Wacky Web Week

Beautiful, strange, and highly disciplined

Since it was founded in Montreal in 1984 by Guy Lalibert&#233 and Daniel Gauthier, Cirque du Soleil has raised its tents all over the world — and sent out armies of acrobats, contortionists, clowns, dancers, and musicians to entertain even larger armies of admirers.

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Texting while driving: a required tutorial

We at Windows Secrets obviously don’t use Wacky Web Week to demonstrate our devotion to best practices. By their nature, best practices are rarely wacky. But this week, we’ve found a driving test both devilishly pedagogical and too delicious to keep to ourselves.

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Henri’s existential ennui continues

Perhaps you were unaware that a handsome but disaffected French intellectual named Henri has been speaking his piece on the Internet. Henri will tell you he’s surrounded by morons. But that’s no reason to avoid his company — au contraire.

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No heart attacks happened on camera

New crews of jokesters and wags have taken up the task memorably performed by “Candid Camera” — recording the reactions of innocent bystanders to enactments of public pranks.

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Well-choreographed mayhem in a town square

Who wouldn’t want drama served up only when you asked for it? And if it were well-executed, fast, stylish, and, in the end, funny, what more could you ask for on a quiet day in a calm country?

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Glamorous Vancouver, B.C., can take a joke

We at Windows Secrets live in Seattle, which is practically next door to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet — Vancouver, British Columbia. But we think very highly of our city, too, which might explain why we’re eager to spread less-flattering (but true, of course) facts about Vancouver. Some of these you’ll find in this week’s video.

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Stand back: performance packs a jolt

What happens when a couple of electrical-engineering students ponder music? If they’re Eric Goodchild and Steven Caton, they build a couple of giant Tesla coils to serve as their own private rock stars.

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Musical flash mob provides a pleasant interlude

When you’re out for a relaxed day wandering through local shops, nothing’s luckier than happening upon a live group of talented musicians — unless it’s when the performers happen upon you. This past May, members of the Sjællands Symfoniorkester (Copenhagen Philharmonic) gathered at the Copenhagen Central Station to perform Ravel’s “Bolero” — much to the evident pleasure of a surprised public.

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Lions take notice of intrusive robocam

The big cats in Tanzania exhibited typical feline curiosity when a camera-equipped, remote-controlled buggy rolled right up to their noses. The lions were more interested than wildlife-photographer brothers Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas might have wished when they constructed their wheeled photo bots.

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An average Windows user gets lost in Win8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview bloomed on monitors everywhere last week. Within minutes, bemusement set in.

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