Friday, August 18, 2017

Quarter to Four

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The Savvy Philosophers

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Flashback in Genial, a post of March 6, 2017 —

From a New York Times  book review today by
James Ryerson, instructor at The School of The New York Times —

"Savvy philosophers distill their core insight into a short phrase."

"Let them eat cake."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Down in the Jungle Room

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See also other posts now tagged Jungle Room.

For Time Cube Fans

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Operation Blockhead continues


See also Weyl + Palermo in this journal.


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This post was suggested by a detail, the number 777, on the cover of the
American edition of the novel discussed in yesterday morning's post Punctum.

Saturday May 3, 2008

m759 @ 11:07 PM

“Teach us to
 number our days.”

– Psalm 90, verse 12

The New Yorker,
issue dated Oct. 1, 2007 —

James Wood on Robert Alter’s
new translation of the Psalms

“At any time, God can cancel a life. ‘So teach us to number our days,’ as the King James Version has it, ‘that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’….

The ancient Hebrew word for the shadowy underworld where the dead go, Sheol, was Christianized as ‘Hell,’ even though there is no such concept in the Hebrew Bible. Alter prefers the words ‘victory’ and ‘rescue’ as translations of yeshu’ah, and eschews the Christian version, which is the heavily loaded ‘salvation.’ And so on. Stripping his English of these artificial cleansers, Alter takes us back to the essence of the meaning. Suddenly, in a world without Heaven, Hell, the soul, and eternal salvation or redemption, the theological stakes seem more local and temporal: ‘So teach us to number our days.’”

Today’s numbers from the
Pennsylvania Lottery:

PA Lottery Saturday, May 3, 2008: Mid-day 510, Evening 724

which, being interpreted,
is 5/10 and 7/24.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


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Or:  Every Picture Tells a Story  (Continued)

Related material —

The New York Times  online today, in a book review

"What if . . . Barthes was murdered? . . . in order to
procure a document that Barthes possessed . . . .
That document explained that, beyond the six
functions of language proposed by the Russian
linguist Roman Jakobson, there was a seventh
secret one:  an occult kind of language-use
guaranteed to persuade, a 'magic' power of
control over a listener."

See also Barthes in this  journal.

"Down in the Jungle Room" — Marc Cohn

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Uploading

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A song for the Annie of WarGames  (2008)

Uploaded to YouTube on April 6, 2008.

To the Dark Tower

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See also Dark Tower in this  journal.

Every Picture Tells a Story

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Hexagram 15:

See also remarks today by David Brooks at The New York Times .

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chess Records

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In memory of a Chess Records star who died on March 18, 2017

Sound Track

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Two songs by Chuck Berry on Chess Records in 1958

Sweet Little Sixteen  and  Sweet Little Rock and Roller .

Rock and Roller  begins

She's 9 years old and sweet as she can be
All dressed up like a downtown Christmas tree
Dancin' and hummin' a rock-roll melody

For meditations on Sixteen , see Berry + Sixteen in this journal.

A meditation on Rock and Roller —

Related material — From the above post's date,
March 21, 2017, a memoir by one Siva Vaidhyanathan,
"Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of
the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia."

Visual Impact

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Alan Moore on the 9-panel grid

See also posts now tagged "Go Set."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Compare and Contrast

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From The Atlantic , September 2017 issue, online —
"How America Lost Its Mind," by former Harvard Lampoon  
writer Kurt Andersen

The Atlantic 's embedded Google ad for "Quantum Space Elements"
is, by the way, completely unrelated to similar-sounding work on 
models of space in finite geometry (cf. tsimtsum . . .

The Red Pill

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"We have passed through the looking glass
and down the rabbit hole."

Kurt Andersen in the Sept. 2017 Atlantic

See as well "the desert of the real" and, 
for comparison, College of the Desert in this  journal.

Limit Sermon

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See also last night's post Logos .


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In memoriam —

Zadeh is known for the unfortunate phrase "fuzzy logic."

Not-so-fuzzy related material —

“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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Images from 1984

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For the author of a Harvard Crimson  opinion piece yesterday on 1984 ,
two images adapted from a 1984 film —

See also, in this  journal, Hume's phrase "perfect nonentity."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Symmetry’s Lifeboat

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A post suggested by the word tzimtzum  (see Wednesday)
or tsimtsum  (see this morning) —

Lifeboat from the Tsimtsum  in Life of Pi  —

Another sort of tsimtsum, contracting infinite space to a finite space —

IMAGE- Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

Archimedes for Jews

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"Much like the irrational number pi,
the primal tsimtsum transforms
an infinite circle into a measured line."

— Tzvi Freeman at Chabad.org

Circle and line according to Archimedes

 The College Mathematics Journal , 46, No. 3 (May 2015), pp. 162–171

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gravity’s Countdown

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From Gravity's Rainbow  ((Penguin Classics paperback, June 1, 1995) —


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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For those whose only interest in mathematics
is as a path to the occult —

See also Coxeter's Aleph.


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"She wrote her doctoral thesis, which was supervised
by Friedrichs, on the stability of a spherical implosion
and was awarded her Ph.D. in 1951."


See also a related Google Image Search.

For images from the reported date of Morawetz's death,
see Theology for Child Buyers.

Update of 2:56 PM ET Friday, August 11, 2017 —

Legacy.com and NYU now report that Morawetz died
on Tue., Aug. 8, not, as the AMS reported, on Mon., Aug. 7.
(The AMS has now corrected its error.)

For sloppiness about mathematics that echoes this
sloppiness about dates, see a post of Tue., Aug. 8.

War Game: 8/09

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"Fire and Fury  is one of the most popular
historical military miniatures wargames . . . .

For the new player it is an easy game
to learn and enjoy." 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

July 29 Podcast

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Discuss whether Knudson's phrase "essentially says" is correct.

For the Church of Synchronology

The above Forbes article is dated July 29, the date of death for 
Landon T. Clay, founder of Clay Mathematics Institute.

For remarks related to that date, see posts tagged Prize Problem
in this  journal.

Cube Quaternions

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See posts now tagged with the above title.

IMAGE- Quaternion group acting on an eightfold cube

Monday, August 7, 2017

Snowflakes and Unicorns

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Don't forget the apple.

Putting the “Times” in “New York Times”

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See also Noon for London in this  journal on the
above "Starting to See Pictures" upload date in 2016.

For a tale about that date, April 4, see today's  noon post.


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From Blockbuster, a post of Friday, August 4, 2017 —

The article suggests a look at  a July 3 Times  review of the life
of Jan Fontein, a former Boston Museum of Fine Arts director —

"Mr. Fontein’s time as director coincided with
the nationwide rise of the blockbuster exhibition,
and he embraced the concept. 'There was such a thing
as a contemplative museum, but I don’t think that can
survive anymore,' he told Newsweek  in 1978."

From The New York Times  this evening —

"Mr. Roth made his mark at the Victoria and Albert
with record-breaking exhibitions focused on
David Bowie in 2013, Alexander McQueen in 2015
and The Beatles and the youth revolution of the 1960s
in 2016."

Related material —

Record-breaking in this journal and Sunday in the Park with Death.

Theology for Child Buyers

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For the title, see Child Buyer in this journal.

Algul Siento , campus atop a mesa, from the new film "The Dark Tower"

Hell as the Westworld Mesa Hub

Theology for Westworld

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"Serve in Heaven …
or reign in Hell?
Which is it to be?"

— David in "Alien: Covenant" (2017)

Other mythological tales —

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dark Tower Theology

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In memory of a TV gunslinger who reportedly died Thursday, August 3, 2017 . . .

From this journal on that day (posts now tagged Dark Tower Theology) —

"The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.
  See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.
  For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  "

"Would that it were so simple."

Ides of March 2006

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Recent remarks related to the July 29 death of Landon T. Clay
suggest a review of a notable figure associated with Clay.

From a 2006 obituary of mathematician George Mackey

"A deep thinker whose work in representation theory,
group actions, and functional analysis helped
bring closer together the fields of math and physics,
Dr. Mackey died March 15 of complications from
pneumonia. He was 90, had lived in Cambridge, and
was Landon T. Clay professor emeritus at Harvard University."

Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe, April 28, 2006

See also this  journal on the date of Mackey's death (posts now tagged
Ides of March 2006).


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"Simone Weil said that morality
was a matter of attention not of will.
We need a new vocabulary of attention."

