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Graffiti Bridges Worlds for Cell User

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the live-in-your-world-etc-etc dept.

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babokd wrote with a follow up to a piece we ran about the phenomenon of Grafedia, graffiti with links to the internet. The idea has caught on, and 'a communion of the real world with the Internet' may become more and more common. From the article: "It's all around you -- and not just in the phone lines and cables running under the streets or in the airborne Wi-Fi streams....If you send a text message to an e-mail address scrawled in paint on a subway advertisement or on a sidewalk, for example, you could get some digital pop art on your phone in return. An adhesive arrow on a telephone pole could hold the key to the history of a nearby building."

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Some very sad news to report (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815127)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was found not guilty in a California court room yesterday. However the singer has asked to serve time anyway, as long as he's sentenced to confinement in a juvenile facility. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if he didn't fondle you, there's no denying his contributions to healthy, loving Man-Boy relationships. Truly a NAMBLA icon.

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Seen it before (3, Insightful)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815157)

This sounds much like the whole "warchalking" phenomenon that was picked up by the media when it became SO popular a couple years ago.

Not that anyone ever saw real examples of it.

everyone's stupid but me!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815256)

Graffititising!

Re:Seen it before (1)

mogalpha (782997) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815365)

I've seen it before too; this morning in fact. I think that's the first time my local newspaper has pre-empted slashdot in getting to an article :)

Re:Seen it before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815474)

you had to be in the right metro area with a high concentration of bored & unemployed geeks.

Cities will just love this: now they can trace the graffiti to an account and send them the bill for scrubbing the advertisement off the sidewalks.

Re:Seen it before (1)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815719)

..or 'toothing', the ultimate geek fantasy.

"If I get the phone with bluetooth, I will have amazing anonymous sex with beautiful strangers!"

It makes me wonder though, what zigbee was the protocol, would it it be 'zigging' or 'beeing'?

Re:Seen it before (2, Funny)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816077)

I am pleased to announce a new phenomenon in which users of recent-model camera phones can use publicly-visible markings to initiate a chat with each other about music. It is called Bluemochalkblogcasting.

Coming soon: The very first Bluemochalkblogcasting manifesto. Say goodbye to traditional media and bow down to Bluemochalkblogcasting!

Bathroom walls..... (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815166)

"For a Good Time, text 443544"

Re:Bathroom walls..... (2, Funny)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815212)

Bah, 867-5309 has much better times. Just remember - The password is 'Ken sent me'.

Cool (5, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815184)

You are on a busy street corner. You are next to a building. Before you towers a light pole.

$> look building

You see an email address scrawled on the bricks.

$>grafitti email address

You get some nice pop art in return.

$>look light pole

You see an adhesive arrow.

$>look adhesive arrow.

You find the key to neaby building!

$>use key on door

You unlock the door.

Mr. Adams, is that you? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815214)

Scott, you are always looking for a way to bring back your famous text adventures. Do continue. I bet Zork was behind that door, right?

Re:Mr. Adams, is that you? (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815657)

Scott Adams was a god.

Re:Cool (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815298)

From the door escapes a giant monster. The giant monster grabs you by the collar, smashes you against a wall, and shouts "STOP USING STUPID WORDS, LIKE GRAFEDIA OR BLOG".

The monster attaches a yellow arrow to your forehead with the following link to a Dave Barry article. http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/column ists/dave_barry/9872714.htm [miami.com]

$>click link

$>laugh

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815472)

"You are on a busy street corner. You are next to a building. Before you towers a light pole. "

Gandalf is here.

It is dark inside (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815486)

You have been eaten by a grue.

Re:Cool (1)

wintermute740 (450084) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815977)

"$>use key on door

You unlock the door. "

You are eaten by a grue.

Re:Cool (1)

geekwithsoul (860466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816047)

The light at the top of the pole burns out $>You can't see anything. You're eaten by a grue . . .

visions of 90s viral marketing (2, Insightful)

bombastinator (812664) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815190)

Smells like someone is trying to bring back viral marketing again. It was a stupid idea the first time.

