So, I spent the majority of work (since I only had a few clients who were super spread out), watching the opening ceremonies and Judo.
1. I am amazed and sad at the fact that humans can put something so beautiful together, yet find a means to try and absolutely destroy each other at the same time. Makes me think that humankind will be better off without formalized governments. I love Chinese culture and its history, but knowing that the artistic beauty of last night came at the sacrifice of all the people who have been made homeless by the Chinese government, makes the enjoyment of it quite bittersweet. And detracts from the idea of the games.
2. I found it overly disturbing that Bush and Putin were sitting and chatting, while Russia was planning and executing an invasion of Georgia.
3. I should have been paying attention to Judo for the last 3 years that I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu. But the Cuban coach is around 400lbs, and I can’t fathom how he got that way, and managed to coach a gold medalist.
PS- NBC sucks ass. Sure, make the smaller events available for us cable liberated folks, but reserve the main events for the fucking TV, at ungodly hours that only folks with TiVo can manage. You fucking suck, and you suck for not making it readable for TiVo (I looked Thursday night).
PPS- My friend Marcie is making her olympic debut in wrestling. Go watch her next week.
I thought NBC was making a lot more coverage available for streaming online. I frequently watch stuff on ESPN and have been pretty impressed with the overall quality. Haven’t tried the Olympics though.
They have, I’m watching the men’s groups now (from yesterday, serious delay). I’m not sure what I think of the format, as I’m using the “control room” feature, right now. Having the ability to fast forward would be nice, but I guess I can’t complain about having to sit at my computer for 4+ hours to try and watch the events I appreciate.
Was pretty cool to see Israel, Nederlands and Britain compete. 🙂