Watch Me Fawn All Over Google Book Search

by Erin on August 23, 2007

Or "GBS," as I like to call it, now that we're friends:

Note: I am not the person doing really cool research on the British road system. I'm the other one.

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xstpenguin August 23, 2007 at 9:44 am

That is so cool! And you’re wearing a Duro!!Finding DressADay has been my “happy accident”, so as ever – THANKS!Cheers,AJ

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Cathy August 23, 2007 at 9:45 am

What fun! (Watching both of you.) And I learned something, too.The second time they cut to you, I started wondering about those balls behind you…

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kathyg August 23, 2007 at 9:49 am

LOL..I wondered about those red and blue balls, too..but what a treat to see a bit of “live and in person” , so to speak, Erin. And thanks for the info on book search!

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Kate August 23, 2007 at 9:49 am

Here, let the sister help re: the balls. Erin is not only known for dresses and dictionaries, but she’s a vocal supporter of sitting on exercise balls instead of desk chairs. She’s converted me!Also, someone needs to get this on boingboing.net. They’d be all over it.

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k. August 23, 2007 at 10:03 am

The research on the British road system is, indeed, cool. But so are dresses, dictionaries, exercise balls, and the Duro you’re wearing. Then again, I may be biased in at least two of those three cases. What I really wanted to see, though, was a shot of you blogging in your Duro while sitting on an exercise ball surrounded by dictionaries. Maybe next time. ;-)

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Lexy Girl August 23, 2007 at 11:03 am

Yay! What fun… I immediately went to google book search and, having no original ideas of my own, entered “party dress” and found Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior… so much for work.

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renee August 23, 2007 at 11:49 am

Thanks for another great source of information! No doubt this will increase my book buying as well….Does this mean that if I were to sit on a big inflated ball while sewing could I consider sewing ‘excercise’? Wonderful idea.

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Mary Beth August 23, 2007 at 11:53 am

“Happy Accident”, indeed. I rarely take time to watch a video but I loved this one: cool jazz, great info, excellent shots and cuts. I’m smiling! Thanks

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Jonquil August 23, 2007 at 12:22 pm

My first reaction, too, was “She’s wearing a Duro!”There are lots of bright exercise balls all over Google, where the interview was shot. Some people sit on them, some just roll them down the hall.

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amisare waswerebeen August 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm

I love anything that will make finding and buying books easier. Thanks for this gem.

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Laura August 23, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Books on a dress blog? Heaven!

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Susan Marie August 23, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Three comments:1. I totally agree that sitting on balance balls is excellent. Did you know they are used to help with labor pains in childbirth?2. My husband has been drooling all over Google-everything for months- he will love this video.3. Great dress!

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Margo August 23, 2007 at 1:19 pm

What a bright spot in my day! Thanks for sharing, Erin. I’ve tried the kind of searches you both were describing on regular Google and was disappointed with the results. Now I’ve got new worlds to explore and books to buy!So, I used an exercise ball while I was in labor and found it really helpful, but what benefit does the ball have for normal desk-sitting?

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xstpenguin August 23, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Funny, I never thought about the balls, just assumed (from the colours) that they were Google-Provided. As it happens I have one of those in my living room (boring black, is all I could get!) and I’m supposed (please note *supposed to*) sit on it for TV watching etc. (Haven’t found a way to use it and the laptop comfortably yet!) The advantage is that you make slight adjustments to balance and so your inner core (abdominal/back) muscles get a low impact workout. This should (if you actually do it!) strengthen the muscles and reduce back pain and fatigue from long periods sitting.HTH,AJ

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Maya August 23, 2007 at 2:26 pm

When favorite things collide – so, as I was watching this video, I was partly all “yay Erin” and partly “yay Google” and partly, “I love doing research sitting at my desk!”, but once they starting talking about unleashing information, all I could think about was the Buffy episode “I Robot … You Jane” where they accidentally scan a demon into the internet. Gotta love a Buffy-DAD connection!

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Erin August 23, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Aw, man, y’all are so nice. :-)I have, as Kate says, been using an exercise ball as a chair since, oh, about 1997 or so. (I’m sitting on one right now AIFG!) It encourages you to move more during the day (you can’t scoot it over the file cabinet, you have to get up and walk over, etc.) and it makes you use more muscles for balance.Two caveats: any child under, say, eight, will want to bounce on it and WILL NOT BE DISSUADED, and they are *very* difficult to sit on wearing tight pencil skirts. Other than that, they’re perfect!

