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Monday, February 22, 2021

Design Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 10:59 PM

A related image —

Related design theory in mathematics

http://m759.net/wordpress/?p=9221

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Raiders of the Lost Coordinates . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:13 PM

Continues.

From posts tagged Tetrahedron vs. Square —

There is  such a thing as a 4-set.
Saying adapted from a 1962 young-adult novel.

Illustration (central detail  a  from the above tetrahedral figure) —

A Harvard Variation
from Timothy Leary —

The topics of Harvard and Leary suggest some other cultural
history, from The Coasters — “Poison Ivy” and “Yakety Yak.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Vision Thing

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

“It could have been worse.” — James Bond to M inSpectre.”

. . . a nightmare vision of hell-on-earth . . . .
— R. Crumb on the work of artist S. Clay Wilson, 79,
who reportedly died Sunday at his home in
San Francisco.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Folklore

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:55 PM

Wendy Derleth

https://moviedatabase.fandom.com/
wiki/Wendy_Derleth


Wendy Derleth is a fictional teacher and a supporting character featured in the Wishmaster  film series. Played by actress Jenny O’Hara, she appeared in the first installment of the series, Wishmaster  in 1997.

Biography

Wendy Derleth was a professor of folklore at a university in California. Occasionally, she was called upon to lend her expertise to projects going on with the drama department, but admitted that such a thing was not really in her wheelhouse.

In 1997, a woman named Alexandra Amberson came to Professor Derleth for advice under the recommendation of art collector Raymond Beaumont. Derleth had history with Beaumont and saw Amberson’s apparent disinterest in the man as a sign of good judgment. Alex had been suffering from recent nightmares and prophetic visions relating to the presence of a Djinn. Without revealing too much, she picked Derleth’s brain about the true nature of such creatures. Wendy was quite knowledgeable about Djinn and was quick to point out that these creatures were not cute and funny as one would expect from the likes of Barbara Eden or Robin Williams. They were dangerous and ruthless monsters born from the shadows cast by the first light of creation.

Related material —

Sunday, February 7, 2021

For WandaVision Fans

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

See also posts from Jan. 31, 2003, and Jan. 5, 2005.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Review

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:59 AM

Maybe.  See Bowie singing Show us the way to the next little girl …”

Related art:

Review from Variety  (March 1, 2020):

“The trigger warning big enough to cover the plot details, let alone
the themes here, has not yet been invented (such a trigger would
have to be more in the order of the firing pin on a mortar, or maybe
the detonation code to a suitcase nuke), so proceed with caution. . . .”

Related culture:

Monday, January 18, 2021

Interestingly

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:46 PM

“Take out the papers and the trash”

—The first line of the song Yakety-Yak (1958).

Related cultural observation —

The above passage is from “The Matrix,” a post of Nov. 23, 2017 —

Sunday, January 17, 2021

“Signs and Symbols”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:42 PM

The title is from Nabokov.

Related: A sign or symbol known to
techies as “the hamburger.”
See also “White Palace” earlier tonight.

The above image appeared earlier in posts
now tagged “Darkinbad the Brightdayler.”

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Dreaming Jewels . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:11 PM

Continues.

Ice Stone

      Meanwhile, in this  journal on the above Ice Stone date —

'Square Ice' figure

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Raiders of the Lost Coordinates

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:06 PM

Variations on the title theme —

Novus Ordo Seclorum — Harold Bloom and the Tetrahedral Model of PG(3,2)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Kind of a Drag

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:59 AM

'Unter den Linden: Berlin's main drag comes back to life'

See also remarks from Berlin on the 6×6 square and . . .
a Harvard illustration from Linden Street —

Associative Logic

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:14 AM

“The bureaucratic innovations of the New Deal
fed into the powerful associative logic
of commonsense reasoning,
leading a number of Americans to equate science
with the technocratic, managerial liberalism
of Roosevelt and his allies.”

http://bostonreview.net/science-nature/
andrew-jewett-how-americans-came-distrust-science

From a Log24 search for “Notes Toward” —

Steven H. Cullinane, 'The Line'

“Logos and logic, crystal hypothesis,
Incipit and a form to speak the word
And every latent double in the word….”
— Wallace Stevens,
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Small Venues

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

“… her art was rarely exhibited until the 1970s,
and then only sporadically and in small venues . . . .”

