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Friday, February 12, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Here they come

I am so excited. The anticipation of the Opening Ceremonies is bubbling up inside me. I am truly a bandwagon supporter when it comes to sports. I care about the winners and the big games. During playoffs and tournaments, I get excited, I follow along, I love the connection to something bigger. The Olympics is the pinnacle of that, in particular the Vancouver Olympics since they are hosted by my city.

Today I saw the torch run by my office. I’ve spent years watching the Athlete’s Village build up around the office. I have helicopters buzzing above my home. I don’t care! I know intellectually I don’t like the politics and moving homeless people out of the downtown and the commercialism of the sponsorship, but emotionally I’m totally hooked right now. I am thrilled to invite people to my city. I am smiling a broad smile. Everything about this moment is contagious.

I believe! Go Canada Go! And whatever other sayings have been drilled into my head. Let’s do it! Higher, faster, further ...

Electricity is in the air. Good luck to all the athletes. If I’m this pumped, I can only imagine a quarter of their excitement.

(This post is in memory of Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili who was killed today in Whistler during a training session. May his spirit fly on.)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Design Your Own Light Show with Vectorial Elevation

Last night, the Vectorial Elevation light show was so distracting that I almost tripped walking home from dinner with my mom. Vectorial Elevation let’s people create their own light show online and then it puts each light show into the playlist so people can watch it in real life. I think this is an awesome example of digital life and real life holding hands.

The series of 10,000-watt robotic searchlights are set up along Vanier Park and Sunset Beach and are super strong. The searchlights that make up the show are visible as far as Richmond and the peaks of Grouse and Cypress.

Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer created the show and it’s played in Dublin, Mexico City, and Lyon.  This is the first time it’s been in Canada.

Using a three-dimensional interface with Google Earth, VectorialVancouver.net lets you design your huge light sculptures by directing the 20 robotic searchlights. A web page is made for each participant with photos of their design from four cameras located around the city. It runs until February 28.

PARTICIPATE: Create your own light sculpture online

WATCH: See the light designs in real time.

Ok, I’m going to make mine now!