Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Mythologem for Meletinsky

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

The word "mythologem" on page 55 of The Burning Fountain 
by Philip Wheelwright, revised edition of 1968 (p. 91 in the 1954
edition), suggests a Web search for that word. It was notably often
used in the 1998 English translation of a book by Eleazar Meletinsky
first published in Russian in 1976 —

Meletinsky reportedly died on December 17, 2005.

In his memory, Log24 posts from that date are now tagged Mythologem Day.

"And we may see the meadow in December,
icy white and crystalline" — Johnny Mercer

Monday, December 19, 2016


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:25 PM

See also all posts now tagged Memory, History, Geometry.

Requiem for a Pollster

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:09 PM

In memory of Lou Harris, who reportedly died
at 95 on Saturday, December 17, 2016 —

Tetrahedral Cayley-Salmon Model

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:38 AM

The figure below is one approach to the exercise
posted here on December 10, 2016.

Tetrahedral model (minus six lines) of the large Desargues configuration

Some background from earlier posts —

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

Click the image below to enlarge it.

Polster's tetrahedral model of the small Desargues configuration

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Nunc Stans

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

On conductor Kurt Masur, who reportedly died at 88
in Greenwich, Connecticut, today, Saturday, Dec.19, 2015 —

"Rehearsal conductor at Halle State Theater,
Saxony, East Germany, conductor at Erfurt City Theater
and Leipzig Opera, and guest conductor with Leipzig
and Dresden Radio orchestras, 1951-53…."

Motifs from yesterday's 9 PM post

Design from 1697

— and from a novel by Thomas Mann:

Design from 1514

Related text —

Friday, December 19, 2014

Turing’s Church

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:23 PM

This post was suggested by the book Turing's Cathedral  and by
comments 29 and 31 on Scott Aaronson's Dec. 16 post about
"The Imitation Game."

See Church-Turing thesis at Wikipedia and Church Logic here.

Colorful Tale

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:30 AM

Wikipedia on a tale about one Hippasus of Metapontum,
who supposedly was drowned by Pythagoreans for his
discovery of irrational numbers and/or of the dodecahedron —

"In the hands of modern writers this combination of vague
ancient reports and modern guesswork has sometimes
evolved into a much more emphatic and colourful tale."

See, for instance, a tale told by the late Carl Sagan,
who was bitterly anti-Pythagorean (and anti-Platonic):

IMAGE- Sagan in 'Cosmos' on the Pythagoreans

For a related colorful tale, see "Patrick Blackburn" in this journal.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


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

For Josefine Lyche, artist of High White Noon —

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mr. Noon

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

Excerpt from 'Mr. Noon,' by D.H. Lawrence

See also "Finishing Up at Noon," "S in a Diamond," and "Beyond: Two Souls."



Annals of Literature

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:30 AM

(This morning's Text and Pretext, continued)

"… a reality that only my notes can provide."
    — Kinbote in Nabokov's novel Pale Fire

Click the above remarks on screws for another perspective on reality.

Text and Pretext

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:35 AM

IMAGE- NY Times lead obituary, Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 2013, with phrase 'without the slightest pretext'

The above image is a pre-text. For details, see the text .

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Identity Shining Forth

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:14 PM

From William M. Kantor's 1978 review of Peter J. Cameron's
1976 book Parallelisms of Complete Designs

"There are three ways an area of mathematics
can be surveyed: by a vast, comprehensive treatise;
by a monograph on a small corner of the field; or by
a monograph on a cross section."

An area of mathematics—

A small corner of the field—

A cross section—


The area— Four.
The corner— Identity.
The cross section— Window.

The three ways— December 8  ten years ago.

Monday, December 19, 2011

X Marks a Spot

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:30 AM

(Where Entertainment is God, continued)

IMAGE- LA Times on Korean transition and Galaxy Nexus

Related material— The Nexus (Jan. 8, 2010).

