Exchange Math by Jin Yang
 

Recent posts now tagged Crimson Abyss suggest
the above logo be viewed in light of a certain page 29

"… as if into a crimson abyss …." —

Update of 9 PM ET March 29, 2017:

Prospero's Children  was first published by HarperCollins,
London, in 1999. A statement by the publisher provides
an instance of the famous "much-needed gap." —

"This is English fantasy at its finest. Prospero’s Children 
steps into the gap that exists between The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe
  and Clive Barker’s Weaveworld , and
is destined to become a modern classic."

Related imagery —

See also "Hexagram 64 in Context" (Log24, March 16, 2017).

Design Abyss

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http://www.log24.com/images/IChing/hexagram29.gif  
Hexagram 29,
The Abyss (Water)

This post was suggested by an August 6, 2010, post by the designer
(in summer or fall, 2010) of the Stack Exchange math logo (see
the previous Log24 post, Art Space Illustrated) —

http://www.8164.org/☵☲/  .

In that post, the designer quotes the Wilhelm/Baynes I Ching  to explain
his choice of Hexagram 63, Water Over Fire, as a personal icon —

"When water in a kettle hangs over fire, the two elements
stand in relation and thus generate energy (cf. the
production of steam). But the resulting tension demands
caution. If the water boils over, the fire is extinguished
and its energy is lost. If the heat is too great, the water
evaporates into the air. These elements here brought in
to relation and thus generating energy are by nature
hostile to each other. Only the most extreme caution
can prevent damage."

See also this  journal on Walpurgisnacht (April 30), 2010 —

http://www.log24.com/images/IChing/hexagram29.gif

Hexagram 29:
Water

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100430-Commentary.jpg

http://www.log24.com/images/IChing/hexagram30.gif

Hexagram 30:
Fire

"Hates California,
it's cold and it's damp.
"

Image--'The Fire,' by Katherine Neville

A thought from another German-speaking philosopher

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

See also The Crimson 's abyss in today's 4:35 AM post Art Space, Continued.

Art Space Illustrated

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Another view of the previous post's art space  —

IMAGE by Cullinane- 'Solomon's Cube' with 64 identical, but variously oriented, subcubes, and six partitions of these 64 subcubes

More generally, see Solomon's Cube in Log24.

See also a remark from Stack Exchange in yesterday's post Backstory,
and the Stack Exchange math logo below, which recalls the above 
cube arrangement from "Affine groups on small binary spaces" (1984).

IMAGE- Current math.stackexchange.com logo and a 1984 figure from 'Notes on Groups and Geometry, 1978-1986'

Art Space, Continued

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"And as the characters in the meme twitch into the abyss
that is the sky, this meme will disappear into whatever
internet abyss swallowed MySpace."

—Staff writer Kamila Czachorowski, Harvard Crimson  today

From Log24 posts tagged Art Space

From a recent paper on Kummer varieties,
arXiv:1208.1229v3 [math.AG] 12 Jun 2013,
The Universal Kummer Threefold,” by
Qingchun Ren, Steven V Sam, Gus Schrader, and
Bernd Sturmfels —

IMAGE- 'Consider the 6-dimensional vector space over the 2-element field,' from 'The Universal Kummer Threefold'

Two such considerations —

IMAGE- 'American Hustle' and Art Cube

IMAGE- Cube for study of I Ching group actions, with Jackie Chan and Nicole Kidman 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bit by Bit

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From Log24, "Cube Bricks 1984" —

An Approach to Symmetric Generation of the Simple Group of Order 168

Also on March 9, 2017 —

For those who prefer graphic  art —

Broken Symmetries  in  Diamond Space  

Backstory

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Click here to enlarge.  Click the image for the source page.

The "this page" reference is to …

Finite Geometry of the Square and Cube.

Also from March 14, 2017 —

Related material

'Children of the Central Structure,' adapted from 'Children of the Damned'

Monday, March 27, 2017

For Peculiar Children:

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A Ghost Ship —

Related tales for the Church of Synchronology —
See excerpts from an RSS feed this evening.

Earlier related material — Peregrine in this journal.

Groundhog Day and After

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A reader suspects Coretta Scott King letter is a forgery

See also "Damning" in this journal on Feb. 8, 2017.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seagram Studies

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From a search in this journal for Seagram + Tradition

Related art:  Saturday afternoon's Twin Pillars of Symmetry.

Four-Year* Date

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"Eigenvalues. Fixed points. Stable equilibria.
Mathematicians like things that stay put.
And if they can't stay put, the objects of study
should at least repeat themselves on a regular basis. . . ."

