There was a terrorism scare in Boston today -- strange devices were found all over the city. The bomb squad came and detonated one of them, and removed the others. Turns out the devides are part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for [Cartoon Network's] "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." The devices are little LED Moominites.Phil Torrone told me that CNN (which is owned by Time Warner, the same company that owns Cartoon Network) mentioned Make magazine in connection with this advertising campaign. We didn't have anything to do with it, although I wish we had. Did anyone see the segment that mentioned Make? I'd like to know what they said. Link
Anne says: Here's a possible reason why CNN might have mentioned Make: Early blog discussion (eg at Metafilter) thought that Flickr user Vanderlin might have been the source of the LED art in Boston. His photos of the art are part of the Make photo pool on flickr -- presumably because it's the kind of project Makers would be interested in. (He turns out just to have stolen one of the pieces, not to be the source.) If anybody at CNN was looking on flickr, or following a discussion at a place like Metafilter, they would have gotten this kind of connection.ZDFV says:
CNN only said that they found images of the device and circuit board on www.makezine.com, i'm assuming it was [this link].The Graffiti Research Lab, creator of the LED Throwie says:
they also mentioned that you provided details on 'how to build them' (I'm guessing they actually meant the flikr photos) so they '[didn't] know how many others there were out there' and proceeded to say that they were reports of them in Seattle as well.
That's all and was only mentioned in the initial report that these were related to ATHF.
You may have heard about the most recent terror attacks in Boston. This is NOT the work of the Graffiti Research Lab. We just downloaded this link from youtube. It’s Just more mindless corporate vandalism from a guerilla marketer who got busted. Interference Inc, welcome to the world of being misunderstood, scapegoated, demonized and wanted by the law. Still want to be a graffiti artist?Link
For more on this most recent terror attack from the axis of evil (corporations, advertisers, marketers) check out this civic-minded citizens post on Flickr.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects