Friday, February 17, 2017


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Steve Martin on his character Ray Porter 
in the novella Shopgirl  —


"He said, 'I wrote a piece of code
 that they just can’t seem to do without.'
 He was a symbolic logician. That was his career…."

"In short, he seeks to objectify crucial areas . . . ."

Or crucify objective areas.

Kostant Is Dead

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:10 PM

"Bertram Kostant, professor emeritus of mathematics at MIT,
died at the Hebrew Senior Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale,
Massachusetts, on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the age of 88."

MIT News, story dated Feb. 16, 2017

See also a search for Kostant in this journal.

Regarding the discussions of symmetries and "facets" found in
that search —


A word about E(8). In my opinion, and shared by others,
E(8) is the most magnificent ‘object’ in all of mathematics.
It is like a diamond with thousands of facets. Each facet
offering a different view of its unbelievable intricate internal


In the Steiner system S(5, 8, 24) each octad might be
regarded as a "facet," with the order of the system's
automorphism group, the Mathieu group M24 , obtained
by multiplying the number of such facets, 759, by the
order of the octad stabilizer group, 322,560. 


Platonic solids' symmetry groups   

The Unreliable Reader

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Continued from "Religion at Harvard,"  May 7, 2010 —

The Unreliable Narrator meets The Unreliable Reader
Aaron Diaz at Dresden Codak

"The warnings come after  the spells." — Doctor Strange

Fake News: The Definition

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:15 AM

See also, on Feb. 8 in this journal, Damning.

Fear and Loathing at The New Yorker

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:45 AM

See also Gopnik in this journal.

Heptads and Heptapods

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In the recent science fiction film "Arrival," Amy Adams portrays
a linguist, Louise Banks, who must learn to translate the language of
aliens ("Heptapods") who have just arrived in their spaceships.

The point of this tale seems to have something to do with Banks
learning, along with the aliens' language, their skill of seeing into
the future.

Louise Banks wannabes might enjoy the works of one
Metod Saniga, who thinks that finite geometry might have
something to do with perceptions of time.

See Metod Saniga, “Algebraic Geometry: A Tool for Resolving
the Enigma of Time?”, in R. Buccheri, V. Di Gesù and M. Saniga (eds.), 
Studies on the Structure of Time: From Physics to Psycho(patho)logy,
Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, 2000, pp. 137–166.
Available online at www.ta3.sk/~msaniga/pub/ftp/mathpsych.pdf .

Although I share an interest in finite geometry with Saniga —
see, for instance, his remarks on Conwell heptads in the previous post
and my own remarks in yesterday's post "Schoolgirls and Heptads" —
I do not endorse his temporal speculations.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nested Projective Structures

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Two views of nested sequences of projective structures —

From this journal in April 2013:

From the arXiv in September 2014

Saniga's reference [6] is to a paper submitted to the arXiv in May 2014. 

My own note of April 30, 2013, concludes with an historical reference
that indicates the mathematics underlying both my own and Saniga's
remarks —

The exercises at the end of Ch. II in Veblen and Young's 
Projective Geometry, Vol. I  (Ginn, 1910). For instance:

Against Bewitchment

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(Continued from February 5, 2016)

Related material — the Feb. 5 death
of the above music figure David Axelrod.

See "Against Bewitchment" in this journal
on that date.

"Talkin' 'bout strange " — Lou Rawls
(See posts from the date of Rawls's death.)

Crimson Divinity

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:12 PM

See also the Harvard University Press
webpage for Colors of the Mind —

Angus Fletcher is one of our finest theorists of the arts,
the heir to I. A. Richards, Erich Auerbach, Northrop Frye.
This… book…  aims to open another field of study:
how thought— the act, the experience of thinking—
is represented in literature.

. . . .

Fletcher’s resources are large, and his step is sure.
The reader samples his piercing vision of Milton’s

Satan, the original Thinker,
leaving the pain of thinking
as his legacy for mankind.

Schoolgirls and Heptads

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:32 AM

A Feb. 12 note in the "talk" section of the Wikipedia article
"Kirkman's schoolgirl problem" —

The illustration above was replaced by a new section in the article,
titled "Galois geometry."

The new section improves the article by giving it greater depth.  
For related material, see Conwell Heptads in this journal
(or, more generally, Conwell) and a 1985 note citing Conwell's work.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Companion to Dante*

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Commentary on Inferno ,  Canto XVI,  line 84 —

* " when it pleases you to say 'I was' " —

See also a 1992 poem by Thomas Lux.

Warp and Woof

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Space —

Space structure —

From Gotay and Isenberg, “The Symplectization of Science,”
Gazette des Mathématiciens  54, 59-79 (1992):

“… what is the origin of the unusual name ‘symplectic’? ….
Its mathematical usage is due to Hermann Weyl who,
in an effort to avoid a certain semantic confusion, renamed
the then obscure ‘line complex group’ the ‘symplectic group.’
… the adjective ‘symplectic’ means ‘plaited together’ or ‘woven.’
This is wonderfully apt….”

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

The above symplectic  figure appears in remarks on
the diamond-theorem correlation in the webpage
Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2).

Space shuttle —

Related ethnic remarks —

As opposed to Michael  Larsen —

Funny, you don't look  Danish.

For Your Consideration

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Related material —

"The warnings come after  the spells.”
— Doctor Stephen Strange

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bee Season Continued

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:55 PM

"Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them."

— C. S. Lewis, quoted here during November 2005.

A review of that month was suggested by the following search

A search result for 'Sefer Yetzirah'+ Cube + Chelsea + Hotel

which itself was suggested by an obituary in tonight's online
New York Times  and by this morning's post "Rhyme."


