Sunday, January 31, 2021

Language Game for Nabokov

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A recent search for one Georgina Edwards, writer on Wittgenstein
and Hesse, yielded a different G.E. who is perhaps better suited to
illustrate the oeuvres  of Nabokov and of Stephen King


This post is in memory of a fashion designer —

— and of a Russian philologist:


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:33 PM

The ivory-tower games of the previous post, Space Poetics,
suggest a review of Hesse on the I Ching

“Once Knecht confessed to his teacher that he wished to
learn enough to be able to incorporate the system of the
I Ching  into the Glass Bead Game. Elder Brother laughed.
‘Go ahead and try’, he exclaimed. ‘You’ll see how it turns out.
Anyone can create a pretty little bamboo garden in the world.
But I doubt the gardener would succeed in incorporating
the world in his bamboo grove’ ” (P. 139).

— Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) .
Translated by Richard and Clara Winston ( London, Vintage, 2000).

The above passage is as quoted and cited in

“Language Games in the Ivory Tower:
Comparing the Philosophical Investigations  with
Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game ,”
by Georgina Edwards
First published: 13 December 2019,
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-9752.12389 .

The cited publication date was also the date of death for
a Harvard classmate of mine.  As an alumnus of Phillips Andover,
he might have preferred Oliver Wendell Holmes to Hesse.

Space Poetics

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From Malcolm Lowry’s Poetics of Space ,
edited by Richard J. Lane and Miguel Mota,
University of Ottawa Press, 2016 —

Another gesture —
See “Bella Vista” in this journal.

Prelude to Groundhog Day

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Welcome to Westview  continues.

My Windows lockscreen this morning features a badger
emerging from his den.  Microsoft’s commentary —

Related commentary from Bellevue

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare
from which I am trying to awake.”

— James Joyce, Ulysses

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Associative Logic

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By Ema R. Schumer, Crimson Staff Writer

The co-ed Delphic-Bee Club will split into the all-male Delphic Club
and the all-female Bee Club three years after merging, according to
club affiliates.

See also the previous post, “Bee Season.

Bee Season

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 PM

Related remarks:  “Bee Season”  in this journal.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:22 PM

This post was suggested by a list of names in the previous post
and by a death date in the obituary of a Phillips Andover alumnus.

A Date with Jill

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:45 PM

“Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Chambered Nautilus”

See as well this journal on the above library date — December 15, 2014 —
in posts now tagged Myth and Memory.

Kind of a Drag* . . .

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* The title is from a post of last December —

Also on Linden Street —

Related news —

By Ema R. Schumer, Crimson Staff Writer

The co-ed Delphic-Bee Club will split into the all-male Delphic Club
and the all-female Bee Club three years after merging, according to club affiliates.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Oracle

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Miss Jane Pittman reportedly said that . . .

“People are always looking for someone to lead them
through the trials and tribulations.” She said, “Every time
a child is born, the old folks looked in its face and asked,

‘Are you the one?’ ”

Space Laser Theory

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From this journal on Nov. 17, 2018

See also another disastrous-mess commentary  from Nov. 17, 2018.

Related weblog post

Related theology — “Diamonds Are Forever” in this journal.

Related art — “Black Diamond.”

Thursday, January 28, 2021


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See the December 4, 2020, film “Wander,” starring Aaron Eckhart,
and the June 15, 2014, Log24 post “Aaron Eckhart Strikes Deep.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Game of Royalties

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:35 PM

For Holocaust Remembrance Day —

Little reportedly died at 79 on Jan. 7.

“Mr. Little submitted the manuscript for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’
to 12 publishers. He received 12 rejections in response, before selling it for £2,500,
or about $3,400 (the equivalent of about $5,800 today). It was a meager amount,
but his genius was in the details: He sold only the rights to publish it in Britain and
the Commonwealth, and he asked for high royalties.” — Clay Risen, New York Times

Leachman reportedly died at 94 today.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein And it was you… who left my grandfather’s
book out for me to find.

Frau Blücher Yes.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein So that I would…

Frau Blücher Yes.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Then you and Victor were…

Frau Blücher YES. YES. Say it. He vas my… BOYFRIEND!

In the spirit of Kinbote

The real  Frau Blücher was of course Hannah Arendt,
whose boyfriend was Martin Heidegger.

 Cf.  a Log24 post of April 10, 2017 —

From “Heidegger for Passover

Propriation1 gathers the rift-design2 of the saying
and unfolds it3 in such a way that it becomes
the well-joined structure4 of a manifold showing.”

