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tony hipchest
08-08-2008, 08:58 PM
simply amazing. very hard to watch the steelers game with this going on. from an artistic point of view its some of the most awe inspiring things ive ever seen people do,

even more amazing is these people do this for 3 cents an hour. :sofunny:

seriously, i cant believe some of this stuff i am seeing.

Atlanta Dan
08-08-2008, 09:47 PM
Definitely why to own a HDTV

The 2008 synchronized drummers (that's the numbers, not the year) that went with the glowing red drumsticks when the lights were turned off were amazing and in some ways kind of terrifying

Could have done without the 1936 Games Memorial goosestepping Chinese troops carrying the Chinese flag on the field

millwalldavey
08-08-2008, 09:59 PM
I love the giant stamp pads they hafta walk through!

GBMelBlount
08-09-2008, 01:56 PM
simply amazing. very hard to watch the steelers game with this going on. from an artistic point of view its some of the most awe inspiring things ive ever seen people do,

even more amazing is these people do this for 3 cents an hour. :sofunny:

seriously, i cant believe some of this stuff i am seeing.

Agreed, it was absolutely incredible. :thumbsup:

xfl2001fan
08-09-2008, 02:06 PM
Phelps just "cruised" in on the swim preliminaries for the 400M IM and still broke the old olympic record. That guy is a freak of nature in the pool.

tony hipchest
08-09-2008, 02:19 PM
Definitely why to own a HDTV

The 2008 synchronized drummers (that's the numbers, not the year) that went with the glowing red drumsticks when the lights were turned off were amazing and in some ways kind of terrifying

those drums were so futuristic and surreal, it was hard to decipher what you were really looking at (was it an ancient animal skin drum or a futuristic computer screen?) at or to figure out the technology behind. costas noted that in a way it was "intimidating". every once in a while you would see someones lighted dum blink off cue or not at all. we were joking how that person would undoubtedly be executed tomorrow.

my favorite "act" might have been the grid of men inside what looked to be silver painted refrigerator boxex, who rhythmically moved up and down like rectangular pistons.

the stuff was undescribable. it had to be seen to be appreciated.

and the fireworks show? you woulda thought the chinese invented them! :chuckle:

i wish i woulda recorded it.

GBMelBlount
08-09-2008, 02:33 PM
the stuff was undescribable. it had to be seen to be appreciated.

and the fireworks show? you woulda thought the chinese invented them! :chuckle:

i wish i woulda recorded it.

Yep, bet it looked great on that 13" Orion of yours. :chuckle:

tony hipchest
08-09-2008, 02:41 PM
Yep, bet it looked great on that 13" Orion of yours. :chuckle:
:toofunny: i forgot about that.

i have since upgraded to a phillips lcd. hi def baby! :tt03:

(still got the trusty ol orion though)

Polamalu Princess
08-09-2008, 04:18 PM
The Opening was amazing. Just amazing.

GBMelBlount
08-09-2008, 04:25 PM
Phelps just "cruised" in on the swim preliminaries for the 400M IM and still broke the old olympic record. That guy is a freak of nature in the pool.

I wonder if he chugs a few beers before his heats...just to keep it close. :wink02:

xfl2001fan
08-09-2008, 04:30 PM
I wonder if he chugs a few beers before his heats...just to keep it close. :wink02:

I can only imagine how good he'd do in any specific event if he only participated in one event instead of 230.

Preacher
08-09-2008, 07:18 PM
Artistically... it was VERY impressive. Furthermore, it wasn't "way out there" like the Greek games were, or seemed to last forever like the Sydney games.


However...

AD.

I notice you referenced the 1936 games.

Funny, because I got a feeling that there was a similar undertone to those games.... a culture proving itself to the world.

Atlanta Dan
08-09-2008, 07:32 PM
Artistically... it was VERY impressive. Furthermore, it wasn't "way out there" like the Greek games were, or seemed to last forever like the Sydney games.


However...

AD.

I notice you referenced the 1936 games.

Funny, because I got a feeling that there was a similar undertone to those games.... a culture proving itself to the world.

Yep - lots of cultures have used the Olympics to prove themselves to the world - Tokyo 1964; Seoul 1988 (OTOH Atlanta's opening ceremonies included a parade of pickup trucks, confirming certain stereotypes about exactly what sort of culture we have in ATL:sofunny:)

The difference here is that China is a rising power that is not just proving itself to the world but starting to assert its return to a presumed position as the center of that world.

A Wall Street Journal article today on books about the Olympics had a quote today from Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again, published in 1940, in which the protagonist made these observations while at the 1936 Berlin Games

"There seemed to be something ominous about it," Wolfe writes about the prevailing mood in Berlin as the opening ceremony approaches. "One sensed a stupendous concentration of effort, a tremendous drawing together and ordering in the vast collective power of the whole land. And the thing that made it seem ominous was that it so evidently went beyond what the games themselves demanded."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121823855609625841.html

The Opening Ceremonies were awe inspiring and in some ways disturbing to anyone who thinks about whetherthe U.S. and Western values will always be top dog

tony hipchest
08-09-2008, 07:58 PM
The Opening Ceremonies were awe inspiring and in some ways disturbing to anyone who thinks about whetherthe U.S. and Western values will always be top dogmy first thought with the 2008 drummers was if theyre this technical and perfect with a theatrical event i sure would hate to take on a couple million of these guys in an army.

