Monday, May 27, 2019

But Seriously . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:32 PM

McLuhan on Analogy.

I prefer the simple "four dots" figure
of the double colon:

For those who prefer stranger analogies . . .

Actors from "The Eiger Sanction" —

Doctor Strange on Mount Everest —

Dr. Strange at beyondtheopposites.com on 2016/12/02

See as well this  journal on the above Strange date, 2016/12/02,
in posts tagged Lumber Room.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

But Seriously . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:12 AM

The previous post suggests a review.

Two images in memory of a journalist —

Illustration from a post on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 (color inverted):

Friday, September 1, 2017

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:22 PM

Saturday, July 23, 2016

But Seriously

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:20 AM

Those who want a serious  approach to the mathematics
of Clifford algebras — via finite geometry, the natural setting
of the four-group  of the previous post — should consult

"Finite Geometry, Dirac Groups and the Table of
Real Clifford Algebras
," by Ron Shaw (1995).

Saturday, July 2, 2016

But Seriously

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:26 PM

British film director Robin Hardy reportedly
died yesterday.  In his memory —

Hardy's film "The Wicker Tree" reportedly opened in the USA on
January 27, 2012. See also narratives in this journal on that date.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:31 PM

Google today released on GitHub an English parser,
Parsey McParseface .  From Google Research Blog

"Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research
with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet,
an open-source neural network framework implemented in 
TensorFlow that provides a foundation for 
Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems.
Our release includes all the code needed to train new
SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as 
Parsey McParseface , an English parser that we have
trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text."

"While the accuracy is not perfect, it’s certainly high enough
to be useful in many applications. The major source of errors
at this point are examples such as the prepositional phrase
attachment ambiguity described above, which require real
world knowledge (e.g. that a street is not likely to be located
in a car) and deep contextual reasoning. Machine learning
(and in particular, neural networks) have made significant
progress in resolving these ambiguities. But our work is still
cut out for us: we would like to develop methods that can
learn world knowledge and enable equal understanding of
natural language across all  languages and contexts."

But seriously

For some historical background, see (for instance) a book by
Ekaterina Ovchinnikova —

Integration of World Knowledge for
Natural Language Understanding
Atlantis Press, Springer, 2012.

A PDF of Chapter 2, "Natural Language Understanding
and World Knowledge," is available for download.

The philosophical background is the distinction between
syntax  and semantics . See (for instance)

Gian-Carlo Rota on Syntax and Semantics

Saturday, September 6, 2014

But Seriously

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:55 AM

The previous post, Infinite Jest, suggests
a midrash on “–1/12” (i.e., minus one-twelfth):


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

But Seriously

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 PM

(A sequel to yesterday's Raiders of the Lost Music Box)

See, in this book, "Walsh Functions: A Digital Fourier Series,"
by Benjamin Jacoby (BYTE , September 1977).  Some context:
Symmetry of Walsh Functions.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 PM


"Now this is fairly serious stuff."

As is this.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:14 PM

Introductory Aramaic

See also a theater review in yesterday's print NY Times
and a video in today's online Times:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

But seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

This post is continued from May 12, 2011.

See also another journal's post on that date
as well as some related posts here.

First we take Manhattan….

Thursday, July 19, 2012

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

For those who prefer fiction:

"Many Dimensions  (1931) — An evil antiquarian illegally purchases
the fabled Stone of Suleiman (Williams uses this Muslim form
rather than the more familiar King Solomon) from its Islamic guardian
in Baghdad and returns to England to discover not only that the Stone
can multiply itself infinitely without diminishing the original, but that it
also allows its possessor to transcend the barriers of space and time."

Wikipedia article on the author Charles Williams

Saturday, May 19, 2012

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 PM

Here is a link to a copy of  the home page of a Turkish
author quoted here on May 4, 2012… in honor of
archaeologist Crawford Greenewalt Jr., who reportedly
died on that date. Greenewalt was an expert on the
ancient city of Sardis, in what is now western Turkey.

The May 4 quote was about 
"Heraclitus’s Aion and His Transformations."

Saturday, April 21, 2012

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM

From Deadline Hollywood

A film producer's death "between Friday night and early Saturday morning,"
April 13-14, 2012—

R.I.P. Martin Poll

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 7:36 pm PDT

Veteran movie and TV producer Martin Poll died between Friday night and early Saturday morning of natural causes at a care facility on the Upper Westside in New York City. He was 89.

See also the post linked to on the afternoon of Friday the 13th of April—

"All the saints have powers." — Cardinal Marchisano.

Happy birthday,  James McAvoy (at left below in X-Men: First Class ).