— p. 415 of Heidegger‘s Basic Writings ,
edited by David Farrell Krell,
HarperCollins paperback, 1993

“Das Ereignis versammelt den Aufriß der Sage
und entfaltet ihn zum Gefüge des vielfältigen Zeigens.” 

— HeideggerWeg zur Sprache

1. “Mirror-Play of the Fourfold

2. “Christ descending into the abyss

3. Barrancas of Cuernavaca

4. Combinatorics, Philosophy, Geometry

The Krell Lab

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From a post of Friday, March 30, 2012 —

In memory of actor Warren Stevens


“… Which makes it a gilt-edged priority that one  of us
gets into that Krell lab and takes that brain boost.”

— American adaptation of Shakespeare’s Tempest , 1956

Posts from the date of Stevens’s death are tagged Requiem Day.

Dramatic Dialogue

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Tony Stark: I’m calling in VERONICA.
[As Hulk is wreaking havoc on the nearest city
Tony Stark brings out his Hulkbuster armor to stop him.]
Alright everybody, stand down! [to Hulk]  You listening?
That little witch is messing with your mind.

Adoration of the Cube . . .

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Related vocabulary —

See as well the word facet in this journal.

Analogously, one might write . . .

A Hiroshima cube  consists of 6 faces ,
each with 4 squares called facets ,
for a total of 24 facets. . . .”

(See Aitchison’s Octads , a post of Feb. 19, 2020.)

Click image to enlarge.  Background: Posts tagged ‘Aitchison.'”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Here’s to Long Takes and Slow Zooms

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:47 PM

See also Balcony in this  journal.

Monday, January 25, 2021


Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:43 PM

For the title, see Illuminations in this journal.

Another approach —

These images were suggested by Creamy and Sweaty.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:26 PM

A search for the above title in this journal yields
a post that itself yields two philosophical links:

 Sweaters and Muses.

Extreme Case

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:09 PM

“It’s not unusual for theorists to work on speculative ideas
involving some degree of wishful thinking, but this is
a case of taking that to an extreme.”

— Peter Woit today, “This Week’s Hype

I prefer the wishful thinking of Robert A. Heinlein —

See “Hollywood Nihilism Meets Pantheistic Solipsism
from Feb. 24 in 2009, and, from today’s date four years
ago: “For Your Consideration.”

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Between Here and There

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:40 PM

“She was having a helluva time tightening her skate.”

This quotation from Catcher in the Rye  was suggested
by a rather different quotation, source not attributed,
posted tonight by a Hollywood celebrity.

The death date of the quotation’s source  was apparently
October 22, 2014.  See, from that date, the Log24 post

Claves Regni Caelorum.

New! Improved! Tomorrowland Vision

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Sunday in the Park with the Welldigger

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“… the walkway between here and there would be colder than a witch’s belt buckle. Or a well-digger’s tit. Or whatever the saying was. Vera had been hanging by a thread for a week now, comatose, in and out of Cheyne-Stokes respiration, and this was exactly the sort of night the frail ones picked to go out on. Usually at 4 a.m. He checked his watch. Only 3:20, but that was close enough for government work.”

— King, Stephen (2013-09-24).
Doctor Sleep: A Novel  (p. 133). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Related narrative — November 13, 2014.

Slap Shot

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In memoriam

Portuguese Charlize

Math Tricks

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CV books (by which I mean either
Curriculum Vitae  or Clusterfuck Venue,
whichever pleases you more) —

   C                                                              V

Related stupid math joke: “Girls just wanna have F1.” — Song lyric


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 AM

Click on the image in the previous post for a trailer
featuring a fictional 15-year-old Natalie Wood.

For those who prefer more mature imaginary lovers . . .

A Love Shack for Daisy Clover

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Provenance — See Lockscreen in this journal.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

In Memoriam: Larry King

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:29 PM


Monday, May 16, 2011

For Quentin Tarantino*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

IMDb quote

Corky St. Clair: Here’s the Remains of the Day lunchbox.
Kids don’t like eating at school, but if they have a
Remains of the Day lunchbox they’re a lot happier.

CNN Larry King Live  Transcript 

TARANTINO: This is a “Kung Fu” lunch box from back in the day here.
KING: Kids bought this, took it to school.
TARANTINO: He was a rock star at the time when “Kung Fu” came out.
Every kid in school had the “Kung Fu” lunch box.
Even has a nice little thermos in here.
KING: What are you doing with it?
TARANTINO: I have a lunch box collection.
KING: You are a little strange.