— New York Times  obituary suggested by
today’s review,

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/
arts/artists-who-died-2020.html

“No ordinary venue.” — Song lyric

Related material now linked to in the previous post

David Carradine displays a yellow book-- the Princeton I Ching.

Click on the Yellow Book.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Kramer’s Cross

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:21 AM

See Crucial Kramer and Galois Window.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Wrong Stuff

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 PM

Perhaps not.

Would-be psychiatrists might consult
the 1955 Aldous Huxley story “Voices.”

Friday, December 4, 2020

German Lesson: Untergang

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:37 PM

The recent posts “Bunker Bingo” and “Here’s to Efficient Packing!
suggest a review.

Alex Ross in The New Yorker  on Dec. 2, 2020, on the German
word “Untergang ” —

“The usual translation is ‘downfall,’ although
the various implications of the word—
literally, “going-under”—are difficult to capture
in English. In some contexts, Untergang  simply
means descent: a sunset is a Sonnenuntergang .

Lauren  German in a 2005 film —

See as well . . .

Here’s to Efficient Packing!

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:19 PM

“Rock music from car . . .” 

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110614-TarantinoCar.jpg

Devil Music … Now in Infernovision!

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:26 PM

IMAGE- 'Devil Music' from 'Kaleidoscopes- Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter'

DEVIL – MUSIC

20 pages of incidental music written at school
for G. K. Chesterton’s play MAGIC

by D. Coxeter.”

See also other posts now tagged Infernovision.

Out

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:35 PM

Ghostbusters — The Interview

Vision

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:12 AM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180903-Womens_Night_Bingo-at48.41-The_Net.jpg

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Bunker Bingo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 AM

See as well 5×5The Matrix of Abraham,  and Deutsche Schule Montevideo .

IMAGE- Right 3-4-5 triangle with squares on sides and hypotenuse as base

“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

Brick Joke

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:56 AM

The “bricks” in posts tagged Octad Group suggest some remarks
from last year’s HBO “Watchmen” series —

Related material — The two  bricks constituting a 4×4 array, and . . .

“(this is the famous Kummer abstract configuration )”
Igor Dolgachev, ArXiv, 16 October 2019.

As is this

.

The phrase “octad group” does not, as one might reasonably
suppose, refer to symmetries of an octad (a “brick”), but
instead to symmetries of the above 4×4 array.

A related Broomsday event for the Church of Synchronology

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

How many lightbulbs … ?

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:59 PM

Annals of Subliminal Typography

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

We all know the song.” — Today’s 11:07 AM ET post.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Space Exploration

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:52 PM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180810-Huston-chessboard-post-100710.jpg

A sequel suggested by Jaime King’s Instagram yesterday

IMAGE- 'Right through hell there is a path.'

And they swam and they swam all over the dam.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Osterman Meets Brosterman

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:25 PM

See the former and the latter.

De Gustibus

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:44 AM

” . . . one person’s favorite comedy might be a wrenching drama to someone else.”

The Atlantic  promotional email by film critic David Sims on Saturday,
November 28, 2020, 11:37 AM ET.

See as well “Star Quality: Mirror Guy” (this  journal, 12:30 PM ET on Saturday,
November 28, 2020, the reported date of death for Darth Vader actor
David Prowse).

Sunday Morning in a Cartoon Graveyard

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

For the Dr. Seuss School of Neuropsychopharmacology —

From the school itself —

Related material — Pilgrim’s Progress  in this  journal and . . .

an image from Log24 on December 8, 2012

IMAGE- Cover image for a free mixtape, 'Lawrence Class - The Diamond Theory,' that contains images from Steven H. Cullinane's 'Diamond Theory.'

See as well “To Think That It Happened on Prescott Street
and related posts.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Star Quality: “Mirror Guy”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:30 PM

Related material from pure mathematicsM. J. T.  Guy

A Poster for Doctor Manhattan

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

A nostalgia pill for Watchmen  fans.

For Harvard  Watchmen fans, a link to 2346:

http://m759.net/wordpress/?p=2346 —

To Thine Own Self Be Trieu

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:07 AM

From a post of June 12, 2018 —
Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard —

More-recent neuronal art —

Friday, November 27, 2020

Unreality in Oz

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

Rebecca Harkins-Cross in Sydney Review of Books  on Nov. 25, 2020 —

Reality at Northfield

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:34 PM

See also, in memory of a Northfield, Minnesota, professor
of mathematics who reportedly died on October 28 —

Posts tagged Olaf Gate.

