Sunday, May 20, 2018

Maniac Strudel

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:31 PM

(In memory of Will Alsop and Bill Gold)

Related material:  Alice, a Log24 post of Nov. 12  (11/12),  2017.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Adoration of the Cube . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:53 AM


Related vocabulary —

See as well the word facet in this journal.

Analogously, one might write . . .

A Hiroshima cube  consists of 6 faces ,
each with 4 squares called facets ,
for a total of 24 facets. . . .”

(See Aitchison’s Octads , a post of Feb. 19, 2020.)

Click image to enlarge.  Background: Posts tagged ‘Aitchison.'”

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Lars and the Code Girl

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:04 PM


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Deep Space Odyssey

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:32 PM

From a search for Maniac in this journal

Related meditations —

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Icelandic Fantasy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:08 PM

"In the fantasy, Owen is still working on his Rubik’s Cube.
Finally, he finishes — he’s put together all 6 sides."

— "Maniac" Season 1, Episode 9 recap: ‘Utangatta’
      by Cynthia Vinney at showsnob.com, Oct. 9, 2018

Related material —

See also Exploded in this journal.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday Night Not-So-Live

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:37 PM

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dark Comedy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:32 PM

Golin and the Stone  continues.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:14 AM

"If this weren't a public situation, I'd be tempted to get into this on a
psychiatric level." — Christopher Alexander to Peter Eisenman, 1982

Scene from the sequel to Unbreakable  and Split  

Not to mention elevation .

Friday, March 22, 2019

Architectural Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:20 PM

For the late Robert Venturi, who reportedly died on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

See also The Venturi Manifesto (Log24, Sept. 22, 2018).

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Iconology of the Eightfold Cube

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:13 AM

Found today in an Internet image search, from the website of
an anonymous amateur mathematics enthusiast

Forming Gray codes in the eightfold cube with the eight
I Ching  trigrams (bagua ) —

Forming Gray codes in the eightfold cube with the eight I Ching trigrams (bagua)

This  journal on Nov. 7, 2016

A different sort of cube, from the makers of the recent
Netflix miniseries "Maniac" —

See also Rubik in this  journal.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cube Meditation

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:12 PM

See also "Eternal Recreation" (Christmas Eve, 2012).

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Analogies Between Analogies

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:05 PM

On the new Netflix series "Maniac" —

(Spoiler alert)

"The treatment Owen and Annie sign up for promises to fix
its subjects’ brains with just three little pills—A, B, and C—
administered one after another over the span of three days.
The first forces you to relive your trauma;
the second exposes your blind spots; and
the third pill forces a confrontation."

— Kara Weisenstein at vice.com, Sept. 26, 2018, 12:19 PM

See also, from Log24 earlier 

A.  Monday — Mathematics as Art
B.  Tuesday — Trinity and Denkraum  Revisited
C.  Wednesday — Trinity Tale

'Out of nothing' opening of 'Maniac' at Netflix

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Symmetric Generation, by Netflix

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:05 AM

Suggested by the previous post . . .

'Out of nothing' opening of 'Maniac' at Netflix

"The pattern is the pattern."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Intrigue, Romance, Drama

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:12 PM

Sometimes Function Follows Form

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 PM

Function —

Follows —

Form —

Related material: Eight years ago today, Eliza Doolittle Day 2010.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


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

John Malkovich in the closing scene of
the recent film "Unlocked" —

01:31:49,801 –> 01:31:53,301
We have time for a coffee.
There's a pastry shop by the river.

01:31:54,092 –> 01:31:55,842
Excellent strudel.

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Stone…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 PM

of  Woody Allen's  philosopher

"Deadline reports that Stone is finalizing a deal
to star in Maniac , a 30-minute television series with
her former Superbad  castmate Jonah Hill.
The project, a dark comedy, will be directed by 
True Detective  alum Cary Fukunaga and is based
on a 2014 Norwegian series about a mental-institution
patient living out a fantasy life in his dreams."

Vanity Fair  today

See as well the previous post and Jews Telling Stories.

Update of 11:07 PM ET —

From Variety  today — "Hill and Stone would also make their
TV producing debut as the two stars are attached to exec produce
with  Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald …."