Story Puzzle

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Related literary remarks — 


Lockscreen Artspeak Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:18 PM

The same texts appeared in another Windows lockscreen today —

I prefer the beach huts inspiration in “Body Double” (1984)

Midrash for Hollywood —

Into the Woods

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Detail from the above image —

Timestamp for when I saw an obituary for
a science writer quoted here in 2004

Click the timestamp for the obituary.

See also the phrase “willow on a tombstone
in this journal.

Companion Piece

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Also on March 29, 2016 —

Tiny Dancer

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The above image was suggested by a link in a
Philadelphia Inquirer  obituary from yesterday evening.

Exercise: What is controlled by the middle-finger string?

Friday, January 22, 2021


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:26 PM

Cards of Identity  continues.

“So I worked the rest of
the feel of the track around
this spacey type sound.”
George Michael on “Father Figure”

Pentagons, Pentagrams, PG(3,2)

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See the current Wikipedia article on Hoffman.  No death date is yet given.
A related article —

See as well Hoffman-Singleton in this  journal.

Thursday, January 21, 2021


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 PM

Cullinane, Steven H.   Diamond theory :
printed (signed), 1976., 1976..
W. V. Quine papers, MS Am 2587, (1611).
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library.

Accessed January 21, 2021

Source of citation —


For the content — just the first 12 pages —
see http://www.log24.com/log/

Later observations —
“Finite Geometry website of Steven H. Cullinane,”
archived at

Man Date

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 5:59 PM

The New York Times  this afternoon reports
the death of an author last year
“somewhere between May 2 and May 15.”

“Down and down I go, round and round I go”
Kevin Spacey in the soundtrack album for
“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”

Cards of Identity

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:26 PM

Cock Tale for Rikki

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With apologies to those readers unable to follow knight moves .

The Queen’s Gambit , by Walter Tevis,
published Feb. 16, 1983

“Would you care for a cocktail?” he asked pleasantly.
She looked around her at 
the quiet restaurant,
at the people eating lunch, at the 
table with desserts
near the velvet rope at the entrance to 
the dining room.
“A Gibson,” she said. “On the rocks.”

Omni  July 1982

“A silver tide of phosphenes boiled across my field of vision
as the matrix began to unfold in my head, a 3-D chessboard,
infinite and perfectly transparent.”

Steely Dan, 1974 —

“‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number‘ is a single
released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan
and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic .
It was the most successful single of the group’s career,
peaking at number 4 on the Billboard  Hot 100 in
the summer of 1974.” — Wikipedia

Brian Harley, Mate in Two Moves , 1931—

The key is the cocktail that begins the proceedings.”

See as well my post “Introduction to Cyberspace” (May 26, 2020).

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


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An image from the opening of the Netflix series “Locke & Key” —

See also Omega in this journal.

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

The key is the cocktail that begins the proceedings.”

– Brian Harley, Mate in Two Moves


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:57 PM

A dance that reminds me strongly of the young Jill O’Hara —

Nordic Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:12 PM

“… motifs that look like Monet on acid. This particular mode
of expression has been in Lyche’s repertoire ever since she
graduated from the art academy in 2004.”

Monet-related entertainment —

Wrap that rascal!

170703-The_Forger-Christopher_Plummer-2015-500w.jpg (500×336)

It’s Easy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:18 PM

See as well ABC in this journal.

Dramatic Dialogue

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“How’s tricks?” — Cop in “Impulse” (1990).
(See a Log24 search for that word.)

That line of dialogue is in memory of a woman who reportedly
died in Bellingham, Washington, on January 11, 2021.

See also Bellingham in this journal.


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Perhaps more memorable —

The Magic Carpet Departs

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Today’s playlist at  Joint Base Andrews —

ARRIVAL – “Gloria” and “Small Town Girl.”
DEPARTURE – “YMCA” and “Tiny Dancer.”

Related notes for film fans —

Hannah Ware does the most she can in the role of Katia.

I prefer the less stressful TV series “Glow,”
starring Alison Brie —

“In the bluish light emanating from the TV,
EE looked at him, her eyes veiled.”

