The wild, wacky world of webcams grows up -- kinda

The Web is chock full of cameras targeted at just about anything you can think of

Take a look

Disregarding adult sites, publicly accessible webcams and network cameras seem to fall into five major genres. Here are some random examples. (Note that cameras are intermittently offline, and to view them, you are sometimes asked to download software such as Java, Windows Media Player and Flash.)

Scenery

These include mountain ranges, fishing piers, city centers, the North Pole, the South Pole and oddities, including a street bench in Poland.

Construction

These cameras document the progress of building projects.

  • [[xref:http://www.giants.com/fan_zone/ConstructionCam.asp|the new Meadowlands stadium

    Wildlife

    Since they're stationary, bird nests are popular, especially in Europe, as are zoo exhibits.

    Pets

    For whatever reason, webcams that focus on cats far outnumber those that focus on dogs.

    Households

    Yes, people still have them in their houses, such as these two in Minnesota.

    Enterprises

    Rather than the office itself, many show the reception area or the server room.

    Inexplicable

    If you were considering focusing a webcam on an aging cheese wheel, a large potted cactus, a mussel or department store mannequins being re-introduced into the wild, you're too late. But don't be discouraged.

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