Saturday, August 27, 2011

This Way to the Egress*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

From http://msa-x.msa-x.org/?p=1064

"Exit Art New York, The Labyrinth Wall:
From Mythology to Reality" —


From tonight's online New York Times  obituaries —


Ms. Ingberman died Wednesday. Related material—

Symmetry (Wednesday), Design (Thursday), Solomon's Labyrinth (Friday).

See also an essay by John Haber —

"Exit Art may yet offer an alternative: shut them up in the labyrinth, with the Minotaur and, as in Iraq, no Ariadne's thread to guide them out. Jeannette Ingberman and Papo Colo line the space with 'The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality,' inviting fifty-one artists to cover its sixty-two panels."

— "Marlene Dumas, The Labyrinth Wall, and Emily Jacir"

Haber  (ibid .) also describes artist Marlene Dumas, a recent winner of a Royal Swedish Academy Schock Prize. For a fellow Schock winner— mathematician Michael Aschbacher— see Thursday's Design.)

* For another version of the title, see this morning's front page.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

To the Egress

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:24 PM

The New York Times  at 8:22 PM ET

"Knight Landesman, a longtime publisher of Artforum magazine
and a power broker in the art world, resigned on Wednesday
afternoon, hours after a lawsuit was filed in New York accusing
him of sexually harassing at least nine women in episodes that
stretched back almost a decade."

See as well, in this  journal, Way to the Egress.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For Two Artists of Norway

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:48 AM

IMAGE- Conclusion of introduction to Heinrich Zimmer's 'The King and the Corpse'

See also LYNX 760 , Rubik vs. Abel, and Toying.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Hassenfeld Legacy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 AM

The Finkelstein Talisman —

Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

— Optimus Prime in "Transformers" (Paramount, 2007)

Wikipedia on Hasbro

Three American Jewish brothers,[6] Herman, Hillel, and Henry Hassenfeld[7] 
founded Hassenfeld Brothers in Providence, Rhode Island in 1923 . . . .

The Hassenfeld Auction — 

Also on September 16, 2015 —


The Hindman Image —

The Hood Warenkorb —

Under the Hood —

Megan Fox in "Transformers" (2007) —


This Way to the Egress

Saturday, March 4, 2017

At 74

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

New York Times  headline about a death
on Friday, March 3, 2017 —

René Préval, President of Haiti
in 2010 Quake, Dies at 74

See also

This way to the egress.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Papiere, Bitte!

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:25 AM

For a memorable eccentric who reportedly died
on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:18 AM

Last night's 9:29 PM (ET) post featured the phrase
"This way to the egress."

Last night's 10 PM post featured two deaths:

The author of  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
reportedly died at 85 on Tuesday, July 9.

A former director of the Museum of Modern Art
who was famously shown the exit door there 
in his younger years reportedly died at 80 on
Saturday, July 6.

For a sort of pageant combining Christmas,
the Museum of Modern Art, and an egress,
see St. Stephen's Day, 2008.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today’s Theology

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:11 AM




Jazz street photo from Manhattan Transfer webpage

This Way to the Egress.

Vonnegut's Obit

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday April 14, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:30 PM
Curtain Up,
Light the Lights!

Cafe Society Part I –
Jack Torrance at
the Overlook Hotel:

The Shining

Cafe Society Part II –
Don Imus at The FanHouse,
Friday the 13th:

Don Imus at The FanHouse, Friday the 13th

Cafe Society
Part III –
The Bank Dick at
the Black Pussy Cafe:

The Black Pussy Cafe

“Which way to the egress?”

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thursday April 12, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:09 AM
From this morning’s
online New York Times:

Vonnegut 's Obit

This Way to the Egress.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Tuesday December 6, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
Headline in today’s New York Times:

‘Year of Magical Thinking’
Headed for Broadway

which suggests…

Heaven, Hell,
and Hollywood


“This could be Heaven
or this could be Hell.”

The Eagles, Hotel California

There are no facts,
there is no truth–
just data to be manipulated

Don Henley, The Garden of Allah


The New York Lottery numbers
on Joan Didion’s birthday,
Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, were

Mid-day 729,
Evening 439.

Since that day’s Log24 entry,
Magical Thinking, interpreted
the previous day’s (Sunday’s)
NY lottery numbers as a date
and a page number, it seems
appropriate to do a follow-up.

Date 7/29:

See Log24, 7/29/05,
Anatomy of a Death:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05A/050729-Bass5.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Page 439:

See Bartlett’s Familiar
, 1919, p. 439

A man’s ingress into the world
is naked and bare,
His progress through the world
is trouble and care;
And lastly,
his egress out of the world,
is nobody knows where.

— John Edwin (1749-1790)

Related material:

The Log24 version of
“This Way to the Egress,”
Directions Out,
linked to in yesterday’s
  Magical Thinking.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Saturday May 15, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:06 AM

Popcorn Theology,
Part II:

Justice at
the Supremes’ Court


LeRoy Myers

From today’s New York Times:

LeRoy Myers, tap dancer and
road manager for the original Supremes,
died April 26, 2004.

From a log24 entry of April 26, 2004:

“This Way to the Egress

— Sign supposedly written
by P. T. Barnum

A Google search on this phrase
leads to the excellent website

The Summoning of Everyman.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Monday April 26, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

Directions Out

Part I: Indirections

“By indirections, find directions out.”

— Polonius in Hamlet: II, i

“Foremost among the structural similarities between Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein… is the use of indirect communication: as paradoxical as it may sound, both authors deliberately obfuscate their philosophy for the purposes of clarifying it….  let us examine more closely particular instances of indirect communication from both of the philosophers with the intention of finding similarity. ‘By indirections, find directions out.’ – Polonius in Hamlet: II, i


On religious numerology (indirections)…

For the page number373” as indicating “eternity,” see

Zen and Language Games (5/2/03), which features Wittgenstein,

Language Game (1/14/04), also featuring Wittgenstein, and

Note 31, page 373, in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love (1964 Harper Torchbook paperback, tr. by Howard and Edna Hong),  

  • Publisher: Perennial (Nov. 7, 1964)
  • ISBN: 0061301221

    which says “Compare I John 4:17.”


    4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

    The reference to Judgment Day leads us back to Linda Hamilton, who appears (some say, as noted in Zen and Language Games, as the Mother of God) in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and to Part II of our meditation….

    Part II: Directions Out

    “This Way to the Egress

    — Sign supposedly written by P. T. Barnum

    A Google search on this phrase leads to the excellent website

    The Summoning of Everyman.

    Related thoughts….

    A link from Part I of a log24 entry for Thursday, April 22:

    Judgment Day
    (2003, 10/07)

    to the following —


    Frame not included in
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Dr. Silberman: You broke my arm!

    Sarah Connor: There are
    two-hundred-fifteen bones
    in the human body,
    [expletive deleted].
    That’s one.

    This suggests, in light of the above-mentioned religious interpretation of Terminator 2, in light of the 2003 10/07 entry, and in light of the April 22 10:07 PM log24 invocation, the following words from the day after the death of Sgt. Pat Tillman:

    Doonesbury April 23, 2004

    A more traditional farewell, written by a soldier, for a soldier, may be found at The Summoning of Everyman site mentioned above:

    A Few Noteworthy Words 
    From an American Soldier

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:38 AM

    The previous post suggests a review.

    Following the above reference to March 30, 2016 —

    Following the above reference to Lovasz —

    The Path of Logic

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:05 AM

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Clash of the Titans

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:18 PM

    Saturday, September 1, 2018

    Another 48 Hours

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 PM


    Backstory:  See The Plaid Overnight Case in this journal.

    Investigators: First 48 Hours Most Critical
    In Locating Missing Children Who Entered
    Portal To Fantastical World

    See as well a post from 10:16 PM ET Thursday, August 30, 2018.

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    Perception of Number

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:31 PM

    Review of yesterday's post Perception of Space

    From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  (1997),
    republished as "… and the Sorcerer's Stone ," Kindle edition:


    In a print edition from Bloomsbury (2004), and perhaps in the
    earliest editions, the above word "movements" is the first word
    on page 168:


    Click the above yellow ellipse for some Log24 posts on the eightfold cube,
    the source of the 168 automorphisms ("movements") of the Fano plane.

    "Refined interpretation requires that you know that
    someone once said the offspring of reality and illusion
    is only a staggering confusion."

    — Poem, "The Game of Roles," by Mary Jo Bang

    Related material on reality and illusion
    an ad on the back cover of the current New Yorker


    "Hey, the stars might lie, but the numbers never do." — Song lyric

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Twenty Years

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:16 PM

    This post was suggested by the final inside page, 23,
    of next Sunday's New York Times Book Review ,
    "Memorabilia/ Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter."


    From VOA Learning English, June 26, 2017

    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books
    Turn 20 Years Old

    . . . .

    " J.K. Rowling’s first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on June 26, 1997.

    The publisher, Bloomsbury, only released 500 copies to stores in Britain and sent 500 to British libraries.

    Now, thanks to 450 million more copies of the first book and six others, Harry Potter and his friends are known around the world.

    Adults and children loved the books. But 12 publishers rejected the first one, known in many countries as 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.' "

    . . . .

    See as well this  journal on June 26, 2017 in
    posts now tagged Ron Shaw In Memoriam.

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    Annals of Phenomenology

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:29 AM

    (Continued from yesterday)


    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    ART WARS: Poetry for Drama Queens

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:08 PM


    Annals of Phenomenology

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:44 PM

    The Return of Purple Man
    Or:  This Just In

    Detail from a post of yesterday morning taken from
    the laptop of private investigator Jessica Jones —


    The above image, together with yesterday's date, suggested, rather
    fancifully, yesterday morning's later post on just intonation, "Seventh."

    The nemesis of Jessica Jones, the Purple Man


    A New York Times  piece today* is related to both just intonation and
    the color purple —


    * Published at 1:50 PM ET —
    itemprop="datePublished" content="2018-08-08T17:50:30.000Z"

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018


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

     A Requiem Chord

    Tom StoppardJumpers —

    “Heaven, how can I believe in Heaven?” 
    she sings at the finale.

    “Just a lying rhyme for seven!”



    Annals of E-Romance:

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

    Smartphone Meets Laptop


    Some related narrative from the previous post

    “All right, Jessshica. It’s time to open the boxsssschhh.”

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

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


    “All right, Jessshica. It’s time to open the boxsssschhh.”

    “Gahh,” she said. She began to walk toward the box, but her heart failed her and she retreated back to the chair. “Fuck. Fuck.” Something mechanical purred. The seam she had found cracked open and the top of the box began to rise. She squeezed shut her eyes and groped her way into a corner, curling up against the concrete and plugging her ears with her fingers. That song she’d heard the busker playing on the train platform with Eliot, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”; she used to sing that. Back in San Francisco, before she learned card tricks. It was how she’d met Benny: He played guitar. Lucy was the best earner, Benny said, so that was mainly what she sang. She must have sung it five times an hour, day after day. At first she liked it but then it was like an infection, and there was nothing she could do and nowhere she could go without it running across her brain or humming on her lips, and God knew she tried; she was smashing herself with sex and drugs but the song began to find its way even there. One day, Benny played the opening chord and she just couldn’t do it. She could not sing that fucking song. Not again. She broke down, because she was only fifteen, and Benny took her behind the mall and told her it would be okay. But she had to sing. It was the biggest earner. She kind of lost it and then so did Benny and that was the first time he hit her. She ran away for a while. But she came back to him, because she had nothing else, and it seemed okay. It seemed like they had a truce: She would not complain about her bruised face and he would not ask her to sing “Lucy.” She had been all right with this. She had thought that was a pretty good deal.

