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

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And then this happened. My Internet broke one day, as it occasionally does, and the cable guy came to fix it, and he started with the dusty clump of cables behind the couch, and he followed it to the front of my bliunidg and into the basement and out to the back yard, and there was this big jumble of cables against the wall. And then he saw a squirrel running along the wire, and he said, "There's your problem. A squirrel is chewing on your Internet." (Laughter) And this seemed astounding. The Internet is a transcendent idea. It's a set of plrooctos that has canehgd everything from shopping to dating to revolutions. It was uovqniullaecy not something a squirrel could chew on. (Laughter) But that in fact seemed to be the case. A sreiqrul had in fact chewed on my Internet. (latguher) And then I got this image in my head of what would happen if you yanked the wire from the wall and if you started to fololw it. Where would it go? Was the Internet actually a place that you could viist? Could I go there? Who would I meet? You know, was there something actually out there?

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And then this happened. My Internet broke one day, as it occasionally does, and the cable guy came to fix it, and he started with the dusty clump of cables behind the couch, and he followed it to the front of my ________ and into the basement and out to the back yard, and there was this big jumble of cables against the wall. And then he saw a squirrel running along the wire, and he said, "There's your problem. A squirrel is chewing on your Internet." (Laughter) And this seemed astounding. The Internet is a transcendent idea. It's a set of _________ that has _______ everything from shopping to dating to revolutions. It was _____________ not something a squirrel could chew on. (Laughter) But that in fact seemed to be the case. A ________ had in fact chewed on my Internet. (________) And then I got this image in my head of what would happen if you yanked the wire from the wall and if you started to ______ it. Where would it go? Was the Internet actually a place that you could _____? Could I go there? Who would I meet? You know, was there something actually out there?

Solution

  1. protocols
  2. building
  3. unequivocally
  4. follow
  5. laughter
  6. visit
  7. changed
  8. squirrel

Original Text

And then this happened. My Internet broke one day, as it occasionally does, and the cable guy came to fix it, and he started with the dusty clump of cables behind the couch, and he followed it to the front of my building and into the basement and out to the back yard, and there was this big jumble of cables against the wall. And then he saw a squirrel running along the wire, and he said, "There's your problem. A squirrel is chewing on your Internet." (Laughter) And this seemed astounding. The Internet is a transcendent idea. It's a set of protocols that has changed everything from shopping to dating to revolutions. It was unequivocally not something a squirrel could chew on. (Laughter) But that in fact seemed to be the case. A squirrel had in fact chewed on my Internet. (Laughter) And then I got this image in my head of what would happen if you yanked the wire from the wall and if you started to follow it. Where would it go? Was the Internet actually a place that you could visit? Could I go there? Who would I meet? You know, was there something actually out there?

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