Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Geometry Unzipped*

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Or:  A. A. Milne Meets Jim Morrison

“She’s like the wind.” — Dirty Dancing

* The key to the title is the date  of
the above Amy Adams rendezvous —

Dec. 2, 2013.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Plato Again Thanks the Academy

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I prefer  The Pride of Lowell —

IMAGE- Scenes from 'The Fighter'- Amy Adams, Christian Bale

Some literary background— Doctor Sax.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Fashion Story

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A death last Sunday —

Meanwhile . . .

Amy Adams attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party 
at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on
Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.

"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!

             — Under the Volcano

Saturday, May 12, 2018

In Memoriam

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"It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you
that Feral House founder and publisher, Adam Parfrey 
passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018."

Facebook early on Friday morning (12:41 AM)

This  journal early on Thursday  morning (12:25 AM) —

"And they were singin' . . ."

Christian Bale and Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'

Midrash added today —

And singin', and singin' . . .

Thursday, May 10, 2018

“For Ten Years, We’ve Been On Our Own…”

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See also May 9, 2008.

Update of 12:25 AM ET —

"And they were singin' . . ."

Christian Bale and Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'

Friday, May 26, 2017

Headline Style at The New York Times

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Sounds like a job for Amy Adams.

Amy Adams at the Lancia Café in Taormina, Sicily, on June 15, 2013.
Adams was in Taormina for the Italian premiere of her Superman film.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heptads and Heptapods

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In the recent science fiction film "Arrival," Amy Adams portrays
a linguist, Louise Banks, who must learn to translate the language of
aliens ("Heptapods") who have just arrived in their spaceships.

The point of this tale seems to have something to do with Banks
learning, along with the aliens' language, their skill of seeing into
the future.

Louise Banks wannabes might enjoy the works of one
Metod Saniga, who thinks that finite geometry might have
something to do with perceptions of time.

See Metod Saniga, “Algebraic Geometry: A Tool for Resolving
the Enigma of Time?”, in R. Buccheri, V. Di Gesù and M. Saniga (eds.), 
Studies on the Structure of Time: From Physics to Psycho(patho)logy,
Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, 2000, pp. 137–166.
Available online at www.ta3.sk/~msaniga/pub/ftp/mathpsych.pdf .

Although I share an interest in finite geometry with Saniga —
see, for instance, his remarks on Conwell heptads in the previous post
and my own remarks in yesterday's post "Schoolgirls and Heptads" —
I do not endorse his temporal speculations.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hard Kernel

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Kamuf, 'Remains to be Seen,' Los Angeles Review of Books

Hermeneutics —

The above quote occurs in a search called up by clicking on the image
of Amy Adams in the noon post on Groundhog Day (yesterday).

For a "universal message" see the final post of Groundhog Day.
For an "unintelligible secret," see today's previous post.

See also kernel  in this journal.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Putting the Y in Vanity

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Amy Adams on the cover of the 
Vanity Fair  Hollywood issue, 2017

Line spoken to Adams's
character in Arrival

You approach language
like a mathematician.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hollywood Arrival

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In the new film ArrivalAmy Adams plays a linguist
who must interpret the language used by aliens whose
spaceships hover at 12 points around the globe.

Yesterday's events at 6407 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood,
together with the logic of number and time from recent
posts based on a Heinlein short story, suggest that the
character played by Adams is a sort of "fifth element"
needed to save the world. 

In other words, the strange logic of recent posts ties the
California lottery number  6407 to the date  April 12, 2015, 
and a check of that date in this journal yields posts tagged
Orthodox Easter 2015 that relate to the "fifth element."

Midrash by Ted Chiang from the story on which Arrival  was based  —

After the breakthrough with Fermat's Principle, discussions of scientific concepts became more fruitful. It wasn't as if all of heptapod physics was suddenly rendered transparent, but progress was suddenly steady. According to Gary, the heptapods' formulation of physics was indeed topsy-turvy relative to ours. Physical attributes that humans defined using integral calculus were seen as fundamental by the heptapods. As an example, Gary described an attribute that, in physics jargon, bore the deceptively simple name “action,” which represented “the difference between kinetic and potential energy, integrated over time,” whatever that meant. Calculus for us; elementary to them.

