Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Plan 9 from Prescott Street*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:22 AM

Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.” 

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

* See the previous post‘s link to the phrase
“Turn on, tune in, drop dead.”

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Plan 9 from Oz

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:13 AM

Image from a film review of “Eureka” (a 1983 film by Nicolas Roeg).
Note the date of the review — January 09, 2015.

Also on January 09, 2015 —

Related cinematic philosophy —

Final scene from 'Paths of Glory'

Note the number, 701, on the colonel’s collar.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Plan 9 from The New York Times

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:02 PM

Click the image above for a tweet on the advertised IQ test.

Click the image below for the tweet’s details of the IQ test’s billing plan.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Plan 9 From Yale…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:22 AM


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Plan 9 from Yale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:48 PM

“Play ‘Stella by Starlight’ for Lady Macbeth” — Bob Dylan

Monday, December 9, 2019

Plan 9 from Deep Space

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

A search for "deep space" in this journal yields
the following meditation:

Alfred Bester, Tiger! Tiger!:

Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation
Deep space is my dwelling place
The stars my destination

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Plan 9 in a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:59 AM

In memory of Gahan Wilson, "too cool for  school" —

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Plan 9 Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:14 AM

"So, after summer, in the autumn air, 
Comes the cold volume of forgotten ghosts,

But soothingly, with pleasant instruments, 
So that this cold, a children's tale of ice, 
Seems like a sheen of heat romanticized."

— Wallace Stevens,
"An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"

IMAGE- German title of 'The Recruit' is 'Der Einsatz'; the MacGuffin is 'Ice 9.'

The German title of "The Recruit" (released Jan. 31, 2003)
is "Der Einsatz." Its MacGuffin is "'Ice 9."

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:20 PM

Continuing the themes of the last three posts, which
are now also tagged News Women . . .

"publishDate":"04-07-2017 01:48"


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Plan 9 from Stephen King

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:07 AM

Midrash by T. S. Eliot —

See Apple Tree Children.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Plan 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:36 AM



. . . .

Still, Wouk, a month away from his 95th birthday, knows he cannot write forever. He has described The Language God Talks  as a "summing up," even if he is toying with the idea of writing a sequel. Earnestly written and very brief, it is an unusual work—partly a quick trip through developments in cosmology, partly an episodic memoir, partly an essay on faith and science. At the end, it portrays an imagined conversation between Wouk and the scientist Richard Feynman: historical fiction about the drama of the believer and the skeptic. In real life, Wouk met Feynman while researching the atom bomb for War and Remembrance . Feynman wasn't interested in fiction; he called calculus "the language God talks." But during a summer at the Aspen Institute, the two men spent hours talking, and Wouk has been thinking about his exchanges with Feynman and other scientists ever since. He even tried to learn calculus.

Feynman was a secular Jew, and yet something about the way he saw the world resonated with the observantly religious novelist. One day Wouk came across an interview in which Feynman said, "It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe … can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil—which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama." The huge stage and the human drama: "This is the subject I've been thinking about my whole life," Wouk says.

. . . .


Related remarks on language —

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Plan 9 Manifesto

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 PM

"Arnheim was a particularly important source
for Norway's principal architectural theorist,
Christian Norberg-Schulz."

— Andrew Peter Steen, University of Queensland
doctoral thesis, 2015


"Nine is a very powerful Nordic number."

— Katherine Neville, The Magic Circle

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Plan 9 from Inner Space

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:57 AM

Click the image for some context.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Plan 9 Continues.

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

"The role of Desargues's theorem was not understood until
the Desargues configuration was discovered. For example,
the fundamental role of Desargues's theorem in the coordinatization
of synthetic projective geometry can only be understood in the light
of the Desargues configuration.

Thus, even as simple a formal statement as Desargues's theorem
is not quite what it purports to be. The statement of Desargues's theorem
pretends to be definitive, but in reality it is only the tip of an iceberg
of connections with other facts of mathematics."

