Plants as network medium?

Tristan Wibberley twibberley at
Tue Sep 1 17:40:10 EST 1998

Miguel Cruz wrote:
> Oren Ben-Kiki <oren at> wrote:
> >> Would it be possible to use plants as the transmission medium for
> >> networks?
> >
> > Nah, too slow. Why not try for faster then light? It is a well known fact
> > that Kingship is transferred instantaniously (once the old king dies, the
> > heir _immediatly_ becomes king).
> That gives me another idea. It is also a well-known fact that failure to
> pick up an umbrella in the morning can cause major atmospheric stress,
> sometimes hundreds of miles away, leading to precipitation which would
> otherwise not have occurred.
> I have surrounded my umbrella with antennae and scopes and have yet to
> detect up any radiation emanating from it when I do not pick it up.
> Therefore I must conclude that the signal is so faint that my expensive
> equipment is simply not sensitive enough. And yet this signal is able to
> travel miles, through building materials, trees, and clouds, to reach the
> appropriate aerial receptors.
> Surely there is some wonderful science at work here. Anyone want to join me
> in preparing a grant proposal? We could revolutionize networking (and ensure
> a lifetime of sunny weekends, to boot).
> miguel

Hmm, perhaps we could use butterflies and wind socks (pun! -
communication via winsock - Hmm, that will never work).

Tristan Wibberley

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