    Now there was something coming out of a box, and she reached for the most virulent meme she knew. “Lucy in the sky!” she sang. “With diamonds!”

    •   •   •

    Barry, Max. Lexicon: A Novel  (pp. 247-248).
    Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

    Related material from Log24 on All Hallows' Eve 2013

    "Just another shake of the kaleidoscope" —

    Related material:

    Kaleidoscope Puzzle,  
    Design Cube 2x2x2, and 
    Through the Looking Glass: A Sort of Eternity.

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    The Bell

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:11 PM

    Three hidden keys open three secret gates
    Wherein the errant will be tested for worthy traits
    And those with the skill to survive these straits
    Will reach The End where the prize awaits

    — Ready Player One , by Ernest Cline

    "Look, my favorite expression is,
    'When you go up to the bell, ring it,
    or don’t go up to the bell.'
    We’ve gone too far. We have to ring the bell."

    Mel Brooks on "The Producers"
         in The New York Times  today.

    A 2016 Scribner edition of Stephen King's IT —

    Related material —

    Mystery box  merchandise from the 2011  J. J. Abrams film  Super 8 

    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 HemingwayAug. 30, 1935

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

    — Burt Lancaster in "The Osterman Weekend"

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018


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

    "By The Boston Globe

    July 10, 2018

    The private jets have begun clogging the jetways
    in Sun Valley, Idaho, which can only mean one thing:
    'Billionaire summer camp’' has begun.

    The annual Allen & Company conference, the investment
    firm’s invite-only gathering of some of the world’s most
    powerful corporate titans, officially begins on Wednesday."

    In other news —

    "NASHVILLE, Tenn. 

    Get ready to see the Titans in training camp."

    See also another  post now tagged "Clash of the Titans."

    Saturday, June 9, 2018

    SASTRA paper

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:14 PM

    Now out from behind a paywall . . .

    The diamond theorem at SASTRA —

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Paved with Good Intentions

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 PM

    'The Road to Universal Logic: Festschrift …'

    See also David Brooks on logic in today's online New York Times —

    "…the necessary skill of public life, the ability to
    see two contradictory truths at the same time." 

    For Dan Brown

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:09 PM

    See also Eightfold Trinity in this  journal.

    Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:06 AM

    The previous post suggests a media review.

    Doppelgangers from the wonderful world of entertainment —


    "We have a clip." — Kalle  (Kristen Wiig on SNL)

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Some Style

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:03 AM

    Dialogue from the 1984 fourth draft of the script, as found on the Web,
    for "Back to the Future" (1985) (apparently some changes were made
    in the filming) —

    A sort of "flux capacitor" (see previous post) —

    The Rolls-Royce Cullinan

     plus "e" for Einstein 

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Flux Capacitor

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:13 PM

    For Tom Hanks and Dan Brown —

    Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

    From "Raiders of the Lost Images" —

    "The cube shape of the lost Mother Box,
    also known as the Change Engine,
    is shared by the Stone in a novel by
    Charles Williams, Many Dimensions .
    See the Solomon's Cube webpage."

    See as well a Google search for flux philosophy

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Church and Temple

    Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:48 AM

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Once Upon a . . .

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:13 AM

    Click the text below for a slideshow.

    Monday, January 8, 2018


    Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

    Monday, May 7, 2018

    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.

    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

    Saturday, May 5, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:45 PM

    Art enthusiast Phyllis Tuchman in The New York Times  yesterday —

    "Ms. Rockburne's understated work plugged into
    the prevailing Minimalist aesthetic of the day . . . ."

    This was quoted here yesterday, followed by a visual flash drive
    of sorts —

    Another Parisian flash drive of sorts —

    Friday, May 4, 2018

    The Tuchman Radical*

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 PM

    Two excerpts from today's Art & Design section of
    The New York Times  —

    For the deplorables of France —

    For further remarks on l'ordre ,
    see posts tagged Galois's Space
    ( tag=galoiss-space).

    * The radical of the title is Évariste Galois (1811-1832).

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Multifaceted . . .

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

    . . . Con Figuras de Espantar

    "He Who Searches  is multifaceted in structure …"

    Publisher's description of a Helen Lane translation
    of "Como en la Guerra ," by Luisa Valenzuela
    Also by Valenzuela —

    Related material — An obituary from The Boston Globe  today
    on the April 5 death of Borinsky's translator, and . . .

    "He Who Searches" may consult also posts tagged Date.

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    The Brooklyn Game

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:12 PM

    "Can you bring me some players?"

    — Molly Bloom in "Molly's Game"

    Happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Focus Up.

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:42 PM

    From subtitles to the recent film "Molly's Game" —

    01:19:40,423 –> 01:19:42,633
    I'm the only
    Irish guy they let play.

    01:19:42,718 –> 01:19:43,851
    -I'm not Irish.

    01:19:46,549 –> 01:19:48,729
    -You're not?

    01:19:50,367 –> 01:19:51,594
    -Molly Bloom?

    01:19:51,695 –> 01:19:53,570
    -You're thinking of the
    James Joyce character.

