Monday, December 9, 2019

Lost in Translation

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:26 PM

See as well hypokeimenon  in this journal.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lost in Translation

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:04 PM

"The field of quantum optics  was essentially born
with the development of quantum theories of optical coherence
and of the states of the radiation field by Glauber… in 1963."

— Rodney Loudon, The Quantum Theory of Light ,
Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 23 November 2000

The New York Times  on a December 26 death —

Hebrew, Aramaic, whatever.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lost in Translation

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:45 PM

IMAGE- Original French of text from 'The Shining of May 29'

Translation by Barbara Johnson:

"The minimum number of rows— lines or columns—
that contain all the zeros in a matrix is equal to
the maximum number of zeros
located in any individual line or column ."

In the original:

"situés sur des lignes ou des colonnes distinctes "

Update of 11:30 PM ET May 29, 2014:

Derrida in 1972 was quoting Philippe Sollers, Nombres
(Paris: Éditions du Seuil , 1968).  Sollers in turn was
perhaps quoting A. Kaufmann, Méthodes et Modèles
de la Recherche Opérationnelle , Paris, Dunod , 1964,
L'Économie d'Entreprise 10 , vol. 2, page 305:

"Le nombre minimal de rangées
(lignes et/ou colonnes) contenant
tous les zéros d'une matrice, est égal
au nombre maximal de zéros
sur des lignes et des colonnes distinctes."

Friday, September 21, 2018

Symmetric Generation, by Nao

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:30 PM

"The creation of a new world
        starts now.
Once again I am tied
        to the logic of this

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Sunday, January 21, 2018

At Which Point

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:06 PM

"In 'Sophistry,' a new play by Jonathan Marc Sherman
at the Playwrights Horizons Studio, a popular tenured
professor stands accused of sexual harassment
by a male student."

— Frank Rich in The New York Times , theater review
on October 12, 1993

"At which point another play, inchoate but arresting,
edges into view." — Rich, ibid.

"Johansson began acting during childhood,
after her mother started taking her to auditions.
She made her professional acting debut
at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production
of 'Sophistry' with Ethan Hawke, at New York's
Playwrights Horizons."

— IMDb Mini Biography by: Pedro Borges 

" 'Suddenly, I was 19 again and I started to remember
all the men I'd known who had taken advantage of
the fact that I was a young woman who didn't yet have
the tools to say no, or to understand the value of
my own self-worth,' the Avengers star described. 
'I had many relationships both personal and professional
where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create
a narrative in which I was the cool girl who could hang in
and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising
what felt right for me . . . . ' "

— Scarlett Johansson yesterday at the 2018 Women's March
in Los Angeles, as reported in E! News .

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Image in a Log24 post
of March 12, 2009.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:32 AM

Scarlett Johansson, opening of 'Lost in Translation' (2003)

From a site suggested by a comment of Josefine Lyche

"You grab your experiential richness where you find it."

— Roberta Smith, "Postwar Art Gets a Nervy Makeover"
     in the online New York Times  today

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:25 PM

(A sequel to Letters)

See Page 181 in Source of the Finite (St. Augustine's Day, 2014)

and Page 305 in Lost in Translation (50th Reunion Day, Harvard '64).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Geometry for Jews

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:01 PM


Remarks by an ignorant professor quoted here
yesterday suggest a Log24 search for "Lost in Translation."
That search yields instances of the following figure

Klein four-group

See also the post Red October (Oct. 2, 2012).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Logical Death

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 AM

The May 29 death of a Stanford logician, combined
with this morning’s previous post, suggests a review
of the May 29 post Lost in Translation.

Context— Posts tagged “Bregnans.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

Matching Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Some mathematical background for yesterday’s
remarks “For the Bregnans” and “Lost in Translation“—

Matching Theory: A Sampler, from Dénes König
to the Present
,” by Michael D. Plummer, 1991.

See also Matching Theory  by Plummer and Lovász.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blue Hotel

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:09 PM

Steve Cropper on the late Donald Dunn

"He's in the hotel right now."

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Click image for a related post.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Speed of Thought

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:18 AM

"As if an apparently meaningless frame of reference,
traveling at the speed of thought, suddenly became relevant…."

— Stephen Rachman, "Lost in Translation"

Unclean Frame

IMAGE- The perception of doors in the film 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Detail from the film "Sunshine Cleaning"

Clean Frame

IMAGE- Part of 'Grids, You Say?' installation by Josefine Lyche

See also Psychic Art and "The Speed of Thought."

