Friday, August 7, 2020

Yo, Pickle!

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:49 PM


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Wilford Brimley as Wyoming Rabbi: “Yo, Pickle!”

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

(Pace  Yosemite Sam.)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira l’ennui.

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

Earlier posts now tagged Coup de Dés suggest a current film review:

Aniara (2019)— 'A sci-fi film that has it all: Outer space, European ennui, and sex cults'

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Stitch in Time

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

The most recent version of a passage
quoted in posts tagged "May 19 Gestalt" —

"You've got to pick up every stitch." — Donovan

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 PM

"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment
of our intelligence by means of our language." — Wittgenstein

"You've got to pick up every stitch
Must be the season of the witch."
— Donovan song at the end of Nicole Kidman's "To Die For"

Today's morning post, Rubric, suggests a check
of Alexander Bogomolny's tweets:

Clicking the hint leads to Bogomolny's Ambiguities in Plain Language:

See also, in this  journal, alea  (which appears within the derived word "aleatory").

Friday, August 21, 2020

Logic and Efficiency

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:14 AM

From remarks in  this  journal on Aug. 7 —

“You’ve got to pick up every stitch.” — Donovan

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

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Friday, August 7, 2020

Primary Color

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

From a Log24 search for Schwartz + “The Sun”

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

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Thursday, August 6, 2020


Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:21 AM

From yesterday morning’s post Multifaceted Unities

A related earlier post —

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».

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sunday in Valhalla

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

Critic John Simon reportedly died at 94 on Sunday in Valhalla, N.Y. —

A search for Simon in this  journal yields

Wednesday March 10, 2004 — m759 @ 4:07 AM 

Ennui of the First Idea

“Language was no more than a collection of meaningless conventional signs, and life could absurdly end at any moment. He [Mallarmé] became aware, in Millan’s* words, ‘of the extremely fine line

separating absence and presence, being and nothingness, life and death, which later … he could place at the very centre of his work and make the cornerstone of his personal philosophy and his mature poetics.’ “

— John Simon, "Squaring the Circle"

A Throw of the Dice: The Life of Stéphane Mallarmé , by Gordon Millan

See also Cornerstone.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Diamond Globe

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:23 PM

An image from All Souls' Day 2010 —

IMAGE- 'Permutahedron of Opposites'-- 24 graphic patterns arranged in space as 12 pairs of opposites

This is from earlier posts tagged Permutahedron.

See also
Wallace Stevens:
A World of Transforming Shapes

From that book (click to enlarge) —


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

Also from earlier posts tagged Permutahedron

The Mathieu group cube of Iain Aitchison (2018, Hiroshima)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Missing Link

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 PM

Ben Brantley's review  tonight of an Irish Repertory Theater
production of "The Seafarer" suggests a look at an
earlier New York Times  article on the same play.

From that article  (Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007) —

The target of a link in this  journal on the above 2007 date —

Reflection groups in Wikipedia

"You've got to pick up every stitch . . . ." — Donovan

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Annals of Critical Epistemology

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 5:36 PM

"But unlike many who left the Communist Party, I turned left
rather than right, and returned—or rather turned for the first time—
to a critical examination of Marx's work. I found—and still find—
that his analysis of capitalism, which for me is the heart of his work,
provides the best starting point, the best critical tools, with which—
suitably developed—to understand contemporary capitalism.
I remind you that this year is also the sesquicentennial of the
Communist Manifesto , a document that still haunts the capitalist world."

— From "Autobiographical Reflections," a talk given on June 5, 1998, by
John Stachel at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin
on the occasion of a workshop honoring his 70th birthday, 
"Space-Time, Quantum Entanglement and Critical Epistemology."

From a passage by Stachel quoted in the previous post

From the source for Stachel's remarks on Weyl and coordinatization —

Note that Stachel distorted Weyl's text by replacing Weyl's word 
"symbols" with the word "quantities." —

This replacement makes no sense if the coordinates in question
are drawn from a Galois field — a field not of quantities , but rather
of algebraic symbols .

"You've got to pick up every stitch… Must be the season of the witch."
— Donovan song at the end of Nicole Kidman's "To Die For"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Conspiracy Theory

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:45 PM

See also Jeremiah Denton in Wikipedia.

Those for whom entertainment is God
may enjoy a film based on a book by Denton, 
"When Hell Was in Session," starring
Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint.

Denton reportedly died on March 28, 2014.
See a Log24 post from that date, "Blazing Thule."

"You've got to pick up every stitch." — Donovan

Friday, May 23, 2014

Free-Floating Signs

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:30 PM

“You’ve got to pick up every stitch…”
Donovan, song on closing credits of  To Die For

“…’Supersymmetry’ was originally written
specifically for Her ….” — Pitchfork

“Eventually we see snow particles….”
— Her  screenplay by Spike Jonze

This journal on January 24, 2006:

Context:  See Free-Floating Signs.

Backstory:  Digital Member and  Uneven Break.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Nine is a Vine

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM


IMAGE- 'Old Man Down the Road' video

See also the above upload date in this journal.

"You've got to pick up every stitch." — Donovan

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ayn Sof

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:26 PM

(A continuation of this morning's Coxeter and the Aleph)

"You've got to pick up every stitch… Must be the season of the witch."
Donovan song at the end of Nicole Kidman's "To Die For"

Mathematics and Narrative, Illustrated



"As is well known, the Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Its use for the strange sphere in my story may not be accidental.
For the Kabbala, the letter stands for the En Soph ,
the pure and boundless godhead; it is also said that it takes
the shape of a man pointing to both heaven and earth, in order to show
that the lower world is the map and mirror of the higher; for Cantor's
Mengenlehre , it is the symbol of transfinite numbers,
of which any part is as great as the whole."

— Borges, "The Aleph"

From WorldLingo.com

Ein Sof

Ein Soph or Ayn Sof (Hebrew  אין סוף, literally "without end", denoting "boundlessness" and/or "nothingness"), is a Kabbalistic term that usually refers to an abstract state of existence preceding God's Creation of the limited universe. This Ein Sof , typically referred to figuratively as the "light of Ein Sof " ("Or Ein Sof "), is the most fundamental emanation manifested by God. The Ein Sof  is the material basis of Creation that, when focused, restricted, and filtered through the sefirot , results in the created, dynamic universe.

Cultural impact

Mathematician Georg Cantor labeled different sizes of infinity using the Aleph. The smallest size of infinity is aleph-null (0), the second size is aleph-one (1), etc. One theory about why Cantor chose to use the aleph is because it is the first letter of Ein-Sof. (See Aleph number)

"Infinite Jest… now stands as the principal contender
for what serious literature can aspire to
in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries."

All Things Shining, a work of pop philosophy published January 4th


"You're gonna need a bigger boat." — Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water." — "Season of the Witch," a film opening tonight

See also, with respect to David Foster Wallace, infinity, nihilism,
and the above reading of "Ayn Sof" as "nothingness,"
the quotations compiled as "Is Nothing Sacred?"

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