IMAGE- James McAvoy (left) and Michael Fassbender in 'X-Men: First Class'

Saturday, June 11, 2011

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:30 PM



"Mr. Messina is no ordinary Twitter user. The self-described
'hash godfather,' he officially invented the Twitter hashtag
in August 2007…."

Ashley Parker (page ST1 of tomorrow's
    NY Times  National Edition)

But seriously
Degreeless Noon


IMAGE-Sean Penn with Nicole Kidman in 'The Interpreter'
Click to enlarge.
“My card.”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

Yesterday's "Succor" cited the New York Lottery of Tuesday— Midday 489, Evening 886.

One interpretation of these numbers—

  • 489 as the number of a page in the Collected Poems  of Wallace Stevens
    with verses that suggested to one author the following questions:
    "How can one express one's sense of the ground of things?
    What is the structure of Being itself…?" — Thomas Jensen Hines
  • 886 as a number applied recently to a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins
    with the notable phrase "the unchanging register of change"

Some background from Tuesday—

Sunday, November 21, 2010

But Seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Sunday School

Lesson from The Quotable Lewis


See also Multispeech for Oxford.

Friday, October 22, 2010

But Seriously

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:19 PM

Happy Birthday, Jean Simmons …  Jan. 31, 2008

Elmer Gantry … Hollywood's view of the Foursquare Church

Resurrection … An August 2003 post inspired by KHYI, then broadcasting from Plano, Texas

For what it's worth, some free advice for Matt Damon…


IMAGE- NY Times market news and ad for 'Hereafter,' Oct. 22, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

But seriously

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Lyche gate, Ecclesfield Church, photo by pd prop

Lyche Gate


Google Books data

Monday, March 15, 2010

But Seriously

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:00 PM


"You are retracing your steps."
— Jacques Derrida



See also today's update (scroll down)
to Half-Circle Patterns as well as
Angels and Demons and Symbology.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

LA Stories

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:22 PM

Recreation of a 1960s LA marquee in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” —

But seriously . . .

See also a “Once-Upon-a-Time”-related death.

Sunday, March 29, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:13 AM

But seriously . . . (Click Yom Kippur for related posts.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Philosophy in a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:04 PM

But seriously

Friday, May 13, 2016

For the Late Mark Lane

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

Sixties conspiracy theorist Mark Lane reportedly
died at 89 on Tuesday night.

From the previous post, But Seriously . . .  —

"Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research
with the broader community . . . ."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plato’s Pheedo

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:30 AM



But seriously
Degreeless Noon


IMAGE-Sean Penn with Nicole Kidman in 'The Interpreter'
Click to enlarge.
“My card.”

Related material:

"Start the new year off with a new job at Pheedo."

See January 1, 2, 3 of 2010.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tree of Life — Jewish Version

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:48 PM

Today's midday NY Lottery number was 753, the number of a significant page in Gravity's Rainbow .

An excerpt from that page ((Penguin Classics paperback, June 1, 1995)—


"… the Abyss had crept intolerably close, only an accident away…."

Midrash— See Ben Stein in this journal. 

But seriously… See "Geometry and Death" in this journal.

See also PlanetMath.org on the Hesse configuration


A picture of the Hesse configuration—

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/grid3x3med.bmp” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. .

Some context— A Study in Art Education.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 AM

Today's previous post suggests the following—


Bester on bedrock and "the bottom line of all existence" suggests
a review of Wallace Stevens's "The Rock." Some background:
See Succor, May 11, and But Seriously, May 12.
See also Waiting for Benjamin, May 15.

Larry McMurtry famously wrote of reading Walter Benjamin
at the Dairy Queen. I never read Benjamin there, but I did
read at least some of the Bester book quoted above.

The bottom lines of this peculiar meditation—

It is not enough to cover the rock with leaves.
We must be cured of it by a cure of the ground
Or a cure of ourselves, that is equal to a cure

Of the ground, a cure beyond forgetfulness.
And yet the leaves, if they broke into bud,
If they broke into bloom, if they bore fruit,

And if we ate the incipient colorings
Of their fresh culls might be a cure of the ground.

— "The Rock," a poem by Wallace Stevens from
a section with the same title in the Collected Poems .

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Infinite Jest

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:31 PM


Jim Holt, review of David Foster Wallace's book on infinity 'Everything and More'

Michael Harris in AMS Notices suggests David Foster Wallace may be pulling our legs in 'Everything and More'

"… to make the author manifestly unreliable"

Not to mention the reader.

