On Friday morning, I asked: What should I do with this drone someone bought me?

A ton of great ideas came in, and one stood right out:


GlibReaper, I assumed, was talking about the Seattle Police Department's proposed waterfront camera network, funded by the Department of Homeland Security and presently on hold following public backlash.

So on Friday afternoon—which was beautiful, just like the weekend that followed—I headed out to Alki with the Slog drone and set up on a grassy knoll near one of the new waterfront cameras.

What was so perfect about GlibReaper's proposed mission was that it stood to demonstrate just how easy it has become to play the hovering camera eye game back against someone who is playing it against you. (As well as how uneventful it can be to watch one mechanical eye stare at another mechanical eye.)

The SPD's waterfront cameras are not turned on at the moment because they're under review, which meant the Slog drone didn't have to waste a lot of energy proving its supremacy. It lifted off from the knoll and headed up to power line height. Then it turned to look at the sad little SPD spy camera sitting there on a telephone poll doing nothing, and yawned. A police car rolled by on Alki Avenue.

The Slog drone declined to fly closer, into what appeared to be a Bermuda Triangle of power lines and intersecting streets. Instead it just stayed there above the empty knoll for a few seconds, pondering the exhausting amounts of visual data the SPD wants to collect about mundane afternoon moments like the ones that were passing before its eye. Then, a little exhausted itself, the Slog drone set down and examined the knoll grass.

What should the Slog drone spy on next?