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a little screen in his head

1 December 2014 | Conspiracy, Literature | No Comments

забытое интервью [PDF] Филипа Дика журналу Rolling Stone в 1975 году — известное вторжение уже произошло, и в статье полно различных версий и переосмыслений. меня же всегда подкупало вот ровно это:

Dick’s characters are all ultimately small (that is, ordinary, believable) people made big by their stamina in the face of an uncertain world. Dick cares about the people in his books — true, he contrives horrible things to happen to them, but that is in some sense beyond his control; he is like a god condemned to watch his universes fall apart as fast as he creates them, with his poor beloved characters trapped inside — and ultimately we, the readers, empathize with the characters as much as the author does. We share their small triumphs and disappointments; we laugh at their absurd behavior because we recognize their anxieties as our own.

и еще:

The relationship between Phil and drugs has always been a bizarre one. He wrote the classic LSD novel of all time, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, in l963, two years before-he took any psychedelic drugs. People who‘ve read the novel (including Timothy Leary, an early Phil Dick fan) find this hard to believe, but I’ve talked to enough of Phil’s friends to be satisfied that it’s true. Phil often describes things best before he experiences them. It‘s a frightening talent when you think about it.



19 October 2013 | Conspiracy, Culturology, Literature | No Comments

quote of the era:

You know where it all comes from, this online paradise of yours? It started back during the Cold War, when the think tanks were full of geniuses plotting nuclear scenarios. Attaché cases and horn-rims, every appearance of scholarly sanity, going in to work every day to imagine all the ways the world was going to end. Your Internet, back then the Defense Department called it DARPAnet, the real original purpose was to assure survival of U.S. command and control after a nuclear exchange with the Soviets.


Yep, and your Internet was their invention, this magical convenience that creeps now like a smell through the smallest details of our lives, the shopping, the housework, the homework, the taxes, absorbing our energy, eating up our precious time. And there’s no innocence. Anywhere. Never was. It was conceived in sin, the worst possible. As it kept growing, it never stopped carrying in its heart a bitter-cold death wish for the planet, and don’t think anything has changed, kid.


Call it freedom, it’s based on control. Everybody connected together, impossible anybody should get lost, ever again. Take the next step, connect it to these cell phones, you’ve got a total Web of surveillance, inescapable.


another world’s intrusion

10 October 2013 | Comix, Conspiracy, Culturology, Humour | No Comments

оказывается, вот чудесный комикс о теории заговора — где кусочек достойной Пинчона истории открывается нам лишь в самом последнем слайде[1]; словно робко мелькнувшая верхушка айсберга.


  1. мне кажется, большинство начинает смеяться на предпоследнем.  ↩


run, Forest, run

2 September 2013 | Conspiracy, History | No Comments

еще одна случайная история:

Babushka Lady is a nickname for an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy who might have photographed the events that occurred in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza at the time President John F. Kennedy was shot. Her nickname arose from the headscarf she wore similar to scarves worn by elderly Russian women.

интересно, как же все <...>.



28 August 2013 | Conspiracy, Lifeform, Story | No Comments

уже писал о знаменитой радиостанции UVB-76, но вот очередное исследование, не могу пройти мимо:

The radio signal that occupies 4625 kHz has reportedly been broadcasting since the late 1970s. The earliest known recording of it is dated 1982. Ever since curious owners of shortwave radios first discovered the signal, it has broadcast a repeating buzzing noise. Every few years, the buzzer stops, and a Russian voice reads a mixture of numbers and Russian names.

тем более, что есть новости:

For the first time in a history that stretches back nearly forty years, the mysterious Russian radio signal popularly known as UVB-76 had issued an order. On the 24th of January 2013, it was heard clearly by its legion of fans.


Online chatter about the signal increased in 2010, as bizarre broadcasts were issued on an almost monthly basis. Snippets of Swan Lake were played, a female voiced counted from one to nine, a question mark was transmitted in Morse code and strange telephone conversations were overheard by the receiver.

Since October 2010, the station has changed location. The flurry of activity and voice messages preceded the most important development in the signal since it began broadcasting in the 1970s. It seems likely that the heightened activity of 2010 was related to the establishment of the signal in a new location. The new call sign was read out after the move: “MDZhB”.

вот и экскурсия с фотоотчетом на место былой дислокации, — и гипотезы, теории, догадки:

While internet followers have discovered the location of the old signal, the purpose of UVB-76 remains a mystery. As with any unexplained mystery, conspiracy theories abound, some more credible than others.

