Appendix 2. Channels


Why take the escalator when I have a perfectly good canoe right here?

 --Austin Powers in the movie Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery

If you just did a double take on the chapter quote and said, “huh, what?” then you reacted the same way that most people do the first time they hear about channels. To get to the root of all this confusion, you have to go back to when channels were first conceived and given their misbe-gotten name. The very name “channels” breeds confusion because it doesn’t relate to anything in the real world, and so it doesn’t mean anything to anybody. As a result, most people just give it a nickname. ...

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