— Barry Cipra, "A Moveable Feast," SIAM News , Jan. 14, 2006

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Class of 64 continues…

Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

Mathematician Norbert Wiener reportedly
died on this date in 1964.

“Mathematics is too arduous and uninviting a field
to appeal to those to whom it does not give great rewards.
These rewards are of exactly the same character as
those of the artist. To see a difficult uncompromising material
take living shape and meaning is to be Pygmalion,
whether the material is stone or hard, stonelike logic."
. . . .

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Play Is Not Playing Around

Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)


. . . .

Friday, March 18, 2016

Southwestern Noir

Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 PM 

Kyle Smith on April 15, 2015, in the New York Post —

"The ludicrous action thriller 'Beyond the Reach'
fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency
of 'No Country for Old Men,' but there’s no denying
it brings to mind another Southwestern classic
about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons."
. . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back to the Past

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"Old men ought to be explorers" — T. S. Eliot

. . . .

* For a full  four years, see also March 18, 2013.

Midnight Special …

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 Continued .

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Security Complex

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"All on a Saturday night" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

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

Twin Pillars of Symmetry

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The phrase "twin pillars" in a New York Times  Fashion & Style
article today suggests a look at another pair of pillars —

This pair, from the realm of memory, history, and geometry disparaged
by the late painter Mark Rothko, might be viewed by Rothko
as  "parodies of ideas (which are ghosts)." (See the previous post.)

For a relationship between a 3-dimensional simplex and the {4, 3, 3},
see my note from May 21, 2014, on the tetrahedron and the tesseract.

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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Continued from April 11, 2016, and from

A tribute to Rothko suggested by the previous post

For the idea  of Rothko's obstacles, see Hexagram 39 in this journal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Southwest Furthers

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The New York Times  reports a death on Saturday, March 18 —

From posts tagged SXSW 2017 —

Note for a Vast Waste Land

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"Minow is the daughter of former Federal Communications Commission chairman 
Newton Minow, and his wife, Josephine (Baskin) Minow. She graduated from 
New Trier Township High School in 1972." — Wikipedia

That corpse you planted last year in your garden
  Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
  Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?" 

A Large Superset

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From a post of Feb. 24

From a search for "Preparation" in this journal (see previous post) —

"It is almost inevitable to compare this book to Borevich-Shafarevich
Number Theory . The latter is a fantastic book which covers a large
superset of the material in Cohn's book. Borevich-Shafarevich is,
however, a much more demanding read and it is out of print.
For gentle self-study (and perhaps as a preparation to later read
Borevich-Shafarevich), Cohn's book is a fine read."

"I meant a larger map." — Number Six in "The Prisoner" (1967)

Swimmer in the Ocean of Night

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For Scarlett 

From a search for "Preparation" in this journal —

"In a nutshell, the book serves as an introduction to
Gauss' theory of quadratic forms and their composition laws
(the cornerstone of his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae ) from the
modern point of view (ideals in quadratic number fields)."

From a film in which Scarlett portrays a goddess —

Madness related to several recent posts

Then, with an unheard splash which sent from the silver water to the shore a line of ripples echoed in fear by my heart, a swimming thing emerged beyond the breakers. The figure may have been that of a dog, a human being, or something more strange. It could not have known that I watched—perhaps it did not care—but like a distorted fish it swam across the mirrored stars and dived beneath the surface. After a moment it came up again, and this time, since it was closer, I saw that it was carrying something across its shoulder. I knew, then, that it could be no animal, and that it was a man or something like a man, which came toward the land from a dark ocean. But it swam with a horrible ease.
     As I watched, dread-filled and passive, with the fixed stare of one who awaits death in another yet knows he cannot avert it, the swimmer approached the shore—though too far down the southward beach for me to discern its outlines or features. Obscurely loping, with sparks of moonlit foam scattered by its quick gait, it emerged and was lost among the inland dunes.

— From "The Night Ocean," by H. P. Lovecraft
     and R. H. Barlow

Related news

"When hard-liners seized power in Moscow in August 1991
and imprisoned Mr. Gorbachev in his vacation house on the
Black Sea, Mr. Chernyaev, a guest there and a powerful swimmer,
offered to smuggle out a note by swimming to a beach more than
three miles away. Uncertain where he could take the note, they
dropped the plan. The coup quickly failed in any case."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Harvard Ignorance

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"… the leftist war on truth, the never-ending campaign
to recast objective fact as subjective and open to question."

