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When Nature Happens, Live

Explore.org's live webcams have become wildly popular over the last few years, allowing viewers to watch, from the comfort of their home or office, livestreams of grizzlies, walruses, belugas, puffins, eagles and more in their natural habitat. Truly the best of the web. But there is a danger in becoming too attached. Today at a little after 7 pm Eastern time, fans of the osprey cam in Bremen, Me., watched nature in its most brutally real. [Warning: nature.] [more inside]
posted by stargell on Aug 1, 2016 - 58 comments


The Smithsonian National Air and Space museum has set up a live camera monitoring a box of tribbles as they reproduce.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Apr 1, 2016 - 24 comments

"Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted"

Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal. "We were not aware of nor would we condone this reported activity," a Yahoo spokesperson says in a statement to The Verge. But...what about all the webcam sex?
posted by josher71 on Feb 27, 2014 - 39 comments

So much cute

Having a rough day? Have a live look in on these future labrador service puppies. With a webcam hosted by Explore.org (previously, with bears), Warrior Canine Connection is a non-profit that specializes in training service dogs for wounded veterans. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jul 18, 2013 - 35 comments

Smells like wet bear

Boring day job? Watch a grizzly bear hunt for salmon at Brooks Falls or the Lower Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 15, 2013 - 131 comments

Real Life "Person of Interest"

The soothing feed of a thousand places around the world (especially parking lots). With a NSFW-sounding URL (and potentially NSFW content), Adrian Hayter writes about his exploration in the world of unsecured webcams. The feeds also include everything from store security cameras to aquariums and doggy daycare. His FAQ discusses the mechanics as well as the ethics this project.
posted by brilliantine on Apr 14, 2013 - 259 comments

Devo kawaii desu!

KITTEHS AND CONEHATS!!! In order to celebrate "Something for Everybody", their first album in 20 years, Devo is streaming their new album live, right now... with appropriate feline accompaniment!
posted by markkraft on Jun 15, 2010 - 46 comments

Student observed plagiarizing 1984

A lawsuit alleges that the Lower Merion School District has been spying on students through webcams on school issued laptops. According to the complaint no indication was giving to the parents or students that this activity was possible. The spying program was only revealed when a student was informed by the school that they had witnessed improper behavior through the webcam and saved photographic evidence.
posted by furiousxgeorge on Feb 18, 2010 - 273 comments

LHC webcam

LHC Webcams. There's been a lot of LHC news lately but a less-publicized series of Compact Muon Solenoid proton collision tests is scheduled for today, and CERN has been kind enough to set up a live streaming webcam to watch the CMS in action. (There's also a view of the parking lot but I think that's more so underground-bunkered LHC staff can see the weather.) It's fairly dull viewing but if you're interested in the science of it all, it's great nerdy fun. Maybe you'll even see a black hole or two. ;)
posted by brownpau on Sep 11, 2008 - 22 comments

Bald Eagle Cam

Mounted 70 feet up in a white pine tree on the coast of Maine, the BioDiversity Research Institute's live eagle webcam provides, "live video of a nesting pair of bald eagles, 24 hours a day. These eagles are the most successful pair in the state. They have nested at this site for 13 years, and raised 20 offspring." Warning: the live stream can be habit forming (especially when waiting for the eggs to hatch).
posted by VicNebulous on Mar 27, 2008 - 14 comments

See before you drive

Tripcheck : Is an online service of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Zoom in on the map and click on a camera icon, and you can see a current image taken by a camera at that location.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste on Jan 20, 2007 - 17 comments

MIT Hawk Cam: The Second Season

The Return of the Hawk-eye. The Hawks of MIT are back for a second season. Will Little Chirpy get some food? Will Preener finally reveal himself as the Mysterious Doctor Wing? Tune in now to find out! Previously.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 27, 2006 - 11 comments

They Otter Just Give Up

We all know that otters are terminally cute (warning: streaming WMV), but the Federal Government is only just now figuring out that they're also smarter than humans give 'em credit for. And they have no respect for the poor widdle shellfish industry. No respect at all. Awww.
posted by Gator on Nov 16, 2005 - 27 comments

Halloween Webcam - kill Frankenstein

Halloween Webcam - kill Frankenstein View over 7,000 Halloween Lights and a giant inflateable Frankenstein. Turn the lights on and off - or better yet, decide if Frankenstein lives (inflate him) or dies. What do the neighbors think of this?
posted by RonZ on Oct 20, 2005 - 13 comments

