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November 18th, 2015 | Comments Off on Pseudonymity, Anonymity, and Obfuscation | Category: Reviews
Pseudonymity, Anonymity, and Obfuscation

Ever get creeped-out when Facebook automatically recognizes you or one of your friends in a photo? Facial recognition has been around for ages, but it’s starting to get disturbingly adept. There are haircuts and makeup tactics that can trick such cameras and software into not recognizing your face as a face, like the “ugly shirt” in William Gibson‘s Spook Country (2008). Obfuscation is akin to masking your identity without wearing a mask.

I loathe the phrase “hiding in plain sight,” but there’s no better way to easily describe the practice. “It’s a …

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November 12th, 2015 | Comments Off on Otherworldly Weirdness on Our Own World | Category: Reviews
Otherworldly Weirdness on Our Own World

The human brain’s relationship with reality is fickle at best. The slightest ripple in our expectations can send us off one of many available edges. In his book, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race (Hippocampus Press, 2011), Thomas Ligotti paraphrases Peter Wessel Zapffe, writing,
Consciousness is connected to the human brain in a way that makes the world appear to us as it appears and makes us appear to ourselves as we appear–that is, as ‘selves’ or as ‘persons’ strung together by memories, sensations, emotions, and so on (p. 25).
When the …

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November 08th, 2015 | No Comment | Category: Marginalia
What Book is This Sentence From?

I usually do a pretty good job of keeping up with sources, but I have the following sentence in my notes:
How easily we forget how bright the moonlight can be when we spend our nights in the wan glow of artificial light (p. 40).

There’s no indication of where I found it other than on page 40 of some book. Anyone have any ideas as to where this is from? Hit me up. I’ve run all kinds of searches to no avail. Any help is mad appreciated.
Thank you.