— From p. 192 of "The Phenomenology of Mathematical Proof,"
by Gian-Carlo Rota, in Synthese , Vol. 111, No. 2, Proof and Progress
in Mathematics
(May, 1997), pp. 183-196. Published by: Springer.

Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/20117627.

Related figures —

Note the 3×3 subsquare containing the triangles ABC, etc.

"That in which space itself is contained" — Wallace Stevens

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Plan 9 from Inner Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 AM

From Nanavira Thera, "Early Letters," in Seeking the Path —

"nine  possibilities arising quite naturally" —

Compare and contrast with Hudson's parametrization of the
4×4 square by means of 0 and the 15  2-subsets of a 6-set —

Friday, April 6, 2018

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:18 PM

Salinger's 'Nine Stories,' paperback with 3x3 array of titles on cover, adapted in a Jan. 2, 2009, Log24 post on Nabokov's 1948 'Signs and Symbols'

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plan 9 at Yale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Yale Professors Race Google and IBM to the First Quantum Computer

"So, after summer, in the autumn air, 
Comes the cold volume*  of forgotten ghosts,

But soothingly, with pleasant instruments, 
So that this cold, a children's tale of ice, 
Seems like a sheen of heat romanticized."

— Wallace Stevens,
"An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"

* Update of 10:20 the same evening:

An alternative to The Snow Queen  
as "the cold volume" of Wallace Stevens

On The King in the Window , by Adam Gopnik —

"The book is dedicated to Adam Gopnik's son,
Luke Auden, and his late, great godfathers,
Kirk Varnedoe and Richard Avedon.

'A fantasy that is as ambitious in theme,
sophisticated in setting, and cosmic in scope
as the works of Madeline L'Engle.

The unlikely eponymous hero is Oliver Parker,
an 11-year-old American boy living in Paris
with his mother and journalist father.
After he finds a prize in his slice of cake on
The Night of Epiphany and dons the customary
gilt-paper crown, the boy is plunged into
a battle over nothing less than control of the universe.

His enemy is the dreaded Master of Mirrors,
who rose to power during the reign of Louis XIV,
when Parisians developed technology for making
sheet glass. This faceless, evil being,
capable of capturing souls
through mirrors and enslaving them
in an alternate world that lies beyond all mirrors,
now seeks to dominate the entire universe by
mounting a quantum computer on the Eiffel Tower.

Oliver's mission is to defeat the Master of Mirrors
and save his father's stolen soul.' "

— Description at https://biblio.co.nz/. . . .

Monday, October 23, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Click for some background

Another approach, for Dan Brown fans —

In the following passage, Brown claims that an eight-ray star
with arrowheads at the rays' ends is "the mathematical symbol for
entropy."  Brown may have first encountered this symbol at a 
questionable "Sacred Science" website.  Wikipedia discusses
some even less  respectable uses of the symbol.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

See also Holy Field in this journal.

Some related mathematics —

IMAGE- Herbert John Ryser, 'Combinatorial Mathematics' (1963), page 1

Analysis of the Lo Shu structure —

Structure of the 3×3 magic square:

4  9  2
3  5  7    decreased by 1 is
8  1  6

3  8  1
2  4  6
7  0  5

In base 3 —

10  22  01
02  11  20
21  00  12

As orthogonal Latin squares
(a well-known construction) —

1  2  0     0  2  1
0  1  2     2  1  0
2  0  1     1  0  2 .

— Steven H. Cullinane,
     October 17, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:20 PM

From the posts of October 9 four years ago —

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:46 PM

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead."

