Sound Design: Agent Walker
Characters: Agents Ace$Thugg, Becket, Dippold, Kula, Walker
Producers: Agents Arnheiter, Cavin, Fountain, Kinney, Shelktone
DV Cams: Agents EMartin, Reeves, Adams, Lanoie, Gross
Digital Photography: Agents Nicholson, Rainswept, Pallas, Mirka, Moore, Schneekloth
Utility Agents: Agents Tuculescu, Kendall, Vonk, Chadwick, MacNeil
Costumes: Agent Zeigler
Graphic Design: Agent Howell
Edited by: Matt Adams
For Mp3 III, Agent Walker and I wanted to push the experiment in a new direction. We thought it would be fun to have folks start at four distinct locations in the park and not have the entire group come together until midway through the adventure. We created four unique Mp3 tracks, each 32-minutes in length. Participants downloaded tracks based on the season of their birth and then followed the maps we posted on our site to find their meet up point. These starting points were spread out so far from each other that they spanned three subway stops. We liked the idea that you might have to tell your friend with an autumn birthday goodbye on the subway as you got off two stops before her to find the summer meet up point, trusting that you’d meet up again mid-Mp3.
The summer group met on a rocky hill near 97th Street. The autumn and winter groups met on opposite sides of the Great Hill, an elevated area around 107th Street. The spring group had perhaps the coolest meeting place, a tunnel a short walk from the 103rd Street entrance.
Spring meeting point
Agents Rose, Keech, and Kaz
Agent Kinney, producer of the summer group
Agent Shelktone starts the countdown at the spring group
A man praises Steve above
The winter group was greeted by Snowflake
The summer group meets the Sun
Raindrop remains hidden from the spring group as they press play
Raindrop makes her entrance
Cloud appears from around the corner
Cloud greets the autumn birthdays
Raindrop Says, “Touch your nose.”
Cloud Says, “Pat your head and rub your tummy.”
Snowflake teaches his dance
The Cloud dance
The winter group runs around
Raindrop teaches her dance…
…and then dances with her group
Snowflake’s group lines up behind him
Snowflake’s group travels through the woods
The Sun group winds over the hills
Sun takes his group through two sunbathers
Raindrop leads her line
The Rain group crosses a creek
Rain group crosses under Central Park’s tallest arch
The Cloud group went deep into the woods
The groups converge upon The Pool
A biker watches as line of headphone wearing folks parade by
Steve appears by the banks of The Pool
A child watches as smoke blows out of Steve’s robe
The crowd looks on
Some participants were eager to worship Steve upon first sight
A boy watches Steve
Two girls smile in the middle of the arena
A birthday party continues while 600 silent headphoned people surround it
Cloud fell first
The crowd cheers
The six people in the front here aren’t wearing headphones, simply watching
Sun knocks out Raindrop!
The Sun leads the conga line
The line eventually stretched around the entire Pool as the Sun began to lap folks 600-deep into the line
Per usual Agent Walker did all of the audio engineering and editing for the Mp3’s. He also created tons of original music for the tracks. Here are some Mp3 samples.
Steve (Voiced by Agent Todd)
Snowflake (Voiced by Agent Kula)
Snow Song Walking Medley
Raindrop (Voiced by Agent Spencer)
Rain Song Walking Medley
Cloud (Voiced by Agent Becket)
Cloud Song Walking Medley
Sun (Voiced by Agent Ace$Thugg)
Sun Song Walking Medley
Element Of The Year Song
Agent Ace$Thugg (The Sun)
I was instantly surprised by the turnout in the summer group. I could tell all the people were completely jazzed about the event, which made my role as group leader that much more fun. My group sailed through “Sunny says” with no problem. However, playing “Solar Eclipse” after designating one person moon and one person sun returned some confused faces, but the majority caught on, or at least ran in circles with the rest of the group and feigned comprehension. Teaching the dance was difficult, as the only dance move I could do was palm my face and turn in circles. So that became the “Sun Dance.” As I tired, I threw in some hula dancing during the song’s refrain in order to catch my breath (and wipe the gallons of sweat off my brow.)
Finally, I lead the group in single file line (a sunbeam) from shortest to tallest; it took much longer that I anticipated, just because of the sheer number of people. It took a full song for the lineup to be complete. I lead the sunbeam with a zigzag around the park’s trees and lampposts and even split a pair of sunbathers. The tanning girls were smiling as I divided them; hopefully they were still in good spirits towards the end of my 150+ person comet trail.
