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Postby Sludgemonkey » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:06 pm UTC

Hey, I am looking for a place where I can watch the opening ceremony tonight (8/8) online, I have been looking but I can't see anywhere where it says I will definately be able to watch it in its entirety tonight. If you know whether it will definately be online either at NBC or somewhere else I would be much obliged if you could help me out with this.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Gadren » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:17 pm UTC

I haven't really researched it all out yet, but this might help:
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:24 pm UTC

Bit late now, but the bbc frontpage had it on live.
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Postby Durandal » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:34 pm UTC

The opening ceremonies was the most ridiculously over-the-top thing I have seen in my entire life.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any more incredible, a GIANT FUCKING GLOBE comes out of the floor with dancers on wires surrounding it.

Yeah.

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Postby marcas » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:07 pm UTC

Then they get to the last guy carrying the torch and I wonder "How the hell is he going to get to the flame thing?" By the time he time he did, I think my jaw had hit the floor again.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Quadropus » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:21 pm UTC

My favorite part was where they did the countdown at the very start with the drummers with their "light-drum-things".

All of it that I watched was incredible... Though, whenever I try and watch anything with my lady, I generally don't pay much attention :)
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Postby arcticfox.sq » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:55 pm UTC

Oh man, I've never really paid much attention to the olympics before, especially ceremonies, and I thought it was gonna be a bunch of long speaches from the head of this or that, but MAN, that was incredible. I'm even sorry for the bits and pieces I missed due to comercials. I personally love the drawing dancers, the mural being the stage throughout and having the athletes footprints complete it was a nice touch.

The whole thing did seem a little over the top though, but it did emphasize what we're most known for: lots of people. I'm willing to bet a whole bunch of the performers were volunteers. They're syncro was amazing, for the number of people involved, the drummers (1000 people), the taichi (2008 people). Anyways, overall, I was impressed.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:19 am UTC

I'm watching the opening ceremonies right now. All I have to say is wow. That's the best way to sum it up. Just....wow. The drummers, the flying dancers (some Buddhist thing...one of the commentators said they were similar to the muses), the children walking, the giant footsteps, everything. Just...wow.

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Of course, being the nation where fireworks originated, they have much better fireworks displays than any piss-ass American Independence Day or any other patriotic-celebrate-your-country-holiday fireworks display. They can do shit with pyrotechnics I don't think anyone's ever seen before.

That scroll was the most awesomest thing I had seen. It's the largest LED screen in the world. What they've done with technology is just...holy shit.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Rippy » Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:45 am UTC

Yes, clearly China *really* wants to look good.

...I just hope it isn't so awesome that Vancouver can't live up to it in 2010. That would make me sad :(

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Postby hermaj » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:24 am UTC

Do they ever put on as big a production for the Winter Olympics as they do for the traditional Olympics?

The mural dancers were my favourite too, that was stunning. We had a git of a commentator here though; he ruined the magic in a few places which was annoying.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby benjhuey » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:28 am UTC

hermaj wrote:Do they ever put on as big a production for the Winter Olympics as they do for the traditional Olympics?

Not that I can recall.

I was at work, so I missed everything.
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Postby arcticfox.sq » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:30 am UTC

I could not hear the commentator at all, my parents dragged me to one of their gatherings, and watched it together. By gosh they can be loud. They (about ten people) made about the same amount of noise as my frosh group of 30 did in a shout down, intermittently throughout. Jeebus. They didn't care about commentary since few of them speak Enlish all that well. :? Twas more magic ruining than a couple of ill thought out comments.
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Postby ZLVT » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:46 am UTC

Anyone got an online vid of the opening?
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Postby Okita » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:03 am UTC

The torch lighting was damn cool.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby benjhuey » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:42 am UTC

Okita wrote:The torch lighting was damn cool.

Setting things aflame usually is.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby bbctol » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:48 am UTC

AGH. I thought Beijing was twelve hours behind EST. Turns out they're twelve hours ahead. I missed it completely. This makes me very very sad.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby kurennia » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:25 am UTC

I was basically sold on the opening ceremony from the dot-matrix drum countdown.

Seriously, 500-foot LCD screens? More fireworks than all of the shows I’ve seen put together? Giant things rising out of center stage two or three times during the show? Fifteen thousand performers? A flying torch run around the entire stadium? “Over-the-top” is almost an understatement.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Mitora » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:01 am UTC

Am I the only one who was just a teensy bit creeped out by the sheer level of people they had with absolutely perfect timing? Seriously. That printing press thing....Aye. @.@
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Gadren » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:16 am UTC

I think they were going a little for the "creepout" factor too. ;) I was simply stunned by the first sequences with those drums (what kind of drums were those again?). Not to mention the goddamn flying torch bearer. O_O

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Rat » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:44 am UTC

maybe they shipped in some of those filipino prisoners.

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Postby Poopraham Lincoln » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:56 am UTC

For me the most amazing part was right after I finally concluded that the grid of boxes just HAD to be mechanically driven...

That was without doubt the most elaborate and perfectly executed theatrical display I will ever witness.
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Postby Peter_G » Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:01 am UTC

It was amazing, you just know us britsh are gonna have a picnic table with pork pies and sausage rolls on :/
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Postby kellsbells » Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:10 am UTC

Poopraham Lincoln wrote:For me the most amazing part was right after I finally concluded that the grid of boxes just HAD to be mechanically driven...

That was without doubt the most elaborate and perfectly executed theatrical display I will ever witness.
Agreed, that was absolutely my favorite part. I spent that whole section wondering how they were operating that, and then suddenly all those people popping out and waving, big smiles everywhere... It was just the right amount of surprise and humor the show needed. All in all, completely amazing.
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Postby Grego » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:58 am UTC

Peter_G wrote:It was amazing, you just know us britsh are gonna have a picnic table with pork pies and sausage rolls on :/

I'm thinking more like hundreds of morris dancers. Or maybe some daleks. That's about where our culture runs out. And our history mainly consists of us pwning various participating countries in wars and the like - I'm not sure we can show that off much.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Peter_G » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:00 am UTC

Hmm, how could we celebrate our culture, we could have a live stabbing. And have several thousand people recite a poem about how the welsh are sheep f**ckers.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Ramses IV » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:38 pm UTC

Wow. That....that was amazing. I watched it last night and I have to tell you, that was by far the best opening ceremony I've seen.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:11 pm UTC

I started getting tired during the introductions of the countries, so I missed the lighting of the torch. One thing I really wanted to see was the dragon. What would have been cool was if they had a dragon-shaped kite, by having a bunch of box kites strung together, fly over the audience and the stadium, then shoot a flame from the small torch to the large torch. That would have really been epic.
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Postby The Hyphenator » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:21 pm UTC

What I would have done, for the boxes, is have them be mechanically operated, with people hiding underneath them to make them seem human-operated. Not saying that's what they did, but it seems more logical.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:26 pm UTC

Just saw the torch lighting online. It too was awesome. Like someone else said, setting things ablaze usually is. I would like to reiterate something I said earlier, too: the Chinese pwn all other countries when it comes to fireworks displays.
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Postby Ramses IV » Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:21 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:Just saw the torch lighting online. It too was awesome. Like someone else said, setting things ablaze usually is. I would like to reiterate something I said earlier, too: the Chinese pwn all other countries when it comes to fireworks displays.


Yeah, the lighting of the torch was awesome. Out of curiousity, where did you find it online? I was planning to show a few people wo didn't get to see it, but I can't find it on youtube.

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You know, my parents suggested the same thing to me. I had thought about it as well. I mean, why wouldn't they? What are the minuses for doing that?
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:53 pm UTC

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PatrickRsGhost wrote:Just saw the torch lighting online. It too was awesome. Like someone else said, setting things ablaze usually is. I would like to reiterate something I said earlier, too: the Chinese pwn all other countries when it comes to fireworks displays.