— Bill Murray in "Ed Wood"

For The Church of Plan 9

(The plan , as well as the elevation ,
of the above structure is a 3×3 grid.)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Monday, June 20, 2016

Plan 9 Continues

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

See …

At the Still Point … (February 12, 2008)

For Balanchine's Birthday (January 9, 2007)

Go Set a Structure (Various dates)

and …

Friday, May 27, 2016

Plan 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM


Friday, May 20, 2016

Plan 9 Revival

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart in 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Plan 9 Continues (Very Slowly)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

From the American Mathematical Society today —

Verena Huber-Dyson (1923-2016) 
Thursday April 7th 2016

Huber-Dyson, who worked in group theory and logic, died March 12 at the age of 92. She was born to Swiss parents in Naples and grew up in Athens but moved with her family to Switzerland in 1940 because of the war. Huber-Dyson received her PhD from the University of Zurich in 1947 and moved to the U.S. in 1948 for a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study. She held positions at many universities around the world and taught courses on the foundation of mathematics as a philosophy professor at the University of Calgary from 1973 to 1988. Her son, George Dyson, said that her last words were, "This will all go smoothly. Let's get going." She was an AMS member since 1949. Read more about her life.      

See also Huber-Dyson in this  journal.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Plan 9 Continues…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Thundersnow for Joyce

Margaret Soltan on thundersnow at 6:13 AM ET Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:56 PM

See posts tagged Clooney Omega in this journal.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:55 PM

Detail from the Nov. 1998 cover of Mademoiselle —

'How to Be a Sex Goddess'- Mademoiselle, 1998

Related meditation —

IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

See as well "Intruders" in this journal.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scoring Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:33 PM

In keeping with the resurrection themes of the
previous post and of "Plan 9 from Outer Space,"
here is a link to the soundtrack of "Field of Dreams."

Related material:

A post of March 11, 2014, on
truth, cornfields, and Rebecca Goldstein —
Dark Fields of the Republic.

R.I.P., James Horner.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Plan 9 Continues…

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

A version of the song in the previous post that I prefer:

A related meditation —

IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

For a more abstract version of the
"matrix of the cosmic process,"
see "3×3 Grid" in this journal.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Plan 9 Revisited

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:03 AM

Music to wake the dead

For the fictional corpse Sean Casey of "Whiplash" —

The music of the late jazz drummer Jerome Cooper.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Plan 9 continues…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

"… vibrantly, angrily, and often painfully alive…."

The New York Times  today reviews the work of 
     a dead poet:

"Sound, Smell, Sinew!" — The New York Times

Friday, January 9, 2015

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:48 PM

(An episode of Mathematics and Narrative .)

Mathematician Peter J. Cameron this morning 
on a Paris anthropological exhibition subtitled 
Révélation d’un temps sans fin 

"I was reminded of Herbert Read’s
novel The Green Child ."

Related recent posts from this  journal:

Seal for the SeventhForthright, and Fourth Right.

A passage from The Green Child : 

"He watched over her until he too began to feel
overpowered by a desire to sleep. He therefore
got out on to the ledge of the trough and pulled
the Green Child after him. The rock there was
warm, smooth as jade to the flesh. They lay there
and sank into a profound slumber."

Sweet dreams, Mr. Taylor.

Green Child on the Rocks —

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Plan 9

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

Or:  Bullshit for Brit   continues.

From the new film "I Origins," starring Brit Marling —

Plan 9:

The protagonist of "I Origins" is led to the above billboard
by apparently chance encounters with 11 's — such as the
1111 on the following page —

Update of Dec. 10, 2014: The "bullshit" in the subtitle above refers
to the remarks of Joan Stambaugh, not those of Nicholas of Cusa.
The passage from Nicholas was added because it indicates a more
reliable source than Stambaugh, because it is relevant to lines
about the metaphorical significance of light in "I Origins," and 
because it contains the number 1111. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Plan 9 Continues…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

A link to “Nine Tailors” in this journal may serve as
a memorial to the late David M. Abshire, who
reportedly died at 88 on Halloween.

See also tonight’s previous post and a remark by
Mira Sorvino in her version of The Great Gatsby .

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

(Continued from St. Augustine's Day, 2012)

"Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead."