Famous author hangs himself in the 2005 film 'Neverwas'

Related material —

But seriously

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mathematics and Religion, continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

But Seriously

From "Georg Cantor and the Battle for Transfinite Set Theory," by Joseph W. Dauben (pdf)–


"It is easy, of course, to misinterpret the religious element in Cantor's thinking, as popularizers often do. This was certainly the case in an article that appeared not long ago in the French magazine La Recherche, which supplied [the above] caricatures to illustrate an expository article about Cantor, his religious convictions, psychological illness and transfinite set theory.* The first drawing depicts Cantor in ecstasy, as it were, receiving the divine message. In the second illustration, the figure with the gun of course is meant to be Kronecker– with God helping Cantor to maintain his balance– all of which rests precariously on a transfinite aleph. But there is a very serious side to all of this…."

* Pierre Thuillier, “Dieu, Cantor et l'Infini,” La Recherche, (December, 1977), pp. 1110-1116.

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, by David Foster Wallace–

"In modern medical terms, it's fairly clear that G.F.L.P. Cantor suffered from manic-depressive illness at a time when nobody knew what this was, and that his polar cycles were aggravated by professional stresses and disappointments, of which Cantor had more than his share. Of course, this makes for less interesting flap copy than Genius Driven Mad by Attempts to Grapple with ∞. The truth, though, is that Cantor's work and its context are so totally interesting and beautiful that there's no need for breathless Prometheusizing of the poor guy's life. The real irony is that the view of ∞ as some forbidden zone or road to insanity– which view was very old and powerful and haunted math for 2000+ years– is precisely what Cantor's own work overturned. Saying that ∞ drove Cantor mad is sort of like mourning St. George's loss to the dragon: it's not only wrong but insulting."

Related entertainment:

David Foster Wallace,
Influential Writer, Dies at 46

and the film "Neverwas"–


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday April 23, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:22 AM
Theology for Holst

“Timothy J. Holst, who joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a lowly Keystone Kops clown, rose to the role of singing ringmaster, and ultimately became the show’s talent czar, died April 16 in São Paulo, Brazil, during a visit to sign up circus acts. He was 61.”

Tiene angel.

Timothy J. Holst, who died April 16, 2009
But seriously…. 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday April 12, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:09 AM
Where Entertainment
Is God
, continued

Dialogue from the classic film Forbidden Planet

“… Which makes it a gilt-edged priority that one of us gets into that Krell lab and takes that brain boost.”

— Taken from a video (5:18-5:24 of 6:09) at David Lavery’s weblog in the entry of Tuesday, April 7.

(Cf. this journal on that date.)

Thanks to Professor Lavery for his detailed notes on his viewing experiences.

My own viewing recently included, on the night of Good Friday, April 10, the spiritually significant film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The mystic circle of 13 aliens at the end of that film, together with Leslie Nielsen’s Forbidden Planet remark quoted above, suggests the following:

“The aim of Conway’s game M13 is to get the hole at the top point and all counters in order 1,2,…,12 when moving clockwise along the circle.” —Lieven Le Bruyn


The illustration is from the weblog entry by Lieven Le Bruyn quoted below. The colored circles represent 12 of the 13 projective points described below, the 13 radial strokes represent the 13 projective lines, and the straight lines in the picture, including those that form the circle, describe which projective points are incident with which projective lines. The dot at top represents the “hole.”

From “The Mathieu Group M12 and Conway’s M13-Game” (pdf), senior honors thesis in mathematics by Jeremy L. Martin under the supervision of Professor Noam D. Elkies, Harvard University, April 1, 1996–

“Let P3 denote the projective plane of order 3. The standard construction of P3 is to remove the zero point from a three-dimensional vector space over the field F3 and then identify each point x with -x, obtaining a space with (33 – 1)/2 = 13 points. However, we will be concerned only with the geometric properties of the projective plane. The 13 points of P3 are organized into 13 lines, each line containing four points. Every point lies on four lines, any two points lie together on a unique line, and any two lines intersect at a unique point….

Conway [3] proposed the following game…. Place twelve numbered counters on the points… of P3 and leave the thirteenth point… blank. (The empty point will be referred to throughout as the “hole.”) Let the location of the hole be p; then a primitive move of the game consists of selecting one of the lines containing the hole, say {p, q, r, s}. Move the counter on q to p (thus moving the hole to q), then interchange the counters on r and s….

There is an obvious characterization of a move as a permutation in S13, operating on the points of P3. By limiting our consideration to only those moves which return the hole to its starting point…. we obtain the Conway game group. This group, which we shall denote by GC, is a subgroup of the symmetric group S12 of permutations of the twelve points…, and the group operation of GC is concatenation of paths. Conway [3] stated, but did not prove explicitly, that GC is isomorphic to the Mathieu group M12. We shall subsequently verify this isomorphism.

