Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"Mathematics is a process of making your metaphors ever more precise."

Dave Carter, quoted at AmericanSongwriter.com today

"Meticulously mapped" — Ben Brantley, review of the play "Rabbit Hole"
 in The New York Times , February 3, 2006

Dave Carter, quoted in "Dave Carter's Final Class,"
a post written by 
at AmericanSongwriter.com on 

"Eyes closed, you will feel your body traveling at great speed over the landscape. Somewhere there will be a hole down into the ground. As you go down into that tunnel, there may be creatures that try to stop you, stand in your path. You have to go right through them.

Finally you will come to something down there in the ground, a new place with some kind of gift for you. You just look around for it there, and you will find it." 

Carter reportedly died on July 19, 2002.

The next day

"And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline
Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines
Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so
All your diamond tears will rise up and adorn the sky beside me
     when I go"

— Dave Carter, song lyric, "When I Go"

Monday, February 21, 2011

How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:17 PM

The sequel to Another Manic Monday and The Abacus Conundrum


You'll glitter and gleam so
Make somebody dream so that
Some day he may buy you a ring, ringa-linga
I've heard that's where it leads…


Related material — Janet's Tea Party

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking Deeply

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:48 PM

Last night's post on The Trinity of Max Black  and the use of
the term "eightfold" by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
at Berkeley suggest a review of an image from Sept. 22, 2011

IMAGE- Eightfold cube with detail of triskelion structure

The triskele  detail above echoes a Buddhist symbol found,
for instance, on the Internet in an ad for meditation supplies—

Related remarks


Mary Dusenbury (Radcliffe '64)—

"… I think a textile, like any work of art, holds a tremendous amount of information— technical, material, historical, social, philosophical— but beyond that, many works of art are very beautiful and they speak to us on many layers— our intellect, our heart, our emotions. I've been going to museums since I was a very small child, thinking about what I saw, and going back to discover new things, to see pieces that spoke very deeply to me, to look at them again, and to find more and more meaning relevant to me in different ways and at different times of my life. …

… I think I would suggest to people that first of all they just look. Linger by pieces they find intriguing and beautiful, and look deeply. Then, if something interests them, we have tried to put a little information around the galleries to give a bit of history, a bit of context, for each piece. But the most important is just to look very deeply."


According to Robert Thurman, the term "Nikāya Buddhism" was coined by Professor Masatoshi Nagatomi of Harvard University, as a way to avoid the usage of the term Hinayana.[12] "Nikaya Buddhism" is thus an attempt to find a more neutral way of referring to Buddhists who follow one of the early Buddhist schools, and their practice.

12. The Emptiness That is Compassion:
An Essay on Buddhist Ethics, Robert A. F. Thurman, 1980
[Religious Traditions , Vol. 4 No. 2, Oct.-Nov. 1981, pp. 11-34]


Nikāya [Sk. nikāya, ni+kāya]
collection ("body") assemblage, class, group


Sanskrit etymology for नि (ni)

From Proto-Indo-European *ni …


नि (ni)

  • down
  • back
  • in, into


Kaya (Skt. kāya སྐུ་, Tib. ku Wyl. sku ) —
the Sanskrit word kaya literally means ‘body’
but can also signify dimension, field or basis.

སྐུ། (Wyl. sku ) n. Pron.: ku

structure, existentiality, founding stratum ▷HVG KBEU

gestalt ▷HVG LD

Note that The Trinity of Max Black  is a picture of  a set
i.e., of an "assemblage, class, group."

Note also the reference above to the word "gestalt."

"Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?"

Walter Gropius

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zen and the Art

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:12 PM

From today's print version of the New York Times —

“He eliminates anything that’s not essential
from the face of this little rabbit until it’s really
reduced to the absolute minimum,”
Mr. Dibbits said. “And he does the same for
the text of his children’s books. He uses a
language that’s not simple or stupid, but he
reduces to the bare essentials.”

About his own work, Mr. Bruna once said,
“I spend a long time making my drawings
as simple as possible, throwing lots away,
before I reach that moment of recognition.”
He added, “I leave plenty of space for children’s

The result is a series of “Zen-like” tales,
Ms. Vogt said, “and that’s also part of the
universal appeal.”

The passage above is from an obituary for an artist who
reportedly died on Feb. 16.

See also, in this journal, "How deep the rabbit hole goes."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Schoolgirl Problems

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Compare and contrast the recent films
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl" and "Strangerland." 

(This post was suggested by yesterday's
"How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes.")

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Uploading (continued)

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A companion to tonight’s earlier post, “Bright Black“—

IMAGE- 'Bernstein conducts Mahler 9th ending'

Above: Leonard Bernstein conducts the Mahler Ninth  ending.


The work was premiered on June 26, 1912,
at the Vienna Festival by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra ….

Related material—

The above video was uploaded on January 19th, 2008.

Bright Black

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“‘In the dictionary next to [the] word “bright,” you should see Paula’s picture,’ he said. ‘She was super smart, with a sparkling wit. … She had a beautiful sense of style and color.'”

— Elinor J. Brecher in The Miami Herald  on June 8, quoting Palm Beach Post writer John Lantigua on the late art historian Paula Hays Harper

This  journal on the date of her death—

IMAGE- The Trinity of Max Black (a 3-set, with its eight subsets arranged in a Hasse diagram that is also a cube)

For some simpleminded commentary, see László Lovász on the cube space.

Some less simpleminded commentary—

Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?”

Walter Gropius,

The Theory and
Organization of the

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