Conversely, to define attributes that humans thought of as fundamental, like velocity, the heptapods employed mathematics that were, Gary assured me, “highly weird.” The physicists were ultimately able to prove the equivalence of heptapod mathematics and human mathematics; even though their approaches were almost the reverse of one another, both were systems of describing the same physical universe.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Snow Dance

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See Ballet Blanc  in this journal.

For a darker perspective, click on the image below.

IMAGE- Detail of large 'Search for the Lost Tesseract' image with Amy Adams, Richard Zanuck, 'snowflake' structure, and white gloves

See also Cartier in The Hexagon of Opposition.

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas in 'Diamonds'

Friday, May 20, 2016

Plan 9 Revival

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Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart in 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'

Friday, April 29, 2016

At the Still Point …

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"OK Baby, let's go dancing."
Amy Adams in "American Hustle"

Click image below for some backstory.

Happy birthday to Uma Thurman.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cartoon Graveyard

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The following horrific images —

— were suggested by two pieces I read yesterday in 
     The Harvard Crimson

"On Belonging and 'Steven Universe'" and
"Wise Words from the King."

See also a more realistic daydream, starring Amy Adams,
in the previous post, Ornamental Language.

Harvard’s Science Complex

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:24 AM

Utopia or Dystopia?  Discuss.

Related scenes for storyboarders —
See the city in the Amy Adams film "Her."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Entertainment Is God (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

The Cumberbatch Conundrum

A quote from Benedict Cumberbatch in this journal
on Nov. 15 last year:

"… this film’s been up my ass
      for the last five years.”

The quote, in connection with today's previous post,
suggests a check of this journal five years ago.

The check yields a paper at the new research site InvenZone.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Alphabet Soup

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Vocational Education

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 AM

This post was suggested by today's Harvard Crimson  story 
Protest at Primal Scream Leads to Chaotic Exchange.

Frederick Seidel in the September 3, 2012, New Yorker 

"Biddies still cleaned the student rooms."

IMAGE- Shower wall in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Above, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in 
"Sunshine Cleaning" (2008).

The Cleaner:

A scene from Bridget Fonda's "Point of No Return" (1993)
in a video uploaded six years ago on this date.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Night of the Iguana Club

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 AM

“We specialize in bachelorette parties.”


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Mach die Musik von damals nach.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wrinkles in Time

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Rivka Galchen, in a piece mentioned here in June 2010

On Borges:  Imagining the Unwritten Book 

"Think of it this way: there is a vast unwritten book that the heart reacts to, that it races and skips in response to, that it believes in. But it’s the heart’s belief in that vast unwritten book that brought the book into existence; what appears to be exclusively a response (the heart responding to the book) is, in fact, also a conjuring (the heart inventing the book to which it so desperately wishes to respond)."

Related fictions

Galchen's "The Region of Unlikeness" (New Yorker , March 24, 2008)

Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life." A film adaptation is to star Amy Adams.

… and non-fiction

"There is  such a thing as a 4-set." — January 31, 2012

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dating an OS

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Amy Adams in the recent film “Her” —
“You’re dating an OS?  What is that like?”


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Crimson Passion…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM


Amy Adams as…

The $146 Million Domestic

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Annals of Photography

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Amy Adams in this journal on April 26, 2013

"Do the words 'mullet toss' mean anything to you?"

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Good Question

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Amy Adams in the new film “Her” —

“You’re dating an OS?  What is that like?”