Steve (Agent Walker) appeared to the delight of the crowd and then the fight for Element of the Year was happening before I knew it. At one point during the fight I had to get Agent Kula to replace my iPod as we were pushing each other. I also saw him assist Rain when her headphones were jarred loose. I then pushed him to the ground. Sun is a competitor.
Winning the Element of the Year contest synced up to an “Element of the Year” song on the mp3. At about this time the crowd started an unplanned chant of “Speech, speech!” to me. I took the opportunity to sing along to the ballad playing on the mp3 and deliver it as my speech, and the crowd accepted it as such.
Finally, I knew I had 4 minutes to lead a final conga line around the pond and with 600 people, I had to start booking it to get everyone involved. I skipped and jogged around the first bend with Steve and Snowflake right behind me. We three made eye contact and nodded at our instant recognition of our new goal: create a complete circle around the pond and catch up to the last person in the conga line. We jogged the final bend around the pond, hoping everyone could keep up to us. We actually made a complete circle around the pond as the last song completed. Then as the other panting Agents instantly discarded their suffocating costumes upon completion of the experiment, I basked in my fabricated glory in full regalia. I posed for photos, signed someone’s Sun tattoo, got kisses and kept getting asked the same question: “How did we determine that I would be the Element of the Year?” My reply was always the same, “We had a fight for it, where were you?”
That body suit – and the Snowflake costume above it – would end up claiming a good five pounds of sweat off my person. My Snow group was great – they did their best to master the dance I showed them, even as I kept screwing it up myself. Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” was the perfect soundtrack for leading them in to join the other groups – we were willing to sacrifice.
The elements fight was the highlight. I loved picking up Agent Becket’s shoe after it’d slipped off – first I taunted with it in the direction of her Cloud group, and then I used it as a weapon, beating the Cloud with her own dainty slipper. The Sun and I had a nice Gladiator moment where we teamed up and started circling the Raindrop. Confession: I caught Agent Dippold with a legitimate clothesline. I was so caught up in the moment of the fight that I actually connected with her, bicep to face. My first thought was “Ooh, I hope I didn’t knock her down” – not because I was worried she was hurt, but because she was supposed to be one of the final two standing. (Snowflake was kind of an aggro asshole, but at least he respected the script.)
Agent Becket (Cloud)
Agent Dippold (Raindrop)
The group was great. For some reason, I always expect people to just be cynics. But when I walked down, it was such a wonderful relief to see 150 huge smiles. Go rain.
During the battle scene, I was fighting not fainting and the fact that both my headphones came out of my ears so I wasn’t sure what was happening. I stuck my arms in my costume to find them, which I later learned some people thought that was some kind of combat move. Not really sure who would use “hiding their arms” as a combat move, but I’m just glad it all looked ridiculous. Also Agent Kula, in character as “Delightful Snowflake”, actually clocked me in the face.
But I had a blast and felt lucky to do it.
Agent Walker (Steve)
The fight was amazing. I knew what was going to happen, as I had heard it hundreds of times at that point, but it was still exciting. I was worried that one of the characters would fall at the wrong time and screw up the timing, but they all managed to fight exhaustion and their unwieldy costumes and stayed upright until all the perfect moments.
The performers, stage managers, and participants all did such a wonderful job. It was a very special day. I think I still have that Steve-damned “Walking on Sunshine” song in my head. Thanks to everyone who played with us.
For the reports of many more participants, read the comments section at the bottom of this page. You can see over 700 more photos (in larger resolution) of this mission at Flickr.
Agent Nicholson’s Highlight Set (39 photos)
Agent Nicholson’s Full Set (300 more)
Agent Pallas’s Set (83 photos)
Agent Mirka’s Set (41 photos)
Panorama photo of the entire crowd (taken by Agent Nicholson)
Complete collection of all these photos and more
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Althought I cannot be there, I will be listening to the Summer file at 3:00! I’m looking forward to the reports.
Well, I was listening to it too, though it was 2:00 PM here. Wonderfully done.
