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Invisible Threads: Matrix Edition

Posted on October 13, 2015

Old Hickory Lake, TN – visible light image (L) and infrared light image (R) Morpheus: Do you believe in fate, Neo? Neo: No. Morpheus: Why not? Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life. Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. […]

One MILLION Dollars

Posted on September 15, 2015

Dr. Evil: Gentlemen, it has come to my attention that a breakaway Russian Republic called Kreplachistan will be transferring a nuclear warhead to the United Nations in a few days. Here’s the plan. We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for…one MILLION dollars! Number Two: Don’t you think we should ask for […]

Season of the Glitch

Posted on September 3, 2015

When I look over my shoulder What do you think I see? Some other cat lookin’ over His shoulder at me. – Donovan, “Season of the Witch” (1966) Josh Leonard: I see why you like this video camera so much. Heather Donahue: You do? Josh Leonard: It’s not quite reality. It’s like a totally filtered […]

Breaking Bad

Posted on August 19, 2015

Jesse: And why’d you go and tell her I was selling you weed? Walt: Because somehow it seemed preferable to admitting that I cook crystal meth and killed a man. – “Breaking Bad” (2008) Meadow: Are you in the Mafia? Tony: Am I in the what? Meadow: Whatever you want to call it. Organized crime. […]

Troy Will Burn – the Big Deal about Big Data

Posted on March 16, 2015

For the life of me, I don’t understand the debate [over the NSA metadata program]. – Jeb Bush, February 18, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency played a crucial role in helping the Justice Department develop technology that scans data from thousands of US cellphones at a time, part of a secret high-tech alliance between the […]

The Effete Rebellion of Bitcoin

Posted on February 17, 2015

Neil McCauley: We want to hurt no one! We’re here for the bank’s money, not your money. Your money is insured by the federal government, you’re not gonna lose a dime. Think of your families, don’t risk your life. Don’t try and be a hero! “Heat” (1995) Butch Cassidy: What happened to the old bank? […]

First Known When Lost

Posted on February 3, 2015

I never noticed it until ‘Twas gone – the narrow copse Where now the woodman lops The last of the willows with his bill – Edward Thomas, “First Known When Lost” (1917) Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Hal: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. Dave Bowman: What’s the problem? […]