The Sun-Ra Code

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:24 PM

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Scientism vs. Pure Mathematics

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:18 PM

In his weblog today, Peter Woit quotes “a remarkable article
entitled Contemplating the End of Physics  posted today at
Quanta magazine [by] Robbert Dijkgraaf (the director of the IAS)”

An excerpt from the quoted remarks by the Institute for
Advanced Study director —

“All of this is part of a much larger shift in
the very scope of science, from studying what is
to what could be. In the 20th century, scientists
sought out the building blocks of reality:
the molecules, atoms and elementary particles
out of which all matter is made;
the cells, proteins and genes
that make life possible;
the bits, algorithms and networks
that form the foundation of information and intelligence,
both human and artificial. This century, instead,
we will begin to explore all there is to be made with
these building blocks.”

Then there are, of course, the building blocks of mathematical  reality:
unit cubes. See building-block.space.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Social Icons

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:24 PM

A death from Thursday, November 12, 2020 —

Other physics-related remarks from November 12
appear in this evening’s previous post.

Physics Jeopardy: “What Is a Particle?”

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:36 PM

See as well . . .

Lost in Building-Block.Space .

The Garland Modelling

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:37 AM

See also God’s Dice  and  Dead Poet Joke .

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Grossinger Interview

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:40 PM

The following image was suggested by today’s
New York Times  obituary  of Joanna Harcourt-Smith
and by earlier Log24 posts now also tagged Grossinger.

For some background, see a book that reportedly
was published on Devil’s Night (October 30) 1997 —

The interview  date above suggests some related material
for students of bullshit and for
the Church of Synchronology

Friday, November 13, 2020

Deep State, Deep Mind, Deep Structure

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

. . . .

In Weber’s hands, the professor and the politician
are not figures to be joined. Each remains a lonely hero
of heavy burden, sent to ride against his particular foe:
the overly structured institution of the modern mind,
the overly structured institution of the modern state.”

 

See also Chomsky in this  journal.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Who Was . . . Alex Trebek?

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 AM

From David Corfield today at The n-Category Café —

Collingwood writes in his Autobiography :

… a logic in which
the answers are attended
and the questions neglected
is a false logic.”

(An Autobiography , 1939, p. 31)

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Local

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:26 AM

Midrash for leftists —

The time of this journal’s previous post was 9:56
(AM, ET, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020).

“All time is local time” — Richard Grossinger,
The Night Sky: Soul and Cosmos

“You can’t fool me, i’m stickin’ to the union”
— Adapted song lyric

“On second thought, maybe you can  fool me.”

See Richard Grossinger  in Wikipedia.

Local

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:46 AM

“All politics is local.”
Saying attributed to the late Tip O’Neill

“All time is local.”
— Concept attributed to the late Albert Einstein

Related material —

See also Timequake  in this  journal.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Images in posts are down.

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:30 AM

The service hosting my Log24 images is down. I do not know
when it will be up again.*

Meanwhile, a WordPress Media workaround image —

Honeywell H1 Quantum Computer Methods

Related narrative for a Code Girl

“Tickle: Change, Shift, Reveal.”

* Update at 5 AM Oct. 30: Images are back.
To celebrate their return . . . .
“Dance Practice Video,” still and detail.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:37 AM

These news items suggest a review —

The above “Pynchon’s Paranoid History” page number  appeared
in this  journal on Groundhog Day, 2015 —

David Justice on a Zeta-related theory —

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Switchin’ the Positions*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:27 AM

“C24 is the list of codewords of the extended
binary Golay code C24.  Each codeword is expressed
by a subset of the set M  of the positions  [1, . . . , 24]
of MOG.”

— From Shimada’s notes on computational data at
http://www.math.sci.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/~shimada/
preprints/Edge/PaperEdge/compdataEdge.pdf
.

*  Related material — A new Ariana Grande video and . . .

a recent digital artwork, “Code Girl,” with accompanying story —

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Imaginarium

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:11 PM

See the title in this journal.

A Travelling Show

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:18 AM

“If I were a sculptor, but then again no
Or a man who sells potions in a travelling show”

Song lyric

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Modernist Cuts

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:05 PM

“The bond with reality is cut.”

