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Monday, November 30, 2020

Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:40 AM

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

See also Straightforward + Overarching.

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

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110320-OmegaHaiku.jpg
 

Related material for
Mathematics Awareness Month

Also on 07/18/2015

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Osterman Omega

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 PM

From "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

Counting symmetries of the R. T. Curtis Omega:

An Illustration from Shakespeare's birthday

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Omega Matrix

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

(Continued)

Angels and Demons cross within a diamond (page 306), and Finite Geometry logo

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Omega Matrix

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 5:00 PM

Richard Evan Schwartz on
the mathematics of the 4×4 square

See also Priority in this journal.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Point Omega

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:00 AM

Continues .

In this post, "Omega" denotes a generic 4-element set.

For instance Cullinane's 

Logo for 'Elements of Finite Geometry'

or Schmeikal's 

 .

The mathematics appropriate for describing
group actions on such a set is not Schmeikal's
Clifford algebra, but rather Galois's finite fields.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Point Omega

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

Continues. See previous episodes.

See as well

The above image is from April 7, 2003.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Omega Weekend

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:04 AM

By Harlan Kane

See Omega  (June 11, 2015).

Friday, September 11, 2015

Omega Wrinkle:

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:42 PM

A Phrase That Haunts

From this journal on August 23, 2013

Illustration from New York Times  review 
of the novel Point Omega —

IMAGE- NY Times headline 'A Wrinkle in Time' with 24 Hour Psycho and Point Omega scene

From the print version of The New York Times Sunday Book Review
dated Sept. 13, 2015 —

The online version, dated Sept. 11, 2015 —

From the conclusion of the online version —

On the above print  headline, "Wrinkles in Time,"
that vanished in the online version —

"Now you see it, now you don't"
is not a motto one likes to see demonstrated
by a reputable news firm.

Related material:  Jews Telling Stories.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Point Omega*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Fareed Zakaria in an online Aug. 21
New York Times  book review

" Most intellectuals think ideas matter.
In one of his most famous and oft-­quoted lines,
John Maynard Keynes declared, 'Practical men
who believe themselves to be quite exempt from
any intellectual influence are usually the slaves
of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority,
who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy
from some academic scribbler of a few years back.'

Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot concur,
arguing that ideas 'do not merely matter; they matter
immensely, as they have been the source for decisions
and actions that have structured the modern world.' 
In The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How
They Made the Modern World 
, Montgomery and
Chirot make the case for the importance of four
­powerful ideas, rooted in the European Enlightenment,
that have created the world as we know it.
'Invading armies can be resisted,' they quote
Victor Hugo. 'Invading ideas cannot be.' "

* Related material: Point Omega , a book
   by Don DeLillo, in this journal.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Omega Cube

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Why "Omega?"

Omega is a Greek letter, &Omega, used in
mathematics to denote 
a set on which
a group acts. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Omega Matrix

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

See that phrase in this journal.

See also last night's post.

The Greek letter Ω is customarily used to
denote a set that is acted upon by a group.
If the group is the affine group of 322,560
transformations of the four-dimensional
affine space over the two-element Galois
field, the appropriate &Omegais the 4×4 grid above.

See the Cullinane diamond theorem.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Omega

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

Omega is a Greek letter, &Omega, used in mathematics to denote
a set on which a group acts. 

For instance, the affine group AGL(3,2) is a group of 1,344
actions on the eight elements of the vector 3-space over the
two-element Galois field GF(2), or, if you prefer, on the Galois
field  Ω = GF(8).

Related fiction:  The Eight , by Katherine Neville.

Related non-fiction:  A remark by Werner Heisenberg
in this journal on Saturday, June 6, 2015, the eightfold cube ,
and the illustrations below —

Mathematics

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110505-WikipediaFanoPlane.jpg

The Fano plane block design

Magic

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110505-DeathlyHallows.jpg

The Deathly Hallows symbol—
Two blocks short of  a design.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Point Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

IMAGE- Chair from 'Osterman Weekend' ending

“Am I still on?” — Ending line of  The Osterman Weekend  (1983)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Point Omega Echo

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

"… as though echoing the road's vanishing point
up ahead…." — Album review, 2002

See Vanishing Point in this journal.

See as well Rolling Stone  four days ago
on Stevie Nicks in 1976:

Keep in mind, the audience has
no idea who Stevie Nicks is.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Points Omega*

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

The previous post displayed a set of
24 unit-square “points” within a rectangular array.
These are the points of the
Miracle Octad Generator  of R. T. Curtis.

The array was labeled  Ω
because that is the usual designation for
a set acted upon by a group:

* The title is an allusion to Point Omega , a novel by
Don DeLillo published on Groundhog Day 2010.
See “Point Omega” in this journal.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Omega Matrix

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 PM

(Continued)

The webpage Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2)
has been updated to include more material on symplectic structure.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Point Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:07 PM

Continues

Update of 9:29 PM ET (Click to enlarge.) —

Adapted from a Facebook page.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Omega Mystery

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 PM

See a post,  The Omega Matrix, from the date of her death.

