Friday, July 1, 2016

John Sweet writes


this shirt with blood
on the cuffs

the sun
just because it’s there

just because it sounds like
the voice of god when i close my eyes

sounds like snow falling into
the open hands of the blind
and so we’re standing at the edge of
the forest when the first
plane is spotted

i’m trying to remember my
father’s face
when the north tower falls

am sitting in a shadowed room
in someone else’s house
and the windows streaked with dust
the television filled with static
and i remember her telling me her name
but can’t think of what it is

i understand the need for silence

can drown as well as the
next man

White noise
White Noise -- Simone Decker


  1. An FM radio tuned to an unused frequency produces a buzzing sound ("static") called "white noise;" a television tuned to such a frequency leads to the same noise accompanied by rapidly moving black and white rectangles that fill the screen. These are common examples of "white noise," a random signal with a constant power spectral density or a statistical model for signals and signal sources rather than to any specific signal. Even a binary signal which can only take on the values 1 or -1 will be white if the sequence is statistically uncorrelated. The term is sometimes used in non-technical contexts in the metaphoric sense of "random talk without meaningful content." The term is analogous to white light, though light that appears white generally does not have a flat spectral power density over the visible band. White noise is commonly used in the production of electronic music, usually either directly or as an input for a filter to create other types of noise signal. It is used extensively in audio synthesis, typically to recreate percussive instruments such as cymbals or snare drums which have high noise content in their frequency domain. The samples of a white noise signal may be sequential in time or arranged along one or more spatial dimensions. In digital image processing, the pixels of a white noise image are typically arranged in a rectangular grid and are assumed to be independent random variables with uniform probability distribution over some interval. Pink noise, which has equal energy in each octave, is used for testing transducers such as loudspeakers and microphones. To set up the equalization for a concert or other performance, a short burst of white or pink noise is sent through the PA system and monitored from various points in the venue so the engineer can tell if the acoustics of the building naturally boost or cut any frequencies and can then adjust the overall equalization to ensure a balanced mix.

  2. On 11 September 2001, two commercial airlines that had been highjacked by al-Quaida terrorists crashed into the twin North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the complex and significant damage to 10 other large structures. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs, closing financial markets until September 17 and American and Canadian civilian airspace until September 13. The United States responded by launching a "War on Terror" and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, who had been harboring al-Qaeda, and then invaded Iraq, which was incorrectly linked to the planning of the attack; these are the two longest wars in American history. The trauma continued to affect victims and witnesses long afterwards, certainly beyond the following February.


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