For the Birds and Bird Lovers

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great source for all kinds of information on our feathered friends. The bird identification section is particular useful. There are also NestCams.
posted by sciurus on Sep 26, 2005 - 6 comments

Orcinus cam

Orca Live: The idea of Nature Network is to relay live imagery and sound from cameras set up in Nature throughout the world. "My hope is to bring people closer to Nature without disrupting her" that hope is the hope of Dr. Spong. At this very moment, all over the world, a variety of organisms are beaming with life. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were media by which people could get a sense of this? If a window could be opened up that would trigger city dwellers' memories of the rhythms of Nature, the way we sense the world and our way of being are bound to change somewhat. That hope, too, lies within. via
posted by hortense on Aug 31, 2005 - 2 comments

Getting around London

The Transport for London Journey Planner shows you how to get from anywhere in London to anywhere else by public transport, on foot or by bike. Fancy a stroll from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben? Help yourself to a custom-built PDF route map. If you're travelling by road, you can use webcams to see exactly what the traffic's like. (But the best downloadable London maps are still on the BBC web site)
posted by iffley on Feb 1, 2005 - 13 comments


New Year Webcams Probably a yawn but I do not want to look at Regis. Other places besides NYC...
posted by nj_subgenius on Dec 31, 2004 - 14 comments

Project Rebirth

Project Rebirth went live today. Six time-lapse cameras are shooting one frame of film every five minutes from rooftops near the World Trade Center site. Explore the cameras, or watch the (rather lovely) film trailer.
posted by stonerose on Sep 8, 2004 - 9 comments

Moblogs in the dutch rain

Loglands. Ongoing mobile phone cam coverage from the rainy mud Lowlands Festival taking place this weekend.
posted by sebas on Aug 19, 2004 - 2 comments

Gawk'n Hawks

Gosh, hawks! A live feed of 100% Naked Chicks at the MIT HawkCam. They preen, they sleep, and they watch you watching them. Now to settle in for a long afternoon waiting for Mom to show up.
posted by robocop is bleeding on May 5, 2004 - 17 comments

Criminalized self exploitation...

A 15 year old girl has been charged with several counts related to "child pornography" for sending out pictures of herself to several people she chatted with. As more and more teens use webcams for all sorts of things from keeping in touch with friends, getting strangers to buy them things from their wishlists and making some $$$ this has caused a little discussion. As she did not "force" herself, how does this intersect with recent attempts to criminalize "virtual" child porn as both situations have at their heart whether the primary issue is coercion/harm or the concepts images themselves. At the risk of "Newsfiltering", I am interested in opinions from a less histrionic group (thats you) than some others who are discussing it.
posted by soulhuntre on Apr 3, 2004 - 77 comments

Jennicam shuts down for good

It's the end of an era. On Dec. 31, the Jennicam shuts down for good.
posted by PrinceValium on Dec 7, 2003 - 45 comments

All Karaoke, All The Time!

The New Orleans Karaoke Cam comes to you live from Cat's Meow in New Orleans. Choose the streaming video option and you can watch and listen to the performers and sing along if you know the song! If karaoke isn't your thing, there are other cams on the site as well. Warning: this can be a MAJOR waste of time.
posted by SisterHavana on Nov 6, 2003 - 5 comments

JamCams get stuck

Trying to avoid the traffic in London? Try BBC's JamCams. The only problem is they're all down for maintenace today. Just like they were last May 1st. And the year before that. Nothing wrong with scheduled maintenance.

Except today is the day of the annual MayDay anti-capitalism marches. The last lot of maintenance was planned for protest days too. Last year Fujitsu webcam of Trafalgar Square ended up pointing at the sky halfway during the protest. Anyone want to place bets on how long this webcam of trafalgar square lasts before it's plug gets pulled?
posted by twine42 on May 1, 2003 - 26 comments

Baghdad WebCam

A WebCam in Baghdad The BBC are streaming live pictures from an unmanned camera in the centre of Baghdad, complete with sound. (RealPlayer required.)
posted by Mwongozi on Mar 22, 2003 - 12 comments

Surreal voyeur

Camposites are what Portland, Oregon artist Ed Stastny calls these surreal composite images (NSFW, I guess) built from web cam captures. Some are pretty creepy. But at least he's made a card game out of them.
posted by maniactown on Mar 10, 2003 - 6 comments

Cam Girls Gone Wild...

