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What did Lucius Aemilius Paullus know and when did he know it?
The path inaugurated by that question follows a specific route. A route is lit up by every move you make and every step you take.
At least if online.
In the beginning there was the circuit…
It followed a particular circuitous route. Each stage was preset. Once preset, you crossed your fingers and hoped the route could be unbroken.
If the path was broken, there’s a chance your
fyrd Rohirrim friends with their non-existant cavalry might not get to Hastings the Pelennor Fields in time to defeat Guillaume le Batard Sauron and his Normans Orcs in time.
That would be a real poke in the eye.
Communications can be time sensitive. Not all of us have time to fight in the shade.
Or sit down to a meal.
Or have enough helots to pick up a new hobby.
Sometimes we need John Boyd restlessly pacing the sidelines heartily cheering “faster! Faster!! FASTER!!!”
And that’s why the NSA records (meta)data on all Americans.