I had a blast in the winter group!! Thanks!! :)
I thought Rain was gonna win! That drop was all legs! Oh well. I had an amazing time as a Spring! =D
WOnderfully done, i had SUCH a blast and i met a lot of cool peeps. can’t wait for the next one – you guys rock hard, thank u SO much. much love,
Hey’all Agent Dr3w reporting back from the SUMMER GROUP… WE WON !!!!!!! NICE … WELL DONE AND CONGRATS TO ALL SUMMER PEOPLE as well as organizers, participants and good weather. It was a blast for my first event, and I will be for sure returning for more experiments…
till next time
Agent Dr3w (Flamengo Soccer Shirt – Red/Black)
The mission was great and I am happy that the sun won, even if I were in the rain group! Thanks to all participants and the organizers!
That’s something that makes my stay in NYC really great.
I missed it. Something was up with the B train and it wasn’t running from the station where I was. I wound up walking through Central Park about 80 or so blocks..when I found the Summer group. Thank you to the two guys who told me what time we were up to. Unfortunately, by the time I got near where I was supposed to meet, I got lost again and it was just about over. Though, I did have a good time speed walking through Central Park listening to the file.
Definitely a great time in the Autumn group. It was fun sitting around and talking to people before it all started, there were just so many different people there and everyone was very friendly. I did a lot of running to get to the dance contest as I was at the back of the line thanks to my height but our loveable Cloud put in a good fight once Steve returned.
I’ll be at the next event, I can’t wait for it.
Reporting from bed: DAMIT! I was sick to my first IE Mission! I cant wait for the next one.
Once again… I had the time of my life… I always hate when its over. Im so happy summertime won.
Did anybody else see the girl that looked like Winnie Cooper?
Loads of fun with the Autum group and everyone else. Too bad Cloud did not win but we got to finally see the true identity of Steve. Thanks for a great evening.
The Autumn group was tons of fun, even if Cloud came in last place… We definitely had the best dance! But the best part was the dumbfounded looks and confused murmuring of the park-goers when we circled the lake at the end.
Rain group was fun fun fun and we found Steve! Now that we have accepted Steve in our hearts and finished second in Element of the Year competition there is nothing to stop us from beating Sunshine for next year with thunderstorms and hail and hurricanes! Steve help us!
Showed up at 3:03 thanks to a non-working C train and some not-so-great directions to the Rain group’s tunnel. Thankfully it started late and I had the chance to meet and talk to some awesome people.
I had a real blast. This was my first IE mission and certainly won’t be my last. It was a fantastic experience.
My only suggestions for next time is to A) Make it an hour long. It was far too short. B) A little more group interaction! The 1st two MP3 experiments looked like there was a lot more for us agents to do. This time, more than half of the mission was either spent walking, or watching you seasons fight to the death.
Either way, it was awesome and I look forward to participating in upcoming missions. Good job everyone!
You can see a few of my photos here – http://flickr.com/photos/icopythat/sets/72157594168927221/
my others will be up by tomorrow
Improv makes life worth living! Today was amazing.
Today was amazing!!! The autumn group was awesome, even if our Cloud came in last. Oh well. I hope she finds a man, at least… she seemed pretty desperate. "Is that a unicorn in your pants or are you just happy to see me?"
The best part, for me, was watching and waving to all the unplugged bystanders. There was a group of picnicers who ended up in the middle of the Element of the Year contest; I think they thought we were part of some strange, weather worshipping cult. That’s why I’m in love with Improv Everywhere… they got even jaded New Yorkers to look up, and wonder. And everyone in our group was really friendly, excited and open. It was amazing when Steve appeared to the group, in all his glory. Well, I’m off to go drink some mountain dew.
THIS WAS AWESOME ^_^ i read about the best buy mission a month ago or so, and was totally excited to come out to this one… and SUMMER WON (of COURSE) yeaa summer babies! :-)
I was happy to see so many people there. I have now accepted Steve as my personal savior.
I didn’t take very many pictures (I was having too much fun watching) but the few I took are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cupcakedancer/
Pshaw, the cloud shoulda won!
I’m starting a Steve worshipping cult, who is with me?
"Winnie" was right next to me pre-mission. My favorite line: "Don’t be insulted! Winnie is beautiful, but emotionally unavailable!"
Good times, fellow Summers.
Wow! The SUMMER crew rocked! What a warm group of folks. I loved walking up to the gathering place and seeing all those faces glowing with barely contained smirks…smirks just itching to bust out into full fledged grins.
The other great part was watching the uninformed pass by with bewildered looks. There was a couple who walked up with their bikes before we started. They were holding their hands to their faces, whispering to each other while suspiciously staring at us. Priceless.
