First of all my street is being returned to me today. Yay pavement. (The rollers are making the whole house shake, but they'll be gone soon enough.) Then, I'm gonna run around the corner and get the car so I can be the first one to park on it. (Would that qualify as something that's really stupid to be competitive about?) Who cares!
Second, I saw this thing the other day. NYPD calls it Skywatch. The city has two or three of these things and they put them in locations where "there's been a spike in crime." This one is across the street from where folks go to ride the Circle Line, so I guess all those damned tourists have really been getting out of hand.
According to what I was able to find online, these things have all sorts of vision enhancing capabilities for the officer who is up there, and it records video all the time in case he misses something. And the windows are smoked, so you can't even tell if somone's in there at all.
I guess that's kind of impressive and stuff, but I'll wait till they come up with the version that goes tromping down 42nd Street on it's massive spider legs, and shoots lasers out of its ass.