Olympics

Link Tank #49

by Jamie Sanford on March 21, 2018

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I need to be on a Beth Ditto mailing list, because I didn’t know about this album, and this video and song in particular are amazing.

I love articles about chronobiology that make me feel better about being a night owl.

An Olympic highlight was the cross-country commentator losing his mind as two women from the United States won a gold medal by the smallest of margins.

I enjoyed this Forbes piece answering a CEO’s question about where employee loyalty has gone.

3 quick ways to update your LinkedIn profile. I’ve been on LinkedIn a lot more since I joined LinkedIn Learning.

More Olympic stuff: how figure skating costumes have changed over the years.

How quickly can I get myself to Italy to visit the Gucci Garden?

That’s all for now. Tweet me with your favorite links!

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Link Tank #48

by Jamie Sanford on February 12, 2018

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RuPaul is giving you all of the wisdom.

I am super into the Olympics, and I have been on Mirai Nagasu’s team since she was a tiny teenager winning Nationals in 2008. She was robbed of an Olympic slot in 2014, and she just proved why she is on the team in 2018 with an AMAZING long program for the figure skating team event! It’s weird to be proud of someone you don’t know but I am doing it anyway.

In other Olympic news, Buzzfeed is here to make sure we know how hot the U.S. Men’s Bobsled Team is, because damn.

Jayne Mansfield had a house called the Pink Palace. You definitely want to look, it is amazing.

If you are in upstate New York and are looking for something to do, go see the Seneca White Deer. I can’t wait to do this!

One of the best things about how terrible the world is right now is the wonderful writing that is coming out of it. Someone made the cinnamon rolls that Mario Batali shared in his “sorry about the sexual misconduct” email, and this piece is amazing.

Trixie Mattel is for everyone. This GQ profile is wonderful.

This absolute fantasy photoshoot on In the Frow, at Kennedy Space Center, makes me want to be a model.

I love the 90s classic Batman Forever, and here’s a great Hollywood Reporter story of how it came about.

Here’s a 3+ hour film about the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. This was the Nancy and Tonya Olympics!

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I am a massive fan of the Olympic games. I get so excited to watch all sorts of sports – everything from shot put to archery and my favorite, gymnastics. Unfortunately, the television coverage in the United States for the Rio games has been plagued with issues. There’s the well-covered sexism, which is frustrating, but I am not covering that here (at least not in detail). My major issue is currently with NBCOlympics.com.

NBC has exclusive broadcast rights in the United States for the Olympic games, so unless you can find a sketchy way to watch another country’s coverage online, you are stuck with NBC. What seems to be an improvement over previous coverage is that there are replays available on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and also live events available to be streamed. This is great, right?

You also have to turn to either the website or app to view full events. NBC’s primetime coverage on television is weirdly skewed towards swimming and track, and while I don’t want to slight those athletes, there are other things going on, other things that are awarding medals, and semifinals in swimming shouldn’t be shown when other athletes are in finals for medals.

Anyway, last Thursday was the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Final. I have been watching a LOT of women’s gymnastics on YouTube in the last few months, and I am a huge fan of the sport. I wanted to see the full coverage of the final, not just what NBC would show me in primetime, which turned out to be terrible coverage of mostly just American athletes, and again, showed swimming semifinals and made gymnastics fans wait until after 11pm on a weeknight to see the results.

So in an effort to watch the entire final when I got home from the office on Thursday, I opened the website to see if I could start watching the final, since I knew it was already over. This is what I saw.

Seriously, NBC? You couldn’t have avoided a spoiler here? This pissed me off so much, but I guess I should be surprised, given what was said by the NBC Olympics chief marketing officer:

The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one. And to tell the truth, it has been the complaint of a few sports writers. It has not been the complaint of the vast viewing public.

This is nonsense. Who are they polling or whatever to get this information? Why can’t I possibly watch a sporting event without it being turned into a reality show? The simplification of what “all women watching television in the United States” wants is asinine.