Re:visions of 90s viral marketing (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815258)

I would be interested in bacertial or fungal marketing.

Re:visions of 90s viral marketing (1)

bombastinator (812664) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815313)

fungal marketing is what it turns into really. The bathroom walls of night clubs or other "hip" places covered with stickers with cryptic urls on them, because if they told you what they really were you probably wouldn't look. It's wall spam.

Overblown hoohah (2, Insightful)

Webs 101 (798265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815194)

I wrote this two months ago:

Clickable Graffiti, or Not

When we first heard of Grafedia, we thought it was an amazing new technology: take a photo of a word with your camera phone and it turns into a clickable link. The truth is more mundane, although you wouldn't guess that from the hype. The word does indicate an e-mail account - e.g. word@grafedia.net - but the picture-taking is superfluous. All Grafedia really is is a mailserver whose e-mail accounts return files to anyone who e-mails. The "twist" is that the person who creates the account has to upload a file and then tattoo, spraypaint, or engrave the word out in the wild. It's more like an invitation to urban blight than an honest-to-goodness new medium. John Geraci, who dreamed this up, sees it as an extension of the Internet. He and at least one Grafedia fan Wired interviewed claim that they don't advocate vandalism. Meanwhile, we wait for software that can read words from photos and turn them into links.

Re:Overblown hoohah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815380)

Every body shouts "Dupe!" when they see a story repeated. How come every one is quiet for "Dupe" comment? DUPE!!!!

Re:Overblown hoohah (1)

Webs 101 (798265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815617)

I didn't write the original for Slashdot, so it's not a dupe. It's repurposed. :)

See my link for where the original appeared.

Re:Overblown hoohah (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815674)

Meanwhile, we wait for software that can read words from photos and turn them into links.

Software that can do that could conceivably be used as anti-CAPTCHA [wikipedia.org] tools, and vice versa.

This ain't "Lain - Serial Experiments" (1)

ILKO_deresolution (352578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815790)

This is mostly garbage, seriously get a GIS ...the captcha idea is a good idea
for raves and the like!

Re:Overblown hoohah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12816008)

It would be much cooler if it was some abstract design that contained a url. That way you could take a picture of a poster, billboard, or "graffiti" and load it into some special software that would bring you to the page by reading the design.

It would make more sense now with the proliferation of digital cameras and cameraphones.

What does this have to do with Prince? (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815244)

It said "Graffiti Bridges". Is this another one of those Hollywood summer sequels?

Not only that.... (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815299)

Not only that, but the article is accompanied by an illustration of a Palm PDA. You can clearly see the entry area for the stylus squiggle entry code...and what is it called? Ah yes, graffiti.

(For those of you with Apple Newtons, it is where you enter your "hanbvvwritten 7ettXrs")

Re:What does this have to do with Prince? (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815388)

No, that was "Graffiti Brides of Madison County". Eastwood is back, with a cooler line than before:

"I know what you're thinking: 'Did he say to click "Google Search" or "I'm Feeling Lucky?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a Google Search Engine, the most powerful search engine in the world, and would index your homepage in milliseconds flat, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

Re:What does this have to do with Prince? (1)

syrion (744778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816141)

Mod parent funny. Someone. Anyone.

or Clint..? (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815817)

The Graffiti on the Bridges of Madison County....

oops, sorry Infinityis (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815876)

Someone beat me to it and did it better too. I feel crushed.

for a good time, call... (2, Interesting)

johnrpenner (40054) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815275)


how's this any different
than scrawling a phone number
on a bathroom stall?

Re:for a good time, call... (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815436)

You can have porn sent back to you instead of regular phone sex.

Re:for a good time, call... (1)

Stoutlimb (143245) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815477)


Well now the process can be automated. The technology for liking the real world to the matrix has already been made. Behold: The CUE::CAT!

