Friday, August 17, 2018

Hogwarts Peak

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Or:  Misery, Jessica …  Jessica, Misery .



Related material from The Harvard Crimson

"The beach and the castle on the hill and the waves
would always be here, always moving, always changing,
but always constant." 

— Robert Miranda, "The Simplicity of Waves," August 8, 2018

Related material on waves (i.e. , "Fourier's laboratory") —

See also this  journal on August 8.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Sermon for Hogwarts

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

Part I: The Search

Part II: The Rock

Related metaphors–

Three Tales

Related illustration–

The Dome of the Rock:

Dome of the Rock on NY Times online front page, 7:10 AM ET Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

H is for Hogwarts, continued

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM

A Sequel to Koestler's
The Call Girls

Gilles Deleuze, Negotiations 1972-1990,
Columbia University Press paperback, 1997, p. 137–

"Academics' lives are seldom interesting."

But then there is Matt Lee of the University of Greenwich.

See his weblog subtitled "notes and thoughts on philosophy"… particularly his post "Diamond time, daimon time," of August 20, 2009.

See also my own post of August 20, 2009– "Sophists"– and my earlier post "Daimon Theory" of March 12, 2003:

Daimon Theory

Diamond Theory

More about Lee:

"Chaos majik is a form of modern witchcraft."

More about magick:

Noetic Symbology
(Log24 on October 25, 2009)

Some Related Log24 Posts

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


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H is for Hogwarts.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Accomplished in Steps*

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See also Harvard ex-president Faust on Hogwarts
and (like the above photo, also on Aug. 13) 

* See previous instances of the title in this journal.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Twenty Years

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This post was suggested by the final inside page, 23,
of next Sunday's New York Times Book Review ,
"Memorabilia/ Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter."


From VOA Learning English, June 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books
Turn 20 Years Old

. . . .

" J.K. Rowling’s first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on June 26, 1997.

The publisher, Bloomsbury, only released 500 copies to stores in Britain and sent 500 to British libraries.

Now, thanks to 450 million more copies of the first book and six others, Harry Potter and his friends are known around the world.

Adults and children loved the books. But 12 publishers rejected the first one, known in many countries as 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.' "

. . . .

See as well this  journal on June 26, 2017 in
posts now tagged Ron Shaw In Memoriam.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


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"The positional meaning of a symbol derives from
its relationship to other symbols in a totality, a Gestalt,
whose elements acquire their significance from the
system as a whole."

— Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols , Ithaca, NY,
Cornell University Press, 1967, p. 51, quoted by
Beth Barrie in "Victor Turner."

(Turner pioneered the use of the term "symbology,"
a term later applied by Dan Brown to a fictional
scholarly pursuit at Harvard.)

* A scholarly pursuit at Hogwarts.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Charm School

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"When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997,
it was just a year before the universal search engine
Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger,
that charming grind, still goes to the Hogwarts library
and spends hours and hours working her way through
the stacks, finding out what a basilisk is or how to
make a love potion."

— Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker  issue dated
     St. Valentine's Day, 2011

More recently, Gopnik writes that

"Arguing about non-locality went out of fashion, in this
account, almost the way 'Rock Around the Clock' 
displaced Sinatra from the top of the charts."

— Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker  issue dated
     St. Andrew's Day, 2015

This  journal on Valentine's Day, 2011 —

"One heart will wear a valentine." — Sinatra

" she has written a love letter to Plato, whom 
she regards as having given us philosophy.
He is, in her view, as relevant today as he ever 
was — which is to say, very."

New York Times  review of a book by 
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, April 18, 2014

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pinter Play

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A brief drama inspired by Peter J. Cameron's post today
on a March 4-8  combinatorics conference at
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton:

Scene 1

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 4

Recommended Reading
for Hogwarts Students
on Devil’s Night (2005):

IMAGE- The Hellfire Club in 'The Shadow Guests'

Click on the above for details.

Friday, June 8, 2012

For Cullinane College*

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A remark from the prepared text of Salman Khan,
who spoke at the MIT commencement today—

"I always tell people that MIT is the closest
thing to being Hogwarts— Harry Potter’s
wizarding school— in real life."

