Friday, June 26, 2020

Nihilist Tune for Dixie

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Password: Snowball

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ID 0571 —

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cue the Violins

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:36 PM

In memory of a music editor.

Blangsted reportedly died on May 1.
See also that date in this journal, among
other posts tagged The Next Level.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

In Memoriam: Jan Saxl, Mathematician

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For the conference, see
https://www.birs.ca/events/2009/5-day-workshops/09w5030 .

For the Church of Synchronology:
Time for you to see the field.” (Posts now tagged “For Banff 2009”)

Notes for a Wake

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If Not Sublime

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:24 AM

This is perhaps the same Robert Mezey, poet at Pomona College,
who reportedly died on April 25.

See a Pomona link, the Fano Hallows, from this journal on that date.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Raiders of the Lost Sublime

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The Man Behind the Counter

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The title is a phrase from the Suzanne Vega song in the previous post.

Always busy counting . . . .” — Tagline at Peter J. Cameron’s weblog.

“This morning brought the news that Jan Saxl died on Saturday.”

Peter J. Cameron today

A search for Saxl in this  weblog yields a post related to a topic in
Wolfram Neutsch’s book Coordinates.  See Saturday’s post
Turyn’s Octad Theorem: The Next Level.”

Related narrative from the Saturday post —

Related narrative from Sunday’s Westworld finale —

The Thing and I …

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Update at 4 PM —

“It is always
Nice to see you”
Says the man
Behind the counter

— Suzanne Vega. “Tom’s Diner”

Tom Stall’s diner in  “A History of  Violence” (30 September 2005).

This  journal on 30 September 2005 —

“This place ain’t doing me any good.
I’m in the wrong town,
I should be in Hollywood.”

— Dylan, “Things Have Changed

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Crichton Time

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Into the Westworld

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He beomes aware of something else… some other presence.
“Anybody here?” he says.
I am here.
He almost jumps, it is so loud. Or it seems loud. Then he wonders if
he has heard anything at all.
“Did you speak?”
How are we communicating? he wonders.
The way everything communicates with everything else.
Which way is that?
Why do you ask if you already know the answer?

— Sphere   by Michael Crichton, Harvard ’64

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Beat the Clock

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Turyn’s Octad Theorem: The Next Level*

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From  the obituary of a game inventor  who reportedly died
on Monday, February 25, 2013 —

” ‘He was hired because of the game,’ Richard Turyn,
a mathematician who worked at Sylvania, told
the Washington Post in a 2004 feature on Diplomacy.”

* For the theorem, see Wolfram Neutsch,  Coordinates .
(Published by de Gruyter, 1996. See pp. 761-766.)

Having defined (pp. 751-752) the Miracle Octad Generator (MOG)
as a 4×6 array to be used with Conway’s “hexacode,” Neutsch says . . .

“Apart from the three constructions of the Golay codes
discussed at length in this book (lexicographic and via
the MOG or the projective line), there are literally
dozens of alternatives. For lack of space, we have to
restrict our attention to a single example. It has been
discovered by Turyn and can be connected in a very
beautiful way with the Miracle Octad Generator….

To this end, we consider the natural splitting of the MOG into
three disjoint octads L, M, R (‘left’, ‘middle’, and ‘right’ octad)….”

— From page 761

“The theorem of Turyn”  is on page 764

Friday, May 1, 2020

The H-State

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Related pure mathematics —

The Escape from Plato’s Cave to . . .

See also Numberland and Walpurgisnacht Geometry.

Bullshit Studies

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The following passage is from Amanda Gefter’s  Trespassing
on Einstein’s Lawn  (Bantam Books, 2014).

“You know the story of Plato’s cave?” my father asked. “All the prisoners are chained up in the cave and they can’t see the real world outside, only the shadows on the wall? That’s supposed to be a negative thing, like they’ll never know reality. But the truth is, you have to be stuck inside a limited reference frame for there to be any reality at all! If you weren’t chained to your light cone, you’d see nothing. The H-state.”

I nodded. “You’d have no information. You need the broken symmetry, the shadow, to have information and information gives rise to the world. It from bit.”

I couldn’t help but grin with excitement. The message was clear: having a finite frame of reference creates the illusion of a world, but even the reference frame itself is an illusion. Observers create reality, but observers aren’t real. There is nothing ontologically distinct about an observer, because you can always find a frame in which that observer disappears: the frame of the frame itself, the boundary of the boundary.

“If physicists discover an invariant someday, the game will be up,” my father mused. “That would rule out the hypothesis that the universe is really nothing.”

That was true. But so far, at least, every last invariant had gone the way of space and time, rendered relative and observer-dependent. Spacetime, gravity, electromagnetism, the nuclear forces, mass, energy, momentum, angular momentum, charge, dimensions, particles, fields, the vacuum, strings, the universe, the multiverse, the speed of light— one by one they had been downgraded to illusion. As the surface appearance of reality fell away, only one thing remained. Nothing.

My path to Gefter’s father’s musing led from a quotation attributed,
probably falsely, to John Archibald Wheeler on page 52 of Octavio
Paz’s  Claude Lévi-Strauss: An Introduction  (Cornell, 1970)

“There is a point at which

‘something is nothing and nothing is something.’

The quote may actually be by AP writer John Barbour reporting
on a 1967 American Physical Society talk by Wheeler, “The End
of Time.”

Gefter mentions Wheeler 369 times:

See as well Introduction to Quantum Woo.

Friday, December 13, 2019

High-Level Language

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seal for the Seventh

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In memory of my former sixth-grade
teacher at the school below —

East Street School

A song he taught us —

The teacher died on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
See from that date a post titled Sermon.

See as well Lucy’s Day 2014.

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