— Kyle Smith in The New Criterion  on March 18

"A sort of flint stone" —

See also the above six-part image in the previous post.

Yabba Dabba Doo.

Best Frame

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From yesterday's post "The Story of Six" —

"… death ultimately provides a frame
for the magnificent picture that is life."

Publisher's Weekly , summarizing the
1987 fable Numberland .

Related news —

From the online Harvard Crimson  today …

Related images —

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Story of Six

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On a psychotherapist who died at 86 on Monday —

"He studied mathematics and statistics at the Courant Institute,
a part of New York University — he would later write   a
mathematical fable, Numberland  (1987)."

The New York Times  online this evening
 


 

From Publishers Weekly

This wry parable by a psychotherapist contains one basic message: though death is inevitable, each moment in life is to be cherished. In the orderly but sterile kingdom of Numberland, digits live together harmoniously under a rigid president called The Professor. Their stable society is held intact by the firm conviction that they are immortal: When has a number ever died? This placid universe is plunged into chaos when the inquisitive hero SIX crosses over into the human world and converses with a young mathematician. This supposedly impossible transition convinces the ruling hierarchy that if SIX can talk to a mortal, then the rest of the numbers are, after all, mortal. The digits conclude that any effort or achievement is pointless in the face of inevitable death, and the cipher society breaks down completely. The solution? Banish SIX to the farthest corners of kingdom. Weinberg (The Heart of Psychotherapy ) uses his fable to gently satirize the military, academics, politicians and, above all, psychiatrists. But his tale is basically inspirational; a triumphant SIX miraculously returns from exile and quells the turmoil by showing his fellow digits that knowledge of one's mortality should enrich all other experiences and that death ultimately provides a frame for the magnificent picture that is life. 

Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

See also The Prisoner in this journal.

Pulp Fiction Incarnate

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From Log24 earlier —

More recently, an image from the above March 18 VUDU date —

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

So Set ’Em Up, Jo

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“Danes have been called the happiest people.
I wonder how they measure this.”

Copenhagen designer in today's online New York Times .
A version of this article is to appear in print on March 26, 2017,
in T Magazine  with the headline: "Gray Matters."

See also last night's quarter-to-three post as well as
the webpage "Grids, You Say?" by Norwegian artist Josefine Lyche.

Raiders of the Inarticulate

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Harvard Lovecraft

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The review quoted in the previous post continues . . .

"Blue’s book is an attempt to untangle the mystery of her demise,
from the safe remove of Harvard Yard . . . ."

Another attempted untanglement, from today's Harvard Crimson —

Mystery Woman

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From a book review quoted here in yesterday's post
of 12:41 PM ET, "Special Topics" — 

"That teacher, Hannah Schneider, has the magnetism of
Miss Jean Brodie and the film-noir mystique of Lauren Bacall.
When Blue meets her, in a 'Hitchcock cameo,' by the frozen-food
section at a grocery store, she falls under her spell. 'She had an
elegant sort of romantic, bone-sculpted face, one that took well to
both shadows and light,' Blue recalls. 'Most extraordinary though
was the air of a Chateau Marmont bungalow about her, a sense
of RKO, which I’d never before witnessed in person.' Hannah
teaches a course on cinema in a room lined with posters . . . .

From a Facebook page related to the death yesterday morning at
Webster University of the teacher of a course on cinema —

"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Paul Simon

The title of the film in the cover photo above is not without relevance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Requiescat in Pace

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The Chicago Tribune  today —

H. Wilbert Norton, college president
and Christian missionary, dies

Norton reportedly died at 102 on Feb. 20, 2017.

This evening's previous post linked the death dates of two
academics to two Log24 posts that both contained the
following image —

For some backstory, see the Log24 posts from the date
of Norton's reported death, February 20.

Love and Death in Academia

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For tales of the above two professors getting married
(but not to each other) see their obituaries:  Deutsch and Dehmelt.

See also this journal on the above two dates March 13 and March 7.

Res Ipsa

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From The Poetic Quotidian, a journal of quotations—

See also, in this journal, New Haven + Grid.

The Ninefold Square

Special Topics

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A roundup of posts now tagged "Apollo Psi" led to the name
Evan Harris Walker in the post Dirac and Geometry of
Dec. 14, 2015. That post mentions

" Evan Harris Walker’s ingenious theory of
the psi force, a theory that assigned psi
both positive and negative values in such a way
that the mere presence of a skeptic in the near
vicinity of a sensitive psychic investigation could
force null results. Neat, Dr. Walker, thought
Peter Slater— neat, and totally without content."