— Being There , by Jerzy Kosinski

Swing It, Li’l Darlin’ . . .*

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. . . At the speed of a slow, comfortable screw —

* On the title music —

The composition, in the words of jazz writer, Donald Clarke, is
‘an object lesson in how to swing at a slow tempo.’ ”

“X marks the spot” — Indiana Jones

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Notes for Katz, the Musical

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:29 PM

From a memoir published in 1997 —

The author and his friend Katz :

I couldn’t believe it.

— ‘You want to come with me?’

— ‘If it’s a problem, I understand.’

— ‘No,’ I said. ‘No, no, no.
You’re very welcome.
You are extremely  welcome.’ “

A Walk in the Woods , by Bill Bryson.
(Crown, Kindle edition. p. 20.)

From a novel published in 1971 —

“In the bluish light emanating from the TV,
EE looked at him, her eyes veiled. ‘You want me
to come while you watch.’ Chance said nothing.
. . . .

‘I think I understand now.’ She got up,
paced swiftly up and down the room,
crossing in front of the TV screen;
every now and then a word escaped her lips,
a word scarcely louder than her breath.”

Being There , by Jerzy Kosinski

Back to the present . . .

See also Dance 101: A Leg Up.


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Maybe.  See Bowie singing Show us the way to the next little girl …”

Related art:

Review from Variety  (March 1, 2020):

“The trigger warning big enough to cover the plot details, let alone
the themes here, has not yet been invented (such a trigger would
have to be more in the order of the firing pin on a mortar, or maybe
the detonation code to a suitcase nuke), so proceed with caution. . . .”

Related culture:

Monday, January 18, 2021


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:39 PM

Screenshot from seven minutes ago —

See as well  Geometry for Child Buyers  (January 1, 2021).


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:46 PM

"Take out the papers and the trash"

—The first line of the song Yakety-Yak (1958).

Related cultural observation —

The above passage is from "The Matrix," a post of Nov. 23, 2017 —

Social Calendar

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:59 PM

In memory of an architect who reportedly
died on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 —

Related material — Fuellhart  in this  journal.

It happens that my own name appears on the same page, 8,
of the Tuesday, August 8, 1961, Warren Times Mirror

A relevant calendar from the Disney+ channel

Note that in 1961, August 8 fell on a Tuesday, as in the Disney version.

Do Androids Dream of Dinner Parties?

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:31 AM

The title is adapted from a novel by Philip K. Dick
that was turned into a classic 1982 film.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

“Signs and Symbols”

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The title is from Nabokov.

Related: A sign or symbol known to
techies as “the hamburger.”
See also “White Palace” earlier tonight.

The above image appeared earlier in posts
now tagged “Darkinbad the Brightdayler.”

Point of View

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Susan Sarandon in “White  Palace” (1990, based on a 1987 novel).

David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve star in 'The Hunger' (1983).

Sarandon also starred in “The Hunger” (1983), along with David Bowie
and Catherine Deneuve (above).

Entertainment News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:35 PM

Pray for the grace of accuracy.” — Robert Lowell

Related material — Futon Dream.

The Janine Corner

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:28 PM

— “The squares have names?”
— “And sometimes the corners too.”

The Miscast Spell

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See Spectre and Spectral in this journal.

Details —  “California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector, 80,
was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. [California time]
on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. His official cause of
death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin
County Sheriff’s Office.”
— California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Looking for a Point of View*

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Related post from New Year’s Day —
Mission Possible: KenKen Meets BarbieBarbie.”

* See “Lars and the Code Girl.”

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Nashville Death

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:40 PM

” ‘Across the street was the New York Doll Hospital,
a toy repair shop,’ he told Lenny Kaye in an interview
for the Bob Gruen photo book New York Dolls  (2008).”

See as well other  posts now tagged Smiley’s Neighborhood
in honor of the novelist known as John le Carré.

The novelist’s nom de plume  suggests another tourist’s tale —

“Before 1788, the French Quarter encompassed the entirety
of New Orleans. Today the ‘old square’  (Vieux Carré ), a
six by twelve block parcel of land set on the inside of a bend
in the Mississippi River, remains New Orleans’ most definitive
area.” — https://www.frenchquarter.com/sightseeing-in-the-old-square/

An Academic Shell Beach

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:48 PM

Dark City . . .

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Continues .

“Dark City is an action movie — and like all good sci-fi movies,
it has aliens in it, too. The aliens have the problem that they
do not possess individual identities or souls, and for that reason,
their race is on the brink of extinction. To prevent this from
happening they perform experiments on the inhabitants of the
city to learn the secret of individuality and to eventually acquire it.
The key ingredient is memory.”

