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Journal Journal: On Senators, The Interweb, Trucks, and Tubes.

"I don't think the tube analogy is even in the ballpark. Allow me to use an example with tubes and gerbils. Usually, we think of tubes as 1) Put in a gerbil, 2) Gerbil comes out of other side of tube. The internet is more like 1) Put gerbil on one side of tube and press a button, 2) A second, identical gerbil is created at the other end of the tube. Of course, this ignores the gerbil clone that is stored in your RAM that is brutally destroyed when your purge the RAM. If you're using BitTorrent, your gerbil will cloned, and that clone will be cut into tiny pieces and then a huge tangle of tubes will vaccuum up the pieces until lots of people each have their own gerbil clone assembled at the end of their tube. Conclusion: friends don't let friends send gerbils or internets through BitTorrent. Please transport gerbils responsibly." -critical_v (

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001