Dan Brown - Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress is a techno-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published in 1998 by St. Martin's Press. The book explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens, and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications using such technology.

When the United States National Security Agency's code-breaking supercomputer (TRANSLTR) encounters a new and complex code—Digital Fortress—that it cannot break, Commander Trevor Strathmore calls in Susan Fletcher, their head cryptographer, to crack it. She discovers that it was written by Ensei Tankado, a former NSA employee who became displeased with the NSA's intrusion into people's private lives. Tankado intends to auction the code's algorithm on his website and have his partner, "NDAKOTA", release it for free if he dies. Essentially holding the NSA hostage, the agency is determined to stop Digital Fortress from becoming a threat to national security.
When Tankado does indeed die in Seville, of what appears to be a heart attack, Strathmore asks David Becker (Susan's fiancé) to travel to Seville and recover a ring that Tankado was wearing when he died. The ring is suspected to have the code that unlocks Digital Fortress. However, Becker soon discovers that Tankado gave the ring away immediately before his death. Each person he questions in the search for the ring is murdered by Hulohot, a mysterious assassin.
Meanwhile, telephone calls between "North Dakota" and Numataka (chairman of a large computer company in Tokyo) reveal that North Dakota hired Hulohot to kill Tankado in order to gain access to the passcode on his ring and speed up the release of the algorithm. At the NSA, Fletcher's investigation leads her to believe that Greg Hale, a fellow NSA employee, is North Dakota. Phil Chartrukian, an NSA technician who is unaware of the Digital Fortress code breaking failure and believes Digital Fortress to be a virus, conducts his own investigation into whether Strathmore allowed Digital Fortress to bypass Gauntlet (NSA's virus/worm filter). However, Chartrukian is murdered by being pushed off the catwalk in the sub-levels of TRANSLTR by an unknown assailant. Since Hale and Strathmore were both in the sub-levels, Fletcher assumes that Hale is the killer; however, Hale claims that he witnessed Strathmore killing Chartrukian. Chartrukian's fall also damages TRANSLTR's cooling system.
Hale holds Fletcher and Strathmore hostage to prevent himself from being arrested for the murder. It is then that Hale explains that the e-mail he supposedly received from Tankado was actually in his inbox because he was snooping on Strathmore, who was also watching Tankado's e-mail account. After the encounter, Hale's name is cleared when Fletcher discovers through a tracer that North Dakota and Ensei Tankado are actually the same person, as "NDAKOTA" is an anagram of "Tankado". Strathmore's role as the primary antagonist is revealed when Strathmore fatally shoots Hale, and arranges it to appear as a suicide. Susan later discovers through Strathmore's pager that he is the one who hired Hulohot. Becker later kills Hulohot in a violent confrontation.
Chapters told from Strathmore's perspective reveal his motives. By hiring Hulohot to kill Tankado, having Becker recover his ring, and at the same time arranging for Hulohot to kill him, would facilitate a romantic relationship with Fletcher, regaining his lost honor, and enable him to unlock Digital Fortress. By making phone calls to Numataka impersonating as "North Dakota", he thought he could partner with Numataka Corporation to make a Digital Fortress chip equipped with his own backdoor Trojan so that the NSA can spy on every computer equipped with these chips. However, Strathmore was unaware that Digital Fortress is actually a computer worm once unlocked, "eating away" at the NSA databank's security and allowing "any third-grader with a modem" to look at government secrets. When TRANSLTR overheats, Strathmore commits suicide by standing next to the machine as it explodes. The worm eventually gets into the database, but soon after Fletcher figures out the password (3, the difference between the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, Isotope 235, and the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, isotope 238, a reference to the nuclear bombs that killed his mother and left him crippled), and is able to terminate the worm before hackers can get any significant data. The NSA allows Becker to return to the United States, reuniting him with Fletcher. In the epilogue, it is revealed that Numataka is Ensei Tankado's father. Numataka left Tankado the day he was born since Tankado was a deformed child.


Real life scenarios

The book is loosely based around recent history of cryptography. In 1976 the Data Encryption Standard (DES) was approved with a 56-bit key rather than the 64-bit key originally proposed. It was widely believed that the National Security Agency had pushed through this reduction in security on the assumption that it could crack codes before anyone else.[1]
In fact the DES was first publicly broken in 1997, 96 days after the first of the DES Challenges.[2] In 1998, the same year as Digital Fortress was published, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (featured in the book) built a piece of hardware costing less than $250,000 called the EFF DES cracker which broke it in 56 hours and by 1999 the record was under 24 hours.[3]
The brute force search used by TRANSLTR takes twice as long for each extra bit added to the key (if this is done sensibly), so the reaction of the industry has understandably been to lengthen the key. The Advanced Encryption Standard established in 2001 uses 128, 192 or 256 bits, which take at least 1021 times as long (i.e. 270) to solve by this technique.[4]
Unbreakable codes are not new to the industry. The one-time pad, invented in 1917 and used for the cold-war era Moscow-Washington hotline, was proved to be unconditionally secure by Claude Shannon in 1949 when properly implemented.[5] However it is inconvenient to use in practice and is limited mainly to military and governments.[6]

Frytrix aka the futurama matrix tidbit

 
[Leela]: Their bodies are used to generate electricity. The idea came from an old movie called "The Matrix"
[Bender]: But... But wouldn't almost anything make a better battery than a human body? Like a potato... or a battery?
[Fry]: Plus no matter how much energy they produce, it would take more energy than that to keep them alive.
 


