Monday, August 31, 2020

Hollywood Logic

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See as well a recent post in memory of “Chariots of Fire” actor Ben Cross.

From  a Chrome Browser announcement  today —

Compare and contrast  “The Ghost and the Darkness” (Constellation, 1996)
and the new film “Rogue” (Lionsgate, 2020).

“Elijah?… Elijah?!” — Megan Fox in “Rogue” (00:41:47)

Ars Gratia Artis — MGM.

How Deep the Darkness*

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* See the title phrase in this journal.

Seals:  Compare and Contrast

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Seal of the Bollingen Series 

Seal of the League

The Four-Diamond Seal

Saturday, August 29, 2020


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“What have they done to my song?”. . . C. S. Lewis might ask.

To Wakanda

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      Update of 5:01 PM ET the same day —

Thursday, August 27, 2020


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“Careful. Evil has a way of making friends with the good
and dragging them into the darkness.” — CSI, Feb. 24, 2011

A related meditation —

The Complete Extended Binary Golay Code

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All 4096 vectors in the code are at . . .


Sloane’s list* contains the 12 generating vectors
listed in 2011 by Adlam —

As noted by Conway in Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups ,
these 4096 vectors, constructed lexicographically, are exactly
the same vectors produced by using the Conway-Sloane version
of the Curtis Miracle Octad Generator (MOG). Conway says this
lexico-MOG equivalence was first discovered by M. J. T. Guy.

(Of course, any  permutation of the 24 columns above produces
a version of the code qua  code. But because the lexicographic and
the MOG constructions yield the same result, that result is in
some sense canonical.)

See my post of July 13, 2020 —

The lexicographic Golay code
contains, embedded within it,
the Miracle Octad Generator.

For some related results, Google the twelfth generator:

* Sloane’s list is of the codewords as the rows of  an orthogonal array

See also http://neilsloane.com/oadir/.

Acid Snark

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Another historical quote: “Don’t take the Brown acid.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Book of Ezra

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Other key observations —

Raiders of… ArkLaTex?

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Plan 9 from Prescott Street*

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Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.” 

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

* See the previous post‘s link to the phrase
“Turn on, tune in, drop dead.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Gail Sheehy and the Source

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Sheehy reportedly died on Monday, August 24, 2020.

YouTube has the Vermont speech:

From this  journal on that date

From 'The Politics of Experience,' by R.D. Laing

Summary:  “Turn on, tune in, drop dead.

The Lotus Rose

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The title is adapted from T. S. Eliot.

See Jung, Psychology and Religion ,  p. 72
(Princeton University Press, second ed., 1969).

Geometric Pedigree

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Curtis on Higman-Sims

Elsewhere . . .

See also Higman-Sims and 5×5 in this  journal.

Monday, August 24, 2020

For and Toward

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“It is a strange, melancholy feeling to turn sixty-five, and realize
that what you have spent a good portion of your life working
for and toward was not only meritless but also destructive.”

— A new book on politics quoted by Sean Illing at vox.com this morning

For some 65th-birthday-related reflections of my own, see my posts
of August 2007.

For those who prefer entertainment to melancholy, an image
from one of those posts —

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07A/070814-timejoin15.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Also Dick-related —

The Mark of Zaentz

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Jung’s phrase “‘four-square’ Heavenly City” in the previous post
suggests a geometric object… the 4×4 square —

The “twelve gates” at the sides of the above figure suggest a song —

The Baez date above suggests in turn a review of
the Jan. 4, 2014, post “Heaven’s Gate,
on the death of film producer Saul Zaentz.

   Related material —

The “Heavenly City” is perhaps not Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Recall as well Jean Simmons preaching the Foursquare Gospel
in the 1960 film classic “Elmer Gantry” —

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Jung on the Quaternity…

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Or:  “1, 2, 3 , 4, who are we  for?”

Related material —

Sprechen Sie Neutsch?

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Related images —

Springer logo - A chess knight

Chess Knight
(in German, Springer)

See also…

Katherine Neville's 'The Eight,' edition with knight on cover, on her April 4 birthday

“An Object Lesson” Continues.

