Saturday, April 4, 2020

A Schicksalstag for the Author of The Eight

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Saturday, November 9, 2019


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"Something there is that doen't love a wall."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See November 9, 2006.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 AM

See Weyl Crossroads and Schicksalstag .

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Septology According to Peirce

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:27 AM

From a review on Schicksalstag  (Nov. 9), 2019, of Jon Fosse's
The Other Name: Septology I-II  —


Related art —

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time and Memory

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:44 PM

From Schicksalstag  2012:

EAST LANSING, Mich.Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
“The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University,
a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, will open on
Saturday, Nov. 10 . . . .

In Search of Time   (on view through February 10, 2013).
In celebrating the opening of this iconic building at
Michigan State UniversityIn Search of Time  seeks to explore
the longing artists have held for hundreds of years to express
their relationship to time and memory.”

See also, from Log24, posts now tagged Nov. 10, 2012 , and
posts earlier tagged Battlefield Geometry .

Related material to commemorate Walpurgisnacht  2021 (last night) —


Related reading — Notes for Watchmen.

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:34 AM

"Nor again will I pretend that, as Bacon asserts, `the pleasure and delight of knowledge and learning far surpasseth all other in nature'. This is too much the language of a salesman crying his own wares. The pleasures of the intellect are notoriously less vivid than either the pleasures of sense or the pleasures of the affections; and therefore, especially in the season of youth, the pursuit of knowledge is likely enough to be neglected and lightly esteemed in comparison with other pursuits offering much stronger immediate attractions. But the pleasure of learning and knowing, though not the keenest, is yet the least perishable of pleasures; the least subject to external things, and the play of chance, and the wear of time. And as a prudent man puts money by to serve as a provision for the material wants of his old age, so too he needs to lay up against the end of his days provision for the intellect. As the years go by, comparative values are found to alter: Time, says Sophocles, takes many things which once were pleasures and brings them nearer to pain. In the day when the strong men shall bow themselves, and desire shall fail, it will be a matter of yet more concern than now, whether one can say `my mind to me a kingdom is'; and whether the windows of the soul look out upon a broad and delightful landscape, or face nothing but a brick wall."

– A.E. Housman, Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Latin,
University College, London, 1892
, as quoted at . . .


Hello, Mr. Chips

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 6:00 AM

A geometric diagram by the late Andrew Jobbings (1951-2019) —

From a book review quoted here on the date of Jobbings's death —

"Dodge is eventually brought back to life, or a kind of virtual afterlife,
in the 'Bitworld' where he exists as ones and zeros. Initially inchoate,
Dodge’s mind evolves, along with the digital environment he creates
around him, a kind of information-age Genesis story that Stephenson
describes evocatively."

Friday, March 4, 2016

Chess by Other Means

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:22 PM

On film director Stanley Kubrick:

From "Kubrick," by Michael Herr, Vanity Fair , August 1999—

"He disliked the usual references to his having been a 'chess hustler' in his Greenwich Village days, as though this impugned the gravity and beauty of the exercise, the suggestion that his game wasn’t pour le sport  or, more correctly, pour l’art . To win the game was important, to win the money was irresistible, but it was nothing compared with his game, with the searching, endless action of working on his game. But of course he was hustling, he was always hustling; as he grew older and moved beyond still photography, chess became movies, and movies became chess by other means. I doubt that he ever thought of chess as just a game, or even as a game at all. I do imagine that a lot of people sitting across the board from him got melted, fried, and fragmented when Stanley let that cool ray come streaming down out of his eyes— talk about penetrating looks and piercing intelligence; here they’d sat down to a nice game of chess, and all of a sudden he was doing the thinking for both of them."

On physics writer Peter Woit:

From Part II of an interview with Peter Woit by Gerald Alper
in Smashpipe  published March 1, 2016:

"For just a moment, he allows himself to become self reflective: 'I was always a smart kid. A very smart kid. I suppose if I ever took a standardized test I would do very well, especially, in the area of abstract reasoning.'

