Some links that you may have missed:
The Matrix Brickphone
points us to one of the billion marketing tie-ins to the new movie. The first movie made that Nokia 8110 (more proof) a hot item and Samsung is trying to cash in. Unfortunately it’s butt ugly and $500, but a little part of me still wants one if nothing else than for the matrix code on the display. Just a small part, the same part that thinks that ladies would love a man with a MAME cabinet.
The Spiritual Message of ‘The Matrix’
NPR did a story this morning on the spiritual messages in the Matrix, which has been covered extensively by other sites but it’s nice to for a major media outlet to note that there’s more than meets the eye in the Matrix. There were tons of “hidden” elements in the first one, like the fact that Neo (an anagram for “one”) lived in apartment “101” and that he kept his money in a book called “Simulacra and Simulacrum” by Jean Baudrillard, a book that focuses on the difference between what’s real and what’s not. I look forward to finding these elements in Reloaded and Revolutions.
Matrix Comics
A lot of people I talk to don’t realize that there are a ton of comics set in the Matrix universe that are free to everyone. They are done by some top names, and there are a lot of good ones. Check out Bits and Pieces of Information, which ties into The Second Renaissance nicely, and Deju Vu. There’s also some short stories, including one by Neil Gaiman.
HollywoodOS gets an upgrade
got some cool screengrabs from the movie. It shows Trinity running Nmap on a 10.x.x.x address, followed by a real SSH exploit. The Wachowski brothers have mentioned red-boxing and blue-boxing on their website, but it’s nice to see this kind of realism on-screen. Granted, SSH pops up a password prompt for her, but personally I can get past that.

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