"The problem is having a solid business plan and knowing what
you're doing, whether it's a movie, a TV series or a company."
Steve Golin in The Hollywood Reporter , Sept. 4, 2013

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Strange Myths

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 AM

Peter Schjeldahl in the current (Dec. 14) New Yorker :

The phrase “outsider art” was coined in 1972 by a
British art historian, Roger Cardinal, to translate
the sense of “art brut ,” which Dubuffet had
considered rendering as art “raw,” “uncouth,” “crude,”
or “in the rough.” But the term misses the full thrust
of Dubuffet’s elevation of “people uncontaminated
by artistic culture,” as he called them. He aspired not
to make outsiders respectable but to destroy the
complacency of insiders. He disqualified even tribal
and folk artists, and spirited amateurs like Henri
Rousseau, for being captive to one tradition or another.
Art brut  must be sui generis, from the hands and minds
of “unique, hypersensitive men, maniacs, visionaries,
builders of strange myths.”

The literary  art of Fritz Leiber and Stephen King seems to
fit this definition.

Somewhat less brut — the literary art of Plato.

A non-literary illustration:

Images of time and eternity in a 1x4x9 black monolith

  Time as "a moving
   image of eternity.”
       — Plato   

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas, continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

A sermon for the father of Kal-El.
See also related material in this journal
on Vegas and on Maniacs.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday June 16, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Bloomsday for Nash:
The Revelation Game

(American Mathematical Society Feb. 2008
review of Steven Brams’s Superior Beings:
If They Exist, How Would We Know?)

(pdf, 15 megabytes)

“Brams does not attempt to prove or disprove God. He uses elementary ideas from game theory to create situations between a Person (P) and God (Supreme Being, SB) and discusses how each reacts to the other in these model scenarios….

In the ‘Revelation Game,’ for example, the Person (P) has two options:
1) P can believe in SB’s existence
2) P can not believe in SB’s existence
The Supreme Being also has two options:
1) SB can reveal Himself
2) SB can not reveal Himself

Each player also has a primary and secondary goal. For the Person, the primary goal is to have his belief (or non-belief) confirmed by evidence (or lack thereof). The secondary goal is to ‘prefer to believe in SB’s existence.’ For the Supreme Being, the primary goal is to have P believe in His existence, while the secondary goal is to not reveal Himself. These goals allow us to rank all the outcomes for each player from best (4) to worst (1). We end up with a matrix as follows (the first number in the parentheses represents the SB’s ranking for that box; the second number represents P’s ranking):

Revelation Game payoff matrix

The question we must answer is: what is the Nash equilibrium in this case?”


Lotteries on
June 16,
(No revelation)
New York
(No belief)

The Exorcist

No belief,
no revelation


4x4x4 cube summarizing geometry of the I Ching

without belief


Human Conflict Number Five album by The 10,000 Maniacs

Belief without


(A Cheap

Black disc from end of Ch. 17 of Ulysses

Belief and

The holy image

Black disc from end of Ch. 17 of Ulysses

denoting belief and revelation
may be interpreted as
a black hole or as a
symbol by James Joyce:


Going to dark bed there was a square round Sinbad the Sailor roc’s auk’s egg in the night of the bed of all the auks of the rocs of Darkinbad the Brightdayler.


Black disc from end of Ch. 17 in Ulysses

Ulysses, conclusion of Chapter 17

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monday July 9, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:35 AM
Mystic River Song
continued from June 18:

From the Harvard
Math Department:

Noam Elkies of Harvard Math Department

From the late
jazz violinist
Johnny Frigo:

Johnny Frigo Summertime

From a film version
of Somerville…

A Stone for
Johnny Frigo

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Mystic River, 2003

Related material:

Human Conflict
Number Five
(Album title,
 10,000 Maniacs)

10,000 Maniacs, Human Conflict Number Five

This album contains
"Planned Obsolescence":

any modern man can see
that religion is

prophetic vision

Noam Elkies:

Folk are humpin'
And the chillun is high.
Oh yo' daddy's rich,
'Cos yo' ma is good lookin'

Conrad Aiken:

"By all means accept the invitation to hell, should it come. It will not take you far– from Cambridge to hell is only a step; or at most a hop, skip, and jump. But now you are evading– you are dodging the issue…. after all, Cambridge is hell enough."

