August 19, 2008
I discovered this some time ago (thank you, NYTimes), but an article about it popped up in my local paper yesterday, and it occurred to me that if I haven’t already shared this with you guys, I absolutely have to now.
I suggest reading the NYTimes article first, as it gives some interesting background. After reading that and checking out the website, this might also be a useful link. And kind of amusing.
This is an awesome video/project. First of all, um, who doesn’t want to be this guy?! Because I know I do. I think he discovered how to do my dream job, dammit. Secondly, I’ve teared up every time I’ve watched these videos. I know, I know, I’m sentimental, but, seriously, it just puts everything that’s going on in the world into perspective. While the Olympics may be promoted as a symbol of international unity, people are still competing. Matt’s videos show rather how very much the same we all are, how something so simple as dancing and being silly can bring people together, because it is something with which we can all identify.
Plus, it’s just pretty funny to watch a pudgy white guy do the awkward white boy dance.
August 18, 2008
I know I said I wasn’t going to comment on the Olympics. So I’m not. I’m just commenting on Michael Phelps’ diet. I’m sure you’ve all seen by now the fact that Phelps eats around 12,000 calories a day and that some British dude tried to finish off what Phelps eats in a typical hard training/racing day. But what I really found amusing about the blog article was the quote by Janice Thompson:
“I’m not surprised, dear,” says Professor Janice Thompson, head of Bristol University’s department of exercise, nutrition and health sciences, when, belching quietly, I return to my desk. “There’s no way you should be able to eat what Michael Phelps eats. This is not even a normal athlete. I would not recommend this kind of diet for even a fit and serious competitor in, say, a 10km road race. This man is in a very, very different place to the rest of us. He’s 6ft 4in and 192lb of pure joy. From a female perspective, obviously. Though I probably shouldn’t say that.“
6ft 4in and 192lb of pure joy. Damn straight.
July 31, 2008
The BBC’s new promotion for their coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing is by the Gorillaz. Awesome.
This is where it gets embarrassing as I have to link to the Kanye West blog since I can’t embed the video here from BBC iPlayer and be sure it will work. Oh well.