The London Olympics are coming to a close and what better way to celebrate than with a thematic comedy video featuring Patrick Stewart, Simon Pegg and Maisie Williams. The first two you're probably familiar with, Williams, however, is more recognisable as Arya Stark from HBO's TV translation of Game of Thrones.
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Reuters has put together a short video, featuring interviews with its team of photographers and photo editors, about how they are able to capture the incredible images taken of the athletes at the Olympic Games. These are the shots we're all wallpapering our computers with and emailing back and forth amongst friends.
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius just ran a race at the Olympics. Unlike his competitors, he did it as a below-the-knee amputee, using Ossür's Flex-Foot Cheetah legs. But he also faced a unique challenge that his competitors didn't have to consider — how do you get track spikes on your prosthetics?
Men and women in uniform got the total shaft on Olympics coverage this year. Like everyone else, active duty members of the armed forces and other agencies overseas have to watch NBC's infuriating tape-delayed broadcasts. Even if they're on bases in Europe, where they could otherwise watch the events live on local TV.
It looks like the usual tennis superstars are going to walk away with all the medals at this year's Olympic games — yawn. So to make it more interesting and unpredictable four years from now, perhaps the organisers of the Rio games should consider adding flaming tennis balls into the mix, and filming everything in super slow motion.
Every time the Olympics invades a city, its topography is transformed by an influx of impressive new buildings erected for the event. In the case of London, most will eventually be torn down. It's an incredible feat of design and engineering to build structures that can be both quickly built and disassembled. In this video the architects behind the Olympic Stadium, 115m Orbit observation tower, and the Coca-Cola-sponsored Beatbox installation describe their concepts.
The 3D feed of the Olympics is the most ambitious 3D broadcast in history. It employs 50 3D camera rigs, manned by 80 souls who are split into three teams, which scurry around London from event to event. Obviously, it's incredible to watch, but is it enough to make the effort and cost of watching in 3D worth it?
The 2012 Olympic Games might be best remembered for being one of the most over-sponsored games ever. But product placement can occasionally be awesome, like these 1:4 scale remote-controlled Mini Coopers that will be used to retrieve hammers, shots, discuses and javelins when the track and field events get under way.
Every nation, broadcast network and news site on the planet has a way to keep track of the medal count at the Olympics. But why wade through all that other ancillary crap — like stories of athletes overcoming adversity and political drama — when all you care about is what nation has the most medals, and by extension is the greatest country on earth?
Every few years the Olympic games brings the world together to watch the planet's finest athletes compete for the gold medal — assuming you've got the money to travel the globe and can afford the ridiculous markups charged by restaurants and hotels in the host city. Not to mention trying to get tickets to the best events without selling your soul.