Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Well Well Well

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

“Hear Me Roar” — The Late Helen Reddy

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See also Vox Lux  in this  journal.

Monday, September 28, 2020


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Also on May 2, 2020 — A paper on Cubism as Religion is accepted:

Some may question the desirability of acceptance by MDPI.
Acceptance at the Pearly Gates is another matter.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Hex Witch

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The new Netflix film “Enola Holmes” is from a book by Nancy Springer.
Also by Springer:

See that title in this journal.

Entertainment News

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See also a search in this  journal for instances of the following image —

Remarks on Gordon Baker’s Death Day*

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* Baker was a writer on philosophy.
See a memorial by the Harvard Class of 1960.


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Gleaming the Cube

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From a search in this journal for “Paradise of Childhood” —

Page from 'The Paradise of Childhood,' 1906 edition

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Annals of Bulk Apperception: Dark Tide

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Browsing History

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By Jonathan Hemlock, for Yurasis Dragon —

Click to enlarge the above browsing history.


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“A very varnished green . . . .” —

Beach Reading for Springtime in Oz

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The ghost of Peter Benchley?

Art News

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Related material on division in this  journal — See Kipnis.

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Spelman Trick

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The “card tricks” link above, now expired, is to …

http://www.spelman.edu/~colm/cards.html .

That webpage is now on the Internet Archive.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Seventh Function

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But did you find the ‘Antebellum’ hatchet? 

Ludwig Wittgenstein, P.I.  . . .

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Continued from August 21.

This post was suggested by a Sept. 24, 2020, article at CrimeReads.com
by Philip K. Zimmerman —

The Philosopher and the Detectives:
Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Enduring Passion
for Hardboiled Fiction.”

Cubed:  Images from 2007 and 2015 —

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Daniel Dennett in his office

Blues News

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Quilt Tales

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Earlier . . .

Recently Acquired Kindle Books

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Related Log24 remarks:

Yoda Quilts and posts now tagged Central Myth.

Related remarks elsewhere:

“In The Uncanny  Nicholas Royle defined Freud’s Unheimlichkeit
and the experience of an ‘unreal reality’ as ‘another thinking of
beginning’. But if we are to take him at his word, ‘the beginning
is already haunted’ and we may wish to interpret his debut novel
Quilt  as spectrally haunted by the critic’s earlier theory. The essay,
which is structured telephonically, since it refers both to Royle’s
view of literature as telepathy (i.e. another form of ‘tele-‘) and the
beginning of the novel, reads Quilt  from its ‘Afterward’, to unveil
two main ghosts haunting Royle’s novel: that of Jacques Derrida
and that of James Joyce.”

—Arleen Ionescu, abstract of a 2013 essay on Royle’s Quilt .

Geometry of Even Subsets

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Various posts here on the geometry underlying the Mathieu group M24
are now tagged with the phrase “Geometry of Even Subsets.”

For example, a post with this diagram . . .

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vanity Fair Cover Girl

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Elle Fanning recently played Catherine the Great.

Starring J. J. Abrams as Leonhard Euler?

Autumn Equinox at the Temple of Art

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Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim’s Progress
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

Monday, September 21, 2020


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“On their way to obscurity, the Simulmatics people
played minor parts in major events, appearing Zelig-like
at crucial moments of 1960s history.”

James Gleick reviewing a new book by Jill Lepore

A Dante for Our Times…

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Continues from March 14, 2009.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Epistemological Metaphor

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Matthew Rozsa at salon.com, Sept. 20, 2020, 11:30 PM UTC.

See also Deathtrap in this  journal.

Entertainment in Review

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Old Flame

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Yoda Quilts

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Society News

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The Summerfield Prize

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“Like Coleridge” . . .

Related material:  Bloomsday 2006.

Cube School

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The new domain http://cube.school
points to posts tagged Cube School here.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Winston Groom

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Holiday Horns

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Readings for Rosh Hashanah from this journal on April 5, 2005

Compare the following two passages from Holy Scripture:

Genesis 22:13 —

“…behold behind him
a ram caught in a thicket by his horns”

I Ching Hexagram 34 —

“A goat butts against a hedge
And gets its horns entangled.”

Adoration of the Cube

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“WHEN I IMAGINE THE CUBE, I see a structure in motion.
I see the framework of its edges, its corners, and its flexible joints,
and the continuous transformations in front of me (before you start
to worry, I assure you that I can freeze it anytime I like). I don’t see
a static object but a system of dynamic relations. In fact, this is only
half of that system. The other half is the person who handles it.
Just like everything else in our world, a system is defined by
its place
within a network of relations—to humans, first of all.”