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Kate in England August 23, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Great video! Although… history of the British road system? REALLY? I bet there’s no one in Britain studying that. Weirdly, there do seem to be a lot more people in the States interested in various aspects of British history than there are here. I tried to do some research on an ancestor who was the first literary agent and although the agency still exists in London, all the old papers now live in a university library in North Carolina. Why?! I’m sold on GBS though – must go and investigate.

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Connie C. August 23, 2007 at 3:45 pm
Chelsea August 23, 2007 at 4:52 pm

My favorite part, besides the Snoopy background music, was that you introduce yourself as “Erin the blogger” with (btw) a dayjob with Oxford University press.lol!

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CEMETARIAN We Dig Memories August 23, 2007 at 4:58 pm

OHHHHHHHHHH…..you’re sooooooo cuuuuute. I loved the information you gave and can’t wait to have a minute to try it out. As a genealogy researcher I’ve exhausted most sources but this give me another one.As for the exercise ball, I may have to give that a try. It would be great at the computer but watching TV might be a trick cause it doesn’t have a place for my beer and sandwich.Rita

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vanessa.e. August 23, 2007 at 5:18 pm

that’s very cool. how would one get involve with working with google to digitize books and get this whole archive together? sounds like it would be a fun career.

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Kate August 23, 2007 at 5:23 pm

That is so cool! The funny thing is that as a newly minted English teacher, I just found out about Google Book Search. TODAY. And then I get home and you’re talking about it. Too cool. It’s my newest obsession.

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CEMETARIAN We Dig Memories August 23, 2007 at 5:52 pm

I tried it out and immediately with the first try found 3 bits of ancient information that I didn’t know about my ancestors………….truly superfantastic…………Thank you Erin!

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Anonymous August 23, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Way cool! I enjoyed seeing what you look like, and I got some great information on using the internet. Thanks for being you!Linda

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Anonymous August 23, 2007 at 8:24 pm

By the way, what is a Duro?Linda

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. August 23, 2007 at 9:28 pm

The day Google was born should be celebrated as a national holiday every year. It just rocks, and I regularly leave the Googleplex folk emails as a librarian applauding their efforts.Erin, you are adorable in the flick. Now I have a voice to go with the ADAD blog.

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oracle August 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Linda (anonymous),Go to this page of Erin’s blog to find out what people on her blog (and in some other places too, such as PatternReview.com,) call a Duro dress.http://www.dressaday.com/2005/11/duro-olowu.html

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Kate August 24, 2007 at 3:25 am

Yay, Erin! So good to see you and hear your voice. What an amazing digital age we live in. K Q:-)

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Mandy August 24, 2007 at 5:00 am

How cool to hear your voice and see your face! Your glasses are fantastic. :)

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Jen ~ MOMSPatterns August 24, 2007 at 7:28 am

Erin, you’re sooooo adorable. AND smart. An ideal woman!Gee, I am really out of the loop. I thought they were balloons. lol

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Anonymous August 24, 2007 at 8:24 am

Erin-it was so great to put an animated person with my hetero girl crush!

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bonnie-ann black August 24, 2007 at 9:26 am

love the phrase “increase the number of happy accidents…” and i *must* try out GBS for research on the book i’m writing… the NYPL system has been great, but i wonder what else is out there.oh, and now i’m interested in the history of road systems… maybe i’ll research the road system of the Bronx!

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Missy August 24, 2007 at 10:14 am

Erin…you are so adorable and well spoken! The first thing that popped into my head when you appeared was, “She’s wearing a duro dress!” Because, it is all about the dress ;-)Off to search gbs!Missy

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enc August 24, 2007 at 11:58 am

You’re no longer a disembodied writer! You have a face! A voice! Mannerisms! You’re articulate in person!That was a really cool clip–thanks for posting it.

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Nora August 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Hmmm, now I really want to change careers and be an indexer.And get a ball to sit on, though I worry that they’ll pick up cat hair, and until I get my cats to run the vacuum (would it kill them to help out a little?) their hair is something we have to work around.

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~Ria~ August 25, 2007 at 2:59 am

What in the world is going on with the comments above me! WOW! I just wanted to say how much I love this clip. When I first clicked on it I was a little worried. I saw this blond girl that I didn’t imagine ‘Erin’ to be. I was thinking about the fact that I always imagined you to be a brunette with cute glasses. How did I know that? Thanks for not letting me down! I also agree that you are my favorite happy accident. At this point I don’t even remember how I found you but I am glad that I did.

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Erin August 25, 2007 at 6:58 am

Weird spam now gone, sorry!

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