Invisible Threads: Matrix Edition

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. …

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One MILLION Dollars

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 …

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Season of the Glitch

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 …

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Breaking Bad

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. …

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Troy Will Burn – the Big Deal about Big Data

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 …

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The Effete Rebellion of Bitcoin

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? …

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