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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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Sep. 11th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Personal vocal preference, I can understand.

Their repertoire was a bit of an odd fit, but after the hodgepodge of the Olympic closing ceremony music (even if there was some enjoyable music in there), it was rather nice to have the coherence of fewer performers. On the other hand, many of the songs were shoehorned in to make them relevant. (They reflected four seasons? Really?)

The DDR song involves lots of jumping back and forth with two feet - I think of it as pretending to be a bell.