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Related screenshot of a book review
from the November AMS Notices

Monday, October 12, 2020

New Fields

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

Old Fields

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 AM

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Ikonologie des Zwischenraums

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:28 AM

The title is from a Cornell page in the previous post.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

The above remarks on primitive mentality suggest
a review of Snakes on a Plane.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Hollywood Logic

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:19 PM

See as well a recent post in memory of “Chariots of Fire” actor Ben Cross.

From  a Chrome Browser announcement  today —

Compare and contrast  “The Ghost and the Darkness” (Constellation, 1996)
and the new film “Rogue” (Lionsgate, 2020).

“Elijah?… Elijah?!” — Megan Fox in “Rogue” (00:41:47)

Ars Gratia Artis — MGM.

How Deep the Darkness*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:51 AM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08/080413-Marabar.jpg

* See the title phrase in this journal.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Shadowlands

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:46 PM

“What have they done to my song?”. . . C. S. Lewis might ask.

To Wakanda

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:30 AM

      Update of 5:01 PM ET the same day —

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Acid Snark

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 AM

Another historical quote: “Don’t take the Brown acid.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Gail Sheehy and the Source

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:45 PM

Sheehy reportedly died on Monday, August 24, 2020.

YouTube has the Vermont speech:

From this  journal on that date

From 'The Politics of Experience,' by R.D. Laing

Summary:  “Turn on, tune in, drop dead.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Devoutly Wished

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:10 PM

Monday, July 27, 2020

Intersections Galore

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:29 PM

Finnegans Euclid

Geometry lesson: the vesica piscis in Finnegans Wake

See also Metaphors  (March 3, 2016).

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Ornaments for Valéry*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:27 AM

* See Valéry Ornament in this journal.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Jack in the Box

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:35 PM

The phrase “the ability to jump in and out of spaces” was quoted
in an update this morning to a July 2 post, “The Maxwell Enticement.”

This suggests other Log24 posts now tagged “Jack in the Box.”

A related image, from Know Your Meme

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Long Strange Road

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:55 PM

“The road is long
With many a winding turn”

Neil Diamond

Magic Child

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:06 PM

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Social Network

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 5:27 PM

Writer Robert Avrech on director Brian De Palma —

“Both Brian and I greatly admire Alfred Hitchcock so we were
pretty much on the same page aesthetically. That’s how I came
to write Body Double , a superb thriller that immediately thrust
me into the Hollywood limelight.”

— https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?
f=Behind-the-Scenes-with-Hol-by-Joan-Brunwasser-
American-Jews_Hollywood_Interviews_Judaism-Jewish-
131219-897.html

 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Persons and Operators and Things

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:13 PM
Harvard University Press on a book,
Persons and Things,
it published on March 31, 2010

Moving effortlessly between symbolist poetry and Barbie dolls, artificial intelligence and Kleist, Kant, and WinnicottBarbara Johnson not only clarifies psychological and social dynamics; she also re-dramatizes the work of important tropes—without ever losing sight of the ethical imperative with which she begins: the need to treat persons as persons. In Persons and Things , Johnson turns deconstruction around to make a fundamental contribution to the new aesthetics. She begins with

the most elementary thing we know:
deconstruction calls attention to
gaps

and reveals that their claims upon us are fraudulent. Johnson revolutionizes the method by showing that the inanimate thing exposed as a delusion is central to fantasy life, that fantasy life, however deluded, should be taken seriously, and that although a work of art “is formed around something missing,” this “void is its vanishing point, not its essence.” She shows deftly and delicately that the void inside Keats’s urn, Heidegger’s jug, or Wallace Stevens’s jar forms the center around which we tend to organize our worlds.

The new aesthetics should restore fluidities between persons and things. In pursuing it, Johnson calls upon Ovid, Keats, Poe, Plath, and others who have inhabited this in-between space. The entire process operates via a subtlety that only a critic of Johnson’s caliber could reveal to us.

I prefer the more straightforward insanity of  Operators and Things .

Barbara Johnson reportedly died on Aug. 27, 2009.  See that date
in other posts now tagged Autistic Enchantment. (That phrase is
the sort of sneering tag one may expect from deplorable academics.)

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Knock on Any Door

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:11 PM

… Not to mention strange fruit .

From a review for a dirty computer

“… a spooky motel straight out of Twin Peaks.”

