Tag Archives: technology

Tron

Produced by Disney’s Buenavista Pictures in 1981, Tron was the first feature film to use extensive computer generated (CG) animation. It’s plot is a gnostic allegory of the structure of the universe, and a parable on the perversity of postmodern epistemology in a networked information environment. An early scene in the video game arcade: Flynn: […]

National Security Agency

Founded November 4, 1952. Budget-wise, the NSA is the largest single American government agency, though the exact budget itself is classified. NSA security awareness poster: Links wiki: National_Security_Agency wiki: NSA_warrantless_surveillance_controversy EFF: How the NSA’s Domestic Spying Program Works NSA Security Awareness Posters NSA: Print and Construct Your Own Cipher Disk

Silicon Valley

The nickname of the inland area in south-central California clustered around San Jose. One of the most intense nodes of tension in the psycho-sexuality of global capital. It’s suburbs include the farming community of Salinas, the resort town of Santa Cruz, and the upscale commuter village of San Francisco. In his 1979 book Messengers of […]

E-Meter

aka: Meter, Electrometer from Scientology An ohmmeter which measures galvanometric skin response (essentially a cheap lie detector). It is used in Scientology auditing to locate overts, body thetans, and . Through this process of auditing, one can becomeclear.

Baphomet

Baphomet was the name of the speaking head which the Knights Templar allegedly worshiped. It has been suggested that this head — sometimes described as similar to a computer — was the secret which the Templars found, the thing which made them the most powerful economic force in Medieval Europe, and that was the secret […]

Alphacom Team

Dr (?) Michael Wolf claimed that MJ-12 appointed him manager of Alphacom Team, who had the objective of resuming negotiations with the visiting extraterrestrials. Other objectives of Alphacom Team were: to determine whether we can use the ETs’ technology to restore this planet to its former pristine state of natural balance.” to determine the number […]

West Virginia Ordnance Works

aka: WVOV, Point Pleasant Depot associated with the Mothman incidents from pointpleasantwv.org: During the years of operation of WVOW, Point Pleasant was a boom-town. Chemists, scientists, engineers, electricians, plumbers, masons, heavy construction crews, and laborers representing nearly every building trade were required for the rapid buildup. Workers from all over the country converged on this […]

Zed

The name of Sean Connery’s bikini-and bandoleer cladc haracter in the movie Zardoz. Zed plays a role in the film somewhat similar to that of Case in the novel Neuromancer — he is used as a tool in a byzantine suicide by some form of technologically enhanced Higher Being. Also: The owner of the motorcycle […]

Vandenburg Air Force Base

Located on the central coast of California, Vandenburg occupies a large area around Point Conception — the point where the California coast turns North which is roughly considered the geographic and climatological division between Northern and Southern California. Location of many missile tests, commercial rocket launches, and some space shuttle launches. While trying to convince […]

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

(SETI) The offical scientific search for aliens. Based on the Drake Equation, their search focuses on the communication traces of advanced civilizations. SETI signal analysis was one of the first distributed network applications using the Internet to harness to idle processor cycles of thousands of home computers Links http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/S/SETV.html

bug

Also: heisenbug, Bohr bug, mandelbug, schroedinbug David Marusek, Getting to Know You (Asimov’s Mar 1998) About a woman and her new computerized personal assistant, or ‘bug’, that quickly learns more about her tastes, habits, and motives than she anticipates. Marusek made a splash with his 1995 novella We Were Out of Minds with Joy; this […]

Vril

Vril is a word from a science-fiction novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton titled Vril: The Power of the Coming Race published in 1870. In the book, Vril is a form of energy possessed by an extremely powerful subterranean race. The book was quite popular in the late 19th century, and for a time the word Vril”came […]