Great Circle, a 1933 novel by Conrad Aiken (father of Joan Aiken, who wrote The Shadow Guests)

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Thursday November 3, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:07 AM


USA Today on last night’s White House dinner:

“In his toast, Bush said the royal visit was ‘a reminder of the unique and enduring bond’ between the two countries.”

From Log24, July 18, 2003:

The use of the word “idea” in my entries’ headlines yesterday was not accidental.  It is related to an occurrence of the word in Understanding: On Death and Truth, a set of journal entries from May 9-12.  The relevant passage on “ideas” is quoted there, within commentary by an Oberlin professor:

“That the truth we understand must be a truth we stand under is brought out nicely in C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength when Mark Studdock gradually learns what an ‘Idea’ is. While Frost attempts to give Mark a ‘training in objectivity’ that will destroy in him any natural moral sense, and while Mark tries desperately to find a way out of the moral void into which he is being drawn, he discovers what it means to under-stand.

‘He had never before known what an Idea meant: he had always thought till now that they were things inside one’s own head. But now, when his head was continually attacked and often completely filled with the clinging corruption of the training, this Idea towered up above him-something which obviously existed quite independently of himself and had hard rock surfaces which would not give, surfaces he could cling to.’

This too, I fear, is seldom communicated in the classroom, where opinion reigns supreme. But it has important implications for the way we understand argument.”

— “On Bringing One’s Life to a Point,” by Gilbert Meilaender, First Things, November 1994

The old philosophical conflict between realism and nominalism can, it seems, have life-and-death consequences.  I prefer Plato’s realism, with its “ideas,” such as the idea of seven-ness.  A reductio ad absurdum of nominalism may be found in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy under Realism:

“A certain kind of nominalist rejects the existence claim which the platonic realist makes: there are no abstract objects, so sentences such as ‘7 is prime’ are false….”

The claim that 7 is not prime is, regardless of its motives, dangerously stupid.

The New York Lottery evening number
for All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, 2005, was


Related material:

Entries for Nov. 1, 2005 and
the song Planned Obsolescence
by the 10,000 Maniacs

(Hope Chest:
The Fredonia Recordings)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Friday October 28, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:30 PM

Skeptics’ Anniversary

From AP’s “Today in History” for Oct. 28:

“On this date:
In 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts.”

In the spring of 1960, Harvard sent to all incoming freshmen a reading list consisting, as I recall, of two books:

1.  Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, by Martin Gardner (Dover, 1957), and

2.  A book on evolution, whose title I do not recall.  Perhaps it was Apes, Angels, and Victorians, by William Irvine (McGraw-Hill, 1955).

I found in later years that Gardner was not to be trusted (certainly not on the subject of mathematics– he never had even one college course in the subject). Darwin, however, still seems eminently reasonable.

For my own views on the religion of Scientism advocated by many at Harvard and by those who admire Gardner, see

Hitler’s Still Point:
A Hate Speech for Harvard.

For a musical version of some related views, see

Wednesday’s entries
on the 10,000 Maniacs.

For an update on the religion of Scientism, see yesterday’s Newsday:

Skeptics converge to take on religion and morality

“The congress coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Council for Secular Humanism, the arm of the center dedicated to promoting a nonreligious philosophy.”

The word “nonreligious” here should,  since Scientism itself amounts to a religion, be viewed with a great deal of skepticism.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wednesday October 26, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM
Human Conflict
Number Five

(Album title, 10,000 Maniacs)

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This album contains
Planned Obsolescence:

is truth for life
watch religion fall obsolete
will be truth for life
technology as nature
truth for life
in fortran tongue the

with wealth and prominence
man so near perfection
it’s an absence of interim
secure no demurrer
defense against divine
defense against his true
human conflict number five
dissolved all illusion
destroyed with conclusion
and illusion never restored

any modern man can see
that religion is

prophetic vision

Secrets of the I Ching

(Album title, 10,000 Maniacs)

Time of this entry: 2:56:37

Question suggested by the
lottery in the state of Grace
(Kelly) on the night Sinatra died:

What is 256 about?

Answer: 37.

