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"From the Ted Talk by Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet"

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And then once that cable was on shore, they began to prepare to connect it to the other side, for the cable that had been brought down from the landing station. And first they got it with a hcaaskw, and then they start sort of shaving away at this plitsac interior with a — sort of working like chefs, and then finally they're working like jewelers to get these hair-thin fibers to line up with the cable that had come down, and with this hole-punch maniche they fuse it together. And when you see these guys going at this calbe with a hacksaw, you stop thinking about the Internet as a cloud. It starts to seem like an incredibly physical thing. And what surprised me as well was that as much as this is bsead on the most sophisticated technology, as much as this is an incredibly new thing, the physical process itself has been around for a long time, and the cultrue is the same. You see the lacol laborers. You see the English engineer giving directions in the background. And more importantly, the places are the same. These cables still connect these classic port cities, places like lbsoin, Mombasa, Mumbai, Singapore, New York.

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And then once that cable was on shore, they began to prepare to connect it to the other side, for the cable that had been brought down from the landing station. And first they got it with a _______, and then they start sort of shaving away at this _______ interior with a — sort of working like chefs, and then finally they're working like jewelers to get these hair-thin fibers to line up with the cable that had come down, and with this hole-punch _______ they fuse it together. And when you see these guys going at this _____ with a hacksaw, you stop thinking about the Internet as a cloud. It starts to seem like an incredibly physical thing. And what surprised me as well was that as much as this is _____ on the most sophisticated technology, as much as this is an incredibly new thing, the physical process itself has been around for a long time, and the _______ is the same. You see the _____ laborers. You see the English engineer giving directions in the background. And more importantly, the places are the same. These cables still connect these classic port cities, places like ______, Mombasa, Mumbai, Singapore, New York.

Solution

  1. machine
  2. plastic
  3. cable
  4. based
  5. local
  6. culture
  7. hacksaw
  8. lisbon

Original Text

And then once that cable was on shore, they began to prepare to connect it to the other side, for the cable that had been brought down from the landing station. And first they got it with a hacksaw, and then they start sort of shaving away at this plastic interior with a — sort of working like chefs, and then finally they're working like jewelers to get these hair-thin fibers to line up with the cable that had come down, and with this hole-punch machine they fuse it together. And when you see these guys going at this cable with a hacksaw, you stop thinking about the Internet as a cloud. It starts to seem like an incredibly physical thing. And what surprised me as well was that as much as this is based on the most sophisticated technology, as much as this is an incredibly new thing, the physical process itself has been around for a long time, and the culture is the same. You see the local laborers. You see the English engineer giving directions in the background. And more importantly, the places are the same. These cables still connect these classic port cities, places like Lisbon, Mombasa, Mumbai, Singapore, New York.

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collocation frequency
physical process 4
internet laughter 3

Important Words

  1. background
  2. based
  3. began
  4. brought
  5. cable
  6. cables
  7. chefs
  8. cities
  9. classic
  10. cloud
  11. connect
  12. culture
  13. directions
  14. engineer
  15. english
  16. fibers
  17. finally
  18. fuse
  19. giving
  20. guys
  21. hacksaw
  22. importantly
  23. incredibly
  24. interior
  25. internet
  26. jewelers
  27. laborers
  28. landing
  29. line
  30. lisbon
  31. local
  32. long
  33. machine
  34. mombasa
  35. mumbai
  36. physical
  37. places
  38. plastic
  39. port
  40. prepare
  41. process
  42. shaving
  43. shore
  44. side
  45. singapore
  46. sophisticated
  47. sort
  48. start
  49. starts
  50. station
  51. stop
  52. surprised
  53. technology
  54. thinking
  55. time
  56. working
  57. york