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:00 AM

For the late poet Thomas Lux ,
who reportedly died on February 5 
(See posts tagged Bewitchment) —

"A darker riddle with no answer looms 
. . . .
For those who linger on among the tombs"

John Hollander, from a poem in A Draft of Light

Those who enjoy dark riddles with no answers
may search the Web for "Sefer Yetzirah" + Cube.

I prefer a purely mathematical approach to the cube.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Soundtracked Meets Sidetracked

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:07 PM

'Currently back in 1983' Tweet from Feb. 1, 2017

I was sidetracked by this peculiar Tweet after a search for
fictions titled "The Weaver's Tale." 

A version of the tale that I liked had led to the author's Twitter account
and the above remarks, dated 1 Feb. 2017.

That Tweet date led in turn to Log24 posts now tagged Heinlein Lottery.


“The Echo in Plato’s Cave” Continues.

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 PM

The previous post, "Colorful Tales," on the Nov. 28, 2016, death
of one Angus Fletcher, together with the remarks indexed above,
suggest a review from 

The archives of The New York Times  —

Literature as a Way of Life

By Harold Bloom
357 pp. Yale University Press. $32.50.

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of the Book Review.

A version of this review appeared in print
on May 22, 2011, on Page BR1 of the 
Sunday Book Review with the headline:
'An Uncommon Reader.'"

"By this time, Bloom had burrowed into a cave,
its lamplit forms and shapes merging into
an occult mythos scarcely intelligible
even to other scholars. 'Bloom had an idea,' 
Christopher Ricks said; 'now the idea has him.' 
Cynthia Ozick, meanwhile, called him an 'idol-maker.' 
In contrast to Cleanth Brooks . . . ."

An illustration from "The Echo in Plato's Cave" linked to
in the previous post


Judy Davis in the Marabar Caves

Cynthia Ozick on Bloom —

See also Dharwadker in the previous post and on the Higgs boson.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Colorful Tales

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:23 PM

“Perhaps the philosophically most relevant feature of modern science
is the emergence of abstract symbolic structures as the hard core
of objectivity behind— as Eddington puts it— the colorful tale of
the subjective storyteller mind.”

— Hermann Weyl, Philosophy of  Mathematics and
    Natural Science 
, Princeton, 1949, p. 237

Harvard University Press on the late Angus Fletcher, author of
The Topological Imagination  and Colors of the Mind

From the Harvard webpage for Colors of the Mind

Angus Fletcher is one of our finest theorists of the arts,
the heir to I. A. Richards, Erich Auerbach, Northrop Frye.
This… book…  aims to open another field of study:
how thought— the act, the experience of thinking—
is represented in literature.

. . . .

Fletcher’s resources are large, and his step is sure.
The reader samples his piercing vision of Milton’s

Satan, the original Thinker,
leaving the pain of thinking
as his legacy for mankind.

A 1992 review by Vinay Dharwadker of Colors of the Mind —

See also the above word "dianoia" in The Echo in Plato's Cave.
Some context 

This post was suggested by a memorial piece today in
the Los Angeles Review of Books

A Florilegium for Angus Fletcher

By Kenneth Gross, Lindsay Waters, V. N. Alexander,
Paul Auster, Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, K. J. Knoespel,
Mitchell Meltzer, Victoria Nelson, Joan Richardson,
Dorian Sagan, Susan Stewart, Eric Wilson, Michael Wood

Fletcher reportedly died on November 28, 2016.

"I learned from Fletcher how to apprehend
the daemonic element in poetic imagination."

— Harold Bloom in today's Los Angeles florilegium

For more on Bloom and the daemonic, see a Log24 post,
"Interpenetration," from the date of Fletcher's death.

Some backstory:  Dharwadker in this journal.

Religious Art for Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:02 AM

Euclidean  square and triangle

Galois  square and triangle

For some backstory, see the "preface" of the 
previous post and Soifer in this journal.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ultima Thule

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"Skip the preface, and it's in the bag!"

— Character in a short story by Nabokov,
"Ultima Thule," in The New Yorker  of April 7, 1973

Recreational Logic

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:40 PM

Smullyan reportedly died on Monday, February 6, 2017. 

This journal on that date

Sixteenth-century alchemist in a novel by Balzac —

"If we eliminate God from this world, sire,
what remains? Man! Let us examine our domain."

The God Identity

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 PM

The previous post suggests a related concept, in which
"I Am that I Am" is replaced by "I am as  I am." —

The Quantum Identity

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:45 PM

The title was suggested by the previous post and by
the novels of Harlan Kane.

Artistic Signifier

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RSS feed screenshot of 1:53 AM ET today —

'Step aside, beauty and truth... Art's new  alpha and omega is identity.'

Norwegian Identity

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"Siri Hustvedt is an award-winning and versatile American
writer and essayist. She earned her PhD in Literature at
Columbia University in 1986. She often points to her
Norwegian family background in her works, and she is
known as one of the foremost interpreters of Norwegian-
American identity in English literature."

— University of Oslo,
     "Siri Hustvedt: Honorary doctor 2014"

IMAGE- 'Siri Hustvedt Interview: Fakes and Fiction'

See also Hustvedt in this journal.

Friday, February 10, 2017

In Memoriam

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 1:22 PM

Harald S. Naess, a professor retired from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the local authority on Norway,
reportedly died Sunday in Kristiansand, Norway, where he grew up.
He was 91. His academic specialty was the works and letters of
Knut Hamsun.

See posts from the date of Naess's death now tagged Bewitchment.

See also a Log24 post that mentions Kristiansand.

The Times’s Stone

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM

See also the previous post.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Stone

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:00 PM

See also other news on that date.

