Saturday, September 10, 2016


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Thursday, December 10, 2020

New Light on the Redactedentity Mystery

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:09 AM

See a Log24 search that includes earlier posts on “Redactedentity.”

Recent activity by that entity at the Encyclopedia of Mathematics:

As the above “recent changes” list notes, Redactedentity added
a new favicon section to Talk:EoM on December 7, 2020.  Details —

The new section as it appeared later, with “Redactedentity”
replaced by “Mihir Narayanan” —

Evidence that 'Redactedentity' may be someone named Mihir Narayanan.

Update at 5:35 PM ET on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 —

User “Redactedentity” at Wikipedia is now user “Mihir Narayanan.”

Monday, August 31, 2020

Seals:  Compare and Contrast

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Seal of the Bollingen Series 

Seal of the League

The Four-Diamond Seal

Monday, June 15, 2020

“The Thing and I” Continues*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:34 PM

“For the first thirty years of its history, Columbia was known as King’s College.”
History of the University Identity

Hence the crown favicon

“When people talk about the importance of the study of ‘symmetry’
in mathematics, physics, and elsewhere, they often make the mistake
of only paying attention to the symmetry groups. The structure you
actually have is not just a group (the abstract ‘symmetries’), but an
action of that group on some other object, the thing  that has symmetries.”

Peter Woit of Columbia on June 9, reviewing a Quanta Magazine  article

* From earlier posts in this  journal containing the title phrase.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mathematics and Art

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — m759 @ 5:09 PM

From the American Mathematical Society homepage today —

From concinnitasproject.org

"Concinnitas  is the title of a portfolio of fine art prints. . . .
The portfolio draws its name from a word famously used
by the Renaissance scholar, artist, architect, and philosopher
Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) to connote the balance of
number, outline, and position (in essence, number, geometry,
and topology) that he believed characterize a beautiful work of art."

The favicon of the Concinnitas Project —

The structure of the Concinnitas favicon

This structure is from page 15 of
"Diamond Theory," a 1976 preprint —


Sunday, December 10, 2017


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(Click to enlarge. Note the infinity favicon.)

" Indeed, one might say that it is possible (ahem ), in another world,
for this article to have been entitled, 'The modal logic of various
set-theoretic multiverse conceptions
.' "

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Harvard Ignorance

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:42 PM

"… the leftist war on truth, the never-ending campaign
to recast objective fact as subjective and open to question."

— Kyle Smith in The New Criterion  on March 18

"A sort of flint stone" —

See also the above six-part image in the previous post.

Yabba Dabba Doo.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Old News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From IndieWire on November 11, 2016 —

"Bleecker Street has announced it has acquired
U.S. and select territory rights to 'The Man Who
Invented Christmas
,' to be directed by Bharat
Nalluri. The film will start shooting next month
and is targeting a holiday 2017 release date."

This  journal on November 11, 2016 —

On Christmas 2015, Log24 featured
the Bleecker Street favicon

in the post 'Dark Symbol.'

Here is the dark symbol again —

The apparent symbols for "times" and "plus"
in the above screenshot are, of course, icons for
browser functions. Readers who prefer the
fanciful  may regard them instead as symbols for
"a gateway to another realm," that of number theory.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cocktail* of the Damned**

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

For the cocktail, see the following illustration, taken from
The New Yorker  issue dated Sept. 12, 2016.

(The article accompanying the illustration is not  recommended.)

* For more on the concept of "cocktail," search this journal for
   Casablanca + Cocktail

** For more on the concept of "damned," see Wikipedia on
    the French group of writers and mathematicians that calls
    itself Oulipo, and a recent novel by a member of that group.

Saturday, June 4, 2016


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From this morning's news, a  cultural icon —

From November 18, 2015, four  icons —

— the three favicons above, and the following:

Jack in the Box, by Natasha Wescoat

Friday, May 20, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:14 AM

"… Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice
      in Danvers, Massachusetts."

Read more:  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/

From a search for Danvers in this journal, two quotations
for Stephen King fans

"Danvers is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, 
United States, located on the Danvers River near the
northeastern coast of Massachusetts. Originally known
as Salem Village, the town is most widely known for its
association with the 1692 Salem witch trials. It is also
known for the Danvers State Hospital, one of the state's
19th-century psychiatric hospitals, which was located here." 

