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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Not So New

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:48 AM

"I just found me a brand new box of matches …"

— Soundtrack of the  trailer for "Ocean's 8"

" matchwood, immortal diamond …." —

Click the above definitions for further information.

See as well Blue Diamond in this journal.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Where the Joints Are

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

An image related to the recent posts Sense and Sensibility:

A quote from yesterday's post The Eight:

A possible source for the above phrase about phenomena "carved at their joints":

See also the carving at the joints of Plato's diamond from the Meno :

Image-- Plato's diamond and a modern version from finite geometry

Related material: Phaedrus on Kant as a diamond cutter
in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance .

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flow

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM
 
From French cinema—

Duelle

"a 'non-existent myth' of a battle between
goddesses of the sun and the moon
for a mysterious blue diamond
that has the power to make
mortals immortal and vice versa"

"Moon River, wider than a mile…"

The most damaging and obstructive
cluster of ideas you face as a writer
are nearly all related to the idea of “flow.”

Like “genius.”

And “sincerity.”

And “inspiration.”

Distrust these words.

They stand for cherished myths,
but myths nonetheless.

— Verlyn Klinkenborg, 
"Several Short Sentences About Writing"       

"All she had to do was kick off and flow."

The Gameplayers of Zan

"I'se so silly to be flowing but I no canna stay."

Finnegans Wake

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dual Duel

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:20 AM

"Shifting Amid, and Asserting, His Own Cinema"

— Headline of an essay on Bertolucci in tormorrow's Sunday New York Times

This, together with yesterday's post on the Paris "Symmetry, Duality, and Cinema" conference last June, suggests a review of the phrase "blue diamond" in this journal. The search shows a link to the French art film "Duelle."

Some background for the word and concept from a French dictionary

duel
  adjectif masculin singulier
1 relatif à la dualité, à ce qui est double, constitué de deux éléments distincts
  nom masculin singulier
2 combat opposant deux personnes, à l'arme blanche ou au pistolet, afin de chercher réparation d'un dommage ou d'une injure de l'un des combattants
3 par extension compétition, conflit
4  (linguistique) dans certaines langues, cas de nombre distinct du singulier et du pluriel, correspondant à une action effectuée par deux personnes

duelle
  adjectif féminin singulier
relative à la dualité, à ce qui est double, constitué de deux éléments distincts

For examples of  duel  and duelle  see Evariste Galois
and Helen Mirren (the latter in The Tempest  and in 2010 ).

IMAGE-- Imaginary movie poster- 'The Galois Connection'- from stoneship.org

Image from stoneship.org

Friday, June 11, 2010

Toward the Light

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 AM

The title is a reference to yesterday's noon post.

For the late Vladimir Igorevich Arnold

"All things began in order, so shall they end, and so shall they begin again; according to the ordainer of order and mystical Mathematicks of the City of Heaven."

— Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, Chapter V

Arnold's own mystical mathematics may be found in his paper

"Polymathematics: Is Mathematics a Single Science or a Set of Arts?"

Page 13–
"In mathematics we always encounter mysterious analogies, and our trinities [page 8] represent only a small part of these miracles."

Also from that paper—

Page 5, footnote 2–
"The Russian way to formulate problems is to mention the first nontrivial case (in a way that no one would be able to simplify it). The French way is to formulate it in the most general form making impossible any further generalization."

Arnold died in Paris on June 3. A farewell gathering was held there on June 8—

"Celles et ceux qui le souhaitent pourront donner un dernier adieu à Vladimir Igorevitch
mardi 8 juin, de 14h a 16h, chambre mortuaire de l'hopital Saint Antoine…."

An International Blue Diamond

In Arnold's memory—  Here, in the Russian style, is a link to a "first nontrivial case" of a blue diamond— from this journal on June 8 (feast of St. Gerard Manley Hopkins). For those who prefer French style, here is a link to a blue diamond from May 18

From French cinema—

Duelle

"a 'non-existent myth' of a battle between
goddesses of the sun and the moon
for a mysterious blue diamond
that has the power to make
mortals immortal and vice versa"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From Plato to Finite Geometry

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

A supplement to yesterday's post on variation of an eidos

Image-- Plato's diamond and a modern version from finite geometry

Enlarge.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Preforming

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Photo caption in NY Times  today— a pianist "preforming" in 1967. (See today's previous post.)

The pianist's life story seems in part to echo that of Juliette Binoche in the film "Bleu." Binoche appeared in this journal yesterday, before I had seen the pianist in today's Times  obituaries. The Binoche appearance was related to the blue diamond in the film "Duelle " (Tuesday morning's post) and the saying of Heraclitus "immortals mortal, mortals immortal" (Tuesday afternoon's post).

This somewhat uncanny echo brings to mind Nabokov

Life Everlasting—based on a misprint!
I mused as I drove homeward: take the hint,
And stop investigating my abyss?
But all at once it dawned on me that this
Was the real point, the contrapuntal theme;
Just this: not text, but texture; not the dream
But topsy-turvical coincidence,
Not flimsy nonsense, but a web of sense.

Whether sense or nonsense, the following quotation seems relevant—

"Archetypes function as living dispositions, ideas in the Platonic sense, that preform and continually influence our thoughts and feelings and actions." –C.G. Jung in Four Archetypes: Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, Trickster, the section titled "On the Concept of the Archetype."

That section is notable for its likening of Jungian archetypes to Platonic ideas and to axial systems of crystals. See also "Cubist Tune," March 18 —

 

Blue tesseract cover<br /><br />
art, blue crystals in 'Bleu,' lines from 'Blue Guitar'

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stone Junction*

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:00 AM

The Philosophers' Stone
according to
  The New York Times

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100518-TheStoneNYT.jpg

Related material
from French cinema—

"a 'non-existent myth' of a battle between
goddesses of the sun and the moon
for a mysterious blue diamond
that has the power to make
mortals immortal and vice versa."

See also

   Word and Image

Juliette Binoche in 'Blue'  The
 24 2x2 Cullinane Kaleidoscope animated images

* The title is a reference to Jim Dodge's 1989 novel Stone Junction: An Alchemical Potboiler.

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