Friday, September 17, 2021

Adventures in Mix-and-Match Reality . . .

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Continued from September 8 .

The New York Times  yesterday

“Art is another way to try to exercise your imagination
at connecting incongruous things,” Anthony Doerr said.
“It’s a way to say, hey, reader, let’s work together and
practice and train our imagination to connect things
that you don’t readily think of as connected.”

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Angel Meets Prince Charming

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“Thank you for sharing!” — Mensa and Beyond

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The references in the previous post to November 1985 suggest . . .

The provocative pencil in the above image suggests
a review of the word "desmic" in this  journal —


Narrative* vs. Mathematics**

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Examples of Narrative:

Example of Mathematics:

From the month — November 1985 — in the second example above —

* Addicts of narrative might consult "Friends of Nemo."

** See Mathematics + Narrative in this journal and . . .

"As the chaos grew . . . ." —

IMAGE- Illuminati Diamond, pp. 359-360 in 'Angels & Demons,' Simon & Schuster Pocket Books 2005, 448 pages, ISBN 0743412397

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Razor and the Touchstone

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It is often good to remember that writers of headlines (and subheadlines)
are usually not the same people as the authors of the following texts.

In particular, in the above example, neither the word "touchstone" nor
the use of "enquires" to mean "enquiries" appears in the text proper.

Still, the mixed metaphor of "razor" as "touchstone" is not without interest.

See The Eightfold Cube and Modernist Cuts.

Septology According to Peirce

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From a review on Schicksalstag  (Nov. 9), 2019, of Jon Fosse's
The Other Name: Septology I-II  —


Related art —

The Shining Darkness

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"what shines, the shining darkness, yes, is the invisible in the visible"

— From Jon Fosse — The Other Name: Septology I-II . 
     Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls.
     Fitzcarraldo Editions (October 10, 2019).

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


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Seeking the Source…

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Continues.  (In memory of a Music Master.)


Bullshit Studies: Plato vs. Peirce, or Cornerstone vs. Keystone

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From a post of August 13, "The Divided Square" —

From a post of April 25, 2016, "Peirce's Accounts of the Universe" —

For the Peirce arrangement, see the imaginary film
reviewed in last night's post Packend! .


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Review of an imaginary movie —

Translation of 'packend' from German to English

See also Packend  in this journal.

Monday, September 13, 2021

“What a Swell Party This Is” — Cole Porter

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Using the Dreidel*

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The date of the Rubber Ducky article in the previous post was . . .

November 11, 2019.

Synchronology check:

* A phrase by Woody Allen (NY Times , May 5, 2011).

Duck Sup

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Cube Space Revisited

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The above Quanta  article mentions

"Maryna Viazovska’s 2016 discovery of the most efficient
ways of packing spheres in dimensions eight and 24."

From a course to be taught by Viazovska next spring:

The Lovasz reference suggests a review of my own webpage
Cube Space, 1984-2003.

See as well a review of Log24 posts on Packing.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

2001: A Story Space Odyssey

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Click to enlarge:

See also "Story Space."

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Ghost Army

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See as well "Training of the Dead" in the previous post.

Reality for Academia

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The title of the previous post, "Ground Omega," suggests a related  nightmare . . .

A writer of fiction in the previous post

"When we say a thing is unreal, we mean it is too real…."

Old joke —

"What you mean 'we,' paleface?"

At Ground Omega  in the above My Hero Academia  site —

"The twenty-four students are split into six groups of four…."

I prefer the similar splittings of  the Curtis  Omega

Ground Omega

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"When we say a thing is unreal, we mean it is too real,
a phenomenon so unaccountable and yet so bound to
the power of objective fact that we can’t tilt it to the slant
of our perceptions."  — DeLillo, 2001

Friday, September 10, 2021

Deep in the Diamond

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Edwin MuirMerlin

O Merlin in your crystal cave
Deep in the diamond of the day,
Will there ever be a singer
Whose music will smooth away
The furrow drawn by Adam's finger
Across the memory and the wave?
Or a runner who'll outrun
Man's long shadow driving on,
Break through the gate of memory
And hang the apple on the tree?

Will your magic ever show
The sleeping bride shut in her bower,
The day wreathed in its mound of snow
and Time locked in his tower?

For 9/11 Eve

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See the remarks in the previous post by one D. G. Myers
of Ohio State University.

Myers died on September 26, 2014.  See The Eliot Omen .

