It Began With Bubbles (Doesn’t Everything?)

Since writing about the Garden Bubble Web cam yesterday (Was that just yesterday? Maybe it was last year?) a few readers sent me links to more – still weirder – Web cams. Here, for instance, is my favorite:
The GhostWatcher is a virtual neighborhood Watch to help me (June) sleep better at night. 37 webcams constantly monitor selected hidden spaces in my New York City apartment. This set-up allows for distributed monitoring.
It’s also obviously kooky as well as inexplicably creepy. Check it out for yourself.

Quite different but, in its way, just as creepy, the Dealy Plaza cam gives you, “the ONLY LIVE view available in the world from the Sniper’s Perch.” (And you thought we wanted one, because...?)
In cooperation with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, EarthCam has positioned an Internet camera in the southeast window on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, where an assassin is alleged to have fired the shots that killed President John F. Kennedy and severely wounded Texas Governor John Connally as the presidential motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.
Um. Ew.

The Superfluous Shrubbery Cam is neither creepy nor even especially kooky, but I needed a third to round this piece out. It’s sort of a take on watching grass grow (and though the same Web cammers have done that as well, it’s off now). “Welcome to the discretely amusing Superfluous Shrubbery Cam. Through the wonder of the world wide web, digital imaging, photosynthesis and quirky homemade software you can now actually watch shrubbery grow LIVE from the comfort of your home or office.” Although, as I write this, it doesn’t look like it’s growing much: the shrubbery is entirely covered with snow.

All right: that seems like sufficient silliness with which to begin the new year. Now off I go to get some work done, though maybe I’ll just quickly help June make sure she doesn’t have any ghosts…

Have a terrific 2008!


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