Saturday, April 1, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
"I would drop the keystone into my arch . . . ."
Click the Auto Body image for some backstory.
* For the church, see Transformers in this journal.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
"Before time began, there was the Cube." — Transformers (2007)
Plot summary — "An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races,
the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with
a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager."
* A post suggested by J. D. Salinger's phrase "a fresh impetus"
in "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" (1955)
Friday, March 10, 2017
"The transformed urban interior is the spatial organisation of
an achiever, one who has crossed the class divide and who uses
space to express his membership of, not aspirations towards,
an ascendant class in our society: the class of those people who
earn their living by transformation— as opposed to the mere
reproduction— of symbols, such as writers, designers, and
— The Social Logic of Space ,
by Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson,
Cambridge University Press, 1984
For another perspective on the achievers, see The Deceivers .
Related material —
Monday, February 27, 2017
Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker today reacts to the startling
outcomes of three recent contests: the presidential election,
the Super Bowl, and the Oscar for Best Picture —
"The implicit dread logic is plain."
Related material —
Transformers in this journal and …
“Lord Arglay had a suspicion that the Stone would be
purely logical. Yes, he thought, but what, in that sense,
were the rules of its pure logic?”
See also …
The above figure is from Ian Stewart's 1996 revision of a 1941 classic,
What Is Mathematics? , by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins.
One wonders how the confused slave boy of Plato's Meno would react
to Stewart's remark that
"The number of copies required to double an
object's size depends on its dimension."
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Some backstory for Hollywood —
"Transformations , Anne Sexton’s 1971 collection of poems, is a portal."
"You see, opening dimensional portals is a tricky business."
— The librarian in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," season 1, episode 2
See also Transformers in this journal.
"Objective Quality" in this journal on the date of the above review,
October 22, 2015, at 2:26 AM ET.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
"The deepest strain in a religion is
the particular and particularistic doctrine
it asserts at its heart,
in the company of such pronouncements as
‘Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.’
Take the deepest strain of religion away…
and what remains are the surface pieties —
abstractions without substantive bite —
to which everyone will assent
because they are empty, insipid, and safe."
The opening pronouncement of "Transformers" —
Those who prefer Fish's abstractions may consult
the previous post.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Hudson's parametrization of the
4×4 square, published in 1905:
A later parametrization, from this date in 1986:
A note from later in 1986 shows the equivalence of these
Posts tagged Memory-History-Geometry.
The mathematically challenged may prefer the narrative of the
Creation Matrix from the religion of the Transformers:
"According to religious legend, the core of the Matrix
was created from Solomus, the god of wisdom,
trapped in the form of a crystal by Mortilus, the god
of death. Following the defeat of Mortilus, Solomus
managed to transform his crystal prison into the Matrix—
a conduit for the energies of Primus, who had himself
transformed into the life-giving computer Vector Sigma."
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Psalm 22: "I am poured out like water . . . ."
See also related material in the previous post, Transformers.