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The end of 'lympics

The Paralympic Closing Ceremonies were fun! I loved the steampunk aesthetic. The homemade-look and the focus on using a more central subset of the stadium meant the whole event felt more intimate and cohesive than its predecessor ceremonies. The giant fish! The dinosaur car! Brief glimpses of a fast-moving motorcycle on a high wire! Lots of whirling flame! Really good use of the pixels too, well-thought out and integrated, not just "oh look, cool pixels we can do things with!"

We had to pause the broadcast periodically to look after little Grouting. Near the end, pausing, we heard booming outside. Distant but loud and thought - fireworks at Stratford? They were! And twenty minutes of unpaused broadcast later, we saw those we'd heard via streamed aerial shots.

Help me with cultural ignorance: why are Coldplay so derisible? FB comments make it clear they are. I mostly only knew them from the one song of theirs I have on DDR.

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coth
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Can't help with Coldplay, I'm afraid.

FYI - Noticed the word steampunk applied to the pre-Rapaelite exhibition in The Guardian's review this morning - I didn't realise the word had spread to the mainstream...
drasecretcampus
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, but in "they're punks who are steamy" kind of way from the piece I heard on the radio. Point being missed?