It is now 4 days later, and NBC is still committed to making sure that I know who won before I watch something.

If I was only interested in the performance of Simone Biles, I wouldn’t even need to watch this now, because they have told me who wins. When did someone decide that spoiler alerts were no longer relevant or necessary? I am still perfectly capable of avoiding social media in order to not be spoiled on things like this. The instances where I make this effort are few and far between, but it is possible.

Suggestions for alternative headlines:

  • Big day for Biles: Did she win? Watch now!
  • Watch now: Simone Biles’ historic run for gold!
  • Women’s All-Around Final: Watch Now

Each of these pages or stories could have giant spoiler alerts on them before revealing the medalists. It isn’t difficult in the least, but I guess I’m not interested in who wins, right?

The bottom line is that while this is ridiculous, I will likely continue going to NBCOlympics.com to watch Olympic events, because I simply have no other choice. I sincerely hope that they revisit their approach to coverage on television and online for the next event.

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Instagram Roundup #4

by Jamie Sanford on August 23, 2012

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Still having macaron obsession. I bought a batch from Sugar & Plumm for Will and I to enjoy during the Olympic opening ceremonies.

As is the tradition now, we went to the Melting Pot for our Meet-A-Versary (this year was 12 years since we first met in person).

I was THRILLED to see that camera behind Gabby Douglas while watching some gymnastics. People say that film cameras are making a comeback, but I think they haven’t left. It’s certainly easier to use digital, but there is something inherent to film that will never be replicated.

I took this while under my fantastic Britto umbrella.

One of the best parts of the NJ State Fair was watching the 4-H kids walking their alpacas through an obstacle course while holding an egg on a spoon.

I also hung out with this baby chick at the fair. So cute.

We bought the best ice cube tray ever at Bed Bath & Beyond. My root beer was greatly improved by a skull & crossbones.

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Well played, NBCOlympics.com!

by Jamie Sanford on March 8, 2010

Obviously I’m a bit behind, because the Olympics have been over for a week now.  However, I wanted to be sure to comment on the online coverage available from NBCOlympics.com.  In this post, I will focus on the “You Be The Judge” feature that was available to use during the figure skating competitions.

So here you can see the first panel that was present – there’s some information on the skater (in this instance, my favorite figure skater, Johnny Weir), along with their planned program elements on the right.  As those elements are performed in the program, they become highlighted so that you can then score the skater on their grade of execution for that particular element.  As you can see in the image, I’ve given Johnny the highest scores for each element.  The unfortunate thing here (and I am fairly certain that you can’t fix this) is that skaters sometimes change elements in the middle of the program – they can fall, make a planned triple jump into a double, etc.  This means that you are scoring that person on whatever they do, which means that the base value of that jump is going to reflect what was planned, not what actually took place.  In addition, what looks like a triple jump to us at home can be downgraded based on super slow-motion replays that the judges are using these days.

Anyway, so after scoring the individual elements, you are shown the following scales:

So once you determine these ratings, you are given the final score.  If you go back to the first image, you can see that I put Johnny in first place.

In addition to “You Be The Judge,” the less ambitious watchers could use the scoring that was live updating after each skater, and also provided a bit more information than was was on the television screen.

So, at the start of Johnny’s program, this was on the screen:

As soon as the scores were up, it updated to this:

…and then, of course, also being live-updated are the overall results.  A bit less detailed but the information was still available for each skater.

As you can see, the Olympic judges know nothing and somehow Johnny Weir ended up in 6th place, underneath other skaters who were messy and fell down, but that isn’t the point.  I was already a big figure skating nerd, and this has just added to the fun.  I’m interested to see if we will be scoring gymnastics the same way for hte London summer games in 2012.

I’ll be writing part 2 soon, where I will cover the online event coverage!

Did you watch the Olympics? Did you utilize NBCOlympics.com to enhance your experience?

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