DVDs Of Olympics Somehow Available On Sidewalk Already

Thanks to The Onion for this!

DVDs Of Olympics Somehow Available On Sidewalk Already

August 7, 2008 | | Onion Sports

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BEIJING—Several hours before the opening ceremony Thursday, ambitious Chinese street vendors obtained bootleg copies of the complete 2008 Beijing Olympics coverage, pressed DVD copies of the footage, and sold DVDs for five to seven dollars apiece from blankets spread out on the sidewalk. “I was really surprised that I was able to get a hold of this so early, especially with all the reports that the Chinese were going to prevent the results from being leaked,” said San Francisco resident Todd Saunders. “The footage was pretty grainy and you could tell they just shot it off of a screen with a camcorder, but for the price I thought it was worth it.” Although Saunders said he was surprised to find himself tearing up while watching the closing ceremony, he admitted that the performance dedicated to the athletes tragically lost to Turkish terrorism on days three through five was quite touching.

Ugly child almost ruined Olympics

An ugly child almost ruined the Olympics. OK, the Chinese didn’t let that ugly child appear on stage to sing “Ode to the Motherland” for the Olympics ’cause she was ugly. So finally China is doing what we want it to and emulating ‘Western Culture’ / X Factor.

But seriously, what good does publicising the story do? Every time you repeat the story, or add a link to it in your blog (full story here) you’re only reiterating the fact that a whole lotta people involved in the staging of the Olympics thought that child was ugly. And that must be a lot of people! They must have thought her too ugly to sing a song even though she had the saving grace of being a child, and them are all ugly but no-one says so. I imagine this child must have been exceptionally ugly in that case; one real ugly child.

Well, enough of that ugly child. In other news, the Economist has a graph today that shows how much investment in renewable energy is growing, with annual data 2004-2007. The numbers are roughly 35, 60, 90 and 150 billion USD respectively. I like the fact that interest from the venture capital / private equity sector is also growing correspondingly roughly USD 10 billion in 2007. This is a clear signal that renewable energy is no longer being seen as a charity/no-win affair, solely for governments to pander to. The advent of venture capital means that signs are there is money to be made.

Art imitates life

Ioan sent me a link to The Onion that had me in hysterics today. The headline was “Citing Poor Conditions, China Refuses To Send Delegation To Olympics”.

“I shall regret this for the rest of my life, but I think the current conditions Beijing are currently worse than the ones I encounter in my polluted, petroleum-fume-choked home town,” said Rockets center Yao Ming, easily the team’s most prominent athlete. “Which is Beijing. Things have gotten even worse since I moved.”

Things often really do go full circle. I have been really tired of watching all those “Our foreign correspondent in Beijing”s on the telly, measuring God knows what other sulphite or particulate with a little white plastic electronic gadget.

A little poem, the result of a quick Wikipedia glance:

2008 pollution
2004 construction
2000 Ozzys
1996 Izzy
1994 Barcelona
1992 California