— Iris Murdoch, "Against Dryness"

Saturday, August 5, 2017


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"A tight story is one thing, but a 95-minute feature
that is unable to give even the slightest inkling
that it’s based on a grand-scale epic masterpiece
is something else entirely."

— Kate Erbland, "The Dark Tower" film review
     at IndieWire.com, Aug. 2, 2017

From a not-so-slight Inkling, a word to the wise —

—  From an editorial glossary to "Ósanwe-kenta," by J.R.R. Tolkien

See as well posts now tagged Enda's Game.

Friday, August 4, 2017


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Landon T. Clay, founder of the Clay Mathematics Institute,
reportedly died on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

See related Log24 posts, now tagged Prize Problem,
from the date of Clay's death and the day before.

Update of 9 PM ET on August 4, 2017 —

Other mathematics discussed here on the date of Clay's death —

MSRI Program. Here MSRI is pronounced "Misery."

Update of 9:45 PM ET on August 4, 2017 —


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This post was suggested by a  New York Times  article online today
about an upcoming exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts —

"A version of this article appears in print on August 6, 2017,
on Page AR2 of the New York edition with the headline:

Art;  Woodblock Smackdown!."

The article suggests a look at  a July 3 Times  review of the life of
Jan Fontein, a former Boston Museum of Fine Arts director —

"Mr. Fontein’s time as director coincided with
the nationwide rise of the blockbuster exhibition,
and he embraced the concept. 'There was such a thing
as a contemplative museum, but I don’t think that can
survive anymore,' he told Newsweek  in 1978."

Fontein died at 89 on May 19, 2017. See Dharmadhatu — a Log24 post
of July 4, 2017 — and its link to posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Glitter at the Dark Tower

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"The centre of transformations that
Transform for transformation's self,

In a glitter that is a life, a gold
That is a being, a will, a fate."

— Wallace Stevens, "Human Arrangement"

From "The Dark Tower," a post of July 9, 2016 —

See also a search for Glitter in this journal.

Poetic Theology at the New York Times

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Or:  Trinity Test Site

From the New York Times Book Review  of
next Sunday, August 6, 2017 —

"In a more conventional narrative sequence,
even a sequence of poems,
this interpenetration would acquire
sequence and evolution." [Link added.]

The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.

See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.

For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cold and Unforgiving Erudition

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"It's clear that you believe nothing will ever outrank
your cold and unforgiving erudition,
however, everything you think is based,
even at the most basic neuronal level,
on the way you connect a long line of dots."

— Mary Jo Bang, "The Game of Roles" (Summer 2016)

See as well posts tagged Dots in this journal.

Related material at a basic level —

See also History of Geometry in this journal.

Prequel …

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(To the previous post)

For the rest of the prequel, see New York Values (Jan. 17, 2016).

End of Feed

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Wallace Stevens died when I was a boy …

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"Refined interpretation requires that you know that
someone once said the offspring of reality and illusion
is only a staggering confusion."

— Poem, "The Game of Roles," by Mary Jo Bang

Related material for those perplexed by such Verhexung

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Poetry in Action

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The title is that of the cover essay in 
the Sunday, August 6, 2017, issue
of The New York Times Book Review .

From a poem on page 17 —

"Avoidance of boredom drives the body forward."

By the same poet, Mary Jo Bang

"A circular mirror of the social order is something
like a master with an exclusive club membership
until a woman comes through the revolving door."

These remarks, and the life of Matthew Vaughn, director of
"X-Men: First Class" and other films (cf. this morning's post 
Dichotomy), suggest a review of the Nobel Flashback post
of October 6, 2016. A retitled sample —

Avoidance of Boredom

Auto Detailing

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Megan Fox in "Transformers" (2007) —

Background from January 25, 2017

"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 


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"National and educational contexts call for
appropriately tailored arguments."

— Gabriel H. Karger in The Harvard Crimson , July 27, 2017,
"Freedom and Final Clubs: The Wrong Dichotomy"

Related material —

Modern Muse

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From a 1987 review of the Stephen King novel Misery :

"In other words, for all her craziness, Annie Wilkes
becomes Paul Sheldon's literary muse, and as muses go
she probably isn't too much worse than average,
her main fault being a tendency to punish more literally
than most muses do."

— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times

From the Estée Lauder website :

"Who is a Modern Muse? The description of
our iconic fragrance says it all . . . ."

A rival product


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