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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.


Sep. 11th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Coldplay - 'it may not fit into the hipster aesthetic'
No it's not that at all. I actually find them offensive. Like others, I'm looking at you Bono, they've taken the precious, life affirming glory that is great rock n roll and made it boring. It's music by focus group, it's bland and derivative, the commodification and packaging of something great and edgy into something that's easy to package and sell. It's lifeless, devoid of passion or inspiration, it is to music what pornography is to sex, a cheapening, demeaning soulless transaction that leaves you dead and empty inside, the very definition of indie landfill.
As you may have gathered, I'm not a fan.