A detail from one computer's view of
the webcast of the commencement—

IMAGE- Video elapsed time indicator reads '11:27'

Time elapsed (from the start
of the browser's window, not  
from the start of the webcast) 

This suggests a look at the date  11/27—

IMAGE- A scene from St. Patrick's Cathedral

Click on St. Patrick's for further details.

* See June 6, 2007.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


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Christopher Hitchens on J. K. Rowling—

“We must not let in daylight upon magic,” as Walter Bagehot remarked in another connection, and the wish to have everything clarified is eventually self-defeating in its own terms. In her correct determination to bring down the curtain decisively, Rowling has gone further than she should, and given us not so much a happy ending as an ending which suggests that evil has actually been defeated (you should forgive the expression) for good.

Greater authors— Arthur Conan Doyle most notably— have been in the same dilemma when seeking closure. And, like Conan Doyle, Rowling has won imperishable renown for giving us an identifiable hero and a fine caricature of a villain, and for making a fictional bit of King’s Cross station as luminous as a certain address on nearby Baker Street. It is given to few authors to create a world apart, and to populate it as well as illustrate it in the mind.

"A fictional bit of King's Cross Station"—

Throughout the series, Harry has traveled to King's Cross Station, either to depart for Hogwarts or return to London on the Hogwarts Express. The station has always symbolized the crossroad between the Muggle world and the Wizarding realm and Harry's constant shuffling between, and his conflict with, the two extremes. As Harry now finds himself at a transition point between life and death, it is purely to be expected that he would see it within his own mind as a simulacrum of that station. And though Dumbledore assures Harry that he (Harry) is not actually dead, it seems Harry can choose that option if he so wishes. Harry has literally and figuratively been stripped bare, and must decide either to board a train that will transport him to the "other side", or return to the living world…. — Wikibooks.org

Friday, July 15, 2011


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The Hogwarts saga may be ending, but there's still…

   The Crucible

   Related material:
    Ay que bonito es volar…

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gate of Ivory

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"Oh, I've got something inside me
To drive a princess blind.
There's a wild man, wizard, he's hiding in me
Illuminating my mind."

-- Harry Chapin

And she said, "How are you, Harry?"

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beyond Forgetfulness

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From this journal on July 23, 2007

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.

– Wallace Stevens, “The Rock”

This quotation from Stevens (Harvard class of 1901) was posted here on when Daniel Radcliffe (i.e., Harry Potter) turned 18 in July 2007.

Other material from that post suggests it is time for a review of magic at Harvard.

On September 9, 2007, President Faust of Harvard

“encouraged the incoming class to explore Harvard’s many opportunities.

‘Think of it as a treasure room of hidden objects Harry discovers at Hogwarts,’ Faust said.”

That class is now about to graduate.

It is not clear what “hidden objects” it will take from four years in the Harvard treasure room.

Perhaps the following from a book published in 1985 will help…


The March 8, 2011, Harvard Crimson  illustrates a central topic of Metamagical Themas , the Rubik’s Cube—


Hofstadter in 1985 offered a similar picture—


Hofstadter asks in his Metamagical  introduction, “How can both Rubik’s Cube and nuclear Armageddon be discussed at equal length in one book by one author?”

For a different approach to such a discussion, see Paradigms Lost, a post made here a few hours before the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster—


Whether Paradigms Lost is beyond forgetfulness is open to question.

Perhaps a later post, in the lighthearted spirit of Faust, will help. See April 20th’s “Ready When You Are, C.B.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Seven

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Fano plane with cubes as points
Those who prefer magic
may consult The Deathly Hallows.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday April 30, 2008

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Calendar Catechism

Q: If the opposite of Christmas (December 25) is Anti-Christmas (June 25), and the opposite of Halloween (October 31) is May Day (May 1), then what is the opposite of April 30?

A: October 30… Devil’s Night!

Related material:

Walpurgis Night,
the previous entry,
H is for Hogwarts

Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday October 12, 2007

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H is for Hogwarts

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Shop thecoop.com for your
favorite Hogwarts merchandise.

Ceremonies marking the installation of Drew Gilpin Faust as the President of Hogwarts will begin in Hogwarts Yard at 2 PM ET today.

