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Call for help: watch Olympics Opening Ceremony live

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In the US? Today my coworker reminds me Aug 8, the opening ceremony is only a week away.

(Update Aug 7) More up to date stuff from mitbbs (go to the end of this post to get the instructions in Chinese).

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So far NBC family (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) has no plan to do it live. NBC will show the video at 6:30 PM local time instead.

“Coverage of the Opening Ceremony from Beijing’s National Stadium, where athletes from over 200 nations will converge to ignite the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. ”

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UUSee: go to uusee.com and install the client software. But according to some source, the IP outside China will all be blocked because UUSee only got broadcast rights inside China (source: ChinaNews).

Sohu: same restriction as UUsee? To be confirmed.

Maybe some smart techies can provide us a solution? After all, that’s the first time China hold the Olympics, but the overseas Chinese can not see the opening ceremony live. Shame on the IOC and NBC 🙁

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Olympics buzz at work place

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Olympics buzz at work place
As the Beijing 2008 only 8 days away, I am hearing quite a bit Olympics query from coworkers lately, mostly from curiosity and good will (wish Beijing and China will do well). As a Chinese living in America, I certain also hope things also work out well, amid all the security challenges, air quality, traffic, etc. One interesting story I read yesterday (Chinese) is some Beijing Si He Yuan (wiki: tradional Beijing house) are opening to foreign visitors. They call it 奥运家庭旅馆 Olympics Family Hotel. This is real neat, and I think it’s a better experience than staying at 3 star hotels.

At the same time, I sincerely hope my goverment can improve the living for ordinary people. I know those migrant worker worked on the BirdNest may not have oppertunities to watch the game. This is ok, as long as they get paid fairly, their kids education get taken care of, they get affordable/good health insurance, and last but not least, they don’t have to wait in lines for days to get a train ticket to go home in the Chinese New Year.

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Weekend review w/e 072608

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A subdued Olympics rally?
The Olympics is coming. But we are not seeing much sign of an Olympics stock market rally, both in Shanghai, or in New York. The Shanghai composite index is barely above 52 week low, at around 2800 to 2900 range. Two of the Beijing 2008 Sponsors, China Mobile (NYSE: CHL) and Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU), were not strong performers in the US market either. For instance, Sohu reported a strong 2Q 08 (transcript seekingalpha), but its stock is down today. I guess it’s just selling on the news, 11 days before the game?


(Theme song of Beijing 2008 Olympics)

What a week, Yahoo Tech-ticker

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Olympics is coming

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Amid all the craziness on oil, stock market and iPhone, yesterday I realized the Beijing Olympics is coming in 4 weeks, and it seems I can not go there for the event. Fortunately I got a piece of Olympics since 2004. In the picture below, at the left is a Coca Cola limited edition can made for torch relay in St. Louis (June 17 2004), at the right is a can features Beijing Olympics logo. Note Coca Cola is Olympics global sponsor (the highest level).

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Maybe those politicians who said boycotting the opening ceremony can honor their words, and let me use their seats 🙂

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Disturbed by Paris torch incident

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  • >(Youtube) How did the Free Tibet protesters assault a DISABLED GIRL.
  • >(Sohu via Youtube) The Girl who protected the Olympic Torch 金晶:捍卫火炬的中国女孩.
  • I was deeply disturbed by the torch incidents on Paris and London. I think the local authority should do a better job to protect the torch carriers.

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    Olympics tickets: 2nd call

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    For a Chinese 中文 version of this, click on my wife’s MSN blog.

    The 2nd round of ticketing booking just got started. Here is the offical web site for Beijing 2008 tickets (Chinese, English). I understand they only take Visa (official sponsor of Olympics), and fund from Bank of China 中国银行 acct. Actually they sell tickets at many BoC locations inside China.

    I was not serious about attending (due to cost and afraid of crowd), until couple days ago my co-worker said to me “maybe some day you can hold the ticket stub to your grand kids and tell them you went to Beijing Olympics…”.

    So I checked out the air ticket fot the STL to PVG round trip at flyChina.com, I used July 19/Sept 20 to beat the traffic. It started at 1400 USD…Now if I could find some cheap tickets for the game. This Olympics thing will not be cheap. But I go home (China) once every year, so the air ticket is also fixed cost for me.

    This is not just about the (potential) bragging rights. This will be my wife and my mom’s first Beijing trip if we can all make it. So money is not the No. 1 concern here.

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    Beijing 2008 Olympics Tickets

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    It will be on sale soon. Here is the site for Chinese residents (for English, click on English under the Beijing2008 icon), including people originally not from mainland China but are currenly living inside China. For foreigners live outside of China, they need to contact the Olympics Committes of their respective country (region). Here is the eligibility and ID requirements (Click on English if necessary).

    Thinking about getting the ticket for opening ceremony? The ticket ranges from CNY 200 to CNY 5,000. But I think it will be more or less like a lottery draw considering China has 1.3 billion people 🙂