Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Heraldry for Walpurgisnacht

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A problem not only at Harvard.

For instance… A Hollywood anticlerical classic:

Schoolgirl Problem —

Monday, April 29, 2019

Geometry Review

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See also Good Friday 2003 … Continued .

Theology in a Cartoon Graveyard

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See as well . . .

http://www.walterkaufmann.com/articles/1970_Prologu_Ich_Du.pdf .

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

A death on the date of the above New Yorker piece — Oct. 15, 2018 —

See as well the Pac-Man-like figures in today's previous post
as well as the Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, post "History at Bellevue."

The Hustvedt Array

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For Harlan Kane

"This time-defying preservation of selves,
this dream of plenitude without loss,
is like a snow globe from heaven,
a vision of Eden before the expulsion."

— Judith Shulevitz on Siri Hustvedt in
The New York Times  Sunday Book Review
of March 31, 2019, under the headline
"The Time of Her Life."

Edenic-plenitude-related material —

"Self-Blazon… of Edenic Plenitude"

(The Issuu text is taken from Speaking about Godard , by Kaja Silverman
and Harun Farocki, New York University Press, 1998, page 34.)

Preservation-of-selves-related material —

Other Latin squares (from October 2018) —

Sunday, April 28, 2019


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"This time-defying preservation of selves,
this dream of plenitude without loss,
is like a snow globe from heaven,
a vision of Eden before the expulsion.
Mathematically demonstrable
but emotionally impossible,
it’s dangled just in front of us
like a bauble we can’t have
but can’t stop reaching for." 

— Judith Shulevitz on Siri Hustvedt in
The New York Times  Sunday Book Review
of March 31, 2019, under the headline
"The Time of Her Life."

A different self-symbolizing bauble appeared in this  journal on that Sunday.

A line for Letterman — "Bauble, Babel.  Babel, Bauble."

'The Tower of Babel,' a 1963 play by Arthur J. Morey with music by Robert A. Paul

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday Night Not-So-Live

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The Shulevitz Sabbath

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Blazon World

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𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮  Night and day . . . .

Our Brand

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From the subtitles of "Our Brand is Crisis" (2015) —

01:07:58,242 –> 01:08:01,537
Uh, if you should feel something
during the interview, like an emotion…

01:08:03,164 –> 01:08:07,251
If you have some tears,
could you just turn towards

01:08:07,501 –> 01:08:08,836
the camera?

WB- 'Our Brand is Crisis'

"Our Brand is Crisis" is set in La Paz, Bolivia. Related material —

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dark Comedy

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Golin and the Stone  continues.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

For Battle-Epic Fans

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L'Heureux*  Meets  Les Misérables

The above theater is named for a soldier who died on May 14, 2006.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Today’s birthday: George Lucas,
creator of the mother of all battle epics.

STAR WARS continued:

Solar eclipse, March 29, 2006

March 29 eclipse

Star of Venus

Star of Venus
(See March 26-29)

* "… whose novels wrestled with faith… " — NY Times obituary today

Faith! Faith!” cried the husband.
“Look up to Heaven,
and resist the Wicked One!”

— "Young Goodman Brown"

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Critical Visibility

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Correction — "Death has 'the whole spirit sparkling…'"
should be "Peace after death has 'the whole spirit sparkling….'" 
The page number, 373, is a reference to Wallace Stevens:
Collected Poetry and Prose
, Library of America, 1997.

See also the previous post, "Critical Invisibility."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Critical Invisibility

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From Gotay and Isenberg, "The Symplectization of Science,"
Gazette des Mathématiciens  54, 59-79 (1992):

" what is the origin of the unusual name 'symplectic'? ….
Its mathematical usage is due to Hermann Weyl who,
in an effort to avoid a certain semantic confusion, renamed
the then obscure 'line complex group' the 'symplectic group.'
… the adjective 'symplectic' means 'plaited together' or 'woven.'
This is wonderfully apt…."