"The summer's gone and all the roses fallin' "

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right

Read more:  Beastie Boys – In A World Gone Mad Lyrics

Illustrations: Thursday's 3:28 AM ET post and

    (Sketch for a favicon)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Savagery 101

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:30 PM

Continued from Easter Sunday 2016 —

A favicon for Princeton:

256×256 pixels, enlarged from 16×16

Related reporting from this evening's New York Times  —

Clicking the above favicon will yield the cited Federation webpage.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

11:30 in Dostoevsky

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM

In memory of acoustic engineer Norman C. Pickering, who reportedly
died at 99 on November 18 —

Two readings from that date 



Another biblical quote relevant to the Nov. 1718 tab icons above —

Jeremiah 17:1

Friday, November 20, 2015

Yogi’s Maxim

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:48 AM

"When you come to a nexus in the time flow…."

See as well the recent post Tab Icons from the Clearing

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Faustian Merry-Go-Round

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 PM

Thanks to David Lavery for the following:

"Voilà! Stevens has managed to create out of nothing a palpable imaginative space, an interiority without material dimensions, replete with its own achieved and accomplished music. And in truth, in a world of Heisenbergian uncertainties and shifting star masses, it may be enough for the dizzying, ever-shifting merry-go-round of the Faustian mind simply to slow down and let itself come to rest, at least for the moment."

— Paul Mariani, "God and the Imagination," Aug. 10, 1996


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

An Education

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AP Today in History 
Thought for the Day:

“I respect faith, but doubt is what
gives you an education.”
Wilson Mizner
     American playwright (1876-1933)*

From this journal on the (wide) release date
of "X-Men: First Class" —

A minimalist 3×3 matrix favicon


This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

* A source —

Saturday, May 17, 2014

It’s Time for You to…

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:30 PM

See the Field

“There have long been rumors of a mythical Ninth Element
that grants ultimate power to the Wizard who masters it.
The Order of Magick says there is no such thing. But….”

— Website of Magicka: The Ninth Element Novel

William Worthy in Beijing —

This journal on the date of Worthy’s death,
May 4, 2014, had a link to…

    The Holy Field

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For some context, see Holy Field
and Krauss Grid.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Behind the Green Door

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

It's 10 PM .


Posts of October 24th—
Love Ghost and Versions
and a version of Plan 9— 

Favicon 9


Related religious meditation—

Irresistible Grace, illustrated by The Girl in the Yellow Dress.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Matrix Problem Revolutions

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(The sequel to yesterday's Matrix Problem Reloaded)

Wikipedia on the sci-fi weblog  io9.com

Newitz explained the significance of the name "io9":

"Well, io9s are input-output devices that let you see into the future.
They're brain implants that were outlawed because they drove
anyone who used one insane. We totally made that (device) up
to name the blog."

Jenna Wortham at wired.com, Jan. 2, 2008

From io9.com itself—

"Science fiction writer Ken MacLeod has another term for io9ers.
He calls them rapture fuckers.*"

— io9.com/explanations/

For the relevance of the term "revolutions" in this post's title, see
Wikipedia on Ken MacLeod.

I prefer to associate the number 9 with The Holy Field.



* MacLeod used this phrase in one of his novels, Newton's Wake.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Palpatine Dimension

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

A physics quote relayed at Peter Woit's weblog today—

"The relation between 4D N=4 SYM and the 6D (2, 0) theory
is just like that between Darth Vader and the Emperor.
You see Darth Vader and you think 'Isn’t he just great?
How can anyone be greater than that? No way.'
Then you meet the Emperor."

— Arkani-Hamed

Some related material from this  weblog—

(See Big Apple and Columbia Film Theory)


The Meno Embedding:

Plato's Diamond embedded in The Matrix

Some related material from the Web—

IMAGE- The Penrose diamond and the Klein quadric

See also uses of the word triality  in mathematics. For instance…

A discussion of triality by Edward Witten

Triality is in some sense the last of the exceptional isomorphisms,
and the role of triality for n = 6  thus makes it plausible that n = 6
is the maximum dimension for superconformal symmetry,
though I will not give a proof here.

— "Conformal Field Theory in Four and Six Dimensions"

and a discussion by Peter J. Cameron

There are exactly two non-isomorphic ways
to partition the 4-subsets of a 9-set
into nine copies of AG( 3,2).
Both admit 2-transitive groups.

— "The Klein Quadric and Triality"

Exercise: Is Witten's triality related to Cameron's?
(For some historical background, see the triality  link from above
and Cameron's Klein Correspondence and Triality.)

