Man Ships Himself Across In A Box While Gaming Online

Jordan Wayne Long is preparing for his summer holiday - seven days, locked in a crate, travelling from Bald Knob, Arkansas to Portland, Oregon. Yes, you read that right.

Long, a "performance and video artist" according to his website, plans to travel by crate for a week with no connection to the outside world, except for his Lord of the Rings Online account. He has said that this relates to his study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and coping mechanisms related to PTSD. Many sufferers of the disorder escape into online communities, where they can reinvent themselves and the society in which they live.

While the concept is interesting, I fail to see why Long has to build himself a crate and ship himself across the country in order to do what millions of others do from the cold, clammy comfort of their mothers' basement. Long keeps the public updated on his exploits via his twitter and personal blog. He has also created a blog for his in-game character, which he plans to update regularly from the road. He will be playing as "Townsfolk", a level 40 Dwarf on the Meneldor server. No word yet on whether or not his mum will be delivering regular plates of cookies to his crate.

The actual travel will take place from July 1 to July 7, concluding in a presentation at one of Fourteen30's Portland art galleries. A friend of Long's, Bradi Roberts, will be shipping the crate with Long inside on her truck. Follow Long's twitter here and his personal blog here.


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    "...what millions of others do from the cold, clammy comfort of their mothers’ basement."
    Thanks for keeping the stereotype alive! :S

      Yea, projecting much?

    can i safety say.... only in amercia?

    This... This is for SCIENCE!!! Lol...

      So the science gets done, but does he make a neat gun for the people who are still alive?

        I'm doing science and I'm still alive.

          Imagine if he did this and came back and the whole world was taken over by zombies. Idk why I brought that up, FOR SCIENCE!!

    If I had my brother in a crate on the back of a truck. There would be a million things I'd be doing to better educate him on "traumatic stress". He'd better have mapped the bumpiest windiest roads, and after seven days he better end up in mexico.... or adrift in the pacific ocean :-D

      Opps.... I meant Friend.

    Uh. I think something is missing from his container - a toilet. I think this image is just a small part of his container or he's goin to have a very uncomfortable trip.

    uhhh.. toilet??

    he's got some white legs

      They're going to be blue by the end of it! That setup looks excruciatingly uncomfortable.

    Nothing against the guy but for the sake of our entertainment, I hope whilst he's stuck in transit that he gets a case of the runs.

    Imagine if the friend is parked at a rest stop, and some oppotunistic crooks says 'hmm I might steal this truck and the bounty within'. Imagine his surprise when he cracks open his haul and finds.... A MAN!

    In crate being shipped? I wonder what happens when he loses his internet connection?

      Oh I don't know, play some of the thousands of offline games that could be playing instead of bloody MMOs...

    and the class of people smuggling is here.

    Someone wants to get away from the misses to play lord of the rings uninterrupted...

    And there is an art gallery for this 'work of art'? Just gigantic facepalm!

    Let's hope the delivery drivers obey the "This Side Up" arrow, or his experience is going to be a little uncomfortable. (unless he straps himself down I guess...)

    I like how the computer is pictured but not food. Clearly this man is an android

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