Epigraph to "No Great Magic," a story by Fritz Leiber:

 To bring the dead to life
Is no great magic.
Few are wholly dead:
Blow on a dead man’s embers
And a live flame will start.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:29 PM


The final link in today's previous post leads to
a post whose own final link leads to

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM                

 The sequel to Vibrations

Charles Taylor, "Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self
(Cambridge U. Press, 1989, p. 477) — 

“… the object sets up a kind of 
 frame or space or field 
 within which there can be epiphany.”

Or place.

See  A Prince of Darkness 
and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Plan 9 Continued…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 AM

Or: Chinny-Chin-Chin .

This post will be meaningless unless you
have seen the recent film "R.I.P.D.," starring
James Hong and Jeff Bridges.

(In that film, two deceased lawmen appear to 
the living in disguised form— as Hong, and 
as Bridges in the guise of a major babe.)

From the AP Today in History  page
for October 29, 2013 —

On this date in:
1967 The musical "Hair" opened off-Broadway.

This, together with the Halloween season and
"R.I.P.D.," suggests a bizarre show:

"And there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space…"
– Don McLean, "American Pie

    Cybill Shepherd (born 1950) and Jeff Bridges (born 1949) in 'The Last Picture Show'

The show would star Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges
as, respectively, Jackie Chan and Nicole Kidman in


See also some related posts with Jeff Bridges.

Backstory: Sermon (Nov. 18,  2012) and
Eternal Recreation (Dec. 24, 2012).

"We've lost the plot!" — "Slipstream."  Small wonder.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Plan 9

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

(Continued from August 28 last year)


Reflections from today's date, August 13, in 2003, that included
the following remark by Aldous Huxley on an artist's work:

"All the turmoil, all the emotions of the scenes
have been digested by the mind into a
grave intellectual whole. It is as though
Bach had written the 1812 Overture."

Related art—

Josefine Lyche, from her 2013 Crackquarelle  series:

IMAGE- From the 2013 Josefine Lyche 'Crackquarelle' series

Steven H. Cullinane, The Story of N ,
from The Misalignment of Mars and Venus series:


See, too, previous posts on The Story of N.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Plan 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 PM


Related material from June 3, 2008 

On Faith:

“God is the original conspiracy theory….

Among the varieties of Christian monotheism,
none is more totalitarian, none lodges more radical
claims for God’s omnipotence, than Calvinism—
and within America, the chief analogue of Calvinist
theology, Puritanism. According to Calvin every
particle of dust, every act, every thought, every
creature is governed by the will of God, and yields
clues to the divine plan.”

– Scott Sanders, “Pynchon’s Paranoid History

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Plan 9 Sermon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

IMAGE- 3x3 grid of digits, with ninth square empty as in a Raven's Progressive Matrices test

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Plan 9 (continued)–

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

In Like Flynn

From the Wall Street Journal  site Friday evening—

ESSAY September 21, 2012, 9:10 p.m. ET

Are We Really Getting Smarter?

Americans' IQ scores have risen steadily over the past century.
James R. Flynn examines why.

IMAGE- Raven's Progressive Matrices problem with ninth configuration a four-diamonds grid

No, thank you. I prefer the ninth configuration as is—

IMAGE- Four-diamonds grid, the ninth configuration in a Raven's Progressive Matrices problem

Why? See Josefine Lyche's art installation "Grids, you say?"

Her reference there to "High White Noon" is perhaps
related to the use of that phrase in this journal.

The phrase is from a 2010 novel by Don DeLillo.
See "Point Omega," as well as Lyche's "Omega Point,"
in this journal.

The Wall Street Journal  author above, James R. Flynn (born in 1934)
"is famous for his discovery of the Flynn effect, the continued
year-after-year increase of IQ scores in all parts of the world."

His son Eugene Victor Flynn is a mathematician, co-author
of the following chapter on the Kummer surface— 

For use of the Kummer surface in Buddhist metaphysics, see last night's
post "Occupy Space (continued)" and the letters of Nanavira Thera from the 
late 1950s at nanavira.blogspot.com.

