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re: The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony … WOW!
ReneCardenas   7/30/2012 9:42:11 PM
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Hi Max, I have to agree with you, the Olympics pageantry was remarkable, I liked the symbolic passing of the torch from the accomplished athlete to the aspiring young group, and the lighting of the central piece was a niece sight. The other unique British icons were nice touches, but from the technical point of view I enjoyed the LED panels, specially the image of a running silhouette among the stadium from what appear to me, made from small blocks of white LEDs. I asked couple of frineds and seems that this cool effect was unnoticed by many.

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2012 9:43:55 PM
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You are right Rene -- the LEDs in the seats was an amazing effect (also I haven't forgotten that article you sent me -- I've just been swamped -- I will post it soon).

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ReneCardenas   7/31/2012 1:57:53 PM
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Max, Don't worry about it, It's among the few things on life that can wait a lifetime. ;-) I have already taken much of your time. I am more interested in the wall of lights project, sorry I missed the last live-chat. Plan to attend this Thursday, if work does not take me away. ;-)

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chrisshore   7/31/2012 8:07:22 AM
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The LED panels were wonderful and used to great effect. I am told that it tool just under 200 miles of cable to connect them all up...

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Peter Clarke   7/31/2012 1:04:13 PM
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I also watched. Generally it exceeded my expectations. And being a Brit I got most of the cultural references. Of course, it went on slightly too long, but what can you do. People expect these big pageants and I hear they did some last minute cutting to get the time down. That's tough on the additional trick cyclists who probably spent months learning their parts. And i suspect that around the world we may have looked a bit bonkers (mad) but then again we are...so that is ok. Any guesses as to what the blue-birds-on-bicycles symbolized?

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mcgrathdylan   8/1/2012 5:23:52 PM
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No idea what the blue birds on bicycles symbolized? Do you know the answer or are you as stumped as us?

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2012 5:50:18 PM
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I remember seeing them -- and I remember thinking that it made sense at the time -- but I don't recall what they symbolized...

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Peter Clarke   8/3/2012 6:43:34 AM
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It has been looked up. they represented doves, which had previously and traditionally released in opening ceremony. And the doves symbolised peace and harmony, I guess.

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2012 1:22:36 PM
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Thanks for sorting this out -- I must admit that I have been wondering about this

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Bert22306   7/31/2012 8:06:15 PM
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I always enjoy the Olympics, and it's also the only sports I ever watch. The opening ceremonies were indeed a bit too long, for my taste, but they certainly did do a great job of highlighting a lot of the history. Even the uglier side of the Industrial Revolution was shown very effectively, I thought. The answer to overly long opening ceremonies is to record them on your PVR. Then you can fast-forward the parts you don't care too much about, and compress the whole thing by at least 2:1. They did do a very good job with the parade of nations, I thought, to keep it moving smartly. Since we don't subscribe to any cable or satellite, we're limited to NBC "main channel" coverage. I was interested to see in the paper that many people are annoyed with NBC, for not putting more on their NBC channel. I was really obnoxed with NBC for only allowing viewing of their online streams to those with cable or satellite subscriptions. If those online streams include ads, I am assuming they do, it seems like a bit of an excess of greed, yes? And even leaving aside Internet streaming, with digital TV, NBC could be making much more effective use of their terrestrial broadcast spectrum than they are. They could transmit more than one stream, for example, or they could transmit Olympic coverage even during times of day where the main channel is busy with other material. If these streams are ad supported, there's little excuse for not doing so. This behavior hardly engenders any feelings of loyalty toward them, from me.

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Monkey_noise   8/2/2012 5:26:41 PM
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This is why I'm so gratefull for the BBC in the UK. Not only do they not have adverts but they are broadcasting 24 additional channels just for the olympics. The only problem is, you have to decide what to watch live and what to watch on 'catchup'

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2012 6:23:24 PM
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When I was a kid we had a black and white TV and only 2 or 3 channels ... if you had told us what the future held... we wouldn't have believed you!

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tomeq   8/2/2012 1:11:29 PM
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And you totally forget about Rowan Atkinson "playing" the Chariots of Fire :) I daresay, his best play since Black Adder :] Generally the opening ceremony was something huge - even though in Poland I watched it till 3am...

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2012 1:31:23 PM
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I did forget to mention that -- but it was GREAT As was the original film -- did you see that?

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tomeq   8/2/2012 1:57:06 PM
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You mean Black Adder? Of course - I've got also my very own collection of BA :) My wife was so surprised when I showed her Dr House being not so wise as a Prince in Black Adder.

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tomeq   8/2/2012 2:00:24 PM
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btw - Black Adder is a greeeeeaaaat history of Great Britain. Just imagine the opening ceremony with Edmund, Baldrick, Prince and Honey ;)

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2012 6:24:57 PM
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The amazing thing is that he depicted out history so realistically :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2012 6:24:32 PM
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NO!!! I'm talking about "Chariots of Fire" (But Black Adder was good also -- did you see the "Christmas Carol Special"?

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tomeq   8/3/2012 6:30:37 AM
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Max you meant this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJX8coNc2J8 :) And re the history of GB at the opening, I totally agree, it was really something.

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ost0   8/3/2012 6:08:59 AM
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I must be missing some genes.. I have absolutely no interest in sports. Not even football/soccer and it is often a social disability. Does geek's have their own olympics?

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2012 1:23:26 PM
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"Do geek's have their own olympics?" Of course -- but they are "invitation only" ... you are obviously not geeky enough :-)

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Douglas442   8/3/2012 11:34:31 AM
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Do you mean to say that Kenneth Branagh playing the role of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as part of the opening ceremony of a sporting event, wasn't enough for at least a little bit of geek satisfaction?

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2012 1:23:52 PM
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It worked for me :-)

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KB3001   8/3/2012 3:06:58 PM
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I thought it was brilliant! Typically British, full of substance but in a light-hearted, jokey, and at times silly, kind of way :-) I loved the reference to Michael Fish's Hurricane Gaffe lol Now, how many people outside Britain got that? None probably, but the show was full of wee funny things like that... I loved every minute of it!

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2012 3:10:23 PM
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I remember the night Michael Fish made that Gaff :-)

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KB3001   8/3/2012 3:26:40 PM
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Lucky you :-) Or may be not if you were living in the South of England then! Michael Fish, what a legend!

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Max The Magnificent   8/3/2012 3:42:49 PM
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No -- I was in Sheffield -- maybe I saw the replay the next day when they were digging themselves out of the rubble



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