Monday, March 11, 2019

Ant-Man Meets Doctor Strange

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:22 PM

IMAGE- Concepts of Space

The 4×4 square may also be called the Galois Tesseract .
By analogy, the 4x4x4 cube may be called the Galois Hexeract .

"Think outside the tesseract.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Nature Hike

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:47 PM

Rex Reed yesterday

"Tilda Swinton is Zelda, the undertaker who worships a gold statue
of Buddha and collects samurai swords. She seems to know
what’s going on, but she’s too busy acting weird to tell." 

Al Gore on May 29

“We have to restore the role of reason and logic and rational debate,”
Gore said. “Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the
Book of Revelation.” — Harvard Gazette  reporting Class Day 2019

Doctor Strange on Mount Everest —

Dr. Strange at beyondtheopposites.com on 2016/12/02

Monday, May 27, 2019

But Seriously . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:32 PM

McLuhan on Analogy.

I prefer the simple "four dots" figure
of the double colon:

For those who prefer stranger analogies . . .

Actors from "The Eiger Sanction" —

Doctor Strange on Mount Everest —

Dr. Strange at beyondtheopposites.com on 2016/12/02

See as well this  journal on the above Strange date, 2016/12/02,
in posts tagged Lumber Room.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Grossman Chronicles* Continue

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:14 PM

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

* See the footnote to the previous post.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Art Space Paradigm Shift

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 AM

This post’s title is from the tags of the previous post


The title’s “shift” is in the combined concepts of

Space and Number

From Finite Jest (May 27, 2012):

IMAGE- History of Mathematics in a Nutshell

The books pictured above are From Discrete to Continuous ,
by Katherine Neal, and Geometrical Landscapes , by Amir Alexander.

For some details of the shift, see a Log24 search for Boole vs. Galois.
From a post found in that search —

Benedict Cumberbatch Says
a Journey From Fact to Faith
Is at the Heart of Doctor Strange

io9 , July 29, 2016

” ‘This man comes from a binary universe
where it’s all about logic,’ the actor told us
at San Diego Comic-Con . . . .

‘And there’s a lot of humor in the collision
between Easter [ sic ] mysticism and
Western scientific, sort of logical binary.’ “

[Typo now corrected, except in a comment.]

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Not Strange Enough?

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Peter Woit today discusses a book by one Zeeya Merali:

Some earlier remarks by Merali:

Zeeya Merali in Nature  on 28 August 2013

"… a small band of researchers who think that
the usual ideas are not yet strange enough.
If nothing else, they say, neither of the two great
pillars of modern physics — general relativity,
which describes gravity as a curvature of space
and time, and quantum mechanics, which governs
the atomic realm — gives any account for
the existence of space and time.

. . . .

'All our experiences tell us we shouldn't have two
dramatically different conceptions of reality —
there must be one huge overarching theory,' says
Abhay Ashtekar, a physicist at Pennsylvania State
University in University Park."

See as well Overarching and Doctor Strange in this  journal.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Unreliable Reader

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:21 PM

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strange Love

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 AM

Review of "Criminal," a recent Tommy Lee Jones film:

"The only problem is that the procedure requires
a certain type of mind, the mind of a psychopath."

Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly, Feb. 2006,
discussing an interview wtih Texas actor Jones, mentions 

"Jones’ strangely mesmerizing performance as
a vicious psychopath who hijacks a battleship."

A sample of that performance suitable for Manic Monday —

"You have to reconsider your entire philosophy."

— Tommy Lee Jones in "Under Siege"

The New York Times Book Review  yesterday advertised 
such a reconsideration, for sale by a Smith College Buddhist —

(Click image to enlarge.)

For your consideration —

"And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary."

— Benedict Cumberbatch on his new film "Doctor Strange."

Lead-balloon humor:

"Funny, you don't look  Buddhist."

Jay L. Garfield

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:48 AM

"Benedict Cumberbatch Says a Journey
From Fact to Faith Is at the Heart of Doctor Strange

— io9 yesterday

" 'This man comes from a binary universe where it’s all about logic,' 
the actor told us at San Diego Comic-Con . . . .

'And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary.' "

Related material — Strange Awards, April 14, 2016.

I prefer a different sort of journey. See Boole vs. Galois.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Strange Awards

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:38 AM

From a review of a play by the late Anne Meara* —

"Meara, known primarily as an actress/comedian
(half of the team of Stiller & Meara, and mother of
Ben Stiller), is also an accomplished writer for the
stage; her After Play  was much acclaimed….
This new, more ambitious piece starts off with a sly
send-up of awards dinners as the late benefactor of
a wealthy foundation–the comically pixilated scientist
Herschel Strange (Jerry Stiller)–is seen on videotape.
This tape sets a light tone that is hilariously
heightened when John Shea, as Arthur Garden,
accepts the award given in Strange's name." 

Compare and contrast —

A circular I Ching

I of course prefer the Galois I Ching .

* See the May 25, 2015, post The Secret Life of the Public Mind.

Sunday, September 8, 2002

Sunday September 8, 2002

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 AM

In honor of the September 8 birthdays of

From a website on Donna Tartt‘s novel The Secret History… 

“It is like a storyteller looking up suddenly into the eyes of his audience across the embers of a once blazing fire…

…the reader feels privy to the secrets of human experience by their passage down through the ages; the telling and re-telling. A phrase from the ghost in Hamlet comes to mind:

‘I could a tale unfold whose lightest word /
Would harrow up thy soul…..’ “

This work of literature seems especially relevant at the start of a new school year, and in light of my remarks below about ancient Greek religion. One should, when praising Apollo, never forget that Dionysus is also a powerful god.

For those who prefer film to the written word, I recommend “Barton Fink” as especially appropriate viewing for the High Holy Days. Judy Davis (my favorite actress) plays a Faulkner-figure’s “secretary” who actually writes most of his scripts.

Tartt is herself from Faulkner country.  For her next book, see this page from Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Misssissippi.

Let us pray that Tartt fares better in real life than Davis did in the movie.

As music for the High Holy Days, I recommend Don Henley’s “The Garden of Allah.” For some background on the actual Garden of Allah Hotel at 8080 Sunset Boulevard (where “Barton Fink” might have taken place), see


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