    01:19:55,434 –> 01:19:57,286
    -I always thought you were Irish.

    01:19:57,809 –> 01:19:58,473
    -I'm not.

    01:19:58,543 –> 01:19:59,856
    Can you bring me some players?

    01:19:59,881 –> 01:20:02,200
    -Isn't there a famous book?
    -Okay, Douglas.

    01:20:02,239 –> 01:20:04,231
    Focus up. Yes, there's
    a book by James Joyce

    01:20:04,279 –> 01:20:06,482
    called <i>Ulysses</i> and there's
    a character named Molly Bloom

    01:20:06,529 –> 01:20:07,974
    and that is why
    you think I'm Irish

    Blue Fire

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

    "By means of an idea we can see
    the idea cloaked in the passing parade."

    James Hillman in  A Blue Fire 

    Related material:  Cloak and Dagger

    See as well Barbara Rose.

    Colorado Olympiad

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM

    Or:  Personalities Before Principles

    Personalities —

    Principles —

    This  journal on April 28, 2004 at 7:00 AM.


    Square Triangles in this journal.

    A Job in West Hollywood

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 AM

    For the title, see "Inking," a post of Aug. 5, 2015.

    See also West Hollywood in a film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

    Search for Viper Room in this journal.

    Saturday, April 14, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:34 PM

    See as well an interview in this evening's online New York Times
    by Maureen Dowd with "Exorcist" director William Friedkin —

    “I don’t drink,” he says. “I’ve never done drugs.
    I’ve never tried grass. But I think Miles Davis
    is a reason to live.” 

    Friday, April 13, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:23 PM

    Or:  A Magic Circle for Penny 

    The subtitle was suggested by the character Penny
    in today's post on Mathmagic Land.

    * Ray-circle. See an image search.

    Mathmagic Land

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:45 PM

    Continued from yesterday.

    From Log24 on July 24, 2014

    Later . . .

    "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?"

    Manil Suri?

    See also The Abacus Conundrum.

    Thursday, April 12, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:51 PM

    Continued from Monday morning, for Lev Grossman —

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    The Long Hello

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:17 PM

    Transportes Ometochtli   >>

    Es la línea de transporte más antigua que va de Cuernavaca a Tepoztlán . . . .

    Image from the 1973 Elliott Gould film "The Long Goodbye" —

    Some backstory . . . .

    1. https://hidden-films.com/2014/11/09/the-little-movie-that-couldnt-

    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Glimpse_of_Tiger
    3. http://m759.net/wordpress/?p=71956 —

    Monday, January 8, 2018


    Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:21 PM

    NY Times wire, Ivor Guest obituary, screenshot at 7:09:09 PM ET

    This journal on the above date of death, March 30, had a quote from
    the author of the graphic novel Aleister & Adolf

    "Program or be programmed."

    I prefer Barbra to Aleister —

    "Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed."

    See as well spirits in the previous post.

    Nicht Spielerei…

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:25 AM

    Continued  (for Lev Grossman  fans)

    From the above Wikipedia article

    • In the Robert Frost poem, "The Witch of Coos," the game
      is referenced in lines 7-8:
      "Summoning spirits isn't 'Button, button,
      who's got the button,' I would have them know."

    Fact check:  From the Frost poem at Bartleby.com

    • "Summoning spirits isn’t 'Button, button,
      Who’s got the button,' you’re to understand."

    Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Raiders of the Lost Circle

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

    Today is Orthodox Easter.

    From a search in this journal for "Magic Circle" —

    Saturday, April 7, 2018


    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:41 PM

    The late Philip J. Davis in his 2004 essay 

    "A Brief Look at Mathematics and Theology,"
    Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal ,
    Issue 27, Article 14. Available at:

    wrote —

    "In my childhood, the circle persisted as a potent magic figure
    in the playtime doggerel 'Make a magic circle and sign it with a dot.'
    The interested reader will find thousands of allusions to the phrase
    'magic circle' on the Web."

    There are fewer allusions to "magic circle" + "sign it with a dot."

    One such allusion (click to enlarge) is . . .

    Davis died on Pi Day .

    Friday, March 30, 2018

    Unorthodox Drama

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 PM

    The online New York Times  this evening has an obituary
    for "an unorthodox … drama scholar" who reportedly died 
    on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

    Some drama in this journal from around that date — in posts
    tagged "The Cubes" — includes the following excerpt from
    a graphic novel:

    "Program or be programmed."
    — A saying by the author of the above graphic novel.

    Saturday, March 24, 2018


    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:30 PM

    Sure, Whatever.

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:13 AM

    The search for Langlands in the previous post
    yields the following Toronto Star  illustration —

    From a review of the recent film "Justice League" —

    "Now all they need is to resurrect Superman (Henry Cavill),
    stop Steppenwolf from reuniting his three Mother Cubes
    (sure, whatever) and wrap things up in under two cinematic
    hours (God bless)."

    For other cubic adventures, see yesterday's post on A Piece of Justice 
    and the block patterns in posts tagged Design Cube.

    Friday, March 23, 2018


    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

    Copy editing — From Wikipedia

    "Copy editing (also copy-editing or copyediting, sometimes abbreviated ce)
    is the process of reviewing and correcting written material to improve accuracy,
    readability, and fitness for its purpose, and to ensure that it is free of error,
    omission, inconsistency, and repetition. . . ."

    An example of the need for copy editing:

    Related material:  Langlands and Reciprocity in this  journal.

