Friday, January 31, 2020


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Notes for a Blue Guitar

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Gravatar at the weblog of Peter J. Cameron

Same Gravatar in blue —

Synchronology check —

Click Lukasiewicz for further remarks.

Zen and the Art…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Poster Boy

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Cover of 'The Institute,' a novel by Stephen King
                                                          Cover Design: Will Staehle / Unusual Co.

This post is in memory of "Wes Wilson, Psychedelic Poster Pioneer,"
who died at 82 on January 24, according to the NY Times  today. 
Related material — This  journal on January 24.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The 2013 Simplicity Conference…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:54 PM

is reviewed by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in
the February 2020 issue (online Jan. 27) of the AMS Notices :

See as well Simplicity Conference in this  journal.

The Newman Prize

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From "Point," a Log24 post on St. Andrew's Day 2012 —

"….mirando il punto  
a cui tutti li tempi son presenti"

— Dante, Paradiso , XVII, 17-18

 For instance…

IMAGE- Three films from Christmas 1963 (IMDb): Captain Newman, MD; The Prize; Love with the Proper Stranger

Related material —

Jewel-Box* Song

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Mein Lieber Herr

From University Diaries  by Margaret Soltan 
(RSS feed 4 hours ago)

Farewell mein Lieber herr
Goodbye mein Lieber herr
It was a fine affair but now it's over
And though we made you Chair
You're not allowed to share
We're better off without you mein herr

Your talent was a Thousand Talents wide mein herr
Your chemistry with China mesmerized mein herr
It's really no surprise to find you lied mein herr
But that's why
Watched you spy...

* See "Jewel Box" in this journal.

On the Road

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:23 AM

From Mosaic Logic, a post of September 3, 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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Once Upon a Time in Laurel Canyon

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In memory of a screenwriter who reportedly died today —

“Ms. Frank lived in Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills….”
The New York Times  today

“Here, under the shadow of the great tree, I have found peace.”
Mike Nichols in 1965

The Varieties of Transformative Experience

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Very Stable Kool-Aid

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Two of the thumbnail previews
from yesterday's 1 AM  post

"Hum a few bars"

"For 6 Prescott Street"

Further down in the "6 Prescott St." post, the link 5 Divinity Avenue
leads to

A Letter from Timothy Leary, Ph.D., July 17, 1961

Harvard University
Department of Social Relations
Center for Research in Personality
Morton Prince House
5 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge 38, Massachusetts

July 17, 1961

Dr. Thomas S. Szasz
c/o Upstate Medical School
Irving Avenue
Syracuse 10, New York

Dear Dr. Szasz:

Your book arrived several days ago. I've spent eight hours on it and realize the task (and joy) of reading it has just begun.

The Myth of Mental Illness is the most important book in the history of psychiatry.

I know it is rash and premature to make this earlier judgment. I reserve the right later to revise and perhaps suggest it is the most important book published in the twentieth century.

It is great in so many ways–scholarship, clinical insight, political savvy, common sense, historical sweep, human concern– and most of all for its compassionate, shattering honesty.

. . . .

The small Morton Prince House in the above letter might, according to
the above-quoted remarks by Corinna S. Rohse, be called a "jewel box."
Harvard moved it in 1978 from Divinity Avenue to its current location at
6 Prescott Street.

Related "jewel box" material for those who
prefer narrative to mathematics —

"In The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test , Tom Wolfe writes about encountering 
'a young psychologist,' 'Clifton Fadiman’s nephew, it turned out,' in the
waiting room of the San Mateo County jail. Fadiman and his wife were
'happily stuffing three I-Ching coins into some interminable dense volume*
of Oriental mysticism' that they planned to give Ken Kesey, the Prankster-
in-Chief whom the FBI had just nabbed after eight months on the lam.
Wolfe had been granted an interview with Kesey, and they wanted him to
tell their friend about the hidden coins. During this difficult time, they
explained, Kesey needed oracular advice."

— Tim Doody in The Morning News  web 'zine on July 26, 2012**

Oracular advice related to yesterday evening's
"jewel box" post …

A 4-dimensional hypercube H (a tesseract ) has 24 square
2-dimensional faces
.  In its incarnation as a Galois  tesseract
(a 4×4 square array of points for which the appropriate transformations
are those of the affine 4-space over the finite (i.e., Galois) two-element
field GF(2)), the 24 faces transform into 140 4-point "facets." The Galois 
version of H has a group of 322,560 automorphisms. Therefore, by the
orbit-stabilizer theorem, each of the 140 facets of the Galois version has
a stabilizer group of  2,304 affine transformations.

