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  1. No, there is a central cauldron there. Look again. Well, it's not like there's public outcry about the two-cauldron situation. The world dosen't care. In fact, from news bit here and there, I gather that average people appreciated the fact the spirit of the ceremonies literally spilled out onto the streets of Vancouver when Gretzky made his way to the convention center. Despite the rain, people flooded the streets in excitement. Talk about a truly organic and inclusive atmosphere. I think those images are magical and will become classic in Olympic history. I don't know. But if I were the IOC, I certainly wouldn't call for any future city with prospects of hosting the Winter Games to build an outdoor stadium to accommodate outdoor ceremonies if they have a competent indoor venue to use. Perhaps the cauldron situation may not be to every GBidder's liking, but the majority of the ceremony wasn't deterred by the fact it was inside.
  2. I say keep it opened, seeing as there are still other Ski Jumping events...
  3. NBC just interviewed Wayne Gretzky. He said that he and the other three torchbearers knew they would light the cauldron as of October 1st, but they didn't knew who the other three would be until they started rehearsing the lighting. So they did rehearse the lighting. When the cauldron bases wouldn't come up last night, Gretzky said that Atkins kept telling them in their earpieces to stay calm and to keep smiling. He said that everyone in the control room sounded calm and composed.
  4. NBC just had a great segment on the cauldron malfunction last night. They're sooo good at such things.
  5. Don't like the new guy. The old guy said "Olympic."
  6. Reposting my review here. The announcers weren't my favorites. The woman in French was reminiscent of Torino's and the man in English projected very big-tent-circus sometimes. Countdown was nice. I thought they were pulling a Beijing and had individual members of the audience light up whatever, but then I quickly realized the numbers were being projected. It was odd that they started the 10 sec. countdown after the announcers proclaimed "Welcome to the Opening Ceremony of the..." But anyway... I thought the snowboard deal felt very forced, very "watch-me-do-this!" And I'm used to such dramatic images of any host region (but with better music) from NBC's coverage. Mounties were awesome. "Oh Canada" was unexpected in execution and well-done I thought. The stage at the end thought was weird. Too cold. I expected that ice women Raven from Ru-Pauls' Drag Race to come out and own us all. Same with the totems. Why weren't they colorful and thus welcoming? The projections here were great though. The welcome from the four Host Nations and the entrance of the other Aboriginal peoples was handled good. Loved the huge thumping drum! On to the Parade - I wasn't there, but Kendegra's theory about the crowd in BC Place not being excited enough yet so early in the ceremony makes perfect sense to me. That, and non-perfect acoustics inside BC Place can explain the seemingly unenthused crowd on television. The music to the parade was decent. Not a fan of the dancing greeters on the side though - but I guess that's become a no-brainer in the sense these things are suppose to be inviting and whatnot. Loved, loved, loved, Team USA's outfit. I'm looking for that hat. Nelly Furtado - OH GAWD. Didn’t think it worked. AT ALL. On to the artistic / cultural portion - Really enjoyed the opening segment. Everything about it was spectacular - the narration, the snow, the aurora, the constellations, the breaking, ice, the whales, the ascending salmon, the totem poles, the tress. It was all very well done. Again, spectacular. MacLauchlan was tolerable.. I'm rarely a fan of filler-music at ceremonies but whatever. The celebration of the fall and fiddler music, while not my kind of thing in execution, was quite enlightening. Depending on broadcaster's commendation, I'm sure many outside of Canada would agree. The prairie segment felt unimportant - and I blame my reaction on NBC. I can't remember, but I don't think Matt Laurer and Bob Costas commented on the significance and weight this segment would have on Canadians. Would love to learn more. The formation of the Canadian Rockies was outstanding. OK - the poem. Last night, I didn't enjoy it. I felt like I was being preached to. Show me how freakin' great Canada is, don't tell me. In hindsight, I think it is very powerful in its directness. I'm glad they didn't try to go for some abstract representation of things that say modern Canada. Those things are great in their no-brainer goodness, they can be expressed so easily in words. If the Vancouver Games will be looked upon as Canada breaking out of its shell per se, that poet will embody that. ... Skip to fiercest Olympic Hymn EVER. First time I really paid attention to it. Amazing performance! And the cauldron - first of all, leave it to Canada to get the final four torchbearers to also be the lighters. The definitely stuck with the theme of community and inclusion. But I was really disappointed with the cauldron. In it's horribly obvious malfunction. I shuttered when the music reached its highest point as if the flame was lit, but nothing has happened, and then the music stopped... quiet for a second... and started again. Surprised they didn't have a back-up or something. And the design is really mehhhhhhhhh. The bonfire is there, if you want it to be - but that was clearly not the intention in design. Just a bunch of big icicles... Really liked the effect with the snow though. And I actually enjoyed watching Gretzky making his way to the convention center. Great to see the atmosphere on the streets so raw like that. Classic. So overall, the highlights: -Use of projections. Beautiful. -The progression from the Northern Artic regions, to Quebec and the East, to the prairies, to the Rockies, and then to metro Vancouver and Modern Canada. This literal geographic and cultural progression made sense for Canada. It's a nation amazingly diverse in environment and people. If NBC didn't cut to commercials after every segment, I'm sure I would have thought the progression was even smoother and more apt. The lows: -I thought it was too cold at times when it didn't need to be. The icy totem poles, the icy stage, the icy cauldron. -Shame about the cauldron. And shame on Atkins. -Other things I thought were sub-par like the announcers or sound can be overlooked. I haven't seen nor do I remember much Winter Ceremonies, so I can't compare. But I can say that Vancouver did a wonderful job with theirs. Most of the visuals were beautiful and the content enlightening. Managed to bring the poetic, and at times, almost solemn nature of Athens to the rah-rah visuals of Beijing. And BTW, screw the Wolfman! During the Oaths, there was a cut to a HOT young French athlete. Oh mon diue!
