Saturday, January 29, 2005 12:06 PM
Da Capo, Part II:
The Elegant Window
From a review of
The Nick Tosches Reader,
published by Da Capo Press:
"Elegant as a slow blues."
-- Rolling Stone
"Examples are the
stained-glass windows of knowledge."
-- Vladimir Nabokov
Architecture of Eternity.
Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2005 3:33 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2005 2:29 AM
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 1:26 PM
|To hear the music,|
click on the notes:
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:00 PM
"Such is the paradoxical 'encounter' of the eternal with the temporal. Just like the Moment of the Incarnation, when the Eternal entered the temporal, Kierkegaard refers to the category of the Instant (Danish Ojeblikket, 'a glance of the eye, eyeblink,' German Augenblick) as the dialectical kernel of our existential consciousness:
If the instant is posited, so is the eternal --but also the future, which comes again like the past ... The concept around which everything turns in Christianity, the concept which makes all things new, is the fullness of time, is the instant as eternity, and yet this eternity is at once the future and the past.
Although I cannot examine here the Kierkegaardian conception of time, the dialectical articulation of time and existence, as can be seen, underlies his entire philosophy of existence, just as the opposition between 'eternity' and 'temporality': the instant, as 'an atom of eternity,' serves to restructure the whole synthesis of selfhood into a spiritual one, in man’s 'ascent' toward its Other and the Unknown. In the last analysis, the Eternal transcends every synthesis between eternity and time, infinity and finiteness, preserving not only the Absolute Paradox in itself but above all the wholly otherness of God. It is only because of the Eternal, therefore, that humans can still hope to attain their ultimate vocation of becoming a Chistian. As Kierkegaard writes in Works of Love (1847),
The possibility of the good is more than possibility, for it is the eternal. This is the basis of the fact that one who hopes can never be deceived, for to hope is to expect the possibility of the good; but the possibility of the good is eternal. ...But if there is less love in him, there is also less of the eternal in him; but if there is less of the eternal in him, there is also less possibility, less awareness of possibility (for possibility appears through the temporal movement of the eternal within the eternal in a human being)."
Monday, January 24, 2005 10:23 PM
by Keith Allen Korcz
"We symbolize logical necessity with the box
And what do we
symbolize by ?
Monday, January 24, 2005 2:45 PM
Old School Tie
"Perhaps every science must
start with metaphor
and end with algebra;
and perhaps without metaphor
there would never have been
For metaphor and
algebra combined, see
in a diamond ring,"
A.M.S. abstract 79T-A37,
Notices of the Amer. Math. Soc.,
February 1979, pages A-193, 194 —
the original version of the 4x4 case
of the diamond theorem.
Sunday, January 23, 2005 6:06 PM
Death and the Spirit,
Death and the Spirit, Part I,
Death and the Spirit, Part II, and
Death and the Spirit, Part III.
Saturday, January 22, 2005 9:00 AM
"Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
-- T. S. Eliot
Thursday, January 20, 2005 10:00 AMI mean, seriously...
"The Comedians is about three men, Smith, Jones and Brown...."
"Again I was aware of the three names, interchangeable like comic masks in a farce."
-- Graham Greene, The Comedians, Penguin paperback, 1991, p. 23
Pico Iyer on Graham Greene in the current New York Review of Books:
"To play out the full logic...."
Brown, Jones, and Smith are suspected of a crime. They testify as follows:
Brown: Jones is guilty and Smith is innocent.
Jones: If Brown is guilty then so is Smith.
Smith: I’m innocent, but at least one of the others is guilty.
Assuming all testimony is true, who is innocent and who is guilty?
Assuming that the innocent told the truth and the guilty told lies, who is innocent and who is guilty?
-- Mathematical logic
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 3:00 PM
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.)
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 1:44 PM
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:00 PM
Are you a lucky little lady
in The City of Light
Or just another lost angel...
City of Night
-- Jim Morrison, L.A. Woman
(See Sunday's noon entry.)
