Do you know that wherever you go, you’ll be able to talk to someone about something? Do you know that you will always be able to bring up an interesting topic? Being a well-rounded conversationalist has a ton of benefits, but one of the issues that might seem a little esoteric is that of infrastructure.
Knowing that, why not give yourself a half-hour primer on pumps and fluids, grids and electricity, towers and cell phones, and cable and television. With even brief searches on the Internet, you at least get a good idea of the vocabulary and basics that you need to know not to seem like you are ignorant.
Pumps and Fluids
When it comes to pumps and fluids, the big topic that you should understand concerning infrastructure is that of why, when you turn the faucet, does water come out? Learning about pumps means learning a little bit about pipes, a little bit about electricity, a little bit about pressure, gravity, and water towers. And looking up each of those topics for five minutes apiece will open your mind to how fascinating a process it is that ends with you being able to do dishes or flush the toilet.
Grids and Electricity
With all of the natural disasters that have occurred recently, how much of a problem is it when the power goes out for an extended period? It’s huge! And to understand why, take a moment to learn about electrical grids and how they are set up across different parts of the country and the world. You may be amazed at the thought and engineering that went into constructing an electrical grid, especially one that reaches into all the nooks and crannies of the city, as well as the far reaches of rural areas.
Towers and Cell Phones
If you have a cell phone, have you ever wondered why connections come and go, and why Wifi is your best friend or your worst enemy? It is not some magic that a colony of elves is in charge of maintaining. It’s a lot of science and a lot of innovation from a lot of people for a long time. Learning about cell towers will make you appreciate the technology that much more, and also allows you to talk about it with people who are in the industry.
Cable and Television
You tried to turn on your favorite show. And it just doesn’t work. The frustration you feel makes you envision blood coming out of your ears. But do you know how cable and television work? Have you ever researched what it takes to get a signal from a broadcasting company into your home? If not, now might be the time to study that so you can learn why these outages occur.