That post contains the following—

"A Nexus is a place equidistant from the five elements as explained in the TV series Charmed . Using this as a point of reference, it is quite possible that there could be several Nexus points of power scattered throughout the world, though rare."

Nexus (Charmed) in Wikipedia

Happy birthday, Alyssa Milano.


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:22 AM


Related material— Hitchens on Heaven—


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rosetta and the Stone

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:29 PM

"Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning"

— Title of a Christian propaganda* song


Rosetta Jacobs (alias Piper Laurie) as the wife of Joseph Goebbels ("The Bunker," 1981)

For the Stone of the title, see Caesarian, The Tiffany Puzzle, and Willkommen .

For Rosetta, see Three in One and a sequel, Stella.

* See an article on Oberammergau and a pastor's weblog with the song in that setting (but with place-name suppressed).


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

In the spirit of last night's SNL Hanukkah version of "It's a Wonderful Life" —

A Geometric Merkabah for Hanukkah from December 1, and…

"The Homepage of Contemporary Structuralism" (click to enlarge) —


Detail —


Summary —

IMAGE- Stella Octangula and Claude Levi-Strauss

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Tale for Dickens

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

From a Spider:

Criss Angel Celebrates His Birthday,

Long Story, and

Short Story

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070107-Story.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

From the Web:


From a Spider Web:

Damnation Morning
(the complete story),

Hitler Plans Burning Man
("What the hell is next?"),



and Vegas Angel.

There must be…
50 ways to leave Las Vegas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday December 19, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 1:06 PM
Inside the
White Cube

Part I: The White Cube

The Eightfold Cube

Part II: Inside
The Paradise of Childhood'-- Froebel's Third Gift

Part III: Outside

Mark Tansey, 'The Key' (1984)

Click to enlarge.

Mark Tansey, The Key (1984)

For remarks on religion
related to the above, see
Log24 on the Garden of Eden
and also Mark C. Taylor,
"What Derrida Really Meant"
(New York Times, Oct. 14, 2004).

For some background on Taylor,
see Wikipedia. Taylor, Chairman
of the Department of Religion
Columbia University, has a
1973 doctorate in religion from
Harvard University. His opinion
of Derrida indicates that his
sympathies lie more with
the serpent than with the angel
in the Tansey picture above.

For some remarks by Taylor on
the art of Tansey relevant to the
structure of the white cube
(Part I above), see Taylor's
The Picture in Question:
Mark Tansey and the
Ends of Representation

(U. of Chicago Press, 1999):

From Chapter 3,
"Sutures* of Structures," p. 58:

"What, then, is a frame, and what is frame work?

This question is deceptive in its simplicity. A frame is, of course, 'a basic skeletal structure designed to give shape or support' (American Heritage Dictionary)…. when the frame is in question, it is difficult to determine what is inside and what is outside. Rather than being on one side or the other, the frame is neither inside nor outside. Where, then, Derrida queries, 'does the frame take place….'"

* P. 61:
"… the frame forms the suture of structure. A suture is 'a seamless [sic**] joint or line of articulation,' which, while joining two surfaces, leaves the trace of their separation."

 ** A dictionary says "a seamlike joint or line of articulation," with no mention of "trace," a term from Derrida's jargon.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wednesday December 19, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Tutelary Figures

An entry in memory of
Dr. Joseph L. Henderson,
Jungian analyst, who died
on Nov. 17 at 104

(An obituary appears in
today’s New York Times.)