Of course, it's the lost angels
that really get to us:
Sunday, January 16, 2005 8:00 PM
| Symbols |
A Game of Chess
Geometry for Jews
Geometry of Quartets
Sunday, January 16, 2005 12:00 PM
Death and the
Spirit, Part II
|Now it was Avril's turn to understand and he was frightened out of his wits. |
"The Science of Luck," he said cautiously. "You watch, do you? That takes a lot of self-discipline."
"Of course it does, but it's worth it. I watch everything, all the time. I'm one of the lucky ones. I've got the gift. I knew it when I was a kid, but I didn't grasp it." The murmur had intensified. "This last time, when I was alone so long, I got it right. I watch for every opportunity and I never do the soft thing. That's why I succeed."
Avril was silent for a long time. "It is the fashion," he said at last. "You've been reading the Frenchmen, I suppose? Or no, no, perhaps you haven't. How absurd of me."
"Don't blether." The voice, stripped of all its disguises, was harsh and naive. "You always blethered. You never said anything straight. What do you know about the Science of Luck? Go on, tell me. You're the only one who's understood at all. Have you ever heard of it before?"
"Not under that name."
"I don't suppose you have. That's my name for it. What's its real name?"
"The Pursuit of Death."
-- Margery Allingham,
"On the Staircase," from
The Tiger in the Smoke
In memory of Danny Sugerman,
late manager of The Doors:
From the dark jungle
as a tiger bright,
Form from the viewless Spirit
leaps to light.
-- Rumi, "Reality and Appearance,"
translated by R. A. Nicholson
(See also Death and the Spirit
from Twelfth Night, 2005, the date
of Danny Sugerman's death.)
Friday, January 14, 2005 2:56 PM
There is a new web page offering my notes on finite geometry in a very large (about 7 MB) zipped folder for downloading. (Individual notes may be previewed without downloading the folder.)
Thursday, January 13, 2005 12:00 PM
State of Grace
|Utmost is relative --|
Have not or Have
Enough -- the first Abode
On the familiar Road
Galloped in Dreams --
"Only through time time is conquered."
— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Thursday, January 13, 2005 9:57 AM
Hope of Heaven
"Heaven is a state,
a sort of metaphysical state."
-- John O'Hara, Hope of Heaven, 1938
"The old men know
when an old man dies."
-- Ogden Nash
See also the five Log24 entries
ending with the 9 PM entry of
Tuesday, December 10, 2002.
From today's New York Times:
"Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, whose memoir, Passages to Freedom, chronicled his escape from a prison camp in Italy during World War II, died on Saturday in Morristown, N.J. He was 92."
A web page on the Indiantown Gap army camp quotes Frelinghuysen's Passages to Freedom... He is describing July 1942, just before Frelinghuysen's unit was sent overseas:
"In the last week of July, his wife Emily came to Indiantown to stay at the old Hershey Hotel so they could steal a few of the remaining hours together. He explained, 'On my last night with Emily, she wore an evening dress with a full green and rose colored skirt, and I put on my best garrison uniform .... we had California champagne, lobster, and flaming crepes with ice cream. We danced to some old tunes; Cole Porter's 'Night and Day' and Irving Berlin's tunes from 'Top Hat.' Then they played a new one slowly, and a young girl sang the lyrics to 'The White Cliffs of Dover.' Noting that England had been at war for three years, he reminisced that it was a song that speaks of 'love and laughter' and 'peace ever after.' Nostalgically, he said, 'We finished the dance in an embrace. She took my hand and we walked out through the lobby onto the terrace for a last look at the gardens in the pale light of a quarter moon.' "
Monday, January 10, 2005 11:00 AMRealism
Sunday, January 9, 2005 5:00 PM
"I should be glad of another death," wrote T. S. Eliot in "Journey of the Magi."
But not Humphrey Carpenter's. Carpenter, like Eliot and Guy Davenport (see last two days' entries) died on a January 4th. He will be missed.
Sunday, January 9, 2005 3:10 PM
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
"For the University of Bologna hosting an International Conference on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence has a very special significance. Indeed, it is in our fair City that modern scientific research on these phenomena has its earliest roots....