— Chapter 13 of SHELL BEACH: The search for the final theory,
by Jesper Møller Grimstrup, published on January 10, 2021.

“She did not ask herself if the Shorter Way was really there,
did not wonder if she was easing into a delusion.
The issue was settled. Here it was.”

— Joe Hill,  NOS4A2  (p. 680).  William Morrow, April 30, 2013.

A different “shorter way” —

Friday, January 15, 2021

Theater News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:10 PM

See as well Laughing Academy in this  journal.

More specifically, see “Both Hands and an Ass Map”
in posts tagged “Academy Map.”

For Smiley’s People

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Click images to enlarge.

The Shop on the Corner . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:50 PM


The Lush Life

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Lush Cosmetics in the previous post suggests . . .

Reflection for a Forked Tongue

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:32 AM

Reflection in the door of 794 Lexington Avenue,
New York City, November 2019 —

The object reflected —

To enlarge the image, click the above view of Lexington Ave. traffic.

Related narratives —

The life stories of “Germany’s oldest bookseller,” who reportedly died
around New Year’s 2021, and of her uncle, who had an art-book store
and gallery at 794 Lexington Avenue starting in 1923.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Redemptive Ephiphanic Impression

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:04 PM

“ 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

“I need a photo-opportunity,
I want a shot at redemption.
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.”

— Rhymin’ Simon

See as well Kristen Stewart in the
film version of . . .


Snow White On the Road

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ABC Art: A Portcullis for Mondrian

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:58 PM

Links to related Log24 posts —

Don’t forget the portcullis, Dutch Boy!” and Mondrian.

Dial 6 for MNO

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:38 AM

Rotary telephone dial

Image from a post of January 2, 2009

A sentence by Walter Tevis in his 1983 novel
The Queen’s Gambit

“She picked up the phone and dialed six.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:26 PM

“None of the memories and identities of the people in the city are solid.”

— Grimstrup, Jesper Møller.  SHELL BEACH:
The search for
the final theory .  Kindle Edition.

See also Peter Woit’s  “Various Links” post  today and Shell Beach  in this  journal.

For another approach to solidity (from pure  mathematics, not physics), see
a Log24 search for Solid Symmetry.

Classics Illustrated

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:30 PM

Link Target

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:29 PM

A link in a New York Times  obituary today has as its target —


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:38 PM

From a post of January 8, 2021

“Somehow, a message had been lost on me. Groups act .
The elements of a group do not have to just sit there,
abstract and implacable; they can do  things, they can
‘produce changes.’ In particular, groups arise
naturally as the symmetries of a set with structure.”

— Thomas W. Tucker, review of Lyndon’s Groups and Geometry
in The American Mathematical Monthly , Vol. 94, No. 4
(April 1987), pp. 392-394.

The phrase “the subgroup V” here refers, confusingly, to the translation
subgroup  derived from a vector space  V.

Foundational Securities

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:27 AM

“… I’m reverting to the foundational securities of childhood . . . .”

University Diaries  weblog this morning

Among my  foundational securities is an image that might be titled . . .

The Truman Show

Related literary remarks — Moss on the Wall.

What’s in a name?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 AM

” ‘The Maori named him Rog,’ Yael continued,
‘because those were the only I.D. letters that could
be made out on the wreck.’ ”
— Alfred Bester, The Deceivers


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:48 AM

From The Queen’s Gambit , by Walter Tevis (1983) —

“She stopped and turned to Beth. ‘There is no hint of a
Protestant ethic in Mexico. They are all Latin Catholics,
and they all live in the here and now.’ Mrs. Wheatley
had been reading Alan Watts. ‘I think I’ll have just one
margarita before I go out. Would you call for one, honey?’

Back in Lexington, Mrs. Wheatley’s voice would sometimes
have a distance to it, as though she were speaking from
some lonely reach of an interior childhood. Here in Mexico City
the voice was distant but the tone was theatrically gay, as though
Alma Wheatley were savoring an incommunicable private mirth.
It made Beth uneasy. For a moment she wanted to say something
about the expensiveness of room service, even measured in pesos,
but she didn’t. She picked up the phone and dialed six. The man
answered in English. She told him to send a margarita and a large
Coke to 713.”

Mirror, Mirror

Working Backwards: 13 in the 11th

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IMAGE- The 13 symmetry axes of the cube

(Adapted from Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Eleventh Edition (1911), Crystallography .)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Silence, Exile, and . . .