Some remarks by Dr. Henderson

The myth of the hero is the most common and the best known myth in the world… classical mythology… Greece and Rome… Middle Ages… Far East… contemporary primitive tribes. It also appears in dreams… obvious dramatic… profound… importance. P. 101

… structurally very similar… universal pattern… over and over again… a tale of… miraculous… humble birth… early proof of superhuman strength… rapid rise to prominence… triumphant struggle with the forces of evil… fallibility to the sin of pride (hybris)… and his fall through betrayal or a “heroic” sacrifice that ends in his death. P. 101

… another important characteristic… provides a clue… the early weakness… is balanced by… strong “tutelary” figures… who enable him to perform the superhuman tasks that he cannot accomplish unaided. Theseus had Poseidon… Perseus had Athena… Achilles had Cheiron… the wise centaur, as his tutor. P. 101 

And Stan Carlisle had
Dr. Lilith Ritter


See also the noir entry on
“Nightmare Alley” for
Winter Solstice 2002,
as well as a solstice-related
commentary on I Ching
Hexagram 41, Decrease.

Related material:


Dr. Dyane N. Sherwood and
Dr. Joseph L. Henderson, authors
of Transformation of the Psyche
(Routledge, Nov. 7, 2003)

Dr. Henderson is said to
have been, in his youth,
a student of Thornton Wilder
as well as of Dr. Jung.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday December 19, 2006

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Joseph Barbera
at the Apollo

The 3x3 Grid

Click on picture
for related symbolism.

“This is the garden of Apollo,
the field of Reason….”
John Outram, architect

I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
— Paul Simon

In memory of Joseph Barbera–
co-creator ot the Flintstones–
who died yesterday, a photo
from today’s Washington Post:

Joseph Barbera in Washington Post

Playing the role of
recording angel —

Halle Berry as
Rosetta Stone:

Halle Berry as Rosetta Stone

Related material:

Citizen Stone
Putting the X in Xmas.”

Tuesday December 19, 2006

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 AM
Citizen Stone

Allan Stone,
art dealer and collector,
died at 74 on Friday,
Dec. 15, 2006.

From his obituary in
New York Times:

“Sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘Citizen Stone’ after Orson Welles’s outsize film character, Mr. Stone was attracted to formal density and flamboyance. He was associated with the rise of the junk aesthetic and with realist painters whose canvases bristled with paint and details.” –Roberta Smith

The Log24 entry for the date of Stone’s death, titled “Putting the X in Xmas,” suggests the following picture as a memorial:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06B/061219-X.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Though not bristling
with paint, the picture
is, in a sense, realistic.

It should be noted of the
obituary by Roberta Smith

“This is the exact opposite
of what echthroi do in
their X-ing or un-naming.”
Wikipedia on
A Wind in the Door

Monday, December 19, 2005

Monday December 19, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 PM
Only the Dead

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“There’s a place for us….”

Monday December 19, 2005

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

From last night:

“There is an
underlying timelessness
in the basic conversation
that is mathematics
Barry Mazur (pdf)

From today’s New York Times:

“The authors of the etiquette book The Art of Civilized Conversation say that conversation’s versatility makes it ‘the Swiss Army knife of social skills.'”

Then there is
the broken beer bottle
school of etiquette:

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Monday December 19, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 AM
 "There is an
underlying timelessness
in the basic conversation
that is mathematics
Barry Mazur (pdf)

It's Quarter to Three

"I could tell you a lot
but you gotta be
 true to your code."
— Sinatra

Today is the birthday of Helmut Wielandt (Dec. 19, 1910 – Feb. 14, 2001).

From MacTutor:

"In his speech accepting membership of the Heidelberg Academy in 1960 he said:-

It is to one of Schur's seminars that I owe the stimulus to work with permutation groups, my first research area. At that time the theory had nearly died out. It had developed last century, but at about the turn of the century had been so completely superseded by the more generally applicable theory of abstract groups that by 1930 even important results were practically forgotten – to my mind unjustly."

Permutation groups are still not without interest.  See today's updates (Notes [01] and [02]) to Pattern Groups.


Sunday, December 19, 2004

Sunday December 19, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM
Sunday Sermon
on Saturday’s Numbers

Today’s New York Times on a rabbi who died in Jerusalem on Sunday, Dec. 5:

“In the 1950’s, he was a vocal advocate for the relaxation of New York City’s blue laws, which forbade many kinds of commerce on Sundays but not on Saturdays. The laws were repealed in the 1970’s. Solomon Joseph Sharfman was born on Nov. 1, 1915, in Treblinka, Poland; his family immigrated to the United States five years later. His father, Rabbi Label Sharfman, worked as a shochet, or ritual slaughterer….”