Similar remarks apply to the I Ching  In its incarnation as  
a Galois hexaract , for which the symmetry group — the group of
affine transformations of the 6-dimensional affine space over GF(2) —
has not 322,560 elements, but rather 1,290,157,424,640.

* The volume Wolfe mentions was, according to Fadiman, the I Ching.

** See also this  journal on that date — July 26, 2012.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Jewel Box

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The phrase "jewel box" in a New York Times  obituary online this afternoon
suggests a review. See "And He Built a Crooked House" and Galois Tesseract.

A Line for Rose the Hat

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"Hum a few bars, Steely Dan."

Related material — "For 6 Prescott Street" and "SAT."

Links' thumbnail previews —

"Hum a few bars"

"For 6 Prescott Street"


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Looking Glass Meets Rabbit Hole

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:53 PM

The New York Times  promoting paranoia on Jan. 24, 2020 —

"The fruit of that victory was a new economic logic that I call
'surveillance capitalism.' Its success depends upon one-way-mirror
operations engineered for our ignorance and wrapped in a fog of
misdirection, euphemism and mendacity. . . ."

"It’s not surprising that so many of us rushed to follow the bustling
White Rabbit down his tunnel into a promised digital Wonderland
where, like Alice, we fell prey to delusion." 

those metaphors.

Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:18 PM

Alan Portner on Jan. 24, reviewing a current Kansas City production
of David Auburn's 2000 play "Proof" —

"PROOF is a term from the world of
high level theoretical mathematics.
It is a mathematical expression that
describes a new conceptual idea."

My reaction to this production and to the review —

Harmonic-Analysis Building Blocks

See also The Eightfold Cube.

Duke Blocks

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The Wall Street Journal  Jan. 24 on a Duke University professor —

"Dr. Daubechies is best known for her work on mathematical structures
called wavelets; her discoveries have been so influential, in fact, that
these are referred to in the field as Daubechies wavelets. She describes
them as 'mathematical building blocks' that can be used to extract the 
essential elements of images or signals without losing their quality—
in effect, a new universal language for scientists and researchers."

See also this  journal on January 20-21, and …

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Lion Queen

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:30 PM

In memoriam :  "Dance of the Vampires."


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Friday, January 24, 2020

Oettinger Quote

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Quote Investigator on May 4, 2010* —

"QI  has traced the core of the quotation
to the work of an early researcher in
artificial intelligence, Anthony Oettinger,
who was trying to get a computer to
manipulate the English language."

See as well Oettinger in 1963.

"And that  was the state  of the  art."
— Adapted from Stephen Sondheim

* Cf.  this  journal on that date.

Lucido Dreaming

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Anthony Powell's 'O, How the Wheel Becomes It!' along with Laertes' comment 'This nothing's more than matter.'

(From "Today's Sermon," Jan. 24, 2010.)

Smart Jewish Girl*…

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Suggests the word dreamlogic. And so

"You are getting sleepy, very sleepy "

"In this state of free-association, each new thought
resembles or overlaps or somehow connects-to
the previous thought. As our alertness continues to fall —
as we continue to grow more tired — we lose contact with
external reality.

'The sweetness/ of the gentle world you had made for him
dissolving beneath/ his drowsy eyelids, into the foretaste of
sleep — .'  (Rilke, transl. Stephen Mitchell.) Eventually we
sleep and dream."

— Edge.org, "Dream-logic, the Internet and Artificial Thought,"
by David Gelernter [7.7.10]

* Aimee Lucido

Wheel Turnin’ ’Round and ’Round

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Exploring Fiction

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Janet Burroway's 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft,' fifth edition, with I Ching coins on cover

Related material —

"Off Broadway," a post from the date
of Eric James's death.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Exploring Schoolgirl Space…

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Continued .

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

Rose the Hat in her younger days.

See as well Barsotti in this journal.

The Demarcation of Nothing

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" nothing could be demarcated as 'hors d'oeuvre'…"

Geoffrey Hartman in his Haskins Lecture for 2000
(quoted here on Columbus Day, 2004).

See also May Day 2016 and Gap Dance.


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And now for something completely different . . .

McFadden on Lehrer

"With Mr. Lehrer reporting from Washington and Mr. MacNeil
from New York, the program sought to represent all sides of
a controversy by eliciting comments from rivals for public
attention. But the anchors deliberately drew no sweeping
conclusions of their own about disputed matters, allowing
viewers to decide for themselves what to believe.

The approach had its drawbacks. An extended presentation
of authoritative voices offering conflicting viewpoints left
some viewers dissatisfied, if not confused. Many found the
technique elitist and dull, and even some critics called it
boring — or, worse, a willful refusal by Mr. Lehrer and Mr.
MacNeil to make hard judgments about adversarial issues
affecting the public interest."

See also the previous two posts.

Columbus Day 2004

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A followup to the previous post:

Related material — A web page on chess cached for use in a
Log24 post on the date of the above post, Columbus Day, 2004.

Obit et Orbit Continues.

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Obit et Orbit.

In memoriam

"Doug co-founded the Secure Machine Learning research group
in 2004, focused on defining how adversaries can influence and
manipulate machine learning algorithms and how to make them
robust against such attacks, culminating in a recently published
book, Adversarial Machine Learning , with a colleague and two
former students." 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gap Dance

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From Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar":


And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar
Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched
Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made . . . .

"Arrowy, still strings" from the diamond theorem

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eye-in-the-Pyramid Points

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"it remains only to choose a pleasing arrangement of {1, 2, … 7}
to label the eye-in-the-pyramid points.
there are, as it’ll turn out, 168 of ’em that’ll work."

— Comment at a weblog on November 27, 2010.

See also Log24 on that date.

The 11/27/2010 comment was on a post dated November 23, 2010.

See also Log24 on that  date.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Dyadic Harmonic Analysis:

The Fourfold Square and Eightfold Cube

Related material:  A Google image search for “field dream” + log24.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

For 6 Prescott Street*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:01 PM

"Freshman Seminar Program Department Administrator Corinna S. Rohse
described the program’s courses, which allow students to study subjects
that vary from Sanskrit to the mathematical basis for chess, as
'jewel-like:  small and incredibly well-cut.' "

The Harvard Crimson , Dec. 10, 2008

For remarks related to Sanskrit, chessboard structure, and "jewel-like" 
mathematics, see A Prince of Darkness (Log24, March 28, 2006).

See also Walsh Functions in this journal and

Lecture notes on dyadic harmonic analysis
(Cuernavaca, 2000)

Dr. Maria Cristina Pereyra

Compare and contrast these remarks of Pereyra with the following
remarks, apparently by the same Corinna S. Rohse quoted above.

* Location of the Harvard Freshman Seminar program in the 2008
article above. The building at 6 Prescott was moved there from 
5 Divinity Avenue in 1978. When the seminar program was started
in the fall of 1959, it was located in a house at 8 Prescott St. (In 
1958-1959 this was a freshman dorm, the home of Ted Kaczynski.)

For a Harvard Classmate Who Died on St. Lucia’s Day

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Richard H. Masland and I were in a Harvard freshman seminar together
in the 1960-61 academic year.  From a Crimson  article on the program

"Freshman Seminar Program Department Administrator Corinna S. Rohse
described the program’s courses, which allow students to study subjects
that vary from Sanskrit to the mathematical basis for chess, as
'jewel-like:  small and incredibly well-cut.' "

This suggests a review of Log24 posts now tagged Four Gates.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


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"This interplay of necessity and contingency
produces our anxious— and highly pleasurable—
speculation about the future path of the story."

— Michel Chaouli in "How Interactive Can Fiction Be?"
(Critical Inquiry  31, Spring 2005, page 613.)

See also . . .

Nietzsche, 'law in becoming' and 'play in necessity'

Continuing previous Modal Diamond Box posts:

Nietzsche on Heraclitus— 'play in necessity' and 'law in becoming'— illustrated.

Friday, January 17, 2020

September Morn

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Epigraph from Ch. 4 of Design Theory , Vol. I:

"Es is eine alte Geschichte,
 doch bleibt sie immer neu 
 —Heine (Lyrisches Intermezzo  XXXIX)

This epigraph was quoted here earlier on
the morning of September 1, 2011.

Design Theory

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On a recently deceased professor emeritus of architecture
at Princeton —

“… Maxwell  ‘established the school as a principal
center of design research, history and theory.’ ”

“This is not the Maxwell you’re looking for.”

Orbits and Stabilizers

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Sure it does.

