Sunday, June 23, 2019

Verbum Sat

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:07 PM

Vinnie Mancuso, in an article now dated December 25, 2018 —

Related art —

Escher, 'Verbum,' detail

Click image for further details.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Verbum Sat

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM


Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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

Escher, 'Verbum,' detail

From a Log24 search 
for Escher Verbum

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:00 AM

The Log24 version  (Nov. 9, 2005, and later posts) —



Escher's 'Verbum'

Escher's Verbum

Solomon's Cube

Solomon's Cube

I Ching hexagrams as parts of 4x4x4 cube

Geometry of the I Ching

The Warner Brothers version

The Paramount version

See also related material in the previous post, Transformers.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM

The producer of the films "Gandhi," "City of Joy," 
and "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
reportedly died on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

Film producer Jake Eberts is shown
on the set of "City of Joy" in 1991. 
(David Appleby photo, Los Angeles Times ,
with the Sanskrit word SAT added)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday September 5, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:31 PM
For the
Burning Man

'The Stars My Destination,' current edition (with cover slightly changed)

(Cover slightly changed.)

Background —

Part I:

Sophists (August 20th)

Part II:


Escher's 'Verbum'

Escher's Verbum

Solomon's Cube

Part III:

From August 25th

Equilateral triangle on a cube, each side's length equal to the square root of two

"Boo, boo, boo,
  square root of two.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Saturday January 6, 2007

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

Picture of Nothing

On Kirk Varnedoe’s
2003 Mellon Lectures,
Pictures of Nothing“–

“Varnedoe’s lectures were ultimately
about faith, about his faith in
the power of abstraction,
and abstraction as a kind of
anti-religious faith in itself….”

The Washington Post

Related material:

The more industrious scholars
will derive considerable pleasure
from describing how the art-history
professors and journalists of the period
1945-75, along with so many students,
intellectuals, and art tourists of every
sort, actually struggled to see the
paintings directly, in the old
pre-World War II way,
like Plato’s cave dwellers
watching the shadows, without
knowing what had projected them,
which was the Word.”

— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word

Log24, Aug. 23, 2005:

“Concept (scholastics’ verbum mentis)–
theological analogy of Son’s procession
as Verbum Patris, 111-12″

— Index to Joyce and Aquinas,
by William T. Noon, S.J.,
Yale University Press 1957,
second printing 1963, page 162

“So did God cause the big bang?
Overcome by metaphysical lassitude,
I finally reach over to my bookshelf
for The Devil’s Bible.
Turning to Genesis I read:
‘In the beginning
there was nothing.
And God said,
‘Let there be light!’
And there was still nothing,
but now you could see it.'”

— Jim Holt, Big-Bang Theology,
Slate‘s “High Concept” department

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070106-Bang.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.


“…Mondrian and Malevich
are not discussing canvas
or pigment or graphite or
any other form of matter.
They are talking about
Being or Mind or Spirit.
From their point of view,
the grid is a staircase
to the Universal….”

Rosalind Krauss, “Grids”

For properties of the
“nothing” represented
by the 3×3 grid, see
The Field of Reason.

For religious material related
to the above and to Epiphany,
a holy day observed by some,
see Plato, Pegasus, and the
Evening Star
and Shining Forth.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Saturday December 24, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
High Concept

“Concept (scholastics’ verbum mentis)–
theological analogy of Son’s procession
as Verbum Patris, 111-12″
— index to Joyce and Aquinas,    
by William T. Noon,
Society of Jesus,
Yale University Press 1957,
second printing 1963, page 162

Then there is
the Daughter’s procession:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051224-String.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

For the String Theory
Appreciation Club, see
  Raoul Bott, 1923-2005.

For another
imaginary club, see
The Club Dumas (below).

For a non-imaginary club,
see the organization
that included Noon (above).

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Boo Boo Boo*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 PM

Academics today—

Note that Levine states forthrightly that he won Third Prize for Bad Writing
from the international journal Philosophy and Literature  in 1998.

* Stanley H. Kaplan, mnemonic for "square root of two."
On the void — See this morning's post and "Is Nothing Sacred?"