For another form of psychic art, see Game of Shadows.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday March 12, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:30 PM
 of Matter,


Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'


The Klein Four-Group (Click for details.)




Related material:

Aspects of Symmetry,
from the day that
Scarlett Johansson
turned 23, and…

"…A foyer of the spirit in a landscape
Of the mind, in which we sit
And wear humanity's bleak crown;

In which we read the critique of paradise
And say it is the work
Of a comedian, this critique…."

— "Crude Foyer," by Wallace Stevens

Friday, May 4, 2007

Friday May 4, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 PM

May '68 Revisited

"At his final Paris campaign rally… Mr. Sarkozy declared himself the candidate of the 'silent majority,' tired of a 'moral crisis in France not seen since the time of Joan of Arc.'

'I want to turn the page on May 1968,' he said of the student protests cum social revolution that rocked France almost four decades ago.

'The heirs of May '68 have imposed the idea that everything has the same worth, that there is no difference between good and evil, no difference between the true and the false, between the beautiful and the ugly and that the victim counts for less than the delinquent.'

Denouncing the eradication of 'values and hierarchy,' Mr. Sarkozy accused the Left of being the true heirs and perpetuators of the ideology of 1968."

— Emma-Kate Symons, Paris, May 1, 2007, in The Australian

Related material:

From the translator's introduction to Dissemination, by Jacques Derrida, translated by Barbara Johnson, University of Chicago Press, 1981, page xxxi —

"Both Numbers and 'Dissemination' are attempts to enact rather than simply state the theoretical upheavals produced in the course of a radical reevaluation of the nature and function of writing undertaken by Derrida, Sollers, Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva and other contributors to the journal Tel Quel in the late 1960s. Ideological and political as well as literary and critical, the Tel Quel program attempted to push to their utmost limits the theoretical revolutions wrought by Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Mallarme, Levi-Strauss, Saussure, and Heidegger."

This is the same Barbara Johnson who has served as the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard.

Johnson has attacked "the very essence of Logic"–

"… the logic of binary opposition, the principle of non-contradiction, often thought of as the very essence of Logic as such….

Now, my understanding of what is most radical in deconstruction is precisely that it questions this basic logic of binary opposition….

Instead of a simple 'either/or' structure, deconstruction attempts to elaborate a discourse that says neither 'either/or', nor 'both/and' nor even 'neither/nor', while at the same time not totally abandoning these logics either."

— "Nothing Fails Like Success," SCE Reports 8, 1980

Such contempt for logic has resulted, for instance, in the following passage, quoted approvingly on page 342 of Johnson's  translation of Dissemination, from Philippe Sollers's Nombres (1966):

"The minimum number of rows– lines or columns– that contain all the zeros in a matrix is equal to the maximum number of zeros located in any individual line or column."

For a correction of Sollers's  Johnson's damned nonsense, click here.

Update of May 29, 2014:

The error, as noted above, was not Sollers's, but Johnson's.
See also the post of May 29, 2014 titled 'Lost in Translation.'

Friday, January 5, 2007

Friday January 5, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM
A Goldberg Variation

Photo op for Gerald Ford

Final page of The New York Times Book Review, issue dated January 7, 2007:

On using speech-recognition software to dictate a book:

"Writing is the act of accepting the huge shortfall between the story in the mind and what hits the page. 'From your lips to God's ears,' goes the old Yiddish wish. The writer, by contrast, tries to read God's lips and pass along the words…. And for that, an interface will never be clean or invisible enough for us to get the passage right….

Everthing we write– through any medium– is lost in translation. But something new is always found again, in their eager years. In Derrida's fears.  Make that: in the reader's ears."

Richard Powers (author of The Gold Bug Variations)

Found in translation:

Klein four-group

Click on picture
for details.

Friday, March 3, 2006

Friday March 3, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:26 PM
Found in Translation

From “Space, Time, and Scarlett”
 (Log24, Feb. 9):

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“Her hair is Harlow gold….”

For Scarlett on James Merrill’s birthday
(which he shares with Jean Harlow)–
 the Log24 links of Palm Sunday, 2004:

Google’s “sunlit paradigm” and

my own “Lost in Translation.”

Monday, May 3, 2004

Monday May 3, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:01 PM

Campaign Song

Review of previous themes:

From Black Rain:

Masahiro: “Now — music and movies are all America is good for.

