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The Olympics

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by oneblood, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. gamelan

    gamelan Well-Known Member

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    huge Olympics fan. my first memories are of Eric Heiden winning all those golds in speed skating at Lake Placid.

    woke up at 5am to catch the Opening Ceremonies. pretty freakin' amazing what i did see before i had to head to work.

    the competitions will be amazing and i can't wait!!! [​IMG]

    -Jeff
     
  2. odoreater

    odoreater Well-Known Member

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    It is a major way to showcase a city (and a nation), which is why those chinaman wanted to host them.

    Ok, so?
     
  3. West24

    West24 Well-Known Member

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    all the "communist" countries love getting the olympics. its a way to show how great they are through metals and displays, and a way to throw away all the bad and crap thats really going on for a few weeks.
     
  4. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Well-Known Member

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    Clearly, the whole thing is complicated.

    Anyway, four times the fireworks were used in Beijing last night to celebrate the opening ceremony than all the fireworks used in all of the Olympics before.
     
  5. Texasmade

    Texasmade Well-Known Member

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    I enjoy watching them. My favorite sport in the Olympics is track. The 100M race should be one of the best ever with Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt, and Asafa Powell. Basketball should also be interesting to watch to see if Kobe and Lebron can bring home the gold again.
     
  6. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    It is a major way to showcase a city (and a nation), which is why those chinaman wanted to host them.

    Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature.
     
  7. mmhollis

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    I was digging the Dutch Jackets!
     
  8. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Well-Known Member

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    Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature.

    He should have used the plural form, no?
     
  9. cpmac7

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    OMG best torch lighting in history.
     
  10. c3cubed

    c3cubed Well-Known Member

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    I watched the Bejing opening Olympic ceremony in High Def at my office this afternoon with my staff. A few of my management team are from China. Events such as the Olympiad is exactly why high def is essential, and what it shows best.

    Unbelieveable, a beautiful, glorious precision that induced kaflempt tears on a number of occasions, and I wasn't ashamed to let my staff see that.

    What was/is interesting to recognise, is that this sort of magnificent discipline is not only difficult, but I believe almost impossible in our western civilizations, because our freedoms are so based on the individual and not as a group or nation. Our unions and so-called pendulum of 'human rights' self importance has swung so far to the right - it could barely withstand the amount of aggressive discipline that would have been required to muster so many thousands into an almost frightening militaristic perfection.

    Face it folks, our laws are prescribed in a fashion as to walk on eggs over the consideration of a missive glance, or a caustic shout of disapproval - one gets sued for hundreds of thousands. Our western humanitarian ideals have precipitated the woosification of western morals and ethics. Mediocrity seems to be idealized and heroic, and we have ourselves to blame for this. No one else.

    But wow, look how effective some of the old fashioned rules are; the quality is clear, concise, and I love seeing a grand display of epic genius.

    I wish China could export more of this sort of thing, as an international trademark. This is what China as a nation does so well, and, to build more on the great historic achievements. So many wonderful contributions, so much invention to mankind in the past.

    Anyone who is of the nation of China, should be so proud of what their country has displayed, in spite of any controversies that may lie between nations - proud even if for this one moment.

    It was absolutely gorgeous.
     
  11. visionology

    visionology Well-Known Member

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    That wave thing with the boxes controlled by the people was CRAZY!!!
     
  12. c3cubed

    c3cubed Well-Known Member

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    That wave thing with the boxes controlled by the people was CRAZY!!!

    Everything was unbelieveable in scope - and yes, I was trying to see if it was remote controlled or what.

    It was hard not to applaud in private...

    I think, gobsmacked is an appropriate word for the display!
     
  13. brlfvr

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    Really amazing opening ceramonies. Beatiful artistry and dicipline. Goosebumps a plenty. Let the cynics be cynical. Their loss. It's still amazing what these athletes accomplish.
     
  14. Steve B.

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    I'm waiting for the Obama commercials.
     
  15. Baron

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    China is NOT fucking around. Wow. Holy shit. That ceremony was off the Richter, to borrow a colloquialism from my high school days.
     
  16. whacked

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    I watched the Bejing opening Olympic ceremony in High Def at my office this afternoon with my staff. A few of my management team are from China. Events such as the Olympiad is exactly why high def is essential, and what it shows best.

    Unbelieveable, a beautiful, glorious precision that induced kaflempt tears on a number of occasions, and I wasn't ashamed to let my staff see that.