Related material:

"When Death tells a story, you really have to listen."
— Cover of The Book Thief

A scene from the film of the above book —

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Some context — "Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery" —
See posts tagged April Awareness 2014.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Omega Post

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

In memory of radio personality Steve Post,
a link to some remarks on the date of his death.

The Omega Story

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

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live…. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience."

Joan Didion

See also a post from May 4, 2011 (the date, according to a Google
search, of untitled notes regarding a matrix called Omega).

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Omega Portal

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Version from “The Avengers” (2012) —

Version from Josefine Lyche (2009) —

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

See also this journal on the date that the above Avengers  video was uploaded.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Omega Matrix

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:31 PM

Shown below is the matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz.
See also earlier versions (1976-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

IMAGE- The matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz. See also earlier versions (1977-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

Backstory:  The Schwartz Notes (June 1, 2011), and Schwartz on
the American Mathematical Society's current home page:

(Click to enlarge.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Omega Point

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:00 PM

For Sergeant-Major America—

IMAGE- Art exhibition with 'Omega Point' and geometric figures related to tesseract, along with movie 'Captain America' figure

The image is from posts of Feb. 20, 2011, and Jan. 27, 2012.

This instance of the omega point is for a sergeant major
who died at 92 on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

See also posts on that date in this journal—

Midnight,  Ambiguation,  Subtitle for Odin's Day,  and
Melancholia, Depression, Ambiguity.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Alpha and Omega

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:22 AM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110918-AlphaAndOmega.jpg

A transcription—

"Now suppose that α  is an element of order 23 in M 24 ; we number the points of Ω
as the projective line , 0, 1, 2, … , 22 so that α : i i  + 1 (modulo 23) and fixes . In
fact there is a full L 2 (23) acting on this line and preserving the octads…."

— R. T. Curtis, "A New Combinatorial Approach to M 24 ,"
Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society  (1976), 79: 25-42

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Romancing the Omega

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:25 PM

Today's news from Oslo suggests a review—

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

Click for further details.

The circular sculpture in the foreground
is called by the artist "The Omega Point."
This has been described as
"a portal that leads in or out of time and space."

Some related philosophical remarks—

Oslo Connection and some notes on Galois connections.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Omega*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

And I'd  like to thank the heroine of Finale

Image-- Josefine Lyche as Diamond Girl, representing the soul's triumph over evil

*  The title refers to a 2009 sculpture by Lyche

  http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110212-OmegaPoint-Lyche-360w.jpg

   For a related shape, see today's noon post.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Point Omega continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:26 PM

"We tried to create new realities overnight…."
Point Omega, quoted here in the post
Devising Entities (July 3, 2010)

Image-- NY Lottery, evening  July 15=000, midday July 16=911

See also last night's Meditation as well as the earlier posts
Language Game and The Subject Par Excellence.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Girl Who Fixed the Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:29 PM

Thanks to Nora Ephron for "The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut"
(New Yorker  of July 5, 2010).

How to type a capital Omega

Number Lock on, Alt key down, then numeric keypad
(or, on laptop, fn-style numbers on letter keys) 234.
Alt key up. Result: Ω.  Number Lock off.

Related poetic flight of fancy—

The most recent occurrence of 234 in the New York Lottery was on
August 6, 2008, the Feast of the Transfiguration.

Clicking on the Transfiguration link in this journal's post
for that date leads to an article on poet Paul Mariani.

Tracing a quotation in that article leads to…

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100702-Mariani-TheCup.gif

The date of Mariani's poem, 24 August 2002, leads to a post in this journal
related to Mariani's "Loyola's Company" and to "that language only
light and diamonds know."

Related material: last night's Omega at Eight.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Omega at Eight

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

The "compact key to universal wisdom" passage in the previous post seemed
too well written to be the work of an anonymous webforum author.

Here is a slightly expanded version—

Throughout history mystics and philosophers have sought
a compact key to universal wisdom, a finite formula or text
that would provide the answer to every question. The use of
the Bible, the Koran and the I Ching for divination and the
tradition of the secret books of Hermes Trismegistus and the
medieval Jewish Cabala exemplify this belief or hope.  Such
sources of universal wisdom are traditionally protected from
casual use by being difficult to find as well as difficult to un-
derstand and dangerous to use, tending to answer more quest-
ions and deeper ones than the searcher wishes to ask. The
esoteric book is, like God, simple yet undescribable. It is om-
niscient, and it transforms all who know it. The use of clas-
sical texts to foretell mundane events is considered supersti-
tious nowadays, yet in another sense science is in quest of its
own Cabala, a concise set of natural laws that would explain
all phenomena. In mathematics, where no set of axioms can
hope to prove all true statements, the goal might be a concise
axiomatization of all "interesting" true statements.
      Ω is in many senses a Cabalistic number. It can be known
of through human reason, but not known. To know it in detail
one must accept its uncomputable sequence of digits on faith,
like words of a sacred text.   

This is Martin Gardner's* and Charles H. Bennett's
revised version of a passage from Bennett's  paper
"On Random and Hard-to-Describe Numbers," 1979.