Cam Girls Gone Wild... Looks like Webpig from InternetGossip is putting together a little side project to complement his popular tabloid site. I bet the parents of these girls would be thrilled to know the type of subculture their daughters have gotten involved in. Nevertheless, this is genius, ( as far as tacky things like this go). There's a P.O. box somewhere in Orange County just begging to be filled up with cash from this methinks.
posted by rabbit on Feb 14, 2002 - 40 comments

Happy Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras
posted by danOstuporStar on Feb 12, 2002 - 19 comments

A neat use for webcams, digital astronomy.
via APOD
posted by lagado on Jul 17, 2001 - 1 comment


DeathDorm.com? The Florida ISP responsible for those high-quality entertainment sites VoyeurDorm.com and DudeDorm.com (note that both of those links resolve to "adult content") sues the Feds for the right to put a webcam in the viewing room when Timothy McVeigh is executed on May 16th. As noted here previously, McVeigh wanted the execution televised, so it's hard to imagine he would be opposed...
posted by m.polo on Apr 8, 2001 - 17 comments

A new kind of child porn?

A new kind of child porn? Teenage girls set up webcams, ostensibly to extend their social network through interactive technology. Sick bastard male voyeurs create Web site so they can spy on all their "hotties" simultaneously. Thank heavens for little girls? Some of these girls are only 14, and look nothing like what a 14 year old should look like!
posted by johnnydark on Mar 27, 2001 - 104 comments

when do web-cams stop being fun?

when do web-cams stop being fun? So when is a web-cam inappropriate? I mean, we've all seen the coffee-pot cam, the jenni-cam, etc. But when do you cross the line with web-cams? Is it reasonable for your work to setup a web-cam? How about a school? A funeral home?

Basically, when does the web-cam stop being fun? I think I have a candidate. crime.com is the first site on the net to have a web-cam in a working jail. Please discuss.
posted by cornbread on Mar 26, 2001 - 24 comments

Small town America.

Small town America. In the wake of a scandal involving a hidden video camera taping in the girl's junior high locker room, teacher Dennis Curtis and Assistant Principal Gary Ferguson have been recommended for dismissal.

So what's the problem? Curtis and Ferguson are the whistleblowers, not the alleged culprits. Harry "Noonie" Red Eagle Jr., seen positioning the camera on one of the tapes, has resigned. His father is the superintendent of the school system, and recommended Curtis and Ferguson be fired.
posted by lescour on Sep 29, 2000 - 1 comment

Will this Kritter be the next step in web cams? It uses firewire, instead of USB and claims to offer 30 fps with no compression. Is the video phone here (and functional)? -g
posted by Taken Outtacontext on Sep 24, 2000 - 10 comments

I guess this is proof you can web-enable anything.

I guess this is proof you can web-enable anything. The New York Taxi.com company launched this site to accompany their internet-connected cab which features live shots from the streets of NYC. While not exactly as exciting as HBO's Taxi Cab Confessions, it is an interesting use of the web.
posted by mathowie on Feb 17, 2000 - 0 comments

If you think webcams are cool and the k10k desktop gallery is great, you've got to see this woman's desktop. The ultimate in exhibition, updated every 5 minutes, showing whatever she's working on.
posted by mathowie on Feb 4, 2000 - 5 comments

Jason's bookmarklets rock.

Jason's bookmarklets rock. By modifying one of them, I now have links to my workcam and my homecam. Seeing all the bookmarklets gives me an idea for a bookmarklet I haven't seen before: an instant spellchecker. Highlight a word on a page, go to this new bookmarklet, and it would load the word into dictionary.com (which has predictable URLs). Looks like I'm going to have to dig into the bookmarklets site to figure out how it's done.
posted by mathowie on Jan 24, 2000 - 4 comments

I'm trying to find some live web cams in New Zealand, since they're going to pretty much be the first people to experience Y2K. The only things I've found so far are this guys cam, this busy intersection cam, and this freeway cam. If there's any widespread panic or rioting, somehow I don't think I'll be able to see any of it on those cams (unless of course, someone is looting that guy's home). Actually, if the power goes out, I guess they'll all be unreachable. Something to watch for around 3am PST.
posted by mathowie on Dec 30, 1999 - 0 comments

A couple months ago, a panda was born

A couple months ago, a panda was born at the San Diego Zoo. It was a big achievement and the team is chronicling the progress online. Also, thanks to the wonders of the web, you can see it live at the panda cam page. Right now, I'm seeing the panda tossing in its sleep.
posted by mathowie on Nov 1, 1999 - 0 comments

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