On "The Emperor's New Clothes" —

Andersen’s weavers, as one commentator points out, are merely insisting that “the value of their labor be recognized apart from its material embodiment.” The invisible cloth they weave may never manifest itself in material terms, but the description of its beauty (“as light as spiderwebs” and “exquisite”) turns it into one of the many wondrous objects found in Andersen’s fairy tales. It is that cloth that captivates us, making us do the imaginative work of seeing something beautiful even when it has no material reality. Deeply resonant with meaning and of rare aesthetic beauty—even if they never become real—the cloth and other wondrous objets d’art have attained a certain degree of critical invisibility.

—  Maria Tatar, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007). Kindle Edition. 


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A check of an author cited in the previous post yields —

The cover illustration above is by Kay Nielsen . . . 


(Paris Review , December 3, 2015.)

See as well the April 1977 poem "Winter Tree" by Jon Lang and . . .

A Certain Dramatic Artfulness

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See also a book found in a Log24 search for Tillich


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For Shakespeare's Birthday . . .

* Title from a 1960 French farce.

A miniature metaphoric midrash —

See the Snakes on a Plane  image
from a post of March 15, 2019 . . .

Finis Coronat Opus

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See also "Coronat" in this  journal.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Cruelest Month

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Easter last year fell on April Fools' Day.
Midrash — The Log24 posts for April 2018.

Related material —

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter for Harvey

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See also "Press Agent" in this journal and a post from Maundy Thursday,
the date of Sabinson's reported death . . .

Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Dreams May Come

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"Let them eat pie."

Meditation on St. Ursula’s Day

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Edifice Complex 

A Doll's House

Somebody Doesn't Like Sara Lee

Dialogue and Story Points —

Friday, April 19, 2019

Math Death

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Berlekamp reportedly died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

See as well this  journal on that date, in posts now tagged
Berlekamp’s Game.

Pleasantly Discursive Day

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

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

Greek Cross, adapted from painting by Ad Reinhardt

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Expanding the Unfolding*

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From a New York Times  book review of a new novel about
Timothy Leary that was in the Times online on April 10 —

"Most of the novel resides in the perspective
of Fitzhugh Loney, one of Leary’s graduate students."

"A version of this article appears in print on ,
on Page 10 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline
Strange Days." 

For material about one of Leary's non -fictional grad students,
Ralph Metzner, see posts now tagged Metzner's Pi Day.

Related material —

The reported publication date of Searching for the Philosophers' Stone
was January 1, 2019.  

A related search published here  on that date:

* Title suggested by two of Ralph Metzner's titles,
   The Expansion of Consciousness  and The Unfolding Self .

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Royal Society Diamond

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The phrase "pattern recognition" in a news story about the
April 13 death of Princeton neuroscientist Charles Gross,
and yesterday's post about a fanciful "purloined diamond,"
suggest a review of a less fanciful diamond.

See also earlier posts tagged Fitch
and my own, much  earlier and very
different, approach to such patterns —

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Metaphysical Detective Story

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The date of an article by the late Charles Gross —Dec. 21, 2011 . . .

. . . suggests a review of a post from that date:

See as well this  journal on Marc Hauser in a post of
August 5, 2004 — "In the beginning was the recursion?"


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Related material — Posts tagged Perspective.

Monday, April 15, 2019

In Related News…

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Sacerdotal Jargon

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The interested reader can easily find the source of the above prose.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

An Apt Pupil

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A Case for Bosch

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"The fifth season of Bosch is set to premiere
on April 19, 2019." — Wikipedia

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Misery Continues.

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Part I: Sharp Objects

Part II: Out of Blue

Part III: Misery

Misery according to Simone Weil

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Old Guy with a Cane

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From yesterday's post Misère Play —

See as well New York Times  book review of the novel Point Omega .
(The Times 's "Wrinkle in Time" is the title of the review, not of the novel.)

Related material suggested by the publication date — March 27, 2014
of a novel titled Zero Sum Game  —

Zero Sum Game

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Compare and contrast —

Zero Dark Nine:

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The Crosswicks Curse Continues . . .

"There is  such a thing as geometry."

— Saying adapted from a 1962 young-adult novel.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Misère Play

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Facebook on Bloomsday 2017 —

Also on that Bloomsday —

Chalkroom Jungle Revisited —

Horses of a Dream

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The previous post suggests a review —

Related mathematics —

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Chess King

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Meanwhile . . .

