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On the web, mobilisation for the planet continues

In this edition: Net users remain mobilised for the planet on the fringes of the Copenhagen conference as in the US, the Tiger Woods story, fascinates the blogosphere.

 

COPENHAGEN SUMMIT
 
The Copenhagen conference is in full swing. On Friday the twenty seven member states of the European Union undertook to pay 7.2 billion Euros to help poor countries to combat global warming. On the web, mobilisation continues.
 
On the conference’s Youtube channel, user’s videos continue to flood in. The aim being to encourage world heads of state to adopt Copenhagen’s ambitious measures.
 
And notably take initiatives to reduce energy consumption
 
Professionals have also got involved to recall that global warming is not something to be taken lightly! In these adaptations of cult scenes from films, screened at cinemas and available on line, Tarzan finds himself forced to live without a forest and the Titanic only bumps into ice cubes on its journey.
 
And several sites attempt to evaluate the undertakings made by states present in Copenhagen. Sleights of the hand and tightrope acts. The ‘Climate circus’, created by the Green group in the European Parliament, are judging the undertakings by the thirteen international leaders in terms of combating global warming. A barometer awards a grade in degrees Celsius to evaluate each state’s efforts.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
Plunged into the scandal surrounding his unfaithfulness, Tiger Woods has announced he will put his golfing career on hold to save his marriage. Extra-marital affairs which have been fascinating net users for weeks.
 
The controversy has generated almost as much internet traffic as the death of Michael Jackson. A godsend for specialised sites, which have added fuel to the fire which has sullied the perfect image the golfer was trying to preserve.
 
A fall from grace accelerated by many parodies which are circulating online. These web games look back on the car accident, which sparked the scandal. Occurring last month, it was supposedly caused by a heated argument with his wife. The player must therefore attempt to escape her wrath.
 
This net user has made a musical remix of the message Tiger Woods left on the answer phone of one of his mistresses.
 
And this parody of a Christmas song has become another hit concerning the golfer’s escapades, awarding him the prize for two-timer of the year.
 
Finally, as a sign of determination by net users to see Tiger Woods fall from grace, this site lists the hundreds of jokes currently circulating about him online.
 
SURVEILLANCE SAVER  
 
Today, from your computer, everyone can view public or private places from the four corners of the world. On Google, many video surveillance cameras are indexed and directly accessible to net users. In 2007, Michael Zöllner launched ‘SurveillanceSaver’, a screen saver showing random and live images from a thousand of these cameras. An initiative aiming to raise questions about the democratisation of surveillance systems. 
 
VIRTUAL RADARS
 
Attention, flying objects identified. The site ‘RadarVirtuel’, created by a UFO spotter, allows users to partially follow aeronautic activity in France and in Europe. The information is updated in real time and the planes can be classified in terms of model or air line company. The aim being to identify commercial or military flights so as not to mistake them for flying saucers.  
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY 
 
Calling all amateur rock and video game fans! Two American comedians decided to play the famous music game, ‘Guitar Hero’, using an American motorway as a score… and here is the result.
 

 

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