See as well, in yesterday's Cornfield post, Plato on
tolerating "the presence of untruth." That not one
of the 29 (as of today) comments on Gowers's post
mentions the above presence of untruth is itself a
comment on the culture of the Academy.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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The title is suggested by the word "NowHere" on a map
that I encountered in a personal weblog post tonight.

Related Google search —

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

The Dreaming Jewels of J. R. R. Tolkien

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See also Silmarils and, in this  journal, The Dreaming Jewels .

A Very Stable Cornfield

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"We show deeper implications of this simple principle,
by establishing a connection with the interplay
of orbits and stabilizers of group actions."

See also Dark Fields , a post featuring a work of philosophy
translated, reportedly, by one "Francis MacDonald Cornfield"

Signs Movie Stills: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Patricia Kalember, M. Night Shyamalan

Tickets for a Square Wheel

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Pace  Annie Dillard.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Round Square

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From a link in my RSS feed tonight to the Times Literary Supplement ,
via Aldaily.com

See as well some Log24 posts tagged Circular Rectangle.

Related material:  A passage quoted here on Jan. 28, 2009


Going to dark bed there was a square round Sinbad the Sailor roc’s auk’s egg in the night of the bed of all the auks of the rocs of Darkinbad the Brightdayler.


Black disc from end of Ch. 17 in Ulysses

— Ulysses, conclusion of Episode 17

Paradigm Shift

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Sheehan, 'Making Sense of Heidegger,' p. 39

Illustration, from a search in this journal for “Symplectic” —

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

Some background:  Rift-design  in this journal and

The Crimson Passion* Continues

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:13 AM

Related material — Earlier posts now also tagged Uncanny Valley,
esp. Xmas Colors: Green to Red.

* See a  search for Crimson Passion in this  journal.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Finland Station

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:40 PM

In memory of a film director who reportedly died on Jan. 9 —

"Lenin . . . . was not the man for swans."

— Stevens, "Description Without Place"

For a Black Swan

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:01 PM

Related material from Stephen King —

— and from Black Swan  author Nassim Nicholas Taleb —

See as well this  journal on the Taleb date:  Feb. 27, 2018 —

Raiders of the Lost Images .

Physics for the Vatican

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From Devil's Night 2019

Woo in Review

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:12 PM

An article in Scientific American  today suggests a review of posts
now tagged "Euclid vs. Woo" and "Trudeau vs. Euclid."

Monday, January 13, 2020

D8ing Continues

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:42 PM

For the Church of Synchronology

See as well this journal on the above lecture date:  April 4, 2018,
in other posts now also tagged D8.

Update of 11:22 PM ET Jan. 13, 2020 —

Note the Christmas Eve date, and compare and contrast with the previous post.

All About Eve

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:17 PM

Or:  Space Station 76  Continues.


See as well this journal on
Christmas  Eve, 2019.

Abandoned Norwegian Space Vessel

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" an abandoned Norwegian space vessel" is a phrase from
a review of the recent film "Ad Astra."

Related material — Bester's "The Stars My Destination."

Book cover (adapted) —

'The Stars My Destination,' current edition (with cover slightly changed)

See also the previous post.

Twenty-Four Quartets

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:01 PM

For the source of these figures in pure mathematics, see

Hexagram for Day 13

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Interconnecting the Meaning Fragments

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:01 PM

"Meaning fragments" is a phrase from the previous post.

See Wechsler in this journal.

Wechsler blocks (illustrating the 'Blockheads' theme)

Related material —

"the liberation of the plastic elements."


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:40 PM

From this journal on June 25, 2009

“… T. S. Eliot tried to recompose, in Four Quartets,
the fragments he had grieved over in The Waste Land.”

— “Beauty and Desecration,” Roger Scruton

From The Guardian  today —

From this journal this morning

“The spatial conception interconnects the meaning fragments
and binds them together . . . .

— S. Giedion, introduction to Language of Vision  by Gyorgy Kepes

Seeking a Moral

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From the previous post

Psychiatrist Irvin Yalom on Philip Roth's Exit Ghost ,
in an undated interview published in 2008:

"Philip Roth has got a new book out called Exit Ghost ,
which I find touching. He’s ageing and pursuing the
question of what ageing does to a writer’s skills. I’m
dealing with that myself so that book speaks for me
a great deal."

Related material from October 2, 2007 —

See as well this  journal on the days before and after
the Kakutani review above:

October 1, 2007 — Bright as Magnesium

October 3, 2007 — Janitor Monitor .