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Set Design for an 18-Hour Play

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Source data for an Instagram story this evening —

An image from the story itself —

Related reading — "Flame Alphabet" in this journal.

From that link . . .

See also . . .

Producer at the Still Point

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"In a career that began in 1976, she won nine Tony Awards
and helped bring 'Equus,' 'Amadeus' and the work of
Edward Albee to the New York stage."

McCann reportedly died at 90 yesterday.

From this  journal yesterday —


Enlarging the Spielraum… Continues.

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Click the chessboard for some Chinese hermeneutics.

Timeless Beauty, Timely Image

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Adventures in Mix-and-Match Reality

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See as well Gender Issues: Sleeping Beauty  (April 9, 2021).


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Q — "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
A —  "Practice, man, practice."

Another Q-and-A, with a jazz D.J. who reportedly died yesterday —

Q — "Did you ever practice a religion?"
A — "I’m mixed heritage. I was bar mitzvah-ed.
My mother’s side of family is Protestant. I was
rejected as a witness at a wedding of one of
Benny Goodman's cousins because I wasn't Jewish
because of my mother. I'm still mad about that.
If you really go back, my mother’s father was
a church organist."

Update of 6:23 PM ET —

Bar mitzvah :  See Two-Bar Hook.

Exalted Perception

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The title is from an August 31 book review —

More recent cultural news —

"Simplify, simplify." — Thoreau.

The 4-Point Dream


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Anatomy News

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"Over the years, she’s had key roles on
'Mad Men,' 'Rectify,' 'True Blood' and 'Timeless.'
Spencer is repped by Untitled Entertainment
and United Talent." — Kate Aurthur in Variety ,
Sept. 7, 2021, 11:15 am PT.

In the Variety  story, "True Blood" may be an error.
Spencer was  in "True Detective" (Season 2).

Raiders of the Lost Symbol … Continues*

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A Log24 search for "Watercourse" leads to . . .

("Watercourse" is in the Customer review link.)

The "five years ago" link leads to . . .


"What modern painters are trying to do,
if they only knew it, is paint invariants."

— James J. Gibson in Leonardo
(Vol. 11, pp. 227-235.
Pergamon Press Ltd., 1978)

An example of invariant structure:

The three line diagrams above result from the three partitions, into pairs of 2-element sets, of the 4-element set from which the entries of the bottom colored figure are drawn.  Taken as a set, these three line diagrams describe the structure of the bottom colored figure.  After coordinatizing the figure in a suitable manner, we find that this set of three line diagrams is invariant under the group of 16 binary translations acting on the colored figure.

A more remarkable invariance — that of symmetry itself — is observed if we arbitrarily and repeatedly permute rows and/or columns and/or 2×2 quadrants of the colored figure above. Each resulting figure has some ordinary or color-interchange symmetry.

This sort of mathematics illustrates the invisible "form" or "idea" behind the visible two-color pattern.  Hence it exemplifies, in a way, the conflict described by Plato between those who say that "real existence belongs only to that which can be handled" and those who say that "true reality consists in certain intelligible and bodiless forms."

* See that title in this journal.

Diamond’s Dance

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Update at 7:04 AM ET September 7, 2021 —

Monday, September 6, 2021

Old Joke, New Version

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A screenshot from this evening's viewing —

From an Instagram story posted earlier today . . .

Sense8 fans may make of this what they will.

In Memoriam

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Ripples Spread from Castle Rock*

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* Line from a poem, as interpreted by Cailee Spaeny and Josefine Lyche.

Interesting Times at the El Royale

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"Eight miles from charred front lines of the fire, a cluster
of Vegas-style hotels on the California-Nevada border
has morphed into a base camp for emergency workers."

—  Jack Healy in The New York Times ,

Classics Illustrated

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Related material:

Click the above image for the 
"Philosopher at the Orgy" article.

See also Plato's Cave in this  journal.

Century 21: Jailbait Meets Clickbait

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"Are you my three o'clock?"

Sunday, September 5, 2021

“They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus . . .”

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Q Tip . . . *

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* See also Expanding the Spielraum ,
   starring Javier Bardem as Q :

Weekend Edition

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A Letterman introduction for Plato's Academy Awards:

"Cunning, Anna. Anna, Cunning." (Rimshot.)

But seriously . . .

"This work [of Wierzbicka and colleagues] has led to
a set of highly concrete proposals about a hypothesized
irreducible core of all human languages. This universal core
is believed to have a fully ‘language-like’ character in the sense
that it consists of a lexicon of semantic primitives together with
a syntax governing how the primitives can be combined
(Goddard, 1998)." — Wikipedia, Semantic Primes

Goddard C. (1998) — Bad arguments against semantic primitives. 
Theoretical Linguistics  24:129-156.

