Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Alcott Gesture, from the author of Little Women

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:32 PM

A speaker in Washington, D.C., yesterday —

“We are in a crucible moment in the history
of the United States of America,” he said at
the “Let the Church Roar” rally at the National Mall.

In other drama —

“It’s a gesture, dear, not a recipe.”
— Peggy (Vanessa Redgrave) in a 1987 film.

The above Emma Watson date — Oct. 28, 2014 — suggests
some DC-related remarks in a Log24 search for “The Lost Symbol.”

Puer Viri Pater Est*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:19 AM

* “Suck any sense from that who can” — Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saturday, December 12, 2020

“Opus Esse Uno”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 PM

“He said, ‘It’s no coincidence that I study narcissistic leaders,
because it takes one to know one’”

Obituary for a CIA psychologist

Opus esse uno, unum cognoscendi,” the arch-narcissist Veidt
haughtily declares before he does this, which he translates to mean,
“It takes one to know one.”


Dr. Post reportedly died on November 22.

The Craft

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:57 PM

From The New York Times  on October 29 —

Zoe Lister-Jones on ‘The Craft’ and Women’s Power
by Melena Ryzik

See as well Ryzik in yesterday’s post “After Valentine’s” —

Related material —

The Wrong Stuff

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 PM

Perhaps not.

Would-be psychiatrists might consult
the 1955 Aldous Huxley story “Voices.”

Globe Services

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:16 PM

“Perhaps only Shakespeare manages to create at the highest level
both images and people; and even Hamlet  looks second-rate
compared with Lear .”

— Iris Murdoch, “Against Dryness,” 1961

Byline from a 2019 post — ‘GLOBE STAFF AND NEW SERVICES’ —


Above: Dr. Harrison PopeHarvard professor of psychiatry,
demonstrates the use of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
“block design” subtest.

 — From a Log24 search for “Harrison Pope.”

Related drama — Posts tagged Plastic Elements.

Friday, December 11, 2020

After Valentine’s

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 PM

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Popular Mechanics Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:23 PM

From a review of the new game Cyberpunk 2077

“Oh, you also find out the chip has meshed with
your nervous system, so you can’t take it out, and
that Silverhand’s consciousness will eventually
overtake yours, meaning your body will live on
but not your mind, soul or spirit.

Damn computers.”

— Daniel Van Boom at cnet.com,
Dec. 7, 2020 4:19 p.m. PT
(and under a different title later)

See also the similar plot of Upgrade” (2018) , a film featured in the
Log24 post Popular Mechanics: Midnight Upgrade (Oct. 26, 2019).

STEM Education —

For an earlier form of the plot,
see “Go Chip” in this  journal.

New Light on the Redactedentity Mystery

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:09 AM

See a Log24 search that includes earlier posts on “Redactedentity.”

Recent activity by that entity at the Encyclopedia of Mathematics:

As the above “recent changes” list notes, Redactedentity added
a new favicon section to Talk:EoM on December 7, 2020.  Details —

The new section as it appeared later, with “Redactedentity”
replaced by “Mihir Narayanan” —

Evidence that 'Redactedentity' may be someone named Mihir Narayanan.

Update at 5:35 PM ET on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 —

User “Redactedentity” at Wikipedia is now user “Mihir Narayanan.”

A Date Which

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:44 AM

From the Net on December 7, 2020 —

Some background for academics:

“The Self Regained”: Cyberpunk’s Retreat
to the Imperium  by Sharon Stockton (1995)

A review dated December 7:

Crimson Peak*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

See the previous post and Butcher’s Clay (March 29, 2014).

* The title refers to a film starring Jessica Chastain.

See also Chastain in Annals of Subliminal Typography.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:34 PM

Rosenbaum has a fluent style that can
pivot and change direction on a single word ….”

The above quotation results from a search
in this journal for golem.

That search resulted from today’s previous post,
Clay Risen.

Related conceptual art —

“You’ve got to be carefully taught . . . .” — Oscar Hammerstein II.
See as well the word undoing   in a post of December 6.

Clay Risen

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:34 PM

The title, which suggests a combination of musings by James Joyce
and Gerard Manley Hopkins, is actually a person’s name. See below.