Friday, June 12, 2020

Art Icons

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

Liz Elverenli on the writers of “I Am Not Okay with This
(Instagram, Jan. 18, 2019) —

“We went full Twin Peaks.”

Perhaps not  full  Twin Peaks . . .

Update of 11:22 PM ET —

A “Not Okay” line from Episode 1.03, “The Party’s Over”

00:00:31,573 –> 00:00:34,159
Something just didn’t feel right.

I prefer the Jacky St. James illustration of this sentiment:

Egon Schiele fans other than Elverenli may agree.

“It’s showtime, folks!” — Opening scenes of “All That Jazz.”

Log Lady

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

IMAGE- The 24-drawer filing cabinet of Lucia St. Clair Robson

“Just as these lines that merge to form a key
Are as chess squares; when month and day are four;
Don’t risk another chance to move to mate.
One game is real and one’s a metaphor.
Untold times this wisdom’s come too late.
Battle of White has raged on endlessly.
Everywhere Black will strive to seal his fate.
Continue a search for thirty-three and three.
Veiled forever is the secret door.”
Katherine Neville, aka Cat Velis, in The Eight,
Ballantine Books, January 1989, page 140

“One game is real and one’s a metaphor” —

Twin Peaks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:01 AM

See the title as a tag.

The title was suggested by

  1. Ashlynn Yennie’s twin peaks in Showtime’s Submission  (May 2016) —
  2. Ethan Allen’s recent appearance in a Vanity Fair  piece  by Betty Gilpin.

Gilpin as Crystal in The Hunt

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Nordic Sunshine

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

Art

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:05 PM

“Anne, Saul.  Saul, Anne.”

Click the above leap of faith for a report of an April 1 death.

Prestige

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:07 PM

See also Light History.

Tune for a Dark Corner

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:59 AM

“Like the castle in the corner
In a medieval game”

Steely Dan, Dirty Work, 1972

Number

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

Nine is a very powerful Nordic number.

Katherine Neville, author of  The Eight

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Label

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:35 PM

And the sailor said Brandy, you’re a fine girl . . . .

The Ghost Writer

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 3:14 PM

See also Litsky’s obituary from All Saints’ Day, 2018.

Litsky reportedly died on October 30, 2018 — Devil’s Night.

Theology for Jews

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:42 PM

See also Aloha.

But see as well . . .

Click to enlarge the above story by Paul Meyer, Dayton sports writer.

Structure

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:15 PM

The New Republic , June 1, 2020

“Ehrenreich is a writer of structure:
Her work moves level by level,
starting at the surface of
our most obvious inequalities
before pulling back to reveal
the subtleties of systemic failure.”

Sure she is. Sure it does.

Scripting Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:31 PM

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

See Lippincott’s obituary in today’s online New York Times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Moneypenny Galore

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

For those who prefer a forked  tongue —

Friday, May 29, 2020

Scripting

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:30 PM

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Unity Game

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:59 PM

“Old men ought to be explorers.” — T. S. Eliot

“Everybody’s lost but me!” — Young Indiana Jones, quoted
in a book review (“Knox Peden on Martin Hägglund”) in
Sydney Review of Books  on May 26 . . .

” Here I am reminded of the words of
the young Indiana Jones alone in the desert,
decades before the Last Crusade:
‘Everybody’s lost but me.’ “

 Related remarks — Now You See It, Now You Don’t.

Finite Geometry at GitHub

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 5:04 PM

My website on finite geometry is now available
on GitHub at http://m759.github.io/ . The part
of greatest interest to coders is also at
https://repl.it/@m759/View-4x4x4#index.html .

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Finite Jest

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:17 PM

“No serious difficulty  is encountered as long as one deals
with a domain consisting of a finite number of points only,
which can be ‘called up’ one after the other.” — Weyl

Background — The relativity problem in this journal.

Continental Taste-Envy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:35 AM

The title is a phrase by Kyle Smith, who writes with
considerable taste and little envy.

Then there is Rebecca Newberger Goldstein . . .

See as well Heidegger at Davos.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Cyberface

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:45 PM

(A sequel to D8ing the Joystick)

Adam Gopnik today in The New Yorker

In remote therapy sessions, with the loss of familiarly structured
therapeutic spaces, a kind of staring contest takes place.”