In other words…

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37. The Family (The Clan)

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For details, see Log24,
11 AM Sunday, October 16:

Philadelphia Stories.

Wednesday October 26, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:48 AM
Today’s Birthday:
Natalie Merchant

From Wikipedia:

Hope Chest:
The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983

is a 1990 album by 10,000 Maniacs.
It compiles tracks from their early releases
Human Conflict Number Five and
Secrets of the I Ching.”

For Natalie,
a new web page summing up the
benefits of a Fredonia education:
Certified Crank

Friday, February 4, 2005

Friday February 4, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM


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Dominique and


A blog entry on The Fountainhead,
  a 1949 film featuring archltect
Howard Roark and his patroness,
Dominique Francon,
and a web page on
architecture patroness
Dominique de Menil,
who, with her husband,
a house in Houston

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in 1948 from
architect Philip Johnson.

Related material:

“Architecture is a dangerous profession,
because it is a poisonous mixture
of impotence and omnipotence,
in the sense that the architect
almost invariably harbors
megalomaniacal dreams
that depend upon others,
and upon circumstances,
to impose and
to realize those
fantasies and dreams.”

— Rem Koolhaas,
Conversations With Students,
quoted at http://www.treyf.com

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Thursday March 4, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:44 PM


Mit Zeichen und Zahlen
vermessen wir Himmel und Erde
auf weiss
schaffen wir neue Welten
oder gar Universen
With numbers and names
we measure heaven and earth
on white
we create new worlds
and universes
— from “Zahlen und Zeichen,
  Wörter und Worte”

“Numbers and Names,
Wording and Words”

by Eugen Jost

English translation by Catherine Schelbert


From time to time we take our pen in hand
And scribble symbols on a blank white sheet
Their meaning is at everyone’s command;
It is a game whose rules are nice and neat.

But if a savage or a moon-man came
And found a page, a furrowed runic field,
And curiously studied lines and frame:
How strange would be the world that they revealed.
A magic gallery of oddities.
He would see A and B as man and beast,
As moving tongues or arms or legs or eyes,
Now slow, now rushing, all constraint released,
Like prints of ravens’ feet upon the snow.
He’d hop about with them, fly to and fro,
And see a thousand worlds of might-have-been
Hidden within the black and frozen symbols,
Beneath the ornate strokes, the thick and thin.
He’d see the way love burns and anguish trembles,
He’d wonder, laugh, shake with fear and weep
Because beyond this cipher’s cross-barred keep
He’d see the world in all its aimless passion,
Diminished, dwarfed, and spellbound in the symbols,
And rigorously marching prisoner-fashion.
He’d think: each sign all others so resembles
That love of life and death, or lust and anguish,
Are simply twins whom no one can distinguish …
Until at last the savage with a sound
Of mortal terror lights and stirs a fire,
Chants and beats his brow against the ground
And consecrates the writing to his pyre.
Perhaps before his consciousness is drowned
In slumber there will come to him some sense
Of how this world of magic fraudulence,
This horror utterly behind endurance,
Has vanished as if it had never been.
He’ll sigh, and smile, and feel all right again.

— Hermann Hesse (1943),
Buchstaben” from Das Glasperlenspiel,
translated by Richard and Clara Winston

See also the previous entry,
on the dream
of El Pato-lógico.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Monday February 17, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:23 AM

Center of Time

Am I….

your fantasy girl
of puzzling parts?

Machine ballerina?

Suzanne Vega


From the
Saint Matthew Passion
 (1729), by
 Johann Sebastian Bach

“The old man of ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ imagined the city’s power as being able to ‘gather’ him into ‘the artifice of eternity’— presumably into ‘monuments of unageing intellect,’ immortal and changeless structures representative of or embodying all knowledge, linked like a perfect machine at the center of time.”

— Karl Parker, Yeats’ Two Byzantiums 

“I wrote Fermata listening to Suzanne Vega, particularly her album ‘99.9° F.’  It affected my mood in just the right way. I found a kind of maniacal intensity in her music that helped me as I typed. So if Fermata is attacked, maybe I can say i’m not responsible because I was under the spell of Suzanne Vega.”

— Nicholson Baker, interview

For some real monuments of unageing intellect, see “Geometrie” in the weblog of Andrea for February 10, 2003.

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