Yeah, the lighting of the torch was awesome. Out of curiousity, where did you find it online? I was planning to show a few people wo didn't get to see it, but I can't find it on youtube.


Go to http://www.nbcolympics.com. You can find a few videos of the Opening Ceremonies on there. NOTE: You will need to download and install Microsoft Silverlight in order to view. If you don't have it, you will be prompted to download it.

After doing that, you may be asked to enter your zip code, cable provider, and local NBC affiliate. For those of you outside of the US, go here, and pick a state, any state. You can go here to get a zip code for any major city (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta). Please note that most of the major cities may have more than one zip code. That shouldn't matter. You will still be shown the same NBC affiliate, and you will be asked who your cable provider is. There will be a list to choose from after you enter the zip code. All it mainly does is show you advertisement banners from the NBC affiliate and/or the cable provider. That is, unless you have Adblock. The only ad I see is "brought to you by Charter". Charter is one of the cable companies that provides service to the Atlanta area.

Here's a video that shows a few highlights from the entire ceremonies.

Here is the video of the torch being lit.
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Postby MoonBuggy » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:26 pm UTC

For those in the UK, the whole video is on iPlayer.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Grincement » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:48 pm UTC

MoonBuggy wrote:For those in the UK, the whole video is on iPlayer.


More proof we're living in a mad world, the BBC feels you must be 16 to watch this video because of flashing images...

So, anyone found a paticular sport that's exciting to watch? My family is moaning about the lack of sailing coverage even though it's one of Britain's big medal earners.
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:19 pm UTC

Squeak wrote:
MoonBuggy wrote:For those in the UK, the whole video is on iPlayer.


More proof we're living in a mad world, the BBC feels you must be 16 to watch this video because of flashing images...

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
Squeak wrote:
MoonBuggy wrote:For those in the UK, the whole video is on iPlayer.


More proof we're living in a mad world, the BBC feels you must be 16 to watch this video because of flashing images...

EPILEPSY IS CURED BY AGE.


Not always. I know someone in their early to mid-20s who's an epileptic. He begins to have seizures if someone in the pet chat room comes in and uses red bold text a lot. So we have to ask them to use a different color, or else he will turn off text formatting on his end. It tends to give me a headache after a while. Some people have been considerate and will change to a different color.

And, of course, some people will be dickshits and say how they love using the color. That's when we kick their sorry asses out of the room.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Grincement » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:08 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
LE4dGOLEM wrote:EPILEPSY IS CURED BY AGE.


Not always. I know someone in their early to mid-20s who's an epileptic.


I think he was being sarcastic. Sorry to hear about your friend, I hadn't realised that could effect epilepsy. My friend had to ask them to turn off strobe lights at discos. I think there are now regulations on the use of strobe lights.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Ramses IV » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

Squeak wrote:
MoonBuggy wrote:For those in the UK, the whole video is on iPlayer.


More proof we're living in a mad world, the BBC feels you must be 16 to watch this video because of flashing images...

So, anyone found a paticular sport that's exciting to watch? My family is moaning about the lack of sailing coverage even though it's one of Britain's big medal earners.


I like fencing. That's fun to watch.
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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Grego » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:14 pm UTC

A four hour video on iPlayer... That would take me about three days to buffer. Probably not worth it, I dare say =/

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby yarian » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:19 pm UTC

This is the first time I pay attention to the Olympics and I have to say WOW! 2008 synchronized drummers, typing blocks that moved in such ways that I could have sworn they were moved by mechanical arms. Everything has been really great. An LCD screen 240 feet long and 70 feet wide (I think that's about right).

Today's 250 mile bike road race was really close, congratulations to Spain for that one. Disappointing loss in the man's beach volleyball for the U.S. , at least we sweeped the fencing competition.

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Re: Beijing Olympics

Postby Comix » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:59 am UTC

The opening show was utterly breathtaking. I've never seen so many people that synchronized. The circle of karate fighters was astonishing.
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