Life lessons from the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

(pic courtesy: flickr user yggg) has a great article on some life lessons to be learnt from the Opening Ceremony of the recent Beijing Olympics. The gist of it is in the following points:

  1. Step outside your comfort zone
  2. Hard work 
  3. Always strive for better (for yourself)
  4. Do your homework
  5. Work around obstacles
  6. Thing big. Really BIG.
  7. The details pay off.

Read the full article here.

Colour of pollution

I fell off the chair laughing, when I read the following in an article in the NYTimes.

“It’s different than what I remember from last year, in that the pollution looked more yellow and dark,” Shoemaker said. “It’s whiter this year. I think it’s a combination of a different time of year and little bit more mist and humidity in the air. So it doesn’t look as bad, but you can still kind of taste it.”

Read the full article here.

On a more serious note, I think the colour of the pollution is white/grey like everywhere.

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Olympic sprinting – not fair?

Jesse Owens – 1936 Berlin Olympics [image: LOC@flickr]

There is an unfair advantage to sprinters in the inner lanes, So says a recent scientific american article.

When Olympic sprinters dash down the track in Beijing this August, the fastest athlete may not take home the gold medal. Current start-gun technology gives athletes on the inside lanes an unfair advantage right off the blocks.

Although officials are aware of the problem, they have no plans to correct it before the Beijing games this summer.

Sound from the starter’s gun is known to take longer to reach athletes who start from the outside lanes than their competitors on the inside. Now a new study suggests that competitors nearest the gun have another advantage – the loudness of the bang shocks them into starting more quickly.

Very interesting. Read the full article here