300 people there were not - it was more like thirty. Still, the Cookie Evans hug-fest was fun, if not a little wierd.
Where else are you going to engage total strangers in a hug... in fact, when else would you ever hug a total stranger. The beauty and craziness of a flash mob.
Most amusing were not the friendly strangers willing to hug a group of college-aged-kids donning fake mustaches, but the random people that acted thoroughly disgusted to be approached in such a way.
Hugs! How revolting!
One pedestrian, upon being asked if he would like a hug by a "Cookie Evans mobber", scurried, head down, along the sidewalk before crossing to the other side of the street and giving an angry glance.
I didn't know what was more odd - the mob or the man. Hmmm.
Well, the mob may be in the news tomorrow. A photojournalist was there the whole time - through the group hugs in Starbucks and Urban Outfitters to the group hugs on the street. He even got into it and wore a fake mustache himself. You can check out the pictures I took on Flickr. Video will be up on this site soon in a new, "Student content" category.
Speaking of new stuff, I've been playing around with pligg, twiki, and php nuke on my personal server. Those frameworks are definitely worth exploring, or at least familiarizing yourself with, even if you're not a programmer. The code isn't as important as the paradigm shift that they create.
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