The revolution will not be televised. Or anything else. :P

Re:for a good time, call... (2, Insightful)

erlenic (95003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815606)

Almost a haiku, but not quite. Change "How's" to "how is", take out the "any" and you're there (if you slur your "different" into "diffrent" like everyone I've ever met.)

Re:for a good time, call... (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815705)

Otherwise, change the first line to "is this different".

And then... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815287)

In other news, Microsoft applies for a patent on graffiti.

very interesting but... (1)

phillk6751 (654352) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815289)

I think it would be cool to use something similar to this as a virtual tour-guide.

It's all around you (1)

prgrmr (568806) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815296)

"It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."

Re:It's all around you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815324)

The Matrix?

The Matrix? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815382)

The Matrix? No. I'm pretty sure the guy is talking about plastics.

Re:The Matrix? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815496)

All I see is medeocrity, as far as the eye can see.
In this case, as far as the walls of my cubicle. But the same rule applies in general.

Not to rain crap on somebody parade, but... (1)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815314)

You pay for the redirection service, you're limited to finite message sizes, and the other person has to know that emailing the Grafedia address or texting the number on the coded yellow arrow will result in an auto-reply of some sort?

How is this better than just scrawling your web address underneath your graffiti?

Seriously! (1)

ILKO_deresolution (352578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815902)

This is a step in the wrong direction.
This shit is retarded.
Write a new underweb and incorperate a Global Information System or somthing as underground as graf'in! P34c3 gru

am I the only one who believes that... (4, Insightful)

xutopia (469129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815328)

there are 4 types of graffiti?
  1. beautiful art
  2. tags - the equivalent of a dog pissing to mark his territory.
  3. ugly scribblings just for the sheer pleasure of vandalising
  4. text to express a view point or provoque

Am I the only one feeling that only a minute amount of graffiti fits into the first category?

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

davide101 (847486) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815377)

Yes. I do not want my f*cking tax dollars spent removing someone elses idea of art. Let them paint their own walls!

On the other hand, I have no problem with graffiti artists volunteering to paint a mural on the side of a delapidated community center. That's constructive.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

tilleyrw (56427) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815455)

OK...

  • You don't want tax dollars spent to remove someone's elses idea of art.
    • You do approve of murals (which are only an idea by
    • someone else).
    • ...rustle...rustle...Where is my damn clue stick?...rustle...rustle...

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

davide101 (847486) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815583)

Most graffiti is randomly applied to public spaces without any community involvement. If the people 'in charge' of a space decide to decorate it, great. If I spend time to paint the wall of my building and it gets graffiti for someone elses amusement... that's not cool... just like me graffiting your house would be wicked uncool.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

erlenic (95003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815649)

The difference is in the authorization. When he talks about someone volunteering to paint an old building, the assumption is that the owner of said building has authorized it. The type he was complaining about is unauthorized.

You now have to add... (2, Insightful)

Stoutlimb (143245) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815379)


5. Advertising.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (0, Flamebait)

Stankatz (846709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815557)

I'd say griffiti falls into one category: 1. Vandalism

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

xutopia (469129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815671)

not all graffiti falls into that category. My sister used to hang out with a crowd of graffitists. They sometimes (though not always) asked shop owners and had permission to make drawings on a wall or parking place. Some of it was beautiful.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815788)

You have a limited and flawed view of the world around you.

you should be sent back and start over.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

Aerog (324274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815960)

Unfortunately, you're probably right. There are artists out there with way too much talent with a spray can who are getting a bad name from the other 99% - often just kids with nothing better to do. But in those few cases, the results are artistically equal to paying somebody a truck of money to paint an 'approved' mural on the side of a building, just cheaper.

Personally, when I'm stuck waiting for a freight train to pass, looking at the graffiti isn't a bad way to pass the time. It's kind of like an art show on rails to pass the time.

