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Friday, April 13, 2018

Strahlenkreis*

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

Play

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

Continued from Monday morning, for Lev Grossman —

Monday, April 9, 2018

Dance

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

Dot

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:
http://scholarship.claremont.edu/hmnj/vol1/iss27/14/ 

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.

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