manholecovers.net         upload         About manholecovers.net
by Joe Pirret
Interactive Telecommunications Program
Spring 2001
Advisor: David Reinfurt


Summary and Documentation
This project started as a field guide for manhole covers using my own photos. Then I decided to make a website where other people can send their photos. I used the traceroute function and java to map where the manhole covers were sent from through the network. The following documents this process.

Constructing the Network 1  2  3  4  5 
One Network 6 
Final


Machines
We have been criticized for overquoting literary authors. But when one writes, the only question is which other machine the literary machine can be plugged into, must be plugged into in order to work.

—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri, “A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia”

The Internet is made of many interconnected computers, servers, and routers. Once a request is made for a web page by a browser, data packets that make up that page hop from server to server until they reach the browser. Along the way, routers choose the next best hop to get the packet closer to its destination. So connecting to one computer is essentially connecting to many possible computers.

There are many possible routes in the Network to a destination. There are many possible visualizations of these routes.