The original passage from Bennett's paper—

Throughout history mystics and philosophers have sought a compact key to
universal wisdom, a finite formula or text which, when known and understood,
would provide the answer to every question. The Bible, the Koran, the mythical
secret books of Hermes Trismegistus, and the medieval Jewish Cabala have
been so regarded. Sources of universal wisdom are traditionally protected from
casual use by being hard to find, hard to understand when found, and dangerous
to use, tending to answer more and deeper questions than the user wishes to
ask. Like God the esoteric book is simple yet undescribable, omniscient, and
transforms all who know It. The use of classical texts to fortell [sic] mundane events
is considered superstitious nowadays, yet, in another sense, science is in quest of
its own Cabala, a concise set of natural laws which would explain all phenomena.
In mathematics, where no set of axioms can hope to prove all true statements,
the goal might be a concise axiomatization of all "interesting" true statements.
      Ω is in many senses a Cabalistic number. It can be known of, but not known,
through human reason. To know it in detail, one would have to accept its un-
computable digit sequence on faith, like words of a sacred text.

The Bennett paper deals with Gregory Chaitin's concept of an "Omega Number."

I prefer the Omega of Josefine Lyche—

Image-- Uncertified copy of 1986 figures by Cullinane in a 2009 art exhibit in Oslo

Click for further details.

See also All Hallows' Eve, 2002.

* Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games  column
"The Random Number Omega Bids Fair to Hold the Mysteries of the Universe,"
Scientific American, November 1979, 241(5), pp. 20–34.
The column is reprinted as "Chaitin's Omega," Ch. 21, pp. 307-319 in the
collection of Gardner's columns titled Fractal Music, Hypercards and More,
W.H. Freeman & Co., 1991

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Key

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:55 PM

An image from the opening of the Netflix series “Locke & Key” —

See also Omega in this journal.

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

The key is the cocktail that begins the proceedings.”

– Brian Harley, Mate in Two Moves

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Sun-Ra Code

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

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 —

Monday, August 10, 2020

Spirit Birds…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:05 AM

Continues.

“Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams.”

— The end of DeLillo’s Point Omega

Friday, August 7, 2020

Spirit Birds

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:11 PM

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Gefter Boundary

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:09 PM

“The message was clear: having a finite frame of reference
creates the illusion of a world, but even the reference frame itself
is an illusion. Observers create reality, but observers aren’t real.
There is nothing ontologically distinct about an observer, because
you can always find a frame in which that observer disappears:
the frame of the frame itself, the boundary of the boundary.”

— Amanda Gefter in 2014, quoted here on Mayday 2020.

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

See as well the previous post.

A Graveyard Smash: Galois Geometry Meets Nordic Aliens

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:02 PM

See also Vril Chick.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cue the Violins

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:36 PM

In memory of a music editor.

Blangsted reportedly died on May 1.
See also that date in this journal, among
other posts tagged The Next Level.

Mathematics as a Black Art

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:34 AM

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Devising Entities…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:34 AM

Continues.

The previous post  displayed a photo from November 2014.

Remarks quoted here  in November 2014

“Before time began, there was the Cube.”
— Optimus Prime

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Secret Life of Mark Alpert

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 AM

Booklist on Final Theory :

"Alpert, an editor for Scientific American , laces his high-IQ
doomsday thriller with clearly explicated and hauntingly beautiful
scientific theories…."

Booklist on The Omega Theory

"Alpert’s follow-up to his acclaimed first novel, Final Theory  (2008),
continues the adventures of science historian David Swift."

See as well this  journal on June 1, 2008.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Gray Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:00 PM

See as well a search for Gray Space in this journal.

Related material:  The Schwartz Omega .

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code
  is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Alea Iacta Est*

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

Saturday evening's post Diamond Globe suggests a review of

Iain Aitchison on symmetric generation of M24 —

Iain Aitchison on symmetric generation of M24

     * A Greek version for the late John SImon:

«Ἀνερρίφθω κύβος».

Thursday, November 7, 2019

For Connoisseurs of Insane Fantasy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:23 AM

From a 1962 young-adult novel —

"There's something phoney in the whole setup, Meg thought.
There is definitely something rotten in the state of Camazotz."

Song adapted from a 1960 musical —

"In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happy-ever-aftering
Than here in Camazotz!"

Google News 'For you' comic book news item

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Philosophical Infanticide

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:51 AM

From Wallace Stevens —

"Reality is the beginning not the end,
Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,
Of dense investiture, with luminous vassals."

— “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” VI

From The Point  magazine yesterday, October 8, 2019
Parricide:  On Irad Kimhi's Thinking and Being .
Book review by Steven Methven.

The conclusion:

"Parricide is nothing that the philosopher need fear . . . .
What sustains can be no threat. Perhaps what the
unique genesis of this extraordinary work suggests is that
the true threat to philosophy is infanticide."

This remark suggests revisiting a post from Monday

Monday, October 7, 2019

Berlekamp Garden vs. Kinder Garten

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Stevens's Omega and Alpha (see previous post)
suggest a review.

Omega — The Berlekamp Garden. 
                  See Misère Play (April 8, 2019).
Alpha  —  The Kinder Garten. 
                  See Eighfold Cube.

. . . .