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From yesterday morning’s post “An Object Lesson” —

IMAGE- A Jesuit on words and shadows

A search for the origin of a photo in yesterday’s New York Times
obituary of linguist Geoffrey Nunberg yields . . .

“Words are not things, but activities,” observed Dwight Bolinger,
a revered linguist who taught at Harvard before retiring to Palo Alto,
and he might have been describing Nunberg. Early this morning—
about 2:30 a.m.—he called Bolinger’s words “my favorite linguistic
epigram” in his posting on the Language Log, where blogging linguists
“chew the electronic fat,” as Nunberg puts it.

— Ann Hurst, undated article in Stanford Magazine , March/April 2005

In reality, Nunberg said something slightly different —

Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

Scholium —

From Log24’s Language Game,  Jan. 14, 2004 —

“Ludwig Wittgenstein,  Philosophical Investigations :
373. Grammar tells what kind of object anything is. (Theology as grammar.)”

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Wit’s End

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Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

Magic for Liars* . . .

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From a web page

From YouTube, for the Church of Synchronology

Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

* See that book title in this journal.

An Object Lesson

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Posts tagged Plato's Video continue.

IMAGE- A Jesuit on words and shadows

Related literary remarks from this  journal on Oct. 1, 2016

— A Heart for the Gods of Mexico , Conrad Aiken, 1939

Related imagery this morning from the Gulf of Mexico —

Meanwhile, also on Oct. 1, 2016, related imagery from Star Wars Rebels —

Click here for the video.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Ludwig Wittgenstein, P.I.

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“What is your aim in philosophy?—To show the fly
the way out of the fly-bottle.”

 “Philosophical Investigations”  

Related philosophical investigations —

This morning’s post Gap Dance and a 2012 film . . .

“Three magazine employees head out on an assignment
to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement
seeking a companion for time travel.” — IMDb

The finished film does not follow the script exactly. (The above
dialogue is rendered more in the spirit of Hunter Thompson.)

Logic and Efficiency

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From remarks in  this  journal on Aug. 7 —

“You’ve got to pick up every stitch.” — Donovan

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code
is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Gap Dance

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“What would the pavement of the universe be
if there were gaps between the paving stones,
inaccessible and filled with nothing?”

— “Concerning Time,” by Iannis Xenakis and
Roberta Brown, on page 85, Perspectives of New Music ,
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Winter, 1989, pp. 84-92).

This post was suggested by the Aug. 19 remarks of
Karmela Padavic-Callaghan in Scientific American .

'Time's Arrow Flies through 500 Years of Classical Music'

Music for The Bowler and Casanova Frankenstein

Image from the website of the Scientific American  author.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Milking the Sixteenths

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“In the main belly cabin he discovered the reason
for the tropical heat; a naked woman was sweating
and swearing over the maintenance gear surrounding
a transparent incubator. She was tinkering and crawling
over and under the complications like an octopus.
It was his assistant, Dr. Cluny Decco, and Krupp had
never seen her nude before, but his controlled voice
did not betray his delighted amazement.”

— Alfred Bester, The Deceivers . Kindle Edition.

From a post, Dharma Fabric , of January 7, 2020 —


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Ann Syrdal, a psychologist and computer science researcher
who helped develop synthetic voices that sounded like women,
laying the groundwork for such modern digital assistants as
Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, died on July 24 at her home
in San Jose, Calif. She was 74.” — Cade Metz, NY Times, today

Ann Syrdal in 2001

“You say goodbye, I say hello.” — The Beatles

Accent on the Final E

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Meanwhile . . .

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Night at the Museum

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The Coconut Dance —

A Case for the Quote Investigator

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Related rhetoric:

“One More Reality Show”

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“The bond with reality is cut.”

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Also* from the Early 80’s

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See Corinne Wahl in an adaptation of Schnitzler’s  La  Ronde.

Compare and contrast the 4×4 square of the Wahl presentation
with that of the July 26 post  Dirty Dancing Disco.

