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A YouTube Time-Waster for the Long Weekend: Make Your Own Mashup

I have a sneaking suspicion that even those of you who are technically “working” today aren’t really getting a whole lot done. Which means that even those among you who want to get things done can’t get anything done because no one else is working.

So. You need some time-wasters. Here’s one that’s distracted me for several minutes: YouTube Doubler, which allows you to play two clips on Google’s (GOOG) video site at the same time.

Why would you want to do that? My first thought was that it would make the “Is it true that ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ syncs up perfectly with ‘The Wizard of Oz’?” question easier to answer. But someone’s already tackled that one. (Of course. Also, it appears the answer is “no.”)

Second thought: I bet you can do some good stuff with Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Balllmer’s famous dance video. So here’s my attempt. Note that you may need to bring the volume up on the left hand clip while bringing it down on the Ballmer clip; also, the Ballmer clip won’t autoplay itself. What do you want? It’s in beta.

YouTube Doubler

Can you do better? Probably. I’m particularly fond of this creation: Hank Paulson Vs. Milking Cow, via the YouTube Doubler favorites page.

If you’ve got a mashup you want to share with the rest of us, leave the URL in comments below, or email me:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik