The Closing Ceremony

The Olympic Stadium

The Daily Mail has a fantastic set of photographs from last night’s London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, including some lovely clear shots of Damien Hirst’s Union Jack.

Although the event didn’t quite clear the bar set by the Opening Ceremony, the event certainly served as a poignant reminder of all the great and wonderful things that have occurred over the past two weeks.

Moreover, beyond the official Ceremony, the BBC — who have done a fantastic job throughout the Games — had some truly phenomenal videos in the lead-up to last night’s broadcast. For those of you in the U.K. that didn’t have a chance to watch live, iPlayer has the various retrospectives in full.

NBC Responds to Removal of 7/7 Tribute from US Opening Ceremony Broadcast


Michael Hiestand:

So when it came time in the opening ceremony for something that has been widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of terrorist attacks in London in 2005, it’s not shocking NBC didn’t see lingering on that as helping its overall marketing effort. When asked why NBC didn’t show the memorial, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes on Saturday said only that “our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to (opening ceremony producer) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

Utterly classless.

(Via Ben Ward)

Following the Olympics with IFTTT


Considering the relatively enormous quantity of mediums for Olympic coverage, it has become an oddly difficult task to simply keep track of the latest events. Stepping up to help, IFTTT has announced its support of ESPN Olympics Coverage.

With support for all countries involved in the Games, IFTTT can send you (or save to your chosen service) gold awards, score updates, and world record notifications without any human intervention whatsoever. Given NBC’s evident penchant for tampering with Olympic broadcasts, such raw information may prove very useful for the busy Olympics enthusiast.

The initial ESPN Olympics recipes are available from IFTTT’s dedicated page, but “Browse” will reveal a great deal of novel solutions as well.

The Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Yet another fantastic InFocus photo-set from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

The Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony was never going to be an easy act to follow, but I tend to think that London performed admirably. With some utterly memorable moments from the Queen, Daniel Craig, Rowan Atkinson, and Kenneth Branagh, the ceremony far exceeded my expectations, and I walked away feeling thoroughly patriotic and proud.

As a testament to the instilled sense of excitement in the British populace, over one million spectators have lined the roads today for the men’s cycling road race. Out in my local town, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen as many people congregated there as I did today. A truly fantastic feeling.

For those of you that are interested, I’ll be posting photographs to Instagram (username: mattalexander) and Path throughout the Games.