Conspiracy Theory

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:45 PM

See also Jeremiah Denton in Wikipedia.

Those for whom entertainment is God
may enjoy a film based on a book by Denton, 
"When Hell Was in Session," starring
Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint.

Denton reportedly died on March 28, 2014.
See a Log24 post from that date, "Blazing Thule."

"You've got to pick up every stitch." — Donovan


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:24 PM

(A sequel to the previous post, Damning.)

The New York Times  at 11:44 AM today —

Barbara Gelb, an author and journalist who, with her husband, Arthur Gelb, produced the first full-scale biography of the playwright Eugene O’Neill, then followed it decades later with two volumes that reconsidered his life, died on Thursday [Feb. 9, 2017] at her home in Manhattan. She was 91.

Her death was confirmed by her son, Peter, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

For much of their long careers — Mr. Gelb was the culture editor and then managing editor of The New York Times — the Gelbs were consumed by O’Neill, who was regarded by many critics as the greatest American playwright. 

. . . .

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:42 PM

BuzzFeed, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, on "the damning letter"—

From the Jan. 10 BuzzFeed story

At the time of the hearing, Judiciary Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond never put the letter into the congressional record, and its contents remained largely unknown. In the only line that was made public at the time — published in June 1986 by Knight Ridder reporter Aaron Epstein — King made clear her opposition to Sessions’ nomination.

“For a century, the racial practices that characterized our region were established and enforced by men who, like Mr. Sessions, protested that they, too, were not personally hostile to blacks,” King’s letter said, according to Epstein’s dispatch.

A searchable text of the alleged 1986 letter, along with the
alleged attached statement, is now available at

A search of the letter and statement at that webpage yields
no instances of the phrases "racial practices," "established and enforced,"
or "personally hostile."

Hence the word "alleged" above.

Update of 1:44 PM ET on Feb. 9, 2017:

A relevant Wikipedia article —
Questioned document examination.

Rhymes with Prize

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:01 PM

On the triangle in the excerpt above —

"A golden triangle can be split into
a golden triangle and a golden gnomon.
The same is true for a golden gnomon.
A golden gnomon and a golden triangle
with their equal sides matching each other
in length are also referred to as the obtuse
and acute Robinson triangles.

These isosceles triangles can be used to
produce Penrose tilings."

— Adapted from Wikipedia (Wikipedia's word
"bisected" is replaced above by the word "split.")

The previous post dealt with women and lies.

Related material — Quilt Prize in this journal.

Complicated Stories

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Dore Ashton's Picasso on Art

"We all know that Art is not truth.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,
at least the truth that is given us
to understand." — Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:48 PM

From a poem by Bécquer translated by Robert Lowell —

Some other love will sound his fireword for you
and wake your heart, perhaps, from its cool sleep

Physicist Marjorie D. Corcoran in a photo from her Rice University
home page. Corcoran reportedly died on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

This post was suggested by the date in the photo: 2003/07/27.

Authority Figure

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Accepting for Professor Corey Thomas Pynchon.

Not a Group Member

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:30 PM

The previous post included an image of a group
of eleven women in the cover photo for the current
Vanity Fair  Hollywood Issue.

To be fair and balanced, here is a twelfth, rather different,
feminine figure

Related philosophy by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in
remarks published July 12, 2016, on Plato and mathematical beauty —

"Thinking in a narrow and amoral way about our own self-interest
is, for Plato, almost the definition of irrationality. Our self-centeredness
makes us not only stupid but nasty."

"I'm with Nasty."

Monday, February 6, 2017

And Now, the Entire Company!

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:26 PM

"You may say that I'm a dreamer . . . ."


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:10 PM

Some notes related to recent posts

"Rilke's insistent quest for a purity associated with primitive origins
took a Russian turning, but could also be seen as an extension of
traditions developed in Europe in the modern era. When Balzac
takes a metaphysical look at modern life, he exclaims: 'There is a
primitive principle! . . . .' "

— The late Dore Ashton,
     "Art Critic Who Embraced and Inhabited Modernism"

Sixteenth-century alchemist in a novel by Balzac —

"If we eliminate God from this world, sire,
what remains? Man! Let us examine our domain.
The material world is made up of elements;
thos elements are resolved into a single one
which is endowed with motion.
The number THREE is the formula of creation:
matter, motion, product!" *
. . . .

"There is a primitive principle!
Let us grasp it at the point where it acts upon itself,
where it is a unit, where it is really a principle,
not a creature, a cause, not an effect —
we shall see it by itself, formless, ready to assume
all the forms which we see it assume in life.  
When we are face to face with this atom, 
when we have surprised motion at its
starting-point, we shall know its laws . . . ."

* "… la Matière, le Mouvement, le Produit!"

Twenty-first century writer on physics —

"Besides the concept of Newtonian force,
the concept of momentum, as defined by
the multiplication of mass m and velocity v,
i.e., mv, is also one of the key concepts in
Newtonian mechanics. Historically, the
concept of momentum can be regarded as
an outgrowth of the impetus concept of the
Middle Ages. But momentum is in fact quite
different from impetus which has no
quantitative definition. In comparison,
momentum is a quantitatively precise and
well-defined mechanical concept."

—  http://www.thecatalyst.org/physics/chapter-two.html.
      No author is named, but a "curriculum vitae" link at
      the bottom of the webpage leads to Kai X. Miao.

"C’était la création elle-même,
qui se servait de la forme de Balzac
pour faire son apparition . . . ."