Monday, October 7, 2019

Berlekamp Garden vs. Kinder Garten

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Stevens's Omega and Alpha (see previous post) suggest a review.

Omega — The Berlekamp Garden.  See Misère Play (April 8, 2019).
Alpha  —  The Kinder Garten.  See Eighfold Cube.

Illustrations —

The sculpture above illustrates Klein's order-168 simple group.
So does the sculpture below.

Froebel's Third Gift: A cube made up of eight subcubes  

Cube Bricks 1984 —

An Approach to Symmetric Generation of the Simple Group of Order 168

Lenz

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM

Or:  Je repars .

From Wallace Stevens —

"Reality is the beginning not the end,
Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,
Of dense investiture, with luminous vassals."

— “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” VI

Mathematician Hanfried Lenz reportedly died in Berlin on June 1, 2013.

This journal that weekend

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Plato, Republic, 7.527b

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 PM

 τοῦ γὰρ ἀεὶ ὄντος ἡ γεωμετρικὴ γνῶσίς ἐστιν.

for geometry is the knowledge of the eternally existent.

See also the previous post — "Artifice of Eternity" —

and the June 23, 2010, post "Group Theory and Philosophy."

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

“From Here to Infinity”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

The above title is that of a facetious British essay linked to in the previous post.
It suggests a review . . .

“. . . some point in a high corner of the room . . . .”

      Point Omega

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Crystals for Dabblers

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:47 AM

The title was suggested by the "Crystal Cult" installations
of Oslo artist Josefine Lyche and by a post of May 30 —

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dabbling

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:02 PM Edit This

Jeff Nichols, director of Midnight Special  (2016) —

"When asked about the film's similarities to
the 2015 Disney movie Tomorrowland , which
also posits a futuristic world that exists in an
alternative dimension, Nichols sighed.
'I was a little bummed, I guess,' he said of
when he first learned about the project. . . . 
'Our die was cast. Sometimes this kind of 
collective unconscious that we're all dabbling in,
sometimes you're not the first one out of the gate.' "

See also Jung's four-diamond figure and the previous post.

Writers of fiction are, of course, also dabblers in the collective unconscious.
For instance . . .

A 1971 British paperback edition of The Dreaming Jewels,  
a story by Theodore Sturgeon (first version published in 1950):

The above book cover, together with the Death Valley location
Zabriskie Point, suggests . . .

Those less enchanted by the collective unconscious may prefer a
different weblog's remarks on the same date as the above Borax post . . .

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Old Guy with a Cane

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:10 AM

From yesterday's post Misère Play —

See as well New York Times  book review of the novel Point Omega .
(The Times 's "Wrinkle in Time" is the title of the review, not of the novel.)

Related material suggested by the publication date — March 27, 2014
of a novel titled Zero Sum Game  —

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Equine Meditations

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

Details from the previous post

"Some point in a high corner of the room" —

See as well Mysteries of Faith (Feb. 16, 2010).

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Code Rain

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 PM

See 031105-code in this journal, the Wachowskis
at Wikipedia, and The Omega Matrix in this journal.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Geometry of the 4×4 Square: The Kummer Configuration

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

From the series of posts tagged Kummerhenge

A Wikipedia article relating the above 4×4 square to the work of Kummer —

A somewhat more interesting aspect of the geometry of the 4×4 square
is its relationship to the 4×6 grid underlying the Miracle Octad Generator
(MOG) of R. T. Curtis.  Hudson's 1905 classic Kummer's Quartic Surface
deals with the Kummer properties above and also foreshadows, without
explicitly describing, the finite-geometry properties of the 4×4 square as
a finite affine 4-space — properties that are of use in studying the Mathieu
group M24  with the aid of the MOG.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Candle for Lily

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

Detail —

See also . . . http://m759.net/wordpress/?s=Alpha+Omega .

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Desert Notes*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:13 AM

A November 1 LA Times  article about a book to be published today —

Why did Jonathan Lethem
turn toward the desert
in 'The Feral Detective'?

See also searches in this  journal for Desert and, more particularly,
Point Omega and Mojave.

* The title of a book by Barry Holstun Lopez.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Cracked Potter

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:52 PM

See also an embedded ad in The Atlantic  magazine, Sept. 2017.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Simplicity Versus Complexity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:13 PM

Simplicity  (Click for some complexity.)

Complexity  (Click for some simplicity.)

A passage from the 2011 book Idea Man  that was suggested by
a recent New Yorker  article on the book's author, the late Paul Allen —

Left-click image to enlarge.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Simplicity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM


 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Point at Infinity

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

In literature —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180825-Point_Omega-cover.jpg

In film —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180825-Borrego-script-Instagram-foto-only-500w.jpg

In mathematics —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180824-Alperin-Groups_and_Representations-1995-p61-Further_Exercises.jpg

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Publish or …

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
 

From The New York Times  online on July 29 —

" Ms. Appelbaum’s favorite authors, she said in an interview with The Internet Writing Journal in 1998, were too many to count, but they included George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, Anne Tyler and Julian Barnes.

'I love to see writers expand our range of understanding, experience, knowledge, even happiness,' she said in that interview. 'Publishing has always struck me as a way to change the world.' "

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B6 of the New York edition with the headline: Judith Appelbaum, Guru On Publishing, Dies at 78.

