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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mystery Beach

I went to the beach last weekend with my wife, my son, and my dog. We had a great time playing in the sand and freezing our butts off in the ocean. I recorded a ton of video and took a bunch of pictures. I even brought my GoPro camera, but the most exciting thing I could think of at the time was attaching it to the dog's leash. That didn't turn out so great. But next time I'll plan ahead and bring along my huge Power Sled Kite! I'm pretty sure I can rig up a quick harness to hold my GoPro in such a way that it won't spend the whole time just twisting around in the wind.

Anyhow, the whole point of writing about my trip to the beach is really about what happened after I got back home. One of the first things I did, then, was to copy all my video from the GoPro over to my laptop. But first I have to jump through a few hoops to get that done. Because of a little problem that had developed earlier with my GoPro's 64BG SD card, I can't transfer directly from the camera to my laptop. As crazy as it sounds, the only solution I've been able work out is to first mount the SD card in my Android phone, and then plug the phone into the laptop via USB cable. And that's exactly what I did this time.

I have Google+ on my phone configured to automatically backup my photos and videos only when I am connected to the internet by WiFi. In the ten or fifteen minutes or so it took to copy my files, Google+ saw those new GoPro videos on the SD card and proceeded to transfer them up to the "cloud". I had no idea this had happened at the time, and I'm really not bothered at all. My phone simply did what it had been configured to do in the first place.

A couple of hours later in the evening I received a notification on my phone that my Auto Awesome Video was ready to be viewed! What?! Once I saw the thumbnail for the video it was perfectly clear to me what had happened. Wow! I couldn't wait to see what Google had put together. Take a look at the video below. It's so creepy! The only creative input I had was selecting the title. The scenes, the order, and the music were all done by Google.