Peter Woit says this as matter-of-factly as if he said, 'When I was a kid my father drove a Chevrolet.' He says it as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, if asked to describe how he became the person he is, might have said 'I was always a tall kid. A very tall kid. In school, short kids bored me.'

I felt I had to say, 'but there must be a few million people in the United States who would also score very high in abstract thinking in the standardized tests and none of them have your interests.'

'The people around here all do. And there are thousands of us all around the world.'

'But there are 7 billion people in the world.'

Peter Woit had to concede the mathematical point, but I don't think he appreciated the psychological distinction I was alluding to. There is an astonishing divide between the culture of science and the culture of humanities that C.P. Snow famously alluded to. There is even a greater divide between the culture of pure mathematics and the culture of the earthbound evolutionarily programmed biological world into which we are born.

There is a celebrated quip by Dick Cavett that encapsulates this. Reflecting on his famous interview of the then reigning world chess champion, Bobby Fischer, he observed:

'Throughout the interview I could feel the force of his IQ.'

Paraphrasing this I could say that throughout the interview, which was at times exhilarating, at times daunting, I could feel the force of his two hundred QMIQ (quantum mechanics IQ). Norman Mailer once commented that the immediacy of television— the fact that most influential people in the world can be brought into your living room— creates the illusion that you have thereby been included in their inner power circle, and to that extent vicariously empowered. But you are no closer to the corridors of power then you were before. Analogously, you can sit just a few feet away from a world-class expert, close enough to reach out and touch them, but you are no closer to their accumulated wisdom— unless you are willing to go home and put in ten thousand hours of hard work trying to raise the level of your understanding."


Illustration from a post of
Schicksalstag  2009

Monday, August 24, 2015

Quality Report:

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

The Wrench and the Nut

From Schicksalstag  2012

The Quality
with No Name

And what is good, Phaedrus,
and what is not good —
Need we ask anyone
to tell us these things?

— Epigraph to
Zen and the Art of
Motorcyle Maintenance

Related material from Wikipedia today:

See as well a search in this journal for  “Permutation Group” + Wikipedia .

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mythic Metaphysics

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:01 PM

Today’s 8:01 PM post quoted Husserl on
the perception of the cube.

Another approach to perception of the cube,
from Narrative  Metaphysics on St. Lucia’s Day —

      See also Symplectic Structure and Stevens’s Rock.

From today’s 11:29 AM post —

John Burt Foster Jr. in Nabokov’s Art of Memory and
European Modernism
  (Princeton U. Press, 1993, p. 224) —

At the time of The Waste Land , in a comment on
Joyce’s Ulysses  that influenced many later definitions
of modernism in the English-speaking world, Eliot
announced, “instead of narrative method, we may
now use the mythical method.”13

For some illuminating remarks on a mythical  approach
to perception of the cube, see Gareth Knight on Schicksalstag   2012.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Thursday November 9, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:00 AM

Hour of the Wolf

Today is Schicksalstag, the “day of fate” in German history.

This entry’s time slot, 3:00 AM ET– which some say is the beginning of “the hour of the wolf*”– was reserved earlier for some entry appropriate to the day. (Actual time of this entry: about 12:48 PM ET).

Markus Wolf,
East German Spymaster,
Dies at 83


Published: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

Filed at 11:16 a.m. ET

BERLIN (AP) — Markus Wolf, the ”man without a face” who outwitted the West as communist East Germany’s long-serving spymaster, died Thursday [Nov. 9, 2006]. He was 83.

Wolf died in his apartment in Berlin, his stepdaughter Claudia Wall said in a statement. The cause of his death, on the 17th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was not released.

Related material
from Aug. 6, 2006:

 Game Boy


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Nine is a very
powerful Nordic number
— Katherine Neville

to put one’s back
into something
bei etwas
Einsatz zeigen
to up the ante
den Einsatz erhöhen
to debrief den Einsatz
nachher besprechen
to be on duty
im Einsatz sein
mil.to be in action im Einsatz sein
to play for
high stakes
mit hohem
Einsatz spielen

* “Wolf” — See the etymological notes
in The Shining of May 29.

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