See a review of the new Anne Tyler novel Clock Dance
in today's  online New York Times .

For a more abstract dance, see Ballet Blanc .

"A blank underlies the trials of device." — Wallace Stevens

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kummerhenge Illustrated

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

      

“… the utterly real thing in writing is the only thing that counts…."

— Maxwell Perkins to Ernest Hemingway, Aug. 30, 1935

"Omega is as real  as we need it to be."

— Burt Lancaster in "The Osterman Weekend"

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Stage

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:27 AM

See Ballet Blanc 
and Still Point.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kummerhenge

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:19 AM

See also the Omega Matrix in this  journal.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Schwartz Meme

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:33 PM

IMAGE- The matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz. See also earlier versions (1977-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

Aficionados of the preposterous joke 
(see yesterday's post Epstein on Art
may consult a Google Image Search for
Schwartz Meme.

I prefer Schwartz même —

Monday, May 7, 2018

Data

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

(Continued from yesterday's Sunday School Lesson Plan for Peculiar Children)

Novelist George Eliot and programming pioneer Ada Lovelace —

For an image that suggests a resurrected multifaceted 
(specifically, 759-faceted) Osterman Omega (as in Sunday's afternoon
Log24 post
), behold  a photo from today's NY Times  philosophy
column "The Stone" that was reproduced here in today's previous post

For a New York Times  view of George Eliot data, see a Log24 post 
of September 20, 2016, on the diamond theorem as the Middlemarch
"key to all mythologies."

Fish Babel

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Stanley Fish in the online New York Times  today —

". . . Because it is an article of their faith that politics are bad
and the unmediated encounter with data is good,
internet prophets will fail to see the political implications
of what they are trying to do, for in their eyes political implications
are what they are doing away with.

Indeed, their deepest claim — so deep that they are largely
unaware of it — is that politics can be eliminated. They don’t
regard politics as an unavoidable feature of mortal life but as
an unhappy consequence of the secular equivalent of the
Tower of Babel: too many languages, too many points of view.
Politics (faction and difference) will just wither away when
the defect that generates it (distorted communication) has
been eliminated by unmodified data circulated freely among
free and equal consumers; everyone will be on the same page,
reading from the same script and apprehending the same
universal meanings. Back to Eden!"

The final page, 759, of the Harry Potter saga —

"Talk about magical thinking!" — Fish, ibidem .

See also the above Harry Potter page 
in this  journal Sunday morning.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Titan of the Field

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

On the late Cambridge astronomer Donald Lynden-Bell —

"As an academic at a time when students listened and lecturers lectured, he had the disconcerting habit of instead picking on a random undergraduate and testing them on the topic. One former student, now a professor, remembered how he would 'ask on-the-spot questions while announcing that his daughter would solve these problems at the breakfast table'.

He got away with it because he was genuinely interested in the work of his colleagues and students, and came to be viewed with great affection by them. He also got away with it because he was well established as a titan of the field."

The London Times  on Feb. 8, 2018, at 5 PM (British time)

Related material —

Two Log24 posts from yesteday, Art Wars and The Void.

See as well the field GF(9)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120220-CoxeterFig10.jpg

and the 3×3 grid as a symbol of Apollo
    (an Olympian rather than a Titan) —

 .

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Trinity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

A model of the smallest projective  line:

Related drama:  See Wicker Man in this journal.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Springer Link

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:08 PM

A check of the second editor of the history of modern algebra
in the previous post yields

The "first online" date, 13 May 2015, in the above Springer link
suggests a review of Log24 posts tagged Clooney Omega.

Another remark by Parshall, on her home page

"… and I will brought out the edietd [ sic ] volume, Bridging Traditions:
Alchemy, Chymistry, and Paracelsian Traditions in Early Modern Europe:
Essays in Honor of Allen G.Debus,
 in 2015 in the Early Modern Studies
series published by the Truman State University Press."

Happy birthday to the late Wallace Stevens.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dark Tower Theology

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

In memory of a TV gunslinger who reportedly died Thursday, August 3, 2017 . . .

From this journal on that day (posts now tagged Dark Tower Theology) —

"The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.
  See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.
  For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  "

"Would that it were so simple."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Poetic Theology at the New York Times

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:19 PM

Or:  Trinity Test Site

From the New York Times Book Review  of
next Sunday, August 6, 2017 —

"In a more conventional narrative sequence,
even a sequence of poems,
this interpenetration would acquire
sequence and evolution." [Link added.]

The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.

See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.

For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  

Saturday, July 29, 2017

MSRI Program

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:29 PM

"The field of geometric group theory emerged from Gromov’s insight
that even mathematical objects such as groups, which are defined
completely in algebraic terms, can be profitably viewed as geometric
objects and studied with geometric techniques."

— Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 2016:

Geometric Group theory at MSRI (pronounced 'Misery')

See also some writings of Gromov from 2015-16:

For a simpler example than those discussed at MSRI
of both algebraic and geometric techniques applied to
the same group, see a post of May 19, 2017,
"From Algebra to Geometry." That post reviews
an earlier illustration —

For greater depth, see "Eightfold Cube" in this journal.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Psycho History

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

The title was suggested by the term “psychohistory” in
the Foundation  novels of Isaac Asimov. See the previous post.

