Archive for November, 2005

Google Video

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

By now you’ve likely heard of Google Video, the service that lets you upload whatever video you might happen to have laying around. This service has implications that I could only dream of. I could finally see some obscure video clip that had been floating around the Internet for a long time, or I could see new and exciting short videos that I might not have otherwise have access to.

Recently, the ability to view random videos piqued my interest. I was not fully prepared for the absolutely inane videos I would find.

I’m not so much curious why people have these videos as I am why they decided to upload them to this exciting new service.

Some examples (these are the short ones, there are several that are over an hour long where these came from):
Eating a fortune cookie
‘Fun’ at an apartment
Drink water!
The daughter at the Putt-Putt
Walking down the hall of the Mariott
Micro truck race
whatever this is
school hijinks

Oh there’s more where those came from. Lots more. If you watch any of the above expecting something wacky to happen, you’re out of luck. It’s like being stranded in some kind of strange purgatory where all you can watch are videos of babies being babies and the things that people who just got a camera and don’t know what to do with it are filming.

Of course there are also some videos out there that are worth watching but consider it a profound stroke of luck or well-picked search terms that led you to them.

XBox 360

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

It looks like it’s getting to be about that time. With the launch just one week away, we’re already starting to see commercials that don’t make any sense appear all over the television.

Since I never owned an XBox and don’t have the money (or desire, really) to get a 360, I’ll just sit back and watch the launch unfold from my safe little corner of the Universe.


Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Sorry, I don’t feel up to talking about video games today.

Last night we had an apparent tornado in my neck of the woods. For those who need to know such things, I’m OK. My county and the neighboring county are now in a state of emergency, and the hospital I work for has been under a ‘mass casualty’ alert since early this morning.

It’s odd. I heard the thunder, the rain, and the distinctive sound of a ‘jet engine’ roaring above my house in the night, but didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t until my alarm went off this morning that I even knew we had something serious happen. Even on the way in to work this morning, I only saw one downed tree limb, and it wasn’t anything bigger than what I could concievably have ripped off of a tree with my bare hands. Video from local sources is showing me that the damage is not terribly far removed from my house. That’s scary, especially since I largely slept through it.

It looks like news of the storm has been picked up on CNN as well.

Some Associated Press coverage.