— Question quoted in a Hollywood Reporter
story on the film’s second trailer

From the same story, by Philiana Ng —

” The trailer is set to Arcade Fire’s
mid-tempo ballad ‘Supersymmetry.’ “

Parts of an answer for Amy —

Nov. 26, 2012, as well as

July 19, 2008,

Dec. 18, 2013,

Dec. 24, 2013, and

Dec. 27, 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter  story is from Dec. 3, 2013.
See also that date in this  journal.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Bronfman Catechism

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Log24 on Sunday, October 5, 2008

Theologian James Edwin Loder:

“In a game of chess, the knight’s move is unique because it alone goes around corners. In this way, it combines the continuity of a set sequence with the discontinuity of an unpredictable turn in the middle. This meaningful combination of continuity and discontinuity in an otherwise linear set of possibilities has led some to refer to the creative act of discovery in any field of research as a ‘knight’s move’ in intelligence.”

Related material:

Terence McKenna:

“Schizophrenia is not a psychological disorder peculiar to human beings. Schizophrenia is not a disease at all but rather a localized traveling discontinuity of the space time matrix itself. It is like a travelling whirl-wind of radical understanding that haunts time. It haunts time in the same way that Alfred North Whitehead said that the color dove grey ‘haunts time like a ghost.’”

Anonymous author:

“‘Knight’s move thinking’ is a psychiatric term describing a thought disorder where in speech the usual logical sequence of ideas is lost, the sufferer jumping from one idea to another with no apparent connection. It is most commonly found in schizophrenia.”

Related journalism

IMAGE- Scene from a blackboard jungle

"What's the 'S'  stand for?" — Amy Adams

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


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

For Jack and Jill.

The above motivational video is from the web page of a middle school
math teacher who was shot to death yesterday morning.

Related journalism —

IMAGE- Scene from a blackboard jungle

See also "S in a Diamond" (here, October 2013)
and "Superman Comes to the Supermarket,"
by Norman Mailer (Esquire , November 1960).

In a recent film, Amy Adams asked Superman,
"What's the S stand for?"

One possible answer, in light of Stephen King's
recent sequel to The Shining  and of
the motivational video above—


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

S in a Diamond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

For Amy Adams, who in a recent
Superman film posed the question

"What's the S stand for?"

This logo appears on the new game
Beyond: Two Souls . (See this evening's
earlier post on the game.)

In a more appealing sort of computer
entertainment, the S might stand for Scarlett.

"Please wait as your operating system is initiated."

(From the October 5th post Dream Girls.) 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dinner Theater

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A theater review by Ben Brantley tonight of "Big Fish"
suggests a review of a Log24 post from January 9, 2004.

This in turn suggests another reviewer's remark

"As over-the-top as a dinner theater production of 'The Crucible' "

— Frank Rich in The New York Times , November  2004

For such a production, see today's Sermon as well as
Amy Adams in this journal in May 2009 and this afternoon.

The Curve

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(Saturday's Dream Girls, continued)

"How would you touch me?"

The computer in the new film Her

For some remarks on Arcade Fire, see Saturday's 10 PM post 
and Sunday's 10:10 AM post.

In related news…

See also posts with Slow Art  and Amy Adams
shooting pool (scroll to the bottom).

Cover Girl

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

(Continued from the Feast 
of St. Francis (Oct. 4), 2013)

An image suggested by the flower
on the cover of the book
Beautiful Mathematics —

Two Lips

(Those of Amy Adams in 2008)

"In the Master's chambers,
they gathered for the feast…"

Related material for the religiously inclined ​:

The Date  (August 8th, 2013)

Church with Josefine*

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(Continued from last Sunday)

IMAGE- 'Permutahedron of Opposites'-- 24 graphic patterns arranged in space as 12 pairs of opposites

For some background, see Permutahedron in this journal.

See also…

* Jews may prefer to retitle this post "Sunday Shul with Josefine"
and stage it as a SNL sketch, "Norwegian Disco," with
The Sunshine Girls. (For the Norwegian part, see Kristen Wiig,
of Norwegian ancestry. For the disco part, see Amy Adams,
who stars in a new disco-era movie.)

