Even with this new-fangled Interweb thingie: Paint Drying? Sorry, Wrong Link. This Is Cheddarvision.
Cheddarvision is only the latest boring Internet Webcam to randomly seize the publicâ€™s imagination, here in a country with an apparently unparalleled ability to produce them.
The ur-site was probably the one that showed a coffee pot in a Cambridge University computer lab in 1991. First displayed on the internal network as a way to show lab workers when the coffee was ready so they would not have to make fruitless journeys to the coffee machine, the site went global in 1993. It had more than two million visitors before being switched off in 2001.
Other dull British sites, helpfully compiled by Oliver Burkeman in a recent article (pdf) in The Guardian, include one that shows nothing happening on a side street of Neilston, a suburban village near Glasgow. Another one (now defunct) showed a pile of compost in Sussex.
[…] In fact, a time-release film of the cheese shows the effects of age on its person, as it progresses inexorably from young and smooth to old, veiny and mottled. Seeing the film is a poignant reminder of the ravages of time, similar in effect to watching, say, all the movies of Robert Redford or Nick Nolte in quick chronological succession.