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(The Atlantic)   One of the first writers to envision the need for secure telephone communications was Mark Twain, just two years after Alexander Graham Bell's patent   ( theatlantic.com) divider line
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2018-01-02 04:38:02 PM  
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2018-01-02 07:37:28 PM  
In one place we came upon a large company of naked natives, of both sexes and all ages, amusing themselves with the national pastime of surf- bathing. Each heathen would paddle three or four hundred yards out to sea (taking a short board with him), then face the shore and wait for a particularly prodigious billow to come along; at the right moment he would fling his board upon its foamy crest and himself upon the board, and here he would come whizzing by like a bombshell! It did not seem that a lightning express-train could shoot along at a more hair-lifting speed. I tried surf-bathing once, subsequently, but made a failure of it. I got the board placed right, and at the right moment, too; but missed the connection myself. The board struck the shore in three-quarters of a second, without any cargo, and I struck the bottom about the same time, with a couple of barrels of water in me. None but natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly.

Mark Twain
Roughing It
 
2018-01-02 10:35:44 PM  
Twain constantly complained about his phone. He kept a log of complaints next to the device
 
2018-01-02 10:37:31 PM  
Mark Twain bated people who correct punctuation.

He was a man ahead of his time.  There they're their butthurt introverted sensors.
 
2018-01-02 10:38:22 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Mark Twain bated people who correct punctuation.

He was a man ahead of his time.  There they're their butthurt introverted sensors.


He also hated them. While also bating them, baiting them even...
 
2018-01-02 10:47:36 PM  

Garza and the Supermutants: In one place we came upon a large company of naked natives, of both sexes and all ages, amusing themselves with the national pastime of surf- bathing. Each heathen would paddle three or four hundred yards out to sea (taking a short board with him), then face the shore and wait for a particularly prodigious billow to come along; at the right moment he would fling his board upon its foamy crest and himself upon the board, and here he would come whizzing by like a bombshell! It did not seem that a lightning express-train could shoot along at a more hair-lifting speed. I tried surf-bathing once, subsequently, but made a failure of it. I got the board placed right, and at the right moment, too; but missed the connection myself. The board struck the shore in three-quarters of a second, without any cargo, and I struck the bottom about the same time, with a couple of barrels of water in me. None but natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly.

Mark Twain
- Roughing It


He also foresaw the kook apparently.

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2018-01-02 11:16:30 PM  
Nobody ever remembers Alexander Graham Bellski--the first telephone Pole.
 
2018-01-03 12:05:39 AM  
Roughing It was my favorite book for a long time. This is the first photo of a taco, 1914.
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2018-01-03 09:27:23 AM  

JolobinSmokin: Mark Twain bated people who correct punctuation.

He was a man ahead of his time.  There they're their butthurt introverted sensors.


Go away! Baitin'
 
2018-01-03 09:29:04 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: JolobinSmokin: Mark Twain bated people who correct punctuation.

He was a man ahead of his time.  There they're their butthurt introverted sensors.

Go away! Baitin'


:)
 
2018-01-03 07:35:59 PM  
Wow. Wow.

And about thirty years later (1909), E. M. Forster accurately predicted the effect of net-neutrality repeal in The Machine Stops.
 
2018-01-03 09:02:55 PM  

jfarkinB: Wow. Wow.

And about thirty years later (1909), E. M. Forster accurately predicted the effect of net-neutrality repeal in The Machine Stops.


I have a copy of that story in one of my anthologies.  Good catch.
 
2018-01-04 08:42:00 AM  
I wish this interesting tale had been told by someone other than a tedious Atlantic writer.
 
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