* A reference to the previous post.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Big Dick Energy

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For the title, see the Aug. 17 post Vampire Workday.

Scholium for Beckinsale —

“For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross.” — Gravity’s Rainbow

A Poet’s Amanuensis

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The title refers to a Paris Review  article dated August 18, 2020.

Detail of poet Donald Hall’s home in a photo accompanying the article —

A synchronology check of Hall’s date of death — Midsummer Eve
in 2018 — yields, in this  journal —

Related images I prefer to Hall’s —

In Memoriam: Ben Cross

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See Cross at IMDb. He reportedly died yesterday.

“For decades, Mr. Cross worked steadily
in television and film. He had just completed
shooting for the coming film ‘The Devil’s Light,’
about an exorcism, according to a statement from
his representative, Tracy Mapes.”

in The New York Times

Also by Azi Paybarah —

See as well Sunset Boulevard Revisited  and . . .

“Do not block intersection.” — City of Los Angeles

Identity ROT

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“That Wild Swift Energy”

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Taunts and Pranks for Harvard Fans

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From Devil’s Night 2017 —

Harvard fans, August 2019 —

Mr. Kampf Perceives

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Some background —

Monday, August 17, 2020


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“Fabricated from three tons of Cor-Ten steel . . . .”

Art prose from Wikipedia

For further fabrications, see Neville + Labrys.

The Silence at the Core

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The title is a phrase by Robert Hughes from the previous post.

Art School Confidential . . .

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See also  Obelisk  in this journal.

Vampire Workday

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The image below explains the origin of Kate Beckinsale’s
“Big Duck Energy” Instagram post from last night.

See also Vox Lux in this  journal.

Notes for a Grammaton Cleric

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See Grammaton Cleric in this journal.
This phrase describes a character in the 2002 film “Equilibrium.”

See also . . .

And Thereby Hangs . . . A Black Belt?

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Context —

Accompanying dialogue —

Nina Kate is, among other things, a latex designer:

Latex design suggested by a recent Jaime King meditation
on the AA phrase Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired: HALT

Gotta work on that acronym.” — Tony Stark —

On Set: Creamy and Sweaty

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Through a Lens, Darkly

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Consensual Objectification continues.


The Wicca Man…

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This post was suggested last night by Kate Beckinsale’s
pussy, Willow. Another Willow —


Willow’s dance in “The Wicker Man” is memorable.
Another dance by the same actress —

New Orleans Cock Tale

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Instagram story from Marrific last night, with
theme from  “Rocky” playing in background  —

Instagram photo from Marrific on May 3, 2018 —

“This is a fight not over the contents of the cocktails but the cups in which
they’re served. Both are long, plastic ‘yard cup’-style containers with
customized bulbous bottoms. On the hand grenade, this is modeled after
the namesake explosive, while for Willie’s cocktail it’s a rooster body,
extending through the shaft of the cup to a rooster’s beak decked with
sunglasses.”— Ian McNulty, nola.com, April 10, 2019

Risin’ Up to the Challenge of Our Rival —

The Knight of Cups may wish to consult the above Marrific
cock tale date in this  journal — May 3, 2018.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Gentlemen Prefer . . .

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“What of the night
That lights and dims the stars?
Do you know, Hans Christian,
Now that you see the night?”

— The concluding lines of “Sonatina to Hans Christian,”
by Wallace Stevens (in Harmonium  (second edition, 1931))

“Never a little tea-party of white young lady foxes”
The Snow Queen , by Hans Christian Andersen

Falling in Lust Again… Can’t Help It

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” Once he opens these gates, Harry will flood his audience
with his redemptive epiphanic impression that ‘the world
was saturated with love.’ ”

— Liesl Schillinger, review of Mark Helprin’s novel
In Sunlight and in Shadow 

Not to mention the MILF of human kindness.

Waiting for the Light at the End of Daisy’s Dock

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See also Light History.

Hidden Figures Matter

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“Don’t forget the portcullis, Dutch Boy!”

