By now, a lot of us take it for granted. We sit down in front
of a glowing tube, and with less than a dozen small movements
of one finger, we get a stock report and the latest news on the
web, see that our chat buddy from Japan is online, get an e-mail
message containing a picture of a new family member, and another
with instructions on how we can earn $1,000 a day from our own
Is this Internet Thang great, or what?
We all know there's a lot more involved than just flexing a few
muscles in your index finger. But the truth is, most of us don't
know exactly what happens when we make that simple movement to
connect to our Internet Service Provider and check our e-mail.
We may have a vague notion of electrons coursing through some
unseen machinery, but we can't picture them.
It's time to see the machines.
About These Pictures
came one quiet Sunday afternoon: "It's safe."
It was not an official visit.
In fact, it was done on a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" basis.
So don't ask me where these pictures were taken, because I won't
tell you. They were shot in about 25 minutes with a 35mm camera,
a small tripod, and on camera flash, using mainly the existing
fluorescent "light," and prayers to the Goddess of One
Second Exposures On Vibrating Floors.