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  • Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies

    I enjoyed them.

    Obviously sad news about the luger from Georgia who died in the practice run, but it didn't really overshadow the entire opening ceremonies, and if anything made them more poignant.

    Anyway, I thought they did an amazing job with the projections around the arena, and the way they showcased Canada as a country was great too. A lot of folks this morning were complaining about various aspects of it, but I really enjoyed it even more than the gigantic Beijing ceremony from 2008. It was less overblown and more intimate and focused.

    Did you see it?
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    I didn't see all of it, but those were the impressions that I had as well. The Beijing Opening Ceremonies were more jaw-dropping because of the beauty and scale, but these were impressive in a very different way (and at a tenth of the price, according to the announcer). And it also totally made me want to visit Canada again.
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    • #3
      And it also totally made me want to visit Canada again.


      Bingo. Same here.

      It also doesn't hurt that I'm a bit of a musical Canadaphile (Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, etc.). Even though it was lip-synched, I thought k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah" was quite nice.
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      • #4
        It was overcompressed. oke:
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        • #5
          As I said in the other thread I thought it was great especially K D lang's Hallelujah as she sang the original song as it was meant to be before the Christians claimed it.
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          • #6
            My reaction was: What the hell is all this for? Why aren't athletes doing any athletics? What possible purpose does all that crap serve? Especially that bride-of-Frankenstein opera singer....

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            • #7
              My reaction was: What the hell is all this for? Why aren't athletes doing any athletics? What possible purpose does all that crap serve? Especially that bride-of-Frankenstein opera singer....


              Uh, hate to tell you this, but they've been doing Olympic opening ceremonies like this for over a hundred years...
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              • #8
                I missed them, does anyone know if they're streamed online?
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                • #9
                  I missed them, does anyone know if they're streamed online?


                  I'm sure you can watch them online.

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                  • #10
                    Where was Rush?

                    K.D. looked like she borrowed David Byrne's bigsuit.

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                    • #11
                      I missed them, does anyone know if they're streamed online?


                      I think you'll find almost everything at http://www.nbcolympics.com/ .
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                      • #12
                        I really liked that poem about Canada (seriously).

                        I thought the author really captured the essence of the Canadian (or Canadienne, if you live in Quebec) self-identity.
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                        • #13
                          I really liked that poem about Canada (seriously).


                          Yeah! I thought that guy was great.

                          I saw a hilarious tweet after the ceremony that said, "Welcome to Canada. Our Hell's Angels can tap dance."
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                          • #14
                            I didn`t see the opening ceremony but I do try to watch some of it when I get a chance. I still like the idea behind the Olympics though now most of the athletes are getting paid through one vehicle or another.

                            Looking forward to mens hockey!

                            My issue is the NBC coverage... they`ve got 4 channels on my cable system and its only on one. Too much talking and not enough action. I enjoy the stories leading up to an event but there are just too many interruptions between events so the momentum is lost and its hard to focus.

                            Not sure what other way to do this than to provide specific pay per view events that way you get all the hockey coverage... that may be the way to go in the future but not sure how many people are going to pay.

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                            • #15
                              Too much talking and not enough action.


                              I'll tell ya, it's endemic in all sports coverage in the USA these days. I don't know why these guys all feel compelled to make sure there's never 0.3 seconds of airtime that's not slathered in blabber.

                              Costas and Lauer, who should know better, were chatting incessantly throughout the opening ceremonies. Just non-stop. At times, it would have been much nicer for them to shut up and let the viewers experience some of the ambience on their own.
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