Jake's voice-over reflects on the human love of communication. Martin and Jake visit a cemetery. A man is at the grave of Martin's wife; he leaves before Martin can learn why he's there. In Iraq, a teen wants to show off his comedy chops; a female soldier is in a firefight and tries to rescue a wounded colleague. A lotto winner who hasn't cashed his ticket looks for redemption and chances on a young minister who delivers disorganized sermons in a church in disrepair. At 9:50 in the morning, Jake lets go of a kite, and he and his father follow it. The kite, the Internet, two men burdened by guilt and shame, wounded soldiers, and Jake's single-minded focus come together. Written by
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An e-mail transmission is interrupted by a satellite dish out of alignment due to a kite string's pull. The keyboard is knocked, causing the message to change by one digit from 50 volts to "950 volts." The email is then transferred incorrectly. In real life, if the text of an e-mail is altered after the send key is pressed, the email will not be altered on the recipient's end. It will either not go through at all, or the original copy will go through. This is because the interrupted signal does not get updated on the fly. See more
The first transatlantic telegraph cable was made of 340,500 miles of copper and iron wire, designed to stretch 2,876.95 miles along the ocean floor. Once the cable was in place, you could use electrical impulses and signal code to send any message you wanted to the other side of the world. Human beings are hard-wired with the impulses to share our ideas, and the desire to know we've been heard. It's all part of our need for community. That's why we're constantly sending ...
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