замечательная история, мне кажется. или могла бы оказаться таковой.


другая сеть

16 September 2012 | Conspiracy, Google, Hardware, Story | No Comments

вообще говоря, журнал “Wired” публикует одну интересную статью за другой (или это просто я давно не заходил на их сайт?) — тут и хроника жизни и ареста[1], и неопознанный коммутатор, тайком созданный в лабораториях Google, и соответствующие расследования, , и многое другое, что так без промедления и норовит упасть в какой-ниубдь очередной захватывающий роман.

  1. которую написал Мэт Хонан, что, естественно, интригует еще сильнее.  ↩


государственный контроль

8 September 2012 | Conspiracy, Crime, Politics, Privacy, Security, Software | No Comments

а вот, пожалуйста, еще о слежке:

Two security researchers have found new evidence that legitimate spyware [known as FinFisher or FinSpy] sold by British firm Gamma International appears to be being used by some of the most repressive regimes in the world.


The spying software has the capability to monitor and report back on calls and GPS positions from mobile phones, as well as recording Skype sessions on a PC, logging keystrokes, and controlling any cameras and microphones that are installed.

хорошо, пока речь идет о неких авторитарных странах, но кто поручится, что эта программа не установленна и у вас?

Research now links it to servers in more than a dozen countries [emphasis mine], including Turkmenistan, Brunei and Bahrain, although no government acknowledges using the software for surveillance purposes.

на вашем телефоне или компьютере:

On Wednesday, [the 29th of August, 2012,] the researchers announced one of their biggest discoveries yet. They discovered new mobile versions of the spyware that had been customized for Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia’s Symbian and BlackBerry’s mobile operating systems.

и вы об этом ничего так и не знаете:

But what made the software especially sophisticated was how well it avoided detection. Its creators specifically engineered it to elude antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, F-Secure and others.

по-моему, остался только один шаг до знаменитой комнаты 101 — хотя, может, и он уже позади.


воротилы рынка

20 August 2012 | Conspiracy, Journalism, Lifeform | 1 Comment

а spintonguesМакс Немцов перевел статью Хельмута Хеге об очередном заговоре:

— Чтобы добиваться роста собственной мобильности, нам приходилось предоставлять различные тексты и пускать их по всевозможным каналам на всех уровнях. В Соединенных Штатах, к примеру, мы изготовляли очень ответственные тексты под именем «Пинчон», но также производили и коммерческие рекламные слоганы, новостийные статьи, пацифистские и битнические стихи (некоторые даже включали потом в антологии). Более того, мы писали сценарии телевизионных рекламных роликов, сценарии экранизаций романов, новелизации фильмов, панегирики, интервью — как воображаемые, так и реальные, — и так далее и тому подобное.

никто и не сомневался, конечно же.


с сурдинкой

23 June 2012 | Apple, Conspiracy | No Comments

кусочек загадки:

Suppose you dropped your phone — a real fall, like from the second story — and it broke. You’re picking up the pieces, cursing and trying to think of the last time you backed up your contacts, when you notice something. Deep within the phone’s hardware, hidden from everyday use, you find a message — etched right onto the chassis.


This isn’t actually a hypothetical situation or something out of a Neal Stephenson book. Apple has actually done this — and the symbol they’ve chosen is as arcane and ominous as it is unmistakable.

That’s the symbol at the top of the post, in case you haven’t guessed. Do you recognize it? No cheating, now. You don’t need any tools to identify it. It’s not a code, not binary or anything. Do you give up?

It’s a glider.


The glider, it was mentioned, is made from five cells. If you’ll scroll up, you’ll find that there is one more than that in Apple’s little frozen game. A stray cell, two rows over. Curious — what happens when you put this into the Game of Life?

The glider dies.

Нил Стивенсон? отнюдь, куда больше эта история напоминает Пинчона.



19 December 2010 | Conspiracy, Lifeform, Story | 3 Comments

отдельного упоминания, кстати, несомненно заслуживает история самой загадочной радиостанции в мире:

Tinfoil hatters around the world are abuzz that UVB-76, the Russian shortwave radio station that has been broadcasting its monotonous tone almost uninterrupted since 1982, has suddenly gone offline.

правда, теперь уже снова действует (а так же другие ссылки по теме: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6) — так заблудившиеся астронавты шлют на свои планеты крик о помощи[1].

1 — надо ли называть их по имени?