— Rubik, Erno.  Cubed   (p. 165). Flatiron Books. Kindle Ed., 2020.

Compare and contrast — Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Structure and Mutability . . .

Continues in The New York Times :

“One day — ‘I don’t know exactly why,’ he writes — he tried to
put together eight cubes so that they could stick together but
also move around, exchanging places. He made the cubes out
of wood, then drilled a hole in the corners of the cubes to link
them together. The object quickly fell apart.

Many iterations later, Rubik figured out the unique design
that allowed him to build something paradoxical:
a solid, static object that is also fluid….” — Alexandra Alter

Another such object: the eightfold cube .

At the Intersection…

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Or:  Personal Shopping for T. S. Eliot

Fact check:


Now Lens

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The title is from James Joyce.

Ideas and Vision: Wittgenstein via Fodor

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A remark on “ideas and vision” in the previous post suggests . . .

A search for Fodor  in this journal yields his parody of Wittgenstein . . .

  1. A man might have this   picture of what seeing  is:
    there is the seer   and there is the thing seen .
    The one sees  the other. A typical philosophical  theory.
  2. We wish to ask: what are we supposed to do  with this picture?
  3. A man might say: ‘I can’t see a thing’ and ‘I can’t see a thing
    but the fog.’ Both  might be true.
  4. ‘I can’t see a thing in this fog.’ Which  thing?


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“This article is a nexus of ideas and vision….”

— Jack Plotkin at Medium.com yesterday

As are many other things. See nexus  in this  journal
and . . .

“Show me all  the blueprints.”

— Howard Hughes, according to Hollywood

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Hollywood Leveraging

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Marrific this afternoon —

Plotkin is an interesting writer.

Critical Invisibility

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Synchronology check —

This  journal on the above dates —
8 January 2019 (“For the Church of Synchronology“)
and 24 April 2019 (“Critical Visibility“).

Related mathematics:  Klein Correspondence posts.

Related entertainment: “The Bulk Beings.”

The above Physical Review  remarks were found in a search
for a purely mathematical concept —

“35 points” + projective space . . .

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Caputo Deconstruction

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Then there is the 1988 Bantam paperback by Philip  Caputo —

Monday, September 14, 2020

Classics Illustrated

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“You’re reading me,” she murmurs.

“Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved;
tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.”

Update of 7 PM ET Sept. 14, 2020 —

A sequel to Creamy and Sweaty

“Stop loading this page.” . . . “Too late.”

Space People Puzzle

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How about puzzles?

Space People Lightbulb Puzzle

Shades (Of London Bondage continues)

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Loitering in Lara’s dressing room, she tries on
the faux-bondage harness she picked up in London….”

See as well . . .

Socrates in the Marketplace

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Plato's diamond in Jowett's version of the Meno dialogue

Diamond Matrix slide template at presentationgo.com

“The 2×2 matrix is commonly used in business strategy
as a representational tool to show conflicting concepts and
for decision making. This four-quadrant matrix diagram
is perfect to be used for business or marketing matrices
like BCG, SWOT, Ansoff, risk assessment…

Additionally, it will also be suitable to illustrate 4 ideas or
concepts.” [Link on “illustrate” added.]

See also a Log24 search for “Resplendent.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Night Clerk in Duelle (1976)

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“As for amateur detective Lucie, she meets Viva and
begins to realize that both Viva and her client, Leni,
are after the same jewel. Her brother reluctantly reveals
their true natures: Viva is the daughter of the Sun, and
Leni the daughter of the Moon. They can stay on Earth
for only 40 days between the last full moon of winter
and the first full moon of spring. The magic jewel can
allow them to stay.”

Braving the Elements

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The title is that of a book of poems by James Merrill
that includes “The Emerald.”

“As above, so below.” —  The Emerald Tablet

“The Emerald Tablet … is a compact and cryptic piece of
the Hermetica   reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia
and its transmutation. It was highly regarded by European alchemists
as the foundation of their art and its Hermetic tradition.” — Wikipedia

Animated version of Book I, Proposition 47, Euclid’s Elements

Braucht´s noch Text?

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Knots Landing

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On a mathematician, a knot theorist, who reportedly died
on Sunday, September 6, 2020 —

Another death on that same date — that of an actor from
“Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac” . . .

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac

A related quote, courtesy of University Diaries

Friday, September 11, 2020

Kauffman on Algebra

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Kauffman‘s fixation on the work of Spencer-Brown is perhaps in part
due to Kauffman’s familiarity with Boolean algebra and his ignorance of
Galois geometry.  See other posts now tagged Boole vs. Galois.