Cross of the Stations

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From the previous post

" a single station point for naturalistic representation."

— S. Giedion, introduction to Language of Vision  by Gyorgy Kepes 

    Cf.   The Last Station,  not  The Finland Station.

Plastic Elements

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"Step by step, Kepes follows the liberation of the plastic elements:
lines, planes, and colors, and the creation of a world of forms of our own.
The spatial conception interconnects the meaning fragments and
binds them together just as in another period perspective did when it used
a single station point for naturalistic representation."

— S. Giedion, introduction to Language of Vision  by Gyorgy Kepes 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mathematical Theology (“Art School Confidential” continues.)

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:07 PM

Detail of artwork by Josefine Lyche, 2010

Related academic remarks:

Mathematics or Theology?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:12 AM

Hersh wrote a paper with a title containing the phrase 
“The Kingdom of Math is Within You.”

In his memory, see Log24 posts from the date of his death
tagged Inner-Space Variations.

Related literature:  Hersh's "Death and Mathematics Poems."

See as well this  journal on the above publication date.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Jan. 9 Review

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“Work as if you were in the
early days of a better nation.”

— God, according to the author of
    1982 Janine

From Carole A. Holdsworth,
"Dulcinea and Pynchon’s V":

Tanner may have stated it best:

“V. is whatever lights you to
 the end of the street:
 she is also the dark annihilation
 waiting at  the end of the street.”

(Tony Tanner, page 36,
 “V. and V-2,” in
 Pynchon: A Collection
 of Critical Essays.

 Ed. Edward Mendelson.
 Englewood Cliffs, N. J.:
 Prentice-Hall, 1978. 16-55).

She’s a mystery
She’s everything
   a woman should be
Woman in black
   got a hold on me

— Foreigner 4

In Memoriam: Mike Resnick

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Science fiction author Mike Resnick "died very early today,
January 10, 2020, a little after midnight," his daughter wrote,
according to a Heavy.com article dated "Jan 9, 2020 at 11:07 am."

That date of death accordingly should be "January 9, 2020." 
But perhaps the saying "print the legend" is relevant here. 

For related fiction, see Resnick's The Dark Lady  in this journal

"There was a young lady named Bright
Whose speed was far faster than light;
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night."

[Link added.]

According to quoteinvestigator.com, this is from the
December 19, 1923, Punch, or The London Charivari ,
Volume 165, "Relativity" (Limerick), page 591, column 1.

The Lotos Rose

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See the title in this journal.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Universal History (Adapted)

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:05 PM

"One of the more fortuitous encounters of late-20th-century popular culture —
almost up there with Lennon meets McCartney and Taylor meets Burton —
took place on Labor Day 1965, at Jane Fonda’s Malibu beach house. The
actress was hosting a daylong bash at which her father, Henry’s,
generation mingled uneasily with her Hollywood hippie friends. The Byrds
played in the backyard. A young comedian-turned-film director named Mike
Nichols was approached by an improv comic-turned-itinerant writer named
Buck Henry, who asked how he was doing. Nichols dourly looked around
at all the proto-Summer of Love vibes and said, 'Here, under the shadow
of the great tree, I have found peace.'

Henry immediately recognized a sardonic East Coast kindred spirit trapped
in Lotusland . . . ."

—  Ty Burr,  Boston Globe  staff, January 9, 2020, 10:34 AM

Adapt or Die

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For Hollywood


For Emily Yahr (see second item above) —

Buck Henry reportedly died yesterday, January 8, 2020.
This journal on that date a year earlier —

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Toronto Word Problem

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:21 PM

The phrase "funk to a reality" in the previous post suggests

For the Toronto Star

"Dissecting a passage of text in a language other than one's
native language is a daunting task and requires a strategy.
When dissecting mathematical language, readers are faced
with the same challenges, whether the mathematics is in
the form of an equation or in the form of a word problem." 

— https://www.jstor.org/stable/20876351

The problem, in this case, is with the word "functoriality."

The solution:  See the following article.


Funk to a Reality

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Evening of the Iguana

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:42 PM

Art notes —

See also the "Night of the Iguana" logo by Saul Bass,
a student of Gyorgy Kepes.

Postscript for synchronologists — 

See this  journal on that date:  Nov. 6, 2011.

Golden Globe

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

From the cover of 
Vanity Fair,  issue 641:

See as well
Post  641 and
Green and Red.

