Friday, June 30, 2017

Connecting Dots

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:23 PM

From a post of Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004 —

Sunday Sermon
on Saturday’s Numbers

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The "dots" of this  post's title were subscribers to
a literary journal co-edited by poet Adrienne Rich.

Hurriedly Put Together

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

The previous post quoted one theologian on a book
by another theologian, saying its tone "is patronizing
and its arguments are hurriedly put together."

For a more leisurely sort of argument, see a 1995* remark 
by a mathematician, Ronald Shaw, quoted here on the morning
of Tuesday, June 27, in an update at the end of the previous day's
post "Upgrading to Six" —

". . . recall the notions of Eddington (1936) . . . ."

* In "Finite Geometry, Dirac Groups and the
Table of Real Clifford Algebras
," pages 59-99 of
R. Ablamowicz and P. Lounesto (eds.),
Clifford Algebras and Spinor Structures ,
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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

Berger reportedly died on Tuesday, June 27. See the patronizing title
"Connecting the Dots" of a Log24 post on that date.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Longing for a Sign

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:39 PM

You Say Goodbye, I Say …

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:38 PM

The title is from a Beatles song. See a link to 2008 in the previous post.

Harmonic Analysis for Illiterates

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Notes and Frequency Ratios

Maori Farewell

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 PM

The second editor mentioned below reportedly died
on June 21, 2017.  A page in his memory —

See also "Detail for Hopkins" in this journal on June 21.
For a Maori finale, see "De Haut en Bas " (July 11, 2008).

Ominous Erotic Overture

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 PM

The title is from a New Yorker  review of

'Personal Shopper,' starring Kristen Stewart

"So put your glad rags on
 And join me, hon "

See also The Skeleton Twins  (2014)
and Blackboard Jungle  (1955).

In Memory of Steve Jobs …

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

And his June 12, 2005, "Connecting the Dots" address at Stanford —

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Connecting the Dots

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

See also The Mystic Hexastigm.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Upgrading to Six

This post was suggested by the previous post — Four Dots —
and by the phrase "smallest perfect" in this journal.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

Detail —

From the work of Eddington cited in 1974 by von Franz —

See also Dirac and Geometry and Kummer in this journal.

Updates from the morning of June 27 —

Ron Shaw on Eddington's triads "associated in conjugate pairs" —

For more about hyperbolic  and isotropic  lines in PG(3,2),
see posts tagged Diamond Theorem Correlation.

For Shaw, in memoriam — See Contrapuntal Interweaving and The Fugue.

Four Dots

Analogies — “A : B  ::  C : D”  may be read  “A is to B  as  C is to D.”

Gian-Carlo Rota on Heidegger…

“… The universal as  is given various names in Heidegger’s writings….

The discovery of the universal as  is Heidegger’s contribution to philosophy….

The universal ‘as‘ is the surgence of sense in Man, the shepherd of Being.

The disclosure of the primordial as  is the end of a search that began with Plato….
This search comes to its conclusion with Heidegger.”

— “Three Senses of ‘A is B’ in Heideggger,” Ch. 17 in Indiscrete Thoughts
See also Four Dots in this journal.

Some context:  McLuhan + Analogy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Do Do for Dodos

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:40 PM

"Do do that voodoo . . . ." — Cole Porter

This post's title was suggested by a new novel,
"The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O." . . . .

. . .  and by the concepts of

synchronicity  and  diachronicity  

in music.

Related reading for Harvard Summer School (click to enlarge) —

Do Be

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 AM

Today's sermon —

I prefer the cardinal interplay of doing and being,
as in Sinatra and in Nowak.

Marcela Nowak, FLUX-O project at Behance.net, Sept. 24, 2014

See also this  journal on that date
(September 24, 2014), also
Raiders of the Lost Chord,
and shortchord.org.

Do, be, do, be, do.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It’s 10 PM.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Joke question from the 2013 film "Her" —

"What does a baby computer call its father?"

Answer for Harvard Summer School —

"Department of Diachronic Operations."

Imagekind Meet Seerkind

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Imagekind —


Seerkind —

This post may be regarded as a sequel to the post Dream Girls (Oct. 5, 2013).

Space, Time, Gravity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:40 PM

Or:  An Apple for Marcela

Scene from the college class Astronomy 101 in "Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen" (June 24, 2009) —

Professor—  "Space. Time. Gravity. " 

          (Bites apple, drops it and kicks it to students.)

Coed (catching apple)—  "Thank you."

Professor to coed—  "Finish that for me."

Professor to students—

"We're going on a journey together, you and I, today.
All you eager, nubile, young minds on the very cusp
of adulthood. And I shall be your consort, your guide,
your chaperone, into the heart of darkness."

