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Beckett, can you hear me now

long excerpt from "A Mind At Play" with the eventual point that most early undersea cable telegraph messages were of the "Can you hear me now?" variety. Like "an especially bleak Samuel Beckett play."
from “A Mind At Play”

Reading a biography of Claude Shannon and adding a history of the first undersea cables to my to-read list.

From now on, when my wife spends 15 minutes going ‘round and ‘round with her mom and/or son, trying and failing to talk to each other with 21C devices, I’m going to picture Didi and Gogo swapping boots under a dead tree.

“You called but I didn’t get to it until… hello? Are you… I’m calling you back hang on”

“I left you a voicemail; I forgot you don’t know how to check it. Call me back when you…”

“Hello? B tried to call you; call him if he’s got a signal and tell him to call me.”

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