Chapter 6

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Michelle Liwag
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Chapter 6 gives us a background of Cayce’s father, Win Pollard. He was an educated man who helped ensure the physical security of American embassies worldwide, for 25 years. The topic of Cayce’s father was probably brought up in this chapter because this is when Cayce’s paranoia begins and because of this, what she remembers about her father with regard to security can be useful. After seeing “See Asian sluts gets what they deserve!” on her browser, the uneasiness, doubt, and paranoia start to set in. Remembering what her father used to do back in the day, she decides to “secure the perimeter” and she rearranges the furniture in such a way that the table blocks the door so that nobody can enter the apartment. After securing the perimeter, Cayce starts to reminisce about her father and how she always imagined how it would be if KGB spy devices were able to penetrate the security of the embassy. The KGB is the committee of state security for Russia. Below is an example of one of the KGB’s spy devices. For more examples of KGB spy equipment, click here.

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Aside from Gibson’s reference to the KGB, he also mentions something about “the Garage Kubrick” in relation to the maker or source of the footage. That is, Parkaboy thought that “it is possible that this footage is generated single-handedly by some technologically empowered solo auteur, some guerilla creator out there alone in the night of the Internet. That it might be being generated via some sort of CGI, actors, sets and all, and entirely at the virtual hand of some secretive and perhaps unknown genius, has become a widespread obsession…” The concept of “the Garage Kubrick” in this chapter refers to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick who is known for one of his last films entitled “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Stanley Kubrick is known for his secrecy regarding his life and his work as a filmmaker, screen writer, and producer. He was a sort of outsider who created his movies in seclusion, just like the maker of the footage in the novel. What makes him so interesting to people is the fact that there was a certain kind of mystery to him and even though his works (movies, documentaries, photo spreads) were pretty ambiguous, people were still intrigued by them. Just like Stanley Kubrick, the creator of the footage is shrouded in mystery (hence the reference to “the Garage Kubrick”) and yet, the footage captures people’s attention and even becomes an obsession.


Annotation for Chapter 6: The Match Factory
Antonio VII Angelo A Mendoza
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There is a moment in this chapter that Cayce viewed the “Asian Sluts” website. After viewing the pornographic website, she closes it. However, the book mentions that she needed to click herself free from a swarm of windows that preview pornography that is described to preview images worst than “Asian Sluts.”
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These windows are what we commonly know as “Pop – Up Advertisements.” This is a way on how people are able to spread information and advertisements in the Internet by enabling a website to open another website through internal programming through Java Script or a different program.

Pop-up windows are seen to a problem by many Internet users. Because of this, many internet browsers have included pop-up blockers.
Here is a link that is aimed to help people with the problem: __Here__

There was a moment where Cayce passes by an accident site. There she notices that there was a yellow motor cycle that she noted to be a “Bike Medic.” She noted that this was “an entirely mirror world concept.”
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I am not entirely sure why Cayce mentions however, I believe that she mentions this is that of the parallelism of the ambulance / safety system that is found in the US and in the UK.

Based on my research, the Ambulance system of both countries are very similar, both having similar purposes and even similar transport systems like the traditional “Land” Ambulance, and “Air Ambulance” that is either privately or publicly operated.

What becomes “mirror” is maybe the slight difference that is present between the two counties in their ambulance systems. Largely, the difference between the two lies on the aesthetics of the ambulances from both countries.
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Generally, when one thinks of “ambulance” a white van is imagined, however, this is not the case in the UK as ambulances are largely yellow with rather green accents.
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Here are some links of emergency medical care websites. For US For UK

While having dinner, Bigend mentions about the future and on how “there is no future as the present is volatile.” Later in the chapter, it is mentioned that Bigend owns a maroon Hummer that is described to be as scary than the larger models a Hummer may have.

I just found it amusing that Bigend talked about having no future while his car, would also have no more future.
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Hummers are known to consume great amounts of gasoline. Because of the high prices of gasoline today, it would be very impractical to own a hummer.

Because of the low sales of the vehicle, General Motors have announced that they would be stopping the production of the said vehicle due to its poor sales. Read the article here :)

In the chapter, Stonestreet asks, “Do we have a past, then?” Bigend however answers that "History is a best−guess narrative about what happened and when. Who did what to whom. With what. Who won. Who lost. Who mutated. Who became extinct."

Bigend mentions the past as something as trivial, however, the past is seen as something valuable as emphasized in the first part of the chapter.

Note how Cayce acquires what her father told her in the past in securing what she thought would be dangerous. It should be noticed too that the past is also seen as important technologically with the presence of “Browser History” and “Redialing” as seen too in this chapter.

Through these two tools, “the past” is seen as a commodity where the presence of these enable a person to access information once acquired. The presence of these two tools makes it easier and more convenient for a person to gather information.

However, like actual memories, people want to erase some information from their “histories” as they prove to be “hurtful” for the person. In the browser history’s case, these “hurtful memories” can be links to “unsightly things” such as pornography.

Here are some people that have “problems” in clearing their browser histories: 01, 02, 03

Cayce was invited to a dinner by Stonestreet with his wife, Helena and Bigend. The venue for their dinner was an old match factory converted into a living space that is supposed to be comfortable and habitable.

Stonestreet mentions, however that their place is no TriBeCa.

Triangle Below Canal Street, hence the acronym TriBeCa is a district in New York City that is considered to have one of the most expensive zip codes (10013) as its inhabitants are rather famous people such as Mariah Carey, Scarlet Johansen and Sarah Michelle Geller.

What is interesting about Tribeca is that before it had warehouse buildings that were converted into multi-million dollar lofts, hence the comparison of the “Match Factory” to the said place.
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It interesting to point out that what is seen to be as something old and deemed worthless can now be converted into something new that can be used as a status symbol with the very high value that is placed on it.

Here is a link to a brief neighborhood guide to Tribeca


It is mentioned in the Chapter that Cayce watched an episode of the show with the title Ark/Hive 7 just because she wanted to see her friend’s boyfriend on the show.

This is very common in real life as people want to watch certain programs just to be able to see someone he or she knows even though this person would only appear briefly.

I remember when I was in highschool when my friend then told me that he was appearing in a commercial for a gasoline station commercial. With no fail, I watched the said commercial trying to look for my friend, however I did not see him as he eventually told me that he was only to be a “blob.”

Recently, I was invited to be part of a music video and I invited everyone to watch the music video as soon as it premiered In MYX. Only body parts of me appeared in the video (namely my arm, shoulder and head) but I still bugged people to watch. The music video can be watched from this link.

The music video is Blue Monday by Miguel Escueta

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(note, my arm can be seen at 00:29, the one jumping in front, in 00:38 - 00:39 you can see my head, my back at 2:58 and my elbow at 3:41)

Being seen in mass media is a “milestone” as it is a means of making yourself known to people faster without much effort on your part.

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