Cameron applies his  triality to the pure geometry of a 9-set.
For a 9-set viewed in the context of physics, see A Beginning

From MIT Commencement Day, 2011—

A symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist favicon

IMAGE- Generic 3x3 square as favicon

This miniature 3×3 square— http://log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3favicon.ico — may, if one likes,
be viewed as the "nothing" present at the Creation. 
See Feb. 19, 2011, and Jim Holt on physics.

Happy April 1.

Monday, March 19, 2012


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IMAGE- Two versions of 'field'

— Illustration by Neill Cameron for his father, combinatorialist Peter J. Cameron

Illustration by Nao of the Japanese (and Chinese) character for "field"—

IMAGE- Japanese character for 'field'

Related material—

Finitegeometry.org favicon from February 24, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:23 PM

See also Mirror-Play in this journal.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 AM

NYT > Obituaries Dick Tufeld, Robot Voice in TV’s ‘Lost in Space,’ Dies at 85
    Wed Jan 25, 2012 23:42 from NYT Obituaries  By Bruce Weber

   "Mr. Tufeld possessed one of Hollywood’s most often-heard
   disembodied voices, especially from the 1950s through the 1970s."

In memoriam— A link from the date of Tufeld's death

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For St. Cecilia’s Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 PM

Grace and Abstraction

NYT > Obituaries Paul Motian, Drummer, Composer and Bandleader, Dies at 80

Tue Nov 22, 2011 20:54 from NYT > Obituaries by By BEN RATLIFF

Mr. Motian, a drummer, bandleader, and composer of grace and abstraction,
was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

The China Conundrum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:48 PM


The Holy Field


"Buckle up!" — Harlan Kane, in the spirit of strategic stupidity.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

For Whom the Bell (continued)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

In memory of the man who
"looked after all the college and cathedral bells in Oxford."

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11C/111012-TelegraphFavicon.png  Frank White

Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:55

Head of England's oldest continuously trading
bellhanging company who tended the bells of Oxford

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Beginning

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:29 AM

From MIT Commencement Day, 2011—

A symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist favicon

IMAGE- Generic 3x3 square as favicon

This miniature 3×3 square— http://log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3favicon.ico — may, if one likes,
be viewed as the "nothing" present at the Creation. 
See Feb. 19, 2011, and Jim Holt on physics.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Geezer Puzzle

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

An RSS item today—

Peter Cameron Diamond squares Fri Aug 19, 2011 05:36 [EDT] from Peter Cameron by Peter Cameron

If you like Latin squares and such things, take a look at Diamond Geezer’s post for today: a pair of orthogonal Latin squares with two disjoint common transversals, and some entries given (if you do the harder puzzle).


The post referred to—


"This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, ' patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
                Is immortal diamond." —Gerard Manley Hopkins, Society of Jesus

Those now celebrating the Catholic Church's "World Youth" week in Madrid
may prefer a related puzzle for younger and nimbler minds:

The Diamond 16 Puzzle.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Shattered Mind

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:26 AM

For St. Peter's Day

"For Stevens, the poem 'makes meanings of the rock.'
In the mind, 'its barrenness becomes a thousand things/
And so exists no more.' In fact, in a peculiar irony
that only a poet with Stevens's particular notion
of the imagination's function could develop,
the rock becomes the mind itself, shattered
into such diamond-faceted brilliance
that it encompasses all possibilities for human thought…."

—A discussion of Stevens's late poem "The Rock" (1954)
    in Wallace Stevens: A World of Transforming Shapes,
    by Alan D. Perlis, Bucknell University Press, 1976, p. 120

Related material on transforming shapes:

The Diamond 16 Puzzle  and…

IMAGE- The URL for permutationpuzzles.org, with favicon

Friday, June 3, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Today is Commencement Day at MIT.

“To measure the changes
     of time and space
the smartest are nothing.”

— Shing-Tung Yau,
 The Emperor of Math
and Harvard philosopher

To measure the changes:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/061017-Yellowbook3.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The smartest are nothing:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/061017-Gump2A.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Well, perhaps not quite nothing.

The above pictures were posted here on the day the following book was published—


The lives of the nine Jews in the above book amount to more than Yau's "nothing."

Note, however, that claims by Jews (see Jill Abramson yesterday
that their secular publications constitute a substitute for religion
and contain only "absolute truth" should be viewed with at least one
raised eyebrow.

Abramson's remark yesterday that her promotion to New York Times  executive editor
was like "ascending to Valhalla" had a religious flavor worthy of yesterday's
Feast of the Ascension.