Then that picnic group we surrounded at the end –hilarious!!! They were so pissed…but couldn’t really maintain it. And how could you, really? When was the last time you saw …what? 500 people? more?… all grinning like fools and having a great time together? It just doesn’t happen very often.
Maybe that’s the best part of this whole deal –experiencing childlike joy with a mess of strangers and having the whole world watch us do it.
Excellent afternoon. Thanks to all you precise and goofy planners for giving us a forum for PLAY, and to all the folks willing to make asses of themselves in a spirit of fun and community.
Let’s do it again soon!
I had a great time in the Spring group. Our Rain leader was awesome – just the right attitude – a bit glum and a bit silly. I totally thought she would take the battle, but there’s always next year :) I loved the thunderstorm/umbrella "body workout."
After it was all over I ran across a couple I’d noticed watching the battle. They asked me if we’d all been given mp3s and wondered if we were filming a commerical.
Fun times. You guys rock!
hey!! this was so cool…i’ve never been 2 one of these so thx Alli 4 inviting me. Anyways u guys r awesome.i’m definitely coming to the next one.WOOOO!!
I think the funniest part was when the Sun walked right between 2 friends sunbathing, so of course the other 500 people in the sun group followed. That was the end of their conversation!
Im still ticked off that I got sick and couldnt make it! I hope another mission comes soon
Summer rocked! I was having a hard time containing my enthusiasm as we waited for countdown, but thank Steve things got started late. NJTransit almost ruined my day. Deb– I also noticed those curious bikers. As they started to leave, I was dying to tell them to stick around for a hell of a spectacle. Ah well.
I think my favorite part was the group dance when we all converged around the elements. I cannot imagine what that looked like to onlookers– people silently bustin’ the moves of their lives, headphone cords flying.
I am definitely 100% down with anything Improv Everywhere does from now on!
I can’t believe how young and alive I felt during this whole experience! Don’t get me wrong… I’m not _that_ old – but as I walked behind the sun with my daughter attached to the other side of my headphones – I _know_ I had the goofiest smile on my face the entire time! I couldn’t help it! The music was great the story was great, the people were great! What more could you ask for?!
I posted a bunch of photos of team Summer on flickr:
Snowflake got robbed!
I demand a re-match next year!
Had such a great time at MP3. Brought a friend who knew (sorta!) what to expect and one who didn’t. We all had a fabulous time. That picnic family was funny – did anyone else see the man walk out as the smackdown match was starting, holding the flower (a peace offering?) I can’t decide if that was my fave moment…I really loved seeing all of the long lines of Agents crisscrossing paths to come together, too. Brilliant work!
Misa, …. I tought that guy was part of the Improv until now… lol thats funny!
Hey everybody, I was the photographer for the Winter group. I had a great time, I’m sure all of you guys did too! I have already started work on the photos, I shot over 200, and I’m getting a set ready on Flickr that will be done in the next couple of days. There’s already a little more than 20 photos up there now, I need to take some time off to spend Father’s Day with my family, but I will try and have the bulk of them done tonight. Btw, I am saving the best ones for last, so hopefully you guys like what you see! Here’s the link:
I forgot to mention – anyone’s who’s a flickr memeber, you should also join the Improv Everywhere group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/17241399@N00/). If you took photos, you can add them to the pool. If you didn’t you can still join and it’s an easy way to follow along with new photos that other people add.
This was amaaazingg im just mad that the cloud lost. Cloud group was fun (I was the only black guy in the group). I hope that we can pull it out next time..Steve…you are amazing.
Nice pics Nicky (I was the guy you met on the subway after the event). The MP3 experiment was great! I was shocked at the turnout. I wonder if anybody kept a count. There had to be close to if not more than 1000 people there. You can count me in on the next experiment! (and any other shenanigans that come along before!)
A lot of fun! What a great group of people. My fellow clouds were wonderful, as was our leader. One of the funniest moments: watching a squirrel curiously check out the rhumba line at the finale!
My favorite part was when all four groups stood around the elements and did our dance – I took off my headphones for a moment, it was hillarious to see everyone dancing to no music!
It was a blast from the minute I sat down with my group and two guys introduced themselves to everybody by their birthdays. "July 28! Nice to meet you!"
I was near the Winnie Cooper girl, and we all got a laugh when a guy pointed out a bug that was crawling near her throat and she screamed loudly. She became an unofficial mascot of our group.