    Piece Prize

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:15 PM

    The Waymark Prize from 'A Piece of Justice' (1995) by Jill Paton Walsh

    The Waymark Prize Mystery - 'A Piece of Justice' (1995) p. 138

    From the Personal to the Platonic

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

    On the Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —

    "Josefine has taken me through beautiful stories,
    ranging from the personal to the platonic
    explaining the extensive use of geometry in her art.
    I now know that she bursts into laughter when reading
    Dostoyevsky, and that she has a weird connection
    with a retired mathematician."

    Ann Cathrin Andersen

    Personal —

    The Rushkoff Logo

    — From a 2016 graphic novel by Douglas Rushkoff.

    See also Rushkoff and Talisman in this journal.


    The Diamond Cube.

    Compare and contrast the shifting hexagon logo in the Rushkoff novel above 
    with the hexagon-inside-a-cube in my "Diamonds and Whirls" note (1984).

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    In Memoriam

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

    Also on March 18, 2015 . . .

    The Diamond Cube

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

    The Java applets at the webpage "Diamonds and Whirls"
    that illustrate Cullinane cubes may be difficult to display.

    Here instead is an animated GIF that shows the basic unit
    for the "design cube" pages at finitegeometry.org.

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    “Quantum Tesseract Theorem?”

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

    Remarks related to a recent film and a not-so-recent film.

    For some historical background, see Dirac and Geometry in this journal.

    Also (as Thas mentions) after Saniga and Planat —

    The Saniga-Planat paper was submitted on December 21, 2006.

    Excerpts from this  journal on that date —

    A Halmos tombstone and the tale of HAL and the pod bay doors

         "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    Unite the Seven.

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

    Related material —

    The seven points of the Fano plane within 

    The Eightfold Cube.

    Weyl on symmetry, the eightfold cube, the Fano plane, and trigrams of the I Ching

    "Before time began . . . ."

      — Optimus Prime

    Friday, February 2, 2018

    For Plato’s Cave

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:06 PM

    "Plato's allegory of the cave describes prisoners,
    inhabiting the cave since childhood, immobile,
    facing an interior wall. A large fire burns behind
    the prisoners, and as people pass this fire their
    shadows are cast upon the cave's wall, and
    these shadows of the activity being played out
    behind the prisoner become the only version of
    reality that the prisoner knows."

    — From the Occupy Space gallery in Ireland

    IMAGE- Patrick McGoohan as 'The Prisoner,' with lapel button that says '6.'

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    The Pentagram Papers

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:40 PM


    From a Log24 post of March 4, 2008 —

    "Are Children the Ultimate Literary Critics?"
    Top of the News 29 (Nov. 1972): 32-36.

    "Sets forth his own aims in writing for children and laments
    'slice of life' and chaos in children's literature. Maintains that
    children like good plots, logic, and clarity, and that they
    have a concern for 'so-called eternal questions.'"

    — An Annotated Listing of Criticism
    by Linnea Hendrickson

    "She returned the smile, then looked across the room to
    her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, and to their father,
    who were deep in concentration, bent over the model
    they were building of a tesseract: the square squared,
    and squared again: a construction of the dimension of time."

    — A Swiftly Tilting Planet,
    by Madeleine L'Engle

    Cover of 'A Swiftly Tilting Planet' and picture of tesseract

    For "the dimension of time," see A Fold in TimeTime Fold,
    and Diamond Theory in 1937

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet  is a fantasy for children 
    set partly in Vespugia, a fictional country bordered by
    Chile and Argentina.


    The pen's point:

    Wm. F. Buckley as Archimedes, moving the world with a giant pen as lever. The pen's point is applied to southern South America.
    John Trever, Albuquerque Journal, 2/29/08

    Note the figure on the cover of National Review  above —

    A related figure from Pentagram Design

    See, more generally,  Isaac Singer  in this  journal.

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    Hollywood Moment

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

    Matt B. Roscoe and Joe Zephyrs, both of Missoula, Montana, authors of article on quilt block symmetries

    A death on the date of the above symmetry chat,
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    'Love Story' director dies

    An Hispanic Hollywood moment:

    Ojo de Dios —

    Click for related material.

    For further Hispanic entertainment,
    see Ben Affleck sing 
    "Aquellos Ojos Verdes "
    in "Hollywoodland."

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    The Pentagram Papers

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:45 AM


    Jodie Foster in  a Dec. 15, 2017, sketch  with Stephen Colbert —

    "People invest in and take ownership of brands,
    and they wonder why the brand didn’t
    ask their permission to change."

    — Michael Bierut of Pentagram Design
    in  a Design Week  article  of Jan. 17, 2018


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

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    At Heaven’s Gate

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:30 AM

    (Continued from September 12, 2005)

    The previous post contrasted the number-triple 11-7-8 below
    with number triples 12-9-5 and 12-5-9.

    Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

    A perhaps more logical counterpart of the triple 11-7-8, based
    on opposite  locations of star-points or cube-edges, is
    the triple 9-12-5. For a theological interpretation, see 9/12/05.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    An Orison for Ha-Why

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

    'Cloud Atlas' book cover illustrating the film

    Lines from characters played in the film by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry —

    — Cloud Atlas , by David Mitchell (2004).

    An orison of sorts from a post on Martin Scorsese's
    birthday, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 —

    BlackBerry with pictures from Log24

    Displayed on the BlackBerry are parts
    of Log24 posts from October 25, 2007,
    and October 24, 2007.

    Related pattern geometry 

    From a Log24 search for Angleton + Brotherhood:
    photo of Angleton in a post from 12/9/5

    The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051209-Angleton.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

    From a post of 11/7/8


    A cryptic note for Dan Brown:

    The above dates 11/7/8 and 12/9/5 correspond to the corner-labels
    (read clockwise and counter-clockwise) of the two large triangles
    in the Finkelstein Talisman

    Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

    Above: More symbology for Tom Hanks from
    this morning's post The Pentagram Papers.