Programming with Windows

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

“Program or be programmed.” — Douglas Rushkoff

Detail —

The part of today’s online Crimson  front page relevant to my own
identity work  (see previous post) is the size, 4 columns by 6 rows,
of the pane arrays in the windows of Massachusetts Hall.

See the related array of 6  columns by 4  rows in the Log24 post
Dramarama  from August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration), 2020.

“Identity Work”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:07 PM

The title is a phrase I encountered today in a search for background
on the anonymous Wikipedia user whose first “user talk” page is as
follows —

First Wikipedia 'user talk' page for 'Redactedentity' with a reference to 'CrazyMinecart88'

See also CrazyMinecart88 at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:CrazyMinecart88 .

“… the disclosure of knowledge as it is
intimately bound up with identity work”

— “Awarding the self in Wikipedia : Identity work
and the disclosure of knowledge,” by Daniel Ashton.
First Monday, Volume 16, Number 1 – 3 January 2011.

Some mine cart  “identity work” of my own —

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Another Damned Dyslexic

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:11 PM

The Importance of Being Ernst —

In the above Wikipedia revision today, the anonymous user “Redactedentity”
found that the article Kummer surface omitted Kummer’s first name
and so changed “authorlink=Ernst Kummer|last=Kummer” to
“authorlink=Ernst Kummer|last=Ernst Kummer.” This fixed the
omission but makes no sense as a statement of parameters.

“Redactedentity” was apparently unable to read the following page,
which explains that “last=” is for the author’s last  name —

Of course, this revision may be merely an instance of trolling or of
the sort of humor sometimes found among  people with the following

See also Pazouzou.

Best Meets Bester

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:40 PM

The New York Times  online today —

Menu bar above a book review: “The Best of 2020.”

Alfred Bester —

Related search results

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Right Stuff

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:57 PM

Sunday, December 6, 2020

The Undoing

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:16 PM

Today’s earlier post “Binary Coordinates” discussed a Dec. 6
revision to the Wikipedia article on PG(3,2), the projective
geometry of 3 dimensions over the 2-element field GF(2).

The revision, which improved the article, was undone later today
by a clueless retired academic, one William “Bill” Cherowitzo,
a professor emeritus of mathematics at U. of Colorado at Denver.
(See his article “Adventures of a Mathematician in Wikipedia-land,”
MAA Focus , December 2014/January 2015.)

See my earlier remarks on this topic . . . specifically, on this passage —

“A 3-(16,4,1) block design has 140 blocks
of size 4 on 16 points, such that each triplet
of points is covered exactly once. Pick any
single point, take only the 35 blocks
containing that point, and delete that point.
The 35 blocks of size 3 that remain comprise
a PG(3,2) on the 15 remaining points.”

As I noted on November 17, this is bullshit. Apparently Cherowitzo
never bothered to find out that an arbitrary  “3-(16,4,1) block design”
(an example of a Steiner quadruple system ) does not  yield a PG(3,2).

PG(3,2) is derived from the classical  3-(16,4,1) block design formed by the affine
space of 4 dimensions over GF(2).  That  design has 322,560 automorphisms.
In contrast, see a 3-(16,4,1) block design that is  automorphism-free.

Theology for St. Nicholas

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:36 PM

From a cartoon graveyard —

See as well a father, a son, and a (sort of) ghost:

Richard K. Guy in “A Cross for von Sydow,”
his son, M. J. T. Guy, and Mirror Guy.

“Binary Coordinates”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:09 PM

The title phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided.
It is used indiscriminately to denote any system of coordinates
written with 0 ‘s and 1 ‘s, whether these two symbols refer to
the Boolean-algebra truth values false  and  true , to the absence
or presence  of elements in a subset , to the elements of the smallest
Galois field, GF(2) , or to the digits of a binary number .

Related material from the Web —

Some related remarks from “Geometry of the 4×4 Square:
Notes by Steven H. Cullinane” (webpage created March 18, 2004) —

A related anonymous change to Wikipedia today —

The deprecated “binary coordinates” phrase occurs in both
old and new versions of the “Square representation” section
on PG(3,2), but at least the misleading remark about Steiner
quadruple systems has been removed.

