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"Moonbit is a hybrid work comprised of experimental poetry and a critical theory of the poetics and politics of computer code. It offers an extended intellectual and creative engagement with the affordances of computer software through multiple readings and re-writings of a singular text, the source code of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer or the “AGC.” Moonbit re-marks and remixes the code that made space travel possible. Half of this book is erasure poetry that uses the AGC code as the source text, building on the premise that code can speak beyond its functional purpose. When we think about the 1960s U.S. space program and obscure scientific computer code, we might not first think about the Watts riots, Shakespeare, Winnie the Pooh, T.S. Eliot, or scatological jokes. Yet these cultural references and influences along with many more are scattered throughout the body of the code that powered the compact digital computer that successfully guided astronauts to the Moon and back and in July of 1969. Moonbit unravels and rewrites the many embedded cultural references that were braided together within the language resources of mid-century computer code. Moonbit also provides a gentle, non-expert introduction to the text of the AGC code, to digital poetics, and to critical code studies. Outlining a capacious interpretive practice, Moonbit takes up all manner of imaginative decodings and recodings of this code. It introduces some of the major existing approaches to the study of code and culture while provide multiple readings of the source code along with an explanation and theorization of the way in which the code works, as both a computational and a cultural text."

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title page, Copyright, Frontispiece, Title page
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Dedication
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  1. R00000 Introduction
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  1. R00001 Code Hermeneutics
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  1. R00002 The AGC and Computing in the 1960s
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  1. Moonbit: Erasure Poems Derived from Apollo 11 Source Code
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Part One: Comanche
  1. Comanche
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  1. Pinball Noun Tables
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  1. Of Next Burn
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  1. Alarm and Abort
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  1. To Load into Smode
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  1. Waitlist
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  1. Goneby
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  1. Fresh Start
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  1. Star Tables
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  1. Time of Free Fall
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  1. Jet Selection Logic
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  1. Lunar and Solar Ephemerides Subroutines
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  1. Erasable Assignments
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  1. Erasable Assignments 2.0
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  1. Antenna
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  1. Part Two: 64 Found Bits (8 poems made of 8 octets of erasure)
  1. ANGLFIND
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  1. CM_BODY_ATTITUDE
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  1. CONIC_SUBROUTINES
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  1. STABLE_ORBIT
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  1. PLANETARY INERTIAL ORIENTATION
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  1. P11
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  1. INTERPRETER
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  1. FILE OF THE SAME NAME
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  1. Part Three: Moonbit: The 64 Bit Poem Breakdown
  1. Anglfind
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  1. Body Attitude
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  1. Conic Subroutines
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  1. Stable Orbit
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  1. Planetary Inertial Orientation
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  1. P11
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  1. Interpreter
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  1. File of the Same Name
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  1. R00003 Code Poetics
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  1. R00004 Cold War Code and the Doubled Discourse of Programming
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781950192335
MARC Record
OCLC
1126175234
Pages
152
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-23
Open Access
Yes
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