So what do we-all think of NBC's coverage of the Olympics? It is fashionable to criticize them, on the grounds that they 1) show only a few "main" sports, 2) show only U.S. athletes, 3) do too many "human interest" spots, and 4) show too many commercials. I guess this is true on all fronts, but I haven't been that bothered and actually have quite enjoyed the coverage so far. First I have to say, once you've seen sports in HD you are not going to watch them any other way; it is wonderful to see everything in HD (with 5.1 sound, too!, although for sports sound isn't as crucial). And then I have to add, once you've used Tivo for an event like this, you are not going to watch "live" ever again. As far as the points above, 1) showing "main" sports is mitigated by the video streams on the NBC website (requiring Silverlight was a bit obnoxious but now that I've got it, I love seeing, say, the Laser racing (sailing) even though it isn't covered in the broadcasts, 2) the U.S.-centricity is a problem, but again, it is mitigated by the video streams, 3) human interest spots, what human interest spots (he says, clicking the 30-second skip button on his Tivo remote), and 4) commercials, what commercials (he says clicking some more). So net net I've enjoyed the Olympics a lot. The announcers seem good and the video coverage has been excellent. Those super-slow-motion replays of gymnastics, for instance, are really cool.
Rock and Roll! Sailing Anarchy posted this wonderful video showing a TP52 blasting along... and of course the excellent Led Zep sound track is just okay, too.
This is kind of cool; HealthImaging reports on a study which shows 3D JPEG2000 compression "works" for radiology images. Garden variety 2D JPEG2000 has been used in digital pathology from day one, because of the large file sizes and the need to reduce data for remote viewing performance, and as 3D scanning becomes more routine (capturing multiple Z-layers) 3D compression will be needed.
This applies to .001% of you, but in case you have a Typepad blog you've probably noticed their "new composer" sucks. It is slow, buggy, and tries to out-think the blogger with frustrating results. I will say that Six Apart is listening and they respond to every email and trouble ticket. Today I found a great way of giving them bug reports; I record myself blogging with Camtasia, digest the result into a Flash movie, and email it to them.