    What was/is interesting to recognise, is that this sort of magnificent discipline is not only difficult, but I believe almost impossible in our western civilizations, because our freedoms are so based on the individual and not as a group or nation. Our unions and so-called pendulum of 'human rights' self importance has swung so far to the right - it could barely withstand the amount of aggressive discipline that would have been required to muster so many thousands into an almost frightening militaristic perfection.

    Face it folks, our laws are prescribed in a fashion as to walk on eggs over the consideration of a missive glance, or a caustic shout of disapproval - one gets sued for hundreds of thousands. Our western humanitarian ideals have precipitated the woosification of western morals and ethics. Mediocrity seems to be idealized and heroic, and we have ourselves to blame for this. No one else.

    But wow, look how effective some of the old fashioned rules are; the quality is clear, concise, and I love seeing a grand display of epic genius.

    I wish China could export more of this sort of thing, as an international trademark. This is what China as a nation does so well, and, to build more on the great historic achievements. So many wonderful contributions, so much invention to mankind in the past.

    Anyone who is of the nation of China, should be so proud of what their country has displayed, in spite of any controversies that may lie between nations - proud even if for this one moment.

    It was absolutely gorgeous.


    And I think you're exactly right.
     
  17. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Well-Known Member

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    I missed the opening last night. Where can I download or catch the rerun?
     
  18. West24

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    I watched the Bejing opening Olympic ceremony in High Def at my office this afternoon with my staff. A few of my management team are from China. Events such as the Olympiad is exactly why high def is essential, and what it shows best.

    Unbelieveable, a beautiful, glorious precision that induced kaflempt tears on a number of occasions, and I wasn't ashamed to let my staff see that.

    What was/is interesting to recognise, is that this sort of magnificent discipline is not only difficult, but I believe almost impossible in our western civilizations, because our freedoms are so based on the individual and not as a group or nation. Our unions and so-called pendulum of 'human rights' self importance has swung so far to the right - it could barely withstand the amount of aggressive discipline that would have been required to muster so many thousands into an almost frightening militaristic perfection.

    Face it folks, our laws are prescribed in a fashion as to walk on eggs over the consideration of a missive glance, or a caustic shout of disapproval - one gets sued for hundreds of thousands. Our western humanitarian ideals have precipitated the woosification of western morals and ethics. Mediocrity seems to be idealized and heroic, and we have ourselves to blame for this. No one else.

    But wow, look how effective some of the old fashioned rules are; the quality is clear, concise, and I love seeing a grand display of epic genius.

    I wish China could export more of this sort of thing, as an international trademark. This is what China as a nation does so well, and, to build more on the great historic achievements. So many wonderful contributions, so much invention to mankind in the past.

    Anyone who is of the nation of China, should be so proud of what their country has displayed, in spite of any controversies that may lie between nations - proud even if for this one moment.

    It was absolutely gorgeous.


    yeah its great that the chinese are threatening to take away all the money and retirement funds from some chinese athletes if they retire and dont compete in these olympics. its great how they practicaly torture 7 year olds to make sure they are gymnastic machines. a lot of shady business goes on to make everything look good. i understand some of what youre saying, but i think were lucky we dont have to deal with what many of the chinese do.
     
  19. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    Everyone relies on cliches. The Olympics is increasingly about money and marketing - in China more than ever before because the market is so huge. I just saw the Opening Ceremony and it was the most amazing spectacle I have ever witnessed. Let them butcher the minorities and restrict free speech.
    I feel it wasn't Communistic enough. I wanted to see huge red stars and large-scale portraits of dead leaders. Anent the spectacle of the Olympics ceremony, I feel that the North Korean ceremonies are very worthwhile to watch--a sheer force of mass adulation.
     
  20. eg1

    eg1 Well-Known Member

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    Just saw the opening ceremony... cool show, with probably the most awesome display, make that displays of fireworks. The lighting of the Olympic torch was also awesome, with the guy looking like he's running sideways around the wraparound video wall, and the way the torch was lit.... good show.

    I generally scorn these fancy-pants openings, so I tuned into this one late -- looks like that was a mistake on my part, because this was clearly an order-of-magnitude greater spectacle than your garden-variety Olympic show. I did catch the whole fireworks display on CBC, however -- un-freaking-believable! [​IMG]

    I even stayed up lated to watch the NBC replay, but they went to commercial once the fireworks had started! Stupid fuckers ... [​IMG]
     

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