Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Osterman Haiku

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 PM

Click on the book cover below for posts tagged "Haiku."

IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Depth Haiku

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:30 PM

From yesterday's 2 PM post

From "Inception" —

Paraphrase of remarks by "Inception" director Christopher Nolan
at Princeton on June 1, 2015 —

"If you have built castles in the air, 
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Death Haiku

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 PM

Like a Prayer

Wiig illustrates a Madonna song

"In the midnight hour
  I'll take you there."

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Haiku for DeLillo*

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

A music video that opens with remarks by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
at the Last Waltz concert (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1976):

"Our Father, whose art's in heaven…" —

For other religious remarks from the above upload date,
Sept. 9, 2011, see Holy Field GF(3).

Click the above "ripple" image for a Grateful Dead haiku
quoted here on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

For another meditation from the second upload date above,
March 19, 2012, see some thoughts on the word "field."

IMAGE- Japanese character for 'field'

* For the title, see an excerpt from Point Omega .

Monday, July 6, 2015

War Haiku

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:10 AM

Remark by the director of "Project Almanac" on Feb. 10, 2015
about a proposed remake of "War Games":

"Israelite admitted that he was 'always very sceptical of remakes,
because the story's already been told,' but added that 'with this
particular title, I feel it's primed to say something new.'"

Related material:  Log24 posts tagged Haiku.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Margaret’s Haiku

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Margaret Soltan this morning posted a haiku about a fox in her garden.

Related material— The Ninth Gate* versus The Ninth Configuration.

* For some backstory, see pop physics.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


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

"a sort of… Dr. Strangelove" —Review of Point Omega





Context— From March 13— The Counter and Twenty-Four.

Sunday, July 28, 2019


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:18 AM

From a news article featured on the American Mathematical Society
home page today

A joint Vietnam-USA mathematical meeting in Vietnam on
June 10-13, 2019:

This  journal on June 12, 2019:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Osterman Haiku

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 PM Edit This

Click on the book cover below for posts tagged "Haiku."

'Point Omega' by DeLillo

See also the Twentieth of May, 2008 —

Welcome to the Garden Club, Pilgrim.

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 1 Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:58 PM

IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo


From posts tagged Number Art

'Knight' octad labeling by the 8 points of the projective line over GF(7)    

From the novel Point Omega


Related material for
Mathematics Awareness Month

Also on 07/18/2015

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Point at Infinity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:20 AM

In literature —


In film —


In mathematics —


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rippling Rhythms

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

The previous post presented Plato's Meno diagram as
an illustration of (superimposed) yin and yang.

For those who prefer a more fluid approach to yin and yang —

From a June 15, 2016, Caltech news release on gravitational waves —


The "chirp" tones of the two LIGO detections are available for download. Formats are suitable as ringtones for either iPhone or Android devices. (Instructions for installing custom ringtones)

September 2015 Detection

December 2015 Detection

Related commentary from July 2015 and earlier —

See posts tagged Haiku.

A different perspective —

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Ten

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

The title refers to actress Kristen Wiig. (See Getcha.)

For Wiig, a scene from a 1968 Ingmar Bergman parody

'The Dove,' 1968, a Bergman parody

and parts of a post from Saturday night, July 18, 2015 —

Some related material from pure  mathematics — Design Cube (July 23).

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Frame Tale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:48 PM

In memory of a talented frame-maker —

From July 4, the date of his reported death:

From the next day:


"Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow"

— The Grateful Dead

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Man and His Symbols

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:24 PM


A post of July 7, Haiku for DeLillo, had a link to posts tagged "Holy Field GF(3)."

As the smallest Galois field based on an odd prime, this structure 
clearly is of fundamental importance.  

The Galois field GF(3)

It is, however, perhaps too  small  to be visually impressive.

A larger, closely related, field, GF(9), may be pictured as a 3×3 array

hence as the traditional Chinese  Holy Field.

Marketing the Holy Field

IMAGE- The Ninefold Square, in China 'The Holy Field'

The above illustration of China's  Holy Field occurred in the context of
Log24 posts on Child Buyers.   For more on child buyers, see an excellent
condemnation today by Diane Ravitch of the U. S. Secretary of Education.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Shema Israelite*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

"Throughout the years, weapons and targeting systems
were added to the aircraft without diminishing the F-16’s
agility, making it a true multirole aircraft."

— WCSC Television 
    Charleston, SC 

* See yesterday's War Haiku.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:45 PM


"Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow"

The Grateful Dead

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Depth Psychology

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:20 PM

Suggested, in part, by a Jan. 8 post of David Justice—

Eames in Inception , about planting an idea—

"It’s not just about depth.
You need the simplest version of the idea,
the one that will grow naturally
in the subject’s mind.
It's a very subtle art."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sweet Home Alabama…

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

deserves a haiku.

    See the 11:01 post, and
    a video —

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070514-Dance.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Nicole Kidman dances 
"Sweet Home Alabama."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cube Koan

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 4:56 AM

From Don DeLillo's novel Point Omega —

I knew what he was, or what he was supposed to be, a defense intellectual, without the usual credentials, and when I used the term it made him tense his jaw with a proud longing for the early weeks and months, before he began to understand that he was occupying an empty seat. "There were times when no map existed to match the reality we were trying to create."

