The Panoopticon

The Abyss Googlies Also Into You

I have no great insight why this would be – a childhood watching Sesame Street and the Muppets, maybe? – but for some reason the tiny dose of anthropomorphic surrealism you get from finding a pair of googly-eyes looking at you from somewhere unexpected can turn a rough day all the way around.

Thank you, person-putting-googly-eyes-on-random-stuff-in-my-neighborhood. Whoever you are I salute you.


  1. Amos
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    I want to be that person in my neighbourhood!

  2. Posted March 18, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    That picture just made my morning. I still don’t believe you when you talk about Spring up there though.

  3. Posted March 18, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    That’s great. Much, much better than the people who stuck stickers that said “BEEF” on everything in my neighborhood several years back.

    Thanks for the smile.

  4. Posted March 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    When you guys get to the “making crafts” stage, like we are, you’ll want to go to the Dollar Store and buy a large bag of these. You can get them in all sorts of sizes, and they have the magical effect of turning any drawing or “monster” or whatever you’re making into something much more significant. We always have a supply on hand for just the reason you mention.

  5. Posted March 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the 4 or 5 greatest references to Jeremy Bentham EVER!

  6. Posted March 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Foucault would be proud. Bentham? Probably not so much.

  7. mhoye
    Posted March 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Leon Foucault, I hope you mean. And I even threw a Nietzsche reference in there, for those astute few who clicked through.

  8. Posted March 20, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Great photo!

    Similar story: shortly after Portal was released, I was walking down the street and some like-minded gamer had drawn the Aperture Science logo in sidewalk chalk. Took me a minute to recall what it was, but when I did it totally made my day.

  9. Sarah N
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    This being the internet, there is a whole blog of googly eyes on inanimate objects: