The Webcam

by Isabella Waldron

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I really want to watch dirt!” or maybe, “I’ve been dying to view the Lower School construction workers from a distance!”?

If so, now’s your chance! It’s called the lower school webcam and I found it last week.

It was the first week of school and I was meandering over to the OES website to find out what was for lunch in two hours. Little did I know, my life would soon be changed.

On the bottom of the page, I discovered a mysterious little link titled “Lower School Webcam” with an image of a happy, cartoon construction worker. Intrigued, I followed the link like Alice down the rabbit hole. What I found was just the thing you never knew you needed.

A fairly poor quality video stream of heaps of dirt and machines that occasionally moved greeted me. Odd as it may seem, it’s hard to look away. If you watch it for long enough, you can see a construction member move across the screen slowly. If you’re feeling extra wild, you can even try and chase them with your mouse!

Perhaps the most fun part, though, is its similarity to Netflix. Now, I don’t mean easy access to your favorite movies and shows. I’m talking about that fabulous buffering signal that comes every twenty minutes or so when you have poor wifi. The OES Lower School Webcam also has this feature! So it feels just like real entertainment!

I am genuinely curious as to who decided this would be the best new feature on the website. Is it meant for parents who donated their money in return for a live stream video of the ground? Or perhaps for students concerned about when parking will return to its chaotic state of “normality.” Does Mo watch this with joy at the thought of opportunity the lower school will bring?

Anyway, I encourage you to check out the link yourself. Like watching grass grow, it is strangely meditative and delightful. I am currently on my 23rd minute of streaming today. Join me. Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.14.15 AMpage.cfm?p=1258

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