Site ColumnsBy Caillan
August 15, 2004 - 11:30 AM
The Olympics are here again. One two-week period every four years in which I actually become interested in sport. In fact, "interested" is a bit of an understatement...when the Olympics are on, I watch everything...gymnastics, diving, pole vaulting, shooting, cycling, even the equestrian events.
Athens 2004 got off to a smashing start with a fabulous opening ceremony. The only off moment was the rather strange performance from Bjork, which I believe included excessive repetition of the line, "Your salt is sweaty." Errr, ok.
In addition to the swimming, which is a must-see for every Australian, I've been lapping up the cycling and the synchronised diving. Most of the displays in the diving were simply breathtaking, especially the Chinese, whose performances were almost flawless.
The major problem this Olympics is the time difference, especially after the luxury of being in the same time zone as Sydney in 2000. Most of the finals will take place while I'm sound asleep, so it seems I have two options. Either a) get no sleep or b) tape the finals, then walk around all day with my eyes and ears covered until I get home to watch the tape. Alas, neither is terribly attractive. But I'll have to make the most of it since the Olympics are the only time I can actually follow Sports-based conversations.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items in mid-August, 2002:
- No Wesley Crusher Appearance In 'Nemesis'
Actor Wil Wheaton announced that his cameo appearance as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: Nemesis had been cut from the film. Producer Rick Berman told Wheaton the film came in at almost 3 hours long and needed cuts of 48 minutes. "I love Star Trek, and, ultimately, I want what's best for Star Trek and the Trekkies," Wheaton said.
- Braga On 'Enterprise:' Some Episodes Were 'Poopy'
Enterprise co-creator Brannon Braga offered a frank assessment of the show's first season on the air. "The only negative I feel about this series in its first year is that there have been a few select episodes that were - poopy. Yes, poopy. There were some missteps with scripts," he told Star Trek Monthly.
- Billingsley Reveals 'Dead Stop' Spoilers
John Billingsley (Doctor Phlox) let slip that the NX-01 would be docking at a repair station with a secret in an upcoming episode.
There is this space station that is used for repairs and we are desperately seeking someone to help us fix the ship because we're too far away from any known facility. We arrive and it appears to be computerized and they agree to fix the ship. They appear to be doing remarkable work and seem to be asking for little in return. And then of course there's a mysterious twist as we realize there is something sinister afoot!"
More news can be found in the August 2002 archives.
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