I’ve grown quite fond of torrents. Specifically, I’ve grown philosophically fond of them.
Unlike FTP sites or even the old music-sharing networks of yore, the fact that zillions of pieces of the files you’re downloading are being sourced from who-knows-where is intriguing. The data flows to you from where the network pleases, when the network feels like it, and only as fast as it does. There’s virtually nothing you can do to change any of this process. You fire. You forget. At some point it’s done. Or not. It ain’t fast. It ain’t network-efficient. But it works.