Faust has actually been Hogwarts’s president since July 1. Last month she welcomed the Class of 2011:

Faust “encouraged the incoming class to explore [the school’s] many opportunities. ‘Think of it as a treasure room of hidden objects Harry discovers at Hogwarts,’ Faust said.”

The Hogwarts Crimson, Sept. 10, 2007 

From Faust’s website today:

“As a historian, I am proud to lead an institution with such a rich and storied past. Hogwarts began in colonial days with a handful of students, little property and limited power and prestige, but a determined mission: ‘To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity,’ as a 1643 brochure put it.  That bold vision has guided Hogwarts for the past four centuries….”

The rest of the story —

From The Hogwarts Guide:

“An early brochure, published in 1643, justified the College’s existence: ‘To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches.'”

Related material:

The Crimson Passion,
Midnight Drums for Larry,
and Primitive Roots.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday September 10, 2007

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The Story Theory
of Truth

“I’m a gun for hire,
I’m a saint, I’m a liar,
because there are no facts,
there is no truth,
just data to be manipulated.”

The Garden of Allah  

NY Lottery Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007: Mid-day 223, Evening 416

The data in more poetic form:

To 23,
For 16.


23: See
The Prime Cut Gospel.
16: See
Happy Birthday, Benedict XVI.

Related material:

The remarks yesterday
of Harvard president
Drew G. Faust
to incoming freshmen.

Faust “encouraged
the incoming class
to explore Harvard’s
many opportunities.

‘Think of it as
a treasure room
of hidden objects
Harry discovers
at Hogwarts,’
Faust said.”

Today’s Crimson   

For a less Faustian approach,
see the Harvard-educated
philosopher Charles Hartshorne
at The Harvard Square Library
and the words of another
Harvard-educated Hartshorne:

“Whenever one
 approaches a subject from
two different directions,
there is bound to be
an interesting theorem
expressing their relation.”
Robin Hartshorne

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday July 19, 2007

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Volta da Morte:
Friday the 13th

TV listing from Brazil
for Friday, Jan. 13th, 2006:

Veja quais são os melhores filmes

Sexta, 13 de Janeiro

(SBT, 22h30
Hocus Pocus, de Kenny Ortega. Com Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker e Kathy Najimy. EUA, 1993, cor, 102 min. Terror – Dois jovens irmãos, na noite de Halloween, entram na velha casa das bruxas, e sem saber, trazem duas bruxas de volta da morte. Decididas a se tornarem imortais, elas precisarão, para isso, roubar vidas de crianças.

— http://www.jornalonorte.com.br/

Related material:

If Cullinane College
were Hogwarts

Friday the 13th
of January, 2006


Catholic Schools Sermon

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monday July 9, 2007

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Harry Potter and
the Xbox 360

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix for Xbox 360 “is based on the fifth book and is timed to coincide with the release of the movie of the same name…. The game consists of Harry walking around and talking to characters and performing spells and tasks in order to advance the plot. I jokingly considered calling this review ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Random Tasks Needed to Advance the Plot.'” —July 9 review at Digital Joystick

Today’s lottery numbers
in the Keystone State:

Mid-day 220
Evening 034

Related material:
2/20 and
Hexagram 34 in the
box-style I Ching:

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The Power
of the Great

Let us hope that Harry fans remember the meaning of Hexagram 34 (according to Richard Wilhelm)– “Perseverance furthers” and “That is truly great power which does not degenerate into mere force but remains inwardly united with the fundamental principles of right and of justice. When we understand this point– namely, that greatness and justice must be indissolubly united– we understand the true meaning of all that happens in heaven and on earth.”

Related material:

If Cullinane College
were Hogwarts

(continued) and
the four entries
that preceded it
on July 5-6, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

Friday July 6, 2007

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Log24, June 6:

“If Cullinane College
were Hogwarts….”

Click to enlarge.

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El Cazador de la Bruja

A word to the wise:


Related material:

Julio Cortazar


Ay que bonito es volar….

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Wednesday June 6, 2007

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It is now 3:07 AM
June 7 in New Zealand.
Today at Cullinane College:

Examination Day

IMAGE- Rogue Winter with spear, Jupiter in background, on cover of 'The Deceivers,' a novel by Alfred Bester.

(For the college curriculum,
see the New Zealand
Qualifications Authority.)

If Cullinane College were Hogwarts

Last-minute exam info:

The Lapis Philosophorum

"The lapis was thought of as a unity and therefore often stands for the prima materia in general."
Aion, by C. G. Jung

"Its discoverer was of the opinion that he had produced the equivalent of the primordial protomatter which exploded into the Universe."
The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

And from Bester's The Deceivers:

Meta Physics

"'… Think of a match.  You've got a chemical head of potash, antimony, and stuff, full of energy waiting to be released.  Friction does it.  But when Meta excites and releases energy, it's like a stick of dynamite compared to a match.  It's the chess legend for real.'

'I don't know it.'

'Oh, the story goes that a philosopher invented chess for the amusement of an Indian rajah.  The king was so delighted that he told the inventor to name his reward and he'd get it, no matter what.  The philosopher asked that one grain of rice be placed on the first square of the chessboard, two on the second, four on the third, and so on to the sixty-fourth.'

'That doesn't sound like much.'

'So the rajah said. …'"

Related material:

Geometry of the I Ching

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Sunday February 5, 2006

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Recommended Reading
for Hogwarts Students on Devil’s Night

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Sunday December 11, 2005

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Midnight Blue

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Stanley Kubrick's
"Eyes Wide Shut"

"Midnight Blue's your online source
for top quality BDSM Gear,
    Bondage Gear, BDSM Toys…."

Related material:

Roger Shattuck's

Forbidden Knowledge:
From Prometheus to

and from Log24 —

Roger Shattuck, Scholar,
is Dead at 82
, and

Recommended Reading
for Hogwarts Students
on Devil's Night

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday October 30, 2005

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Recommended Reading
Hogwarts Students
on Devil’s Night:

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Click on the above for details.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Monday June 23, 2003

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Harry Potter
and the Fairy Queen

Lest the incautious reader gain the impression from yesterday’s entry “The Real Hogwarts” that Christianity is anything other than a pack of damned lies, or that the phrase “oasis of civilisation” I used yesterday was meant otherwise than with tongue in cheek, I would like to nominate a well-known professional Christian liar as Queen of the Fairies this Midsummer Eve.

The reader is referred to

The Good Book:
Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart

by the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard and pastor of that institution’s Memorial Church.

The Rev. Gomes, an acknowledged homosexual, gave a commencement address recently wearing a gorgeously red academic gown.  This comported well with his contention that the real heroine of “Through the Looking Glass” was not Alice, but the Red Queen.  The reason?  The Red Queen, Gomes says, could believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.  Apparently this is a virtue in Christian Morals, at least at Harvard.

For a RealOne video of Gomes’s address, click on the link below:

The Red Queen

(Actually, the queen who discusses “six impossible things” in Chapter 5 of Through the Looking Glass is the White Queen, but clergymen never let a little detail like truth stand in their way.)

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Sunday June 22, 2003

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The Real Hogwarts

is at no single geographical location; it is distributed throughout the planet, and it is perhaps best known (apart from its disguises in the fiction of J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and other Inklings) as Christ Church.  Some relevant links:

Christ Church College, Oxford

Christchurch, New Zealand

  • University of Canterbury
    Physical Sciences Library:

    Keeping Current with the Web:
    Maths & Statistics, June 2002

    Diamond Theory:
    Symmetry in Binary Spaces

    The author of this site is Steven Cullinane, who has also written booklets on the subject.  The web site provides detailed discussions of Diamond Theory, and is intended for college math students or mathematicians.  According to Cullinane, Diamond Theory is best classified in the subject of “finite automorphism groups of algebraic, geometric, or combinatorial structures.” The site also includes links to other resources.    From the NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering and Technology, Volume 1, No. 9, 7 June 2002, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.  http://scout.cs.wisc.edu

Christ Church, Christchurch Road,
Virginia Water, England

Finally, on this Sunday in June, with The New York Review of Books of July 3, 2003, headlining the religion of Scientism (Freeman Dyson reviewing Gleick’s new book on Newton), it seems fitting to provide a link to an oasis of civilisation in the home town of mathematician John Nash — Bluefield, West Virginia.

Christ Church,
Bluefield, West Virginia

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