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"Live sex shows, it ain't."
January 20, 2012 10:45 AM   Subscribe

Think Downton Abbey is good? The New York Times' national desk, and over 30,000 others, can't get enough of the live webcam for Wisconsin's recall (previously). Broadcasting from an undisclosed location, the characters -- including "Sideburns" and "Flirty von Flirtenheimer" -- put the "men" into "Government Accountability Board." Background.
posted by Madamina (66 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh man this is not doing any favors for my "somebody is secretly watching me" paranoia.
posted by theodolite at 10:52 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's really not worth it unless you watch it in HD.
posted by koeselitz at 10:55 AM on January 20, 2012


Here's what I want to know: What happens if the two bald guys with glasses wear the same shirt?????
posted by Madamina at 10:56 AM on January 20, 2012


Redheaded guy just got back from his lunch!
posted by chococat at 10:58 AM on January 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Why is that one woman doing nothing but talking? Get to work and leave redheaded guy alone!
posted by mittens at 11:00 AM on January 20, 2012


It is a good thing that I'm not being filmed while I work. How are they not looking at the camera?
posted by theredpen at 11:00 AM on January 20, 2012


Ooh, I see my name, right there! The petition on the right!
posted by desjardins at 11:02 AM on January 20, 2012


P.S., it's snowing in southeastern Wisconsin, so if that's where they are, they might be trapped together all night! Then the live sex shows begin.
posted by desjardins at 11:06 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Live sex shows, it ain't."

Nevertheless, someone is doubtless getting screwed.
posted by chavenet at 11:08 AM on January 20, 2012


Character primer.
posted by Madamina at 11:09 AM on January 20, 2012 [8 favorites]


P.S., it's snowing in southeastern Wisconsin, so if that's where they are, they might be trapped together all night! Then the live sex shows begin.

Call your cable or satellite provider for Government Accountability Board After Dark.
posted by birdherder at 11:09 AM on January 20, 2012 [9 favorites]


Funnier than The Office, less offensive than Outsourced.
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:14 AM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hey, there's the token black guy.
posted by desjardins at 11:19 AM on January 20, 2012


No sound?
posted by mrgrimm at 11:19 AM on January 20, 2012


I'm pretty sure I'm the Bald Guy Who's Not as Bald as Bald Stockton But is Still Bald of my office.
posted by penduluum at 11:21 AM on January 20, 2012


Outstanding use of the 'paintdrying' tag!
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 11:22 AM on January 20, 2012


mrgrimm, just put this on repeat.
posted by desjardins at 11:23 AM on January 20, 2012


I keep watching for the moment when a strange mist drifts in and renders everyone unconscious, then the stream mysteriously goes dead for 5 minutes, then it comes back on and everyone is regaining consciousness and discovers all the petitions are now missing.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:24 AM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Scanner noises
posted by desjardins at 11:26 AM on January 20, 2012


Lionel drops by to say Hello.

I'm going to get out of this thread before I become The Whelk.
posted by desjardins at 11:27 AM on January 20, 2012 [8 favorites]


Did Sideburns just check Metafilter?
posted by drezdn at 11:38 AM on January 20, 2012


It's funny how even in a completely imaginary show, there are still characters who don't have names or storylines. My fear is that I'd be one of them.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:48 AM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


The two young women in front are enjoying a spirited debate!
posted by winna at 11:53 AM on January 20, 2012


"Live sex shows, it ain't."

Well it certainly is sorted, or at least the piles over on the right are.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:58 AM on January 20, 2012


Honestly, wouldn't it be great to do this for the TSA works who get to look at us through the nudiscopes? You could arrange the cameras so you don't see their displays. Really.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 12:02 PM on January 20, 2012


THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING people file things.
posted by drezdn at 12:04 PM on January 20, 2012


Hey, there's the token black guy.

Not to mention the token Asian guy.

Hey, look at that, Ms. Mousey's got a neck tat!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:10 PM on January 20, 2012


This is what democracy looks like.
posted by Catblack at 12:10 PM on January 20, 2012


This is what democracy looks like.

I think I'm starting to become an Anarcho-Syndicalist.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:13 PM on January 20, 2012


From the Background link:
Welcome to the G.A.B.'s Recall webcam. We're glad you're interested in watching our staff process more than 309,000 petition pages filed on January 17. We've had many questions about exactly what the workers are doing.
I love this. Genuine bemusement at all the attention, tempered by Midwestern bureaucratic friendliness, with just a hint of passive-aggressive suggestion that we all could probably find a better use for our time.
posted by saturday_morning at 12:44 PM on January 20, 2012 [6 favorites]


I demand that one of these people flash and/or moon the camera. Not out of any prurient interest; just because I think it would be really funny.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:46 PM on January 20, 2012


OH GOD THERE'S A THIRD BALD GUY
posted by Madamina at 12:54 PM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I so badly want one of them to break the fourth wall.
posted by WASP-12b at 1:17 PM on January 20, 2012


I have no idea how so many people can go so long without "adjusting" themselves or picking their noses.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:20 PM on January 20, 2012


What does it mean that the girl in the black top is "Sheedy"? As in, Ally Sheedy?
posted by newdaddy at 1:21 PM on January 20, 2012


newdaddy: yes. Like in the Breakfast Club.