See also Big Apple in this journal as well as a film by the artist from
the "nubile" link above

Witwiccans Go to College*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:08 AM

* Title suggested by my viewing last night "Revenge of the Fallen,"
   no. 2 in the Transformers  series.  That film reportedly opened
   on this date eight years ago.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Annals of Art and Design

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:12 PM

The life of Mr. Breder is not unrelated to that of Carl Andre.

See also, in this  journal, Bulk Apperception.

A Kind of Cross* Continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Click image for a midrash.

* See previous post.

A Kind of Cross

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

"For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross."

Gravity's Rainbow

See also Heidegger + Rift in this  journal.

“Information from the Middle of the Night”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 AM

The title is from an obituary in tonight's online New York Times.

Information —

See also another art publication cover from 1976 —

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Face Henge

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:07 PM

With a hat tip to Vinnie Mancuso

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Design Is How It Works: A Bedtime Story

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:48 PM


Sequel to Cosby?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:20 PM

Detail for Hopkins

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

Detail from the previous post

See Space Cross in this journal.

See also Anthony Hopkins' new film
"Transformers: The Last Knight" and

Concept and Realization

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:12 PM

Remark on conceptual art quoted in the previous post

"…he’s giving the concept but not the realization."

A concept See a note from this date in 1983:

IMAGE- 'Solomon's Cube'

A realization  

Webpage demonstrating symmetries of 'Solomon's Cube'

Not the best possible realization, but enough for proof of concept .

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Truly Tasteless* Tulips

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Excerpt from the above story

"The project could also be a new frontier for Mr. Koons.
'It’s superconceptual,' said Judith Benhamou-Huet,
a French art critic and blogger, in that 'he’s giving
the concept but not the realization.' She compared
the approach to that of Sol LeWitt, who sold wall drawings
that buyers then executed on their own."

Rachel Donadio

See also the previous post and Rota on Beauty.

* A reference to Truly Tasteless Jokes , by Blanche Knott
  (Book 1 of 11, Ballantine Books paperback, May 1985, page 50).

All-Spark Notes

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:55 PM


"For years, the AllSpark rested, sitting dormant
like a giant, useless art installation."

— Vinnie Mancuso at Collider.com yesterday

Related material —

Dormant cube

IMAGE- Britannica 11th edition on the symmetry axes and planes of the cube

Giant, useless art installation —

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA.  See also LeWitt in this journal.


Continuing the previous post's theme  

Group actions on partitions

Cube Bricks 1984 —

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

Related material — Posts now tagged Device Narratives.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dead End

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:24 PM

Group Actions on Partitions- 1985

Google Search- 'group actions on partitions'- June 19, 2017

The above 1985 note was an attempt to view the diamond theorem
in a more general context. I know no more about the note now than 
I did in 1985. The only item in the search results above that is not  
by me (the seventh) seems of little relevance.


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

Log24 ten years ago today

"Here, in a strategy of simple erasure,
 the Subject masks his singularity . . . ."

— Jacques Derrida

See also the previous post and . . .

— Detail from the ending of Philip Pullman's new
     graphic novel "Mystery of the Ghost Ship"

“Design Is How It Works”*

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

* See the title in this  journal.

Final Club

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:20 AM

Today’s New York Times  on a character in a 1978 film —

“Cluelessly upbeat and charmingly idiotic.”

Related material from a post Saturday —

Plato's Formula: A Hollywood version of Plato's diamond from the Meno dialogue

Director with Oscar

Coda —

See as well this  journal on the above date — Sept. 24, 2015.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In Memoriam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 AM

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Getting to Wow

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

See also other posts tagged "Rough Night."

The Formula

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:13 AM

With apologies to the late director of "Rocky" and "The Formula" —

Below John Gielgud as "Abraham Esau" in "The Formula" (1980).
For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

John Gielgud as 'Abraham Esau' in 'The Formula' (1980). For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Biersdorfer Synchronology

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:18 PM

See also this  journal on the above date — July 13, 2016.

Ein Eck*

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

The New York Times Wire today —

* For the title, see "Ein Eck" in this journal.

Rough Night at the Museum

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

See the previous three posts and the Nobel flashback titled Cuber.

All-Spark Notes*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:30 PM

* See All Spark in this journal.

Chalkroom Jungle

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

At MASS MoCA, the installation "Chalkroom" quotes a lyric —

Oh beauty in all its forms
funny how hatred can also be a beautiful thing
When it's as sharp as a knife
as hard as a diamond


— From "One Beautiful Evening," by Laurie Anderson.

See also the previous post and "Smallest Perfect" in this journal.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Building Six

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:47 PM

Berkshire tales of May 25, 2017 —

See also, in this  journal from May 25 and earlier, posts now tagged
"The Story of Six."

Early Personal Computer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:01 AM

(The title is from yesterday morning's Graphical Interfaces.)

Plato's diamond in Jowett's version of the Meno dialogue

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Good Question

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:40 PM

"What were you expecting to see in here, Meeno?"

Graphical Interfaces

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:52 AM

Thacker reportedly died on Monday, June 12, 2017.

This journal on that date —

Images including Plato's diamond on a tombstone

Thacker retired from Microsoft in February.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Found in Translation

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:16 PM

The diamond theorem in Denmark —

Inventing Sex at Harvard

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:45 AM

From the current New Yorker

I prefer Wallace Stevens. See posts tagged Thomas Jensen Hines.

Annals of Embedded Space

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:55 AM

Max Maxfield: 'What's Happening in Embedded Space,' April 13, 2017

This  journal on the above date —

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Tags:  — m759 @ 7:00 PM 

See "Smallest Perfect" in this journal.


Making Space

— m759 @ 6:00 PM 

The New York Times  online today:

At MoMA, Women at Play in the Fields of Abstraction

In Zoe's fall, we sinnèd all.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:19 PM

The "bubble" passage in the previous post suggests a review of
a post from December 21, 2006, with the following images —


Update of 11:01 PM ET the same day, June 12, 2017 —

Related material for the Church of Synchronology

From a tech-article series that began on Halloween 2006 and
ended on the date of the above Geometry's Tombstones post —

Compare and contrast (from a post of Feb. 27, 2017) —

“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

See also "The Geometry of Logic:
Finite Geometry and the 16 Boolean Connectives
by Steven H. Cullinane in 2007.

Metaphysical Accounting

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

'Metaphysical accounting ledger' in John Wray's novel 'The Lost Time Accidents,' also about 'synchronology.'

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tell It Slant

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Remembering  The Man Who Knew Zero .

Max Bialystock discovers a new playwright


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:04 AM

George Steiner quotes Leopardi on fashion and death, gets the relationship wrong.

Actually, that should be sister  (so Leopardi).

Related material —

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 PM

Mark Zuckerberg in a commencement speech
at Harvard on May 25 —

"Movies and pop culture get this all wrong.
The idea of a single eureka moment
is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate
since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people
with seeds of good ideas from getting started.
Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about
innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass.
That’s not a thing."

THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. 
Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, an enigmatic mathematics savant
with special-ops-caliber skills who moonlights as a numbers cruncher ….

The New York Times  today,  What's on TV Saturday

In other news today —

“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way
without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind
that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.”

The late Adam West, according to The Hollywood Reporter  

Update of 2:42 PM ET Saturday —

Cardinal Interplay

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:28 PM

Exercise — Translate "cardinal interplay."

Related material — Language animal in this journal.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Overarching Theme

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:23 PM

“Communications disorders were the overarching theme of my mother’s career.”

— Anne Louise Oaklander, daughter of a famed autism expert, Isabelle Rapin,
     who reportedly died at 89 on May 24.

See also a post on Mark Zuckerberg's recent Harvard commencement address.

Some background — Overarching in this journal.

Montana Quality

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:00 PM

In memory of a mathematics professor

Posts now tagged Montana Quality.


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:50 PM

"Among the most enchanting aspects of the Alhambra is
the constant sound of flowing water emanating from its fountains."

— Bob Taylor, commdiginews.com, January 16, 2017

See also Snow White Meets Apple and the cover of
The New York Times Book Review  from October 4, 2015 —

Cover art by Barbara de Wilde.

Proprietary Code

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:14 AM

    Quixote Vive!Terry Gilliam, June 4, 2017

Review of a post from March 7, 2017

"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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Development Hell

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:55 PM

Two readings —

On the director of "The Zero Theorem" —

Terry Gilliam Finally Wraps on ‘Don Quixote’ Film After 17 Years.

More seriously —

On a Spanish author who reportedly died at 86 on Sunday, June 4.

Anywhere in Years

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:27 PM

" In 1965, Mr. Simmons, an incisive, erudite reviewer and essayist,
won a William Faulkner Foundation Award for Powdered Eggs  [ 1964 ],
recognized as a notable first novel. (He wryly called it his
'64th first novel.') The Boston Globe  said it was 'certainly among
the outstanding fictions of the ′60s.' [ Later, in 1971,* ] The novelist
Harry Crews heralded him as 'one of the finest comic voices to appear
anywhere in years.' "

— Sam Roberts in New York Times  obituary this evening

See also Harry Crews in this journal.

Roberts says Simmons also wrote "a savage sendup of  The New York Times
Book Review
, where he had worked as an editor for three decades."