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Wednesday January 4, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:04 AM
Dragon School

In memory of Humphrey Carpenter, author of The Inklings, who attended The Dragon School.  Carpenter died a year ago today.

From Log24 on Nov. 16, 2005:


Adam Gopnik on C. S. Lewis in the New Yorker:

“Lewis began with a number of haunted images….”

“The best of the books are the ones… where the allegory is at a minimum and the images just flow.”

“‘Everything began with images,’ Lewis wrote….”

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051116-Time.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

From Paul Preuss,
Broken Symmetries
(see previous entry):

“Mathematical relationships were enough to satisfy him, mere formal relationships which existed at all times, everywhere, at once.  It was a thin nectar, but he was convinced it was the nectar of the gods….”

Verbum Sat Sapienti?

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/EscherVerbum2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Escher’s Verbum

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/DTinvar246.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Solomon’s Cube

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/HexagramsTable.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Geometry of the I Ching

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Wednesday November 16, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:04 PM

Adam Gopnik on C. S. Lewis in this week’s New Yorker:

“Lewis began with a number of haunted images….”

“The best of the books are the ones… where the allegory is at a minimum and the images just flow.”

“‘Everything began with images,’ Lewis wrote….”

“We go to the writing of the marvellous, and to children’s books, for stories, certainly, and for the epic possibilities of good and evil in confrontation, not yet so mixed as they are in life. But we go, above all, for imagery: it is the force of imagery that carries us forward. We have a longing for inexplicable sublime imagery….”

“The religious believer finds consolation, and relief, too, in the world of magic exactly because it is at odds with the necessarily straitened and punitive morality of organized worship, even if the believer is, like Lewis, reluctant to admit it. The irrational images– the street lamp in the snow and the silver chair and the speaking horse– are as much an escape for the Christian imagination as for the rationalist, and we sense a deeper joy in Lewis’s prose as it escapes from the demands of Christian belief into the darker realm of magic. As for faith, well, a handful of images is as good as an armful of arguments, as the old apostles always knew.”

Related material:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051116-Time.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Click on pictures for details.

See also Windmills and
Verbum sat sapienti?
as well as

an essay

 at Calvin College
on Simone Weil,
Charles Williams,
Dante, and
the way of images.”

Monday, January 27, 2020

Jewel Box

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:02 PM

The phrase "jewel box" in a New York Times  obituary online this afternoon
suggests a review. See "And He Built a Crooked House" and Galois Tesseract.

A Line for Rose the Hat

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 AM

"Hum a few bars, Steely Dan."

Related material — "For 6 Prescott Street" and "SAT."

Links' thumbnail previews —

"Hum a few bars"

"For 6 Prescott Street"


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Horn and Hard Art

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:17 PM

Or:   Bee Season  Continues

Click the automat image above to enlarge.
Click the Horn & Hardart image below for the source.

Andreas Feininger, LIFE magazine photos, 1946

See as well Catskills Heaven (Log24 on August 20, 2017) —

The Coen brothers, 2007 screenplay —

(From a novel by Cormac McCarthy)

The Grossman Chronicles* Continue

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:14 PM

"The warnings come after  the spells." — Doctor Strange

* See the footnote to the previous post.

Whose Name Was Writ* in Water

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:40 PM

( Not  the name of  Willem de Kooning. )

Click to enlarge.

* See as well some related posts.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Upshot

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

George Steiner's phrase "the language animal" as examined by
Charles Taylor —

Charles Taylor in March 2016 on George Steiner's phrase 'language animal'— 'The upshot of all this is....'

Steiner attributes his "language animal" phrase, in the transliterated
form "zoon phonanta,"  to the ancient Greeks. This attribution
is apparently bogus. See Steiner on Language (March 30, 2012).*

It is highly relevant that Taylor is a Catholic and Steiner is a secular Jew.

* More generally — See Steiner + Language + Animal in this journal.

Unity of Opposites: Plato and Beyond

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

The "unity" of the title was suggested by this morning's update
at the end of yesterday's post Paz.

For the Plato of the title, see the Sept. 27, 2016, post

Chomsky and Lévi-Strauss in China
Or:  Philosophy for Jews

For glyphs representing the "unity of opposites" of the title,
see a webpage linked to here on Groundhog Day 2014

The above image is related to Jung's remarks on Coincidentia
. (See also coincidentia in this journal.)

