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Old 02-12-10, 10:40 PM   #1
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Watching Olympics Is everything seeming to be 125%??

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Old 02-12-10, 10:53 PM   #2
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The opening ceremonies are spectacular so far. The caldron still hasn't been lit.
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KD Lang was good. Caldron malfunction.
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KD Lang was good. Caldron malfunction.
Yeah that was a bit awkward. KD Lang did an amazing job singing Leonard Cohen's Allelujah. Love that song.
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The whales were particularly amazing.
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I'm still watching the opening ceremonies. Yes, despite living maybe 120 miles south of Vancouver, BC -- IN THE SAME TIME ZONE -- NBC, in their infinite lameness, has delayed everything by 3 hours. I've read that there will not be a single live event broadcast in the Pacific time zone. This is mind bogglingly lame, even for NBC.

Despite that, the opening ceremonies are very cool. As skijor mentioned, the whales were simply amazing.
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Can any Canadian broadcast stations be picked up in Woodinville, Washington?
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None that I've found that have Olympics coverage.
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I think that Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky should be awarded a gold medal in the failed smile competition, as they stood there, on camera in front of billions of viewers, waiting for the magic cauldron to rise from the depth, uncomfortably smiling. That was uncomfortable to watch.
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I'm still watching the opening ceremonies. Yes, despite living maybe 120 miles south of Vancouver, BC -- IN THE SAME TIME ZONE -- NBC, in their infinite lameness, has delayed everything by 3 hours. I've read that there will not be a single live event broadcast in the Pacific time zone. This is mind bogglingly lame, even for NBC.

Despite that, the opening ceremonies are very cool. As skijor mentioned, the whales were simply amazing.
The time delay is very explainable if one takes into consideration that the Olympics are being put on in a forgein country,they (NBC) have to translate all the pictures, signs and words into an American format and the American language so their viewers can understand what they're looking at and seeing.
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I think that Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky should be awarded a gold medal in the failed smile competition, as they stood there, on camera in front of billions of viewers, waiting for the magic cauldron to rise from the depth, uncomfortably smiling. That was uncomfortable to watch.
Haha, Wayne would get a lifetime acheivement award in awkward smiles. You're right though, the moment I knew something must be wrong was when I saw Steve's "WTF?" smile on a closeup. I didn't think it was uncomfortable t watch though, I actually thought it was kind of a charming mistake, although I might be a bit biased , and thought the choices for the torch bearers were excellent choices (they were a secret right up to the moment). Overall I thought it was a great presentation put on by Vancouver, with the enormous exception of John Furlong's speech.
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The time delay is very explainable if one takes into consideration that the Olympics are being put on in a forgein country,they (NBC) have to translate all the pictures, signs and words into an American format and the American language so their viewers can understand what they're looking at and seeing.
Lol, this is true, converting our metric video feed to imperial is an extremely time consuming process now that everything is in HD.
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Haha, Wayne would get a lifetime acheivement award in awkward smiles. You're right though, the moment I knew something must be wrong was when I saw Steve's "WTF?" smile on a closeup. I didn't think it was uncomfortable t watch though, I actually thought it was kind of a charming mistake, although I might be a bit biased , and thought the choices for the torch bearers were excellent choices (they were a secret right up to the moment). Overall I thought it was a great presentation put on by Vancouver, with the enormous exception of John Furlong's speech.
I was not poking fun at Steve or Wayne or any of the other torch bearers. They were put in a somewhat uncomfortable situation by the technical failure.

I agree that the overall presentation was incredible. A few moments that I did not fully enjoy were the fiddling/tap dancing segment, at times, and the operatic, overly dramatic singing of the olympic hymn.
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I thought it was a spectacular representation of Canada and Canadian culture. While the fiddle and tap is a big part of that culture, it was overdone. The opera I could easily have skipped as well.

I doubt there are many Canadians that were not sentimentally touched by the show.
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Some webcam images of various Olympic sites in Whistler can be found here . http://members.shaw.ca/ruping/webcams/pyrwebcams.html Scroll down about a third of the page to Sea to Sky mountains and click on the different cams. The other cam shots on the page are scattered throughout the rest of B.C. Unfortunately they are not streaming vidieo,refresh every so often.

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I think it was a good ceremony, but several segments dragged on for too long.

The skiers/boarders suspended by wires was great for about the first 1/2 then got repetetive and boring.

The Canadian National Anthem which is already slow should not have been slowed even more... although the singer had a wonderful voice.

The operatic song had the same weakness as every other operatic performance I have heard... If you don't know the words, you will never be able to figure them out by listening. Opera obviously values tone over enunciation. I found one aspect of the performance humorous. For most of the song, I expected to hear, "We're going to ... Pump You Up!" as she looked like she was standing like the guys in the SNL skit. Hands in front of her, and elbows out.

The whales, and the overall impact were great, but there were a few things I would have changed.
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you think our national anthem is slow?
(not that I care to hear it myself either, because of its lethargic melody)

star spangled banner has some very tasteless and listless incarnations too.
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I thought it was a spectacular representation of Canada and Canadian culture. While the fiddle and tap is a big part of that culture, it was overdone. The opera I could easily have skipped as well.

I doubt there are many Canadians that were not sentimentally touched by the show.
I wasn't.

ok, I didn't watch it. I never watch the olympics.
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I think it was a good ceremony, but several segments dragged on for too long.

The skiers/boarders suspended by wires was great for about the first 1/2 then got repetetive and boring.

The Canadian National Anthem which is already slow should not have been slowed even more... although the singer had a wonderful voice.

The operatic song had the same weakness as every other operatic performance I have heard... If you don't know the words, you will never be able to figure them out by listening. Opera obviously values tone over enunciation. I found one aspect of the performance humorous. For most of the song, I expected to hear, "We're going to ... Pump You Up!" as she looked like she was standing like the guys in the SNL skit. Hands in front of her, and elbows out.

The whales, and the overall impact were great, but there were a few things I would have changed.
Agreed on the boarder/skiers. It was too long.

I hate melodramatic renditions of national anthems and this was no exception. Beautiful voice but kinda like listening to the normal painful butchering of the SSB. The singer did have a beautiful voice but no need to americanize our anthem.
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I'm still watching the opening ceremonies. Yes, despite living maybe 120 miles south of Vancouver, BC -- IN THE SAME TIME ZONE -- NBC, in their infinite lameness, has delayed everything by 3 hours. I've read that there will not be a single live event broadcast in the Pacific time zone. This is mind bogglingly lame, even for NBC.

Despite that, the opening ceremonies are very cool. As skijor mentioned, the whales were simply amazing.
Same thing in 1984 when they had the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Everything was being broadcast based on the East Coast timezone (where NBC, ABC, and CBS have their corporate HQ in NYC). Since that time I've never paid attention to the Olympics.

Pretty strange that I worked 10 miles from the L.A. Colusieum and couldn't see/hear the results of the Track & Field competitions until getting home in the evening!
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What's the point of Mogels?
Bash your knees into your chin 300 times and then do a Rue Paul vogue?
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