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How to panic an entire city on $5 or $10 a day
[this story adapted from a recent post by selki]

First, identify a cartoon character with a sinister appearance. I'd use Wile E. Coyote, but I suppose I'm behind the times. Then make an outline of that character in blinking LEDs (that's LEDs not I.E.D.s) on a compact flat circuit board. Power it with a row of D batteries to last for days and attach it with magnets to public structures so that everyone can see them.

Seem unbelievable?

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I suppose what I find the most ironic about this story is that the "Mooninite" characters from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" while not entirely harmless were, like their "Hoax bomb" counterparts, largely TWO DIMENSIONAL and apparently inconsequential in most regards.

I feel the comparison of these suspicious devices to "artwork" is more accurate than the comparison to terrorist hoax bombs. The city and the sensationalists are making it sound as if pipe bombs are a new thing. Pipe bombs are not, but to my knowledge they have NEVER looked like flashing LED signs. In fact it would seem to me that were I trying to make a fake bomb to scare people, it would be in my interest to make it look as bomb-like as possible, probably big or heavy or pipe-like, and in every way possible not like an entertaining toy.

Even though making them look like flashing LED signs could be an excellent disguise for a bomb, so could any number of other commonly found items be, including public trash cans, mail boxes, bicycles (chained to poles) free standing pylons, the list of commonly found items that do not flash or call attention to themselves is FAR longer than the list of things that LOOK like flashing signs.

So, I would like to submit that this too is an indication of the forthcoming Idiocracy. That we live in a society so dumbed-down that the authorities are more likely to become alarmed because an unexpected and highly visible flashing sign does not appear to "belong" than a more subtle rusty bicycle that looks as though it has been chained up for a while and forgotten.

Finally, this online game though entertaining is unrealistic. It needs to have things popping out that aren't illuminated cartoon characters.

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From: childthief_liar Date: February 6th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE AQUA TEEN!!!!!

My name is, Shake-zulla, the micrula of old schoola, you want a beat, I'll give it to ya.

You know I love that show, I've talked about it more than once. I have a Moonite stuffed animal thinger, t-shirts, the DVDs. The fact that they are paying $2 million to make this go away is ridiculous.

The movie is going to be amazing. I'm seeing it the day it comes out.

LOVE LIVE AQUA TEEN! They already came back from the dead once.

And fuck, I thought I still had my vampire bus icon, guess I don't, which means I must go get a new one, even though I still have one Aqua Teen icon.

Yes, this was a very long comment indeed.
From: childthief_liar Date: February 7th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Why didn't my effin' Aqua Teen icon show here?!?

From: childthief_liar Date: February 7th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
See? I had to make it better.
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: February 6th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
A friend of mine refers to this as "How To Panic A Nation With A Lite-Brite".

Yeah, I think the terrorists are totally winning.
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