From Lost in Translation:

Charlotte: I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.
Bob: You’ll figure that out.

From The Devil and Wallace Stevens:

“Stevens pays ironic tribute to Aphrodite Pandemos, the fleshly passion, and then his respects to

Aphrodite Ouranos,
the philosopher’s passion….”

From a midlife crisis:


Select the best John Kerry
campaign song from this classic
Top 10 list of Nov. 7, 1964.

To see if you have made the
right choice, click on

Campaign Song.
(Requires RealOne Player.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Tuesday April 27, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:45 AM

The Whisper

Two interviews by Rebecca Murray —

Interview with Sofia Coppola, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of Lost in Translation: 

Did you write that character with Bill Murray in mind?
I did. I was definitely picturing him and I definitely wrote it for him. I couldn’t really think of anyone else.

Interview with Bill Murray, costar — with Scarlett Johansson — of Lost in Translation:

Your character whispers something to Scarlett’s character in a crucial scene. Can we know what you said?
You never will.

True.  But we can imagine.

Hint 1: The publication date for
Kierkegaard’s Works of Love
in a sixties paperback edition:
November 7, 1964
(See Directions Out)

Hint 2: The above photo
of Scarlett Johansson
just walking down the street

Hint 3: The top 10 songs
of November 7, 1964

Final hint: It’s a song title.


Friday, April 9, 2004

Friday April 9, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:36 PM

Lost in Translation?

In memory of

Murray L. Bob:

A lecture,

A picture,

A song.

Friday April 9, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:29 PM

Odd Massing

“An odd massing of consciousness takes place.”

— David Kalstone,
   On “Lost in Translation

Monday, April 5, 2004

Monday April 5, 2004

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:03 AM

Ideas and Art

Motto of
Plato's Academy


From Minimalist Fantasies,
by Roger Kimball, May 2003:

All I want anyone to get out of my paintings, and all I ever get out of them, is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion. … What you see is what you see.
—Frank Stella, 1966

Minimal Art remains too much a feat of ideation, and not enough anything else. Its idea remains an idea, something deduced instead of felt and discovered.
— Clement Greenberg, 1967

The artists even questioned whether art needed to be a tangible object. Minimalism … Conceptualism — suddenly art could be nothing more than an idea, a thought on a piece of paper….
— Michael Kimmelman, 2003

There was a period, a decade or two ago, when you could hardly open an art journal without encountering the quotation from Frank Stella I used as an epigraph. The bit about “what you see is what you see” was reproduced ad nauseam. It was thought by some to be very deep. In fact, Stella’s remarks—from a joint interview with him and Donald Judd—serve chiefly to underscore the artistic emptiness of the whole project of minimalism. No one can argue with the proposition that “what you see is what you see,” but there’s a lot to argue with in what he calls “the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion.” We do not, of course, see ideas. Stella’s assertion to the contrary might be an instance of verbal carelessness, but it is not merely verbal carelessness. At the center of minimalism, as Clement Greenberg noted, is the triumph of ideation over feeling and perception, over aesthetics.
— Roger Kimball, 2003



From How Not Much Is a Whole World,
by Michael Kimmelman, April 2, 2004

Decades on, it's curious how much Minimalism, the last great high modern movement, still troubles people who just can't see why … a plain white canvas with a line painted across it

"William Clark,"
by Patricia Johanson, 1967

should be considered art. That line might as well be in the sand: on this side is art, it implies. Go ahead. Cross it.


The tug of an art that unapologetically sees itself as on a par with science and religion is not to be underestimated, either. Philosophical ambition and formal modesty still constitute Minimalism's bottom line.

If what results can sometimes be more fodder for the brain than exciting to look at, it can also have a serene and exalted eloquence….

That line in the sand doesn't separate good art from bad, or art from nonart, but a wide world from an even wider one.


I maintain that of course
we can see ideas.

Example: the idea of
invariant structure.

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

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

For a discussion
of how this works, see
Block Designs,
4×4 Geometry, and
Diamond Theory.

Incidentally, structures like the one shown above are invariant under an important subgroup of the affine group AGL(4,2)…  That is to say, they are not lost in translation.  (See previous entry.)

Sunday, April 4, 2004

Sunday April 4, 2004

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Links for Palm Sunday

Google’s “sunlit paradigm” and

my own “Lost in Translation.”

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