Sunday, June 30, 2019

Creepy Peepers

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In memory of Susan Bernard , who reportedly died on June 21, 2019* 

Image from the 2016 post A Paris Review . . .

* See as well this  journal on June 21,
  "Cube Tales for Solstice Day."

Euclid Peeping

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Ex Fano* Continues

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Yesterday's post The Benson Epiphany suggests a review of another
retired UC Davis mathematics professor who also died in May
John Robert Chuchel —

UC Davis mathematics students may consult the following page:

A check of this  journal on the date of Chuchel's reported death
yields posts now tagged Hallows for UC Davis.

* See Ex Fano Apollinis  (June 24).

Saturday, June 29, 2019

That’s “Merry” … And Quite Contrary

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"John Horton Conway is a cross between
Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí." 

The Guardian  paraphrasing Siobhan Roberts, 

John Horton Conway and his Leech lattice doodle
in The Guardian . Photo: Hollandse Hoogte/Eyevine.

. . . .

"In junior school, one of Conway’s teachers had nicknamed him 'Mary'.
He was a delicate, effeminate creature. Being Mary made his life
absolute hell until he moved on to secondary school, at Liverpool’s
Holt High School for Boys. Soon after term began, the headmaster
called each boy into his office and asked what he planned to do with
his life. John said he wanted to read mathematics at Cambridge.
Instead of 'Mary' he became known as 'The Prof'. These nicknames
confirmed Conway as a terribly introverted adolescent, painfully aware
of his own suffering."  — Siobhan Roberts, loc. cit.

From the previous post

See as well this  journal on the above Guardian  date —


The Benson Epiphany

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Friday, June 28, 2019

A Velvet Buzzsaw*

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Logo of the Santa Fe Institute

* See posts tagged The Malkovich Pictures.

Plato and the Illiterate Guardian

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"Leibniz … could also be called the first digerati."
The Guardian , May 10, 2013

"Digerati" is a term modeled after "literati"  —

Example —

See also this  journal on the above
Guardian  date 10 May 2013.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Prayers and Thoughts, Hearts and Minds

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See also Hard Candy.

Bloomsday Story

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See as well Bloomsday in this  journal.

The Storm Enchantment

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"And Windy has stormy eyes"

Group Actions on the 4x4x4 Cube

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For affine  group actions, see Ex Fano Appollinis  (June 24)
and Solomon's Cube.

For one approach to Mathieu  group actions on a 24-cube subset
of the 4x4x4 cube, see . . .

For a different sort of Mathieu cube, see Aitchison.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Intellectual Obsession: The Frankfurt School

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"Goin' to the candidates' debate" — Paul Simon

* Gesundheit .


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Illustration from a post of June 21, 2010 —



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Make that Gorham .

Plan 9 from Stephen King

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Midrash by T. S. Eliot —

See Apple Tree Children.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Art Installation

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Vinnie Mancuso, in an article now dated December 25, 2018 —

Not so useless —

The caption in fine print below says
"Download Blender and install it.
I won't show you how to do that 
because I don't want to insult your

Maeve’s Line

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Rhetorical Question, Rhetorical Answer

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Q —

"What kind of person
bokehs an inscape?" 

A —

Robert Gorham Davis:

McLuhan's " 'mosaic' mode of presentation
rules out discriminations, qualifications,
close reasoning, the structuring of
articulated wholes."

Robert Gorham Davis on Marshall McLuhan.

See also Articulation  in this  journal.

Medium and Message

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Ex Fano Apollinis

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Da Capo*

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The Small quotation is from a page describing his transcription
for string quartet of Bach's Goldberg Variations:


* See too other Log24 occurrences of "da capo." 

Loop de Loop

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From a New Yorker  theatre review posted at 5 AM ET today —

“A Strange Loop” takes its title from a concept pioneered by
Douglas Hofstadter, the cognitive-science professor who
wrote the book “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”
and, later, the more focussed study “I Am a Strange Loop”;
both were premised upon the impossibly complex, hopelessly
circular means by which each of us composes a self, an “I.”

See as well "Strange Loop" and "Loop de Loop" in this  journal.

A Tale

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In memory of John Clarkeson, Harvard ’64, who “read broadly and inquisitively,
and was always on the lookout for a good tale….” Clarkeson reportedly died
on May 28, 2019.

Some Harvard-related material from that date:  The Hogwash Papers.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Verbum Sat

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Vinnie Mancuso, in an article now dated December 25, 2018 —

Related art —

Escher, 'Verbum,' detail

Click image for further details.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:25 AM

See also Boorstin in this journal.

In Hoc Signo

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For Zankel Hall

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See also other posts now tagged For Zankel Hall.
(Note the phrase "geometric complexities" in those posts.)