Friday, September 27, 2013

For Amy “Big Eyes” Adams

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 PM

IMAGE- Album cover, 'Perfect Symmetry' by Keane, with Oscar Isaac in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

See yesterday's post Design Mastery and a post for Amy Adams's birthday in 2011
on Eliot's still point  and the dance .

Saturday, August 3, 2013

For Amy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

IMAGE- Impression of a meerkat by Amy Adams in 'Junebug'

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Taormina Dualism

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"At some point in Greek history, it was noticed that the capital upsilon—Y—
looked like a path branching left and right. The comparison, like so much
traditional material, was ascribed to the Pythagoreans, in accordance with
the dualism just mentioned; our earliest source for it, however, is as late as
the Roman poet Persius (Satires, 3.56)." 

— "The Garden of Forking Paths" in the weblog
   Varieties of Unreligious Experience, Nov. 21, 2006

Amy Adams at the Lancia Café in Taormina, Sicily, on June 15, 2013.
Adams was in Taormina for the Italian premiere of her Superman film.

See also this  journal on that date— June 15, 2013.

Posts related to the Garden of Forking Paths:  Witch Ball (Jan. 24, 2013),
Sermon for Harvard (Sept. 19, 2010), and Amy Adams + Craft.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amy’s Shadow

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Why knows what evil lurks…? — The Shadow

Backstory: "Amy Adams" + Shadow in this journal.

Related material —

Amy Adams as Lois Lane:

In the new Amy Adams version, Superman's Smallville mom
is played by Diane  Lane.

Lane also played George Reeves's sugar mommy
in the 2006 film Hollywoodland .

Ben Affleck and Diane Lane at the 2006 Venice Film Festival
premiere of  Hollywoodland :

See, too, today's previous post, and Amy Adams as Lacey Yeager
in the yet-to-be-made film version of An Object of Beauty .

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Clash of the Caped Crusaders

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The New Yorker , quoted here yesterday, on a meeting in 1638 of Galileo and Milton—

"… it’s like those comic-book specials in which Superman meets Batman…."

Related news yesterday from The Hollywood Reporter

IMAGE- Producer Lloyd Phillips dies at 63

      Phillips's upcoming Superman film stars Amy Adams.

      Other entertainment:

      Log24 posts from the day of Phillips's death—

Friday, January 25, 2013

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:31 PM

A Google search for images matching
Amy Adams's door in the 2005 film
"Standing Still" yields a surprising result.

Related material: Adams in "Doubt" (2008).

See also A Touch of Glass.


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

"I decided that there was a public Elise
and a private Elise, and they're not necessarily
the same person." — Amy Adams interview
on the 2005 film "Standing Still"

A division between public and private, from
"Standing Still"—

IMAGE- The perception of doors in 'Standing Still'

User review at IMDb:

"This movie reminded me of The Big Chill
(which I also loved)…."

See, too, a different door and a different Elise
in a post from Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Also from that post—

"By recalling the past and freezing the present
he could open the gates of time…."

— Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:01 PM

The title was suggested by an ad for a film that opens
at 10 PM EST today: "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters."

Related material: Grimm Day 2012, as well as
Amy Adams in Raiders of the Lost Tesseract
and in a Film School Rejects page today.

See also some Norwegian art in
Trish Mayo's Photostream today and in
Omega Point (Log24, Oct. 15, 2012)—

Monday, October 15, 2012

Omega Point

m759 @ 2:00 PM 

For Sergeant-Major America—

IMAGE- Art exhibition with 'Omega Point' and geometric figures related to tesseract, along with movie 'Captain America' figure

The image is from posts of Feb. 20, 2011,
and Jan. 27, 2012.

This instance of the omega point is for 
a sergeant major who died at 92 on Wednesday,
October 10, 2012.

See also posts on that date in this journal—

Midnight,  Ambiguation,  Subtitle for Odin's Day,
 and Melancholia, Depression, Ambiguity.