This  journal on the above YouTube date — May 28, 2011 —

“Two things of opposite natures seem to depend
On one another, as a man depends
On a woman, day on night, the imagined
On the real. This is the origin of change.
Winter and spring, cold copulars, embrace
And forth the particulars of rapture come.”

— Wallace Stevens,
“Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,”
Canto IV of “It Must Change”

Update of 5:45  PM ET —

The  above May 28, 2011, Stevens quotation is from a post
titled “Savage Detectives.” A related image starring Sean Young —

D8ing Continues.

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Note the purple mask.

See also a note on the fictional characters Wintermute and Neuromancer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Scholarly History

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On “emergence, institutionalization and (importantly) legitimation …
(with its resource allocation system and authority structure)” —

“It’s still the same old story.” — Song lyric

See as well other posts now tagged Raiding Minsky’s.

Something to Look At

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Stephen Ornes in Quanta Magazine  today —

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:
Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks

“Another possible direction for the neural net to explore
is the development of automated theorem generators.
Mathematicians are increasingly investigating ways to
use AI to generate new theorems and proofs, though
‘the state of the art has not made a lot of progress,’
Lample said.  ‘It’s something we’re looking at.’ “

As is Stephanie Dick.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Classics Illustrated

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Related image —

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Adventures on Prescott Street…

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Continue.

For a member of a 1960-1961 Harvard Freshman Seminar
at 8 Prescott Street —

Dusenbury’s study of color  was published on June 9, 2015.

This  journal on that date —

Annals of Intellectual History*

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The date — Nov. 20, 2011 — of a post cited here last night
was suggested as follows.  It was the opening date of a
Broadway show, “Seminar,” that later starred Jeff Goldblum.

Jeff Goldblum inSeminar

* See Intellectual History in this journal.

SPACE COMMAND

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“There was a young artist named Tony….”

Tony Stark in  The Avengers , May the Fourth, 2012

Friday, May 8, 2020

Die Einheit

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E ”  is for “Einheit.

See also “The Unity.”

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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“Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is
a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents
a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain
how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty.”

— Sir Michael Atiyah, quoted here on April 4, 2016

 

Illustrations, from the American Mathematical Society Spring
2020 book sale, of a book scheduled to be published May 28.

Notes on MSRI (Pronounced “Misery”)

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Gimme the beat, boys, and free my soul.

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Kant as Diamond Cutter

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“He wished Kant were alive. Kant would have appreciated it.
That master diamond cutter.”

— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , Part III.

Kant’s  “category theory” —

In the Transcendental Analytic, Kant deduces the table of twelve categories, or pure concepts of the understanding….

The categories must be ‘schematized’ because their non-empirical origin in pure understanding prevents their having the sort of sensible content that would connect them immediately to the objects of experience; transcendental schemata are mediating representations that are meant to establish the connection between pure concepts and appearances in a rule-governed way. Mathematical concepts are discussed in this context since they are unique in being pure but also sensible concepts: they are pure because they are strictly a priori  in origin, and yet they are sensible since they are constructed in concreto . ”

— Shabel, Lisa, “Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (Spring 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2016/entries/kant-mathematics/>.

See also The Diamond Theorem and Octad.us.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Identity Problem

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The phrase “problem of identity” in the previous post suggests a search
for other instances of the phrase. That search yields a talk by Andrei Rodin:

A later book by Rodin echoes Vladimir Arnold‘s remark
that “mathematics is a part of physics.” (Rodin is a Russian
who apparently worships at the Church of Scientism.)

The Rodin talk is dated 19 November 2012.

For some very different philosophical remarks, by poet
Wallace Stevens, see the Log24 posts of 19 November 2012.

“The Ship of Theseus”…

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is a philosophical conundrum  discussed this morning  in the weblog of
David Justice.

A related statement of this “problem of identity,” from posts
in this  weblog tagged “For Banff 2009” yesterday afternoon

Remarks related to the ship of Theseus —

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dead Poet Joke

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From the subtitles of the recent Kristen Stewart film “Underwater” —

427
00:30:26,144 –> 00:30:27,476
He’d always say
he had a new joke,

428
00:30:27,478 –> 00:30:29,445
and then he’d tell
the same stupid joke.

429
00:30:29,447 –> 00:30:32,785
I was… laughing at that joke.

430
00:30:34,053 –> 00:30:35,685
Yeah, what was it?