It was a delight to be part of a bunch of (mostly) grown adults walking single-file behind a man in a sun costume, while confusing those not in on the event.
I really loved the song mix for the "searching" part of the experiment. I listened to it all day on Sunday! Thanks for a wonderful Saturday afternoon in the park, and for 30 minutes of super cool music.
What a blast on Saturday. The Spring/Rain group was great fun, with our plucky raindrop leader (we’ll get ’em next year).
With the late start, I was starting to wonder if, in fact, the experiment was to see how long we would all wait around while being told it would start soon. (Maybe that’s an idea for a later mission – prank the pranksters!)
During the battle of the elements, we feared all was lost when rain seemed to lose her headphones, so had to pull her arms into her costume, but after a while she got it back together to continue the fight. Way to go, rain!
The Conga line turned into a bit of a mess at the end, but that was part of the fun.
Does anyone have a solid estimate of how many people were there? 500? 700?
hey all… was in the rain group. She kicked ass. I mean anyone that can pull off ‘splish splash mother f’er’ gets my vote. She kind of reminded me of Daria.
One suggestion: there should be some type of closing or something… like a thanks for coming or I dunno.. something ot tie it all back together with everyone.
I was in the summer group, had a great time at my first mission.
Lots of great fun, from our great leader, the SUN, who seemed to be a bit out of sync (at least with me) so it was like a Japanese movie, with me hearing the words first, then seeing his lips moving. Continuing on with "Winnie", and walking right through the two girls who were sunbathing.
Had a great time for my first mission, can’t wait to do more. Let’s have one soon.
Winter Group was the coolest (pun intended) one guy showed up that was not able to download and a stranger actually let him borrow an extra mp3 player! That’s what makes these things great, coming together. Felt sorry for the elements (especially rain) they looked so hot and sweaty, troppers you guys are for putting this on.
Summers – can any of you find a picture of "Winnie" in the Flickr sets? For some reason, I am dying of curiosity!
Had a BLAST! When we were preparing the conga line (should of played the song twice!) some random guy asked me if this was some kind of "solstice". Only then did i realize what we must of looked like to outsiders. Also, i bet the picnic we descended onto was surprised.
This a picture of "Winnie" with the Sun on icopythat’s flickr page.
L.J. Left a comment mentioning winnie.
awesome, great time
loved wandering through people’s picnics and past sleeping people.
clearly the summer winning was a smart move! can we do it again this saturday?
jt- http://flickr.com/photos/mirka23/169386359/ can someone please explain the winne joke/qoute "unavailable"?
Ever watch The Wonder Years? Winnie Cooper was the name of the girl that the character of Fred Savage loved and had an on/off relationship with. We called her Winnie because she reminded us of her. At least that’s why I thought we called her winnie.
I’ve got a really good close-up shot of "Winnie" coming up in my stream, I’ve got about another 10-15 photos to work on until my photoset is complete, I’ll have it all done by the end of today (Tuesday 6/20)
When we told the girl she reminded us of "Winnie" she didn’t know who we meant, so she was all offended. Then a guy behind me said "Don’t be offended! Winnie is beautiful but she’s emotionally unavailable!"
i know who winne cooper is, played by danica mckeller who now a chemist or something, i just didn’t get the joke, thanks plaid and i guess sun too for helping out those who might have not known.
this was my first improv everywhere mission and oh god was it amazing! i forgot the file was on my player and listened to it during my workout at the gym. people probably thought i was nuts laughing to myself. i just realized we werent supposed to scream anything during the battle (was too loud in the park to hear that bit). oh well. sorry for screaming. :)
hey was in the rain group had a blast. in the line from shortest to tallest i was 5th from the end. speaking of "winnie" i just saw her on 6th and A wearing stickers over her tots. she was i guess going somehere for a pride party.
firstly, Cloud was the shit and i still love her, even if no other clouds do. and the entire thing was awsome, god times had by all. even people not participating. cant wait for the next mission
I was a utility agent, in charge of making sure people could find the Spring meeting place and then helping Agent Dippold with her Raindrop costume change.
As I stood at the entrance to the park at 100th street, it was pretty easy
to pinpoint who was headed toward the meeting spot; hipster-looking
20-somethings don’t go outside uptown on hot days unless they have a
really good reason, and groups of friends don’t listen to their iPods
while walking together. Many people had “mission face” on already, and
just gave me a furtive “I’m with the band” nod. Others glanced around
before whispering, ” ‘m I in the right spot?” Some of them took the
wrong road after I pointed out the general direction. But it turned
out ok. They found it.