See also a 2010 New York Times  review of
DeLillo’s novel Point Omega . The review is titled,
without any other reference to L’Engle’s classic tale
of the same name, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

IMAGE- NY Times headline 'A Wrinkle in Time' with 24 Hour Psycho and Point Omega scene

Related material: The Crosswicks Curse.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Night at the Museum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:05 PM

In memory of an author who reportedly 
died on Wednesday, May 24.

Friday, May 19, 2017

From Algebra to Geometry

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 PM

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Problem for Houston…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:42 PM

And a memorable Houston lawyer who reportedly died today
at 90 at his home in Trinity, Texas

"Da hats ein Eck . "

See as well Sunday Review and Clooney Omega in this journal.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stone Logic

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 PM

See also “Romancing the Omega” —

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

Related mathematics — Guitart in this journal —

From 'Moving Logic, from Boole to Galois,' by René Guitart, 2005

See also Weyl + Palermo in this journal —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110922-TriquetrumCube.jpg

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Requiescat in Pace

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

The Chicago Tribune  today —

H. Wilbert Norton, college president
and Christian missionary, dies

Norton reportedly died at 102 on Feb. 20, 2017.

This evening's previous post linked the death dates of two
academics to two Log24 posts that both contained the
following image —

For some backstory, see the Log24 posts from the date
of Norton's reported death, February 20.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Product

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 PM

"Human perception is a saga of created reality."

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

See "Important Product" in this journal and the previous post.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Underground Comix

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:45 PM

Continued from last night

From the American Mathematical Society, a news item
dated Thursday, March 9, 2017 —

Remarks by Schwartz quoted here on March 7—

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Raise High the Ridgepole, Architects*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:40 PM

A post suggested by remarks of J. D. Salinger in 
The New Yorker  of November 19, 1955 —

Wikipedia:  Taiji (philosophy)

Etymology

The word 太極 comes from I Ching : "易有太極,是生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦定吉凶,吉凶生大業。"

Taiji  (太極) is a compound of tai   "great; grand; supreme; extreme; very; too" (a superlative variant of da   "big; large; great; very") and ji   "pole; roof ridge; highest/utmost point; extreme; earth's pole; reach the end; attain; exhaust". In analogy with the figurative meanings of English pole, Chinese ji  極 "ridgepole" can mean "geographical pole; direction" (e.g., siji  四極 "four corners of the earth; world's end"), "magnetic pole" (Beiji  北極 "North Pole" or yinji  陰極 "negative pole; cathode"), or "celestial pole" (baji  八極 "farthest points of the universe; remotest place"). Combining the two words, 太極 means "the source, the beginning of the world".

Common English translations of the cosmological Taiji  are the "Supreme Ultimate" (Le Blanc 1985, Zhang and Ryden 2002) or "Great Ultimate" (Chen 1989, Robinet 2008); but other versions are the "Supreme Pole" (Needham and Ronan 1978), "Great Absolute", or "Supreme Polarity" (Adler 1999).

See also Polarity in this journal.

* A phrase adapted, via Salinger,
from a poem by Sappho

Ἴψοι δὴ τὸ μέλαθρον,
     Υ᾽μήναον
ἀέρρετε τέκτονεσ ἄνδρεσ,
     Υ᾽μήναον
γάμβροσ ἔρχεται ἶσοσ Ά᾽ρευϊ,
     [Υ᾽μήναον]
ανδροσ μεγάλο πόλυ μείζ&omega
     [Υ᾽μήναον]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Signature Backdrop

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

"The Bitter End’s signature stage backdrop —
a bare 150-year-old brick wall — helped distinguish it from
other popular bohemian hangouts like the Village Gate  
and the Village Vanguard. It appeared on the cover of
Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album."

The New York Times  this evening on a Sunday death

Commentary

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

See also Schwartz in "The Omega Matrix," a post of 5 PM ET Sunday:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Artistic Signifier

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:58 AM

RSS feed screenshot of 1:53 AM ET today —

'Step aside, beauty and truth... Art's new  alpha and omega is identity.'

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Manifest O

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:10 PM

"The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

IMAGE- Chair from 'Osterman Weekend' ending

“Am I still on?” — Ending line of  The Osterman Weekend  (1983)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Groundhog Day for Hindus

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:25 AM

Live, Die, Repeat.

Groundhog Day Tablet

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

This  journal on that date —

The Los Angeles Times  this morning reported that poet
David Antin died at 84 last Tuesday, October 11.

From this  journal on that date

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Annals of Journalism:

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

Quivering Antennae

This  journal on that date —

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Polytropos

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

Πολυμερῶς καὶ πολυτρόπως πάλαι ὁ Θεὸς λαλήσας . . . .

Long Day's Journey into Nighttown  continues. )

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rosenhain and Göpel Revisited

The authors Taormina and Wendland in the previous post
discussed some mathematics they apparently did not know was
related to a classic 1905 book by R. W. H. T. Hudson, Kummer's
Quartic Surface
.

