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May 2, 2005

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absence of "apoplexy" in my 4/05 Poetics Performance
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(as far as I know 1st internet-text dated post specifically to Cybermind &
for Lawrence Upton who edited some textual confusion of mine re: "9.
Therefore I produce as well st-* texts, which stutter, stumble, shudder,
sputter, and so forth, texts simultaneously within "jouissance," anxiety,
"frisson". (st-VC^2, "st," vowel, doubled consonant, referencing an entire
category of words, which may go back to the origin of Indo-European words
describing the oscillating, arousal, and contamination of an organism.)")


Date: Sat, 2 Jul 1994 01:41:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: Chatter


The relationship between chaotic distributions and a totalized phys-
ical source of emission is prominent in a class of words character-
ized by the format [<s><C1><V><C2C2><er>] as in the following
list: _stutter, stammer, scatter, shudder, shatter, spatter, sputter,
skitter, splatter,_ etc. (_Scanner_ inverts the series, _spackle_ and
_simmer_ transform it.)

A second similar form produces: _spew, skid, scud, spot, spit,
split,_ etc. These forms are constructed around a _lateral topo-
graphy,_ a laminar spray distributing over a more or less wide and
irregular domain. The spray possesses a phenomology of dissolution
and disruption; it also exists on the fuzzy interface between
interior and exterior, and hence involves abjection.

In every instance, the body is compromised laterally, a veering from
side to side, or the stammer from the region of the throat. Some-
thing is _withdrawn_ violently from the organism, which convulses.
Convulsions shatter, fragment.[1]

The lock-up of the terminal screen in Net communications is the
result of packet flow; email appears from everywhere; interrupts are
common; the Net harbors impeded laterality. Better to consider it a
convulsive body as well, the neural interconnectivity of nodes
serving as obstructed gateways choked with binary debris. The body
migrates to the edge of consciousness, received and processed by
one or another correspondent who circumscribes the messaging,
returns it to the relative fulfillment of sense.

The return occurs within an insriptive domain, part and parcel of
a potential well where meaning is construed. Within the well,
meaning develops the ontological being of language; without it,
meaning sputters, its attributive scattered among the remnants of
indirect addressing.

Only the shuddering of the human shatters the human; the human
stammers or stutters its way through debris scattered across the
splattered or spotted landscape. Deep within the throat the
promise of a primitive root is murmured or mumbled. Culture con-
structs itself upon the elimination of debris; the abject, now
gathered within the shamanistic fetish for the expulsion of male-
volent spirits, echos in the hiss of the cat or snake. These
animals are regarded with awe; they hold the mirror to culture
itself, the thin veneer of language and civilization binding us
to the symbolic. The hiss is imaginary; having no meaning whatso-
ever, it holds the meaning of the world. There are no boundaries
or borders, beyond what we make of them. There is no language
beyond our speech of it.

[1] See *Art Papers* 1/2 1994, "Throat: Leslie Thornton's _The
Great Invisible_": "_In the film,_ speaking is caught in the maw,
glottal stop, Edison and the _mechanical_ insignia of existence.
Early [20th-century] representations [of movement] operated with
mechanism throughout [as in the mechanics of the melodrama]; they
stuttered. Repetitive pistons and cams moved locomotives and film;
intermittent motion is translated into rotary motion and back
again. Throughout the century, mechanism gives way to electricity,
which gives way to the electronic, cyberspace and beyond. Thought
leaves the material domain" ...

If _beings_ are mechanism, _Being_ occupies an uneasy territory.
Aristotle stumbled through the part-objects of a generalized symp-
tomology of the world and Pliny followed suit. But organism never
spoke clearly and _always_ stammered; the hiss of steam, the
volcanic fissure, and the cat are _identical_.


15 days later Cybermind co-founder Michael Current was dead.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 09:46:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: david silver <>
Subject: [Air-l] new reviews in cyberculture studies (may 2005)

New reviews (found at include:

Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas, and Cyber Islamic 
Environments, by Gary R. Bunt (Pluto Press, 2003)
Reviewed by Alan Sondheim, author of Being on Line: Net Subjectivity 
(Lusitania, 1996), Disorders of the Real (Station Hill, 1988), .echo (alt-X 
digital arts, 2001), Vel (Blazevox, 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004) and 
The Wayward (Salt, 2004).
Reviewed by Robert Tynes, adjunct faculty member at Marist College in 
Poughkeepsie, New York.

Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of 
Transparency, by Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala (MIT Press, 2003)
Reviewed by Richard Holeton, head of Residential Computing at Stanford 
University, author of Figurski at Findhorn on Acid (Eastgate Systems, 2001) and 
Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age 
(McGraw-Hill, 1998).

