Liking Things is Like Being a Machine

Warhol: Someone said that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under government. It’s happening here all by itself without being under a strict government; so if it’s working without trying, why can’t it work without being Communist? Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we’re getting more and more that way.
I think everybody should be a machine. I think everybody should like everybody.

Art News: Is that what Pop Art is all about?

Warhol: Yes. It’s liking things.

Art News: And liking things is like being a machine?

Warhol: Yes, because you do the same thing every time. You do it over and over again.

From a 1963 interview in Art News. Source.

Utah Lawmakers Continue To Try To Choke NSA Out

Utah lawmaker wants to shut off NSA’s water supply for good
Bill bans aid between any “federal agency that collects electronic data,” state.

On a side note, the end of the article mentions a Mormon* fundamentalist group:

Bluffdale itself is a small city of 8,000 people, and it’s also the headquarters of the Apostolic United Brethren, a Mormon fundamentalist group.

I’ve lived twenty minutes from Bluffdale the past decade and this is the first I’ve heard of them.

* The ‘Mormon’ fundamentalist groups tend to be akin to what Scientology is to Science.

New IT Word

In the changing world of IT it can be difficult to keep up with the language of your fellow engineers. Today’s word is:
Configguhr verb
con·figg·uhr [kuhn-fig-uhr] con·figg·uhrd, con·figg·uhr·een, con·figg·uhr·ay·shun

1. to arrange or organize
2. computer engineering, computer use, to set up (hardware or software)

“I’m 67 and bored.”

I think a commenter got it right, he’s like Tony Stark.

I’d forgotten about this.

He was also implied in a murder.

I’m also curious about his new product “D-Central”. John McAfee’s $100 D-Central aims to outsmart the NSA 2013-09-30

Friday Night Video XIII

I’m currently at DefCon.  This is from last year’s Defcon.  I’m in the audience of at least one of these performances (one of the inside ones, IIRC).

Posting this in advance, obviously, as DefCon is home to the world’s most hostile network, and I do not feel like having my lousysauce login splashed across the wall of sheep.

Friday Night Video LXII

This weekend I’m preparing for Defcon by (1) reviewing the talks and figuring out which ones I plan to attend; and, more importantly, (2) preparing an alcohol strategy.

I’m considering taking along a bottle of absinthe and a case or two of beer, then mixing absinthe with water in a water bottle and relying on that for the first part of the evening, switching to beer once that runs out.  This is either the best or the worst idea I’ve had in a while.