431
00:30:35,687 –> 00:30:38,654
What did the fish say when
it bumped into the brick wall?

April 11 was the dies natalis , in the Catholic sense, of John Horton Conway.
Related material: Other posts containing the phrase  “brick wall.”

Friday, April 17, 2020

A Mechanism of Fission

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The above title was suggested by the previous post, Explosive Remarks.

'On Froebel's Third Gift,' from 'Paradise of Childhood,' 1906

Explosive Remarks

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Here is the background to Wheeler’s explosive remarks.

John Archibald Wheeler, director of the Center
for Theoretical Physics at the University of Texas,
is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists.
In 1939 he and Niels Bohr published a paper on
‘The Mechanism of Nuclear Fission”
that laid the groundwork for atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Wheeler later played major roles in their development.”

For a rather different explosion of Wheeler’s views, see the previous post.

Introduction to Quantum Woo

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In his big book, Gravity  [sic ], Wheeler puts our space
into what he calls superspace, and speculates on the
most basic physical laws which operate on superspace.
He comes to the (to me) surprising conclusion that the
rock-bottom laws are the laws of the propositional calculus!”

Martin Gardner, letter to Donald E. Knuth, 8 January 1976,
on cover of Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
March 2011 issue.

Fact check —

Related reading

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Four-Color Epic

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A love story of epic, epic, epic proportion” — Kristen Stewart

See also the following letter to Knuth on four-color enthusiast
Spencer-Brown, as well as Tim Robinson on the same subject
in his book My Time in Space .

Snow White’s Time in Space

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Kristen Stewart — 'Freezin' my ass off'

See as well Pi Day 2020.

The Dreaming

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Death Warmed Over

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In memory of the author of  My Time in Space * —

Tim Robinson, who reportedly died on April 3 —

 See also an image from a Log24 post, Gray Space

Related material from Robinson’s reported date of death —

* First edition, hardcover, Lilliput Press, Ireland, April 1, 2001.

Oslo Prophet (after Varignon)

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See also Invariance, a Log24 post from yesterday morning

Note the resemblance to Plato’s Diamond.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Invariance

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Note the resemblance to Plato’s Diamond.

Click the Pritchard passage above for an interactive version.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Compare and Contrast.

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Logos —

See also Devs .

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Letter to the World

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Pace  Emily Dickinson.

Play Date

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Today's 4:02 AM ET post, "Steinfeld as Rose the Hat,"
suggests a review —

A more impressive woman in white

Update of 8 PM ET —

Beckinsale gives Oct. 5, 2001, as the date of the New York
premiere of the film "Serendipity."  Synchronology check:

Beckinsale's premiere date — Oct. 5, 2001 — is incorrect.
The film was released  on that date, but its New York premiere
was actually on Oct. 3, 2001. See Getty Images.

Bee Season

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See the 2005 post Structure and a Log24 search for Bumblebee.

Steinfeld as Rose the Hat

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Above, Hailee Steinfeld in a fanciful portrayal
of poet Emily Dickinson.

"Wakey, Wakey!" — Doctor Sleep

Language Games: Reflection

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The conclusion of an elegy for George Steiner 
in th Times Literary Supplement  issue dated
March 13, 2020 —

"What distinguishes humans from other animals, Johann Gottfried Herder
suggested in his essay On the Origin of Language (1772), is not so much
their capacity for language as their capacity for arriving at general reflection
(Besonnenheit ) through language. Few thinkers of the postwar era can be
said to have pursued this reflection with as much range and rigour as George
Steiner.

Ben Hutchinson is Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent
and Director of the Paris School of Arts and Culture. His most recent book is 

Comparative Literature: A very short introduction, 2018 ."

See as well . . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hunger Game for a “Pop Culture Star”

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"A hunger to be more serious"

Arts & Letters Daily  on the late
    George Steiner, who reportedly
    died on February 3, 2020

The New York Times  on a Sunday death —

A Midrash —

Serious —

Elegy for a Language Animal

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Architect’s Elegy

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On Boston's Hancock Tower:

"I reflect that all art, all beauty, is reflection."

Fictional character by John Updike (July 1976)

The architect of the tower reportedly died Monday.

See as well "Reflections: Disturbing the Universe I"
by the late Freeman Dyson in The New Yorker
issue dated August 6, 1979.

A reflection I prefer:

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