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“Mechanical security researcher” Schuyler Townes picks locks.  Now you can too:

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“Lockpicking: The Basic Idea” is #12 in Schuyler’s 24-video course, “Locks: Basic Operation and Manipulation,” which starts here.  The impatient can download a PDF “Lockpicking Quick Reference” here.  But those who, like your correspondent, want even more will enjoy Schuyler’s blog.


As we move beyond the “jiggle and bump,” we might send sub rosa birthday greetings to novelist, philosopher, psychologist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, civil libertarian, and self-described agnostic mystic Robert Anton Wilson; he was born on this date in 1932.  Bob, as he was widely known, wrote prolifically; he’s probably best remembered for The Illuminatus! Trilogy and for Schrödinger’s Cat.  But he was also recognized as an episkopos, pope, and saint of Discordianism, and as Pope Bob in the Church of the Subgenius.

“If voting could change the system it would be illegal.”

“I suspect or intuit that, as Lenin said, ‘the machine is running the engineers.’ We can’t dismount, even if the horse seems to have gotten out of control. Information will continue to double faster all the time, leading to new technologies, and the new technologies will unleash Chaos (in the mathematical sense), and society will change in unpredictable and unexpected ways. I suspect or intuit that this ever-accelerating info-techno-sociological rev-and-ev-olution follows the laws of organic systems and continually re-organizes on higher and higher levels of coherence, until something kills it.”

Bob at the National Theatre, London, for the 10-hour stage version of Illuminatus! in 1977 (source)

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January 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

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