Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Life the universe and everything as a networked structure using 42 cables.
Today the geography teacher decided that it is high time that he explained some basic facts about the working of the universe to us today, he said it would help explain the answers to life the universe and everything (someone shouted 42 but he hit them with an illuminated globe). It appears that everything is a network, the geography teacher said not just river deltas, roads, railways, computers and cyberspace but absolutely everything including, us, goats, cheese and the entire universe, it is just a matter of scale. You see we are full of networks like our blood system, our nervous system our brains and even our digestive system and skeleton; and all these systems integrate together to perform a particular function of objective.
So a human (a networked device) can drive a car (a networked device) on a road (part of a networked device) in a city (a networked device) to perform a function as part of a networked device. All in a universe (a networked device) within the multi-dimensional voids of time and space (a networked device), all of which is made of atoms and molecules (networked devices)
All that was fine but the then he asked us to draw a network, at first I thought this is dead easy I will draw the multi-tracking music system I am trying to get working at home with all the black boxes and cables. That is certainly a network, now you would think this would be easy but one thing I have learnt about networks of any kind that involve cables is they get can get a bit twisted, I have discussed this before I know but not in the context of networks. So I draw as much of the network as I could remember with a huge confused mass of wires going between boxes in a confused and knotted fashion as they do on the system in the flesh so to speak although there is no flesh involved in reality, not even a small drop of blood as mum wiped all that up (In the Flesh is a silly saying). Then after working away at my drawing for hours the geography teach looked at it and said IDIOT, strangely that is what mum said when she first saw the system (in the flesh) when I got it all together, all I need to do is make it actually work and it will be well cool, a bit like the universe, they have a lot in common. . . . . .