 



 [Leala]: I know, I know, it sounds absurd. In fact, when "The Matrix" first came out, it seemed like the single crummiest, laziest, most awful dim-witted idea in the entire history of science fiction. But it turned out to be true!
[Fry]: Who knew?
[Bender]: Good work, writer of "The Matrix"!



"Orbs: The Veil is Lifting"


Stories of unseen realities and their inhabitants are part of every culture, tales of angels ghosts and fairies. There are many ways in which people interact with these realms, such as song and dance, meditation and prayer.
   Now, for the first time, we are consistently seeing tangible evidence of these other realms. Cameras are now able to pick up more of the light spectrum than we can normally see with our naked eye. This phenomenon is manifesting in many different forms, but one of the most commonly seen in photographs are glowing spheres of light called orbs.
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Gaiam TV Mind Shift with Russell Brand and Eve Ensler



Mind Shift: Enlightening our Global Culture (October 2013)

Season 1, Episode 5
Available worldwide
(28:23)

4.53846
We are facing a unique crisis as our renewed vigor for attaining enlightenment clashes with our materialist based economy and fear-based politics. Is there a way we can reconcile our current systems with the new spiritual paradigms? If not, how can we reform them? Daniel Pinchbeck explores the cultural benefits of enlightenment with comedian Russell Brand and playwright Eve Ensler in this interview originally webcast October 15, 2013
Russell Brand offers his insightful perspectives on spirituality, economics and politics without abandoning his unique zeal and sense of humor. It is an entertaining and informative account on the profound benefits of individual enlightenment.

The conversation continues with Eve Ensler as they offer further insights on reforming our fear and consumerism based cultures. Individually and collectively, we can stop being passive and become the transformers of our own lives.
Daniel Pinchbeck

Russell Brand, Eve Ensler
Michael Canzoniero
English
 watch the free full episode on gaiamtv.



watch the free full episode on gaiamtv.

Ask Deepak Mantra Balance

"Question:

Dear Deepak, Regarding the mantra in meditation: I am having trouble figuring out the balance between giving enough attention to the mantra and giving too much. Sometimes I feel like if I am too focused on the mantra, I am unable to slip into the "gap". Other times, when I take some of that focus away, I find that I am just falling asleep, or slipping into a dream-like state, with weird visions similar to a dream. Several times I have stopped breathing during meditation, and/or felt like I slipped into the gap, but that hasn't happened for a while now, and I can't remember how I was treating the mantra when I did it. I know you say it is important NOT to try to slip into the gap during meditation, as that will hinder any chances of it actually happening. Could you explain this a little further?

Response:

There is no correct formula for how much attention should be given to the mantra in every meditation. That will be determined by what your mind and body needs at that particular time for your spiritual evolution. Your mind cannot determine what that is. That is why it is so important not to force the mind to be on the mantra and not to push against thoughts. That forcing interferes with the natural guidance of our inner intelligence which knows exactly where our attention needs to be at that particular time during meditation.

Love,
Deepak"

[I use the words from my sigil into my mantras, not really sure if its a good idea :)]

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Terence Mckenna - Being alientated from culture means you are an intellectual




 Terence Mckenna - Being alientated from culture means you are an intellectual





 

Angus & Julia Stone - Living On A Rainbow

Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk-blues group which formed in 2006. Their parents played as a folk duo before Julia and Angus were born. Angus & Julia Stone have released two studio albums, A Book Like This (8 September 2007), which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart; and Down the Way (12 March 2010), reached No. 1. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 they won five awards from nine nominations: winning 'Album of the Year', 'Best Adult Alternative Album', 'Best Cover Art' and 'Producer of the Year' for Down the Way and 'Single of the Year' for "Big Jet Plane". The siblings have each issued two solo albums with Angus releasing Smoking Gun (under the pseudonym Lady of the Sunshine) in April 2009 and Broken Brights in July 2012; Julia's albums are The Memory Machine (October 2010) and By the Horns (May 2012).

 Who will lead us when our faith is all but gone
who will be the light when daylight doesnt come
Who will be the ones to sacrifice their souls
who will be the men to live just for love

I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow
I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow

I can see now how the child can grow old
and I can see just how the darkness takes it's hold
and I have seen how the compromise is made
and I can see how a light can loose his way

I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow
I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow

Who will lead us when our faith is all but gone
who will be the light when daylight doesnt come
Who will be the ones to sacrifice their souls
who will be the men to live just for love

I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow
I've been living on a rainbow
I was living on a rainbow

Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow
Rainbow

Weird or What? Parallel Worlds

205 "Parallel Worlds"
Summary:[3]
  • A woman has an encounter with a mysterious human-shaped shadow.
  • A weird machine transports a six-year-old boy and his father hundreds of miles in a second.
  • Crystal skulls are thought to be gateways to other dimensions

Weird or What? Solving the Voynich Manuscript


An edited excerpt from the "Weird or What?" documentary, first aired May 2010 on the Discovery Channel. This excerpt describes an interpretation of the meaning of the Voynich Manuscript by Dr. Gordon Rugg, a professor of knowledge modelling at Keele University, Staffordshire U.K. Professor Rugg demonstrates how the Voynich, a classic problem that has fascinated linguists and encryption excerpts for centuries, could be a hoax.




from the first season 103



Summary:
  • Thousands of sea lions disappear before a major San Francisco earthquake.
  • A mysterious medieval manuscript written in a secret code (Voynich Manuscript)
  • Evidence of cocaine in mummies - a substance not found in Egypt until thousands of years later.
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