'Where's Waldo' used to be a simple pasttime for toddlers, a beacon of innocence and simplicity in a sea of iPads. But no more. Now it is just another problem to be disrupted along the path to endless efficiency.
This may come as a shock to some Americans, but Waldo from the Where's Waldo? books has different names throughout the world. In France he's called Charlie. In Norway, he's Willy. Germany? Walter. And in Britain, the home of the illustrator Martin Hanford and the original books, he's called Wally.
Multi-gigapixel panoramas are rad. It's like peeping at the world through a telescope from the comfort of your own ground-floor living room. But Microsoft has made the concept even more fun with its 20 Gigapixel "ArtZoom," and has hidden a bunch of stuff for you to find.
While all those volumes of Where's Waldo books sit in a dusty cardboard box in your attic, the spirit of Waldo lives on in a remarkable bit of GIFage by Redditor Swiftapple. Waldo is alive and well. And bobbing.
Where's Waldo and I Spy are two kids books that work best when they're held right up to the face, just like the iPad. Thankfully, both of them got gorgeous, thoughtful treatments for their newly-available iPad apps.
Fans of Waldo, the geek in the striped beanie and glasses who'd pop up where you least expected, can now hunt him down on Google Earth. Canadian student Melanie Coles has installed a 55-foot painting of Waldo on a Vancouver rooftop, and expects other people to follow suit with their own Waldos. More below the gallery.