"This famous book is a prototype for the possibility
of explaining and exploring a many-faceted topic of
research, without focussing on general definitions,
formal techniques, or even fancy machinery. In this
regard, the book still stands as a highly recommendable,
unparalleled introduction to Kummer surfaces, as a
permanent source of inspiration and, last but not least, 
as an everlasting symbol of mathematical culture."

— Werner Kleinert, Mathematical Reviews ,
     as quoted at Amazon.com

Some 4×4 diagrams from that book are highly relevant to the
discussion by Taormina and Wendland of the 4×4 squares within
the 1974 Miracle Octad Generator of R. T. Curtis that were later,
in 1987, described by Curtis as pictures of the vector 4-space over
the two-element Galois field GF(2).

Hudson did not think of his 4×4 diagrams as illustrating a vector space,
but he did use them to picture certain subsets of the 16 cells in each
diagram that he called Rosenhain and Göpel tetrads .

Some related work of my own (click images for related posts)—

Rosenhain tetrads as 20 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)

IMAGE- Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

Göpel tetrads as 15 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)

Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

Related terminology describing the Göpel tetrads above

Ron Shaw on symplectic geometry and a linear complex in PG(3,2)

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

Monday, January 18, 2016

First and Last

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:15 AM

"First and last, he was a skeptic …."

— Home page of Martin-Gardner.org

See also, in this  journal, Alpha and Omega.

Related material from the last full day of Gardner's life —

See as well Symplectic in this journal.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Group Actions…

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

On the Eight

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Class of 64

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

The previous post dealt with one of the 64 symbols
(in a redesigned format) of the ancient Chinese classic 
The I Ching .

For those who prefer to be guided by programmed
responses to alphabetical  symbols

A lyric by Ira Gershwin —

A cinematic "T"

See also "T for Texas" in this journal and
George Clooney's recent attempt to commercialize
both the space program and the letter Omega: 

From a post of May 13, 2015 —

Sunday, November 29, 2015

There the Dance Is

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:00 PM

In memory of ballet designer
Yolanda Sonnabend, who
reportedly died at 80 on Nov. 9,
see posts on Apollo, Ballet Blanc,
maps of New Haven, etc., etc., etc.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Plan 9 Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:56 PM

See posts tagged Clooney Omega in this journal.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Alpha Bet

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

The title pun is from a letter about Google's new parent
company, named "Alphabet" by its founders.

Related material:  Alpha and Omega in this journal.

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 .

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It’s 10 PM

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Do you know where your watch is?

From a post of May 13, 2015 —

From the recent film "Interstellar" —

Monday, June 15, 2015

Slow Art

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:03 PM

Slowness is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.

See this journal on Slow Art Day 2015.

Related material: Epistemic States in this journal.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Motto

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 PM

See the previous post, "Space," as well as

SymOmega in this journal and a suggested motto
for The University of Western Australia.

Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Notes on space for day 13 of May, 2015 —

The 13 symmetry axes of the cube may be viewed as
the 13 points of the Galois projective space PG(2,3).
This space (a plane) may also be viewed as the nine points
of the Galois affine space AG(2,3) plus the four points on
an added "line at infinity."

Related poetic material:

The ninefold square and Apollo, as well as 

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-ApolloAndDionysus.jpg

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Writing Well*

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 PM

See Stevens + New Haven.

* The above figure may be viewed as
the Chinese “Holy Field” or as the
Chinese character for “Well
inscribed in a square.

Zinsser Obituary

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:48 PM

"William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher
whose book ‘On Writing Well’ sold more than
1.5 million copies by employing his own literary
craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity
and humanity, died on Tuesday [May 12, 2015]
at his home in Manhattan. He was 92." 

— Douglas Martin in the online New York Times

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stranger than Dreams

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM

For a former president of Notre Dame
who reportedly died at 11:30 PM last night —

"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— The end of DeLillo's Point Omega

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Song for a Night Bird

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:15 PM

"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— The end of DeLillo's Point Omega

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spielraum as Ω

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:29 PM
 

From "Origins of the Logical Theory of Probability: von Kries, Wittgenstein, Waismann," by Michael Heidelberger —

"Von Kries calls a range of objective possibilities of a hypothesis or event (under given laws) its Spielraum   (literally: play space), which can mean ‘room to move’, ‘leeway’, ‘latitude of choice’, ‘degree of freedom’ or ‘free play’ and ‘clearance’ – or even ‘scope’. John Maynard Keynes translated it as ‘field’, but the term ‘range’ has generally been adopted in English. Von Kries now holds that if numerical probability were to make any sense at all it must be through this concept of the Spielraum  . Von Kries’s theory is therefore called a ‘Spielraum  theory’ or ‘range theory of probability’."

— International Studies in the Philosophy of Science , Volume 15, Issue 2, 2001, pp. 177-188

See also the tag Points Omega
(Scroll down to January 11-12, 2015.)

Related material:

"Now, for example, in how far are
the six sides of a symmetric die
'equally possible' upon throwing?"