These letters, together with Lyche's use of the phrase "high white noon,"
suggest a further quotation

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher

See also the Kummer surface at the web page Configurations and Squares.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Plan 9

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:30 PM

(ContinuedA Meditation for Holy Cross Day )

Black Diamond in this journal
Black Diamond at Harvard

IMAGE- The Harvard Crimson on the new Black Diamond investment club for students

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

(Continued from Up to Date, Aug. 28.)

Voyager 1 Story
By Amy Hubbard in the Los Angeles Times

September 4, 2012, 3:11 p.m. [PDT]

How long does it take to fly to the edge of
the solar system? At least 35 years. 
Voyager 1 is there now….

Related material—

IMAGE- Amy Hubbard in an Aug. 31, 2012, tweet- 'Dinga dong ding, Blue Moon.'

IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

      Dinga dong ding.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Plan 9

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 PM


IMAGE- 'The Ninth Configuration,' based on a novel by William Peter Blatty

See also "Or Only Die" and Corpus Hypercubus .

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Plan 9 from MIT

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

IMAGE- Very simplified example of a Raven's Progressive Matrices test

Click image for some context from MIT.

Background from The New York Times— "Can You Make Yourself Smarter?"

See also "Plan 9" in this journal.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Plan 9 (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"All this he knew, but what he didn’t know was that he resonated to the Anima Mundi which produced his extraordinary synergic pattern sense… what I call a 'Phane Sense,' from the Greek phainein  meaning to show . It was this phane sense that enabled him to be shown things from apparently unrelated facts and events and synergize them into a whole."

— Alfred Bester, The Deceivers

Click to enlarge


The Tiffany Epiphany — from Elizabeth Osborne's
 Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots IV

Monday, December 13, 2010

Plan 9 Revisited

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Leading today's New York Times  obituaries —


— is that of Nassos Daphnis, a painter of geometric abstractions
who in 1995 had an exhibition at a Leo Castelli gallery
titled "Energies in Outer Space." (See pictures here.)

Daphnis died, according to the Times, on November 23.
See Art Object, a post in this journal on that date—

There is more than one way
to look at a cube.


Some context— this morning's previous post (Apollo's 13,
on the geometry of the 3×3×3 cube), yesterday's noon post
featuring the 3×3 square grid (said to be a symbol of Apollo),

The 3x3 square

and, for connoisseurs of the Ed Wood school of cinematic art,
a search in this journal for the phrase "Plan 9."

You can't make this stuff up.

Thursday, April 2, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

See also Plan 9 from Yale
and Galois Desargues.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Ghost

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:10 PM

Related material —

Sunday’s Plan 9 from Yale  as well as

http://www.arcadiainstitution.org/?page_id=16  and


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Surrealistic Pillow Talk

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

   "Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'- 'Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.'

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go . . ."

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Cemetery Plot

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:20 PM

The New York Times  today on a philosopher of
history who reportedly died on Monday, March 5 —

“Perhaps White’s most controversial idea,
and one for which he was so often shunned
by his fellow historians, is that ‘all stories
are fictions,’ ” Robert Doran, a professor at
the University of Rochester … said by email.
"White held that while historical facts are
scientifically verifiable, stories are not.
Stories are made, not found in the historical data;
historical meaning is imposed on historical facts
by means of the choice of plot-type, and this choice
is inevitably ethical and political at bottom.

"This is what White called 'emplotment,' a term
he coined," Dr. Doran continued. "Even the most basic
beginning-middle-end structure of a story represents
an imposition: The historian chooses where to begin,
where to end, and what points are important in the middle.
There is no scientific test for 'historical significance.' "

From this  journal on Monday, White's reported date of death —

Plan 9  continues.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Keeping It Simple

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times

"The detective story genre concerns the finding of clues
and the search for hidden designs, and its very form
underscores Mr. Pynchon’s obsession with conspiracies
and the existence of systems too complicated to understand."

Review of Pynchon's Bleeding Edge , Sept. 10, 2013

Background:  "Moss on the Wall," this  journal on that date.