Lives of the Painters: Dutch Boy

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“Harry decides his chief peacetime duty is to use his
gift for gab to further his ‘overriding purpose,’ namely:
‘By recalling the past and freezing the present he could
open the gates of time and through them see all
allegedly sequential things as a single masterwork
with neither boundaries nor divisions.’ Once he opens
these gates, Harry will flood his audience with his
redemptive epiphanic impression that ‘the world was
saturated with love.’ ”

— Liesl Schillinger, review of Mark Helprin’s novel
In Sunlight and in Shadow  in The New York Times ,
Oct. 5, 2012

“Add a Comment” (Instagram, St. Andrew’s Day 2013)

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Josefine Lyche, pentagram pony — Nov. 30, 2013

Anus Mirabilis

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Related material: Vonnegut’s Star.


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Friday, August 14, 2020


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I prefer the boom box above to the one in Old Wives’ Tale (Aug. 10).

Ronna’s Tune

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Not as well-known as Leonard’s Waltz, but my own.

Devoutly Wished

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For Leonard Cohen’s Temple of Music —

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Prelude to a Mattress Dance

From “Take This Waltz” (2011)

Related architecture —

“And I’ll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss”

— Leonard Cohen, “Take This Waltz” lyrics

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Some Like it Hot . . .

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Continued from Sunday, August 9.


“Mixing Memory and Desire”

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“Oh I want to take you down to Kokomo,
we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we want to go, way down in Kokomo”
Beach Boys (1988), with images in memory of Jeffrey Epstein:

Oasis Midrash

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“A Passion that Kills,” by Markus Pierson (wood sculpture, 1988)

Midrash for the Fockers

“I like to watch.” — Chauncey Gardiner

Midnight at the Oasis Continues.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

For the Legend of Drunken Master

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“I had a little drink about an hour ago,
and it’s gone right to my head.” — Old song

This suggests a review:

Art Lesson

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For those desiring higher definition —

Diana Rigg's character in 'The Hospital'

Curse of the Fire Temple . . .

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Details from my Instagram account —

“happy and . . . 🔥” suggests . . .

IMAGE- Sting meets his own reflection in a mirror in 'We'll Be Together' video

“My love is a flame . . . .” — Sting

Ready Player Meets the Night Clerk

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Gone to the Steak and Sex Afterlife

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Related material — “Prime Cut” in this  journal.

Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek in “Prime Cut”

Not So Lushly

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Geometry lesson

From a Log24 search for “Now Lens.

Lushly Lensed

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Dry Humor

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Hidden Figure: Type Design at the East Village Other

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    I.e.  . . . 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Consensual Objectification… Continued

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Here’s to Consensual Objectification

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New Woke Stance

“The new Playboy claims to have moved away from the male gaze, but no matter how tasteful it may be, it is still relying on nudity.

‘We talk a lot about when something is objectification versus when it is consensual objectification versus when it is art,’ Singh said. ‘I think objectification removes the agency of the subject.

‘Consensual objectification is the idea of someone feeling good about themselves and wanting someone to look at them. Art means, O.K., we can hang this on a wall. And if it’s both, for us, that’s the major win.’ ”

— Erica Tempesta for DailyMail.com, 2 Aug. 2019

The Scrolling

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Heller: I'm a weapons designer. (grabs Shoveler's collar) I've got 
what you need.
Shoveler: A--All right. We'll--we'll come back. We'll visit all of you 
people, later. Thank you, sir.
Heller: No no no no no. I--I don't live here. I'm here for the ladies. 
You know. Here, take my card. 

|Aromatherapy                  Laser Hair Removal|
|               Doctor A. Heller                 |
|               Weapons Designer                 |
|              Innovator, Inventor               |
|                 World Changer                  |
|                                                |
|                 Old Funhouse                   |
|              Heller Fairgrounds                |
|              Test Site Number 7                |
|Carnival Rides                   Chicken Rentals|

My name's Heller. Say it with me.
Heller&Shoveler: Heller.
Shoveler: All right. Thank you. (he absently puts Heller's card in his 

For the Wellfed Wits

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“There lay a parchment on her breast,
That puzzled more than all the rest,
       The wellfed wits at Camelot.”

