Thursday, August 24, 2017


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Some context for the new novel The Seventh Function

Click image to search Log24 for Gitterkrieg .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Real Beyond Artifice

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 7:20 PM

A professor at Harvard has written about
“the urge to seize and display something
real beyond artifice.”

He reportedly died on January 3, 2015.

An image from this journal on that date:

Another Gitterkrieg  image:

 The 24-set   Ω  of  R. T. Curtis

Click on the images for related material.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Plato Thanks the Academy

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


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In memory of cartoonist Tony Auth, who reportedly died today

From a Saturday evening post:

“A simple grid structure makes both evolutionary and developmental sense.”

From a post of June 22, 2003:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Annals of Conceptual Art

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Josefine Lyche's
  "Theme and Variations" (Oslo, 2009)


Some images in reply—

  Frame Tale

Image by R. T. Curtis from 'Further Elementary Techniques...'

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"In the name of the former
and of the latter
and of their holocaust.

Finnegans Wake

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday September 13, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:00 AM
Lutheran Rhythm,

Death on 9/11

Al Casey Dies at 89;
Early Jazz Guitarist

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005

Al Casey, a guitarist whose playful acoustic rhythms and solos were a defining feature of Fats Waller’s band in the 1930’s and 1940’s, died on Sunday [9/11] in Manhattan. He was 89….

Mr. Casey played and recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1944 when both were recognized as leading jazz musicians in the Esquire magazine readers’ poll….

A 90th birthday celebration for Mr. Casey, scheduled for Thursday evening at St. Peter’s Church, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, will now be his musical memorial service, open to the public.

That’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

See also the previous entry.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Monday April 25, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 AM

Mathematical Style:
Mac Lane Memorial, Part Trois

(See also Part I and Part II.)

“We have seen that there are many diverse styles that lead to success in mathematics. Choose one mathematician… from the ones we studied whose ‘mathematical style’ you find most rewarding for you…. Identify the mathematician and describe his or her mathematical style.”


— Sarah J. Greenwald,
take-home exam from
Introduction to Mathematics
at Appalachian State U.,
Boone, North Carolina

From today’s Harvard Crimson:

Ex-Math Prof Mac Lane, 95, Dies

[Saunders] Mac Lane was most famous for the ground-breaking paper he co-wrote with Samuel Eilenberg of Columbia in 1945 which introduced category theory, a framework to show how mathematical structures relate to each other. This branch of algebra has since influenced most mathematical fields and also has functions in philosophy and linguistics, but was first dismissed by many practical mathematicians as too abstract to be useful.

Gade University Professor of Mathematics Barry Mazur, a friend of the late Mac Lane, recalled that the paper had at first been rejected from a lower-caliber mathematical journal because the editor thought that it was “more devoid of content” than any other he had read.

“Saunders wrote back and said, ‘That’s the point,'” Mazur said. “And in some ways that’s the genius of it. It’s the barest, most Beckett-like vocabulary that incorporates the theory and nothing else.”

He likened it to a sparse grammar of nouns and verbs and a limited vocabulary that is presented “in such a deft way that it will help you understand any language you wish to understand and any language will fit into it.”

Beckett-like vocabulary
from April 24:


Also from Appalachian State University

(with illustration by Ingmar Bergman):

“In my hour of weakness,
that old enemy
tries to steal my soul.
But when he comes
like a flood to surround me
My God will step in
and a standard he’ll raise.”

Jesus Be a Fence

Related material:
The Crimson Passion

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Saturday June 12, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:12 PM

Don Giovanni, Part II

(See entries of June 8, 2004,
and June  4,  2004.)

Ingmar Bergman long ago
“earned the nickname of
the ‘demon director,’
such are the demands that
he makes on his performers.”

Anthony Lane in
The New Yorker
June 14  & 21, 2004


Ingmar Bergman
on the set in
the late 1940’s

From the entry of
June 4 last year:

Commentary by Jack Kerouac,
from an entry of May 21, 2004:

“So what do we all do in this life which comes on so much like an empty voidness yet warns us that we will die in pain, decay, old age, horror–?  Hemingway called it a dirty trick.  It might even be an ancient Ordeal laid down on us by an evil Inquisitor in Space, like the ordeal of the sieve and scissors, or even the water ordeal where they dump you in the water with toes tied to thumbs, O God– Only Lucifer could be so mean and I am Lucifer and I’m not that mean, in fact Lucifer goes to Heaven– The warm lips against warm necks in beds all over the world trying to get out of the dirty Ordeal by Death….”

Commentary by The New Yorker:

“… listen to the words of Pablo, the servant of Don Juan, who is summoned from the underworld in ‘The Devil’s Eye,’ Bergman’s little-known comedy of 1960. Pablo seduces the wife of a minister, and then, sorrowful and sated, falling to his knees, he addresses her thus:

‘First, I’ll finish off that half-dug vegetable patch I saw. Then I’ll sit and let the rain fall on me. I shall feel wonderfully cool. And I’ll breakfast on one of those sour apples down by the gate. After that, I shall go back to Hell.’ “

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Sunday June 22, 2003

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Trance of the Red Queen

In memory of playwright George Axelrod, who died Saturday, June 21, 2003.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

"In 1987, Mr. Axelrod was saluted at the New York Film Festival. He told the admiring crowd: 'I always wanted to get into the major leagues, and I knew my secret: luck and timing. I had a small and narrow but very, very sharp talent, and inside it, I'm as good as it gets.'

'The Manchurian Candidate,' in 1962, based on Richard Condon's novel about wartime brainwashing and subversive politics, may have been Mr. Axelrod's best achievement. He declared in 1995 that the script 'broke every rule. It's got dream sequences, flashbacks, narration out of nowhere . . . Everything in the world you're told not to do.'

He considered 'The Manchurian Candidate' a comedy…."

"Don't you draw the queen of diamonds,
     boy, she'll beat you if she's able.
You know the queen of hearts
     is always your best bet."

— The Eagles, "Desperado"

Another quotation that seems relevant:

"The hypnosis was performed by
the good and pious nuns…."

For the Diocese of Phoenix 

See entries of June 4 and June 15.

See also two items from Tuesday, June 17, 2003:

A 6/17 Arizona Daily Star article on Phoenix bishop Thomas O'Brien, and the 6/17 cartoon below.


Tony Auth, Philadelphia Inquirer,
June 17, 2003

For background, see Frank Keating in the New York Times, 6/17/03.

My entry of 5 PM EDT Saturday, June 14, 2003, which preceded the death involving Bishop O'Brien, may also be of interest.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Sunday June 15, 2003

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

Readings for Trinity Sunday

  1. Triune knot:
    Problems in Combinatorial Group Theory, 7 and 8, in light of the remark in Section 8.3 of Lattice Polygons and the Number 12 
  2. Cardinal Newman:
    Sermon 24
  3. Simon Nickerson:

For more on the structure
discussed by Nickerson, see

Raiders of the Lost Matrix:

For theology in general, see

Jews Telling Stories.

Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Wednesday June 4, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:24 PM

Fearful Meditation, Part II
The Four Last Things

“Where is Evelyn Waugh when you need him?”
Roger Kimball, “Minimalist Fantasies” 

Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell
known collectively in the Catholic world as
the Four Last Things. They would have
formed the basis for a course of
uncomfortable meditations….”
A Companion to Evelyn Waugh’s
Brideshead Revisited
, by David Cliffe

Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

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