Saturday, December 5, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

3x3 array, title in center, for film 'The Group'

See as well Ballet Blanc .

At the Still Point

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:16 PM

The photo of Lauren German from “Standing Still” (2005) in the
previous post suggests some related material for comedians:

The above character-creator name “Neil Gaiman” occurs here
in a post from June 2013 —

The above footnote refers to . . .

More merriment:  Lauren German in a video of the related song
“Another One Bites the Dust.”

The Devil Likes Metamorphoses.

Friday, December 4, 2020

German Lesson: Untergang

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:37 PM

The recent posts “Bunker Bingo” and “Here’s to Efficient Packing!
suggest a review.

Alex Ross in The New Yorker  on Dec. 2, 2020, on the German
word “Untergang ” —

“The usual translation is ‘downfall,’ although
the various implications of the word—
literally, “going-under”—are difficult to capture
in English. In some contexts, Untergang  simply
means descent: a sunset is a Sonnenuntergang .

Lauren  German in a 2005 film —

See as well . . .

Here’s to Efficient Packing!

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:19 PM

“Rock music from car . . .” 


Devil Music … Now in Infernovision!

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:26 PM

IMAGE- 'Devil Music' from 'Kaleidoscopes- Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter'


20 pages of incidental music written at school
for G. K. Chesterton’s play MAGIC

by D. Coxeter.”

See also other posts now tagged Infernovision.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:35 PM

Ghostbusters — The Interview —


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:12 AM


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Unframed Prime

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 PM

A Veritable Frame

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:21 PM

A search in this journal for “Jean Brodie” suggests a review —

“A professor is all-powerful, Gareth liked to tell his daughter, he puts
‘a veritable frame around life,’ and ‘organizes the unorganizable.
Nimbly partitions it . . . .'”

Review of Special Topics in Calamity Physics , Aug. 13, 2006

For Alison Lurie (Sept. 3, 1926 — December 3, 2020)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:26 PM

“Once upon a time there was a classroom.”
— Zenna Henderson, “Loo Ree

See as well other posts now tagged Lurie.

Pilgrim’s Progress

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:34 PM

A reported death on November 22 —

An image reproduced in this  journal on November 22 —

Bunker Bingo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 AM

See as well 5×5The Matrix of Abraham,  and Deutsche Schule Montevideo .

IMAGE- Right 3-4-5 triangle with squares on sides and hypotenuse as base

“If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Brick Joke

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:56 AM

The “bricks” in posts tagged Octad Group suggest some remarks
from last year’s HBO “Watchmen” series —

Related material — The two  bricks constituting a 4×4 array, and . . .

“(this is the famous Kummer abstract configuration )”
Igor Dolgachev, ArXiv, 16 October 2019.

As is this


The phrase “octad group” does not, as one might reasonably
suppose, refer to symmetries of an octad (a “brick”), but
instead to symmetries of the above 4×4 array.

A related Broomsday event for the Church of Synchronology

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

How many lightbulbs … ?

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:59 PM

Lurking at the Roots

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:40 PM

Beach Rocks

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:40 PM

The Beach  is a 1996 novel by English author Alex Garland.” — Wikipedia

Windows lockscreen today —

Another part of the lockscreen, later . . .

Related* mystical remark on a legendary artifact —

As above, so below.“**

Animation adapted from a legendary diagram

Braucht´s noch Text?

* The “9” and “16” may be viewed as referring to areas —
both above and below the hypotenuse — bordering a
3-4-5 triangle illustrating Euclid’s proposition I.47.

** An “established rule of law across occult writings.

Annals of Subliminal Typography

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:20 PM

We all know the song.” — Today’s 11:07 AM ET post.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:40 PM

The tinfoil link in the previous post suggests a review.

The Wikipedia article on the Harvard Psilocybin Project links to . . .

Beach Tips from Microsoft

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:07 AM
Beach and Rocks

Windows lockscreen, morning of December 1, 2020.

Related security tips. . . See tinfoil.   “We all know the song.