— From the 1983 novel Broken Symmetries  
     by Paul Preuss 

It turns out that Walker died "on the evening of August 17, 2006." 

From this journal on that date

Monday, March 20, 2017

December 1987 at Yale

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"I was at the time a Yale English major (we read, appreciated,
and discussed the meaning of literature) sunk in the toxic quagmire
of the one and only course I ever took in the literature department
(where authorial intent was ignored and every 'text' was considered
solely on how comfortably it nestled within the shackles of Marxism)."

"For decades de Man had been an avatar not just of leftist politics
but also of the leftist war on truth, the never-ending campaign
to recast objective fact as subjective and open to question."

Kyle Smith in The New Criterion  on March 18

See as well other posts mentioning Kyle Smith in this  journal.

Silvers’s Cartoon Graveyard

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Rothko by Levine, December 1978

"Some cartoon graveyards 
  are better than others.
"

Rothko 101

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See also Memory, History, Geometry.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

For the Church of Synchronology*

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"… and all I  got was this lousy sweatshirt" —

Some posts related to the above Rasmus Hungnes exhibition 
opening date — Feb. 10, 2017 — are now tagged Bewitchment.

* See Synchronology in this journal.

Gravedigger’s Handbook

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In memory of Jimmy Breslin, who reportedly died today at 88 —

From "Dimensions," (Log24, Feb. 15, 2015) —

IMAGE- 'When Death tells a story, you really have to listen.'

Black monolith in death-and-rebirth sequence from '2001: A Space Odyssey'

"Hello  darkness,  my  old  friend.
I’ve  come  to  talk  with  you  again."

Norwegian Sermon

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"And the Führer digs for trinkets in the desert."

See also the previous post.

Raiders of the Lost Blocks

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See also "Two Blocks Short of a Design."

Delos Incorporated* Sunday School

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The 3x3 square

Click image for a search.

* Parent company of Westworld.
  See also Delos  in this journal.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back to the Past

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"Old men ought to be explorers" — T. S. Eliot

"All on a Saturday night" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

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

Update of 8:25 PM ET on March 18 —

"Analysis." — Dr. Robert Ford in "Westworld"

"Master theorist and conceptual genius."

— Jon Pareles, front page, online New York Times   tonight

News Search

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See also, in this journal, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Gamers

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A search for Gamers in this journal yields

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/061019-Tombstones.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

This is not unrelated to the title of a 2008 
book by Jeremy Gray:

Plato's Ghost:
The Modernist Transformation
of Mathematics
.

Friday, March 17, 2017

To Coin a Phrase

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:26 PM

(A sequel to the previous post, Narrative for Westworld)

"That corpse you planted last year . . . ." — T. S.  Eliot

Circle and Square at the Court of King Minos

Harmonic analysis based on the circle involves the
circular  functions.  Dyadic  harmonic analysis involves

For some related history, see (for instance) E. M. Stein
on square functions in a 1982 AMS Bulletin  article.

Narrative for Westworld

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“That corpse you planted
          last year in your garden,
  Has it begun to sprout?
          Will it bloom this year?  
  Or has the sudden frost
          disturbed its bed?”

— T. S. Eliot, “The Waste Land

Coxeter exhuming Geometry

Ball and Coxeter, 'Mathematical Recreations,' Twelfth Edition

Click the book for a video.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gaming

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Taking place from March 16 – 18, 2017
in the Austin Convention Center . . . .

See also the previous two posts.

Product

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"Human perception is a saga of created reality."

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

See "Important Product" in this journal and the previous post.

Hexagram 64 in Context

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"Always with a little humor." — Dr. Yen Lo

Harmonic A

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"Analysis." — Dr. Robert Ford in "Westworld"

“Bulk Apperception”

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"By groping toward the light we are made to realize 
how deep the darkness is around us."

— Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy 
Random House, 1973, page 118

"Dear boys — We’re going to have some fun, aren’t we?"

— Maeve in "Westworld," Season 1, Episode 6,
     after her "bulk apperception" has been upgraded
     to the maximum.

"Bulk apperception" is defined in the script as "basically,
overall intelligence."  The phrase is apparently unique to "Westworld."