A less complicated system —

"Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead."

— Bill Murray in "Ed Wood"

For The Church of Plan 9

(The plan , as well as the elevation ,
of the above structure is a 3×3 grid.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:25 PM

See also Plan 9.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Nightmares Before Christmas

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:25 AM

Recent posts have featured the Tim Burton films 
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
(and the Ghost Ship), as well as "Ed Wood" (and Plan 9). 

Related material —

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sacred Space (continued)

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

See Plan 9 in this journal.

 The 3x3 square 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Frozen Narrative

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

A book by Northrop Frye pictured in the previous post
suggests a Log24 search for "The Great Code."

That search yields

See as well Ice 9 and Plan 9.

"Icy white and crystalline"
— Johnny Mercer

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sacred Space

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

For further background to this morning's post Plan 9 Continues,
see posts tagged Sacred Space

The 3x3 square .

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Burying the Lede

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:42 PM

A death on George Washington's birthday

Memorial cinematic storyboard —

Plan 9

Friday, October 16, 2015

Death on Columbus Day

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

See as well a meditation by Lorrie Moore quoted here
on the feast of St. Luke in 2003.

Related thoughts:  Log24 on Columbus Day, and Plan 9.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Night at the Museum and…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:52 PM

Plan 9 Resurrection

in memory of a labor leader who reportedly
died Sunday evening —

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cards of Identity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Or:  Plan 9 Continues

(Suggested by this afternoon’s post Concepts of Space.)

See also Card

… and Tick Tick Hash.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

I call it Hitchcockian.

— Helen Mirren on her 2010 film “The Debt

An obituary from BBC News on Sept. 22, 2014:

Israeli Mossad spy Mike Harari dies, aged 87

BBC News did not give a date for the death.

The New York Times  now says that Harari died on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

This journal on that date —

From the BBC America TV series “Intruders,” Season 1, Episode 4,
“Ave Verum Corpus “ (33:34 of 45 min.):

Mira Sorvino pays her respects to a distinguished corpse.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:31 PM

Plan 9 continues…

“The number 9… relates traditionally to
the Great Goddess of Many Names (Devi,
Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Venus, etc.)….”

Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

From the BBC America TV series “Intruders,” Season 1, Episode 4,
Ave Verum Corpus   (33:34 of 45 min.):

Mira Sorvino pays her respects to a distinguished corpse.

(Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Sept. 13, 2014, on BBC America.)

See also Frankie Valli’s hymn  from A Capitol Fourth this year.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Once again, Harvard defeats Holy Cross.

IMAGE- Joseph Campbell, 'The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,' meditation on the number nine, the Goddess, and the Angelus

See also a related remark by Norman Mailer, and Plan 9 in this journal.

Presumably the Holy Cross defeat will please art theorist Rosalind Krauss (below).

(Click to enlarge.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 AM

In memory of one who sent in the clowns:

See also Plan 9 in this journal, as well as Saturday’s posts.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday School

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Galois and Abel vs. Rubik


“Abel was done to death by poverty, Galois by stupidity.
In all the history of science there is no completer example
of the triumph of crass stupidity….”

— Eric Temple Bell,  Men of Mathematics

Gray Space  (Continued)

… For The Church of Plan 9.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

"… in Speedtalk it was… difficult not  to be logical."

— Robert A. Heinlein in Gulf 

Related material: ABC TV at 9 PM ET
on Sunday, March 9, 2014… 3/09.

See also page  309 in the previous post, Outside the Box.

Shades of Plan 9.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

IMAGE- PLOS, the Public Library of Science, on Twitter, followed by (among others) Amy Hubbard and Radamés Ajna

I do not follow the Public Library of Science (PLOS), although,
as shown above, I do follow some of the followers.

This post was suggested by Amy Hubbard's recent reference
to a PLOS article on beliefs in Hell.