then i wondered if each indivisual drummer made more money for all that training than the average american pays for a Dell when they have to throw their old computer away.

then the guys did the body caligraphy on the giant scroll, and a sense of relief came when i thought our new stealth raptors can do that with their contrails in the sky.

anyways, what they did for the olympics, americans have done in stadiums to film a beer commercial. remember the one where the beer cap is opened and all the people flip their cards to make it as if the beer flows around the crowd to the glass on the other side? granted, computers were used, but still...

tony hipchest
08-09-2008, 10:53 PM
with all the money spent on the opening and the grandeur, you think china could prevent our national anthem being cut short when our most celebrated competitor there (m. phelps) is being presented with his first gold medal. :banging:

GBMelBlount
08-10-2008, 07:20 AM
with all the money spent on the opening and the grandeur, you think china could prevent our national anthem being cut short when our most celebrated competitor there (m. phelps) is being presented with his first gold medal. :banging:

Perhaps the "land of the free and the home of the brave" part rubs them the wrong way? :usa::hunch:

Atlanta Dan
08-10-2008, 07:35 AM
with all the money spent on the opening and the grandeur, you think china could prevent our national anthem being cut short when our most celebrated competitor there (m. phelps) is being presented with his first gold medal. :banging:

Maybe they thought NBC had to cut to commercial

As you were speculating with regard to the consequences of any of the synchronized drummers who screwed up, somebody who cues up the music may have a new lifetime job cleaning latrines

The women in the evening gowns standing next to the medals platform made it look like some kind of game show set to me

xfl2001fan
08-10-2008, 07:41 AM
The women in the evening gowns standing next to the medals platform made it look like some kind of game show set to me

I was thinking the came think. Vanna Tao Li White has just presented the gold medal to Michael Phelps and will be escorting them off the stage.

Atlanta Dan
08-10-2008, 07:23 PM
Turns out the treacherous ChiComms faked part of the "footprint" fireworks sequence from Tiananmen Square to the Birds Nest that was broadcast during the Opening Ceremonies

As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown, viewers watching at home and on giant screens inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium watched as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks processed gloriously above the city from Tiananmen Square.

What they did not realise was that what they were watching was in fact computer graphics, meticulously created over a period of months and inserted into the coverage electronically at exactly the right moment.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2534499/Beijing-Olympic-2008-opening-ceremony-giant-firework-footprints-faked.html

Never trust a Commie

GBMelBlount
08-10-2008, 07:30 PM
Turns out the treacherous ChiComms faked part of the "footprint" fireworks sequence from Tiananmen Square to the Birds Nest that was broadcast during the Opening Ceremonies.......

Never trust a Commie

:sofunny:

revefsreleets
08-11-2008, 08:30 AM
All smoke and mirrors. My guess is that that stadium is just as "quality" as most shit made in China. It'll last through the games, and start falling apart in September.

Atlanta Dan
08-12-2008, 07:23 AM
George Will apparently is not a big fan of these particular Games

For only the third time in 72 years (Berlin 1936, Moscow 1980), the Games are being hosted by a tyrannical regime, the mind of which was displayed in the opening ceremonies featuring thousands of drummers, each face contorted with the same grotesquely frozen grin. It was a tableau of the miniaturization of the individual and the subordination of individuality to the collective. Not since the Nazi's 1934 Nuremberg rally, which Leni Riefenstahl turned into the film "Triumph of the Will," has tyranny been so brazenly tarted up as art

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/11/AR2008081102156.html

tony hipchest
08-12-2008, 04:00 PM
All smoke and mirrors. .

for example-

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-china-lip-synchedsong&prov=ap&type=lgns
BEIJING (AP)—One little girl had the looks. The other had the voice.

So in a last-minute move demanded by one of China’s highest officials, the two were put together for the Olympic opening ceremony, with one lip-synching “Ode to the Motherland” over the other’s singing.

The real singer, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, with her chubby face and crooked baby teeth, wasn’t good looking enough for the ceremony, its chief music director told state-owned Beijing Radio.

So the pigtailed Lin Miaoke, a veteran of television ads, mouthed the words with a pixie smile for a stadium of 91,000 and a worldwide TV audience.

Atlanta Dan
08-12-2008, 04:06 PM
for example-

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-china-lip-synchedsong&prov=ap&type=lgns

At least Whitney Houston lip synched her own voice when she sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Desert Storm/Bills-Giants Super Bowl - but pre-Bobby Brown/drug abuse Whitney was a stunner and there was no need to get her off camera

Commies are not only untrustworthy - they are mean to chubby, unattractive little girls
:mad:

Preacher
08-12-2008, 04:18 PM
At least Whitney Houston lip synched her own voice when she sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Desert Storm/Bills-Giants Super Bowl - but pre-Bobby Brown/drug abuse Whitney was a stunner and there was no need to get her off camera

Commies are not only untrustworthy - they are mean to chubby, unattractive little girls
:mad:

Well,

I guess they aren't going to like our new backup QB then either!

:chuckle:

revefsreleets
08-12-2008, 09:38 PM
I hate disparaging Leni Riefenstahl. She WAS a real artist. "Triumph of the Will" was a propaganda piece, but it was also a groundbreaking work of film making.

Digitally enhancing shit with the sole intention of trying to pull the wool over the eyes of 7 billion people is just straight up bait and switch bullshit...and it's low-rent. Any twelve year old with a decent Mac and some illegally pirated software (since China doesn't abide by International copyright and trademark law) could do it.