Some not-so-savage related material —

'Watchmen'-like art in the Feb. 21, 2016, NY Times Book Review

* "Anywhere in years" — From http://www.nytimes.com/1971/11/21/archives/
an-oldfashioned-darling-by-charles-simmons- 202-pp-new-york-coward.html

Snow White Meets Apple

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:19 PM

Tabletop fountain from the June 5 opening video of  Apple’s 2017
Worldwide Developer Conference

Kristen Stewart (Snow White in June 2012) as a personal shopper —

Personal shopping result —

Three Things at Once

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:28 PM

Rosalind Krauss in 1979

Nanavira Thera in 1959

Cambridge University Press in 1999 —

See also Cube Bricks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cultist Drama

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

Rosalind Krauss on the drama of 'the cultist space of modern art'

From a post of last Friday, June 2

See also Transformers in this journal.

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

  — Transformers  (2007)

The Table

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

John Horgan and James (Jim) McClellan, according to Horgan
in Scientific American  on June 1, 2017

Me: "Jim, you're a scholar! Professor! Esteemed historian of science! And yet you don’t really believe science is capable of producing truth."

Jim: "Science is stories we tell about nature. And some stories are better than other stories. And you can compare stories to each other on all kinds of grounds, but you have no access to"— he pauses for dramatic effect— "The Truth. Or any mode of knowing outside of your own story-telling capabilities, which include rationality, experiment, explanatory scope and the whole thing. I would love to have some means of making knowledge about the world that would allow us to say, 'This is really it. There really are goddamn electrons.'" He whacks the table.

See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry and Glitch.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Fork*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"Neil Gordon, whose cerebral novels about radical politics,
most famously 'The Company You Keep,' challenged readers
with biblical parables and ethical dilemmas, died on May 19
in Manhattan. He was 59.  . . . .

. . . he earned . . . . a doctorate from Yale, where his dissertation
was titled** 'Stranger Than Fiction: The Occult Short Stories of
Hawthorne and Balzac.'"

Sam Roberts in The New York Times

*    For the title (suggested by the date May 19), see posts tagged Y for Yale.

**  Actually (and more sensibly) titled "Stranger than Fiction:
    The Status of Truth in the Occult Short Stories of Hawthorne and Balzac."

For Peter Jackson

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:30 PM

Tom Hiddleston stars in
the action packed Kong: Skull Island

Related material — (update of 8:04 PM ET) —

Magic in Mexico

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 AM

This post's title is that of a book in the 1958 film
"Bell Book and Candle." 

See also

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In Memory of the Time Cube Page*

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

From this journal on August 18, 2015, "A Wrinkle in Terms" —

For two misuses by John Baez of the phrase “permutation group”
at the n-Category Café, see “A Wrinkle in the Mathematical Universe
and “Re: A Wrinkle…” —

“There is  such a thing as a permutation group.”
— Adapted from A Wrinkle in Time , by Madeleine L’Engle

* See RIP, Time Cube at gizmodo.com (September 1, 2015).

Sequel to “The Square”* —

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:03 PM

The Cube

CodePen logo, pictured here on May 28, 2017

From YouTube, "The Cube," published on April 6, 2016

Meanwhile, also on April 6, 2016, at 2:01 AM ET 

* See The Pinterest Directive and Expanding the Spielraum.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Faithful Slave Girl

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:18 PM

"In the story, Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who discovers the secret
of a thieves' den, entered with the phrase 'Open Sesame'.
The thieves learn this and try to kill Ali Baba, but Ali Baba's
faithful slave-girl foils their plots." — Wikipedia

Related material —

"Mr. Loeb was particularly interested in finding a way to unlock the value
of Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, which was already shaping up to be one of
China’s leading internet companies. He pushed the board to recruit a star
like Ms. Mayer to get people excited about a company that had been
stumbling for years."

Vindu Goel in today's online New York Times

Expanding the Spielraum (Continued*)

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:13 PM

Or:  The Square

"What we do may be small, but it has
 a certain character of permanence."
— G. H. Hardy

* See Expanding the Spielraum in this journal.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Bulk Apperception Continued

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:19 PM

Also on April 26, 2017 —


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:06 AM

Click to enlarge.

See also Transformers in this journal.

Squares and Circles, 1936

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:45 AM

"This essay and exhibition might well be dedicated
to those painters of squares and circles
(and the architects influenced by them)
who have suffered at the hands of
philistines with political power."

Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in Cubism and Abstract Art ,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1936,
    page 18

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Art Spaces (For Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:42 PM

From The New York Times  today —

MoMA’s Makeover Rethinks the Presentation of Art

"The new design calls for more gallery space and a transformed
main lobby, physical changes that, along with the re-examination
of art collections and diversity, represent an effort to open up MoMA
and break down the boundaries defined by its founder, Alfred Barr.

'It’s a rethinking of how we were originally conceived,' Glenn D. Lowry,
the museum’s director, said in an interview at MoMA. 'We had created
a narrative for ourselves that didn’t allow for a more expansive reading
of our own collection, to include generously artists from very different

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