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January 22, 2006

Google Video: First Looks

I've been fascinated by Google Video for a couple weeks now. Finding stuff isn't so difficult, but I still am getting a handle on what to expect and how the service might be improved. It's certain to get better as time goes by, but it's already very interesting.

Finger Breakdancing
At first, this guy looks like a total dweeb, and then you realize after a few minutes how little you've done with your own fingers. My guess is that he's either a magician or a pianist. I think that's pretty awe inspiring - gives a new level of respectability to the phrase 'playing with yourself'.

The very first Google Video I watched was of Dick Wolf. I watched each of the pieces of the interview and I learned more about television and the entertainment business in those few hours than in a lifetime before.

One of my favorite shows on BBC is Top Gear, and it turns out that a good number of their shows are online at Google Video. Since I'm something of a gearhead it's with great pleasure that I can follow them in a kind of trans-media fashion. For example, there's the Wikipedia entry on them. Then there are GVs of some of their most interesting cars, like the Pagani Zonda F or the Murcielago.

Posted by mbowen at January 22, 2006 04:20 PM

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Been there, done that.

After awhile it becomes clear that all you're watching is souped up home movies.


Posted by: ricland at January 23, 2006 04:02 AM

Truveo (www.truveo.com) is good stuff too. Some say it has a better search technique than Google Video.

Posted by: matt at January 23, 2006 08:33 AM

I agree, Top Gear is great!

Posted by: the Pirate at January 23, 2006 12:38 PM