These two words do, however, nearly  occur together in
at least one book — Andrew Feffer's The Chicago Pragmatists
and American Progressivism
:

Iacta Est

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"Though realism is excellent rhetoric, maybe the best,
in a purely technical or instrumental sense,
that cannot be an adequate reason to accept it
as a serious intellectual position. In its tropes of
Death and Furniture we see a rhetoric  that refuses
to acknowledge its own existence; a politics  that
can claim a critical-radical credibility only by
the selective use of its opponents' analytic tools;
and a theology  which is deeply conservative and
seeks nothing less than the death of disruptive,
disturbing inquiry. While tedium, good taste, political
and moral sensibility will properly determine what
sorts of given realities are thought worthy of inquiry,
those considerations are no grounds for promoting
a realist ontology for social science, nor any other
science, nor for rejecting relativism. On the contrary,
relativism is social science par excellence . . . ."

Loughborough University

— Edwards, D., Ashmore, M., and Potter, J. (1995),
"Death and furniture: The rhetoric, politics and theology
of bottom line arguments against relativism," 
History of the Human Sciences , 8, 25-49.

Related material:

Platonic  realism in this journal, yesterday's post Ripples, and

Gravity's Shadow , 2004 —

Gravity's Ghost , 2010 —

See also an "Inception"-related object —

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ripples

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A Scottish physicist credited with key experimental work
in the sensing of space-time ripples has died, today's
online New York Times  reports.

From a BBC obituary online on Wed., March 8, 2017 —

An unconventional R.I.P. from this journal on March 7,
the reported date of the ripple-seeker's death —

"The supervisory read-only memory (SROM)
in question is a region of proprietary code
that runs when the chip starts up,
and in privileged mode."

— Elliot Williams at Hackaday , March 4, 2017,
     "Reading the Unreadable SROM"

Some R.I.P. backstory from a recent film, "Passengers" —

DECK TWO – LIBRARY – DAY

Aurora sits at a library workstation . . .

AURORA

What about research articles, any kind of
technical documents?

WORKSTATION

Hibernation technology is proprietary.
The following articles deal with the subject
on a theoretical level. 

For a "theoretical level" I prefer, see a passage quoted in
the above March 7 Log24 post, "Hackaday Story" —

According to Orphic myth —

  " You will find to the left of the House of Hades
    a spring,
  And by the side thereof standing
    a white cypress.
  To this spring approach not near.
  But you shall find another,
    from the lake of Memory
  Cold water flowing forth, and there are
    guardians before it.
  Say, 'I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven;
  But my race is of Heaven alone.
    This you know yourselves.
  But I am parched with thirst and I perish.
    Give me quickly
  The cold water flowing forth
    from the lake of Memory.' "

See as well today's previous post.

Middle March:

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The Key to All Mythologies  in a Cartoon Graveyard

This is a sequel to yesterday's post Review, which
suggested a look at Lévi-Strauss's The Raw and The Cooked  
in Derrida's “Structure, Sign, and Play," and then a look at the

Financial Times  of February 26, 2010

"The metaphor for metamorphosis no keys unlock."

Steven H. Cullinane, November 7, 1986

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review

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In Adam’s Fall / We Sinnèd All

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Backstory for Westworld —

"Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard."

Backstories

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"Backstories do more than amuse guests.
They anchor the hosts.
It's their cornerstone.
The rest of their identity is built around it, layer by layer."

— Elsie Hughes in "Westworld," Season 1, Episode 3,
     "The Stray," at 30:09

See also cornerstone in the Bible.

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) earlier in that same episode —

Westworld S1E3 23:15- Dr. Ford on fiction

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pragmatism at the Church of the Transformers*

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"I would drop the keystone into my arch . . . ."

Click the Auto Body image for some backstory.

* For the church, see Transformers in this journal.

Gray Space

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Image in Log24 from the date of the architecture writer's death —

See also the post Gray Space of Palm Sunday, 2014.

Underground Comix

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Continued from last night

From the American Mathematical Society, a news item
dated Thursday, March 9, 2017 —

Remarks by Schwartz quoted here on March 7—

Sunday, March 12, 2017

… And Hell Followed With Him

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Continued from Sunday,  March 5 .  

According to this evening's New York Times , that was 
the date of death for underground comix creator Jay Lynch —

From Log24 on Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Hitch in Hell

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 5:55 PM 

The New York Times  today on a Feb. 24 death —

"Mr. Tenney was released when Japan surrendered
in August 1945, days after America dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki, a city across
the bay from the prison camp where he was held.
. . . .

Mr. Tenney recounted his wartime experiences in
a memoir, My Hitch in Hell , published in 1995."

. . . .

See as well a sample of Lynch's work from 2015:

Dialogue

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A Yale Law professor on Saturday, March 4, 2017 —

"Donald Trump is Shiva the Destroyer."