Pop culture seems more informative. Readers of the PLOS article
should also know about the Dakota, John Lennon, and Rosemary's
, as well as Woody Allen, The Ninth Gate , and Plan 9 from
Outer Space

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dr. Spengler’s Experiment

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:40 PM

Or: Plan 9, Continued

For the late Harold Ramis .

IMAGE- Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler- 'Keymaster' clip, frame 2:02/2:13

See also 2/02 and 2/13.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Fitting Symmetry

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

For a pundit of pugilism:  Plan 9 continues.

"She was a panelist on many game shows, including
'What’s My Line?' and 'The Hollywood Squares.'*
These appearances had a fitting symmetry:
It was as a game-show contestant that Dr. Brothers
had received her first television exposure."

— Margalit Fox in this evening's online New York Times

* A language game for Hofstadter: click on "Seeing As"
   in today's noon post.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Raven Light

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:40 AM

"…a fundamental cognitive ability known as 'fluid' intelligence: the capacity to solve novel problems, to learn, to reason, to see connections and to get to the bottom of things. …

…matrices are considered the gold standard of fluid-intelligence tests. Anyone who has taken an intelligence test has seen matrices like those used in the Raven’s: three rows, with three graphic items in each row, made up of squares, circles, dots or the like. Do the squares get larger as they move from left to right? Do the circles inside the squares fill in, changing from white to gray to black, as they go downward? One of the nine items is missing from the matrix, and the challenge is to find the underlying patterns— up, down and across— from six possible choices. Initially the solutions are readily apparent to most people, but they get progressively harder to discern. By the end of the test, most test takers are baffled."

— Dan Hurley, "Can You Make Yourself Smarter?," NY Times , April 18, 2012

See also "Raven Steals the Light" in this  journal.

Related material:

Plan 9 from MIT and, perhaps exemplifying crystallized  rather than fluid  intelligence, Black Diamond.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Behind the Green Door

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

It's 10 PM .


Posts of October 24th—
Love Ghost and Versions
and a version of Plan 9— 

Favicon 9


Related religious meditation—

Irresistible Grace, illustrated by The Girl in the Yellow Dress.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nine Tailors

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

A sequel to the Plan 9 post of September 5th, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Grey Screen of Death

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

For a mathematician who reportedly died on August 27

IMAGE- 'Mac for Dummies' from SNL 'Harlan Kane' sketch

"The Mac equivalent to a blue screen is a grey screen.
The info associated with a grey screen is in the kernel.log.
So you may have to look at this." 

See also Plan 9.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Operation Blue Moon

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Too Much Meaning

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

Last night’s post discussed ways of draining the world of meaning.

For some tastes, poets like Dante do the opposite, supplying too much  meaning.

See a New Republic  review, dated Oct. 5, in which Harvard atheist Helen Vendler discusses Dante’s

“… assertion that Beatrice herself  ‘was this number [nine],’ since nine is the square of three, the number belonging to the Trinity. Dante’s fantastic reasoning requires pages of annotation, which Frisardi, drawing on a number of commentators, furnishes to the bewildered reader. The theological elaboration of the number nine— merely one instance of how far from our own* are Dante’s habits of thought— will convince any doubting reader that the Vita Nuova  requires annotation far beyond what its pages might seem to demand.”

Related material— Ninefold in this journal, and remarks by Joseph Campbell in a post, Plan 9, from Sept. 5.

* Speak for yourself, Helen.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Count

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:01 PM

… I saw a shadow
sliding around the ropes
to get at me. The referee
moved it back, and then
went over and picked up the count.
"One!" The fog was clearing.

I rose to a knee,
and at "nine" to my feet.

— Louis Simpson, "The Appointment"

Simpson reportedly died on Holy Cross Day.

That day in this journal—

IMAGE- Log24 posts 'Please Mister Please' and 'Plan 9'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It’s 10 PM…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Do you know where your children are?

Continued from Plan 9 , a Log24 post of  9 PM Monday

See another weblog's April 7, 2012, post on
God and Horror Movies.

See also this  weblog's post on that date.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Up to Date

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

"Plato's cave was brought up to date in 1978…."