Under Covers

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For Amy Adams and Trudie Styler:


Click each cover for some background. See also

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Grim Joke

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

"It's a grim joke." — Amy Adams in "The Master"

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Geometry lesson

Click diagram for some background from 3/17.
See, too, some background on Amy Adams and on Leap Day.

For related Harvard humor, see Venn Diagram.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bali High Chair

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

The phrase "deep play" in the previous post
was a borrowing from Clifford Geertz.

From another weblog's post on Geertz and
deep play—

When family is involved, the Balinese
are much more engaged.

See also the Balinese empty chair
and Amy Adams in this journal.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It’s 10 PM

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(Continued from August 29.)

movies.broadwayworld.com, Friday, Oct, 5, 2012; 1:13 PM

"Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams will be joined by Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s ensemble drama….

The Untitled David O. Russell Project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians."

For Amy

"Put on your red dress, baby
Ya know we're goin' out tonight
Put on your red dress, baby
Lord, we're goin' out tonight
And-a bring along some boxin' gloves
In case some fool might wanna fight"

Tommy Tucker

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

’Round Midnight

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  The Pride of Lowell
IMAGE- Scenes from 'The Fighter'- Amy Adams, Christian Bale

  Some literary background— Doctor Sax

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Master Class

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Wikipedia (links added)—

"Hubbard coined Dianetics  from the Greek stems dia ,
meaning through, and nous , meaning mind."

Log24 on August 30

"The snow kept falling on the world,
big white flakes like white gloves."

— Frederick Seidel, "House Master,"
poem in The New Yorker  of Sept. 3, 2012

Detail of Aug. 30 illustration, with added arrow—

IMAGE- Detail of large 'Search for the Lost Tesseract' image with Amy Adams, Richard Zanuck, 'snowflake' structure, and white gloves

  The part of the illustration at upper right is from a post of
  Friday, July 13th, 2012, on the death of producer Richard Zanuck.

  "Pay no attention to the shadow behind the curtain."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Decomp Revisited

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"Some mathematicians are birds, others are frogs. Birds fly high in the air and survey broad vistas of mathematics out to the far horizon. They delight in concepts that unify our thinking and bring together diverse problems from different parts of the landscape. Frogs live in the mud below and see only the flowers that grow nearby. They delight in the details of particular objects, and they solve problems one at a time."

— Freeman Dyson (See July 22, 2011)

A Rhetorical Question:

Robert Osserman in 2004

"The past decade has been an exciting one in the world of mathematics and a fabulous one (in the literal sense) for mathematicians, who saw themselves transformed from the frogs of fairy tales— regarded with a who-would-want-to-kiss-that aversion, when they were noticed at all— into fascinating royalty, portrayed on stage and screen….

Who bestowed the magic kiss on the mathematical frog?"

A Rhetorical Answer:


Above: Amy Adams in "Sunshine Cleaning"

Related material:

Monday, September 3, 2012

High Anxiety

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New York Times  online front page, 11 PM EDT today—

IMAGE- NY Times, 'Music of the Upset Mind'


The above Times  teaser on
"my obsessive-compulsive brain"
does not  refer to the initials "O.C.D."
in this morning's Log24 post "Hashtag E."
The source of those initials was not
"Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," but
rather the phrase "Our Class, Dear" 
in a Sept. 3, 2012, New Yorker  poem —

IMAGE- Poem on Harvard in the 1950s

See also an August 30 post for Amy Adams.

Friday, August 31, 2012


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

"Translation in the direction
conceptual -> concrete and symbolic
is much easier than
translation in the reverse direction…."

The late William P. Thurston

(See also "Atlas to the Text," Harvard Crimson , March 8, 2011).

Related cinematic imagery

Conceptual  (thanks to Don DeLillo and The New York Times )—

IMAGE- NY Times headline 'A Wrinkle in Time' with 24 Hour Psycho and Point Omega scene

Concrete and symbolic (thanks to Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, as well as
Frederick Seidel in the September 3, 2012, New Yorker )

"Biddies still cleaned the student rooms."