Saturday, June 22, 2019


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cube Tales for Solstice Day

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See also "Six-Set" in this journal
and "Cube Geometry Continues."



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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Lively Hallows

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Structure of the eightfold cube

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


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The phrase "various other activities" in the previous post, and a poem
by Yeats, suggest an image that appeared here in miniature on June 7:

See as well some related artistic images from January 4, 2007.

June 10 Death

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See also posts now tagged The Loosening Center (June 8 – June 11).



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This post was suggested by the July 2006 posts now tagged Crazy Diamond.

The Panhandle Project

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"When they all finally reach their destination —
a deserted field in the Florida Panhandle…." 

" When asked about the film's similarities to the 2015 Disney movie 
Tomorrowland , which also posits a futuristic world that exists in an
alternative dimension
, Nichols sighed. 'I was a little bummed, I guess,'
he said of when he first learned about the project. . . . 'Our die was cast.
Sometimes this kind of collective unconscious that we're all dabbling in,
sometimes you're not the first one out of the gate.' "

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The 7/11 Manifesto

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See 7/11, 2006.

Related material — Dabblers in the Collective Unconscious.

The Crooning

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For fans of the story theory of truth  

 A "tale as old as time . . ."
 — Song lyric,  Beauty and the Beast

Nicholas Hoult as X-Men "Beast" Hank McCoy

See also the previous post, "Equals Tolkien?"

Related material The real  McCoy

Equals Tolkien?

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Paris Review

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"The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay." — Song lyric

Stewart also starred in "Equals" (2016). From a synopsis —

"Stewart plays Nia, a writer who works at a company that extols
the virtues of space exploration in a post-apocalyptic society.
She falls in love with the film's main character, Silas (Nicholas Hoult),
an illustrator . . . ."

Space art in The Paris Review

For a different sort of space exploration, see Eightfold 1984.

June Moon Croon

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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Callahan Turtle

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By Stephen King

IMAGE- Herbert John Ryser, 'Combinatorial Mathematics' (1963), page 1

Salvation by Grace

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High Society

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From the date in the above Google search result —

 See as well Jeremy Gray in this  journal.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Master Plan from Outer Space

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IMAGE- The large Desargues configuration and Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

Eliot’s Perpetual Motion Structure*

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From a date described by Peter Woit in his post
Not So Spooky Action at a Distance” (June 11) —

See also The Lost Well.

 * “As a Chinese jar….” — Four Quartets

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Actionable Daydream

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:26 PM

— Kastalia Medrano, "The Art of Space Art," Sept. 14, 2017

Ghost in the Shell

Director’s Cut

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Nature Hike

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Rex Reed yesterday

"Tilda Swinton is Zelda, the undertaker who worships a gold statue
of Buddha and collects samurai swords. She seems to know
what’s going on, but she’s too busy acting weird to tell." 

Al Gore on May 29

“We have to restore the role of reason and logic and rational debate,”
Gore said. “Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the
Book of Revelation.” — Harvard Gazette  reporting Class Day 2019

Doctor Strange on Mount Everest —

Dr. Strange at beyondtheopposites.com on 2016/12/02

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Reality Blocks

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The new Log24 tag "Eightfold Metaphysics" used in the previous post
suggests a review of posts that were tagged "The Reality Blocks" on May 24.

Then there is, of course, the May 24 death of Murray Gell-Mann, who
hijacked from Buddhism the phrase "eightfold way."

See Gell-Mann in this journal and May 24, 2003.

Seeing the Seing

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The phrase "experimental metaphysics" appeared in Peter Woit's weblog on June 11.
Google reveals that . . .

" 'experimental metaphysics' is a term coined by Abner Shimony …."

Shimony reportedly died on August 8, 2015.  Also on that date —

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Osterman Haiku

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Click on the book cover below for posts tagged "Haiku."

IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


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"This was a real nice clam house."
— Adapted from lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein


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"Center loosens, forms again elsewhere." — Roger Zelazny

See also an image in memory of the Coppertone artist
from a post of May 18, 2006

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/060517-StarAndDiamond.bmp” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

“My God, it’s
full of stars!”

Monday, June 10, 2019

Revelations of a Transcendental Subject

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(Namely, Plato's ghost)

Background: "Transcendental subject" is Kant's term for, more or less, the self.

Rosalind Krauss in 1978 —

"To get inside the systems of this work,
whether LeWitt's or Judd's or Morris's,
is precisely to enter
a world without a center,
a world of substitutions and transpositions 
nowhere legitimated by the revelations
of a transcendental subject. This is the strength
of this work, its seriousness, and its claim to modernity." 

More from Krauss —

A book by an author with somewhat wider "cultural experience" —

See also "Plato's Diamond" in this journal.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Nowhere Legitimated

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Art Object, continued and continued

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Notes on a remark by Chuanming Zong

See as well posts mentioning "An Object of Beauty."