— Keith Devlin in Mathematics: The Science of Patterns

Related material from yesterday: Touchy-Feely and Plan 9.

"Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead.

IMAGE- Bill Murray explains Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

For a rather different approach to Plato, see three posts of August 16, 2012—

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Black Diamond

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

IMAGE- Four-elements-diamond test problem in the style of Raven's Progressive Matrices (answer: the black diamond)

“To say more is to say less.”
― Harlan Ellison, as quoted at goodreads.com

Saying less—

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Noon (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

    This journal on April 8

See also a quote from William Peter Blatty in this journal yesterday.

The green cell in the array may be viewed as representing
Blatty's The Ninth Configuration … or perhaps Plan 9.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Craftsman

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:24 AM

A follow-up to yesterday's Sunday School

(Click on images for some background.)

IMAGE- Dennis Ritchie, Amy Adams (Talladega Nights), and the Inferno operating system



Backstory—  "Plan 9 is an operating system kernel …."

Meditation— "How can you tell the craftsman from the craft?"
                          (Apologies to William Butler Yeats.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Now, Here’s My Plan

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:04 PM

"Plan 9 is an operating system kernel but also a collection of accompanying software."

Webpage pointed out by the late Dennis Ritchie,
     father of the programming language C
     and co-developer of Unix, who reportedly died on October 8.

From Ritchie's own home page

"A brief biography, in first person instead of obituary style."

From that biography—

"Today, as a manager of a small group of researchers, I promote exploration of distributed operating systems, languages, and routing/switching hardware. The recent accomplishments of this group include the Plan 9 operating system…."

Another operating system is that of Alfred Bester.
My laptop now includes his classic The Stars My Destination ,
downloaded this morning…

(Click to enlarge.)


Not much compared to Widener Library (see this morning's Lost Cornerstone),
but sufficient for present purposes…

"Simple jaunt." — "The Comedian as the Letter C"

See also Plan 9 from Outer Space in this journal.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cannes Bangs

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:55 PM

24 Frames

"But what feels like standard movie exposition quickly takes
a sharp turn when we're feted with about 20 minutes of the
elemental and cosmic footage that's been making all the
headlines. At first it looks like it could be a depiction of heaven
or hell, but it soon becomes clear that it's a story of creation—
or of Creation, as some iteration of the Big Bang unfolds
before our eyes."

— "Cannes 2011: What Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'
Is Actually About," by Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times

Hannibal Pictures
THE BIG BANG (Click for Cannes details.)


See Peter Woit's review from Sunday.

The generic 3×3 HannibalPictures.com
favicon  has an apt connotation—

Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Problem Picture

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:24 AM


The above image was suggested by yesterday's
Celebration of Mind and by Plan 9 From Outer Space
in yesterday's New York Times  and in this journal.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

For Miss Prothero (and Dylan Thomas)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:23 AM


The Ninth Gate

Friday's post "Religion at Harvard" continues…

Image-- List of nine religions in the chapters of Prothero's 'God is Not One'

This list may be of some use to
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, who, like Prothero,
spoke recently at Harvard Book Store.

See also Rosalind Krauss on Grids,
An Education, and Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Readers more advanced than Harvard audiences
may wish to compare yesterday's linked-to story
"Loo Ree" with the works of Alison Lurie
in particular, Imaginary Friends and Familiar Spirits.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Space Cowboy

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 AM

From yesterday's Seattle Times

According to police, employees of a Second Avenue mission said the suspect, clad in black and covered in duct tape, had come into the mission "and threatened to blow the place up." He then told staffers "that he was a vampire and wanted to eat people."

The man… also called himself "a space cowboy"….

This suggests two film titles…

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Rebecca Goldstein and a Cullinane quaternion

and Apollo's 13

The 13 symmetry axes of the (Euclidean) cube–
exactly one axis for each pair of opposite
  subcubes in the (Galois) 3×3×3 cube–

The 13 symmetry axes of the cube

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