· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · February
· · · · 26 (2 entries)

Olympics Out · I sure en­joyed them; ski-ing and bob­sled­ding and, well, any­thing run against the clock gets old pret­ty fast, but the hock­ey and curl­ing and speed-skating are good en­ter­tain­men­t, es­pe­cial­ly that short-track stuff. Our wom­en hock­ey play­ers were hot stuff; there was the cutest pic­ture of big star Hay­ley Wick­en­heis­er with her gold medal looped around the neck of her lit­tle kid; how come you nev­er see pic­tures of the men like that? I thought the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies both made ex­cel­lent TV, even though the over-wrought Re­nais­sance costume-drama bits re­al­ly didn’t do much for me. I thought the short Van­cou­ver seg­ment at the clos­ing hit the spot OK; there are prob­a­bly a hun­dred mil­lion peo­ple now who think Cana­da is na­tive el­der­s, cir­cus ac­ro­bat­s, and Avril Lav­i­gne. You could do worse, I sup­pose. But you have to hand it to Van­cou­ver may­or Sam Sul­li­van, a quadriplegic, who pulled off a nice ex­tend­ed wave of the big Olympic flag with some deft wheelchair ro­ta­tion­s. Watch for me in the crowd in 2010.
Storytelling · Re­cent­ly, Post­mod­ern Sass wrote Ich bin kein Blog­ger, call­ing out an ar­gu­ment that there is no such thing as blog­ging. I think the ev­i­dence is against her, but then again, Sass her­self has been do­ing some­thing with the form that I haven’t seen any­where else. Her blog is filled with ex­tend­ed, in­ter­linked, multi-part sto­ries; noth­ing new about that. But ev­ery time she posts a sto­ry, she goes back to the pre­vi­ous episode and up­dates it to add an “in the next chapter...” link. Latch on­to a few of the sto­ries in her Year One Archives and see how they run back­ward and for­ward. I think this is a good idea and quite a few of the multi-part blog nar­ra­tives out there, in­clud­ing some of my own se­ries, would have ben­e­fit­ed from rich­er link­age.
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