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In honor of the Auckland opening of the opera
The Cunning Little Vixen” on January 27, 2010 —

Monday, January 11, 2021

News: Fake and Not-So-Fake

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Fake —

Not-So-Fake —

A selected Hollywood artifact —

Sein Feld  Continues.

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Dialogue from the recent Netflix series “Queen’s Gambit” —

Miss Jean Blake, interviewer from LIFE  — “The board?”

Beth Harmon — “Yes. It’s an entire world
of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it.
I can dominate it. And it’s predictable, so if I get hurt,
I only have myself to blame.”

This passage, and other psychological claptrap in the Netflix version,
does not occur in the original 1983 novel by Walter Tevis.

Related material — Sein Feld  in this journal.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

“Glasgow, 1937”

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The location in the title is the opening scene of the new version
of “All Creatures Great and Small.”  The year  in the title suggests
a look at (for instance) The Pentagram Papers.

A “support provided by” credit suggests some related images —

A Scotland-related post: The Blue Path and the Red Path
(Log24, Aug. 24, 2014).
Wendelboe’s games included chess sets.
See as well a related purchase from further north on the same block.

From Fly-Bottle

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:48 PM

Illustrations from posts now tagged Ved Mehta in this  journal —

Epigraph to Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters with British Intellectuals ,
by Ved Mehta , remarks first published in  The New Yorker  in 1961 and 1962 —

See as well the Wallace Stevens phrase “The Ruler of Reality.”

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Kierkegaard Revisited

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Kierkegaard is imagining a society where
people’s identities are robbed
under the disguise of modern liberation.”

As in . . .


The Jewel and the Stone

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Update of 8:09 PM ET on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 —

Plato’s Diamond.

Paranoia Strikes Deep

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Click to enlarge.

A Sense

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“In a sense, we would see that change arises from
the structure of the object.”

— Nima Arkani-Hamed, quoted in
A  Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics,”
by Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine , Sept. 17, 2013.

For those who prefer less barbaric entertainment —


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Working backwards . . . Beach RocksDecember 1, 2020.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Welcome to Zombieland

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“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

“Don’t give a damn ’cause I done that already.” — Zombie Jamboree

Groups Act

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“Somehow, a message had been lost on me. Groups act .
The elements of a group do not have to just sit there,
abstract and implacable; they can do  things, they can
‘produce changes.’ In particular, groups arise
naturally as the symmetries of a set with structure.”

— Thomas W. Tucker, review of Lyndon’s Groups and Geometry
in The American Mathematical Monthly , Vol. 94, No. 4
(April 1987), pp. 392-394.

“The concept of group actions is very useful in the study of
isomorphisms of combinatorial structures.”

— Olli Pottonen, “Classification of Steiner Quadruple Systems
(Master’s thesis, Helsinki, 2005, p. 48).

“In a sense, we would see that change arises from
the structure of the object.”

— Nima Arkani-Hamed, quoted in “A  Jewel at the Heart of
Quantum Physics
,” by Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine ,
Sept. 17, 2013.

See as well “Change Arises” in this  journal.

From the Finland Station

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The title refers to the Steiner quadruple systems  in a 2005 thesis by
a Helsinki mathematician. See . . .


See as well “a million diamonds” and . . .


Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Primes of Miss Jean Valentine

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Valentine reportedly died on December 29, 2020.

Related dialogue from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996) —

– It’s interesting how coupling appears in nature and mathematics.

– You were talking about pairs …

– Oh, the twin-prime conjecture. It explores pairs of prime numbers.
Those only divisible by themselves. Three-five. Five-seven.
Not seven-nine …

– Nine can be divided by three.

– That’s right.  And … and so on.  It was discovered that pairs were
often separated by …

– One number in between.

– Exactly. Did you read my book?

– No, I’m sorry.

– That’s okay. This is marvellous.

– A first date like a game show.

– I didn’t mean to lecture.

– I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to call it a date.

Twin-Prime Dates —

December 31  and December 29, 2020.

“Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still
which she did not know.  Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn
of time.  But if she could have looked a little further back, into the
stillness and the darkness before Time dawned…she would have known
that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed
in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start
working backwards.”

– C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , as quoted at
https://apologyanalogy.com/death-working-backwards/ .

The Purloined* Void

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From a post of Tuesday, May 7, 2019 —


Filed under: General —
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“Honored in the Breach:
Graham Bader on Absence as Memorial”

Artforum International , April 2012 

. . . .

