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Brendon Walsh
Flubber and YouTube?

Flubber and YouTube?

2008-05-20

As usual, I haven't posted anything in a while. But this time the reasons for the lapse have changed. I am not really busy with anything lately with the exception of seeking out decent employment. Rather, I find myself struggling to muster the will power to actually sit down and write something. I suppose I never really thought how 1TB of media at my fingertips would affect my productivity. As a result, you're going to notice a void of substance I think in my next few posts. I think it's quite clear that none of them are polished. I just can't seem to find the time to articulate my ideas lately.

Anyways, I recently sat down and watched some old Disney movies. (Don't ask why. This is what happens when you put someone on high speed and then give them hard drives to fill.) One film in particular that got me thinking was Flubber. In the film, you may recall the little hovering robot assistant, Weebo. The characteristic of Weebo that intrigued me the most was the way it drew on various media clips to further it's own expression. Often times it was an old Mickey Mouse cartoon that would aid in the demonstration of Weebo's surprise or frustration.

The more this happened throughout the movie, the more ideas would churn in my head until eventually I came up with this one that I'll present to you now.

What if there was a service online (probably in addition to the features offered at YouTube) that would allow you to tag a video's timeline contextually. For example, this clip could be tagged at 1:06 as "fuck it" or the like. These tags could not only be what is happening verbally in the timeline, but also emotionally as well as "outrage" or "anger."

Once tagged in this manner, these video timelines could be grepped (sorry, I've been in a Linux terminal all day) with tag searches and then re-purposed in someone else's video to enhance presentation of feeling or mood. Much like Weebo in Flubber.

I can't really come up with any real practical use for this kind of service other than building on entertainment factors in videos. What do you guys think?