Image related to last night’s post “Time Class” —

Time Class

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:41 AM

(Tom Ford directed “Nocturnal Animals.”)

Monday, November 30, 2020

Space Exploration

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:52 PM


A sequel suggested by Jaime King’s Instagram yesterday

IMAGE- 'Right through hell there is a path.'

And they swam and they swam all over the dam.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:40 AM

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

See also Straightforward + Overarching.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Osterman Meets Brosterman

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:25 PM

See the former and the latter.

De Gustibus

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:44 AM

” . . . one person’s favorite comedy might be a wrenching drama to someone else.”

The Atlantic  promotional email by film critic David Sims on Saturday,
November 28, 2020, 11:37 AM ET.

See as well “Star Quality: Mirror Guy” (this  journal, 12:30 PM ET on Saturday,
November 28, 2020, the reported date of death for Darth Vader actor
David Prowse).

Sunday Morning in a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 AM

For the Dr. Seuss School of Neuropsychopharmacology —

From the school itself —

Related material — Pilgrim’s Progress  in this  journal and . . .

an image from Log24 on December 8, 2012

IMAGE- Cover image for a free mixtape, 'Lawrence Class - The Diamond Theory,' that contains images from Steven H. Cullinane's 'Diamond Theory.'

See as well “To Think That It Happened on Prescott Street
and related posts.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Coordinates of the Damned

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:54 PM

Related material from a Google search today —

Earlier . . .

“Q is for Quelle” Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Star Quality: “Mirror Guy”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:30 PM

Related material from pure mathematicsM. J. T.  Guy

A Poster for Doctor Manhattan

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:32 AM

A nostalgia pill for Watchmen  fans.

For Harvard  Watchmen fans, a link to 2346:

http://m759.net/wordpress/?p=2346 —

To Thine Own Self Be Trieu

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:07 AM

From a post of June 12, 2018 —
Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard —

More-recent neuronal art —

Friday, November 27, 2020

Unreality in Oz

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

Rebecca Harkins-Cross in Sydney Review of Books  on Nov. 25, 2020 —

Reality at Northfield

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:34 PM

See also, in memory of a Northfield, Minnesota, professor
of mathematics who reportedly died on October 28 —

Posts tagged Olaf Gate.

The Sun-Ra Code

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:24 PM

Latinx Critique

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:52 PM

Ben Affleck Slammed for Playing Mexican-American Character in Argo

Perhaps Affleck’s rendition of “Aquellos Ojos Verdes ” will help.
See Hollywood Moment (January 22, 2018).

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Harvard Psychedelic Club vs. Harvard Alcoholic Club

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:47 PM

For the title, see the previous post  as well as Prescott Street
and Psychedelic Club in this journal.

Some related art —

Critic’s Pick

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:01 PM

“Standing in the Way” — NBC News Today

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:20 PM

TIME Cover 1/16/1989- Trump with ace of diamonds

“This man may turn you green with envy” — TIME cover, 1/16/1989.

Jolly Green Giant in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2020

See as well the previous post, with some art
from earlier  in January 1989.

Epiphany Search

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:17 PM

Related material — The “box” version of I Ching hexagram 46,
“pushing upward,” in the lower right corner of the following art,
dated 1/6/89 (Epiphany 1989) —

Art Site

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:46 PM


Santa Ex Machina

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:49 AM

See also Ex Machina (Aug. 19, 2016).

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Requiem for a Jewel

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

See this evening’s New York Times  obituary for the figure below,
who reportedly died today.

IAS is the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ.

For more IAS rhetoric, see yesterday evening’s post on
The Building-Block Metaphor.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:57 PM

Between Passion and Obsession, There Is . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:45 PM

'Match Point' poster

Related material — See Cleavage .

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Scientism vs. Pure Mathematics

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:18 PM

In his weblog today, Peter Woit quotes “a remarkable article
entitled Contemplating the End of Physics  posted today at
Quanta magazine [by] Robbert Dijkgraaf (the director of the IAS)”

An excerpt from the quoted remarks by the Institute for
Advanced Study director —

“All of this is part of a much larger shift in
the very scope of science, from studying what is
to what could be. In the 20th century, scientists
sought out the building blocks of reality:
the molecules, atoms and elementary particles
out of which all matter is made;
the cells, proteins and genes
that make life possible;
the bits, algorithms and networks
that form the foundation of information and intelligence,
both human and artificial. This century, instead,
we will begin to explore all there is to be made with
these building blocks.”