Front page top center, online NY Times: Bobby Fischer Dead at 64

Block Talk

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David Brooks in The New York Times  Sunday  Review   today

" 'In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology 
has warned us,' Annie Dillard writes in 'Teaching a Stone to Talk.' 
'But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them
farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate 
or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys
the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power
for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for
each other.' "

Annie Dillard on the legendary philosopher's stone

“… if Holy the Firm is matter at its dullest, Aristotle’s materia prima ,
absolute zero, and since Holy the Firm is in touch with the Absolute
at base, then the circle is unbroken.  And it is…. Holy the Firm is
in short the philosopher’s stone.”

See also "The Thing and I."

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Seligman Method

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Earlier . . .

'You know my methods' image

An Actor Prepares

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See too "Desperately Seeking Resonance"
and, for the Church of Synchronology, posts
on the above date — April 3, 2017.


Remembering Karl Gerstner

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See Karl Gerstner in this journal and posts from
the date of Gerstner's reported death —
New Year's Day, 2017.

Gerstner seems to have been forgotten in the
current Programmed Art exhibition at the Whitney.

Related material — See More Glass.

Equine Meditations

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Details from the previous post

"Some point in a high corner of the room" —

See as well Mysteries of Faith (Feb. 16, 2010).

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 1 Omega

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IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo


From posts tagged Number Art

'Knight' octad labeling by the 8 points of the projective line over GF(7)    

From the novel Point Omega


Related material for
Mathematics Awareness Month

Also on 07/18/2015

A Definite Field

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"We render the compulsion harmless, and indeed useful,
by giving it the right to assert itself in a definite field.
We admit it into the transference as a playground…."

— Sigmund Freud, 1914, "Remembering, Repeating,
and Working-Through" (See "Expanding the Spielraum,"
Oct. 26, 2015, in this  journal.)

An indefinite field —

A definite field —

A circular I Ching

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Midnight in the Garden . . .

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Continues . 

Analyze This, William James

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See also "The Unfolding" in this  journal.

Expanding the Spielraum . . .

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Continues . . .

. . . with Stephen King.


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For Harlan Kane . . .

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The Aloha Grid

Some less demanding reading Mysteries of the Rectangle .

Recently Viewed

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An Eight  for Katherine Neville —

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Formation, Information*

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"The architect, Peter Eisenman, was against
the information center. 'The world is too full of
information and here is a place without information.
That is what I wanted,' he told Spiegel Online.
'But as an architect you win some and you lose some.'"

See also Winsome Tribute (March 25, 2019) and
Gravedigger's Handbook (March 19, 2017).

* See as well a related phrase.

The Malkovich Pictures

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". . . humanity battling an unseen force . . . ." —

Quantum Space Elements?


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A later article about this same William Boyd

"In the end, it’s this indifference on the part of the tastemakers
that makes Boyd’s project a worthy one, pointing as it does to
their ability to treat as real whatever they choose, and to deny
the reality of other things simply by redirecting their gaze." 

Also on November 14, 2011 —

Nocturnal Object of Beauty

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What is going on in this picture?

Send Your Camel to Bed

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𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮  "Midnight at the Oasis . . . ."

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Shot at Redemption

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"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Song lyric

See also Dead Reckoning and Lizabeth Scott.

Linked-to Review, Courtesy of Peter Woit Today . . .

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Multifaceted April Fools

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For the Garbage Pail Kids:

Anti-Social Climbing

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𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 "Once, on a high and windy hill . . . ."

The Core Experience

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"It never occurred to me that someone could so explicitly reject
the core experience of something like Chartres."

— Christopher Alexander to Peter Eisenman, 1982

For a less dramatic core experience , see Hitchcock.


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"If this weren't a public situation, I'd be tempted to get into this on a
psychiatric level." — Christopher Alexander to Peter Eisenman, 1982

Scene from the sequel to Unbreakable  and Split  

Not to mention elevation .


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See also Espacement .

Monday, April 1, 2019

Indiana Jones and the Temple of High Life

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Posts now tagged Spaceman include an image . . .

From March 9

Meanwhile . . .

Related material —

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