In related news from yesterday's Times

IMAGE- 'Fearless Ascent, as a God or a Jet' -NYT

See also a symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist 3×3 matrix favicon


This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

For the Class of ’11

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:12 PM

IMAGE- Anthony Hopkins exorcises a Rubik cube

But leave the wise to wrangle, and with me
the quarrel of the universe let be;
and, in some corner of the hubbub couched,
make game of that which makes as much of thee.

John McKay at sci.math

Related material: Harvard Treasure, Favicon, and Crimson Tide.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Minimalist Icon

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

The source of the mysterious generic
3×3 favicon with one green cell


— has been identified.

For minimalists, here is a purer 3×3 matrix favicon


This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

See also Visualizing GL(2,p), Coxeter and the Aleph, and Ayn Sof.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cannes Bangs

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:55 PM

24 Frames

"But what feels like standard movie exposition quickly takes
a sharp turn when we're feted with about 20 minutes of the
elemental and cosmic footage that's been making all the
headlines. At first it looks like it could be a depiction of heaven
or hell, but it soon becomes clear that it's a story of creation—
or of Creation, as some iteration of the Big Bang unfolds
before our eyes."

— "Cannes 2011: What Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'
Is Actually About," by Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times

Hannibal Pictures
THE BIG BANG (Click for Cannes details.)


See Peter Woit's review from Sunday.

The generic 3×3 HannibalPictures.com
favicon  has an apt connotation—

Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Ninth Engraving

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

For the fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon,
a commentary on the favicon in today's noon post



This is from a novel that was filmed as "The Ninth Gate."

The book and film concern a series of nine engravings.
For all nine, see an excellent analysis by Michael S. Howard in
his journal "Gnostic Essays" on November 20, 2006.

A summary of the engravings—

Click to enlarge.


See also this  journal on that date.

Finishing Up at Noon

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

From last October—

Friday, October 8, 2010

m759 @ 12:00 PM

Starting Out in the Evening
… and Finishing Up at Noon

This post was suggested by last evening's post on mathematics and narrative and by Michiko Kakutani on Vargas Llosa in this morning's New York Times .


Above: Frank Langella in
"Starting Out in the Evening"

Right: Johnny Depp in
"The Ninth Gate"


"One must proceed cautiously, for this road— of truth and falsehood in the realm of fiction— is riddled with traps and any enticing oasis is usually a mirage."

– "Is Fiction the Art of Lying?"* by Mario Vargas Llosa,
    New York Times  essay of October 7, 1984

* The Web version's title has a misprint—
   "living" instead of "lying."

"You've got to pick up every stitch…"

A stitch in time…


Related material—

    This journal on April 8

See also "Putting Mental Health on the Map at Harvard"—

Harvard Crimson , Friday, April 8, 2011, 2:09 AM—

They're outside the Science Center with their signs, their cheer, and their smiles. They've been introducing themselves over House lists, and they want you to ask questions. They're here for you. They're the Student Mental Heath Liaisons.

Harvard's SMHL crewthey pronounce it smilehave recently launched a new website and recruited more members in their effort to foster an informed and understanding environment on campus….

Mental Health Services, SMHL said, are not meant for "students who are really 'crazy.'" Everyone is entitled to a little help smiling.


Sunday, January 9, 2011


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Another  topic from today's newspaper —

IMAGE- Nicole Kidman in a Sunday supplement

Commentary —

"We're gonna need more holy water." — "Season of the Witch," a film that opened Friday

See also

This morning's post Inception and the following site:

Image- The Ninefold Favicon

Note the ninefold favicon at the above site. Some background—
The Ninth Gate  in yesterday's post and this image from last September


Thursday, September 2, 2010

In the Details

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

What's wrong with this picture?

Google News today—


Midrash on what's wrong


Related material from August 29

Camp Germania

(Click for Source)


Related material from Camp Germania

For a Festschrift  on his eightieth birthday, she [Hannah Arendt] wrote “the storm that blows through Heidegger's work—like the one which blows across centuries against it from Plato's works—does not stem from this century.” And from her first book—on the idea of love in St. Augustine—to her last, she chose a much different path. While her public remarks were full of praise, her private ones were less so. After the war, Arendt, since married, returned to Germany and spent an uneasy afternoon with her former love and his resolutely anti-Semitic wife Elfriede. What she wrote of her experience was in her diary and was not published until after her death. This was not a diary entry like others she wrote: it was an animal fable called “Heidegger the Fox.” It begins, “Heidegger says proudly: ‘People say Heidegger is a fox.' This is the true story of Heidegger the fox.” She continued….

— "Being There," in Cabinet Magazine, Issue 25, Spring 2007

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