Auguste Rodin , by Rainer Maria Rilke,
translated from the German by Catherine Caron,
Editions La Part Commune , 2001

See also a version in English, and Rilke's original German

 Aber langsam wuchs Rodin's Vision von Form zu Form. Und endlich sah er ihn. Er sah eine breite, ausschreitende Gestalt, die an des Mantels Fall alle ihre Schwere verlor. Auf den starken Nacken stemmte sich das Haar, und in das Haar zurückgelehnt lag ein Gesicht, schauend, im Rausche des Schauens, schäumend von Schaffen: das Gesicht eines Elementes. Das war Balzac in der Fruchtbarkeit seines Überflusses, der Gründer von Generationen, der Verschwender von Schicksalen. Das war der Mann, dessen Augen keiner Dinge bedurften; wäre die Welt leer gewesen: seine Blicke hätten sie eingerichtet. Das war der, der durch sagenhafte Silberminen reich werden wollte und glücklich durch eine Fremde. Das war das Schaffen selbst, das sich der Form Balzac's bediente, um zu erscheinen; des Schaffens Überhebung, Hochmut, Taumel und Trunkenheit. Der Kopf, der zurückgeworfen war, lebte auf dem Gipfel dieser Gestalt wie jene Kugeln, die auf den Strahlen von Fontänen tanzen. Alle Schwere war leicht geworden, stieg und fiel.

 So hatte Rodin in einem Augenblick ungeheuerer Zusammenfassung und tragischer Übertreibung seinen Balzac gesehen, und so machte er ihn. Die Vision verging nicht; sie verwandelte sich. . . . .

Related material:  Momentum  in this journal.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Against Bewitchment

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A footnote in memory of a preservationist

Title page of a thesis on language by Miles Spencer Kimball from 1984

The previous post's quotation from the Kimball thesis contains
a reference (numbered 23) to the source of Wittgenstein's 
"savages" remarkPhilosophical Investigations , § 194.

Kimball's  remarks quoted in the previous post are from
page 121 of his thesis, under the heading "Wittgenstein's
Battle Against Bewitchment by Language."

From a cinematic example of such bewitchment —

Ein Kampf

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This is from a master's thesis of 1984.

For the source, see "Ein Kampf" in this journal.

An image from the Saturday Night Live  version —

Primitive Principle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:20 PM

"Rilke's insistent quest for a purity associated with primitive origins
took a Russian turning, but could also be seen as an extension of
traditions developed in Europe in the modern era. When Balzac
takes a metaphysical look at modern life, he exclaims: 'There is a
primitive principle! . . . .' "

— The late Dore Ashton,
     "Art Critic Who Embraced and Inhabited Modernism"

Putting aside the wild inaccuracy of Ashton's remarks,
the words "modernism" and "turning" suggest a review of

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time Loop

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:09 PM

"On a Saturday night" — Johnny Thunder, 1962

"Only a peculiar can enter a time loop." — Tim Burton film, 2016

Highly qualified —

The Rothko Conundrum

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 PM

Photo:  J. Griffis Smith

By Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle , February 3, 2016 

"At night, over Rothko Chapel's reflecting pond, 'Broken Obelisk' 
looks particularly dramatic.

The great American sculptor Barnett Newman once said his
monumental sculpture 'Broken Obelisk' was intended to transform
ideas about life and tragedy into a glimpse of the 'sublime.' "

. . . 

See as well Rothko
in this journal.

Houston Problem

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:33 PM

"A noted Rice University professor died Friday morning
when a Metro light rail train hit her near Hermann Park.

Marjorie Corcoran was bicycling toward the campus
about 8:30 a.m. when she was struck on the southbound
tracks at 6300 Fannin near Sunset, according to Metro officials."

The Houston Chronicle  yesterday

Houston is on Central Standard Time; 8:30 a.m. there
is 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (the time used here).

Log24 at that time yesterday

Corcoran's Rice University page
has some brief remarks 
on fundamental symmetries.

Character in a novel by Balzac

" la Matière, le Mouvement, le Produit!"

♫ Are You Going to Vanity Fair?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:00 PM
"In those days, the occult sciences were 
cultivated with ardor well calculated to surprise the 
incredulous minds of our own sovereignly analytical 
age; perhaps they may detect in this historical 
sketch the germ of the positive sciences, widely 
studied in the nineteenth century, but without the 
poetic grandeur which was ascribed to them by the 
audacious investigators of the sixteenth century; 
who, instead of devoting their energy to industry, 
magnified art and made thought fruitful. The 
patronage universally accorded to art by the sov- 
ereigns of that time was justified, too, by the mar- 
vellous creations of inventors who started in quest 
of the philosopher's stone and reached amazing re- 
sults." — Balzac, Catherine de' Medici 

Honoré de Balzac, Sur Catherine de Médicis :

— Hé! bien, sire, en ôtant Dieu de ce monde, que reste-t-il?
L’homme! Examinons alors notre domaine?
Le monde matériel est composé d’éléments, ces éléments
ont eux-mêmes des principes. Ces principes se résolvent 
en un seul qui est doué de mouvement. Le nombre TROIS est
la formule de la création: la Matière, le Mouvement, le Produit!

— La preuve? Halte-là, s’écria le roi.

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


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:12 AM

See also "Universal" in this  journal.

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Fable of Art Criticism

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:42 PM

Part I —

Part II —

Part III —

"Let us examine our domain." — Character in a Balzac novel

Ashton reportedly died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
See some more-scholarly remarks by Ernst Cassirer
on "the domain of perception" quoted here on that date.

Hard Kernel

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:13 AM

Kamuf, 'Remains to be Seen,' Los Angeles Review of Books

Hermeneutics —

The above quote occurs in a search called up by clicking on the image
of Amy Adams in the noon post on Groundhog Day (yesterday).

For a "universal message" see the final post of Groundhog Day.
For an "unintelligible secret," see today's previous post.