“Somewhere, someplace… there must be a lost horizon…
A Shangri-La where a man can find peace, happiness,
and lots of naked ladies.” — Carl Reiner


News Check

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The stock image of a compass in this morning’s post
For Bookmakers” is from a webpage by the author below.

Wonders of the Invisible World

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” ‘I became enraptured with the idea
that there is another world around us
that we don’t see,’ Dr. Rose told the Scientist
earlier this year.”

For another invisible world, see this  journal on July 30.

For Bookmakers

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Note, on the map of  Wyoming, Devil’s Gate.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Dates for Sturgis 2020

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Meet the Fockers

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Old Wives’ Tale

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Click to enlarge.

A selection from the
Stephen King Hymnal

Alicia Keys and Scatman Crothers - 'If you could read my mind, love...'

Spirit Birds…

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“Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams.”

— The end of DeLillo’s Point Omega

Sunday, August 9, 2020


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Meanwhile, elsewhere . . .

A Turner Classic

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The New York Times  eulogizes a man who died Friday

“Rabbi Steinsaltz was a prolific and wide-ranging writer
and a sharp observer of humanity who wrote more than
60 books on philosophy, mysticism, theology, even zoology.
His study of kabbalah, ‘The Thirteen Petalled Rose,’ is
considered a classic and has been translated into eight languages.”

Another classic of Jewish thought:

Thoughts of the young Carl Reiner as rendered above in 1967 —

“Somewhere, someplace… there must be a lost horizon…
A Shangri-La where a man can find peace, happiness,
and lots of naked ladies.”



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“If Scott Fitzgerald were to return to life,
he would feel at home in a Whit Stillman movie.”

— Roger Ebert reviewing “The  Last Days of Disco”
on May 29, 1998 (link added)

But not, perhaps, in Boogie Nights of the Golden Circle.

Alice in Bohemia

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From an email this morning with a fake spam user address:

If this were the actress  Jessy Holtermann . . .



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From the sort of reliquary I prefer —

À la recherche

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See posts resulting from a search for “Lost Time” in this journal.

The Diary

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“It’s 2184 pages long.”

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Bullshit Studies

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In memory of Wilford Brimley:

“The polymorphic Thing, capable of absorbing the human
as but one among other morphological possibilities in its
seemingly infinite repertoire, can be understood, that is,
as the embodiment of evolution.”

— Eric White,  Science Fiction Studies  #61  (Vol. 20, Part 3, Nov. 1993),
The Erotics of Becoming: XENOGENESIS and The Thing

A Natural Diagram

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See also other posts now tagged
       Natural Diagram .

Related remarks by J. H. Conway —

Compiler Optimization

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“Frances Allen, a former high school math teacher who became one of the leading computer scientists of her generation and, in 2006, was the first woman to win the A.M. Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize in computing, died in Schenectady, N.Y., on Aug. 4, her 88th birthday. . . .

Ms. Allen, after being introduced to the FORTRAN programming language when it was released in 1957, was fascinated with compiler optimization early in her career and became one of the leading visionaries in the field. Because of its compiler program, FORTRAN enabled a manner of communication with the computer that was closer to human understanding.

With that as her model, Ms. Allen was inspired to make compilers more efficient.

Her work, which set the tone for how people in the field think about compiler optimization, bridged the gap between how computers communicate and how people communicate, thus opening up the use of computers to scientists and engineers and others outside the glass-enclosed data center fortresses.”

Glenn Rifkin, Washington Post
August 6, 2020 at 7:24 p.m. EDT

A related tale — Systems Programming  in this  journal.

Of greater interest to mathematicians —
The work of a man to whom Frances Allen was once married

“Schwartz’s early work with his thesis advisor Nelson Dunford
led to the two of them collaborating on a famous book Linear Operators
which quickly became known simply as ‘Dunford and Schwartz’.”


Schwartz reportedly died on March 2, 2009. For related religious remarks,
see this journal on that date.

