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Proposal of "Controlled Chaos"

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Has anyone heard about these outbreaks of "controlled chaos" that's been going on in major cities across the U.S.?  This is where folks get on their cell phones and on a whim, agree to meet somewhere at a specific time (we're talking guys and gals in suits on their lunch breaks) and create a major scene like making animal noises for two minutes, then stop suddenly and just get on with their day. 

It may sound silly to some, but to me it makes perfect sense as to why people would feel a need to take a moment out of their busy and serious work day to be silly even if it is just for a few minutes.  It's fun and entertaining and it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.  Besides, I've always wanted to travel with my drum mallets and maybe when we're in a group somewhere public, we might start drumming on whatever is in sight for a few minutes, then suddenly stop.  What do you think?  Should the OCC put on some controlled chaos of our own?

 



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jean check out nick's posting from a few weeks ago. there was actually a flah crowd in rochester (supposedly) a two weeks prior too... pretty interesting stuff.8/29/2003 3:57:18 AM
ben
has anyone ever been mailbox drumming? This usually occurs late at night, on walks home from drinking establishments, when the walker encounters a row of mailboxes (like condos or apartments or subdivisions might have). It's best with two or more people, exploring the tonal range of mailboxes and nearby trashcans. Its also best kept fairly brief, so that non-drummers don't have time to intervene.8/29/2003 10:13:54 AM
stargrazer
i always have my drunksticks with me for that sole purpose.8/29/2003 1:09:31 PM
ben
hey ben, I checked out Nick's posting about the mob flashers, and i guess we could do that too if you guys want ;p8/29/2003 7:00:05 PM
Jeanne
is that the same thing you were talking about? they meet up in malls and other public areas. i think nick has some more details about it, as to when and where they are showing up.8/29/2003 7:37:58 PM
ben
it might be the same thing, but uh, how do you all feel about flashing???8/29/2003 11:38:20 PM
Jeanne
um... it doesn't involve nudity... unless you want it to.8/30/2003 2:38:01 PM
ben
i was just kidding. flashing is not my thing. i'd rather make a lot of noise and create a spectacle in that way.8/30/2003 9:43:25 PM
Jeanne
the trend has actually been on the decline. For an even deeper look at the "next social revolution" check out Howard Reingold's book "Smart Mobs." He also has a website / weblog at: http://www.smartmobs.com/index.html9/2/2003 10:53:43 AM
nick
Why must we always be late bloomers? Ach, some would say the nightblooms are the most beautiful of all the flowers...9/2/2003 1:34:06 PM
stargrazer
it would be neat to look through satellite photos or films to see what patterns we participate in unawares.

I had that thought while moving this August. There is a huge shift in housing around that time (esp. in college towns). I imagine it looks incredibly silly from space.

9/4/2003 8:27:04 AM
stargrazer
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