A different Jung, in a new video with analogues of the rapidly
flashing images in Ajna's webpage "Diamond Theory Roullete" —

The above video promotes Google's new open-source "Noto" font

Friday, October 7, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:27 AM

The Paz quote below is from the last chapter
of his book, titled "The Dialectic of Solitude."

The phrase "dialectic of solitude" has been applied also to a 1967
book by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez:

The conclusion of One Hundred Years of Solitude ,
a 1967 novel by Gabriel García Márquez —

"He was so absorbed that he did not feel the second surge of wind either as its cyclonic strength tore the doors and windows off their hinges, pulled off the roof of the east wing, and uprooted the foundations. Only then did he discover that Amaranta Úrsula was not his sister but his aunt, and that Sir Francis Drake had attacked Riohacha only so that they could seek each other through the most intricate labyrinths of blood until they would engender the mythological animal that was to bring the line to an end. Macondo was already a fearful whirlwind of dust and rubble being spun about by the wrath of the biblical hurricane when Aureliano skipped eleven pages so as not to lose time with facts he knew only too well, and he began to decipher the instant that he was living, deciphering it as he lived it, prophesying himself in the act of deciphering the last page of the parchments, as if he were looking into a speaking mirror. Then he skipped again to anticipate the predictions and ascertain the date and circumstances of his death. Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth."

Update of Saturday, October 8:

I do not recommend taking very seriously the work of Latin American leftists
(or American academics) who like to use the word "dialectic."

A related phrase does, however, have a certain mystic or poetic charm,
as pointed out by Wikipedia —

"Unity of opposites is the central category of dialectics,
and it is viewed sometimes as a metaphysical concept,
a philosophical concept or a scientific concept."

See also Bullshit Studies.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:24 PM

"…  Seven is Heaven,  Eight is a Gate  …"


From the Labyrinth of Solitude

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:18 PM

Click to enlarge.

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.

Not Even

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:29 AM

"At CERN the LHC has reached design luminosity,
and is breaking records with a fast pace of new
collisions. This may have something to do with the
report that the LHC is also about to tear open
a portal to another dimension

— Peter Woit, Thursday, June 30, 2016,
    at 1:01 PM ET 

See as well The Onion  yesterday (Friday, July 1) —

Investigators: First 48 Hours Most Critical
In Locating Missing Children Who Entered
Portal To Fantastical World

Frozen Narrative

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

A book by Northrop Frye pictured in the previous post
suggests a Log24 search for "The Great Code."

That search yields

See as well Ice 9 and Plan 9.

"Icy white and crystalline"
— Johnny Mercer

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM


"… the modern meritocracy dates only to the 1930s,
when Harvard President James Bryant Conant
directed his admissions staff to find a measure of
ability to supplement the old boys’ network. They
settled on the exam we know as the SAT."

— "Tyranny of Merit," by Samuel Goldman,
       a book review dated August 21, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Appeasing Epstein

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:14 PM

… On Holy Saturday

"'If only they could send us something grown-up… a sign or something.' 
And a sign does come from the outside. That night, unknown to the children,
a plane is shot down and its pilot parachutes dead to earth and is caught
in the rocks on the mountain. It requires no more than the darkness of night
together with the shadows of the forest vibrating in the signal fire to distort
the tangled corpse with its expanding silk 'chute into a demon that must
be appeased."

— Claire Rosenfield, 1961 essay about Lord of the Flies

Flies-related death from April 1

Edmund L. Epstein, Scholar Who Saved ‘Lord of the Flies,’ Dies at 80

See also Holy Saturday, 2004.


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:29 PM

From Joyce's 1912 Trieste lecture on Blake:

"Michelangelo's influence is felt in all of Blake's work, and especially in some passages of prose collected in the fragments, in which he always insists on the importance of the pure, clean line that evokes and creates the figure on the background of the uncreated void."

For a related thought from Michelangelo, see Marmo Solo .

For pure, clean lines, see Galois Geometry.

As for "the uncreated void," see the Ernst Gombrich link in Marmo Solo  for "an almost medieval allegory of how man confronts the void."

