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Hi! I’m Benjamin Phillips. Thank for visiting!

I work in the technology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. My main interests are in technology and how individuals and cultures relate to technological change. I heavily indulge in the idiotic enjoyment of pop culture- movies, music, art, photography, etc. I sometimes try to connect the two areas.

This blog is an experiment, a place to practice writing, collect interesting content I find on the internet, and so on. It is very much a work in progress. If you have any feedback or thoughts on the how the site works or any of the content here, let me know!

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Art

The House in Hitchcock's "Psycho"

The Bates house in Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho" was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The canvas is called “House by the Railroad” and[...]

Otto Dix

Otto Dix was a German painter noted for ruthless & harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society & the brutality of war. Dix served in World War I, eventually earning [...]

Culture

Judge Dread

First white dude to have a #1 reggae hit in Jamaica. Judge Dread - Big Six.

Breath of Air from Chaos

“The painter does not paint on an empty canvas, and neither does the writer write on a blank page; but the page or canvas is already so covered with preexisting, preestablished[...]

Needle Park

A young woman tries to comfort her husband and his brother. All three heroin addicts. By now, crime is the only way to get the money to support their habit. This incredibl[...]

The Eames Lounge Chair

Charles & Ray Eames show their then-new masterpiece on the Arlene Francis "Home" show broadcast on the NBC television network in 1956. This fascinating piece of post-war American d[...]

Abuse and Belief

Psychoanalysts treating victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic church in Ireland have reported an interesting phenomenon. On the whole, patients do not lose their faith as a resul[...]

William S. Burroughs

"I’m not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The ques[...]

The Gulabi Gang: India's Armed Feminists

The Gulabi gang is a group of women vigilantes active across North India named after the pink saris their members wear. The group was founded as a response to widespread domestic a[...]

Politics

Born This Way and Queer Straightjacketing

Helen Razer recently wrote an article arguing that labels like 'homosexual' put us all in artificially small boxes, and we should resist these terms. The author makes reference to [...]

Meme Politics

Meme Politics Social media has profoundly changed political communication. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networks have created a new kind of consumer-citizen which i[...]

The Personal is Not the Political

"The Personal is the Political" is a phrase that came out of 1960's and 1970's feminist organizations. Closely associated with the work of Carol Hanisch, the phrase referred to wom[...]

What do Women Dream?

“To return psychoanalysis to a veridical path, it is worth recalling that analysis managed to go so far in the revelation of man’s desires only by following, in the veins of neuros[...]

Psychoanalysis

Jacques Lacan on Fucking

"For the moment, I am not fucking, I am talking to you. Well! I can have exactly the same satisfaction as if I were fucking. That’s what it [sublimation] means. Indeed, it rais[...]

Born This Way and Queer Straightjacketing

Helen Razer recently wrote an article arguing that labels like 'homosexual' put us all in artificially small boxes, and we should resist these terms. The author makes reference to [...]

The House in Hitchcock's "Psycho"

The Bates house in Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho" was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The canvas is called “House by the Railroad” and[...]

Sigmund Freud's Voice

This is the only known recording of Sigmund Freud's voice, taken by the BBC in 1938. I started my professional activity as a neurologist trying to bring relief to my neuroti[...]

Videogames and Violence

Effective marketing is, at its most basic level, a method of reducing perceived risk. When an commercial works, what fear, embarrassment, or anxiety is present in the ad is clearly[...]

Machine Sex

Romance is maybe not yet totally dead, but its forthcoming death is signalled by object-gadgets which promise to deliver excessive pleasure but which effectively reproduce only the[...]

King of Kong: The Fractal Unconscious

King of Kong The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a surprisingly charming 2007 documentary film which follows Steve Weibe, an unemployed Seattle engineer, in his quest to ac[...]

The Personal is Not the Political

"The Personal is the Political" is a phrase that came out of 1960's and 1970's feminist organizations. Closely associated with the work of Carol Hanisch, the phrase referred to wom[...]

Web Analytics: Calculating the Real

"In the average person . . . the body precedes language. In my case, words came first of all.Then . . . came the flesh. It was already, as goes without saying, sadly wasted by word[...]

Klout and Pathological Narcissism

Web 2.0, Postmodernism, Cybersex, Virtual Reality From the late 1980's when computers became home appliances to the bursting of the dot.com bubble in 2000, there was an entire gen[...]
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Technology

Want Ads

“The classified ads (and stock-market quotations) are the bedrock of the press. Should an alternative source of easy access to such diverse daily information be found, the press wi[...]