IMAGE- Shower wall in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Cruelest Month

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

Last night's 10 PM post linked to an April 7, 2012,
post that through a series of further links leads
to Columbia Film Theory .

For other film-related remarks, by a
Columbia alumnus,* see last night's post.

See also the 1.3 MB image from Aug. 16, the night 
of Elvis's Wrap Party. An excerpt from that image
stars Amy Adams

Images, including the late Richard Zanuck

For Amy, from the current New Yorker

The Master

* N.O.C.D.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Something Between

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"I am a skeptic to whom the idea that a benign God 
created us and watches over us is something between
a fairy story and a bad joke." 

— The late art critic Robert Hughes in Things I Didn't Know*

A followup to this afternoon's previous Amy Adams post—

"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!" 

             — Under the Volcano

     * Vintage paperback, December 2007, page 7

Raiders of the Lost Tesseract

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(An episode of Mathematics and Narrative )

A report on the August 9th opening of Sondheim's Into the Woods

Amy Adams… explained why she decided to take on the role of the Baker’s Wife.

“It’s the ‘Be careful what you wish’ part,” she said. “Since having a child, I’m really aware that we’re all under a social responsibility to understand the consequences of our actions.” —Amanda Gordon at businessweek.com

Related material—

Amy Adams in Sunshine Cleaning  "quickly learns the rules and ropes of her unlikely new market. (For instance, there are products out there specially formulated for cleaning up a 'decomp.')" —David Savage at Cinema Retro

Compare and contrast…

1.  The following item from Walpurgisnacht 2012

IMAGE- Excerpt from 'Unified Approach to Functional Decompositions of Switching Functions,' by Marek A. Perkowski et al., 1995

2.  The six partitions of a tesseract's 16 vertices 
       into four parallel faces in Diamond Theory in 1937

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Purloined Diamond

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Stephen Rachman on "The Purloined Letter"

"Poe’s tale established the modern paradigm (which, as it happens, Dashiell Hammett and John Huston followed) of the hermetically sealed fiction of cross and double-cross in which spirited antagonists pursue a prized artifact of dubious or uncertain value."

For one such artifact, the diamond rhombus formed by two equilateral triangles, see Osserman in this journal.

Some background on the artifact is given by John T. Irwin's essay "Mysteries We Reread…" reprinted in Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism .

Related material—

Mathematics vulgarizer Robert Osserman died on St. Andrew's Day, 2011.

A Rhetorical Question

Osserman in 2004

"The past decade has been an exciting one in the world of mathematics and a fabulous one (in the literal sense) for mathematicians, who saw themselves transformed from the frogs of fairy tales— regarded with a who-would-want-to-kiss-that aversion, when they were noticed at all— into fascinating royalty, portrayed on stage and screen….

Who bestowed the magic kiss on the mathematical frog?"

A Rhetorical Answer


Above: Amy Adams in "Sunshine Cleaning"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 PM

From the release date of the film of Alan Glynn’s
novel The Dark Fields  (now retitled “Limitless“)—


“The time is now.”

Related material—

“Why does the dog wag its tail?
Because the dog is smarter than the tail.
If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.”

IMAGE- The perception of doors in 'Sunshine Cleaning'

Above: Amy Adams in “Sunshine Cleaning

“Now, I’ll open up a line of credit for you.
You’ll be wantin’ a few toys.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Craftsman

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A follow-up to yesterday's Sunday School

(Click on images for some background.)

IMAGE- Dennis Ritchie, Amy Adams (Talladega Nights), and the Inferno operating system



Backstory—  "Plan 9 is an operating system kernel …."

Meditation— "How can you tell the craftsman from the craft?"
                          (Apologies to William Butler Yeats.)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday School

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:47 AM

See Iconography and Amy Adams.