E-Commerce and Cultural Values, edited by Theerasak Thanasankit (Idea Group 
Publishing, 2003)
Reviewed by Kirk St.Amant, assistant professor of technical communication at 
Texas Tech University.


david silver

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Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 16:25:09 -0700
From: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory <>
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Subject: NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives in Florida for Final Checkout


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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver

News Release: 2005-069                       May 2, 2005

NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives in Florida for Final Checkout

A large spacecraft destined to be Earth's next robotic emissary
to Mars has completed the first leg of its journey, a cargo-
plane ride from Colorado to Florida in preparation for an
August launch. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an
important next step in fulfilling NASA's vision of space
exploration and ultimately sending human explorers to Mars and

The spacecraft's prime mission will run through 2010. During
this period, the project will study Mars' composition and
structure, from atmosphere to underground, in much greater
detail than any previous orbiter. It will also evaluate
possible sites for future martian landings and will serve as a
high-data-rate communications relay for surface missions.

"Great work by a talented team has brought Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter to this milestone in our progress toward a successful
mission," said Jim Graf of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., project manager for the mission.

The spacecraft arrived at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle
Landing Facility on April 30 aboard a C-17 cargo plane and was
taken to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility to begin
processing. It was built near Denver by Lockheed Martin Space
Systems. Launch is scheduled for Aug. 10 at 7:53:58 a.m. EDT
(4:53:58 a.m. PDT), at the opening of a two-hour launch window.

The spacecraft will undergo multiple mechanical assembly
operations and electrical tests to verify its readiness for
launch. A test this month will verify the spacecraft's ability
to communicate through NASA's Deep Space Network tracking
stations. A June test will check the deployment of the
spacecraft's high gain communications antenna. Another major
deployment test will check out the spacecraft's large solar

In July, the spacecraft will be filled with hydrazine fuel for
the "Mars orbit insertion" engine burn, which will be used to
reduce the velocity of the spacecraft and place it in orbit
around Mars. The fuel also will be used for attitude-control
propellant. On July 26 the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be
encapsulated in the Atlas V fairing prior to being moved to its
launch site on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Lockheed Martin Atlas V arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station aboard an Antonov cargo plane on March 31 and was taken
to the high bay at the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center. The
Atlas booster will be transported in May to the Vertical
Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 to be erected.
The Centaur upper stage will be transported to that facility
for hoisting atop the booster in June.

Prelaunch preparations will include a "wet dress rehearsal" in
July, during which the Atlas V will be rolled from the Vertical
Integration Facility to the launch pad on its mobile launch
platform. The vehicle will be fully fueled with RP-1, liquid
hydrogen and liquid oxygen, and the team will perform a
simulated countdown. The Atlas V will then be rolled back into
the Vertical Integration Facility for final launch

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be transported from the
Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to
the Vertical Integration Facility on July 29. It will be
hoisted atop the launch vehicle to join the Atlas V for the
final phase of launch preparations. The spacecraft is scheduled
to undergo a functional test on August 1, followed by a final
week of launch vehicle and spacecraft closeouts.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is managed by JPL, a
division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena,
for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed
Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project.
International Launch Services, a Lockheed Martin joint venture,
and Lockheed Martin Space Systems are providing launch services
for the mission.

Information about Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is available
online at .


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Measurement and Ethos

Give the Schrodinger's cat paradox, think of the mixed state as the trag-
edy of the commons which ultimately reproduces itself through capital
accumulation. What should be taken as the constituents of the wave equa-
tion tending towards the sudden collapse with a particular eigenvalue.
Wave towards state, spread over E3 space towards specificity of value. Set
judgment equivalent to measurement. The field of behavior, environmental,
particle, cultural, human, tends towards those moments of relative inter-
ference. Measurement is performance judgment; the human sutures, closes in
upon itself, defends itself. The wave equation collapses, the commons is
bought out. Environmental factors of scale surely play a role; a murderer
is punished as a result of the collapse of a nearly=decomposable hierar-
chy, a moment in time when the bullet flies, the knife slips, burned into
the genidentical four-space of an organism. Measurement is presumed,
stated, neutral; judgment is presumed measurement, according to the law,
i.e. according to the justice of an N-dimensional manifold and its fields.
What mixes in the real cat, mixes in the law; what mixes in physical
description is accompanied by a disclaimer, i.e. 'not a real cat,' which
is part of the description. Nature abhors a vacuum but abhors as well the
many-worlds approach of continuous splitting; it's messy, as is absolute
and total relativism. Just as physics possesses no intrinsic ethos, ethos
possesses no physics. Morality is situation- and ethos-dependent, event
and law. Experiment is theory- and measurement-dependent, event and world.
World and law, Law, are orthogonal, disconnected; to measure is not to
adjudicate, but measure is to adjudicate. The stakes and foundation-spaces
are orthogonal. Given culture, every judgment is orthogonal to itself,
self-orthogonal, totalizing and split. Physics and ethos are entangled at
the level of the cat; it is the cat that is at stake, dragging quantum and
cultural theories with it. Both approaches reside within language; law
pretends towards the exactitude of physics, with insipid results. Both
tend as well towards mechanism: beam-splitters versus the panopticon,
collapse of wave-functions (coupled) with incarcerations. Neither cat nor
prisoner escape. In a hyperreal sense we are both; therein lies the


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