Related dialogue from the new film "Assassin's Creed"—

Marion Cotillard— You've thought of everything.
Jeremy Irons— Not quite. My speech. It could do
                          with one of your elegant openings.
Marion Cotillard— "Now I've become death,
                                 the destroyer of worlds."
Jeremy Irons—Not sure that I could make that work.

Raise High the Ridgepole, Architects*

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A post suggested by remarks of J. D. Salinger in 
The New Yorker  of November 19, 1955 —

Wikipedia:  Taiji (philosophy)

Etymology

The word 太極 comes from I Ching : "易有太極,是生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦定吉凶,吉凶生大業。"

Taiji  (太極) is a compound of tai   "great; grand; supreme; extreme; very; too" (a superlative variant of da   "big; large; great; very") and ji   "pole; roof ridge; highest/utmost point; extreme; earth's pole; reach the end; attain; exhaust". In analogy with the figurative meanings of English pole, Chinese ji  極 "ridgepole" can mean "geographical pole; direction" (e.g., siji  四極 "four corners of the earth; world's end"), "magnetic pole" (Beiji  北極 "North Pole" or yinji  陰極 "negative pole; cathode"), or "celestial pole" (baji  八極 "farthest points of the universe; remotest place"). Combining the two words, 太極 means "the source, the beginning of the world".

Common English translations of the cosmological Taiji  are the "Supreme Ultimate" (Le Blanc 1985, Zhang and Ryden 2002) or "Great Ultimate" (Chen 1989, Robinet 2008); but other versions are the "Supreme Pole" (Needham and Ronan 1978), "Great Absolute", or "Supreme Polarity" (Adler 1999).

See also Polarity in this journal.

* A phrase adapted, via Salinger,
from a poem by Sappho

Ἴψοι δὴ τὸ μέλαθρον,
     Υ᾽μήναον
ἀέρρετε τέκτονεσ ἄνδρεσ,
     Υ᾽μήναον
γάμβροσ ἔρχεται ἶσοσ Ά᾽ρευϊ,
     [Υ᾽μήναον]
ανδροσ μεγάλο πόλυ μείζων
     [Υ᾽μήναον]

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Preparation 🞼

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🞼 See the title in this journal.

Atque Vale

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Jeremy Irons and the Apple of Eden —

Jeremy Gray, Valediction —

See also this journal on Thursday, 11 September, 2014.

Transformer Group*

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"Before time began, there was the Cube." — Transformers  (2007)

Plot summary — "An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races,
the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with
a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager."

* A post suggested by J. D. Salinger's phrase "a fresh impetus"
  in "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" (1955)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Transformers

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"The transformed urban interior is the spatial organisation of
an achiever, one who has crossed the class divide and who uses
space to express his membership of, not aspirations towards, 
an ascendant class in our society: the class of those people who 
earn their living by transformation— as opposed to the mere
reproduction— of symbols, such as writers, designers, and
academics"

The Social Logic of Space ,
     by Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson,
     Cambridge University Press, 1984

For another perspective on the achievers, see The Deceivers .

Related material —

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Edwin Schlossberg, 'Still Changes Through Structure' text piece

Exhibit C:

Transformers

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Or:  Y  for Yale  continued

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

See also Transformers in this journal and Y for Yale.

Highbeam Woman

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See as well the previous post.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Yale Architectural Figure

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Edwin Schlossberg, 'Still Changes Through Structure' text piece

See also Log24 posts related to "Go Set a Structure"
as well as "New Haven" + Grid.

Gr-r-reat Again

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One Eighth

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From Wikipedia's Iceberg Theory

Related material: 

The Eightfold Cube and The Quantum Identity

See also the previous post.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Inscapes

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"The particulars of attention,
whether subjective or objective,
are unshackled through form,
and offered as a relational matrix …."

— Kent Johnson in a 1993 essay

Illustration

Commentary

The 16 Dirac matrices form six anticommuting sets of five matrices each (Arfken 1985, p. 214):

1. alpha_1alpha_2alpha_3alpha_4alpha_5,

2. y_1y_2y_3y_4y_5,

3. delta_1delta_2delta_3rho_1rho_2,

4. alpha_1y_1delta_1sigma_2sigma_3,

5. alpha_2y_2delta_2sigma_1sigma_3,

6. alpha_3y_3delta_3sigma_1sigma_2.

SEE ALSO:  Pauli Matrices

REFERENCES:

Arfken, G. Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 3rd ed.  Orlando, FL: Academic Press, pp. 211-217, 1985.