The set of all moves (including those not fixing the hole) is given the name M13 by Conway. It is important that M13 is not a group….”

[3] John H. Conway, “Graphs and Groups and M13,” Notes from New York Graph Theory Day XIV (1987), pp. 18–29.

Another exposition (adapted to Martin’s notation) by Lieven le Bruyn (see illustration above):

“Conway’s puzzle M13 involves the 13 points and 13 lines of P3. On all but one point numbered counters are placed holding the numbers 1,…,12 and a move involves interchanging one counter and the ‘hole’ (the unique point having no counter) and interchanging the counters on the two other points of the line determined by the first two points. In the picture [above] the lines are represented by dashes around the circle in between two counters and the points lying on this line are those that connect to the dash either via a direct line or directly via the circle. In the first part we saw that the group of all reachable positions in Conway’s M13 puzzle having the hole at the top position contains the sporadic simple Mathieu group M12 as a subgroup.”

For the religious significance of the circle of 13 (and the “hole”), consider Arthur and the 12 knights of the round table, et cetera.

But seriously
Delmore Schwartz, 'Starlight Like Intuition Pierced the Twelve'

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sunday February 19, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:04 PM

But seriously

Raiders of the Lost Matrix

The Matrix:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06/060219-Bingo2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Click on pictures for details.

In memory of George T. Davis,
who died on February 4,
a Hollywood ending:

Santa Claus rides alone.”
Clint Eastwood  

Monday, November 7, 2005

Monday November 7, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:20 AM

But seriously

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051107-Keen.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. “Sir Frederick Gray, Minister of Defence, is a dignified, upper-class gentleman who is well respected in intelligence circles. However for most of his appearances, Gray is a strict by-the-book person who plays it seriously at all times. Consequently he despises Bond’s playful attitude towards life and his disregard to take his missions seriously.”


Geoffrey Keen, who played Sir Frederick Gray in six James Bond films, died on November 3, 2005.

Related material:

The Log24 entry of 11:07 AM on the date of Keen’s death, and the five Log24 entries ending on January 20, 2005.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Wednesday January 19, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

But seriously

A follow-up to the previous "tiger" entry (which was about an old but good dirty joke).

I just subscribed to The New York Review of Books online for another year, prompted by my desire to read Roger Shattuck on Rimbaud, a tiger of another sort:

"How did this poetic sensibility come to burn so bright?"

The Shattuck piece is from 1967, the year of The Doors' first album.  (See Sunday's Death and the Spirit, Part II.)

Monday, May 26, 2003

Monday May 26, 2003

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:25 AM

Mental Health Month, Day 26:

Many Dimensions,
Part II
— The Blue Matrix 

But seriously

John Baez in July 1999:

"…it's really the fact that the Leech lattice is 24-dimensional that lets us compactify 26-dimensional spacetime in such a way as to get a bosonic string theory with the Monster group as symmetries."

Well, maybe.  I certainly hope so.  If the Leech lattice and the Monster group turn out to have some significance in theoretical physics, then my own work, which deals with symmetries of substructures of the Leech lattice and the Monster, might be viewed in a different light.  Meanwhile, I take (cold) comfort from some writers who pursue the "story" theory of truth, as opposed to the "diamond" theory.  See the following from my journal:

Evariste Galois and the Rock that Changed Things, and

A Time to Gather Stones Together: Readings for Yom Kippur.

See, too, this web page on Marion Zimmer Bradley's fictional

Matrices, or Blue Star-Stones, and

the purely mathematical site Diamond Theory, which deals with properties of the above "blue matrix" and its larger relatives.

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Tuesday August 6, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:23 PM

In honor of

Pope St. Sixtus II,

Pope St. Hormisdas,

Pope Callistus III, and

Pope Paul VI,

all of whom died on this date:

Bouncing butterflies

A music box butterfly tune

A lavender love butterfly vignette

Bob Lind himself sings

If you remember something there

That glided past you,

Followed close by heavy breathing,

Don’t be concerned.  It will not harm you;

It’s only me, pursuing something

I’m not sure of.

and a

Grand Finale!

But seriously

A few words in memory of a great mathematician, André Weil, who died on August 6, 1998: 

“I wonder if it is because to-night my soul has really died that I feel at the moment something like peace. Or is it because right through hell there is a path, as Blake well knew, and though I may not take it, sometimes lately in dreams I have been able to see it?”

— Malcolm Lowry, 1947, Under the Volcano

There is a link on the Grand Finale site above to a site on British Columbia, which to Lowry symbolized heaven on earth. See also my website Shining Forth, the title of which is not unrelated to the August 6, 1993 encyclical of Pope John Paul II.

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