Perhaps the "word from our sponsa  " in the former is "clay."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Castle Rock

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

Happy birthday to Amy Adams
(actress from Castle Rock, Colorado)

"The metaphor for metamorphosis…" —Endgame

Related material:

"The idea that reality consists of multiple 'levels,' each mirroring all others in some fashion, is a diagnostic feature of premodern cosmologies in general…."

Scholarly paper on "Correlative Cosmologies"

"How many layers are there to human thought? Sometimes in art, just as in people’s conversations, we’re aware of only one at a time. On other occasions, though, we realize just how many layers can be in simultaneous action, and we’re given a sense of both revelation and mystery. When a choreographer responds to music— when one artist reacts in detail to another— the sensation of multilayering can affect us as an insight not just into dance but into the regions of the mind.

The triple bill by the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Rose Theater, presented on Thursday night as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, moves from simple to complex, and from plain entertainment to an astonishingly beautiful and intricate demonstration of genius….

'Socrates' (2010), which closed the program, is a calm and objective work that has no special dance excitement and whips up no vehement audience reaction. Its beauty, however, is extraordinary. It’s possible to trace in it terms of arithmetic, geometry, dualism, epistemology and ontology, and it acts as a demonstration of art and as a reflection of life, philosophy and death."

— Alastair Macaulay in today's New York Times

SOCRATES: Let us turn off the road a little….

Libretto for Mark Morris's 'Socrates'

See also Amy Adams's new film "On the Road"
in a story from Aug. 5, 2010 as well as a different story,
Eightgate, from that same date:

A 2x4 array of squares

The above reference to "metamorphosis" may be seen,
if one likes, as a reference to the group of all projectivities
and correlations in the finite projective space PG(3,2)—
a group isomorphic to the 40,320 transformations of S8
acting on the above eight-part figure.

See also The Moore Correspondence from last year
on today's date, August 20.

For some background, see a book by Peter J. Cameron,
who has figured in several recent Log24 posts—


"At the still point, there the dance is."
               — Four Quartets

Friday, December 17, 2010

Time and Chance

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:13 PM

New York Lottery yesterday, December 16, 2010— midday 282, evening 297.

Suggested by a Jesuit commentary that mentions the midday number —

Page 282 of Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics , Volume 2,
edited by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie, and Louis Herbert Gray,
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910 —

"Philosophy seeks not absolute first principles, nor yet purely immediate insights,
but the self-mediation of the system of truth, and an insight into this self-mediation.
Axioms, in the language of modern theory, are best defined, neither as certainties
nor as absolutely first principles, but as those principles which are used as the first
in a special theory.

LITERATURE — A complete view of the literature of the problems
regarding axioms is impossible, since the topic is connected with all
the fundamental philosophical issues….  JOSIAH ROYCE"

Suggested by the evening number, 297, and by Amy Adams (see previous post) —

Dream of Heaven

See also a cartoon version of Russell and Whitehead discussing axioms.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"The film-within-the-film represents no movie ever made by anyone at any time."

Vincent Canby on a Blake Edwards production

IMAGE- Amy Adams, from high school to 'The Fighter'

Dabo claves regni caelorum.  By silent shore
Ripples spread from castle rock.  The metaphor
For metamorphosis no keys unlock.

"Endgame," November 7, 1986

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tangled Tale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:09 AM

From a post on the morning of November 22

Steve Martin on his character Ray Porter in the novella Shopgirl  (published Oct. 11, 2000)—


"He said, 'I wrote a piece of code
 that they just can’t seem to do without.'
 He was a symbolic logician. That was his career…."

From more recent entertainment news — the new Disney film Tangled , and a related image—

IMAGE- Amy Adams 'Leap Year' story

This one ain't no shopgirl, Ray.

Related material — This  journal on the date of the above Guardian story.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Time After Time

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Godmother and Cinderella


Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in "Julie & Julia"

The image is from gossipsauce.com on August 2, 2009.