Then there are, of course, the building blocks of mathematical  reality:
unit cubes. See building-block.space.

Twelve Gates

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:30 PM

See also The Mark of Zaentz (August 24, 2020)

Play Station

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:30 PM

“Spiel is nicht Spielerei.” — Friedrich Fröbel

Monday, November 23, 2020

In the Garden of Adding

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:03 PM

“In the garden of Adding,
Live Even and Odd….”
— The Midrash Jazz Quartet in
       City of God , by E. L. Doctorow

Related material — Schoolgirls and Six-Set Geometry.



Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:19 PM

See also another item from the above phosphodiester bond date —
September 21, 2015 —

A song for King’s band, The Rock Bottom Remainders —

“Hey, good-lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?”

Director’s Cut:  The 6 and the 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:52 PM

The previous post, “A Fine Knife Edge,” suggests . . .

A Fine Knife Edge

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:26 PM

“Any theory or finding, especially if controversial,
always rests on a fine knife edge….”

“It is a truism that nothing is sadder than
the murder of a beautiful theory by a nasty little fact.”

— Statements by one Irving Rothchild in his article
Induction, Deduction and the Scientific Method

See as well this  journal on the above Nasty Little Man date —

06 November, 2008

“compelling formula” vs. “intricate complexity.”

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Magic for Comedians

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:56 PM

The Galois-Fano Plane

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:52 PM

A figure adapted from “Magic Fano Planes,” by
Ben Miesner and David Nash, Pi Mu Epsilon Journal
Vol. 14, No. 1, 1914, CENTENNIAL ISSUE 3 2014
(Fall 2014), pp. 23-29 (7 pages) —

Related material — The Eightfold Cube.

Update at 10:51 PM ET the same day —

Essentially the same figure as above appears also in
the second arXiv version (11 Jan. 2016) of . . .

“When Are Finite Projective Planes Magic?”
Mathematics Magazine, vol. 89, no. 2, 2016, pp. 83–91.
JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/math.mag.89.2.83.

The arXiv versions

In Memory of . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:42 PM

A sound engineer who reportedly died on November 16.

An Orison for Anthony

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:53 AM

— Cloud Atlas , by David Mitchell (2004).

Conceptual Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:49 AM

The above figure from the previous post
suggests a review of the Trinity  concept.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Vulture Culture

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:22 PM

An image from this  journal on August 26, 2020

From a related article —

“Cohen, of course, was unavailable for comment,
having died the day before the 2016 election….”
Chris Willman in Variety , Aug. 27, 2020

Various sources say Cohen died in his sleep after
“a fall in the middle of the night on November 7 (2016).”

A related Log24 post —

A Fork for Yogi

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:10 PM

Note for the Church of Synchronology

See also this  journal on the “Songs for the Deaf” release date:
August 27, 2002.

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Pitchfork Haunting

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:43 PM

Related material . . .

K-Pax News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:06 PM

See as well Jung’s birthday in 2002.

Breadcrumb from Leni for The Club Dumas

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:28 PM

Later . . .

An age-restricted video —

Thursday, November 19, 2020

“A Word, a Corpse”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:01 PM

The title is from the previous post.

Related material —

Alex Garland’s grandfather, P. B. Medawar, on Bullshit

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:37 PM

From a review of Teilhard de Chardin’s
The Phenomenon of Man:

“It would have been
a great disappointment
to me if Vibration did not
somewhere make itself felt,
for all scientific mystics
either vibrate in person
or find themselves
resonant with cosmic

— Sir Peter Brian Medawar

See as well . . .

Breadcrumbs from a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:54 PM

The title was suggested by the previous post.

See as well posts now tagged Crumbs.

Breadcrumbs for a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:36 AM

Spears reportedly died on Nov. 6.  See this  journal on that date.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:28 AM

Hexagram 15:

Click on the hexagram
for some related posts.

Set Design and the Schoolgirl Problem

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:36 AM

Underlying Structure of the Design —

Schoolgirl Problem —

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

La Chanson Fatale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:31 PM

Harold Edwards, a founding co-editor of The Mathematical Intelligencer ,
reportedly  died at 84 on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

Images from this  journal on that date

“Surprise Party” revisited —

A Philippine meditation by Alex Garland quoted here on May 6, 2010

Qube Problem

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:42 PM

See today’s update to my November 11 post Qube.

Sequel . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 PM

To the previous post 

“Accentuate the Positive”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:04 PM

The Octad Club

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:03 AM

“Principles before personalities.” — AA motto

Related personalities —

The Metaphysical Club .

Amazon.com review by John Miller :

“… The Metaphysical Club  is not a dry tome for academics.
Instead, it is a quadruple biography … .”

Related principles —

The Octad Group .

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

“To Illustrate My Last Remark . . .”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:49 PM

The previous post  contrasted recent bullshit of Louis Menand
with some non-bullshit at Wikipedia.

But Wikipedia is hardly blameless —

The text on the left is bullshit. The illustration on the right is not.

What Is . . . Bullshit?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:45 PM

… and  What Is . . . Fact?

Field Guides

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:21 AM

Two Web items, each dated August 12, 2017 —

Meanwhile, at Yale . . .

Monday, November 16, 2020

Social Icons

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:24 PM

A death from Thursday, November 12, 2020 —

Other physics-related remarks from November 12
appear in this evening’s previous post.

Physics Jeopardy: “What Is a Particle?”

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:36 PM

See as well . . .

Lost in Building-Block.Space .

The Embedded Amaya

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:17 PM

The Garland Modelling

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:37 AM

See also God’s Dice  and  Dead Poet Joke .

Sunday, November 15, 2020

In Memoriam

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“Mountain, not fountain.” — Nabokov

Map Methods

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See also Priority (November 25, 2016).

Counter Culture

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Checkout at 11:23

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Related material for comedians — last  year’s 11/23
and Perlis in this  journal.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Grossinger Interview

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The following image was suggested by today’s
New York Times  obituary  of Joanna Harcourt-Smith
and by earlier Log24 posts now also tagged Grossinger.

For some background, see a book that reportedly
was published on Devil’s Night (October 30) 1997 —

The interview  date above suggests some related material
for students of bullshit and for
the Church of Synchronology

Leary-Related Death

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Meanwhile, on that same date . . .

See too the previous post and “Turn on, tune in, drop dead.

To Think That It Happened on Prescott Street

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Or:   Geometric Logic Continued

Part I: Mystic Twaddle

Part II:  Meanwhile, on that same date —

Part III: Back at Harvard — 

A link from the above post, infra —

“Some Harvard-related material — See Leary and 6 Prescott .”

Friday, November 13, 2020

A Dyad for Ariana

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From The New Yorker  yesterday

“The professor and the politician are a dyad of perpetual myth.”

As are the 6 and the 9.

Deep State, Deep Mind, Deep Structure

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. . . .

In Weber’s hands, the professor and the politician
are not figures to be joined. Each remains a lonely hero
of heavy burden, sent to ride against his particular foe:
the overly structured institution of the modern mind,
the overly structured institution of the modern state.”


See also Chomsky in this  journal.


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Raiders of the Lost Dorm Room

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“That really is, really, I think, the Island of the Misfit Toys at that point.
You have crossed the Rubicon, you jumped on the crazy train and
you’re headed into the cliffs that guard the flat earth at that time, brother,”
said Rep. Denver Riggleman, a Republican congressman from Virginia,
in an interview.”

— Jon Ward, political correspondent, Yahoo News , Nov. 12, 2020

The instinct for heaven had its counterpart:
The instinct for earth, for New Haven, for his room,
The gay tournamonde as of a single world

In which he is and as and is are one.

— Wallace Stevens, “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven


Related material for comedians

See as well Sallows in this  journal.