Detail, 8/14/2016 Google image search for 'Galois Boole'

See also “A Four-Color Epic” (April 16, 2020).

In Memoriam

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From the Vanderbilt University obituary of Vaughan F. R. Jones —

“During the mid-1980s, while Jones was working on a problem in von Neumann algebra theory, which is related to the foundations of quantum mechanics, he discovered an unexpected link between that theory and knot theory, a mathematical field dating back to the 19th century.

Specifically, he found a new mathematical expression—now known as the Jones polynomial—for distinguishing between different types of knots as well as links in three-dimensional space. Jones’ discovery had been missed by topologists during the previous 60 years, and his finding contributed to his selection as a Fields Medalist.

‘Now there is an area of mathematics called
quantum topology, which basically followed
from his original work,’

said Dietmar Bisch, professor of mathematics.” [Link added.]

Related to Jones’s work —

“Topological Quantum Information Theory” at
the website of Louis H. Kauffman —


Welcome to AMS-LaTeX

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Elsewhere on that same date —

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Raiders of . . .

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Of London Bondage

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“After years in hiding, latex fashion re-emerged in the late 1950s,
thanks to the British designer John Sutcliffe, who created the world’s
first catsuit – the prototype rubber-fetish garment. …

The 1960s British spy series The Avengers was monumental
in bringing rubberwear to the masses. The show’s feminist heroine,
Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), was styled in a latex, Sutcliffe-
inspired catsuit. With Peel as a media archetype, latex’s second-skin
look wasn’t just sexy, it was superhuman.

Sutcliffe capitalised on the obsession with his products, and founded
AtomAge Magazine in 1972. The periodical, filled with artful and erotic
bondage imagery, gained a huge following among fetishists, and made
quite the splash on London’s progressive fashion scene. ”

By Cassidy George, bbc.com, 8th January 2020

See also an image from a Log24 post  commemorating that date —


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Ship Shape

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“The ship. I stared down at the great black shape lying almost at my feet.”

— Alistair MacLean

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Portrait with Holocron

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Novus Ordo Seclorum — Harold Bloom and the Tetrahedral Model of PG(3,2)

Sith Holocron in 'Star Wars Rebels'

For a Jedi  holocron of sorts, see this  journal on the above YouTube date

Study in Orange and Black

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Artspeak Eulogy

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“… several writers called Mr. Gorchov’s paintings ‘primitive,’
but he preferred ‘rudimentary.’ They took painting back to basics,
to a primal state and a set of motifs that changed only a little,
flirting with repetition but rarely succumbing to it.”

Roberta Smith in The New York Times  this afternoon.

Gorchov reportedly “died on Aug. 18 at his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn.”

See as well some art remarks on Aug. 18 in this  journal

More generally, see other posts tagged Kampf.

Update of 1:16 PM ET Sept. 9 —

Arrow Theme

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The abstract arrows below in an image from yesterday’s Design post . . .

. . . are a background feature of the Castello Sforzesco website generally,
and not specifically of Corraini’s 2016 graphic design presentation.

The arrows apparently come from repetitions of this motif —

Similar arrow motifs appear at the castle’s main page

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

“The Eight” according to Coleridge

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Metaphysical ruminations of Coleridge that might be applied to
the eightfold cube

See also “Sprechen Sie Neutsch?“.


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Illustration by Pietro Corraini

Corraini design lecture on June 29, 2016 —

This journal on the same day —


Monday, September 7, 2020

A Discovery of Space

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Fiction set in Duke Humfrey’s Reading Room at
the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford:

“I walked quickly through the original, fifteenth-century part of the library, past the rows of Elizabethan reading desks with their three ascending bookshelves and scarred writing surfaces. Between them, Gothic windows directed the reader’s attention up to the coffered ceilings, where bright paint and gilding picked out the details of the university’s crest of three crowns and open book and where its motto, ‘God is my illumination,’  was proclaimed repeatedly from on high.”

— Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches:
A Novel
  (2011) (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1 ) (p. 2).
Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Related non-fiction about an event on Jan. 26, 2019 —

Meanwhile, elsewhere —

A later ad for the Lyche exhibition —

See as well some posts about the Eddington song

'The Eddington Song'

A Discovery of Species

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From the subtitles to “A Discovery of Witches,”
Season 1, Episode 2 —

An actor playing a contemporary (2018) fictional Oxford professor —

00:35:54,235 –> 00:35:56,593
We’re among hundreds of laboratories
using genetics

00:35:56,595 –> 00:35:59,713
to study species origin,
but in our lab

00:35:59,715 –> 00:36:02,315
humans aren’t the only species
we’re studying.

