While we are usually all for the promotion of web security, sometimes there is just something wonderful about being a digital voyeur. The Wire put together our favorite livestreams from those who have nothing hide: sea creatures, pandas, The Beatles, and more:
Join Restil and Gertie in their home where you have full rein on their light switches. You can turn their lights on and off, play with sound effects and watch the two of them react. If you get extra lucky, you can drive an RC car around their office. This classic cam site has been running since 1997, and they still get about 10,000 visitors a day, all going to town on the couple's electronics, remotely. Restil and Gertie calculate exactly how much all of this bothers them with a "Current Insanity Level" meter, though Restil says the flickering lights are easy to get used to.
This live stream of the ISS shows the inside and outside of the lab, as well as the occasional Earth view. The station orbits around the Earth once every 90 minutes, so you can see a sunrise or sunset about every 45 minutes as long as the external camera view is playing. When it is pitch black in space and the camera is showing the view from the external camera, you can catch glimpses of Earth all lit up behind the station. It is only available when the space station is in contact with Earth, when it is not, you will see a blue screen instead.
As an added bonus, you get to hear the crew talk to Mission Control.
Hang out with the sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The Shark Lagoon includes sandbar, sand tiger, zebra, nurse and blacktip reef sharks. There are also freshwater sawfish and reticulated whiptail rays mixed in with the sharks.
You can catch the sharks in action from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time, but 2 p.m. is the best time to watch: That's when the large sharks get fed.
The Beatles made Abbey Road Crossing famous with their 1969 album cover and 45 years later, they are still causing traffic jams as tourists flock to pose for their own version of the cover. Abbey Road Studios set up the camera to watch the tourists and frustrated drivers alike. It runs constantly, though is most active during daylight hours.
If you've visited Abbey Road, you can look up your own photo and submit the best screenshots to the Wall of Fame.
Join Bao Bao at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Bao Bao is the Zoo's resident giant panda cub. She joins giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, though Bao Bao is definitely the star of the show. She spends a lot of her time on camera in the trees, so it can be hard to spot her.
While Bao Bao is usually happy to have web visitors, the zoo keepers do turn off the cameras when they have to retrieve her for training or medical exams. These are usually very short breaks throughout the day, then it's back to regularly scheduled panda programming.
Because why have one panda cam when you can have two? Check out the pandas on China Network Television Channel, streamed right to your computer screen. This panda cam shows the animals at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (really) and runs 24 hours a day.
They run a high tech operation, with a full broadcast control room. The staff curates the panda cam to show the best, most active pandas throughout the day. They also provide commentary and general panda information to the viewers with a daily 30 minute show about the pandas.
If you are particularly picky about your pandas, you can switch between the adult panda, young panda, panda family and panda cub cams.
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