    The above symbology is perhaps better suited to Hanks in his
    role as Forrest Gump than in his current role as Ben Bradlee.

    The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051211-gump.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

    For Hanks as Dan Brown's Harvard symbologist 
    Robert Langdon, see the interpretation 12/5/9, rather
    than 12/9/5, of the above triangle/cube-corner label.

    The Pentagram Papers

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:16 AM

    Other intersection-points-counting material —

    The Finkelstein Talisman:

    Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

    See also Hanks + Cube in this journal —

    Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube.

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Koen Thas and Quantum Theory

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:23 AM

    'General Quantum Theory,' by Koen Thas, Dec. 13, 2017, preprint

    This post supplies some background for earlier posts tagged
    Quantum Tesseract Theorem.

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Raiders of the Lost Theorem

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:15 PM

    The Quantum Tesseract Theorem 



    Raiders —

    A Wrinkle in Time
    starring Storm Reid,
    Reese Witherspoon,
    Oprah Winfrey &
    Mindy Kaling


    Time Magazine  December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018


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

    Saturday, December 23, 2017

    The Right Stuff

    Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:12 PM

    A figure related to the general connecting theorem  of Koen Thas —

    Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

    Ron Shaw on the 15 lines of the classical generalized quadrangle W(2), a general linear complex in PG(3,2)

    See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry in this  journal.

    Those who prefer narrative to mathematics may, if they so fancy, call
    the above Thas connecting theorem a "quantum tesseract theorem ."

    The Patterning

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

    See a Log24 search for "Patterning Windows."

    Related material (Click for context) —


    IT Girl (for Sweet Home Alabama)

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:35 AM

    Friday, December 22, 2017


    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 4:08 PM

    Movie marquee on Camazotz, from the 2003 film of 'A Wrinkle in Time'

    From a Log24 post of October 10, 2017

    Koen Thas, 'Unextendible Mututally Unbiased Bases' (Sept. 2016)

    Related material from May 25, 2016 —

    Thursday, December 21, 2017


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

    TIME magazine, issue of December 25th, 2017 —

    " In 2003, Hand worked with Disney to produce a made-for-TV movie.
    Thanks to budget constraints, among other issues, the adaptation
    turned out bland and uninspiring. It disappointed audiences,
    L’Engle and Hand. 'This is not the dream,' Hand recalls telling herself.
    'I’m sure there were people at Disney that wished I would go away.' "

    Not the dream?  It was, however, the nightmare, presenting very well
    the encounter in Camazotz of Charles Wallace with the Tempter.

    From a trailer for the latest version —


    From the 1962 book —

    "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!"

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    The Diamond Theorem at SASTRA

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:35 PM

    The following IEEE paper is behind a paywall,
    but the first page is now available for free
    at deepdyve.com

    For further details on the diamond theorem, see
    finitegeometry.org/sc/ or the archived version at . . .


    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Provocative Exhibitions

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:02 PM

    Wikipedia on a figure from the previous post

    " Antonelli  was recognized with an AIGA Medal in 2015
    for 'expanding the influence of design in everyday life
    by sharing fresh and incisive observations and
    curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA'.[4] She was
    rated one of the one hundred most powerful people in
    the world of art by Art Review and Surface Magazine.[5]  "

    Speaking of exhibitions —

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Dating Charlie*

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

    Washington Post  dateline . . .

    November 20 at 6:34 PM

    Address . . .

    with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/2017/11/20/ . . .

    See also Charlie Rose in this  journal.

    The only post found in a Log24 search for "Charlie Rose" is about
    his May 7, 2008, interview with a Museum of Modern Art figure,
    Paola Antonelli.  A more recent appearance by Antonelli

    Synchronolgy check — Log24 on the date 5 June 2012.

    * Title and wording of post revised the following day.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Lowell Brown at Vanity Fair

    Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:18 PM

    A sequel to the post  CP  is for Consolation Prize  (Sept. 3, 2016)

    An image from Log24 on this date last year:

    A recent comment on a discussion of CP symmetry

    Just the Facts

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

    The New Yorker  on the recent film "The Square"

    "It’s an aesthetic that presents,
    so to speak, just the facts, 
    as if the facts themselves weren’t
    deeply layered with living history
    and crisscrossed with vectors
    of divergent ideas and ideals."

    — Richard Brody, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    For other images deeply layered  and crisscrossed ,
    see Geometry of the I Ching.

    Dating Harvard

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

    See also this journal on today's date four years ago.

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    The Last Word

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

    Remarks suggested by the previous post

    From Jeremy Biles, "Introduction: The Sacred Monster," in
    Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form

    (Fordham University Press, 2007, page 3) —

    Bataille’s insistent conjunction of the monstrous and the sacred is the subject of this book. Regarded by many as one of the most important thinkers of our time, and acknowledged as an important influence by such intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida, Bataille produced a corpus of wide-ranging writings bearing the monstrous marks of the affective and intellectual contradictions he also sought to produce in his readers. In the following chapters, I will specify some of the ways in which Bataille evokes monstrosity to elicit in himself and his audience an experience of simultaneous anguish and joy—an experience that he calls sacred. In particular, Bataille is fascinated with the ‘‘left-hand’’ sacred. In contradistinction to its lucent and form-conferring ‘‘right-hand’’ counterpart, the left-hand sacred is obscure and formless—not transcendent, pure, and beneficent, but dangerous, filthy, and morbid. This sinister, deadly aspect of the sacred is at once embodied in, and communicated by, the monster. As we will see, it is in beholding the monster that one might experience the combination of ecstasy and horror that characterizes Bataille ’s notion of the sacred.

