The family and I went out to watch the Olympic women’s cycling road race yesterday.
We watched them zip past on the way out of town, and then I stuck around to wave them back again in the hammering rain.
I really enjoyed it—you don’t get to see a great deal, but cheering people on in the rain gives you an uplifting sense of communal goodwill. Good crowd too, for two seconds of action on such a wet day.
Not so good
Linking to a photo on the Guardian website from Mike Blake of Reuters:
These soldiers, who were presumably in the Olympic park on security duty, have been called in to fill some of the premium seats left empty in an artistic gymnastics session. Other under-attended events at the weekend included swimming and diving sessions.
Gymnastics! Diving! You can be certain these events were over-subscribed with the general public.
As far as I can tell, the picture above is from the GA004 session on Sunday morning. That’s a session that we tried to get tickets for in the initial round of applications over a year ago. But, just as with all the other things we applied for in that round, we failed.
Still, looking on the bright side—those guys up there definitely deserve the seats more than the people they were actually allocated to.
This is the second time I’ve been forestalled in writing a positive note about Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage and apps service, by going to the site and finding it isn’t actually working at all:
I hadn’t asked for Hotmail. This is just where the site redirected me when I tried to log in to SkyDrive on my phone.
I must say this is nicely fitting, in light of Microsoft’s recent attack on the unpredictability of Google Docs: “Different… better… completely gone…” Perhaps they decided it was time to get ahead in the race to “completely gone”.
It’s a pity, as I kind of liked SkyDrive. I evaluated Office365 for business purposes a year ago, but gave up on it when I found it included no way to download your files—perhaps that was intentional for purposes of corporate control, or perhaps it’s fixed now, but it doesn’t seem to have been an issue with the SkyDrive office apps. In many ways I prefer the interface to that of Google Docs, and I think of Microsoft as the underdog nowadays in a way that makes me (dangerously) more inclined to trust them. And in fact, I probably will continue to use SkyDrive for the odd thing.
But it’s clear now that Microsoft aren’t really all that great at keeping it running. I’m afraid, despite my liking for the service, that it does appear to be just a little bit pants.
Then I tried to log in to it just now, and
Eloquent. Perhaps it has a bit more in common with the typical ASP site of the 90s than I’d thought.