Thursday, August 20, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:25 AM

(Continued)  See posts of August 9, 2015.
See also a death on that date.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Death Link

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Continued from a post of August 20, 2015 —


(Continued)  See posts of August 9, 2015.
See also a death on that date.

The death link above leads to an obituary for one
"John Henry Holland, Who Computerized Evolution."

A book by Holland published July 13, 2012, by The MIT Press

Signals and Boundaries

Building Blocks for Complex Adaptive Systems

By John H. Holland


Complex adaptive systems (cas), including ecosystems, governments, biological cells, and markets, are characterized by intricate hierarchical arrangements of boundaries and signals. In ecosystems, for example, niches act as semi-permeable boundaries, and smells and visual patterns serve as signals; governments have departmental hierarchies with memoranda acting as signals; and so it is with other cas. Despite a wealth of data and descriptions concerning different cas, there remain many unanswered questions about "steering" these systems. In Signals and Boundaries, John Holland argues that understanding the origin of the intricate signal/border hierarchies of these systems is the key to answering such questions. He develops an overarching framework for comparing and steering cas through the mechanisms that generate their signal/boundary hierarchies.

How nice to have an overarching framework.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

It’s Time for You to…

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:30 PM

See the Field

“There have long been rumors of a mythical Ninth Element
that grants ultimate power to the Wizard who masters it.
The Order of Magick says there is no such thing. But….”

— Website of Magicka: The Ninth Element Novel

William Worthy in Beijing —

This journal on the date of Worthy’s death,
May 4, 2014, had a link to…

    The Holy Field

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For some context, see Holy Field
and Krauss Grid.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Matrix Problem Revolutions

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:28 AM

(The sequel to yesterday's Matrix Problem Reloaded)

Wikipedia on the sci-fi weblog  io9.com

Newitz explained the significance of the name "io9":

"Well, io9s are input-output devices that let you see into the future.
They're brain implants that were outlawed because they drove
anyone who used one insane. We totally made that (device) up
to name the blog."

Jenna Wortham at wired.com, Jan. 2, 2008

From io9.com itself—

"Science fiction writer Ken MacLeod has another term for io9ers.
He calls them rapture fuckers.*"

— io9.com/explanations/

For the relevance of the term "revolutions" in this post's title, see
Wikipedia on Ken MacLeod.

I prefer to associate the number 9 with The Holy Field.



* MacLeod used this phrase in one of his novels, Newton's Wake.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Nine Stories

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

See a search for the title in this journal.

See also Stories about Nine.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Nothing That Is

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"The 'one' with whom the reader has identified himself
has now become 'the listener, who listens in the snow';
he has become the snow man, and he knows winter
with a mind of winter, knows it in its strictest reality,
stripped of all imagination and human feeling.
But at that point when he sees the winter scene
reduced to absolute fact, as the object not of the mind,
but of the perfect perceptual eye that sees
'nothing that is not there,' then the scene,
devoid of  its imaginative correspondences,
has become 'the nothing that is.'"

Robert Pack, Wallace Stevens:
An Approach to His Poetry and Thought
New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1958.


IMAGE- The Ninefold Square at Ninevine.net

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