2008 Olympics

So I wasn’t planning to blog about the 2008 Olympics, mostly because I’m not much of a sports fans, but over the past few days, I’ve accumulated a few things regarding the 2008 Olympics I wanted to share.

First, Artemyst blogged about the 2008 Beijing Olympics song/music video: 北京歡迎你 (Beijing Welcomes You). Update: It appears YouTube has taken down the video. Here’s a mirror.

At first I found the accent a bit off, but after awhile, I realized many of the cast were Hong Kong actors singing in Mandarin. The lyrics were borrowed from Artemyst’s blog, but the English translations were rather bad in the YouTube video description. I’ve gone ahead and did my best at translating it:

北京歡迎你/群星
Beijing Welcomes You/Various Artists

作曲:小柯
Composer: Xiao Ke

填詞:林夕
Lyrics: Leo Ku

主唱:群星
Artist: Celebrities

【陳天佳】 迎接另一個晨曦 帶來全新空氣
[Chen Tian Jia] We welcome the next morning, bringing in fresh air

【劉歡】 氣息改變情味不變 茶香飄滿情誼
[Liu Huan] Weather may change but friendship will not, the tea’s fragrance is filled with friendship

【那英】 我家大門常打開 開放懷抱等你
[Na Ying] Our door is always open, waiting for you with open arms

【孫燕姿】 擁抱過就有了默契 你會愛上這裡
[Stefanie Sun] After hugging and developing a bond, you will fall in love with here

【孫悅】 不管遠近都是客人 請不用客氣
[Sun Yue] Everyone is a guest no matter how far away, please feel at home

【王力宏】 相約好了再一起 我們歡迎你
[Wang Lee Hom] Agreed to get together, we welcome you

【韓紅】 我家種著萬年青 開放每段傳奇
[Han Hong] We’ve planted evergreens, displaying every spectacle

【周華健】 為傳統的土壤播種 為你留下回憶
[Wakin Chau] Sowing seeds into the soil, leaving you with good memories

【梁詠琪】 陌生熟悉都是客人 請不用拘禮
[Gigi Leung] Strangers and friends are all guests, no need to be formal

【羽泉】 第幾次來沒關係 有太多話題
[Yu Quan] No matter how many times you come, there are much to talk about

【成龍】 北京歡迎你 為你開天辟地
[Jackie Chan] Beijing welcomes you, opening your eyes to a new world

【任賢齊】 流動中的魅力充滿著朝氣
[Richie Ren] The flowing charm is full of life

【蔡依林】 北京歡迎你 在太陽下分享呼吸
[Jolin Tsai] Beijing welcomes you, sharing the joy of breathing under the sun

【孫楠】 在黃土地刷新成績
[Sun Nan] Making new records on our yellow soil

【周筆暢】 我家大門常打開 開懷容納天地
[Bibi Zhou] Our door is always open, welcoming the world with open arms

【韋唯】 歲月綻放青春笑容 迎接這個日期
[Wei Wei] The old ages is smiling like youth, welcoming this day

【黃曉明】 天大地大都是朋友 請不用客氣
[Huang Xiao Ming] Everyone is friends, please feel at home

【韓庚】 畫意詩情帶笑意 只為等待你
[Han Geng] The arts bring smiles, only waiting for you

【汪峰】 北京歡迎你 像音樂感動你
[Wang Feng] Beijing welcomes you, like how the music moves you

【莫文蔚】 讓我們都加油去超越自己
[Karen Mok] Let’s work hard together to go beyond ourselves

【譚晶】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[Tan Jing] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【陳奕迅】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[Eason Chan] Having courage will bring miracles

【閻維文】 北京歡迎你 為你開天辟地
[Yan Weiwen] Beijing welcomes you, opening your eyes to a new world

【戴玉強】 流動中的魅力充滿著朝氣
[Dai Yu Qiang] The flowing charm is full of life

【王霞.李雙松】 北京歡迎你 在太陽下分享呼吸
[Wang Xia, Li Shuang Song] Beijing welcomes you, sharing the joy of breathing under the sun

【廖昌永】 在黃土地刷新成績
[Liao Chang Yong] Making new records on our yellow soil

【林依輪】 北京歡迎你 像音樂感動你
[Lin Yi Lun] Beijing welcomes you, may the music move you

【張娜拉】 讓我們都加油去超越自己
[Jang Nara] Let’s work hard together to go beyond ourselves

【林俊傑】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[JJ Lin] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【阿杜】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[A-Do] Having courage will bring miracles

【京劇】 北京歡迎你呀
[Beijing Opera] Beijing weclomes you

【容祖兒】 我家大門常打開 開懷容納天地
[Joey Yung] Our door is always open, welcoming the world with open arms

【李宇春】 擁抱過就有了默契 你會愛上這裡
[Chris Li] After hugging and developing a bond, you will fall in love with here

【黃大煒】 不管遠近都是客人 請不用客氣
[David Wong] Everyone is a guest no matter how far away, please feel at home

【陳坤】 相約好了再一起 我們歡迎你
[Chen Kun] Agreed to get together, we welcome you

【謝霆鋒】 北京歡迎你 為你開天辟地
[Nicholas Tse] Beijing welcomes you, opening your eyes to a new world

【韓磊】 流動中的魅力充滿著朝氣
[Han Lei] The flowing charm is full of life

【徐若瑄】 北京歡迎你 在太陽下分享呼吸
[Vivian Hsu] Beijing welcomes you, sharing the joy of breathing under the sun

【費翔】 在黃土地刷新成績
[Kris Phillips] Making new records on our yellow soil

【湯燦】 我家大門常打開 開懷容納天地
[Tang Can] Our door is always open, welcoming the world with open arms

