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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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moon_custafer
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
I don't know either, but suspect it's one of those "got too popular, too fast, no street cred" things.
del_c
Sep. 11th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think they, and their style, suffered from going through a period where they were ubiquitous. The comic musician Mitch Benn wrote a style parody that goes

Everything sounds like Coldplay now
Everything sounds like Coldplay now
No other sound is allowed
Everything sounds like Coldplay now
daisho
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
This. And I remember hearing Benn perform that on the Now Show. Very amusing. :)
del_c
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Linking this with fandom, Here he is performing it with Amanda Palmer (whose husband Neil Gaiman is) in a venue that looks a lot like the ballroom of a con on Saturday night.

He also had a followup on the Now Show called Now Coldplay Sound Like Everyone Else.