Invisible Weaving

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:13 AM

See as well a post from this journal on the above date
June 12, 2014. (That post revisits a post from today's  date —
January 7 — eight years ago, in 2012.)

Related material:  Dharma Fabric and Symplectic.

Dharma Fabric

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Lines from "Description Without Place" —

"An age is green or red. An age believes

Or it denies. An age is solitude
Or a barricade against the singular man

By the incalculably plural."

— Wallace Stevens

Monday, January 6, 2020

Art for Optimus Prime

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A 2020 Manifesto

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Art as Experience (Minus Baldessari)

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In memory of an artist who reportedly died in Venice, CA, on Jan. 2 —

Two quotes from the website Quotes Sayings

"I always felt like I was right out of Dickens, looking in the window
of the Christmas feast, but not at the feast." — John Baldessari

IS A DEAD EXPERIENCE" — John Baldessari

The "dead experience" quote is actually from Gyorgy Kepes:

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Dog Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:47 PM


Related material — http://m759.net/wordpress/?s=Ghost+Dog

The Vulgate of Experience

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"The eye’s plain version is a thing apart,
The vulgate of experience."

— Wallace Stevens, opening lines of
"An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"

Real  architectural detail from a New Year's
Netflix fiction

Click for context.

See as well a similar architectural detail in
a Log24 post of June 21, 2010.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Welcome to the Uncanny Valley Country Club

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The previous post  suggests a look at some Robot Apocalypse  remarks:

Related material —

This  journal on the above Stranger Dimensions date —

"Thus the theory of description matters most. 
It is the theory of the word for those 

For whom the word is the making of the world…." 

— Wallace Stevens, "Description Without Place, VII"

See also Finite Relativity (St. Cecilia's Day, 2012).

Some other lines from "Description Without Place" —

"An age is green or red. An age believes

Or it denies. An age is solitude
Or a barricade against the singular man

By the incalculably plural."

Xmas Colors: Green to Red

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The above story from Salon.com this morning suggests 
a Salon.com Christmas review :

Spectral Valhalla

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:27 AM

See posts now so tagged.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Valhalla Requiem

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See also this  journal on Monday, the day of Kupfer's reported death


Spectral Woo

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 " during that spell between the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany
when ghosts and specters are supposed to be abroad . . . ."

Heinrich Zimmer on  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Times Literary Supplement , January 3, 2020

Sciences | Book Review

The world is not enough:
Guessing at the game God is playing

By Samuel Graydon

See as well

Thursday, January 2, 2020


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Structure of the eightfold cube

Nada for Hemingway

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See Nada + Hemingway  in this journal.

'Inner Space' YouTube upload on March 15, 2014

The above upload date suggests a look at 
other posts now tagged Red to Green.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


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"We learned so much
about singing from each other
because you get to sort of
be them for a second
when you're shadowing
them in harmony.
It's like getting on an eagle
and getting to see the world
through that eagle's experience."

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/

See also Aguila de Oro.

Le Mot Juste

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Related art

Exploring Inner Space* at The New York Times

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From Corrections: Jan. 1, 2020

The astronomy article, by Dennis Overbye, is dated Dec. 23* (a Monday).

The above reference to "Tuesday" is explained by the fine print
at the bottom of the Science Times  article — "A version of this article
appears in print on [Tuesday] , Section D, Page 6 of the
New York edition with the headline: In Battle of Giant Telescopes,
Outlook for the U.S. Dims." 

From the article as quoted on Thursday, Dec. 26,  
at https://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com

"Now, as the wheels of the academic and government bureaucracy begin to turn, many American astronomers worry that they are following in the footsteps of their physicist colleagues. In 1993, Congress canceled the Superconducting Super Collider, and the United States ceded the exploration of inner space to Europe and CERN, which built the Large Hadron Collider, 27 miles in diameter, where the long-sought Higgs boson was eventually discovered.

The United States no longer builds particle accelerators. There could come a day, soon, when Americans no longer build giant telescopes. That would be a crushing disappointment to a handful of curious humans stuck on Earth, thirsting for cosmic grandeur. In outer space, nobody can hear you cry."

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/science/telescopes-magellan-hawaii-astronomy.html

Related material from this  journal on April 2, 2019 —

Cover design by Greg Stadnyk, available in an animated gif.

* See also this  journal on Dec. 23.

A Hexagram for Pauli*

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I Ching box symbol

Pictorial version
of Hexagram 20,
Contemplation  (View)

* See Pauli in the Dec. 30
post Number and Time.

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