Introduction: Be Anonymous on the Web:Kiteman's Unique Pixellation Indication Device.

Previously, when people needed anonymity in photos, you have to pixellate their faces. Now, with Kiteman's Unique Pixellation Indication Device (K.U.P.I.D.) you don't need to.

Step 1: Background.

Computer-based pixellation lowers the resolution of digital images, merging details and averaging tonal data to render individual features unrecognisable.

But haven't you ever suspected that some clever bugger somewhere could undo it? We've all seen those spy films where they keep enhancing passport-sized photos until they can see the faces of people reflected in the subject's pupils...

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but K.U.P.I.D. is a guaranteed barrier to such processes.

Step 2: Materials and Equipment.

Construction of K.U.P.I.D. you require:

> Access to a PC and printer (which you already have, or you wouldn't be reading this, would you?)

> Sticky stuff.

> A sharp thing.

> A head-sized box.

Step 3: The Secret.

The secret to the process is to present the camera with pixels that cannot be resolved into finer detail, by printing your own.

Use the graphic software of your choice to produce a pattern of randomly-tinted blocks, and print it out several times.

Step 4: Construction.

Print several copies of your chosen pixellation, and glue them all over the box.

Now the trick:

Put the box on your head!

That's it, you're done. Nobody can tell who you are, no matter how sophisticated their software.

What do you mean, you can't see?

That's what the Sharp Thing is for - poke holes level with your eyes (but please, remember to take the box off before you start sticking Sharp Things into it at eye-level...

Comments

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Kiteman made it! (author)2011-07-23

Pixel merchandise is now available!

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astroboy907 made it! (author)2012-12-09

Of course, put the warning of the Sharp Things AFTER you tell me to poke holes!! Now one side of my box is all red and bloody...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2012-12-10

I bet it still works, though!

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mrmath made it! (author)2007-02-11

I ran the image of the box through my software to depixelize it, and I came up with this. I guess it doesn't work as well you you might think. :)

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2007-02-11

It's you! You're one of THEM!!

(panicked footsteps fade rapidly into distance, accompanied by the sound of kitchen foil being wrapped hurridly around a head...)

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Punkguyta made it! (author)Punkguyta2007-02-11

Wow, added to my list of favourite things to say when I'm stoned!

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2007-02-12

Dude, you want to try the Goon Show for choice phrases...

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Lftndbt made it! (author)Lftndbt2009-04-28

LoL, dude.... KITEMAN SAID DUDE!!!

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-04-28

More than two years ago!

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-28

Wow. Has it really been two years?! Wow...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-04-28

I just checked - I made that comment three days before you joined the site...

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-30

:D I distinctly remember this ible coming out new - I think I may in fact have signed up just to comment on it...

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-04-30

You mean... you're my fault?!?

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-30

I think I am...I was quite impressed and intimidated by you and your projects, and wished to know more. I read the site for months if not a year or more before joining. It's a bit hard to remember preibles, but I think you provided the impetus.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-04-30

Gosh.

I'm... humbled.

Beats ego back into cage with big pointy stick.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-30

Oh, you changed my life quite a bit! :D

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-05-01

Really? Gosh. Er...

Wow. That gives me such a warm feeling - thank you.

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Derin made it! (author)Derin2010-06-15

*loads helicopter with heat lamps* *hovers over Kiteman* does that give a warm feeling?

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-05-01

Yep, really.

Awww. Thanks for inspiring me to join!

>Hug<

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-05-01

>Hugs back<

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Rock Soldier made it! (author)Rock Soldier2009-08-05

How dare you! (Don't worry twin, I'm just kidding, mostly.)

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NachoMahma made it! (author)NachoMahma2009-04-30
. You've created a monster!
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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-04-30

Cue maniacal laughter and the crackle of a Jacob's Ladder

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-28

Wahahahaha, I did the exact same thing...

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-20

KITEMAN SAID DUDE!!!

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-06-20

Good grief, that was nearly a year and a half ago - are you trawling through all my comments? You can give a man a complex, you know.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-20

Lol, no, I searched for something...I can't remember what, I think I searched for "Goodhart", that may be it. Anyway, for some reason the keywords led me to this ible, and I happened to notice that comment!

I'm not that crazy...;)

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mrmath made it! (author)mrmath2008-06-20

"I'm not that crazy...;)" That's what ALL the stalkers say. :)

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-20

I am not a stalker! It was a coinc-i-dinc!

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Goodhart made it! (author)Goodhart2009-02-13

Um, you were searching for Goodhart ? LOL

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-13

=O

Stalker!

:D:D

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Goodhart made it! (author)Goodhart2009-02-13

Is that an admission then? Since you wrote to Kiteman that you came across his post while looking for me ;-) I came across this because Kiteman pointed me here....

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-13

I really don't remember, it's been so long ago...if I said it, I must have been! I was probably searching for your comments, this was before I figured out just clicking on people's names and going to profiles. :D

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Derin made it! (author)Derin2010-03-26

"(panicked footsteps fade rapidly into distance, accompanied by the sound of kitchen foil being wrapped hurridly around a head...)"
 CORRECTION
(panicked foorsteps fade rapidly into distance, accompanied by the sound of reloading heavy weaponry and packing loads of money in a suitcase)
note: I CAN'T TURN ITALIC OFF HELP ME

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mrmath made it! (author)mrmath2007-02-11

Too bad "we" swapped your kitchen foil for "our" "psychic foil"! BWAH-HA-HA-HA! (Besides, I've heard the foil bras work better.)

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dombeef made it! (author)dombeef2008-08-13

HA!

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man5000000 made it! (author)2009-09-02

who do you think you are?

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-09-03

I think I'm Kiteman. Who do you think you are?

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The Jamalam made it! (author)2009-08-11

This made me laugh so hard...

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lemonie made it! (author)2007-02-18

Why don't TV doccumentary crews use this? Maybe it's some heath & safety thing... If anyone's interested in this type of pixellation, let me know (it's very easy):

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Rock Soldier made it! (author)Rock Soldier2009-08-05

Why not just photoshop a black(or white) box over your head?

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2009-08-05

Pixellation is a specific effect, that obscures detail but leaves the picture looking not much different.

L

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cornflaker made it! (author)cornflaker2009-04-10

They didn't do a good job on that face did they? lol (just move your head back from the screen haha)

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2009-04-10
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cornflaker made it! (author)cornflaker2009-04-10

Oh you did that, I thought you meant that was on TV lol well you should make it a little more pixelated IMO

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csmiler made it! (author)csmiler2008-11-02

Im Interested

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Gorfram made it! (author)2009-03-09

Kiteman, you are just cuter than a bug.* :)

*genuine "down-home"-type American vernacular expression genuinely connoting genuine cuteness.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-03-09

Er, thank you?

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Gorfram made it! (author)Gorfram2009-03-09

;)

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transeunte made it! (author)2008-08-28

ROFLMAO... Great one! =D

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