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A German design student launched a web surfing competition called Trailblazers earlier this month in Stuttgart. Starting and ending websites are specified; the winner is the one who travels from one to the other with the fewest number of clicks. No search engines, no holds barred! The event was live and held in meatspace, as documented in the video below. The next edition of the competition will be held at ARS Electronica in Austria.

The introductory instruction is somehow deeply satisfying to my inner nerd: "Surf the classic way from amazon to pirate bay." (The classic way!)

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Via Cara Rose de Fabio / Today and Tomorrow

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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