Berestetskii, V. B.; Lifshitz, E. M.; and Pitaevskii, L. P. "Algebra of Dirac Matrices." §22 in Quantum Electrodynamics, 2nd ed.  Oxford, England: Pergamon Press, pp. 80-84, 1982.

Bethe, H. A. and Salpeter, E. Quantum Mechanics of One- and Two-Electron Atoms.  New York: Plenum, pp. 47-48, 1977.

Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

Dirac, P. A. M. Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 4th ed.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Goldstein, H. Classical Mechanics, 2nd ed.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, p. 580, 1980.

Good, R. H. Jr. "Properties of Dirac Matrices." Rev. Mod. Phys. 27, 187-211, 1955.

Referenced on Wolfram|Alpha:  Dirac Matrices

CITE THIS AS:

Weisstein, Eric W.  "Dirac Matrices."

From MathWorld— A Wolfram Web Resource. 
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DiracMatrices.html

The Matrix Hypothesis

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"And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of
a simple but arresting thesis: that we are  living in the Matrix,
and something has gone wrong with the controllers. . . .
The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be
running our lives are having some kind of breakdown.
There’s a glitch, and we are in it.

Once this insight is offered, it must be said, everything  else
begins to fall in order."

Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker , Feb. 27, 2017 

More recently

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Signature Backdrop

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"The Bitter End’s signature stage backdrop —
a bare 150-year-old brick wall — helped distinguish it from
other popular bohemian hangouts like the Village Gate  
and the Village Vanguard. It appeared on the cover of
Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album."

The New York Times  this evening on a Sunday death

Commentary

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

See also Schwartz in "The Omega Matrix," a post of 5 PM ET Sunday:

Hackaday Story

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Cypress Spring 

according to Orphic myth

  " You will find to the left of the House of Hades
    a spring,
  And by the side thereof standing
    a white cypress.
  To this spring approach not near.
  But you shall find another,
    from the lake of Memory
  Cold water flowing forth, and there are
    guardians before it.
  Say, 'I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven;
  But my race is of Heaven alone.
    This you know yourselves.
  But I am parched with thirst and I perish.
    Give me quickly
  The cold water flowing forth
    from the lake of Memory.' "

"The supervisory read-only memory (SROM)
in question is a region of proprietary code
that runs when the chip starts up,
and in privileged mode."

— Elliot Williams at Hackaday , March 4, 2017,
     "Reading the Unreadable SROM"

From a reply to a comment on the above story —

"You are singing a very fearful and oppressive tune.
You ought to try to get it out of your head."

A perhaps less oppressive tune —

Related scene —

Richard Kiley in "Blackboard Jungle," 1955:

IMAGE- Richard Kiley in 'Blackboard Jungle,' with grids and broken records

See also the Go chip in this journal.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Reading the Coins

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From Didion’s Play It As It Lays :

Everything goes.  I am working very hard at
not thinking about how everything goes. 
I watch a hummingbird, throw the I Ching
but never read the coins, keep my mind in the now.
— Page 8

From Play It As It Lays :

I lie here in the sunlight, watch the hummingbird. 
This morning I threw the coins in the swimming pool,
and they gleamed and turned in the water in such a way
that I was almost moved to read them.  I refrained.
— Page 214

From a search in this journal for "The Southwest Furthers" —

Hexagram 39:
Obstruction

I Ching, Hexagram 39

The Judgment

Obstruction. The southwest furthers.

(See Zenna Henderson.) 

Genial …

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… and not so genial —

From a link in last night's post, the 'moving forces'
behind the creation of Hollywood 

Other, later, moving forces —

Bullshit Studies

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From The Chronicle of Higher Education  on March 2, 2017 —

These days, in a world totally dependent on microprocessors, lasers, and nanotechnology, it has been estimated that 30 percent of the U.S. gross national product is based on inventions made possible by quantum mechanics. With the booming high-tech industry and the expected advent of quantum computers, this percentage will only grow. Within a hundred years, an esoteric theory of young physicists became a mainstay of the modern economy.

It took nearly as long for Einstein’s own theory of relativity, first published in 1905, to be used in everyday life in an entirely unexpected way. The accuracy of the global positioning system, the space-based navigation system that provides location and time information in today’s mobile society, depends on reading time signals of orbiting satellites. The presence of Earth’s gravitational field and the movement of these satellites cause clocks to speed up and slow down, shifting them by 38 milliseconds a day. In one day, without Einstein’s theory, our GPS tracking devices would be inaccurate by about seven miles.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The above paragraphs are clearly propaganda, not physics.