“In the wake of a century marked by inconceivable atrocity, the use of emptiness as a commemorative trope has arguably become a standard tactic, a default style of public memory. The power of the voids at and around Ground Zero is generated by their origin in real historical circumstance rather than such purely commemorative intent: They are indices as well as icons of the losses they mark.

Nowhere is the negotiation between these two possibilities–on the one hand, the co-optation of absence as tasteful mnemonic trope; on the other, absence’s disruptive potential as brute historical scar–more evident than in Berlin, a city whose history, as Andreas Huyssen has argued, can be seen as a ‘narrative of voids.’ Writing in 1997, Huyssen saw this tale culminating in Berlin’s post-wall development, defined equally by an obsessive covering-over of the city’s lacunae–above all in the elaborate commercial projects then proliferating in the miles-long stretch occupied until 1989 by the Berlin Wall–and a carefully orchestrated deployment of absence as memorial device, particularly in the ‘voids’ integrated by architect Daniel Libeskind into his addition to the Berlin Museum, now known as the Jewish Museum Berlin.”
. . . .

See also Breach  in this  journal, as well as Void.

* Literary background — The word “Purloined” in this  journal.

Breach Statement – Thoughts and Prayers

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Related background on Pearson — 

Related background on Roberts —

Related material from a Log24 search for “Holy Cross” —

Tuesday, January 5, 2021


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For Bird Day . . .

A tweet from Scott Edelman  on November 12, 2020 —

This  journal on the above tweet date

Damonizing Your Opponent

Excerpt from Fritz Leiber’s “Damnation Morning,” 1959:

“Time traveling . . . is not quite the good clean boyish fun
it’s cracked up to be . . . .”

Ellery Queen’s Gambit

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In memory of a mystery writer who reportedly died on Dec. 27, 2020 —

Posts tagged “Logo Animation” from around that date in this  journal,
along with yesterday’s post “Enchantments,” suggest… a link.


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The professor, Joshua Whatmough, in the previous post
taught, I later learned, something called epigraphy  at Harvard.

An instance of the derived term “epigraph” —

The Shop on the Corner

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George Steiner on chess —

“… the common bond between chess, music, and mathematics
may, finally, be the absence of language.”

— George Steiner, Fields of Force: Fischer and Spassky at Reykjavik ,
Viking hardcover, June 1974.

In memory of George Steiner, of Walter Tevis, and of B&B Smoke Shop,
corner of Third Ave. and Liberty St., Warren, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s,
where I purchased . . .

At that point in my life, language interested me more than chess.
But I can identify with the protagonist of Walter Tevis’s  Queen’s Gambit ,
(the book, not the film) who visited a similar smoke shop in 1960 —

… There was a long rack of magazines behind her. When she
got the cigarettes, she turned 
and began looking.  Senator
Kennedy’s picture was on the 
cover of Time  and Newsweek :
he was running for Pres
ident . . . . 

. . . Walking home with the folded [chess] magazine tucked
securely against her flat belly she thought again about that
rook move Morphy hadn’t made. The magazine said
Morphy was “perhaps the most brilliant player in the
history of the game.” The rook could come to bishop seven,
and Black had better not take it with his knight because…
She stopped, halfway down the block. A dog was barking
somewhere, and across the street from her on a well-mowed
lawn two small boys were loudly playing tag. After  the
second pawn moved to king knight five, then the remaining
rook could slide over, and if the black player took
the pawn, the bishop could uncover, and if he didn’t…

      She closed her eyes. If he didn’t capture it, Morphy
could force a mate in two, starting with the bishop sacrificing
itself with a check. If he did  take it, the white pawn
moved again, and then the bishop went the other way
and there was nothing Black could do. There it was.  One
of the little boys across the street began crying. There was
nothing Black could do.  The game would be over in
twenty-nine moves at least. The way it was in the book, it
had taken Paul Morphy thirty-six moves to win. He
hadn’t seen the move with the rook. But she had. 

      Overhead the sun shone in a blank blue sky. The dog
continued barking. The child wailed. Beth walked slowly
home and replayed the game. Her mind was as lucid as a
perfect, stunning diamond.


Monday, January 4, 2021


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“Mr. Breuer’s audiences had to be willing to embrace,
or at least shrug off, some quantity of abstruseness
in his productions. Yet there was often a rapturous,
cacophonous beauty to them. At their best … they
worked on spectators like enchantments.