After I was confident that most of the dilligent mission-doers had
already passed me, I sprinted toward the meeting spot to help Agent
Dippold get into her elaborate raindrop costume. For all its trees and
bridges and abandoned police kiosks, Central Park presents
surprisingly few hiding spots. Especially if you’re a giant blue
raindrop, as Agent Dippold and I discovered while waiting for the
mission to begin. By the time we got her into her costume, she’d
already been gawked at by a handful of inattentive bikers, a
beginner’s class for rollerbladers, and several Park workers, beckoned
by three demanding children and aggressively snarled at by a
blood-thirsty boxer-pit-bull mix with a blood-stained muzzle. Scary
dogs apparently eat babies, bunnies and giant raindrops.
Somehow, it was mostly civilians, and not participating agents, who
noticed her before things got underway. Once Agent Shelkey herded them
all into the tunnel, Agent Dippold was free to emerge from behind the
police kiosk, still subject to strangers’ stares and asinine questions
(like, ‘dude, is that candy? Can I eat it?’ No and noer.).
I was assigned to photograph the Summer team. When we got there, 20 minutes before start time, a bunch of people were already waiting. Some people came up and introduced themselves or asked questions. One guy just introduced himself as “August 24th”.
As it got close to the time, Agent Kinney made an announcement that we would be starting soon. People were excited and they stood up and started to get ready, but it turned out there would be several more announcements promising that we would start in “just a few minutes”. The crowd started heckling Agent Kinney, in a good-natured way. Well, they were saying they were cranky and ready to riot, but they were also laughing and having a good time meeting each other. I heard some speculation that the “experiment” was to see how long they would stand around waiting before they attacked us.
Eventually we started the countdown and there was a hush as everyone became completely engaged in listening. They were smiling and laughing. I moved around to the side of the crowd so I could be in position when the Sun arrived. I tried to do this in a way that looked like I was just getting photos from another angle. I didn’t want to alert people to the fact that something was going to happen back there. (Not sure how successful I was).
Everyone was thrilled when the Sun arrived. He played “Sunny Sez” with us, then taught us a game called “Solar Eclipse,” and then taught us his special dance. At the end he said we would go find Steve, and asked everyone to get in a line behind him. They set off to find Steve, and I took pictures of people as they passed by.
This is about the point when, for no apparent reason, my ancient, crappy MP3 player suddenly stopped playing. I managed to continue taking pictures while trying to figure out what was going on, and after shutting it down and turning it back on a couple times, I was able to get it playing again. I zoomed forward to the spot that I hoped was correct. It seemed good. Everyone had gathered in a crowd around the elements, and Steve was asking them all to do the dance that their element taught them.
Then Steve showed up! A few people were so excited, they ran up and hugged him and started worshipping him. He quickly changed outfits so he could referee the competition for Element of the Year. The crowd circled up, and it was amazing to see how much people got wrapped up in the drama and suspense of the battle. Of course Summer won, because who’s more powerful than the Sun?
There was a final celebratory conga line, and then people started to disperse. One of my favorite parts was afterwards, seeing the fans come up and greet the elements, and have their picture taken. Just like they might with any sports hero.
My girlfriend and I tried to stay together as much as possible, but that went out the window when Sun made us stand in line in order of height. She’s 5’0", so she was second from the front. Being 6’3", I was fourth from the end. I didn’t see her again until after the conga line!
who knew about it, damn it, put me on your email list, you know who I am and you know my email address. now do it.
Well done yall.Sorry I missed this one.
Awesome video! The best yet. It really tells a story, and conveys the joy and enthusiasm expressed by hundreds of participants. Good job, IE, and congratulations to all the elements that combined forces to make this sunny day happen.