An earlier non-fictional Oxford student  writes —

Related material:  Other posts tagged Structure and Mutability.

Remedial Reading

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'A Discovery of Witches' S1 E2 0:33:45

Hopkins at Hiroshima

See also Archimedes at Hiroshima
and, more generally, Aitchison.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Logo Note

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This post was suggested by my Feedly tonight —

“Add note” — A constant Feedly suggestion.

OK . . .

— Images from The Hogwash Papers

Logo Detail

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This is part of a publishers‘ logo —

See as well this  journal on the date of Kaufmann’s death:

“Pray for the Grace of Accuracy.”

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The title is from a poem by Robert Lowell.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Poetry 101: “Do Not Block Intersection”

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The title is from a post of July 27.

From earlier posts (Feb. 20, 2009) —

Emblematizing the Modern

The Cross of Descartes: coordinate axes

The Cross of Descartes

Note that in applications, the vertical axis of
the Cross of Descartes often symbolizes the timeless
(money, temperature, etc.) while the horizontal axis
often symbolizes time.

T.S. Eliot:

“Men’s curiosity searches past and future
And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint….”

Midrash for LA —

Ikonologie des Zwischenraums

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The title is from a Cornell page in the previous post.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

The above remarks on primitive mentality suggest
a review of Snakes on a Plane.

For Witch Wannabes

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Part I — From a TV series released in the UK on Sept. 14, 2018 —

Pages scattered by the wind magically reassemble
at an Oxford witch’s command:

Part II — Images on a book cover from a Log24 search for “Dominus”


Part III — From Log24 on the “Witches” release date

Warburg at Cornell U. Press

In this Cornell page, Gombrich discusses images symbolizing sin.

What sort of sin is symbolized by the above time-reversal scene
in “Discovery of Witches” and by such scenes in the new film “Tenet,”
the reader may decide.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Vox Lux

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An illustration from the Vox  article

Another approach to Nolan theory —

Or Matt Helm by way of a Jedi cube.

Force Field of Dreams

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(Continued from September 22, 2002.)

“As you read, watch for patterns. Pay special attention to
imagery that is geometric….” — “Pattern in The Defense

See as well Wednesday’s Smile,  and “Expanding the Spielraum .

Thursday, September 3, 2020

LA Stories

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Recreation of a 1960s LA marquee in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” —

But seriously . . .

See also a “Once-Upon-a-Time”-related death.


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(A sequel to the previous post, “Smile.“)

The above image links to a New York Times  opinion piece.
“Michael J. Sandel is a professor of government at Harvard
and the author of the forthcoming  The Tyranny of Merit :
What’s Become of the Common Good? , from which this
essay is adapted.” — NY Times .

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


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Little Metal Letters

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From a report of another August 14 death —

“… on Dec. 7, 1941, ‘it seemed as though everyone at Harvard
came to the Crimson building that night, and anxiously
hung over the ticker tape [i.e., teletype ] machine to watch the
little metal letters hammer out the words that told the story.'”

— Dan Huntington Fenn Jr., quoted in his Boston Globe obituary.

“Simplicity, clarity, showing the text” — The late Howell Binkley.

“To expand the words and music and dance” . . .

See Coconut Dance.

Space Wars:  Sith Pyramid vs. Jedi Cube

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For the Sith Pyramid, see posts tagged Pyramid Game.
For the Jedi Cube, see posts tagged Enigma Cube
and cube-related remarks by Aitchison at Hiroshima.

This  post was suggested by two events of May 16, 2019 —
A weblog post by Frans Marcelis on the Miracle Octad
Generator of R. T. Curtis (illustrated with a pyramid),
and the death of I. M. Pei, architect of the Louvre pyramid.

That these events occurred on the same date is, of course,
completely coincidental.

Perhaps Dan Brown can write a tune to commemorate
the coincidence.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Story Space

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On Universals and
Passage to India
“The universe, then, is less intimation
than cipher: a mask rather than a revelation
in the romantic sense. Does love meet with love?
Do we receive but what we give? The answer is
surely a paradox, the paradox that there are
Platonic universals beyond, but that the glass
is too dark to see them. Is there a light beyond
the glass, or is it a mirror only to the self?
The Platonic cave is even darker than Plato
made it, for it introduces the echo, and so
leaves us back in the world of men, which does
not carry total meaning, is just a story of events.”
– Betty Jay, reader’s guide to Passage to India

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