You can sense that effect in Margo Jefferson’s
New York Times review of “Red Beads” (2005) …
that she called ‘theater as sorcery; it is a crossroads
where artistic traditions meet to invent a marvelous
common language.’ “

Laura Collins-Hughes, Jan. 4, 2021

I prefer . . .

A Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock

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Annals of Philosophy

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See also Verhexung  and Ein Kampf   in this  journal.

The Purloined Joke

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See also the phrase “Beautiful Mathematics” in this  journal.

The Purloined Art

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The Purloined Title

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When  logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead . . . .”

The Mystery of 'Monomial Representations and Symmetric Presentations'

See as well  Symmetric Generation  in this  journal.

“Feed your head.” — Grace Slick

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Ken:  Keeping Still

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For the Church of Synchronology — See the above date:  April 3, 2007.

The Salomon Gate

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:52 PM

See Salomon and “Eight is a Gate.”

Grey Advertising

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:13 PM

Clay Risen memorializes an advertising executive —

“Ms. Young rose to prominence as an executive with Grey Advertising,
where she began in 1959, standing out as one of the few women and
one of the few Asian-Americans at the firm, which was then a power
in its field.”

Related art from Log24 on the date of Ms. Young’s death

'Winter Count,' by Barry Holstun Lopez, cover with shades of gray

“A colour is eternal.
It haunts time like a spirit.”
— Alfred North Whitehead


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George Clooney to Matt Damon —

“There’s Michelangelo joke to be made.”

A search in this journal for Michelangelo suggests . . .

How about “Bach meets Bochner“?

The Ice Stone* Meditation

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A quote from the novel on which George Clooney’s new Netflix film,
“The Midnight Sky,” is based —

“Yet here he was, seventy-eight years old …
and, having come to the terminus of his life’s work,
all he could do was stare into the bleak face of
his own ignorance.”

— Brooks-Dalton, Lily. Good Morning, Midnight   (p. 5).
Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Related material —

For more ignorance, see part of the current New Yorker  home page —

Click image for the magazine’s animated gif  .

— and other recent posts tagged “Sixteenth.”

* The “Ice Stone” is in the New Year’s Eve post  tagged “Sixteenth.”
Space fans may think of that tag as representing the empty space
(a sort of black hole ) in the classic “15 Puzzle.”

Saturday, January 2, 2021

St. Brendan’s Seminar

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:36 PM

St. Brendan’s Day is May 16.  Three Log24 posts  from
that date in 2020 are now tagged St. Brendan’s Seminar.

Onward and Upward with the Arts

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An older “Methodist hymnbook” apparently had 1026  hymns —
The Methodist Hymn Book,
Illustrated with Biography, History,
Incident, and Anecdote ,
by George John Stevenson.
Second edition, London, Charles H. Kelly, 1894 —

Hymn 834 — I seek Thy kingdom first
Hymn 625 — Out of the depth of self-despair
Hymn 910 — God of truth, and power, and grace
Hymn 842 — Father, I know that all my life
Hymn 366 — I soon shall hear thy quick’ning voice

The 1933 Methodist Hymn Book  has the above-mentioned 984  hymns.
In that  book, the above numbers refer to . . .

834 — Above the clear blue sky
625 — I to the hills will lift mine eyes
910 — These things shall be: a loftier race
842 — Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild
366 — Jesus! Redeemer, Saviour, Lord

I prefer the list from the older book.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Mission Possible: KenKen Meets BarbieBarbie

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Wikipedia on the late Hugh Hefner

“Through his father’s line, Hefner was a descendant of
Plymouth governor William Bradford.  He described
his family as ‘conservative, Midwestern, [and] Methodist’.
His mother had wanted him to become a missionary.”

A quote from Story Space

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . . .” —

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Annie_Fanny .

Hefner’s parents might prefer the region of Story Space
proper to Dreamboat  Annie.

Geometry for Child Buyers

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Yesterday’s flashback to the “Square Ice” post of
St. Francis’s Day, 2016 —

'Square Ice' figure

This suggests a review of the July 16, 2013, post “Child Buyers.”

Related images from “Tomorrowland” (2015)

An ignorant, but hopeful, space fan —

The space fan knocks on one door-panel of a 3×3 array

Related image from “Hereafter” (2010)

Matt Damon with his  3×3 door-panel array.

IMAGE- Matt Damon and the perception of doors in 'Hereafter'

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