【林志玲 張梓琳】 歲月綻放青春笑容 迎接這個日期
[Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Zilin] The old ages is smiling like youth, welcoming this day

【張靚穎】 天大地大都是朋友 請不用客氣
[Jane Zhang] Everyone is friends, please feel at home

【許茹芸 伍思凱】 畫意詩情帶笑意 只為等待你
[Valen Hsu, Sky Wu] The arts bring smiles, only waiting for you

【楊坤.範瑋琪】 北京歡迎你 像音樂感動你
[Yang Kun, Christine Fan] Beijing welcomes you, like how the music moves you

【游鴻明.周曉歐】 讓我們都加油去超越自己
[Yu Hungming, Zhou Xiao'ou] Let’s work hard together to go beyond ourselves

【沙寶亮.滿文軍】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[Sha Baoliang, Man Wenjun] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【金海心.何潤東】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[Jin Haixin, Peter Ho] Having courage will bring miracles

【飛兒.龐龍】 北京歡迎你 為你開天辟地
[F.I.R., Pang Long] Beijing welcomes you, opening your eyes to a new world

【吳克群.齊峰】 流動中的魅力充滿著朝氣
[Kenji Wu, Qi Feng] The flowing charm is full of life

【5566.胡彥斌】 北京歡迎你 在太陽下分享呼吸
[5566, Anson Hu] Beijing welcomes you, sharing the joy of breathing under the sun

【鄭希怡.刀郎】 在黃土地刷新成績
[Yumiko Cheng, Dao Lang] Making new records on our yellow soil

【紀敏加.屠洪剛.吳彤】 北京歡迎你 像音樂感動你
[Ji Minjia, Tu Honggang, Denis Ng] Beijing welcomes you, like how the music moves you

【郭容.劉耕宏.騰格爾】 讓我們都加油去超越自己
[Guo Rong, Will Liu, Tengger] Let’s work hard together to go beyond ourselves

【金莎.蘇醒.韋嘉】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[Kym Jin Sha, Allen Su, Wei Jia] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【付麗珊.黃征.房祖】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[Fu Lishan, Shawn Huang, Jaycee Chan] Having courage will bring miracles

【全體】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[All] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【全體】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[All] Having courage will bring miracles

【全體】 北京歡迎你 有夢想誰都了不起
[All] Beijing welcomes you, with dreams everyone can be great

【全體】 有勇氣就會有奇跡
[All] Having courage will bring miracles

If you notice any translation problems above, please do tell. I notice most places label this song as Welcome to Beijing, which I guess is technically correct or Englishfied, but to me there’s a difference between Welcome to Beijing and Beijing welcomes you. May be I’m being nitpicking.

Later I saw these awesome photos: 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. These images are just magnificent and as someone mentioned in the Digg comments, many of these images reminded me of Magic Eye. Did I mention how beautiful these photos are?

Finally, Windows Media Center, TVTonic, and NBC teamed together to bring you easy access to the Olympics: NBC Olympics On The Go. The whole company got an email late this past week stating about the project. When VonLobster was over here earlier today, he brought that up and we decided to check it out.

The process was much more complicated than I had expected. After clicking “Launch” from the MCE menu, it prompted that it’ll be opening a browser and I’ll have to run the setup after it finishes downloading. I don’t see why it couldn’t have streamlined the process. It even specifically stated I wouldn’t be able to use the remote to continue with the setup.

After installing and launching TVTonic within MCE, I would have to say the navigation was rather poorly designed. It took us quite awhile to figure out what to do. We were just trying to figure out how to watch a video, and that took a good 5-10 minutes.

After we figured out how to subscribe to channels, things went pretty smoothly from there. Videos would automatically start downloading and if we wanted to watch a particular one, priority would be given to that one and it would pretty much start streaming immediately. We checked out a few swimming ones and the opening ceremony.

The Lenovo ads did get a bit annoying after awhile. Between every clip, it would play. I understand it’s sponsored by Lenovo, but maybe if there were just more than 2 Lenovo ads, that’ll be okay, but I’ve seen the laser vaporizing and the fruit basket one at least 8x today. It also didn’t help that the audio volume was much lower in the actual clips than the ad, so immediately after the clip, the Lenovo ad would be SUPER LOUD.

I was hoping to share some of these videos with my parents, but unfortunately they’re drmed and requires a TVTonic license to view. I know it’s free, but I doubt I can teach my parents how to install TVTonic.

It also took me awhile to figure out where they were caching these. On Windows Vista, it’s located in:
C:\Users\All Users\Wavexpress\TVTonic\Cache\Services

Update #2: Ohfuee had asked me for the names of the artists, but unfortunately I only had the list of them in their Chinese names. I then found this video/description which lists all of them: Various Artists – Beijing Welcomes You w / Translation. They even have a download link to the mp3.

Junuary

So Derek introduced me to a new term today (which apparently originates from Seattle): Junuary

As Urban Dictionary defines it: A sarcastic reference to an extremely cold summer day.

The top 3 search results for Junuary are:

The fact that it actually makes sense makes it less funny. For the past few weeks, the sun has popped out only a few times, and we’ve been having high winds, cold weather, lots of rain, and even SNOW! Can you believe it? Snow in June? What’s next, Christmas in July? I was hearing on the radio the other day that it was snowing in the Snoqualmie pass and then Hjo3 blogs about snowing in Pullman.

Then I hear that we’ve hit our record low temperature ever recorded for this particular time of the year. Where’s my 5 months of guaranteed sunshine!?!?