  7. Don't know if it's been mentioned, but really, padding on those poles would have done little. The G-forces the human body experiences when it decelerates from 90 MPH to 0 MPH in a second are tremendous. Padding would have done little in reducing those forces. And sorry for the following visuals, but I imagine the force of flying off and hitting the ledge of the track, as the young athlete did yesterday, was quite strong as well.
  8. My thoughts. The announcers weren't my favorites. The woman in French was reminiscent of Torino's and the man in English projected very big-tent-circus sometimes. Countdown was nice. I thought they were pulling a Beijing and had individual members of the audience light up whatever, but then I quickly realized the numbers were being projected. It was odd that they started the 10 sec. countdown after the announcers proclaimed "Welcome to the Opening Ceremony of the..." But anyway... I thought the snowboard deal felt very forced, very "watch-me-do-this!" And I'm used to such dramatic images of any host region (but with better music) from NBC's coverage. Mounties were awesome. "Oh Canada" was unexpected in execution and well-done I thought. The stage at the end thought was weird. Too cold. I expected that ice women Raven from Ru-Pauls' Drag Race to come out and own us all. Same with the totems. Why weren't they colorful and thus welcoming? The projections here were great though. The welcome from the four Host Nations and the entrance of the other Aboriginal peoples was handled good. Loved the huge thumping drum! On to the Parade - I wasn't there, but Kendegra's theory about the crowd in BC Place not being excited enough yet so early in the ceremony makes perfect sense to me. That, and non-perfect acoustics inside BC Place can explain the seemingly unenthused crowd on television. The music to the parade was decent. Not a fan of the dancing greeters on the side though - but I guess that's become a no-brainer in the sense these things are suppose to be inviting and whatnot. Loved, loved, loved, Team USA's outfit. I'm looking for that hat. Nelly Furtado - OH GAWD. Didn’t think it worked. AT ALL. On to the artistic / cultural portion - Really enjoyed the opening segment. Everything about it was spectacular - the narration, the snow, the aurora, the constellations, the breaking, ice, the whales, the ascending salmon, the totem poles, the tress. It was all very well done. Again, spectacular. MacLauchlan was tolerable.. I'm rarely a fan of filler-music at ceremonies but whatever. The celebration of the fall and fiddler music, while not my kind of thing in execution, was quite enlightening. Depending on broadcaster's commendation, I'm sure many outside of Canada would agree. The prairie segment felt unimportant - and I blame my reaction on NBC. I can't remember, but I don't think Matt Laurer and Bob Costas commented on the significance and weight this segment would have on Canadians. Would love to learn more. The formation of the Canadian Rockies was outstanding. OK - the poem. Last night, I didn't enjoy it. I felt like I was being preached to. Show me how freakin' great Canada is, don't tell me. In hindsight, I think it is very powerful in its directness. I'm glad they didn't try to go for some abstract representation of things that say modern Canada. Those things are great in their no-brainer goodness, they can be expressed so easily in words. If the Vancouver Games will be looked upon as Canada breaking out of its shell per se, that poet will embody that. ... Skip to fiercest Olympic Hymn EVER. First time I really paid attention to it. Amazing performance! And the cauldron - first of all, leave it to Canada to get the final four torchbearers to also be the lighters. The definitely stuck with the theme of community and inclusion. But I was really disappointed with the cauldron. In it's horribly obvious malfunction. I shuttered when the music reached its highest point as if the flame was lit, but nothing has happened, and then the music stopped... quiet for a second... and started again. Surprised they didn't have a back-up or something. And the design is really mehhhhhhhhh. The bonfire is there, if you want it to be - but that was clearly not the intention in design. Just a bunch of big icicles... Really liked the effect with the snow though. And I actually enjoyed watching Gretzky making his way to the convention center. Great to see the atmosphere on the streets so raw like that. Classic. So overall, the highlights: -Use of projections. Beautiful. -The progression from the Northern Artic regions, to Quebec and the East, to the prairies, to the Rockies, and then to metro Vancouver and Modern Canada. This literal geographic and cultural progression made sense for Canada. It's a nation amazingly diverse in environment and people. If NBC didn't cut to commercials after every segment, I'm sure I would have thought the progression was even smoother and more apt. The lows: -I thought it was too cold at times when it didn't need to be. The icy totem poles, the icy stage, the icy cauldron. -Shame about the cauldron. And shame on Atkins. -Other things I thought were sub-par like the announcers or sound can be overlooked. I haven't seen nor do I remember much Winter Ceremonies, so I can't compare. But I can say that Vancouver did a wonderful job with theirs. Most of the visuals were beautiful and the content enlightening. Managed to bring the poetic, and at times, almost solemn nature of Athens to the rah-rah visuals of Beijing. And BTW, screw the Wolfman! During the Oaths, there was a cut to a HOT young French athlete. Oh mon diue!
  9. I know it's not grim per se. So much looks went through his face. But that one shot manages to be surprised and grim in context at the same time. BTW, Vanoc says the outdoor-cauldron will be become a permanent monument: http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-news/n/news/vancouver-2010-cauldron-to-stand-as-permanent-legacy-of-games-in-downtown-vancouver-terasen-gas-inc.-provides-iconic-symbol-located-at-jack-poole-plaza-_274412vx.html
  10. I've been sticking around to see if those that were there would show up on here quickly and post reactions, thoughts, and insights. But it's getting quite late here, so I'll gather my all thoughts tommorrow.
  11. I wonder if they'll get the fourth base of the cauldron up ASAP. Probably...
  12. On the back of a pick-up towards the convention center and outdoor cauldron...
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