    The dual etymology of ‘‘monster’’ reveals that aspect of the sacred that enticed Bataille. According to one vein of etymological study, the Latin monstrum  derives from monstrare  (to show or display). The monster is that which appears before our eyes as a sign of sorts; it is a demonstration. But another tradition emphasizes a more ominous point. Deriving from monere  (to warn), the monster is a divine omen, a portent; it heralds something that yet remains unexpected, unforeseeable—as a sudden reversal of fortune. In the writings of Bataille, the monster functions as a monstrance, putting on display the sinister aspect of the sacred that Bataille sees as the key to a ‘‘sovereign’’ existence. But in doing so the monster presents us with a portent of something that we cannot precisely foresee, but something that, Bataille claims, can be paradoxically experienced in moments of simultaneous anguish and ecstasy: death.

    See as well

    (Order of news items transposed for aesthetic effect.)

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017


    Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 6:11 AM

        See also a related Log24 post.

    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    The Zero Monstrance

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

    From "The Metaphysics of Entities," a post of Sept. 20, 2014 —

    Anthony Lane in The New Yorker  on a 2013 film —

    "The hero of 'The Zero Theorem' is a computer genius
    called Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz)…. He is the sole
    resident of a derelict church, where, on a crucifix in front
    of the altar, the head of Christ has been replaced by a
    security camera. No prayers are ever said, and none are

    Related dialogue from a 2008 film

    Another view of the Zero Theorem derelict church —

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017


    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:18 PM

    "Truth and clarity remained his paramount goals…"

    — Benedict Nightingale in today's online New York TImes  on an
    English theatre director, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company,
    who reportedly died yesterday at 86.

    See also Paramount in this  journal.

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    New Depth

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

    A sentence from the New York Times Wire  discussed in the previous post

    NYT Wire on Len Wein: 'Through characters like Wolverine and Swamp Thing, he helped bring a new depth to his art form.'

    "Through characters like Wolverine and Swamp Thing,
    he helped bring a new depth to his art form."

    For Wolverine and Swamp Thing in posts related to a different
    art form — geometry — see …

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Two Paths for the Impersonal Essay

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

    The above is a variation on a title from last night's post By Degrees.

    The Literary Path —

    The Hollywood Path —

    Further remarks on algebra and space


    See as well the above image in yesterday's post  Maori Chess, Vol. 2.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Compare and Contrast

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

    From The Atlantic , September 2017 issue, online —
    "How America Lost Its Mind," by former Harvard Lampoon  
    writer Kurt Andersen

    The Atlantic 's embedded Google ad for "Quantum Space Elements"
    is, by the way, completely unrelated to similar-sounding work on 
    models of space in finite geometry (cf. tsimtsum . . .

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Symmetry’s Lifeboat

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:16 PM

    A post suggested by the word tzimtzum  (see Wednesday)
    or tsimtsum  (see this morning) —

    Lifeboat from the Tsimtsum  in Life of Pi  —

    Another sort of tsimtsum, contracting infinite space to a finite space —

    IMAGE- Desargues's theorem in light of Galois geometry

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Glitter at the Dark Tower

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

    "The centre of transformations that
    Transform for transformation's self,

    In a glitter that is a life, a gold
    That is a being, a will, a fate."

    — Wallace Stevens, "Human Arrangement"

    From "The Dark Tower," a post of July 9, 2016 —

    See also a search for Glitter in this journal.

    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  

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Auto Detailing

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:29 AM

    Megan Fox in "Transformers" (2007) —

    Background from January 25, 2017

    "Remembering speechlessly we seek
    the great forgotten language,
    the lost lane-end into heaven,
    a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.
    Where? When?" — Thomas Wolfe 

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Sermon: MS R I

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:57 AM

    From Solomon's Cube

    "Here MSRI, an acronym for Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,
    is pronounced 'Misery.' See Stephen King [and] K.C. Cole . . . ."

    From a manuscript by Mikhail Gromov cited yesterday in MSRI Program —

    Quotes from a founder of geometric group theory

    Sunday School:

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

    Bullshit Studies  Continued

    The remarks by Mikhail Gromov on neuroscience in his papers
    cited in the previous post suggest some related remarks —

    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.

    Science News

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:29 AM

    Continued from the post Aesthetic Distance of July 28, 2017.

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Aesthetic Distance

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

    In memory of a Disney "imagineer" who reportedly died yesterday.

    From the opening scene  of a 2017 film, "Gifted":

    Frank calls his niece Mary to breakfast on the morning she is 
    to enter first grade. She is dressed, for the first time, for school —

    - Hey! Come on. Let's move!
    - No!
    - Let me see.
    - No.
    - Come on, I made you special breakfast.
    - You can't cook.
    - Hey, Mary, open up. 
    (She opens her door and walks out.)
    - You look beautiful.
    - I look like a Disney character.
      Where's the special?
    - What?
    - You said you made me special breakfast.
    Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/

    Cube symmetry subgroup of order 8 from 'Geometry and Symmetry,' Paul B. Yale, 1968, p.21

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Four Dots

    Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 9:57 AM

    Analogies — "A : B  ::  C : D"  may be read  "A is to B  as  C is to D."

    Gian-Carlo Rota on Heidegger…

    "… The universal as  is given various names in Heidegger's writings….

    The discovery of the universal as  is Heidegger's contribution to philosophy….

    The universal 'as' is the surgence of sense in Man, the shepherd of Being.

    The disclosure of the primordial as  is the end of a search that began with Plato….
    This search comes to its conclusion with Heidegger."

