Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Midnight Special

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Primitive roots modulo 17

From a Log24 search for "Midnight Special."

Update of 12:45 AM the same night —

"I appreciate simple, iconic and timeless forms —
things that can adapt or serve multiple purposes
and avoid being easily labelled. At the same time,
I love parts and fragments that reveal how things
move or work. Mostly, anything that tells its
own story and isn’t generalized or clad in some
sort of ornamental icing."

— Charlottesville, VA, architect Fred Wolf, who seems
to have been associated with the business name
"Gauss LLC " in Charlottesville.

And I  appreciate bulk apperception.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Midnight Special

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 Continued .

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Midnight Special

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Click to enlarge:

See also, in this  journal, "Go Set a Structure,"
"Interior/Exterior," and "Midnight Special."


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Midnight Special

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Midnight Special

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The previous post suggests a review of posts tagged Wheeler in this journal.

See also a post from the date of Wheeler's death, The Echo in Plato's Cave.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Midnight Special

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"Poincaré said that science is no more a collection of facts than a house is a collection of bricks. The facts have to be ordered or structured, they have to fit a theory, a construct (often mathematical) in the human mind.

… Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty.

In attempting to bridge this divide I have always found that architecture is the best of the arts to compare with mathematics. The analogy between the two subjects is not hard to describe and enables abstract ideas to be exemplified by bricks and mortar, in the spirit of the Poincaré quotation I used earlier."

— Sir Michael Atiyah, "The Art of Mathematics"
     in the AMS Notices , January 2010

A post  from this  journal later in 2010 —

The above post's date — May 20, 2010 — was
the date of death for mathematician Walter Rudin.

The above post from that date has a link to the
Heinlein story "And He Built a Crooked House."
A not-so-crooked house —

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Midnight Special

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Coltrane, not coal train.

See also a children's version.

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Kids on a Block:

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A Midnight Special for Charles Wallace

Peter Block —

Old Kid on Peter Block —

See the remarks today of Harvard philosophy professor Sean D. Kelly
in The New York Times :

Alexander's "15 properties that create the wholeness and aliveness" —

This is the sort of bullshit that seems to go over well at Harvard.
See Christopher Alexander in this journal.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Where Entertainment Is God

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Continues .

The Guardian 's summary today of the new film "Arrival" —

"I have been agnostic about this kind of movie recently,
after the overwrought disappointments of Christopher
Nolan’s Interstellar and Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special.
But Villeneuve’s Arrival is both heartfelt and very entertaining."

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian  today

As is Amy's.

Friday, July 29, 2016


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Darkness at Noon

 meets Midnight Special

— and the result is

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

For the Children in the Apple Tree (continued)

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(See previous posts now tagged Apple Tree Children.)

See as well the comic book in "Midnight Special" —

(Image previously posted in "Common Core vs. Central Structure")

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Common Core versus Central Structure

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Rubik's Cube Core Assembly — Swarthmore Cube Project, 2008 —

"Children of the Common Core" —

There is also a central structure within Solomon's  Cube

'Children of the Central Structure,' adapted from 'Children of the Damned'

For a more elaborate entertainment along these lines, see the recent film

"Midnight Special" —

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday June 24, 2007

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Midsummer Night
in the Garden
of Good and Evil

Midsummer Night in the Garden of Good and Evil

"I Put a Spell on You"
— Nina Simone,
title of autobiograpy

"The voodoo priestess looked across the table at her wealthy client, a man on trial for murder: 'Now, you know how dead time works. Dead time lasts for one hour– from half an hour before midnight to half an hour after midnight. The half-hour before midnight is for doin' good. The half-hour after midnight is for doin' evil….'"

— Glenna Whitley, "Voodoo Justice," The New York Times, March 20, 1994

Last year on this date:

Zen and the Art:

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974:

"But what's happening is that each year our old flat earth of conventional reason becomes less and less adequate to handle the experiences we have and this is creating widespread feelings of topsy-turviness. As a result we're getting more and more people in irrational areas of thought… occultism, mysticism, drug changes and the like… because they feel the inadequacy of classical reason to handle what they know are real experiences."

"I'm not sure what you mean by classical reason."

"Analytic reason, dialectic reason. Reason which at the University is sometimes considered to be the whole of understanding. You've never had to understand it really. It's always been completely bankrupt with regard to abstract art. Nonrepresentative art is one of the root experiences I'm talking about. Some people still condemn it because it doesn’t make 'sense.' But what's really wrong is not the art but the 'sense,' the classical reason, which can't grasp it. People keep looking for branch extensions of reason that will cover art's more recent occurrences, but the answers aren't in the branches, they're at the roots."

Primitive roots modulo 17

Related material:

D-Day Morning,
Figures of Speech,
Ursprache Revisited.

See also
the midnight entry
of June 23-24, 2006:

"Let the midnight special
shine her light on me."

Nina Simone and eight-point star

Nina Simone

Monday, December 25, 2006

Monday December 25, 2006

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James Brown,
“the Godfather of Soul,”
died at about 1:45 AM EST
today, Christmas Day, 2006.

A picture from a set of
five Log24 entries ending,
at 2:56 AM on
Sept. 18, 2004, with an
entry on Brown titled
Soul at Harvard“–

Ibis Editions logo

“In one way or another, all of the work we publish navigates what essayist Guy Davenport called the ‘Geography of the Imagination.’ (‘The imagination has a history, as yet unwritten, and it has a geography, as yet only dimly seen.’)” —Ibis Editions

Related material:

1 Corinthians 13 and…

The Midnight Special

Guy Davenport's Midnight Special

Click on picture for further details.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Saturday June 24, 2006

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In memory of
Aaron Spelling

"Let the midnight special
shine her light on me."

For more on the
eight-point star of Venus,
see Bright Star.

Related material:
April 21-22, 2003.

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