See also kernel  in this journal.

Raiders of the Lost Chalice

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:30 AM

Personally, I prefer
the religious symbolism
of Hudson Hawk .

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hollywood Easter Egg

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:33 PM

From yesterday's post Hollywood Arrival

Yesterday's events at 6407 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood,
together with the logic of number and time from recent
posts based on a Heinlein short story, suggest that the
character played by Adams is a sort of 'fifth element'
needed to save the world. 

In other words, the strange logic of recent posts ties the
California lottery number  6407 to the date  April 12, 2015, 
and a check of that date in this journal yields posts tagged
Orthodox Easter 2015 that relate to the 'fifth element.' "

A related image from Arrival  (at 1:37:18) —

A related passage of scientific prose —

"Paramount discoveries are still being made…."

Or at least distributed.

An Object for New Haven

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The title was suggested by a Wallace Stevens poem.

See "The Thing and I" in this journal. See also

Words and Objects according to Whorf

Page 240 of Language, Thought, and Reality , MIT, 1956,
     in the article "Languages and Logic," reprinted from
    Technol. Rev. , 43: 250-252, 266, 268, 272 (April 1941)

Y* is for Yale

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See "Sapir" in this journal as well as a Yale University page on Whorf:

* For a different view of "Y," see the previous post.

Putting the Y in Vanity

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Amy Adams on the cover of the 
Vanity Fair  Hollywood issue, 2017

Line spoken to Adams's
character in Arrival

You approach language
like a mathematician.

Speak, Memory

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This post was suggested by today's National Prayer Breakfast,
the 1990 film Total Recall , and a post of July 20, 2015.

Detail from that post —

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Free Speech Movement*

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* See also the title phrase in Wikipedia.


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Search results suggested by the previous post :

See also Wechsler in this journal.

But Wait, There’s …

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Shifts and Pivots

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In a New Yorker  "Cultural Comment" column today,
Richard Brody describes a 2004 novel that he says

"… dramatizes the American character as
vast, manifold, and inchoate;
it can use its prodigious and uninhibited energy
for good or for evil, and it shifts
under the sudden force of unforeseeable events.
The shifts and pivots of the American nation
at large are also those of each individual American.
The grand political stage and the intimate life
are inseparable; identity itself is inextricable
from the currents of history. The novel’s
mighty psychological weight rests upon
a terrifyingly delicate balance of circumstances
that depend on whims of chance." 

I prefer the shifts and pivots in earlier fictions; for example,
those of Robert A. Heinlein, who died in 1988.

Some backstory :  Glory Road  in this journal.

Faust and the Media

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Announcement of a Harvard event:

"The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era,"
 Tuesday, January 31, 4 – 6 pm., Sanders Theatre,
 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass."

The event as reported by The Harvard Crimson

Related material — This  journal at 12:31 PM ET Tuesday —
"The Devil's Arithmetic," a post with title taken from a 1988
fiction by Jane Yolen.

From the Jan. 28 post Cranking It Up —

"We are rooted in yoga and love the magic
that happens when that practice is
cranked up to eleven." — The late Trevor Tice

Hollywood Arrival

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In the new film Arrival , Amy Adams plays a linguist
who must interpret the language used by aliens whose
spaceships hover at 12 points around the globe.

Yesterday's events at 6407 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood,
together with the logic of number and time from recent
posts based on a Heinlein short story, suggest that the
character played by Adams is a sort of "fifth element"
needed to save the world. 

In other words, the strange logic of recent posts ties the
California lottery number  6407 to the date  April 12, 2015, 
and a check of that date in this journal yields posts tagged
Orthodox Easter 2015 that relate to the "fifth element."

Midrash by Ted Chiang from the story on which Arrival  was based  —

After the breakthrough with Fermat's Principle, discussions of scientific concepts became more fruitful. It wasn't as if all of heptapod physics was suddenly rendered transparent, but progress was suddenly steady. According to Gary, the heptapods' formulation of physics was indeed topsy-turvy relative to ours. Physical attributes that humans defined using integral calculus were seen as fundamental by the heptapods. As an example, Gary described an attribute that, in physics jargon, bore the deceptively simple name “action,” which represented “the difference between kinetic and potential energy, integrated over time,” whatever that meant. Calculus for us; elementary to them.

Conversely, to define attributes that humans thought of as fundamental, like velocity, the heptapods employed mathematics that were, Gary assured me, “highly weird.” The physicists were ultimately able to prove the equivalence of heptapod mathematics and human mathematics; even though their approaches were almost the reverse of one another, both were systems of describing the same physical universe.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Where Entertainment Is God

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Today's previous post suggests:

Not amused …

The above Los Angeles Film School poster publicizes an event
on December 13, 2014 (St. Lucia's Day). Also on that date —
"Grim Pen" and other posts in this journal.

Sunset Passion

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"Pursue Your Passion" — Motto of  The Los Angeles Film School,
displayed below in May 2016 at Ivar Ave. and Sunset Blvd.
(Google Street View facing north from Sunset — Click photo to enlarge.)

This peaceful setting was less peaceful today —

1 dead, several injured after afternoon stabbings in Hollywood

By Chris Perez in the New York Post

January 31, 2017   7:53 pm ET

Related material —

The Burton Temptation

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The young actress of the previous post in a music video —

The late Richard Burton
in Exorcist 2 : The Heretic

"Been there, done that."

The Devil’s Arithmetic

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Related Things

The obituary of a psychoanalyst,
a website, yoism.org, that discusses his method,
and a young actress who stars in both Stranger Things
and the earlier BBC series Intruders —

Not to put too fine a point on it,
here is an illustration
from the website that discusses 
the dead psychoanalyst —

See also a Log24 post,
"Inarticulate Image,"
from the date of
the psychoanalyst's death.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The SAG Dagger

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Related posts:  Those now tagged Obelisk.