For a darker Godmother/Cinderella pair,
see the film discussed in this journal
on that same date (Lughnasa 2009).

A thought from Pynchon's Against the Day quoted here on Groundhog Day a year ago today

“We thus enter the whirlwind. It becomes the very essence of a refashioned life, providing the axes to which everything will be referred. Time no long ‘passes,’ with a linear velocity, but ‘returns,’ with an angular one…. We are returned to ourselves eternally, or, if you like, timelessly.”

“Born again!” exclaimed a Christer in the gathering, as if suddenly enlightened.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday September 24, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:01 AM

Who Knows
What Evil Lurks…

The brain-in-a-jar on the cover of the new Pearl Jam album "Backspacer" (previous two entries) is apparently there because of a song on the album, "Unthought Known"–

"All the thoughts you never see
You are always thinking
Brain is wide, the brain is deep
Oh, are you sinking?"

The song title is from a book, The Shadow of the Object (Columbia U. Press, 1987), by psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas.

The "unthought known" phrase has been quoted widely by second-rate psychologizers and by some not so second-rate. Their lucubrations suggest that sinking brain-worshippers should seek a…

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep ('Doubt') as Catholic psychoanalysts, with their couch
The couch is from a 2002 exhibit
at London's White Cube gallery.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday May 26, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
For Daedalus
“Some writers describe the
first draft as ‘making clay’….”– Janet Burroway

Quoted here
a year ago today:

“… she explores
the nature of identity
in a structure of
crystalline complexity.”

 — Janet Burroway

For Stevie Nicks on her birthday: ART WARS: THE CRAFT

Related material:

Amy Adams in 'Doubt'

Amy Adams in Doubt

Stars of 'Doubt,' Amy Adams and Meryl Streep

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep
at premiere of Doubt

Janet Burroway's 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft,' fifth edition, with I Ching coins on cover

Craft, 1999

“The matron had given her
leave to go out as soon as
the women’s tea was over….”

— James Joyce, “Clay

Ite, missa est.”

Saturday, August 9, 2003

Saturday August 9, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:07 PM

Beware of…
Jews Peddling Stories:

An episode in the ongoing saga of the conflict between the "story theory of truth" and the "diamond theory of truth."

The following set of pictures summarizes some reflections on truth and reality suggested by the August 9, 2003, New York Times obituary of writer William Woolfolk, who died on July 20, 2003.

Woolfolk was the author of The Sex Goddess and was involved in the production of the comic book series The Spirit (see below).

The central strategy of the three Semitic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — is to pretend that we are all characters in a story whose author is God.  This strategy suggests the following Trinity, based on the work of William Woolfolk (The Sex Goddess and The Spirit) and Steven Spielberg ("Catch Me If You Can").  Like other Semitic tales, the story of this Trinity should not be taken too seriously.


William Woolfolk
Woolfolk as
a Jewish God

The Sex Goddess
Woolfolk's Story


Martin Sheen in Catch Me If You Can
The Father as
a Lutheran God


Amy Adams in Catch Me If You Can
The Father's

DiCaprio as a doctor
The Son

DiCaprio and Adams
The Son's Story

Amy Adams, star of Catch Me If You Can
The Holy

The Spirit, 1942
The Holy
Spirit's Story


A Confession of Faith:

Theology Based On the Film
"Catch Me If You Can":

The Son to God the Lutheran Father:

"I'm nothing really, just a kid in love with your daughter."

This is taken from a review of "Catch Me If You Can" by Thomas S. Hibbs.

For some philosophical background to this confession, see Hibbs's book

Shows About Nothing:
Nihilism in Popular Culture
from The Exorcist to Seinfeld

By the way, today is the anniversary of the dropping on Nagasaki
of a made-in-USA Weapon of Mass Destruction, a plutonium bomb
affectionately named Fat Man.

Fat Man was a sequel to an earlier Jewish story,


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