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

Skye16 (685048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816317)

Or, at least the good stuff is. Sometimes you just get some jackass no-talent hack (like I would be, if I picked up a can of spray paint) who just scribbles his name on it like he's cool or something. Boo to him for ruining real art.

I did like this comic that is somewhat related, though (I love his work, though, so maybe it's just me): Bolt City [boltcity.com]

Re:am I the only one who believes that... (1)

Aerog (324274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816405)

Ah, Copper. Timeless -AND- timely.

Anti-Grafedia ... (4, Funny)

Infernal Device (865066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815344)

The campaign to counter all those idiot vandal grafitti advertisers should be titled:

"Say it. Don't spray it."

Duplicating yourself and even admitting it (1)

rminsk (831757) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815346)

babokd wrote with a follow up to a piece we ran about the phenomenon of Grafedia, graffiti with links to the internet.
What new information does this new slashdot article present? Absolutely nothing.

I don't get it (1)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815350)

I see this as being abused by script kiddies so that your computer can have as good a time asking for Bubba as you can. And with the same "must've caught something bad" results, too. I see this as a merging of real-world and virtual blights on the landscapes of the 21st Century. What am I missing here?

I don't know about you... (4, Funny)

Cyclotron_Boy (708254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815368)

but I don't want to text "goatse" and get any "pop art" while walking around downtown.

graffiti is not art (3, Insightful)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815375)

Graffiti is not art, it is vandalism. Anything that encourages it should be outlawed.

I know that their are possible legitimate uses, but vandalism centric services really should not exist.

Eye-spam is just as bad as other spam.

Re:graffiti is not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815466)

In my opinion, urban public spaces and surfaces belong to the public. That means the exterior of your neighbourhood McDonald's is your property to do with as you wish.

The real crime is that despite speech being free, unless you can afford thousands of dollars and have something Viacom or the other billboard hoarders will let you say, the only ones allowed to express themselves visually are the people with nothing worth seeing.

www.woostercollective.com

Re:graffiti is not art (2, Insightful)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815563)

In my opinion, urban public spaces and surfaces belong to the public.

Yes, and your opinion is wrong. The notion of "private property" is a well established legal principle.

If you owned the property, you wouldn't want people painting whatever they wanted on it, art or not.

But your opinion does not matter, as you fall under the "rule of law." And most places have laws against vandalism.

Re:graffiti is not art (1)

erlenic (95003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815695)

Wow, what socialist utopia dream did you crawl out of? McDonald's owns the wall, no one else.

Also, the constitution guarantees you the right to say anything without Congress stopping you. It doesn't guarantee you a place to say it.

Re:graffiti is not art (2, Insightful)

RegularFry (137639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815654)

You're right, graffiti isn't art. It's just a medium. A medium through which some quite astonishing art has been expressed. Nmap is just a network analysis tool, and bittorrent is just an efficient file-streamer. Don't blame the tool.

Eye-spam is just as bad as other spam.
So we should outlaw email?

Re:graffiti is not art (1)

jaycontonio (878262) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815669)

let's rephrase this. Graffiti is art. Putting it in illegal places in vandalism. Public graffiti walls are fine to paint on. Oh and U.S. mail trucks...

even Mikey won't eat that stuff! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815848)

"Eye-spam"? Eeeeeew, that's NASTY!

Re:graffiti is not art (2, Insightful)

Sin Nombre (802229) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815942)

Then who lets you walk around? Who are you to decide what is and what isn't art?

Re:graffiti is not art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12816066)

aww fuck off grandad

Texting to email on subway ad graffiti (0)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815396)

If you send a text message to an e-mail address scrawled in paint on a subway advertisement or on a sidewalk, for example, you could get some digital pop art on your phone in return.

And spam for the rest of your life.

Editors, are they buying you hookers? (3, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815413)

Pay for a crappy service that invites people to vandalism and will probably only be used by corporate 'underground' marketing? No thanks.

