Ok, tell me I'm not the only one who gets the obvious Kill Bill reference here?
I couldn't understand the title...until I read the first two lines of the blurb. It's THE Amazon NOT Amazon dot com!
Cable laying is part of the plot in Cryptonomicon, but besides that Stephenson wrote a (very) long article in Wired 4.12 back in 1996:
"The hacker tourist ventures forth across the wide and wondrous meatspace of three continents, chronicling the laying of the longest wire on Earth."
Entertaining and full of info, a must read if you are at all curious about cable laying.
I believe the true metric for a volume of water is the Olympic size pool. Also, the true metric for an area is the football field.
I knew someone who used to work on the 7 1/2 floor of the Mertin Flemmer building. He had quite a view he said. He always ended up in a ditch though.
"As of Sept. 30 (2007), the two wars have cost $604 billion, the CBO says"
As of this year, the cost is probably closer to $800 if not more.
Which render your post null and void.
Although the reference is nerdy, he has a great name for a guy in charge of networking.
Last summer U.S. border guards found out about it. They simply looked up Mr. Feldmar on the Internet and discovered his own article about using LSD, written for the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal Janus Head. Mr. Feldmar was held at the border for five hours, before being allowed to return to Canada after signing an admission that he had once violated the U.S. Controlled Substance Act.