Devotional Space

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Quotations by and for an artist who reportedly died
on Sunday, January 15, 2017 —

"What drives my vision is a need to locate
a 'genetically felt' devotional space
in which a simultaneous multiplicity
of disparate realities coexists."

— The late Ciel Bergman, in her webpage
     "Artist's Statement"

"Once a registered nurse who worked in a hospital
psychiatric ward, Ms. Bergman was a struggling
single mom of two when she couldn’t resist the pull
of her art. In 1969, she entered a painting in the
Jack London Invitational, an art contest in Oakland,
and won first prize. This compelled her to enroll at
the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned
her master of fine arts with honors in painting."

Sam Whiting in the San Francisco Chronicle

See also Oakland in this journal and
"Only a peculiar can enter a time loop."

"The peculiar kind of 'identity' that is attributed to
apparently altogether heterogeneous figures
in virtue of their being transformable into one another
by means of certain operations defining a group,
is thus seen to exist also in the domain of perception."

— Ernst Cassirer, quoted here on
     Midsummer Eve (St. John's Eve), 2010

Puck Award

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The number 8775 in the previous post suggested, via a lottery search,
a look at the date August 16, 2016. The number was from a Hollywood
street address in a 1941 Robert A. Heinlein story.  Heinlein himself lived
on the same street, at number 8777.

A lottery search for 8777 like that for 8775 in the previous post
yields the date July 10, 2000. Remark from that date in the
Los Angeles Times

"As in any company of size, some of the performances
stand out sharply. Walker almost steals the show as Puck
and the officious Quince of the group of dummies who
put on the play-within-a-play at the end." 

Walker is "the group's conceptual leader" Matt Walker.

Another conceptual leader — Denzel Washington

Setting for the La La Playhouse adaptation of "Fences" —

"But if memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lottery Hermeneutics

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For some backstory, see Lottery in this journal,
esp. a post of June 28, 2007:

Real Numbers: An Object Lesson.

One such number, 8775, is suggested by 
a Heinlein short story in a Jan. 25 post.

A search today for that number —

That Jan. 25 post, "For Your Consideration," also mentions logic.

Logic appears as well within a post from the above "8775" date,
August 16, 2016 —

Update of 10 am on August 16, 2016 —

See also Atiyah on the theology of 
(Boolean) algebra vs. (Galois) geometry:

Related:  Remarks by Charles Altieri on Wittgenstein in
today's previous post.

For remarks by  Wittgenstein related to geometry and logic, see 
(for instance) "Logical space" in "A Wittgenstein Dictionary," by
Hans-Johann Glock (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996).

Page 343

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This page was suggested by some lottery numbers from yesterday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Cranking It Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:17 PM

From "Core," a post of St. Lucia's Day, Dec. 13, 2016 —

'We are rooted in yoga and love the magic that happens when that practice is cranked up to eleven.'

In related news yesterday —

California yoga mogul’s mysterious death:
Trevor Tice’s drunken last hours detailed

"Police found Tice dead on the floor in his home office,
blood puddled around his head. They also found blood
on walls, furniture, on a sofa and on sheets in a nearby
bedroom, where there was a large bottle of Grey Goose
vodka under several blood-stained pillows on the floor."

See as well an image from "The Stone," a post of March 18, 2016 —

Some backstory —

“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

Friday, January 27, 2017

In Memory of Actor John Hurt

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Hurt, who reportedly died today, played a purveyor
of magic wands
in the Harry Potter series and also
Control in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."

"In the original screenplay for the film adaptation 
of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley muses that
Control had once told him that Howard Staunton 
was the greatest chess master Britain had ever
produced. 'Staunton' later turns out to be the name
that Control used for the rental of his flat."

— Wikipedia, Control (fictional character)

Related images —

Happy Chinese New Year.

Jazz Notes …

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In memory of a photographer

Three obituaries for Chuck Stewart, Jazz photographer

Click on the above image to search for Jazz in this journal.

In Memoriam

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:57 PM

From the American Mathematical Society (AMS) today,
an obituary of Hans Witsenhausen —

The obituary mentioned by the AMS (from Legacy.com) says …

"Donations in his memory may be made to the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
American Society for Yad Vashem or
the American Technion Society."

From an image in this journal on Nov. 19, 2016, the date of
Witsenhausen's death, that reviewed earlier posts —

See also posts from this date, January 27, in 2005.

Who’s Gaslighting Whom?

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From a recent column by Reuters Global Affairs Columnist Peter Apps —

"There may, of course, be a strategy behind beginning
the Trump administration with an attack on the media
and even reality itself. One of the principles long used
by both unpleasant governments and individuals over
time is to try and assert their will by questioning people’s
sense of reality and morality. If you can’t trust anyone,
the thinking goes, then it becomes more difficult to
question those in authority.
. . . .

There’s even a term for when it happens within intimate
human relationships – 'gaslighting'. It means to try and
drive one’s partner mad – or at least, force them to
question their sanity – in order to exert one’s will.
(The phrase was popularized by the 1944 film Gaslight,
in which a manipulative husband drives his wife mad by
turning gaslighting in a house up and down –
while denying doing so.)"

Earlier in the same column —

"It was bordering on insanity for Trump, his White House
and press secretary to try and maintain the false claim
that Trump’s inauguration had record turnout."

Fact check —

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer last Saturday :

"This was the largest audience to ever witness
an inauguration — period — both in person and
around the globe."

Despite some ambiguity, this is clearly not the same as Apps's
phrase "record turnout," i.e., in-person attendance.