Update of 12 AM June 11 — A screenshot of this post 
is now available at  http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/hqk7-nx97 .

Friday, June 7, 2019

Language Association

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See also William Boyd in this  journal.

Photo Opportunity

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A post for those who, like Paul Simon,
fear and loathe cartoon graveyards 


Thursday, June 6, 2019

The News from Storyville

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Update of 11:16 PM ET —

Projective Partitions

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See also a note of Dec. 4, 1986.

Strange Dots

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Time Cube

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The opening lines of Eliot's Four Quartets

"Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past."


Those who prefer geometry to rhetoric may also prefer
to Eliot's lines the immortal opening of the Transformers  saga —

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

One version of the Cube —

The Tigerman Kaballah

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See also Life of Pi   in this  journal.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Zen and the Art

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Or:  Burning Bright

A post in memory of Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman,
who reportedly died at 88 on Monday.

Temple Bell

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Art suggested by a search in this journal for Bennington, by the Kurt Vonnegut
novel Timequake , and by the works of Eric Temple Bell.

Inside Out

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For fans of Space Fleet  and of "reclusive but gifted" programmers

“Hello the Camp”

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The title is a quotation from the 2015 film "Mojave."

Monday, June 3, 2019

No Serious Difficulty

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See as well a Log24 search for "FInite Relativity."

University Square

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For Radu Surdulescu, who . . .

"participated in the 1956 reclamatory movements 
of the students in Bucharest
He was among the
organizers of the demonstration to be held in
the University Square on November 5, 1956."

Wikipedia (Google translation from Romanian)

See also squares and Surdulescu in "From Tate to Plato"
(Log24, November 19, 2004).

Those who prefer fiction  may consult William Boyd and
Terry Gilliam.

Art Wars for Spaceheads

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From a post of May 23

From the annals of Space Fleet

See as well the previous post.

Jar Story

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  “. . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.”

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

From Writing Chinese Characters:

“It is practical to think of a character centered
within an imaginary square grid . . . .
The grid can be subdivided, usually to
9 or 16 squares. . . .

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041119-ZhongGuo.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

These “Chinese jars” (as opposed to their contents)
are as follows:

Grids, 3x3 and 4x4 .

See as well Eliot’s 1922 remarks on “extinction of personality”
and the phrase “ego-extinction” in Weyl’s Philosophy of Mathematics

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Coordinatizing the Deathly Hallows

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See as well, in this journal, Deathly HallowsRelativity Problem, and Space Cross.

A related quote "This is not mathematics; this is theology."


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A remark on coordinatization linked to by John Baez today —

This suggests a more historical perspective:

See as well a search for Interpenetration in this  journal.

The Art of Lying

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(Continued … See “Is Fiction the Art of Lying?” by Mario Vargas Llosa, 
New York Times  essay of October 7, 1984.)

"A non-fiction writer must have the freedom
to imagine the facts they [sic ] use."

Sure they must.

Working Backward

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

The title is from a search in this journal  
http://www.m759.net/wordpress/?s=1982+Janine .

"And all the clocks were striking thirteen."

Opening Statement

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Click to enlarge.

Bustin’ Out All Over

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In memory of June Havoc . . .

"In 1960, Havoc was honored with two stars
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one at
6618 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions
to the motion picture industry, and the other at
6413 Hollywood Boulevard for television."

"Bustin' Out All Over"

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cuboctahedron Labeling Update

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See this evening's update to the May 31 post
"Working Sketch of Aitchison’s Mathieu Cuboctahedron" —

". . . And then of course  there is the obvious  labeling derived from
the  permutahedron —"

What’s in a Name

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Speaking of Dreams…

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"Points all her own" — Bob Seger

Crystals for Dabblers

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The title was suggested by the "Crystal Cult" installations
of Oslo artist Josefine Lyche and by a post of May 30 —

Thursday, May 30, 2019


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Jeff Nichols, director of Midnight Special  (2016) —

"When asked about the film's similarities to
the 2015 Disney movie Tomorrowland , which
also posits a futuristic world that exists in an
alternative dimension, Nichols sighed.
'I was a little bummed, I guess,' he said of
when he first learned about the project. . . . 
'Our die was cast. Sometimes this kind of 
collective unconscious that we're all dabbling in,
sometimes you're not the first one out of the gate.' "

See also Jung's four-diamond figure and the previous post.

Writers of fiction are, of course, also dabblers in the collective unconscious.
For instance . . .

A 1971 British paperback edition of The Dreaming Jewels,  
a story by Theodore Sturgeon (first version published in 1950):

The above book cover, together with the Death Valley location
Zabriskie Point, suggests . . .

Those less enchanted by the collective unconscious may prefer a
different weblog's remarks on the same date as the above Borax post . . .

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