— From "The Natural-Range Conception
     of Probability," by Dr. Jacob Rosenthal,
     page 73 in Time, Chance, and
     Reduction: Philosophical Aspects of
     Statistical 
Mechanics , ed. by 
     Gerhard Ernst and Andreas Hüttemann, 
     Cambridge U. Press, 2010, pp. 71-90

Friday, January 16, 2015

A versus PA

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 PM

"Reality is the beginning not the end,
Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,
of dense investiture, with luminous vassals."

— “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” VI

From the series of posts tagged "Defining Form" —

The 4-point affine plane A  and
the 7-point projective plane PA  —

IMAGE- Triangular models of the 4-point affine plane A and 7-point projective plane PA

The circle-in-triangle of Yale's Figure 30b (PA ) may,
if one likes, be seen as having an occult meaning.

For the mathematical  meaning of the circle in PA
see a search for "line at infinity."

A different, cubic, model of PA  is perhaps more perspicuous.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Real Beyond Artifice

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 7:20 PM

A professor at Harvard has written about
“the urge to seize and display something
real beyond artifice.”

He reportedly died on January 3, 2015.

An image from this journal on that date:

Another Gitterkrieg  image:

 The 24-set   Ω  of  R. T. Curtis

Click on the images for related material.

The XYZ of Being

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

From a recent Gitterkrieg  post:

"The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being…." — Wallace Stevens

See also the cover of the February 2015
Notices of the American Mathematical Society .

"Omega is as real  as we need it to be."
Burt Lancaster in The Osterman Weekend

Friday, November 28, 2014

Off the Map

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:07 AM

Alexander Grothendieck, Récoltes et Semailles , 18.5.9.5. e,  p. 1181 :

Pour mettre la joie à son comble, j’ajoute que le dénommé Saavedra
semble avoir disparu de la circulation sans plus laisser aucune trace….
Du coup, l’histoire prend des allures de sombre intrigue policière.

Man of La Mancha :  

"Who knows where madness lies?"

An author quoted here at 10 PM ET Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 :

And then there is author Dan McGirt :

November Seventh, 2013 :

It sounded fun, so I signed up — and soon learned writing a story set in someone else’s fictional world presents certain … challenges.  It was an enjoyable experience, yet very different than being able to write and run with whatever crazy idea pops into my head.

Trying to capture the feel of a game that is more based on action and blowing stuff up than on deep character moments (not that I would know much about that … ) was also a challenge. I experimented with things like using comic book sound effects, lean descriptions (do I really need to describe a fireball spell in detail?) and other tricks to keep things moving.

I also got to add to Magicka  lore. Often the answer to my questions about some bit of in-world history or “fact” was “Make something up.” So I did! (Often getting a response of  … “Odin’s onions, no! You can’t do that!”) So I was thrilled and excited to contribute in a small way to the development of Midgård.

The result is Magicka: The Ninth Element , in which four young Wizards are sent on a quest to pursue the mysterious Purple Wizard who has stolen a powerful artifact from the Order of Magick.

Which powerful artifact? No one is quite sure (for reasons explained in the story).

What does it do? Again, unclear. But it can’t be good.

Thus our heroes Davlo, Grimnir, Fafnir and Tuonetar set out on their quest — and promptly go off the map. (I’m not even kidding. The Midgård map in the front of the book will of little use to you. But it’s pretty!)

Will they survive the dangers of the Unmapped Lands? Will they catch the Purple Wizard in time? Will they save the world? Read the book to find out!

Monday, November 24, 2014

“What Reality?”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Creating new realities in DeLillo's 'Point Omega'

"We tried to create new realities overnight,
careful sets of words that resemble advertising slogans
in memorability and repeatability."

Our Most Important Product

 

"Omega is as real  as we need it to be."

— Burt Lancaster in Sam Peckinpah's last film

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Remarks on Reality

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:09 PM

Wallace Stevens in "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"
(1950) on "The Ruler of Reality" —

"Again, 'He has thought it out, he thinks it out,
As he has been and is and, with the Queen
Of Fact, lies at his ease beside the sea.'"

One such scene, from 1953 —

Another perspective, from "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tonic

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

Related posts:
New Key and The Well-Tempered Monolith.

Hold the gin.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Portals

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:28 PM

Part I

Image- Josefine Lyche's work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

Part II

Part III

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lux et Veritas

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Omega by Lux:

Omega by Curtis:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Flashback…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 AM

To Feb. 11, 2012:

“News and Traffic. Sports and Weather. These were his acid terms
for the life he’d left behind, more than two years of living with
the tight minds that made the war. It was all background noise,
he said, waving a hand. He liked to wave a hand in dismissal.”

— DeLillo, Don (2010-02-02), Point Omega 

Send in the Clowns.   (Click to enlarge.)

The above flashback was suggested by Lev Grossman’s verb “trafficked”
in yesterday’s posts, and by the song lyric “show us the way to
the next little girl.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stranger than Dreams*

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

Illustration from a discussion of a symplectic structure 
in a 4×4 array quoted here on January 17, 2014 —

See symplectic structure in this journal.

* The final words of Point Omega , a 2010 novel by Don DeLillo.
See also Omega Matrix in this journal.

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