For some related religious remarks suited to the Harrowing of Hell on this Holy Saturday, see August 16, 2003

The Void

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

(Continued from March 10, 2012)

An inaccuracy in a passage linked to yesterday

"The created universe, the whole of things, is, 
in words from Joyce's Ulysses , 'predicated on the void.'"

The "predicated" phrase seems to be absent from Ulysses .

Joyce does, however, have the following (from ricorso.net)—

William Blake” (March 1912) – cont.: ‘Armed with this two-edged sword, the art of Michaelangelo and the revelations of Swedenborg, Blake killed the dragon of experience and natural wisdom, and, by minimising space and time and denying the existence of memory and the senses, he tried to paint his works on the void of the divine bosom. [See note, infra.]To him, each moment shorter than a pulse-beat was equivalent in its duration to six thousand years, because in such an infinitely short instant the work of the poet is conceived and born. To him, all space larger than a red globule of human blood was visionary, created by the hammer of Los, while in a space smaller than a globule of blood we approach eternity, of which our vegetable world is but a shadow. Not with the eye, then, but beyond the eye, the soul and the supreme move must look, because the eye, which was born in the night while the soul was sleeping in rays of light, will also die in the night. […] The mental process by which Blake arrives at the threshold of the infinite is a similar process. Flying from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, from a drop of blood to the universe of stars, his soul is consumed by the rapidity of flight, and finds itself renewed and winged and immortal on the edge of th dark ocean of God. And althought he based his art on such idealist premises, convinced that eternity was in love with the products of time, this sons of God with the sons of [MS ends here].’ (Critical Writings, 1959, 1966 Edn., pp.221-22; quoted [in part] in Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, 1965 Edn., p.330.) [For full text, see RICORSO Library, “Major Authors”, via index, or direct.] Note – for “void” [supra] , cf. Stephen in “Scylla & Charybdis”: ‘Fatherhood […] is a mystical estate, an apostolic succession, from only begetter to only begotten. On that mystery and not on the madonna which the cunning Italian intellect flung to the mob of Europe the church is founded and founded irremovably because founded, like the world, macro- and microcosm, upon the void.’ (Ulysses, Penguin Edn. 1967, p.207; [my itals.].)

Some academics may prefer a more leftist version of
"predicated on the void"—

Knowing Brooklyn

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:59 AM

For St. Dismas,  a Holy Saturday story

"Mr. Rosensaft told another story to illustrate his friend's mix of grit and wit. Mr. Steinberg was negotiating one day with the French culture minister to recover paintings stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. The minister huffed that Mr. Steinberg knew nothing about art.

'You're right,' Mr. Steinberg said. 'I don't know anything about art. I'm from Brooklyn. I know about stolen goods.'"

New York Times  this morning

See also yesterday afternoon's Good Friday post
and the passage on Aquinas that it links to.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Wednesday November 9, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:09 PM
In honor of the 120th anniversary
of the birth of Hermann Weyl:

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Wednesday August 24, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

High Concept, continued:

“In the beginning there was nothing.
 And God said, ‘Let there be light!’
 And there was still nothing,
 but now you could see it.

— Jim Holt, Big-Bang Theology,
    Slate‘s “High Concept” department

Related material:

  1. On the phrase “verbum mentis”
  2. From Satan’s Rhetoric, by Armando Maggi
    (University of Chicago Press, 2001):
Page 110:

“In chapter I I explained that devils first and foremost exist as semioticians of the world’s signs.  Devils solely live in their interpretations, in their destructive syllogisms.  As Visconti puts it, devils speak the idiom of the mind.37  …. The exorcist’s healing voice states that Satan has always been absent from the world, that his disturbing and unclear manifestations in the possessed person’s physicality are really nonexistent occurrences, nothing but disturbances of the mind, since evil itself is a lack of being.”   

Footnote 37, page 110:

“It is necessary to distinguish the devils’ ‘language of the mind’ and Augustine’s verbum mentis (word of the mind), as he theorizes it first of all in On the Trinity (book 15).  The devils’ language of the mind disturbs the subject’s internal and preverbal discourse.”

Powered by WordPress