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Friday, February 12, 2010

Confusion Over Blogging/Tweets By Olympic Athletes In Vancouver

It appears as though the athletes are unsure of the Olympic Committee's stance on blogging and tweeting from the games.however, Bob Condron, the Director of Media Services for the United States Olympic Committee says “Athletes are free to blog during the Games,”  “And Twitter is just a blog that’s written 140 characters at a time.”

There will be  some restrictions on what athletes can do online during the games. The IOC Blogging Guidelines for the 2010 Games, says that accredited people, including athletes, must keep their posts confined to their personal experiences. “You can’t act as a journalist if you aren’t,” says Condron. “You need to do things in a first person way.”

“These are going to be the Twitter Olympics,” says Condron. “There’s no telling where the updates will come from. It could be the bench during a hockey game, or even on the medal stand."

I wonder how much this will affect Twitter's numbers as the world tunes into the Olympics?

Source: Wired

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Olympic Tourch Design Withstands Canadian Winter

I was fortunate to have viewed the Olympic torch run as it passed through our community and then even more fortunate to be able to handle one of the actual torches as a coworker's wife took part in the relay. Torchbearers were given the opportunity to purchase the torch that they carried on their leg of the journey, which I think is an incredible honor and a memento that will be cherished for a lifetime. If you've not had the honor of seeing and touching one of these treasures, it is truly a thing of beauty (imho) and a work of fine engineering. The manufacturer chosen to design and build the device that would carry the Olympic Flame on it's journey across the country was Montreal based Bombardier Inc.maker of aircraft, trains, and famous for their snowmobiles, fitting I guess.

A press release from the company yesterday says, among other things, "In collaboration with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Bombardier engineers and industrial designers spent more than two years designing and testing the 2010 Olympic Torch. A fuel blend of propane and isobutane allows the torch to burn in colder temperatures than any other torch in Olympic history. A vent in the side of the torch allows the Olympic Flame to unfurl like a flag."  

If you feel the need to see the guts of the torch check out this link:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blazing The Trails - Olympic Sites Brought To You Via Street View

I was excited enough today to find that Charlottetown, my home city, had been released on Street View. I knew it was coming as I had viewed their vehicle on several occasions this summer. Then a friend and blog reader sent me a link about Google using snowmobiles and Street View cameras to capture the ski hills and other mountain vistas being used for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! What a perfect story in keeping with the sports theme that has taken over the blog this week. It was one of those "of course" moments that I had when I saw the video below, why not strap the camera gear to a snowmobile or quad bike and take off down country trails or off into the back country? I'm sure many of you, as do I, would love to stroll down a country trail or scout out a ski hill prior to that March Break trip! Way to go Google! Thanks for the post idea Chris!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Superbowl Google Searches

The Official Google Blog has posted a list of the most searched terms surrounding the 2010 Superbowl. It seems the most searched team was the New Orleans Saints, the unlikely winner of the Superbowl. "Peyton Manning earned the status of the Super Bowl's most searched-for player" while Reggie Bush's girlfriend Kim Kardashian was also a hot search. When it came to Superbowl parties "Some top rising recipe searches on game day included buffalo chicken dip, guacamole, 7-layer dip and pigs in a blanket."

The interesting thing for me about these stats is that the guys that I was watching the game with had similar questions, which we googled using our smartphones through out the game, and I guess added to these numbers.

Check out the entire list at the Official Google Blog. 
Seems like we've got a sports theme going on this week, timely perhaps with the Vancouver Olympics starting at weeks end.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Secret Science Equals Gold Medals?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics about to get underway in Vancouver, the Canadian government is hoping that money poured into it's "Own The Podium" program equates to  Olympic medals. One of the pieces of science that particularly interests me is research being conducted on the curling ice where researchers are using infrared and other technical methods of studying the effect of sweeping on a curling stone. The theory was always that the sweeping action actually melted the ice slightly giving the desired affect on the curling stone as it travels down the sheet of ice. Professor Tom Jenkin, University of Western Ontario, has dispelled this theory and has come up with dozens of other discoveries to assist the Canadian teams in their quest for gold.

Source: CBC