'After submitting the stone
to much preparation, it was not
the Pluto of Aristophanes
that resulted; instead, it was
the Luciferous Stone' "
From one of the best books
of the 20th century:
by Richard Brautigan
Saturday, January 8, 2005 7:26 PM
Saturday, January 8, 2005 8:00 AM
"He looked at the fading light
in the western sky and saw Mercury,
or perhaps it was Venus,
gleaming at him as the evening star.
Darkness and light,
the old man thought.
It is what every hero legend is about.
The darkness which is more than death,
the light which is love, like our friend
Venus here, or perhaps this star is
Mercury, the messenger of Olympus,
the bringer of hope."
-- Roderick MacLeish, Prince Ombra
The Devil and Wallace Stevens,
Journey of the Magi,
"The time of darkness is past.
The winter solstice brings
the victory of light."
Saturday, January 8, 2005 5:48 AM
"Great is your love, Prince Ombra answered finally, and eternal is its mystery to me. Yet honor was not denied me in the fire of Creation. Ombra, lord vanquisher of heroes, pledges this, O brother of David, Arthur the King, and
-- Prince Ombra, by Roderick MacLeish
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance."
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Friday, January 7, 2005 9:35 AM
"A corpse will be
transported by express!"
(Ideograms for Guy Davenport;
see also previous entry.)
"At the still point,
there the dance is."
-- T. S. Eliot
Tuesday, April 22, 2003:
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Friday, January 7, 2005 7:59 AM
In Memory of
From the day Davenport died:
"At Merton College, Oxford,
he wrote the first thesis on Joyce
to be accepted by the university."
-- Today's New York Times
From a very informative essay
on Davenport's aesthetics:
"T.S. Eliot's experiments
in ideogrammatic method
are equally germane to Davenport,
who shares with the poet
an avant-garde aesthetic and
a conservative temperament.
Davenport's text reverberates
with echoes of Four Quartets."
-- Andre Furlani
"At the still point, there the dance is."
-- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets,
quoted in the epigraph to
the chapter on automorphism groups
in Parallelisms of Complete Designs,
by Peter J. Cameron,
published when Cameron was at
Merton College, Oxford.
Thursday, January 6, 2005 3:00 PM
A new download page
for the Diamond 16 Puzzle.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 7:11 AM
Death and the Spirit
Yesterday's entry provided an approach to The Dark Lady, Kali, that was, in Freas's apt word, "ridiculous." The illustration below, "Mate," is an attempt to balance yesterday's entry with an approach that is, if not sublime, at least more serious. It is based on a similar illustration from Jan. 31, 2003, with actress Judy Davis playing The Dark Lady. Today it seems appropriate to replace Davis with another actress (anonymous here, though some may recognize her). I once knew her (unlike Davis) personally. One of my fondest memories of high school is reading Mad Magazine with her in the school lunch room. Our lives diverged after high school, but I could happily have spent my life in her company.
A diamond and its dual "whirl" figure—
or a "jewel-box and its mate"
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 7:00 AM
Black the knight upon that ocean,
Bright the sun upon the king.
Dark the queen that stands beside him,
White his castle, threatening.
In the shadows' see a bishop
Guards his queen of love and hate.
Another move, the game will be up;
Take the queen, her knight will mate.
The knight said "Move, be done. It's over."
"Love and resign," the bishop cried.
"When it's done you'll stand forever
By the darkest beauty's side."
"He takes us to the central activity
of mathematics—which is imagining...."
-- Harvard Magazine on
and author Barry Mazur.
For related material on Mazur, see
"The teenagers aren't all bad.
I love 'em if nobody else does.
There ain't nothing wrong
with young people.
Jus' quit lyin' to 'em."
Sunday, January 2, 2005 7:20 AM
"Heaven was kind of a hat on the universe,
a lid that kept everything underneath it
where it belonged."
— Carrie Fisher,
Postcards from the Edge
Saturday, January 1, 2005 8:08 AM
This illustration was added yesterday
to Geometry of the 4x4 Square.