Under the April Snow

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Bruce Willis as Easter Bunny in North  (1994)

See as well the other  posts of April 2007.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Enormous Changes at 11:59

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Carver reportedly died on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

“This is Maggie the Cat” —

“This is not.” 

Spirit Birds

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Yo, Pickle!

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Primary Color

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From a Log24 search for Schwartz + “The Sun”

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code
is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Structure and Mutability . . .

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See a Log24 search for Beadgame Space.

This  post might be regarded as a sort of “checked cell”
for the above concepts listed as tags . . .

Related material from a Log24 search for Structuralism

IMAGE- Stella Octangula and Claude Levi-Strauss

After Personalities . . . Principles

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In memory of New York personality Pete Hamill ,
who reportedly died yesterday —

Seven years ago yesterday —

The Diamond Theorem, arXiv, 5 August 2013

In memory of another New York  personality, a parking-garage mogul
who reportedly died on August 9, 2005 —

Icon Parking  posts and . . .

Beadgame Space

Wilford Brimley as Wyoming Rabbi: “Yo, Pickle!”

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(Pace  Yosemite Sam.)


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From yesterday morning’s post Multifaceted Unities

A related earlier post —

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Rendezvous with Drama

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See as well Arthur C. Clarke in this journal, and today’s news:

Are You Now?

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The New York Times  obituary for Eric Bentley,
drama critic and playwright, who reportedly died today
at 103, says that . . .

“He took up the causes of the left in
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been:
The Investigation of Show Business
by the Un-American Activities Committee,
1947-1958,’ first produced in 1972. . . .”

For that title phrase in this journal, see other posts
now tagged Ekô.

Racial Excellence Awards

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AMS.org  today:

Multifaceted Unities

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Facettenreiche  Grundlage:

Multifaceted Foundation: Facettenreiche Grundlage

Hamill Obit

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See also Hamill in this  journal.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Publication Date

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Meanwhile, here

Of Making Many Books There Is No End

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Published today —

Related quotation —

Cover art published today —

Some mathematics related to the The Fixed Stars  cover art,
from a post of May 1, 2020

The Escape from Plato’s Cave to . . .

See also Numberland and Walpurgisnacht Geometry.


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Liquor Tale

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From an obituary in today’s Boston Globe  —

“His father, meanwhile, had retired and hoped
to open a liquor store in Brooklyn.

When bureaucratic hurdles made his goal seem unreachable,
an old friend, Anthony Paterno, who ran a grocery and bottling
business in Chicago, persuaded him to try opening a shop there,
where fewer obstacles existed.

Salvatore Terlato enlisted Anthony to help him, and together
they opened the shop, Leading Liquor Marts, in 1955.” 

See also Sunset Boulevard Revisited  and . . .

“Do not block intersection.” — City of Los Angeles

Celtic Mysteries

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For Kate Beckinsale and the Fair Folk —

Also on Oct. 13, 2014 — For the Church of Synchronology

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Sword and the Stone

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A post of May 26, 2005, displays, if not the sword,
a place  for it —

Drama of the Diagonal

“The beautiful in mathematics resides in contradiction.
Incommensurability, logoi alogoi, was the first splendor
in mathematics.” — Simone Weil, Oeuvres Choisies,
éd. Quarto
, Gallimard, 1999, p. 100

Logos Alogos  by S. H. Cullinane

“To a mathematician, mathematical entities have their own existence,
they habitate spaces created by their intention.  They do things,
things happen to them, they relate to one another.  We can imagine
on their behalf all sorts of stories, providing they don’t contradict
what we know of them.  The drama of the diagonal, of the square…

— Dennis Guedj, abstract of “The Drama of Mathematics,” a talk
to be given this July at the Mykonos conference on mathematics and
narrative. For the drama of the diagonal of the square, see

Zero-Sum Theorem

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Cross for von Sydow

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See also Joseph Malkevitch’s memorial essay on Richard K. Guy,
who reportedly died on March 9, 2020, and Log24 on that date.

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