Makes me wonder how some things get accepted to slashdot. Then I thought about it and it became crystal clear. If you want a story accepted onto slashdot, you have to buy hookers for the editors.

Re:Editors, are they buying you hookers? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815721)

If you want a story accepted onto slashdot, you have to buy hookers for the editors.

Man, hookers that would fuck them are a lot more time/effort/money than just actually taking the time to verify the story isn't a dup, write up the blurb so that you aren't flamed to hell for not thinking for yourself, and not linking to your own blog for the profit margins. ;-)

Re:Editors, are they buying you hookers? (1)

pinchhazard (728983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816086)

Makes me wonder how some things get accepted to slashdot.

It's taken me a while, but I have started to notice which editors post consistently crappy stories with stupid headlines. Looks like you've been here a while: come, post of your dislike of Zonk so we can both be modded down by his unlimited power.

Re:Editors, are they buying you hookers? (1)

spun (1352) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816484)

Oh, I don't dislike any of them. Just like I don't dislike my mom's ancient moth-eaten chihuahua even though it craps in my shoes whenever I visit. If you are around something pathetic and disgusting long enough, you begin to like it.

This isn't innovative... (2, Funny)

null etc. (524767) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815421)

If you send a text message to an e-mail address scrawled in paint on a subway advertisement or on a sidewalk, for example, you could get some digital pop art on your phone in return.

C'mon, this is soooo last generation. I propose some new forms of "interactive art":

  • Murderesqueism
  • - murder victims left in public places with hyperlinks or other obscure clues left on the body.
  • Popup Exhibitionism
  • - beautiful women with URLS and other monikers tatooed over their abdomen, chest, and derriere, exposed at random times, with no provocation, to strangers.
  • Licensism
  • - the replacement of random car license plates with cleverly crafted URLS or AOL screen names.
Or, instead of trying to legitimatize vandalism, we can simply use RFID sticks for everything. IMHO, that would be cooler, because you'd have no idea of a sticker contained embedded data until you tried to scan it.

Not a follow-up (4, Informative)

AEton (654737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815446)

This is not a followup and it hasn't caught on.

This is a textbook example of the kind of marketing I read about in an earlier article. I can't find it now, but the example used was the phrase "suits are in".

The idea is, you feed this kind of information to dozens of different news sources' fashion, entertainment, life, news departments. Three to five of them will run stories which will read basically the same:

Catchy lede paragraph
Information about the product
Quotes from the manufacturer
Quotes from an industry group
Anecdotes from users
Catchy summation

This is standard marketing practice and not much more. Once you know the format, you can spot many of these articles. However, I can't find the original source on the "suits are in" marketing expose - does anyone have it?

Re:Not a follow-up (2, Informative)

mikvo (587789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815575)

I believe you are referring to this article [slashdot.org]

Re:Not a follow-up (1)

AEton (654737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815656)

Aha - Google for "suits are back" gets it but no other combination of keywords will. Thanks!

Re:Not a follow-up (1)

0110011001110101 (881374) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815753)

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Graffiti (1, Insightful)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815463)

Graffiti in general. I don't understand it. Whats the appeal of wrecking the apperance of otherwise beautiful communities? Just to say you were there? Do you dipshits realize how UGLY spraypaint and pseudo-old-english looks sprawled across an overpass or on the side of the building? Its bullshit and it needs to stop.

Re:Graffiti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815536)

beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that... some graffiti really is quite beautiful. However, it is still unauthorized modification of someone else's property (or worse, public property!). I disagree with the whole thing.

But then again, the people making graffiti are not concerned with your or my opinion of beauty. They are specifically trying to do something to feel like they have some sort of control over their lives or power in the world. It's not enough to tell them "stop scrawling stuff in public places." You have to get rid of the injustice and unhappiness that led to that behavior in the first place... and that is not an easy thing to do.

Re:Graffiti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815558)

Wow. Could you be more cliche?

I ran with some taggers in high school.

