Take a minute and browse this map of how the internet happens underwater.  I was amazed to see that natural maritime choke points also apply to our physical internet.  Look at the straight of Hormuz for example (between Oman and Iran).  This has long been a strategic maritime pass.  Iran claims to be able to mine the entire straight in several hours if a wartime need arises.  I never thought about the connectivity vulnerabilities that exist at the same site.  One specifically equipped submarine could wreak havoc in hours.  This is amazing to think about.  I wonder what precautions are taken to protect these cables?  Surely nations have developed the ability to quickly re-lay these cables if necessary.

The internet is pipes…. under water.


In Submarine, there’s two strands of music. One is orchestral, which Andrew Hewitt composed and is almost like his personal soundtrack which he presses play to in his head. Then you have the songs written by Alex Turner, which exist physically on the mixtape Oliver Tate’s father gives him. Alex’s songs are great because they’re humorous without being jokey. His songs have been really good at telling the tale of love gained and love lost. - Richard Ayoade