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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Problems

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

Arts & Letters Daily  today links to a piece on critic James Wood —

"More than anything else, for Wood, Updike failed in
the novelistic duty of helping readers to appreciate
the arc of their own lives and, just a little bit, their own
deaths."

See also, in this  journal, Dimensión de Arco .

Friday, January 26, 2018

Shadows and Reflections

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:27 AM

From the post "For Guy Noir" of Wednesday morning, January 24 —

"as privileged viewers of the shadows and reflections"

Related material —

The death on January 24 of a famed ski film maker,
and the Sun Valley icon below (one of a pair of ski
location icons by Wink, a Minneapolis design firm).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spielfeld

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:27 PM

For the original Davos icon by Wink-Minneapolis,
see the previous post.  

For related geometry, see posts tagged Barth Art.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Barth Spielfeld

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:23 PM

For some backstory, search Log24 for "Wolf Barth."

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Rigorous Imagist*

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

The death of a well-known artist today suggested
a search for Pythagorean Stone in this journal.

An image from that search, together with a sentence
from his obituary, may serve as a memorial.

From a New York Times  obituary
by Holland Cotter tonight —

"The anonymous role of
the Romanesque church artist
remained a model."

* For the title, see the two previous posts.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lines

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

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." — Joan Didion

A post from St. Augustine's day, 2015, may serve to
illustrate this.

The post started with a look at a painting by Swiss artist
Wolf Barth, "Spielfeld." The painting portrays two
rectangular arrays, of four and of twelve subsquares, 
that sit atop a square array of sixteen subsquares.

To one familiar with Euclid's "bride's chair" proof of the
Pythagorean theorem, "Spielfeld" suggests a right triangle
with squares on its sides of areas 4, 12, and 16.

That image in turn suggests a diagram illustrating the fact
that a triangle suitably inscribed in a half-circle is a right 
triangle… in this case, a right triangle with angles of 30, 60,
and 90 degrees… Thus —

In memory of screenwriter John Gregory Dunne (husband
of Joan Didion and author of, among other things, The Studio
here is a cinematric approach to the above figure.

The half-circle at top suggests the dome of an observatory.
This in turn suggests a scene from the 2014 film "Magic in
the Moonlight."  

As she gazes at the silent universe above
through an opening in the dome, the silent
Emma Stone is perhaps thinking, 
prompted by her work with Spider-Man

"Drop me a line."

As he  gazes at the crack in the dome,
Stone's costar Colin Firth contrasts the vastness 
of the Universe with the smallness of Man, citing 

"the tiny field F2 with two elements."

In conclusion, recall the words of author Norman Mailer
that summarized his Harvard education —

"At times, bullshit can only be countered
with superior bullshit."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Art and Space

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

IMAGE- Spielfeld (1982-83), by Wolf Barth
 

            Observatory scene from "Magic in the Moonlight"

"The sixteen nodes… can be parametrized
by the sixteen points in affine four-space
over the tiny field F2 with two elements."

Wolf Barth

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Without Diamond-Blazons

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:29 PM

Excerpt from Wallace Stevens's
"The Pediment of Appearance"—

Young men go walking in the woods,
Hunting for the great ornament,
The pediment* of appearance.

They hunt for a form which by its form alone,
Without diamond—blazons or flashing or
Chains of circumstance,

By its form alone, by being right,
By being high, is the stone
For which they are looking:

The savage transparence.

* Pediments, triangular and curved—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100728-Pediments.jpg

— From "Stones and Their Stories," an article written
and illustrated by E.M. Barlow, copyright 1913.

Related geometry—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100728-SimplifiedPeds.gif

 (See Štefan Porubský: Pythagorean Theorem .)

A proof with  diamond-blazons—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100728-DiamondProof.gif

(See Ivars Peterson's "Square of the Hypotenuse," Nov. 27, 2000.)

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