They tagged because they were assholes.

Stop romaticizing barbarism.

Re:Graffiti (1)

Guildencrantz (234779) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815925)

Tagging and graffiti [reference.com] aren't necessarily the same thing. Tagging generally refers to a form of graffiti used to mark one's territory with a name or alias. I don't "run" with a graffiti artist, but I do have artist friends who have done some gorgeous work that would be classified as graffiti, without attaching any form of name or alias.

Re:Graffiti (1)

tssiap_wmuc (699273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815573)

alot of times graffiti is more a represntation of the community than the buildings/streets they're on. i think you're lumping too much here. there are some truly wonderful works of art that is done with graffiti that add to the texture of area.

and of course there's alot thats shit too.

Re:Graffiti (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815645)

Yeah, because overpasses are so incredibly beautiful that writing on them would be a crime.

Jesus. 99% of cities are fugly, and if it distracts some kids from real crime I'm all for graffiti...

Re:Graffiti (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815814)

Insightful??

He just said he doesn't understand it. By summarizing that it's bullshit and needs to stop proves that he's right- he doesn't understand it.

Nah. Not happening. (2, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815552)

Remember "Warchalking"? "Sousveillance"? This is another one of those one-person "trends" that Tired hypes up to justify their self-image of "cool".

Texting to an autoresponder - yeah, cool. Would you like spam with that?

I've been doing the same thing with Postit Notes.. (1)

feloneous cat (564318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815593)

Frankly, I was underwhelmed. The home-made air conditioner was kinda' interesting, but this just plain wasn't worth posting.

Man, now that the Mac has gone x86, slashdot has gotten boring...

Just Great... (1)

daviq (888445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815644)

This is just another great way to add viruses to every part of your life! Yahooo! I can't wait!

goatse@grafedia.net (1)

bmalia (583394) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815714)

Ah, a new twist on a classic.

Marketing Speak (2, Funny)

g1zmo (315166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815720)

...for example, you could get some digital pop art on your phone in return.

We used to call it viruses, spam, spyware, and adware. Digital Pop Art sounds much friendlier.

Hey! you could put *bar codes* in magazine ads... (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815760)

...that would link to websites about the products!

Consumers could scan those bar codes with a handheld device of some kind and be taken effortlessly to the site!

Why, it would be like a... a... digital _convergence_ between the physical world and the Internet!

You could give the devices away to Wired subscribers and Radio Shack customers. You'd want them to appeal to the right demographics, so they shouldn't look too industrial or nerdish.

You could make them look like a cute little cat or something.

You call call them :CuteCats!

What a fantastic idea! I wonder why nobody has ever thought of anything like this before.

Re:Hey! you could put *bar codes* in magazine ads. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815874)

That might have worked better if the bar code scanner could have been used without being attached to a computer...

A new way to send p0rn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12815809)

Seen in the subway:
http://www.p0rnviruslink.com/ [p0rnviruslink.com]

www.letterjames.de (1)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12815943)

Spray some graffiti on the Berlin wall, under overpasses, etc. from your computer! Check out an example [letterjames.de] . Not sure if the image will persist, but check out the site for yourself :) Fun stuff.

Bring Back the Cue Cat! (1)

richyoung (721218) | more than 9 years ago | (#12816198)

Now all we need is a mobile phone adapter for the Cue Cat!

Unseen urban artist people will stencil bar codes on bridges and railroad cars. Then you'll walk along with your CueCat Mobile and scan the bar code, and your phone will load a fabulous [multimedia advertisement | ameteur pr0n video featuring his estranged ex-girlfriend | virus] authored by the stencil-wielding Pop Artist.

The future is now!

This should be about a new Palm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12816350)

I want Graffiti! not graffiti.

I don't need to hear about messaging for spam, What I need is a cell phone that will do something useful when I write on it. That I can afford.

You even have a picture of a Palm up there.

Tease.

-Anonymous Phil
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