[ExI] a moment of whatever you have a moment of, for sasha

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at canonizer.com
Fri May 7 02:15:15 UTC 2010

spike wrote:
> Old timers here on ExI, if you knew him in any capacity, as one who 
> followed his work, as one who always eagerly read his posts, or just 
> as a personal friend, do feel free to post your memories.

Thanks Spike, for helping us remember that it has been 10 years.

Sasha and I were working on possible plans to do an internet startup 
together when he died.  What a sad day that was.  My world has 
definitely never been the same since he's been gone.

Below is his posting for his last Christmas, to the Exi List.  Now, 
everyone celebrates Newtonmas right?

Brent Allsop

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[ This is my traditional mailing at the end of the year; I am sending it
   out early this time so that you have time to pass this letter along to
   your friends.  Please let me know if you have any comments on this text.
- Sasha  ]

---------------------  Merry Newtonmass ! ------------------------

As you may know, Christmas as a holiday was instituted a few centuries
after the alleged birth of Christ, on the day when the non-Christian
population used to have their festivities anyway.  This operation to
ideologize the masses while letting them have their fun may have been
one of the most crucial and successful ideological decisions in the
history of the human society.

This later became a typical trick of subverting the meaning of an
event while preserving people's favorite ritual shell.

As an attempt to do this again for a good cause, some good people (*)
came up with a suggestion to celebrate Newtonmas instead of Christmas.
Unlike Christ, Sir Isaac Newton was definitely born on December 25.
Newton's contribution to the world of reason and influence of his
thoughts on the essence of the modern civilization and worldviews and
occupations of most readers of this message - not to mention on the
existence of the technological systems that made sending this message
possible - is a lot more certain than contributions ever ascribed to

   So why not put some sense into your festivities and celebrate Newtonmas
this year?  This can be fun too!  You can play various games with apples
(grown and kept fresh until winter by modern industry), and decorate
the technological objects that have been bringing you so much joy this
year - from your PC to TV set to your car.  You can also dress up as
Solar Cause and bring your children (together with sounds "He! He! He!"
- an expression of playfulness and the chemical sign for Helium) stories
about the real source of life and energy on this little planet.
A figure of Luna, a friendly companion of Solar Cause, may bring an
additional participant into your performance, and show the spectators
that the best effects result from long-term collaboration of real-life
forces, and that they can learn in every detail how things work, understand
the world they live in, and make it still better with the combined power
of their own minds and bodies.

   Merry Newtonmas, everybody!

(*) See also the story of Ex-Mass and Solar Cause by Tom 0. Morrow at

Alexander Chislenko   <http://www.lucifer.com/~sasha/home.html>
Great Thinkers page:  <http://www.lucifer.com/~sasha/thinkers.html>
Mailing list:    <http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/visionaries>

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