London Olympics 2012

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

Did you watch the NBC version? The commentators did not help; they were actually slightly rude.

Nimcosi wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

Did you watch the NBC version? The commentators did not help; they were actually slightly rude.

I guess it was NBC. I'm out of town and not sure the channel the TV was on.

Nimcosi wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

Did you watch the NBC version? The commentators did not help; they were actually slightly rude.

You mean like when they said, regarding Pakistan, that we were "keeping an eye on them"?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

It was very much Britain's soul laid bare - I could totally understand people overseas not getting it for that. Trust me, though, when I say it wasn't bad. It was unique, and may have been very much not what people expected. It certainly wouldn't have been everyone's cup of tea.

Almost everyone here absolutely loved it for its honesty. The only people who vocally didn't like it were personified by Aiden Burley MP. A posh Tory dickbag who likes dressing up as a Nazi (in France, where it's illegal) and who complained the ceremony was too "multicultural" and had that "rap music" in it. By which he meant he wanted fewer brown people on display.

I thought that's what it was, I just thought it was strange. The whole queen sequence wasn't funny (I thought it was trying to be funny). The fact that it was filmed during the day but they wanted to make it look like it was live just seemed like an amateur mistake. The whole text messaging through the decades was hard to follow, the kissing was awkward. I didn't understand what as going on with the light up beds and Voldemort and gang, I assume some kind of nightmare.

This was a quote from the group of people I was with, "Since Beijing was so good Britain is doing the next countries a favor by being really bad, then it is not going to be hard from the following countries to be better."

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I didn't understand what as going on with the light up beds and Voldemort and gang, I assume some kind of nightmare.

Yes. some kind of nightmare

Maq wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

I didn't understand what as going on with the light up beds and Voldemort and gang, I assume some kind of nightmare.

Yes. some kind of nightmare

You just confused me even more because I don't know if that was a joke.

And excuse my ignorance but where does the royal family get its money? Please don't say tax dollars.

EverythingsTentative wrote:
Maq wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

I didn't understand what as going on with the light up beds and Voldemort and gang, I assume some kind of nightmare.

Yes. some kind of nightmare

You just confused me even more because I don't know if that was a joke.

And excuse my ignorance but where does the royal family get its money? Please don't say tax dollars.

OK. Tax pounds.

And Crown held property.

Really? UK (not only) citizens pay money for a family to be ridiculously rich? I'm even more baffled.

I have watched all of Kerri Walsh's Misty May's matches that have been aired on television. I can't imagine why.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Really? UK (not only) citizens pay money for a family to be ridiculously rich? I'm even more baffled.

Well you've got the Former Presidents Act doing the same thing.

Touche. But they were presidents so they kind of served a purpose for at least 4 years.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Touche. But they were presidents so they kind of served a purpose for at least 4 years.

Nixon ? Reagan ? Both Bushes ?

What purpose was that, other than making morons feel better about themselves ?

davet010 wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Touche. But they were presidents so they kind of served a purpose for at least 4 years.

Nixon ? Reagan ? Both Bushes ?

What purpose was that, other than making morons feel better about themselves ?

Looks like there's trouble a-brewin'.

davet010 wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Touche. But they were presidents so they kind of served a purpose for at least 4 years.

Nixon ? Reagan ? Both Bushes ?

What purpose was that, other than making morons feel better about themselves ?

They were presidents. Simply having that title was serving a purpose, which could have been simply we didn't have to vote for four years.

After analyzing you choices, you're a straight ticket kind of guy, am I right?

Straight ticket ?

davet010 wrote:

Straight ticket ?

Straight ticket means you vote for one party only. Since you mentioned only Republicans I was joking that...well since I'm explaining it obviously wasn't funny so I'll stop.

DSGamer wrote:
Nimcosi wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

Did you watch the NBC version? The commentators did not help; they were actually slightly rude.

You mean like when they said, regarding Pakistan, that we were "keeping an eye on them"?

That is but one example. I was disappointed with the commentators at first, then I realized who exactly they were, and I became disgusted. Not doing a tiny bit of research on Sir Tim Berners-Lee, really? Talk about phoning it in.

Warren Ellis had some fascinating things to say while watching the opening ceremonies.

