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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Google Chrome & The Wilderness Downtown

My computers default browsers are Safari and Explorer. But I have always preferred Firefox. Now people are telling me to download yet ANOTHER browser?

Google Chrome.

Google claims its the fastest browser out there. We measure the speed of cars by how fast they can go from 0 to 60. In Internet land, google measures speed by things like: the number of searches per second or the number of tabs you can open per second.

Who cares. I'm usually on my couch eating buttered popcorn and watching TV while I search for crap I don't need to know. I'm in no rush to find out who is guest starring in next week's Glee episode.

I didn't care UNTIL a friend told me to check out a new kind of music video that you can only watch on Google Chrome. The Wilderness Downtown is an experimental interactive film created by Chris Milk in collaboration with Arcade Fire and Google. It was built using HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool and it uses multiple browser windows as the user moves around the screen.

SOOOOOO COOOL! The geek in me can only imagine how long it took to code that video. Computer programmers have only scratched the surface when it comes to what HTML5 can do. But this video is a great preview.

Click here to download Google Chrome

Then watch the music video here!

Let me know what you think! Pretty cool stuff!

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