For "It has been estimated," see

The "without Einstein 's theory" statement may or may not be correct.
See the lengthy discussion at

http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/1061/
why-does-gps-depend-on-relativity
.

See also Princeton's March of Mediocrity Continues.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Klostermann Weekend

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A Girl's Best Friend?

A Hitch in Hell

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The New York Times  today on a Feb. 24 death —

"Mr. Tenney was released when Japan surrendered
in August 1945, days after America dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki, a city across
the bay from the prison camp where he was held.
. . . .

Mr. Tenney recounted his wartime experiences in
a memoir, My Hitch in Hell , published in 1995."

Related material —

Box office report for opening weekend of Wolverine's X-Men spinoff 'Logan'

Zen ideal —

"… and Hell followed with him.

The Omega Matrix

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Richard Evan Schwartz on
the mathematics of the 4×4 square

See also Priority in this journal.

Sermon

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Sunday Science School

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Commentary —

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Darkness at Noon

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What you mean, we ?

 

Update of 12:25 PM ET March 4, 2017 —

Headline at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/
blog/i-am-scholar-caught-trump-inauguration-crowd-controversy
 —

" I am the scholar caught in
  Trump inauguration crowd controversy.

  Crowd scientist Keith Still on his time providing
  live analysis on Donald Trump’s inauguration –
  and the ensuing media storm.

February 4, 2017 "

Note the scholar's words "sent to the NYT  at 11:15am."
This was of course well before  the inauguration began.

Vudu Report

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Keeping up with Baron Samedi

Hidden Figure

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From this morning's New York Times  Wire

A cybersecurity-related image from Thursday evening

The diamond theorem correlation at the University of Bradford

At 74

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New York Times  headline about a death
on Friday, March 3, 2017 —

René Préval, President of Haiti
in 2010 Quake, Dies at 74

See also

This way to the egress.

Friday, March 3, 2017

PSI

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(Notes for Josefine, continued from December 22, 2013) 

From a prequel to The Shining , by Stephen King—

You had to keep an eye on the boiler
because if you didn’t, she would creep on you. 

What did that mean, anyway? Or was it just
one of those nonsensical things that sometimes
came to you in dreams, so much gibberish?
Of course there was undoubtedly a boiler
in the basement or somewhere to heat the place,
even summer resorts had to have heat sometimes,
didn’t they (if only to supply hot water)? But creep ?
Would a boiler creep ?
You had to keep an eye on the boiler.
It was like one of those crazy riddles,
why is a mouse when it runs,
when is a raven like a writing desk,
what is a creeping boiler? 

A related figure —

Adventure

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The New York Times  on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 —

This  journal on the previous afternoon —

For greater artistic depth, see Tetrads in this journal.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Crucible Continues

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Cover, 2005 paperback edition of 'Refiner's Fire,' a 1977 novel by Mark Helprin

Mariner Books paperback, 2005

See, too, this evening's A Common Space
and earlier posts on Raiders of the Lost Crucible.

Also not without relevance —

The diamond theorem correlation at the University of Bradford

A Common Space

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"… the real challenge wasn’t just getting [them]
to talk to each other, it was how to give them both
a shared understanding of a common space."

Article by Donald Papp at Hackaday
    Groundhog Day, 2017

Related material —

The previous two posts and Groundhog Day for Hindus.

Ageometretos*

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Or:  "A Hologram for the King" Meets "Big"

* A reference to an alleged motto of Plato's Academy

Stories

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"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." — Joan Didion

The New York Times Magazine  online today —

"As a former believer and now a nonbeliever, Carrère,
seeking answers, sets out, in The Kingdom , to tell
the story of the storytellers. He is trying to understand
what it takes to be able to tell a story, any story.
And what he finds, once again, is that you have to find
your role in it."

Wyatt Mason in The New York Times Magazine ,
     online March 2, 2017 

Like Tom Hanks?

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

Click image for related posts.

Review

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From a 2002 note, "The Shining of May 29" —

Related material:  The remarks in this journal on April 1, 2013.

Midnight in the Garden

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(Continues, for Warren Beatty)

Howard Hughes in Spruce Goose

"A Passion that Kills," by Markus Pierson (wood sculpture, 1988)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hollywood Song

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"She was looking so right 
It was giving him chills
In those big city nights
In those high rolling hills
Above all the lights 
With a passion that kills"

— Bob Seger, 1978

"Pursue your passion."

— Motto of Los Angeles Film School

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