Track links for 2008-8-9

  • U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong's great escape - A sobering story that makes one appreciate everything we have and take for granted.
  • Tape Delay by NBC Faces End Run by Online Fans - As expected, NBC is trying to thwart attempts by viewers to get to watch events less than 12-24 hours after they happen. With today's technology, how could they think this wouldn't happen? And how about NBC just show us events live as the way around it? Some good quotes: 'As the four-hour ceremony progressed, a game of digital whack-a-mole took place.' “The idea of watching a 14-hour delay is repulsive”. “We have a billion dollars worth of revenue at stake here, so that means we’re not public television, for better or worse.” Television networks “no longer have the same viewer monopoly they had 30 years ago — why don’t they see that?”
  • A dissenting view on the air quality - "But for the vast majority of sports, I don't think air quality is going to be a big deal at all. It ain't pretty, no. But it's not making lungs burn."
  • Teg’s Olympic Journal #3: Hello From Beijing! - He also says the air looks bad but seems ok at least on easy days.
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