"What reality?"

"This is something we do with every eyeblink. Human perception is a saga of created reality. But we were devising entities beyond the agreed-upon limits of recognition or interpretation. Lying is necessary. The state has to lie. There is no lie in war or in preparation for war that can't be defended. We went beyond this. We tried to create new realities overnight, careful sets of words that resemble advertising slogans in memorability and repeatability. These were words that would yield pictures eventually and then become three-dimensional. The reality stands, it walks, it squats. Except when it doesn't."

He didn't smoke but his voice had a sandlike texture, maybe just raspy with age, sometimes slipping inward, becoming nearly inaudible. We sat for some time. He was slouched in the middle of the sofa, looking off toward some point in a high corner of the room. He had scotch and water in a coffee mug secured to his midsection. Finally he said, "Haiku."

I nodded thoughtfully, idiotically, a slow series of gestures meant to indicate that I understood completely.

"Haiku means nothing beyond what it is. A pond in summer, a leaf in the wind. It's human consciousness located in nature. It's the answer to everything in a set number of lines, a prescribed syllable count. I wanted a haiku war," he said. "I wanted a war in three lines. This was not a matter of force levels or logistics. What I wanted was a set of ideas linked to transient things. This is the soul of haiku. Bare everything to plain sight. See what's there. Things in war are transient. See what's there and then be prepared to watch it disappear."

What's there—

This view of a die's faces 3, 6, and 5, in counter-
clockwise order (see previous post) suggests a way
of labeling the eight corners  of a die (or cube):

123, 135, 142, 154, 246, 263, 365, 456.

Here opposite faces of the die sum to 7, and the
three faces meeting at each corner are listed
in counter-clockwise order. (This corresponds
to a labeling of one of MacMahon's* 30 colored cubes.)
A similar vertex-labeling may be used in describing 
the automorphisms of the order-8 quaternion group.

For a more literary approach to quaternions, see
Pynchon's novel Against the Day .

* From Peter J. Cameron's weblog:

  "The big name associated with this is Major MacMahon,
   an associate of Hardy, Littlewood and Ramanujan,
   of whom Robert Kanigel said,

His expertise lay in combinatorics, a sort of
glorified dice-throwing, and in it he had made
contributions original enough to be named
a Fellow of the Royal Society.

   Glorified dice-throwing, indeed…"

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:17 PM

See Notes for a Haiku.

Related material—

A novel published on Groundhog Day, 2010—

IMAGE- 'Point Omega' by DeLillo

— as well as Conceptual Art, Josefine Lyche's
"Grids, You Say?" and The Speed of Thought.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

For Whom the Bell

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM

In memory of "Mr. Piano" Roger Williams, who died today





Related material— A quote from The Oxford Murders ,
a novel by Guillermo Martinez

"Anyone can follow the path once it’s been marked out.
But there is of course an earlier moment of illumination,
what you called the knight’s move. Only a few people,
sometimes only one person in many centuries,
manage to see the correct first step in the darkness.”

“A good try,” said Seldom.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Koan for Larsson

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:09 PM

"On the one-ton temple bell
 a moon-moth, folded into sleep,
 sits still." — Haiku by Buson

From the day author Stieg Larsson died—

The Nine (November 9th, 2004).

See also Pandora's Box (September 16th, 2006).

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Saturday March 29, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:26 AM

The Ideology of Empire and
Springtime for Vishnu

There has been much talk lately of the establishment of a new American Empire.  An empire needs an ideology. The Bush family, which has strong ties to various right-wing Christian organizations, may favor an ideology best described as “Christian Zionism.”  For an excellent overview of this ideology, see the following Christ Church website:

Christian Zionism:
Its History, Theology, and Politics

In view of the strong influence of Christian Zionism on the United States government, the following festival should perhaps be known as “Springtime for Jesus” —

The National Cherry Blossom Festival,
Washington, DC.

A Christian Zionist haiku
celebrating this festival:

Cherry blossoms bloom.
Sure, it’s beautiful, but
Is it good for the Jews?

Personally, I side with Henry David ThoreauAldous Huxley, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Andre Weil in preferring the Hindu Holy Scripture The Bhagavad-Gita to any Abrahamic religious text.

The Gita deals, at one level, with a particular incarnation of the Aryan god VishnuHoli 2003, a springtime festival associated with Vishnu, will be celebrated tonight in Carteret, New Jersey.

“The old Aryan god, Vishnu, was portrayed as coming to Earth periodically in the form of Krishna, the embodiment of Spring….”

The Classical Empires, a website of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas (final home of William S. Burroughs)

Burroughs fans at the University of Kansas
might appreciate the following website
related both to the classical Athenian Empire
and to Lawrence, Kansas:

Politics of Hell.

Follow-up of Sunday, March 30, 2003:

See With God on His Side, by Garry Wills,
in the Sunday New York Times.

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