    — "Three Senses of 'A is B' in Heideggger," Ch. 17 in Indiscrete Thoughts

    See also Four Dots in this journal. 

    Some context:  McLuhan + Analogy.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    The Pinterest Directive …

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:12 AM


    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Diamond Bits

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:21 PM

    Or:  Putting the Pinter in Pinterest

    From "A Poem for Pinter"

    Log24 on Oct. 13, 2005

    The Guardian on Harold Pinter, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature:

    "Earlier this year, he announced his decision to retire from playwriting in favour of poetry,"

    Michael Muskal in today's Los Angeles Times:

    "Pinter, 75, is known for his sparse and thin style as well as his etched characters whose crystal patter cuts through the mood like diamond drill bits."

    Robert StoneA Flag for Sunrise  (See Jan. 25):

    "'That old Jew gave me this here.'  Egan looked at the diamond….  'It's worth a whole lot of money– you can tell that just by looking– but it means something, I think.  It's got a meaning, like.'

    'Let's see,' Egan said, 'what would it mean?'  He took hold of Pablo's hand cupping the stone and held his own hand under it.  '"The jewel is in the lotus," perhaps that's what it means.  The eternal in the temporal….'"

    See as well an image in a link target from today's noon post

    The Pinterest Directive

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

    Click image for some background.

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    Ordinary Evening in a Paper Town

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

    Click the above search for a larger version.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Presidential Address of November 19, 1976

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:14 PM

    Deep Problems in the Faculty Lounge

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:14 AM

    The Story of Six Continues

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

    A post of March 22, 2017, was titled "The Story of Six."

    Related material from that date —

    "I meant… a larger map." — Number Six in "The Prisoner"

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Bit Plot

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:40 AM

    From a May 15 review of a new book by Douglas Coupland, author of
    the 1991 book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture .

    "Minimalists are actually extreme hoarders:
     they hoard space." — Douglas Coupland

    The title of Coupland's new book suggests a review of Schmeikal 
    in this  journal

    Coupland's above remark on hoarders suggests a look at
    a wealthy California collector whom, were he not wealthy,
    some might call a hoarder.

    “I buy things because they strike an emotional bell,
    they appeal to my curiosity, to the thrill of discovery
    of the extraordinary in the ordinary,” Mr. Cotsen told
    The Denver Post in 1998. “They appeal to my sense
    of humor, and to my search for the beauty in simplicity.”

    He added, “I decided I had a collection when there was
    no more space to put anything.”

    By the time he died at 88 on May 8 in Beverly Hills, Calif.,
    Mr. Cotsen (pronounced COAT-zen) had donated about
    half of the material in his collections to institutions like the
    Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Princeton University
    and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.

    Richard Sandomir in the online New York Times , May 17

    Cotsen reportedly died at 88 on May 8. 

    See also this  journal on that date —

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    New Pinterest Board

    Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:29 PM 


    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Road to Hell

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:28 AM

    An image in the previous post referred to something called
    "universal logic," touted in 2015 by the publisher Birkhäuser*
    as a "new interdisciplinary field."

    From this journal on April 20 last year —

    Universal Logic and the Road to Hell.

    * See the webpage excerpted below.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    A Tale Unfolded

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

    A sketch, adapted tonight from Girl Scouts of Palo Alto

    From the April 14 noon post High Concept

    From the April 14 3 AM post Hudson and Finite Geometry

    IMAGE- Geometry of the Six-Set, Steven H. Cullinane, April 23, 2013

    From the April 24 evening post The Trials of Device

    Pentagon with pentagram    

    Note that Hudson's 1905 "unfolding" of even and odd puts even on top of
    the square array, but my own 2013 unfolding above puts even at its left.

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Trials of Device

    Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 3:28 PM

    "A blank underlies the trials of device"
    — Wallace Stevens, "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven" (1950)

    A possible meaning for the phrase "the trials of device" —

    See also Log24 posts mentioning a particular device, the pentagram .

    For instance —

    Wittgenstein's pentagram and 4x4 'counting-pattern'

    Related figures

    Pentagon with pentagram    

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Dem Bones

    Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:15 PM

    A note at the end of an article on architecture historian
    Christopher Gray in the current online New Yorker  —

    This article appears in other versions
    of the April 10, 2017, issue, with
    the headline “Dem Bones.”

    "Defeated, you will rise to your feet as is said of Dry Bones .
    These bones will rise again." — Agnes Martin, 1973

    Accounting for Taste —

    Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the Oscars:

    Ben Affleck, star of "The Accountant," at the Oscars:

    See also Prisoner + Bones in this  journal.

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Plan 9 Continues

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

    "Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead."

    — Bill Murray in "Ed Wood"

    For The Church of Plan 9

    (The plan , as well as the elevation ,
    of the above structure is a 3×3 grid.)

    Making Science Come Alive

    Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:42 PM

    From a post on March 13, 2017

    Shafarevich was not the only one with a legacy . . .

    See also posts in this  journal
    now tagged The Gray Legacy.

    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Seagram Studies

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

    From a search in this journal for Seagram + Tradition

    Related art:  Saturday afternoon's Twin Pillars of Symmetry.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Twin Pillars of Symmetry

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

    The phrase "twin pillars" in a New York Times  Fashion & Style
    article today suggests a look at another pair of pillars —

    This pair, from the realm of memory, history, and geometry disparaged
    by the late painter Mark Rothko, might be viewed by Rothko
    as  "parodies of ideas (which are ghosts)." (See the previous post.)

    For a relationship between a 3-dimensional simplex and the {4, 3, 3},
    see my note from May 21, 2014, on the tetrahedron and the tesseract.

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