Saturday’s lottery numbers from Pennsylvania, the State of Grace:

Saturday Midday:  144
Saturday Evening: 360

A Sunday Sermon:

“Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a beautiful dot. But the dot, though perfect in every way, only had eyes for a wild and unkempt squiggle. All of the line’s romantic dreams were in vain, until he discovered . . . angles! Now, with newfound self-expression, he can be anything he wants to be–a square….”

Related material:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041219-Line.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

(See Song in Red and Gray
and The Dot and the Line.)

Friday, December 19, 2003

Friday December 19, 2003

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

Happy Birthday, Helmut Wielandt
(wherever you may be)

Cover illustration,
AMS Notices, January 2004

In light of my entry on change-ringing of this date last year, the above AMS Notices cover may serve to illustrate what Heidegger so memorably dubbed the

 "Geheimnis des Glockenturms."

For details on the illustration,
click here and scroll down.

(Wielandt was an expert
on permutation groups.)

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Thursday December 19, 2002

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:30 PM

Winter’s Tale

The title is that of a novel by Mark Helprin.

On this date in 1903, the Williamsburg Bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan was opened to traffic.

From the opening of Helprin’s 1983 novel:

“The horse…. trotted alone over the carriage road of the Williamsburg Bridge, before the light, while the toll keeper was sleeping by his stove and many stars were still blazing above the city.”

A memorable

Seven is
Eight is
  a gate. 

A 1985 illustration

See also Plato, Pegasus, and the Evening Star.

“The Forms are abstract but real.”

Rebecca Goldstein on Plato

Thursday December 19, 2002

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:07 AM


Bach at Heaven’s Gate

From a weblog entry of Friday, December 13, 2002:

Divine Comedy

Joan Didion and her husband
John Gregory Dunne
(author of
The Studio and Monster
wrote the screenplays for
the 1976 version of “A Star is Born”
and the similarly plotted 1996 film
Up Close and Personal.”

If the incomparable Max Bialystock 
were to remake the latter, he might retitle it
Distant and Impersonal.”
A Google search on this phrase suggests
a plot outline for Mel Brooks & Co.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Producer Sidney Glazier dies
Dec. 18, 2002

Academy Award-winning producer
Sidney Glazier died early Saturday morning
[Dec. 14, 2002] of natural causes
at his home in Bennington, Vt. He was 86.
Glazier… is best known for producing
the 1968 film “The Producers.”
That film, which has since become a
Tony Award-winning Broadway play,
also marked comedian Mel Brooks’
directing debut.

In addition to “The Producers,”
Glazier produced…
the 1973 television drama “Catholics.”
[Based on a novel by Brian Moore]

His nephew is “Scrooged” screenwriter
Mitch Glazer.

(Josh Spector)

Recommended reading —


Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of
“Heaven’s Gate,”
the Film that Sank United Artists,

Second Edition,
by Steven Bach

From Newmarket Press:

Steven Bach was the senior vice-president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven’s Gate…. Apart from the director and the producer, Bach was the only person to witness the evolution of Heaven’s Gate from beginning to end.”

See also my journal entry
“Back to Bach”
of 1:44 a.m. EST
Saturday, December 14, 2002.

Thursday December 19, 2002

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

Plain Hunt Maximus

This midnight’s site music is in honor of Sinatra’s first recording session for Reprise on December 19, 1960 (which included “Ring-a-Ding-Ding”).

See also The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers, and this applet for devising your own peal of changes.

Those who prefer Disney may go to this web page and click on the title “The Bells of Notre Dame” for a different midi.  For Mary Gaitskill‘s more mature approach to Victor Hugo’s classic, click here.

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