Maq wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

It was very much Britain's soul laid bare - I could totally understand people overseas not getting it for that. Trust me, though, when I say it wasn't bad. It was unique, and may have been very much not what people expected. It certainly wouldn't have been everyone's cup of tea.

Almost everyone here absolutely loved it for its honesty. The only people who vocally didn't like it were personified by Aiden Burley MP. A posh Tory dickbag who likes dressing up as a Nazi (in France, where it's illegal) and who complained the ceremony was too "multicultural" and had that "rap music" in it. By which he meant he wanted fewer brown people on display.

Watched it with my wife, daughter and one of her friends. We loved it.

I can see, if watching with the right friends, that a snarkfest could turn it into something terrible. But I think they just ruined it for themselves. We did find the NBC commentators awful, and reserved out snark for their idiocy.

The most fun part for me was during the music section, when my daughter would repeatedly say, Wait, they're British, too?" over and over. I wish The Cure, The Smiths, and Billy Bragg had gotten a nod, though.

I liked the opening ceremony for the most part, and had a game of Civ 5 going for the parts I didn't. Egypt launched a sneak attack right around when the cauldron was being lit, the cheeky bastards.

Just like I can watch most finals/championships of any sport and enjoy them for their intensity, so it goes for the Olympics. Turned it on yesterday and caught the Americans beating out the Koreans in archery. Besides wishing I could get a side view of the shooting, it was nice little bit of drama before continuing on with my day.

Nimcosi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Nimcosi wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Everyone that I watched the opening ceremonies thought it was ridiculously bad.

Did you watch the NBC version? The commentators did not help; they were actually slightly rude.

You mean like when they said, regarding Pakistan, that we were "keeping an eye on them"?

That is but one example. I was disappointed with the commentators at first, then I realized who exactly they were, and I became disgusted. Not doing a tiny bit of research on Sir Tim Berners-Lee, really? Talk about phoning it in.

I particularly like the fact they suggested Googling Tim Berners-Lee.

Paging Dr Irony. Dr Irony to the facepalm ward.

Stupid British weather. Women's beach volleyball match in full body suits...

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Warren Ellis had some fascinating things to say while watching the opening ceremonies.

Thanks for that! Now I have to start following the grumpy old git on Twitter.

I spent an hour and a half watching some women's (is that the right place to put that apostrophe?) cycling road race. I'm not too sure why; the interesting bit lasted exactly 15 seconds. I'm sure that there was some fascinating tactical aspect to it. But it bypassed me entirely.

Stupid comments by Lineker and Tanni Gray-Thompson. TGT, on the British athlete coming second, said something along the lines of "Her strategy was exactly right" Well, maybe not exactly...

Linkeker then asked her if there was any disappointment from the British spectators that our lady took silver, not gold. Don't get me wrong, silver is an amazing accomplishment, and she won GB's first medal, but she missed gold by the length of her bike's front wheel! It seems pretty clear that there would be some disappointment.

I'm watching swimming now. Even the world's top athletes can't make butterfly look any less silly.

Stele wrote:

Stupid British weather. Women's beach volleyball match in full body suits... :(

That is truly a travesty.

The French spoil the Aussie US party by having the cheek to get Gold in the 4 x 100 relay. An amazing final leg from the French and the Aussies didn't even get a medal, brilliant stuff.
Also good day for Britain, a silver and a bronze. Shame that all the other countries went crying to the UCI after we destoried them all in the last Olympics in the Velodrome, only one entry per event per country this time around, will possibley make a huge difference on the medals for Team GB.

EverythingsTentative wrote:
Stele wrote:

Stupid British weather. Women's beach volleyball match in full body suits... :(

That is truly a travesty.

Screw patriotism, I was rooting for Argentina on principle alone.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:
Stele wrote:

Stupid British weather. Women's beach volleyball match in full body suits... :(

That is truly a travesty.

Screw patriotism, I was rooting for Argentina on principle alone.

So that's what the kids call it nowadays,"Principle".

onewild wrote:

The French spoil the Aussie US party by having the cheek to get Gold in the 4 x 100 relay. An amazing final leg from the French.

That was an incredible leg by Agnel. Amazing race.

Maq wrote:
onewild wrote:

The French spoil the Aussie US party by having the cheek to get Gold in the 4 x 100 relay. An amazing final leg from the French.

That was an incredible leg by Agnel. Amazing race.

That was pretty intense. The USA looked like they had it going away.