I was sitting on the john thinking about google (thats where I do some of my best thinking and have the best ideas) and I was thinking back to what made me like google so much when it first launched and why many people took to it. It was because of its simplicity. At the time not many people had high speed internet, so the simple google interface was a pleasure since it loaded quickly on a 56k. We could go to google knowing that we could do a search and get for the most part, relevant results for that search. But what made google really thrive was its simple non clutter interface which plagued yahoo, hotbot et al.
The more clutter google adds to their search result pages, the more they are getting away from it. I love the places idea but I do not like them in my regular serps. If I want to search for a place, I will go to their maps/places section and do my search there. Same goes for images, videos etc etc. It is search overload and its very frustrating.
Google should show these other sections in the regular serps like a one time thing to show the searcher "hey it looks like you are searching for a video, here are some video results, in the future, you can search our video section"
Or at least give the user an option to opt out like "do not show videos in my searches" same for images etc. I would personally love to be able to control what goes in my SERP's as a regular searcher.