Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mother Earth Mother Board

Now that the internets are broken is this a good time to link to a copy of Neal Stephenson's Mother Earth Mother Board'?

In which the hacker tourist ventures forth across the wide and wondrous meatspace of three continents, acquainting himself with the customs and dialects of the exotic Manhole Villagers of Thailand, the U-Turn Tunnelers of the Nile Delta, the Cable Nomads of Lan tao Island, the Slack Control Wizards of Chelmsford, the Subterranean Ex-Telegraphers of Cornwall, and other previously unknown and unchronicled folk; also, biographical sketches of the two long-dead Supreme Ninja Hacker Mage Lords of global telecommunications, and other material pertaining to the business and technology of Undersea Fiber-Optic Cables, as well as an account of the laying of the longest wire on Earth, which should not be without interest to the readers of Wired.

Seems like a fine idea to me. All about telecom, undersea cables, FLAG (one of the two severed cables), Victorian Hackers and guys doing jobs that no one thinks about but which hold the world together.

It's Stephenson so it's a very wordy and it takes him forever to find the end ... which is odd for non-fiction but there you go.
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