Monthly Archives: July 2012

Day 3 of the Olympics

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Only a few days into the Games, and already there has been so much drama!  (AND I’VE LOVED EVERY MINUTE.)  Let’s review the highlights (and lowlights) of Day 3, shall we?

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Olympics: NBC coverage and tape delays

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I mean, whatever.  Other outlets have articulated their opinions way better than I ever could (and people are even complaining about the complaining!), but seriously, this is so annoying.  Most people (who are at least on EST) seem to abide by not updating results on social media at least until the events have aired, but it’s SO EASY to find out about any results, even through NBC!  Deadspin noted that the network ran a promo for tomorrow’s Today that revealed Missy Franklin’s gold-medal win before her race even aired (really, NBC?!).  I can’t even check the official NBC Olympics app since I realized on Sunday that they update breaking news and the latest results in real time!

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Gymnasts’ crazy parents

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Given that Olympians’ parents sacrifice so much to support their children, it’s no wonder that some of them are particularly spirited while watching their kids compete.  What is it about gymnastics, though?  Are all Olympians’ parents this involved, or is there something special about gymnastics that begets this crazy?  (I suppose this IS the most pageant-like sport in the Games.)

Here are the gymnasts with the most enthusiastic parents:

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Five things I love about the Olympics

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The Summer Olympics begin today!  Remember Hodori from the Games in Seoul?  I remember being a young kid in 1988, wondering what the heck this guy was, since he was everywhere:  hanging from rear-view mirrors, smiling back at me from hats and shirts, etc.

So began my love affair with the Olympics.  Here are five reasons why I always look forward to the Games:

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Rupert Grint holds the Olympic Flame!

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Hooray for Hogwarts!  Earlier today, Rupert Grint carried the Olympic Flame in London at Middlesex University.

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Languages: Pimsleur actually works

Who doesn’t like to travel internationally?  (Statistically, two-thirds of Americans, but whatever.)  The New York Times just published the very handy “10 Paths to a More Fluent Vacation,” which includes suggestions to learn some new phrases or brush up on your college Spanish before your next trip.

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John Gallagher Jr.: Moritz Stiefel dated April Ludgate

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I’ve been meaning to dedicate a weekend afternoon to HBO’s The Newsroom, which is taking up much space on my DVR.  I’ve never watched The West Wing (though Nicole keeps telling me to watch), but Aaron Sorkin is a talented guy (I grudgingly admit) and the cast includes John Gallagher Jr., one of my favorite actors.

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Gluttonfest 2012 (1 of…?)

Yesterday, Lucy and I had another epic food day.  I came home poorer and fatter but overall happier.  The only reason why I didn’t feel completely disgusting was because it still didn’t top that day last August before I left for Spain when we ate at Porchetta, Luke’s Lobster, Artichoke, and Van Leeuwen IN ONE AFTERNOON (probably in a span of… three hours).  In comparison, I’d say yesterday’s level of gluttony hovered around 80-something percent.

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Breaking Bad S05 E02: Walt really is terrible

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During the last four seasons, people have talked about the transformation of Walter White into an evil guy.  I don’t know what this says about me, but I didn’t think it was (that) awful that Walt “let” Jane die (I mean, she was adamant about ruining his life, and I’m not saying that she deserved to choke on her own vomit but she would’ve died anyway if he hadn’t shown up) or successfully plotted to kill Fring, since Fring would’ve killed him anyway.  But GODS BE GOOD, Walt is scary and creepy and evil… light years away from the cancer-stricken (I keep forgetting that he has cancer!), underwear-clad chemistry teacher who just wanted to leave a modest legacy for his family.

Several things from last night’s episode:

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Olympics: Royals in the house!

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Buckingham Palace announced which Olympic events that your favorite royals — sorry, not Beatrice or Eugenie — will be attending during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kate will be attending hockey, sailing, and tennis.  People (and probably “people”) doesn’t care enough to report what William will be attending.

But Prince Harry will be attending the beach volleyball events.

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