“There exists a considerable literature
devoted to the Lo shu , much of it infected
with the kind of crypto-mystic twaddle
met with in Feng Shui.”

— Lee C. F. Sallows, Geometric Magic Squares ,
Dover Publications, 2013, page 121

Thursday, November 12, 2020


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Related material for comedians

Thursday, August 21, 2014


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( A sequel to  Lux )

“By groping toward the light we are made to realize
how deep the darkness is around us.”

— Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy ,
Random House, 1973, page 118

Robin Williams and the Stages of Math

i)   shock & denial
ii)  anger
iii) bargaining
iv) depression
v)  acceptance

A related description of the process —

“You know how sometimes someone tells you a theorem,
and it’s obviously false, and you reach for one of the many
easy counterexamples only to realize that it’s not a
counterexample after all, then you reach for another one
and another one and find that they fail too, and you begin
to concede the possibility that the theorem might not
actually be false after all, and you feel your world start to
shift on its axis, and you think to yourself: ‘Why did no one
tell me this before?’ “

— Tom Leinster yesterday at The n-Category Café

See as well . . .

Damonizing Your Opponent

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

An Ordinary Evening in New Haven

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Anthony Hopkins in 'The Human Stain'

Prof. Coleman Silk introducing  freshmen to academic values

“The communication
of the dead is tongued with fire
beyond the language of the living.”

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets


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The new domain qube.link  forwards to . . .
http://finitegeometry.org/sc/64/solcube.html .

More generally, qubes.link  forwards to this post,
which defines qubes .

Definition: A qube  is a positive integer that is
a prime-power cube , i.e. a cube that is the order
of a Galois field. (Galois-field orders in general are
customarily denoted by the letter q .)

Examples:  8, 27, 64.  See qubes.site.

Update on Nov. 18, 2020, at about 9:40 PM ET —


For which qubes, visualized as n×n×n arrays,
is it it true that the actions of the two-dimensional
galois-geometry affine group on each n×n face, extended
throughout the whole array, generate the affine group
on the whole array? (For the cases 8 and 64, see Binary
Coordinate Systems and  Affine Groups on Small
Binary Spaces.)

The Work of a Comedian

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Flashback to Sept. 7, 2008

Change for Washington:

'The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life,' by Jack M. Balkin

For the details, see yale.edu/lawweb:

“As important to Chinese civilization as the Bible is to Western culture,
the I Ching  or Book of Changes  is one of the oldest treasures of
world literature. Yet despite many commentaries written over the years,
it is still not well understood in the English-speaking world. In this
masterful [sic ] new interpretation, Jack Balkin returns the I Ching  to
its rightful place….

Jack M. Balkin

Jack M. Balkin

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law
and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and
the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project.
His books and articles range over many different fields….”

Wallace Stevens on 'the work of a comedian'

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

To the Lighthouse

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Windows lockscreen, 9:05 PM ET Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Lost Girls of 1983

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Or:  The Doily Man Meets Roger Vadim

Monday, November 9, 2020

Gospel Thriller

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” He say ‘One and one and one is three’ ” — Song lyric

Related theology in memory of the late Paul Shanley

“Q is for Quelle.”   (November 7, 2020)

“Big Media, Big Money, Big Tech”

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Related material —

See as well the recent post Annals of Artspeak and the related
Microsoft  lockscreen photo credit


Geometric Logic

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“Strawberry Fields Forever” — Song title

“Let me take you down
’Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about… ”  More

“Ah, but the strawberries, that’s, that’s where I had them,
they laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved
beyond the shadow of a doubt, and with geometric logic,
that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox did exist,
and I’ve had produced that key if they hadn’t pulled
the Caine out of action.  I, I know now they were only
trying to protect some fellow officer. … Naturally, I can
only cover these things from memory. If I left anything out,
why, just ask me specific questions and I’ll be glad to
answer them, one by one.” — monologuedb.com

See also The Solomon Key .

Who Was . . . Alex Trebek?

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From David Corfield today at The n-Category Café —

“Collingwood writes in his Autobiography :

… a logic in which
the answers are attended
and the questions neglected
is a false logic.”

(An Autobiography , 1939, p. 31)

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