Got to mention…

the Olympics (otherwise G will get upset 😉 ) .

Enjoyed the opening ceremony, but it made me wonder how London was going to compete, myself and Miss T texting and discussing how it was all about geography and history. Interesting selective view of Chinese history; culture promoted by the state, therefore dominant culture. Also displays of Chinese multiculturalism, with different ethnic groups being represented during the ceremony. From an entertainment viewpoint, very stunning.

I’ve eventually come to love the B.B.C. amine for the games.

Some interesting neogeography is being used to help people follow the games. Google has produced a map showing the geographical distribution of medal winners and the location of events, even more impressive in Google Earth is a tour around some of the 3.D. stadia. The B.B.C. has its own map, showing stadia and links to updates from journalists’ blogs, nice touch using Twitter as well. Don’t like the overlay though. 🙁

Thanks to Chris for highlighting this map from the New York Times showing the geographical distribution of medal winners and rankings from the past Olympic games, lots of geographical patterns to draw from here and a little bit of history as well. 😉

Two questions then…

  1. What’s strange about the results for 1980 and 1984 games? Can you give a reason?
  2. Which country do you think performed extremely well in 1936 compared to previous games? Can you suggest why?

Prize is pride. 🙂

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  1. Posted August 12, 2008 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Nice 🙂 I like the ad, even though it klooks like they hired the japinese Japanese creators of pokemon to create it for them 🙂

    As for your questions, may answer them later, but currently im on my sisters laptop and as such i can be bothered to mess about opening another window up because everything seems to take hours with her laptop.

  2. Posted August 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I hope she knows… I think the amine was produced by Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame.

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