Related fiction . . . Lexicon , by Max Barry (2013).  See Barry in this  journal.

Comic Strip Poker*

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* The "poker" part of the title is above.
   For the "comic" part, see the previous post.
   Experienced Web users can easily find the "strip" part.

Related drama . . . Mind Spider.


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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Balloons for Buffoons

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At Luisa's Mexican Restaurant . . .

Click image for the source.


It’s Still the Same Old Story

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"One, two, three . . . but where is the fourth?" — Socrates

Vanity Fair sheet music

Number, Time, and Dan Brown*

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The title is a nod to the book Number and Time  ( not  by Dan Brown ).

An illustration —

This journal 10 years ago today

"Dan Brown certainly packed a lot into
the 500-plus pages of The Lost Symbol ."

— DailyGrail.com

That sentence suggests a review of Efficient Packing

Friday, September 3, 2021

“The Home Cube, Where the Couple Reside”

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From the post "Games" of Jan. 31, 2021 —

“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 Tiffany Lede

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Accounting for Taste

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Risin' Up to the Challenge of Her Rival —

Art School Confidential —

Some context: The Power of the Center  in this journal.

Hallmark: Snopes vs. Greenfield

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For Snopes


" The lawsuit was dismissed in a 4-3 decision 
by the New York State Supreme Court.
Justice Edward Greenfield stated that
the pictures were 'not erotic or pornographic' 
except to 'possibly perverse minds….' "

For Greenfield

"… flights of rhetoric were a hallmark of the thousands
of opinions Justice Greenfield crafted during his three
decades on the trial bench. He died on Aug. 26 at his home
in Manhattan, his son Mark said. He was 98."

 — Katharine Q. Seelye of The New York Times  online today

Also on Aug. 26 —

Introibo for Buck Mulligan
in posts tagged Bar Exam.

IT (Plan 9 Continues.)

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From the Field of Manifestation link above —

"The number 9, that is to say, relates traditionally
to the Great Goddess of Many Names (Devi, 
Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Venus, etc.)
as matrix of the cosmic process, whether in the
macrocosm or in a microcosmic field of manifestation."

— Joseph Campbell,
     The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

For Stephen King:

"I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink."

— "Love Potion Number 9

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Devs Continues.

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" In 2017, Milioti appeared in the fourth season of
the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror in the episode
"USS Callister" as Nanette Cole, a newly employed
game developer whose digital recreation becomes
trapped in a virtual simulator game.[16] "

16.  Strause, Jackie (December 30, 2017). 
"'Black Mirror': Cristin Milioti on Battling a "Misogynistic Bully"
in Empowering Space Epic"
The Hollywood Reporter.
Retrieved June 22, 2021.

“She Walks These Hills” — Hillbilly Song

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The title refers to the previous post. A related elegy —

Annals of Effortless Elegance

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May the Schwartz be with her.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Obiter Dicta

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The title is a phrase from Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word —

"the seemingly innocuous obiter dicta ,
the words in passing, that give the game away"

The President on July 23, per USA TODAY

"And there’s a need, whether it is true or not,
there is a need to project a different picture."

Related material —


Wikipedia — "For the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, 
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won the award
for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie,
or Dramatic Special for this episode."

Wikipedia on Lindelof

See also . . . The Bard of Teaneck —

"What if Shakespeare had been born in Teaneck, N.J., in 1973?

He would call himself Spear Daddy. His rap would exhibit a profound,
nuanced understanding of the frailty of the human condition, exploring
the personality in all its bewildering complexity: pretension, pride,
vulnerability, emotional treachery, as well as the enduring triumph of love.

Spear Daddy would disappear from the charts in about six weeks."

—  Gene Weingarten in the Washington Post,
     Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005

Weingarten's remarks were quoted here  on that Sunday, along with
the following illustration —

Spear Daddy!

'The Deceivers'— A novel by Alfred Bester, author of 'The Stars My Destination

Moss from an Old Manse

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An image from Bedrock, a post on May 19, 2011, "Hilary Knight Day" —


Fact check —

Related entertainment —

 “There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies.
But there aren’t many dark screwball comedies.
And if Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers  is any indication,
there’s a good reason for that.”
— Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


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Update at noon, in memory of Victor Snaith

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