Let me tell you about my MP33 experience. My friend (the one who got Sunny to sign her sun tattoo) and I left Allentown, PA around 11:30am with a packed lunch and everything a mom would bring. My biggest fear was getting lost but mapquest actually did us some justice for once. We arrived in NJ and got took the PATH in to NYC. Being only 2pm, I figured we had more than enough time to take Mr. B train for 70 streets. Should have checked the obituaries that morning cause Mr. B Train was DEAD! So anyway, I got a very good, very long lesson in how the New York subway system works (and doesn’t work) and didn’t give up our train hopping even at 3:15. at 3:30 we finally found our destination train and got off at our respectful streets. We ere both Spring birthdays but I thought it would be spicy-er if we went solo and made my friend a new birth certificate in the Summer. That’s right, I made her a winner. So anyway, she apparently got off at 97 st and ran to the spot, arriving minutes before the start. I in my mature manner walked to the location on my print out and arrived just in time to hear "4, 3 ,2," and then some odd yelling. That was right after I realized I followed the Winter directions when I had a Spring file. I shouldnt have smashed those 13 mirrors under that ladder. I asked a few people sitting near the mass of headphoned standies if they were with the experiment. They had no idea what I was talking about, so I just told them to watch. So anyway, I went on my merry walked through a really big park in hopes of stumbling upon an already started group. I guess I could have stayed with Winter but I thought the tracks could have been drastically different. I started listening to the track and it still brought joy to my lonely walk. I then managed to find the Spring starting point (for the directions) and then managed to get lost and then managed to find an enormous group of people and 4 wanna be Weather Channel employees. I figured it was the place and asked someone to see their player and got synced up, amazingly to the exact second. I witnessed the battle and congoed around the lake. Still an amazing experience and definitly looking to future experience with such. As soon as I learn how this internet works, I hope to host one around here.
Watching the videos for all these missions and reading about them makes me smile and LOL. That’s right, I laugh out loud….. till my cat gets scared. Thank you IE for the inspiration.
As a former New Yorker (89th St & First Ave.), my heart was with the Summer group that day. At the appointed time, I donned my headphones and followed as best as I could on Google Earth, from here in Ohio. The cue about the Pool helped me to visualize where everyone was in the park. Although I couldn’t be there in person, I had a blast "participating" from here. Go Sun!
I gave this mission a 5. This was very cool and I liked that you provided the info for others to do it themselves. This exemplifies your goals of joy and chaos. Excellent work.. er, fun!
This was amazing, really. I have one question, though: what would the songs have been if Rain, Cloud, or Snowflake had won the Element of the year?
I thought that spring should have been represented by a flower and autumn should have been represented by a red leaf. Great job though the effect created worked!!!
To Clementine: Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Misty, & Let it Snow would’ve been great songs for them.
I wish I could have been there! Sounds like it was great fun! Keep up the good work everyone!
It was funny watching the kid clearly too old for his stroller order his father to attempt to breach the line.
SUMMER rocks! Such good spirited, fun, relaxed people. The Winnie "incident" including the cricket that landed on her and freaked her out, was definitely a highlight!
To sync Mp3 players and push buttons, I have a suggestion:
Have the first instruction to push pause on the player. Have your main agent blow a third horn for everyone to ‘resume’ play. Most players have different ‘start’ times, but pause/restart on just about every player is almost instantaneous.
I was just at No Pants yesterday and people recognized me as the Winnie Cooper girl and told me there were comments here, and I am highly amused to see that people actually remembered me. To the person who saw me with the pride stickers on my nipplies, yep, that was me. I think there were some pictures of that on flickr too.
“I also saw him assist Rain when her headphones were jarred loose. I then pushed him to the ground. Sun is a competitor.”
I pretty much lost it right here.
You guys just might turn the tide of apathy that threatens to engulf this planet.
This was most interesting, I am going to have to go back and look at 1 and 2.0!
Has anyone considered making a small radio transmitter with a limited range and having everyone tune a radio to that frequency?
I think if the range was limited enough you wouldn’t even need to worry about the legal/financial issues with using fm/am stations.
I know it’s funny that some people are a little out of step (or a lot in some cases) but it would be kind of cool (but creepy) if everyone heard it at exactly the same time too. imagine this many people exactly in step.
I wish I lived in New York… it would be a total blast to come out and participate in something like this! It would be great to be an agent, also, especially in the No Pants missions!!
i think you guys should do some huge congo line through a store!!!
up and down escalators… it would be hilarious!!!
great job on this latest one by the way, if i lived in new york i would be in every project!!!
~keep up the improv~
Hey, does anyone know what song they’re dancing to? The song starts at 2:55.
I would really appericate it if someone told me because I’ve been looking for it for ages
It was by MIA i think
And I would be at every misiion if i live in new york!!! The blue shirt best buy one was cool, but my favorite was frozen grand central. HILARIOUS!!!!
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