I see the redhead has finally taken his coat off. It must be pretty warm in there - it's 11 degrees outside in Milwaukee and if I were working today I'd have on a wool sweater.
posted by desjardins at 1:24 PM on January 20, 2012


Sideburns is already polling at 30% in the race for Governor.
posted by desjardins at 1:27 PM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't get it. Why do I keep watching? And reading the Twitter feed? They need combined.
posted by Bovine Love at 1:27 PM on January 20, 2012


I just saw a scarf and was going to call 'hipster', but apparently the guy was leaving and it's cold outside.
posted by UseyurBrain at 1:32 PM on January 20, 2012


Ha. Someone just started a Sheedy twitter.

This whole thing continually teeters on the edge of turning nasty, but always veers back toward silly and good-natured.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:36 PM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Teetering on the edge of nasty, but always veering back toward silly and good-natured (To paraphrase).
posted by UseyurBrain at 1:46 PM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Does anyone remember the Coleman/Franken disputed ballot recount cam? With the friendly State Supreme Court justices fussing over write-in votes with hilariously bad handwriting, dropping a "golly" or "gee whiz" every 30 seconds with broad Minnesota vowels?

That was great. Not that this isn't great. It just reminds me of how great that was. So great.
posted by saturday_morning at 1:55 PM on January 20, 2012


From the FAQ "Elsewhere at the center, workers are opening boxes and organizing the petitions in packets of 50 pages in preparation for scanning."

If there is going to be monkey business, this is where it can occur. "Elsewhere at the center" indeed.
posted by anastasiav at 2:22 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


SIT UP STRAIGHT, DARK HAIRED GUY IN HOODIE!
posted by desjardins at 2:31 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Story's been picked up by the AP
posted by desjardins at 3:13 PM on January 20, 2012


I love work.
I could sit for hours and watch people work.
posted by Floydd at 3:25 PM on January 20, 2012


Oh, what's that thing where people watch boring videos and they feel a tingling? There's a whole subreddit for it, and there's been a post or two here about it. It's especially caused by whispering voices, but I bet this stream causes similar reactions.
posted by desjardins at 3:28 PM on January 20, 2012


One of the funniest things about this is that no one wants to talk about the night-shift people. There are no nicknames for them or stories about them. The Twitter account is still going strong, but it's still talking about Sideburns, Sheedy, and Best Friend. Everyone's just waiting for tomorrow's episode.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:08 PM on January 20, 2012


Pearls is the star of the night shift.
posted by drezdn at 4:15 PM on January 20, 2012


Pearls is super cute! Why is she still there on a Friday night? She should be on a date with her college football star boyfriend!
posted by marylynn at 5:03 PM on January 20, 2012


I am enjoying Special Guest Star Oscar Nuñez.
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:43 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks like everyone is leaving for the night, but who's going to clean up the mess on the table?
Pearls?
Pearls?
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:07 PM on January 20, 2012


Oh, thank God it is SORTED!
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:18 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's a busy beehive this morning! There's nothing else to do on a January Saturday morning in Wisconsin, anyway.
posted by desjardins at 8:03 AM on January 21, 2012


I have a mild case of that ... face thing, where you can't remember faces, like Oliver Sacks, so now that they've all changed clothes, I'm lost.
posted by desjardins at 8:19 AM on January 21, 2012


Face-blindness (prosopagnosia). My face artist Chuck Close has it too.

I think Pearls is in the purple shirt. This is like Big Brother without the booze and bikinis, but with office supplies.
posted by marylynn at 8:44 AM on January 21, 2012


Oops, fave artist,though I guess also face works for him.
posted by marylynn at 8:44 AM on January 21, 2012


Wow, they've cleared off almost all of the table.
posted by desjardins at 9:37 AM on January 21, 2012


It's Saturday, so Pearls is letting her hair down and Special Guest Star Oscar Nuñez is listening to his iPod.
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:31 PM on January 21, 2012


The cam is still running even though no one's there. I hope they're all out for a well-deserved drink.
posted by desjardins at 4:29 PM on January 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aaaaaugh, now they have a whole new pile of papers.
posted by desjardins at 7:14 AM on January 23, 2012


I like the woman in the navy sweater ensemble with her hair in a bun; that's a very smart outfit. Where is Bald Stockton today? Is he sleeping in?
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:25 AM on January 23, 2012


It's a busy beehive today!
posted by desjardins at 7:33 AM on January 23, 2012


I think it's just an illusion created by the dazzling array of argyle.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:39 AM on January 23, 2012


I feel kind of guilty sitting here in my pajamas.
posted by desjardins at 7:43 AM on January 23, 2012


Oh, and they have two shifts on weekdays, Stockton might be on the later one.
posted by desjardins at 7:44 AM on January 23, 2012


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