So, if you don’t know who Anne Wheaton and Bonnie Burton are, you might want to skip this post. Or better yet, go to vandaleyes.net or the #VandalEyes hashtag on Twitter and look at some of the pictures posted there. I wrote about them before* when they spoke at w00tstock about the googly eyes craft subculture and about making your own fun.
*UPDATE: (When I was writing this post I happened upon this at ThinkGeek. Someone was reading my mind because it appeared right at the same time I was designing mine, although I swear I had never seen this until today. They even stole my jokes. Do you think I can get a cut of that? No. Oh well, mine’s bigger.)
Anyway, when I heard that Anne Wheaton was going to be in San Francisco for another round of w00tstock, I thought I would photoshop some googly eyes on a streetcar and send it to them because…well, I can’t think of a good reason. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
And then there was that time that Bonnie retweeted me to fifty-thousand people before I could fix the typo.
But all of this got me wondering – what would it be like if you could go around the world and spread VandalEyes goodness wherever you went? Because when you don’t have a job and you’ve got no money to go out, you spend your weekend writing blog posts and looking for stuff on the Internet.
So where will VandalEyes take us next? To Mars. Back in November, writer and astronomer Phil Plait made a joke on Twitter about a press release in which the Curiosity rover had supposedly found something on Mars.
And do you know who saw it and liked it? Bobak Ferdowsi, who just happens to be the Flight Director for the Mars Curiosity Rover. You know…the guy with the mohawk. And then Wil Wheaton said he liked it on Twitter. Unfortunately, that does not count as an official retWheaten™ because it links to the VandalEyes site and not the original tweet.
I do have a matching pair of retWheatons™ though. The one from Wil which I wrote about here, and this one from Anne in October which I did because I found a baseball on the ground. Sometimes that’s all the inspiration you need. That, and a pocket full of googly eyes.
Also, I love living in a time where everyone is within reach, and a laugh can be heard around the world.
- in which I get #VandalEyes’d (wilwheaton.net)
- w00tstock presents: Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm at Largo (wilwheaton.typepad.com)
- I Didn’t Know How Much Games Needed Googly Eyes Until I Photoshopped A Bunch Of Them (kotaku.com)