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Aug. 16th, 2006 | 05:20 pm

As she just posted, braemblerose has left the jungle and is now back in Iquitos. She called me last night, for the first time since she left for the jungle, and this morning we exchanged our first email messages since then. We're rapidly catching up on a backlog of communication, and looking forward to magnitudes more when we're together again this weekend.

I was able to call her at times, and when it worked the underlying technology was amazing to me. Here's the path for asking to speak with her:

  1. translated into spanish
  2. spoken by me
  3. in to the microphone on my laptop
  4. through Mac OS X to my Skype client
  5. back through Mac OS X and out the 802.11g transceiver
  6. through a few walls as a microwave radio signal
  7. into the wireless access point side of my router
  8. through NAT and out the WAN side
  9. over 100baseT ethernet
  10. through my DSL modem
  11. out the window, by way of RJ-11 cable
  12. directly into the small NID on the back of my house
  13. over POTS cable to the central office 23,300 feet away
  14. through the DSL modem on their end
  15. somehow to my POP in Dallas, Texas
  16. out onto the internet backbone as TCP/IP
  17. routed to a Skype server somewhere
  18. converted from VOIP to regular voice traffic
  19. on to the voice telephone system in Peru
  20. to a satellite transmitter
  21. up to a telecommunications satellite
  22. down to a solar-powered satellite phone
  23. to whichever villager was nearest their one phone
  24. hollered to whichever kid was nearby
  25. down a dirt path by foot
  26. to Braemblerose

Of course the routing protocol and transport layer of those last four steps was the most reliable of the whole transaction.

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from: braemblerose
date: Aug. 16th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)

I´m still amazed that people can call me (sort of) when I´m on the other side of the world, in a place that is mostly untouched by the West and all of its technology. The planet keeps getting smaller, but that dirt path never gets any shorter :)

Remind me to tell you of how I was going to try to get you or coreblue to help us secure transportation out of the jungle. My plan involved Lau and several iterations of the protocol outlined above. Sadly, the phone broke down altogether that last week. Happily, we made it safely out of the jungle anyways.

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Heather the Great

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from: heatherthegreat
date: Aug. 16th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)

*jaw drops*

that's the coolest thing evar.

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