The 2008 Olympics have officially kicked off in Beijing.
I had no idea until yesterday that acclaimed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou had been overseeing the production of the Opening Ceremonies, which I've been watching live on the Internets this morning on JustinTV (courtesy of a feed from Macedonian TV).
If you know anything about Zhang Yimou and his filmmaking background, it would strike you, too, as ironic that he would be embraced by the Chinese state and asked to helm such an honored ceremonial role as the production of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic games.
Zhang's films were banned in China for many years, even as they went on to receive international acclaim in film festivals around the globe.
Heralded as a member of the "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers, those who came upon the heels of China's Cultural Revolution, Zhang's early films defied conventional socialist representations of Chinese culture on celluloid in favor of exploring China's rural heritage and communist authoritarianism (and not always favorable views, like in "Raise the Red Lantern.")
The economic tiger of China waves a very powerful and far-reaching tail indeed.
If you can't stand the 12-hour NBC delay of the Opening Ceremonies, check out the NY Times' live blog coverage.
Of course, if you're trying to watch it all from your home office, the L.A. Times is reporting that you may have trouble with your ISP.
Its story about telecommuters not getting any lovin' from their ISPs reveals, via a Forrester study issued Wednesday, telcos don't seem to be oerly concerned about home office workers.
The article explains telecommuters generally suffer from slower Web speeds, slower customer service, and security issues than they might have been if they were working from the office.
Yes, and those broadband and digital cable outages also interfere with our ability to watch the Olympic games that aren't yet airing on our big screen TVs.