For comparison with another deplorable journalist in the
previous post, here is Apps at Muck Rack :

Thursday, January 26, 2017


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(Continued from Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017)

"We have reached peak polarization."

— Olga Khazan in the online Atlantic  today,
     as quoted in the Muck Rack image below.

Perhaps not yet.

Consider the headline below,

"Why Trump Supporters Lie About the Inauguration Photo."

Consider also Olga's "Brain Bro" below in the context of 
the film "Limitless" and of the book A Wrinkle in Time .

See also all posts now tagged "Split."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

La La Song

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Click image to enlarge.

"I have often walked down this street before . . . ."

For Your Consideration

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Four Diamonds

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Maine to Mexico

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Suggested by a Jan. 24 American Mathematical Society obituary :

See also Texaco in this journal.

"Hum a few bars."

Requiem for an Editor

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:29 AM

"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language,
the lost lane-end into heaven,
a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 

(Suggested by Tom  Wolfe, the late Byron Dobell, and
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby .)

See also Great Again? and Great Again.

Annals of Journalism

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:27 AM

Dobell reportedly died on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Frisk Version

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:04 PM

Adam Frisk reports from a Canadian network, Global News

Compare and contrast with the photos in the previous post,
Inauguration Crowd Size According to Getty Images.

Inauguration Crowd Size According to Getty Images

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 5:31 PM

The "Spectators fill the National Mall" photo above seems
to correspond to the crowd during , not before  the inauguration
(as shown in the second photo above, the "People gather" photo).

Compare to the photo in today's earlier post taken during  the Inauguration:


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At left, just prior to the inauguration in 2009;
at right, during the inauguration in 2017.

Source of photos —


For a more detailed image of the 2017 inauguration
from the new president's point of view, click here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Blue Marble

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From a film poster linked to in the previous post


Voilà —

Believe It or Not

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"It's not a lie if you believe it."

Poster for "Operation Avalanche"

“We keep coming back and coming back
To the real: to the hotel instead of the hymns . . . .

— Wallace Stevens, quoted in posts tagged Portal1937

The In Crowd

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The New York Times  online on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 —

" 'Split' is being released by Universal under the Blumhouse label,
a brand associated with unpretentious, clever, neo-traditionalist
scare-pictures like 'Insidious,' 'Paranormal Activity' and 'The Purge.'
That seems like the right company for Mr. Shyamalan . . . ."

A check of the Blumhouse label leads to a NY Times article
dated July 15, 2012 —

Related material

Whose Crowd? OUR Crowd!

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"The reception which has been accorded 'Our Crowd'
shows that the subject was certainly ripe for exploitation."



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Alternative fact  from the New York Times  crowd —

Screenshot of online NY Times front page at 11:30 AM ET
on Monday, January 23, 2017 —

"Crowd scientists estimated that 160,000 people
attended President Trump's inauguration."

Great Again?

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2015 in 1989 A Spielberg Production

2015 in 2015:  A Log24 Production

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Was Ist … ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Istism, illustrated by dickism

Happy birthday to Piper Laurie.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Red Leaf, Gray Stone

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM

A search for the title in this journal yields a phrase,
"unassigned syntactical symbol."

A Google image  search for this phrase yields

Click the above image search for a larger (1.5 MB) version.
Other searchers will not obtain the same results; the above
is an idiosyncratic collage produced by Google acting as
my own personalized Galatea.


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Cover art: "Still Life with Rock and Leaf,"
by David Ligare, oil on canvas, 1994

"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language,
the lost lane-end into heaven,
a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 

Friday, January 20, 2017


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David Brooks in The New York Times  today
(on the Times Wire at 3:21 AM ET) —

It took a lot to get us here. It took a once-in-a-century societal challenge — the stresses and strains brought by the global information age — and it took a political system that was too detached and sclerotic to understand and deal with them.

There are many ways to capture this massive failure, but I’d rely on the old sociological distinction between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft. All across the world, we have masses of voters who live in a world of gemeinschaft: where relationships are personal, organic and fused by particular affections. These people define their loyalty to community, faith and nation in personal, in-the-gut sort of ways.

But we have a leadership class and an experience of globalization that is from the world of gesellschaft: where systems are impersonal, rule based, abstract, indirect and formal.

This suggests


The above Schaft  dates suggest in turn a review of this journal's
remarks on April 8 through April 11, 2016, which include

The Schaft robot's world is, like the new whitehouse.gov website,
admirably "impersonal, rule based, abstract, indirect and formal."

The New York Times , on the other hand, offers the sort of
aesthetic experience so aptly described in the above William
Hamilton New Yorker  cartoon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inarticulate Image

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The "inarticulate" image from last night's
"Raid on the Inarticulate" —

This is, in a sense, an island of nothing in a sea of being.

Contrast with an opposite image in Wittgenstein's "Diktat für Schlick":

From The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle
ed. by Gordon Baker, first published by Routledge 
in 2003. From Ch. 1, "Dictation for Schlick" —

p. 69 —
"Our method resembles psychoanalysis in a certain sense.
To use its way of putting things, we could say that a
simile at work in the unconscious is made harmless by
being articulated. And this comparison with analysis
p.71 —
can be developed even further. (And this analogy is
certainly no coincidence.)
     Anyone who speaks of the opposition of being and
the nothing, and of the nothing as something primary
in contrast to negation, has in mind, I think, a
picture of an island of being which is being washed
by an infinite ocean of the nothing. Whatever we throw
into this ocean will be dissolved in its water and
annihilated. But the ocean itself is endlessly restless
like the waves on the sea. It exists, it is, and we say
'It noths'. But how is it possible to demonstrate to
someone that this simile is actually the correct one?
This cannot be shown at all. But if we free him from his
confusion then we have accomplished what we wanted to
do for him."

"Ripples spread from castle rock …." — "Endgame," 1986

A Time Cube for Silvia

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The Silvia of the title is from the previous post.

For the Time Cube, see …

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Raid on the Inarticulate

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:32 PM

The title was suggested by the previous post and by
a phrase in Four Quartets.

Author Silvia Jonas tonight at Arts & Letters Daily


The Inarticulate


Detail of The Inarticulate

The Raid

Logo on the cover of 
Joyce's Visible Art

The Loss Cross

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The late Archie K. Loss* wrote Joyce's Visible Art.

Click on the book for
images from the date
of Loss's death.

For some context, see
the month that Loss died.

* Author of remarks on Joyce in the previous post.

An Associative Function …

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Quoted here on December 16, 2006

'An associative function' in cubist collage and in Joyce's Ulysses, in a paper by Archie K. Loss

See also …

The date  of the "Seconds" review above, 16 Dec. 2006, was 
the reason for the requotation in the first paragraph above.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Roman Road

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"All roads lead to Rome."

— Xi Jinping, President of the
People's Republic of China,
at Davos today

In memoriam  Harvard art historian
James S. Ackerman, who reportedly
died on New Year's Eve 2016 —

"Is this an obelisk* I see before me?" 
— Adapted from a play by William Shakespeare

* See the previous post and "The Cherished Gift."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Elsewhere Continued

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 PM

The title was suggested by a 2009 William Peter Blatty novel
and by a Log24 post last Friday, January 13th

Related images —

Various Schemata

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:35 PM

The New York Times  this evening

"Hans Berliner, a former world champion of correspondence chess
who won one of the greatest games ever played on his way to
the title and later became a pioneering developer of game-playing
computers, died on Friday [Jan. 13th] in Riviera Beach, Fla.
He was 87."

Dylan Loeb McClain

In memoriam

Number and Time, by Marie-Louise von Franz

The Magic Valley*

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An alternative to Davos

From a professor at Grand Valley

* Title suggested by Thomas Mann's 1924 novel about Davos

Interality Illustrated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:18 AM

For the "interality" of the title, click on the tag.

Click the above image for posts tagged "The Positive."

Sunday, January 15, 2017


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See also previous posts now tagged with this term.

Career Event

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See also related remarks.

April First Interality

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Data for an essay titled "Interality in Heidegger" —

See also Log24 posts
on that same date —
April 1, 2015.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Thing and I

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 PM


1984: A Space Odyssey

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:40 PM

See Eightfold 1984 in this journal.

Related material —

"… the object sets up a kind of
 frame or space or field
 within which there can be epiphany."

"… Instead of an epiphany of being,
we have something like
an epiphany of interspaces."

— Charles Taylor, "Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self ,
Cambridge University Press, 1989

"Perhaps every science must start with metaphor
and end with algebra; and perhaps without the metaphor
there would never have been any algebra."

— Max Black, Models and Metaphors ,
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1962

Epiphany 2017 —

Click to enlarge:

Here We Go Loop De Lie

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Wikipedia on The Exorcist III  (1990),
written and directed by William Peter Blatty —

"Kinderman takes his friend, a priest named Father Dyer,
out to see their mutually favorite film It's a Wonderful Life ."

Related material from an RSS feed at noon —

Funny ha-ha, not funny peculiar.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Elsewhere …

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For the title, see Wiktionary.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Cherished Gift

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From "Solomon's Cube" —

Related material —

"Is this a dagger I see before me?

"No." (A line suggested by Polanski's 2010 "The Ghost Writer")


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The I Ching's underlying group has 1,290,157,424,640 permutations.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Analogies Between Analogies

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:27 PM

"Do you like puzzles?" — J. K. Simmons

See also Sunday's post "A Theory of Everything"
and an obituary in this evening's New York Times .

Analogical Extension Meets Analytic Continuation

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:35 PM

From Models and Metaphors , by Max Black,
Cornell University Press, 1962 —

I do not recommend the work of Lewin, nor that of a later
science groupie, Keith Devlin

In September 2014, Devlin wrote an ignorant column about
a sort of bad mathematical joke based on a divergent infinite series.

He has now returned to the topic, this time writing more about
its proper mathematical background: analytic continuation .

Lewin is to Devlin as Lévi-Strauss is to Chomsky.
None of these four should be taken very seriously.

Max Black, however, should .

Eightfold Epiphany

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The reported death today at 105 of an admirable war correspondent,
"a perennial fixture at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong," 
suggested a search in this journal for that city.

The search recalled to mind a notable quotation from
a Montreal philosopher —

“… the object sets up a kind of
 frame or space or field
 within which there can be epiphany.”

Charles Taylor, "Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self
(Cambridge U. Press, 1989, p. 477)

For some context, see St. Lucia's Day, 2012.
See also Epiphany 2017 —

Monday, January 9, 2017

Diamond Song

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:40 PM

From "Night Moves," by Bob Seger

And oh, the wonder
Felt the lightning
Yeah, and we waited on the thunder
Waited on the thunder

I woke last night to the sound of thunder
How far-off, I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny* how the night moves?

See as well Johnny Thunder on Diamond Records in 1962 —

'Loop De Loop,' Diamond Records, 1962

* Funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha.

Analogical Extension at Cornell

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:30 PM

Click to enlarge the following (from Cornell U. Press in 1962) —

For a more recent analogical extension at Cornell, see the
Epiphany 2017 post on the eightfold cube and yesterday
evening's post "A Theory of Everything."

A Brief History of 7:35

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:14 PM

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